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"The first right of the human person is his life... [It is] the
condition of all the others. Hence it must be protected
above all others. It does not belong to society, nor does it
belong to public authority in any form to recognize this
right for some and not for others. It is not recognition
by another that constitutes this right. This right is
antecedent to its recognition; it demands
recognition and it is strictly unjust to refuse it."
~ Declaration on Procured Abortion, Sacred Congregation
of the Doctrine of the Faith, 1974, n. 11
Pope Paul

February 14 - March 24 - 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign

Volunteers are needed and welcome to participate in prayerful, peaceful vigil for an end to abortion during the 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign which begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. Over 24,000 lives have been saved since 2007. Your prayers make a difference and save lives! For more information and to sign up to vigil, visit


The Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Worcester seeks nominations for two annual pro-life awards to be presented by Bishop McManus at the Mass for Life on April 8, 2024. DEADLINE for nominations is FEB. 15.

Further information is available at or

The Mother Teresa Pro-Life Award honors individuals whose long-standing commitment and efforts demonstrate heroic witness to the intrinsic value of all human life. Prospective nominees would include those with many years of service to the Cause of Life (even if currently retired). Nominees should exemplify fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and give faithful witness to the care for and protection of human life in word and deed.

The Ruth V. K. Pakaluk Pro-Life Youth Award honors a young person (high school or college age) who has shown outstanding witness to the value of human life. Nominees of high school or college age should demonstrate fidelity to the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and possess the leadership skills that facilitate faithful witness in living the Gospel of Life in word and deed among their peers and the potential for extended commitment and dedication.

Completed nomination forms may be emailed to
or mailed to Respect Life Office, 49 Elm St., Worcester, MA 01609

Nomination forms must be received NO LATER THAN February 15.

Monday, April 8, 2024 - 10:00 a.m.
The annual Mass for Life will be celebrated by Bishop Robert J. McManus on Monday, April 8, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul. All are invited to join students from our Catholic schools who will be our special guests. The Diocese of Worcester’s annual Pro-Life Awards will also be presented at this Mass. All are welcome to attend!
The Solemnity of the Annunciation normally falls on March 25, but since that date falls during Holy Week this year the solemnity is transferred to April 8.

CLICK HERE to watch the videos from the Jan. 13 Pro-Life Morning of Reflection: "Lessons on Life from the Mother of God"

CLICK HERE to watch the video of the Mass for Life on Jan. 18.


Annual Respect Life Program Materials:
"Radical Solidarity"

Interested in starting a Respect Life Ministry in your parish?
The Diocesan Respect Life Office offers training programs, resources and support. Contact us at to learn more!

"Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing"
The universal Church celebrates the World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11 (The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes). This article explains what the Church teaches about preparing for the end of our earthly life. We know earthly death is not the end, but rather the door through which we must pass to gain eternal life. Because of our belief and hope in the
Resurrection, we can face death not with fear, but with preparation.

CLICK HERE to download the pdf

This one-pager can be used as a bulletin insert, a tool for small group discussion, and shared with friends. For more information on suggested uses and to view other articles in our monthly series, click here.

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Diocesan Prayer for Eucharistic Revival

Diocesan Prayer
for Eucharistic Revival

Lord Jesus Christ, who by the gift of your Body and Blood, are really present in our lives, hear the prayers of the Church in Worcester.

Give us the faith of your Church, confident in your presence in our Masses, our tabernacles and our lives.

Give us the faith to offer our lives to you, joined with the perfect sacrifice, which you offered on the altar of the Cross.

Good and loving Shepherd, teach us how to lead your children home, that we might long together to glorify your name at the Supper of the Lord. For you are Lord, forever and ever. Amen.

Say NO to Physician Assisted Suicide in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts State Legislature is again considering passing into law two deeply troubling bills this
session which would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide. The bills, House 2246 and Senate 1331, are
identical in text and titled “An Act relative to end of life options”. To read more click here

Online child exploitation threatens the safety and well-being of our young people and destroys families and communities. In recent years, these abuses have increased exponentially, in large part due to the Internet and mobile technology.
Catholics are sadly familiar with the grave consequences of a culture that fails to give adequate attention to the problem of child sexual abuse and exploitation, and we have a responsibility to act to ensure children and the vulnerable are safe.
Thankfully, members of both parties in Congress are putting forward various pieces of legislation that would address and help prevent the destructive effects of online child exploitation. Your voice is needed to urge Congress to use their authority to protect children and vulnerable people online.
Join USCCB in asking your member of Congress to protect children online today!
To learn more, read the USCCB’s letter outlining three moral principles Congress can use to protect children online.
Messages in your own words can be more effective. Please consider customizing the message to Congress with your own story
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The Word of Life intercessions for the month

Word of Life

Diocese of Worcester Word of life

Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing

End of  Life Handout

Bridges of Mercy

Serving Mom's in Need

Hope for Married Couples

Life Matters

 An Adoption Story



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