St.Francis of Assisi Parish
"The first right of the human person is his life... [It
condition of all the others. Hence it must be
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
its recognition; it demands
recognition and it is
strictly unjust to refuse it."
~ Declaration on
Procured Abortion, Sacred Congregation
Doctrine of the Faith, 1974, n. 11
February 14 - March 24 - 40 Days for Life Spring
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
Reminder: AWARDS NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
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
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM.
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.
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
SAVE THE DATE!
Monday, April 8, 2024 -
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.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
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
Interested in starting a
Respect Life Ministry in your parish?
Respect Life Office offers training programs, resources
and support. Contact us at
email@example.com to learn more!
FEBRUARY FEATURE ARTICLE
Considerations for Our Earthly Passing"
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
Resurrection, we can face death not with fear,
but with preparation.
CLICK HERE to download the pdf
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,
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Diocesan Prayer for Eucharistic Revival
for Eucharistic Revival
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.
to Physician Assisted Suicide in Massachusetts
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD NOW!
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
in text and titled “An Act relative to end of life
options”. To read more click
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
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
Take Action Now
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