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."
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
Physicians Assisted Suicide - For more information visit the NYS Catholic Conference www.nyscatholic.org
Speakers - We offer presentations on chastity, pro-life, end of life, the death penalty and stem cell research. We ask that you fill out a Speaker/s Request Form
-Online at https://www.cognitoforms.com/ProLifeOfficeDioceseOfBuffalo1/SPEAKERREQUESTFORM
(once you have filled out the online form just click SUBMIT at the bottom of the form)
-Download the PDF form speaker request form and return it via email, fax at (716) 847-2206 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: List of parishes participating
• 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?
Parish is responsible to order their own signs, you can order online at http://www.life-support.org/lifechain/ or you download the PDF form return the completed form to Life Support by mail (PO Box 270068 Fort Collins, CO 80527) or by fax (719-785-5775).
Respect Life Program 2018-19 - This year's theme is "Every Life Cherished-Chosen-Sent" 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.
In-Service Day & Respect Life Mass - This year 2018 we will be celebrating the Respect Life and Commissioning Mass together on Saturday, October 6 at 4:00pm at St. Louis Church, Buffalo, NY. Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard J. Malone he will be recertifying the current Coordinators and installing all newly appointed Respect Life Coordinator/s leading the pro-life ministries in our parishes. The day will begin at 11:00 am at the Catholic Center. For more information call the Pro-Life Office at (716) 847-2205.
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. Sign up for "Peaceful, Prayerful and Lawful" Vigil Hours please visit the Buffalo 40 Days for Life website National 40 Days for Life 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
Protecting 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.