|9/11/2012 8:44:00 AM|
Respect Life Sunday set for Oct. 7
Catholic News Service photo
A woman from the pro-life grassroots organization America, Defend Life! prays the rosary during a demonstration outside a Planned Parenthood center in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 1.
Catholic parishes in western Oregon will celebrate Respect Life Sunday on Oct. 7. The Catholic Bishops of the United States have declared that October is to be observed as Respect Life Month, and that the first Sunday of October is to be observed as Respect Life Sunday.
Archbishop John G. Vlazny will celebrate a Respect Life Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. Local observances will be celebrated in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Portland on that date.
The theme for this year’s Respect Life Month is “Faith opens our eyes to human life in all its grandeur and beauty.” The Respect Life Program was adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1972. It promotes the Church’s teaching on the value and dignity of human life to the Catholic community and to the wider population. It combines prayer, education, service and advocacy to create a greater awareness of the dignity of life.