May 9, 2008

Go to to view Jim's video message about the Study Guide to Humanae Vitae

Dear Lay Missionary of the Gospel of Life:

I pray this letter finds you assured of Christ's love and desirous to know and love him evermore deeply!

One of the ways we deepen our love is to continue our study in the Apostles' Teaching. The newly released Study Guide to Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) presents a perfect opportunity to implement this discipline of study. The study guide includes the full text of the Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI, and the combination of the two helps facilitate the maximum opportunity for learning. Some other elements in the Study Guide include:

An Imprimatur: Bishop Robert Baker, S.T.D., Bishop of Birmingham, Alabama
Foreword: Fr. Frank Pavone
Chapter Summaries with helpful questions that lead the learner to the Encyclical and personal reflection
Essays and Testimony: Dr. Theresa and Kevin Burke; Dr. Alveda King; Jim Pinto, Jr. and Janet Morana
A Glossary of Terms to assist the reader with better comprehension of the Encyclical

While the Study Guide has an Introduction that gives some tips for participation in the Study, a Facilitator’s Guide is available upon request for those who desire to lead a small group study. The Facilitator’s Guide will equip you with:

• The opportunity to continue the ongoing tradition of facilitating the teaching of the Church through faithful small group/Life Cell study gatherings
• The needed confidence to facilitate a small group study gathering
• Teaching on the discussion study group method of learning
• Sound awareness of small group dynamics
• The basic set of components for each gathering
• A solid outline for each session

A Study Guide to Humanae Vitae is required reading for Lay Missionaries of the Gospel of Life and should be implemented in our Life Cells. This study guide is an excellent resource for any number of gatherings and uses including: Pre-marital and Marriage Training, Adult Education, Catechetical Instruction, Individual Study, Family Study, and Catholic and Home Schools. This Summer would be a good time to plan for a Study in the Fall.

I encourage you to order now A Study Guide to Humanae Vitae and the Facilitator’s Guide for A Study Guide to Humanae Vitae if considering leadership of a Life Cell/Small Group Study. You may find the both at:

I am united with you in the desire to deepen your love for God through study of the Apostles’ Teaching.

Jim Pinto, Jr. M.E.V.
Pastoral Associate: Priests for Life
National Coordinator: Missionaries of the Gospel of Life-Lay Associates