St.Francis of Assisi Parish

"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


Respect Life Office
Diocese of Worcester, MA
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Respect Life News & Updates

March 2023

• New Study Series!
• Upcoming Events
• Feature Article
• Ongoing Resources
• Diocesan Prayer for Eucharistic Revival

"Into Life" launches March 15!

Register today for our new study series that begins March 15!

“Into Life: Love Changes Everything” is a study series produced by the Sisters of Life that invites participants to reflect on a vision for pro-life ministry that focuses on the gift of the human person and offers knowledge and skills to pastorally accompany those most vulnerable through life’s challenges.

The sessions will include video content, prayer, reflection, and discussion, and will take place via zoom meeting at 12:30 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays from March 15 through April 19.

There is no cost to attend and you can even bring your lunch!


To register send an email to [email protected] with “Into Life Registration” in the subject line and include your name, email address and parish.



Mass for Life - Friday, March 24, 2023

The annual Mass for Life will be celebrated by Bishop Robert J. McManus on Friday, March 24, 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!

40 Days for Life Spring Campaign continues through Apr. 2

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 continues through April 2.

Join Bishop McManus and the students from Immaculate Heart of Mary School in praying the rosary at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 17 at 470 Pleasant St., Worcester.

Your prayers make a difference and save lives! For more information visit or contact Lee at 508-887-1064.


"He Made His Dwelling Among Us"

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) we recall Mary's great "Yes" to God and the Incarnation of Christ the Lord. St. John Paul II issued his great encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) on this feast day in 1995. This article is a beautiful reflection on the intimate connection of Incarnation and the Gospel of Life.

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.


Annual Respect Life Program Materials:
"Called to Serve Moms in Need"

Bioethics on Air Podcast:
"Pro-Life Advocacy Post-Dobbs"

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

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.

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March Prayer Guide


Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be


In a world in which waiting lists to adopt a child are long and many pregnant women believe abortion is their only option, adoption may seem like an obvious solution. While adoption is a loving, generous way for a child to be welcomed into a family, it can also be a complex reality for those involved—including parents placing their child for adoption, couples waiting to be matched with a child, children who are waiting to be or have already been adopted, and many others.

For example, a pregnant woman in crisis often sees adoption as worse than either raising or aborting her unexpected baby, and “studies suggest that in pitting adoption against abortion, adoption will be the hands-down loser.” Placing a child for adoption tends to be “perceived as a kind of double death” by the mother—what she perceives as a “death” of self by carrying the baby to term and the “death” of her child through what she perceives as abandonment.

A pregnant woman contemplating abortion generally needs to first believe that she can carry her baby to term before she is able to consider the different options of whether to raise or place her child for adoption. So, it is important for those who want to support her in choosing life to first remind her of “her own goodness and capacity for love” and to encourage her that she can carry her baby to term.

Helpful tips for supporting a woman who is considering adoption can be found at

Act (Choose one.)

Sign up to pray the St. Joseph Adoption Novena from March 11–19 for all whose life stories include adoption.

• Reflect more deeply on the uniqueness of each person’s adoption experience. Read the stories of a mother who placed her child for adoption and a married couple who adopted their son.

• Offer some other sacrifice or prayer that you feel called to do for this month’s intention.

One Step Further

Learn more about the complex reality of adoption in the video, Maternity is Forever: Adoption by the Sisters of Life. Discover why the decision to place a child for adoption should be the result of a personal discernment, initiated by the mother herself.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on a resolution that could impose abortion-on-demand nationwide without any limits, require taxpayer funding of abortion, put women’s opportunities and spaces at risk of being opened to men (such as in sports, locker rooms, prisons, and shelters), and undermine the religious freedom of people and organizations of faith to carry out their important missions – potentially even requiring Catholic hospitals and health workers to perform abortions and gender procedures on children. On top of these harms, the Senate’s process for this proposal – which attempts to declare that the misnamed “Equal Rights Amendment” (ERA) is a ratified part of the U.S. Constitution – is unconstitutional. Catholic teaching speaks very clearly and strongly about the equality of men and women, but the far-reaching consequences of the ERA would cause serious harm to women, preborn life, and the common good. Please contact your U.S. Senators now and tell them to oppose the resolution to unconstitutionally revive the misnamed “Equal Rights Amendment.”

More information from the USCCB on the ERA can be found here.

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Stop the Senate from eliminating Pro-Life protections and harming women and religious freedom!


A Prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Almighty ever-living God, who made Pope Benedict XVI a wise teacher of your people, a gentle shepherd of your flock, and a faithful pastor of your Church, grant in your kindness that your humble servant, who in this life believed in you and loved you, may now receive your mercy and rejoice in your presence for ever in the glory of the Saints. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Copyright © 2022, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.


On Thursday, Jan. 5 Bishop McManus will celebrate the 12:10 Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Worcester for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and invites everyone to join him in prayer at that time. All are welcome!

Read more about Pope Benedict XVI:

Bishop's Statement on the Death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

The Catholic Free Press: Local People Reflect on Benedict's Life

The Word of Life intercessions for the month of March

 Word of Life for March

Word of Life for April

annunciation_bulletin insert_usccb.pdf

Bridges of Mercy

Statement by Archbishop William E. Lori 

Serving Mom's in Need

Hope for Married Couples

Life Matters

 An Adoption Story


The House of Representatives is considering whether to bring the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7) to a vote, and your representative needs to hear from you to help make it happen! For decades, Americans of both parties have agreed that it is wrong to force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions. Policies like the Hyde Amendment not only protect taxpayers from this but have saved over two million preborn lives. But these protections are now at risk every year. The time has come for a permanent, across-the-board law to prevent Americans from having to contribute to violence against our most vulnerable, and for Congress to work on real solutions for women and children in need. Please tell your member of Congress to support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7) and to help bring it up for a vote in the House of Representatives. To read the letter from Bishop Burbidge, chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee, in support of this important bill, click here.

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