|1) Offer Masses for Pro-life intentions. This can either be a "special event"
or a regularly scheduled Mass, the intention of which relates to pro-life.
|2) Establish a pro-life prayer group in the parish, dedicated specifically to
prayers and teachings on the
value of human life.
|3) Offer Pro-life holy hours,
Scripture Services. Priests
for Life provides some
|4) Promote the Be Not Afraid Family Holy Hours. For information, contact the
Apostolate for Family Consecration,
3375 County Rd.36 Bloomingdale, OH 43910 Phone: 1-800-77-FAMILY.
Preach frequently on
abortion, both by entire homilies on the topic and by reference to it in other
|6) Include mention of abortion in the
General Intercessions at
inserts into the bulletin
about pro-life. These can be full-page inserts that can be given to the bulletin
company in advance, or short (1-3 line) messages. These are available from
Priests for Life. You can order a free monthly pro-life insert for your
bulletin, which will be sent to you camera-ready. Call
American Life League at
540-659-4171 and ask for the
"Pro-life Bulletin Board."
|8) Present pro-life topics in
Bible Study, RCIA, meetings
for school parents, marriage preparation, instructions for sponsors, etc.
|9) Invite pro-life speakers to make presentations at meetings which people
are required to attend, such as those for the parents of school or CCD children.
|10) Have special educational evenings with speakers and/or videos.
|11) Have a "Life Mission" with a guest speaker/workshops for several days.
|12) Use the parish bookrack to make good
pro-life literature and
|13) Use parish bulletin boards inside and outside the Church to convey a
pro-life message. Set up a permanent pro-life sign on the property.
|14) Make pro-life resources (Precious
Bumper stickers and Buttons,
Pro-life Bank checks, etc.)
available to the parishioners. You can get order information from Priests for
Life (888-PFL-3448 or 321-500-1000)
|15) Add the words "born and pre-born" to the Pledge of Allegiance when it is
recited in the schools and at other functions.
|16) Sponsor a pro-life essay/poster contest among the children of the school
and CCD programs. Display winning posters in the school or in the Church
vestibule, and print winning essays in the bulletin.
|17) Have readily available at all times concrete information about
alternatives to abortion.
Place one of more of these numbers on the cover of your parish bulletin as a
standard item. Get this information to women in need, to local doctors, and to
the secular press. Some of the national hotlines ready to help women anywhere in
the country are:
CRISIS PREGNANCY HELPLINE 1-888-4-OPTIONS
PREGNANCY HOTLINE 1-800-848-LOVE
BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES 1-800-238-4269
NURTURING NETWORK 1-800-TNN-4MOM
SEVERAL SOURCES FOUNDATION 1-800-NO-ABORT
AMERICA’S CRISIS PREGNANCY HELPLINE 800-67-BABY-6
GOOD COUNSEL HOMES 800 723-8331(Answering machine for this number after
|18) Have information available on
healing programs like Project Rachel. Call 414-483-4141 or 1-800-5-WE-CARE.
|19) Bring people out for a
Life Chain or peaceful prayer vigil
on the street or at an abortion mill.
|20) Encourage a parish
to form and grow. Give it constant encouragement.
|21) Commission the pro-life committee at a special liturgy. Priests for Life
provides a suggested prayer for such a
and periodicals on the issue, consult with experts, and take advantage of
resources provided by the local diocesan pro-life office,
the Bishops' office for pro-life activities,
and Priests for Life.
|23) Have a plaque or monument erected in
memory of the children in the community who died from abortion. Have a school
yearbook dedicated to those killed by abortion.
|24) Establish some sort of memorial to mothers who have been killed by their
abortion. A list of the names of some of
these women is available either in printout or poster form. Contact Priests for
Life for information.
|25) Call for special parish days of voluntary prayer and fasting to end
|26) Establish a parish pro-life newsletter for the parish or community.
|27) Participate as a parish in the
National Night of Prayer,
held each December across the country to pray for an increased respect for life.
For information, call Anne in New York at 516-234-6921.
|28) Take part in
The Gabriel Project, a
pastoral program whereby the local parish directly assists pregnant mothers.
Contact Priests for Life for more information.