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Respect Life Education Resources

"To deepen understanding of the sanctity of human life and the humanity of unborn children, the moral evil of intentionally killing innocent human beings - whether at the beginning of life or at its end - and the mission of the Church to witness to a serve all human life."  

Promoting Life

The diocese offers several opportunities and ideas to encourage pro-life advocacy in your parish community.

Pro-Life Office - Our mission is to promote and implement the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities sponsored the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The Plan focuses on four major areas: Prayer, Education, Pastoral Care,  Public Policy. Brochure

Speakers - We offer presentations on chastity, pro-life, end of life, the death penalty and stem cell research. Download and complete our speaker request form and return it via email or mail to the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities, 795 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203.

Youth for Life - Create outreach to young adults and youth to defend and respect all human life through peer ministry. Download our youth resource guide now.

Vine and Branches - The mission of the Vine & Branches Committee, through the grace of God and working in conjunction with the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities, is to seek and implement effective and cohesive ways to transform and communicate the tenets of the USCCB Pastoral Plan into action by parish life communities. For more information contact Gene at (716) 634-8997. Want to Change the World? Read our brochure.

National Life Chain - Annually, on the first Sunday in October, Life Chain invites the churches in each city and town across North America to bear witness in the public arena to raise awareness of the Sanctity of Life. Stand on a designated local sidewalk and pray for one hour, while holding one of the following approved pro-life sign messages: 
• ABORTION KILLS CHILDREN    • JESUS FORGIVES AND HEALS
• ADOPTION: THE LOVING OPTION
• LORD, FORGIVE US AND OUR NATION
• ABORTION HURTS WOMEN       • PRAY TO END ABORTION
• IS YOUR PARISH PARTICIPATING IN THE LIFE CHAIN?

Respect Life Program 2016-17 - This year's theme is "Moved by Mercy" "We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us" --Pope Francis. Created by the USCCB, this program is implemented throughout the Diocese through parish coordinators and priests. Call the Pro-Life Office if your parish needs an updated Respect Life Program. Limit one per parish.

Annual In-Service Luncheon - We start the day with Mass at St. Louis Church, Buffalo, as Bishop Richard J. Malone recertifies the current Coordinators and installs all newly appointed Respect Life Coordinator/s leading the pro-life ministries in our parishes.  The day follows with speaker and luncheon at the Catholic Center.

At the Hour of my Death - Important information and resources regarding end-of-life issues. Brochure

40 Days for Life - focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. website

Elizabeth Ministry - The Elizabeth Ministry is an outreach to women in special times of motherhood. The purpose of this ministry is to affirm, support, encourage and assist women in response to their needs during the childbearing years. Empowered by the Holy Spirit and through our Baptismal call, we come as friends and peer counselors to provide comfort and encouragement through our own life experiences. Brochure

WNY Coalition for Life - The Western New York Coalition for Life is an ecumenical program dedicated to respecting the dignity and protection of human life from the moment of fertilization to natural death. We will provide access to a collaborative network of agencies and services promoting and supporting life. For more information contact the Respect Life Office (716) 847-2205. Brochure

Disabilities Action Team - The Diocesan Council for Persons with Disabilities is an advisory council which communicates to the bishop on issues and activities related to the spiritual needs of persons with disabilities and their families throughout the Diocese. Members of this council are appointed by the Bishop and consist of persons with disabilities and their advocates. Bishop Head initiated this council in 1975. For more information, visit the Disabilities.

Down Syndrome - There is help and hope. We understand and we care. When you've learned that your baby may have down syndrome, download this brochure to take the next step.

Books - The Office of Pro-Life Ministries recommends "Angel in the Waters," a book written by Regina Doman for children that encourages them to be pro-life. View or order the English or Spanish version.

Other Pro-Life Websites

Click here for an extensive library of pro-life resources and websites.