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

The Respect Life Office
of the Diocese of Worcester

invites you to a special event!

Please join us for a
Pro-Life Morning of
Reflection and Enrichment

Life in the Eucharist

Saturday, September 24, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cathedral of St. Paul
38 High St., Worcester

Who should attend?

o Coordinators and volunteers in parish Respect Life ministries

o Those who volunteer in various pro-life ministries or organizations

o Anyone feeling called to become more involved in the Church’s pro-life mission

o Leaders of college and high school pro-life groups

There is something for everyone!


This will ensure we have an accurate count to plan for materials and lunch.

Send your name, parish, and email address to [email protected] with the words
“SEPT. 24 REGISTRATION” in the subject line;
or contact the Respect Life Office at

Stop the (Dis)”Respect for Marriage Act”!

In response to the life-saving overturning of Roe v. Wade, Congress – instead of stepping up to assist women and children in need – is moving furiously to lock in other anti-family priorities. The “Respect for Marriage Act,” for example, would prevent states from restoring the authentic understanding of marriage between man and woman if given the opportunity by the Supreme Court. Moreover, it could even require the federal government to honor polygamous “marriages” in states that move to allow it. No one should be mistreated because of their differences. But, as Pope Francis has said, children have a right to a mother and a father, and we must never stop advocating for marriage, in which children do best. Further, it is critical to protect freedom for people like small business wedding vendors and faith-based foster care agencies who serve their communities. Please tell your U.S. senators to vote “No” on the poorly-named Respect for Marriage Act.

Please see the USCCB’s recent letter to Congress on this legislation here.

Take action now to stop the (Dis)”Respect for Marriage Act”!

Democrats plan Senate vote on radical same-sex ‘marriage’ bill by end of September

Praying for Our Parishes (And What You Can Do)

Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, we're in a new season of the pro-life movement with new challenges and new opportunities.

With Respect Life Month around the corner in October, let's pray for our parishes to seize that time to bear renewed witness to love and life.

Pray "A Prayer for Pregnant Mothers" (below), and check out 3 other ways you can help your spiritual home build a culture of life!

1. Pray "A Prayer for Pregnant Mothers"
Remembering to ground our efforts in prayer, we ask Our Blessed Mother's intercession in helping us build a culture of life and civilization of love, especially within our parish communities.

2. Sign up for Respect Life Prayer & Action
Get a few emails a month with pro-life prayers, action alerts to contact Congress and government leaders, and ways you can strengthen a culture of life in your community.
Sign Up

3. Attend a "How-To" Webinar
Wed., Aug. 17th at 2 PM (Eastern)
This intro-level, one-hour webinar is for anyone who wants to help their parish observe Respect Life Month in October. (You don't have to work at a parish to join.)

4. Get Respect Life Materials
to Put in Your Church
Did you know that the USCCB Respect Life Office produces posters, prayer cards, handouts, flyers, digital graphics, and more for parishes? Did you know that the digital versions are all free?
See Them Now

Call to Action

Say NO to Physician Assisted Suicide New PDF4.30.22

Urge the U.S. Department of Education to Respect Life and Liberty in Title IX

Title IX is a law that prohibits sex discrimination in public schools and many private schools, from kindergarten to the university level. The U.S. Department of Education has proposed a new regulation that would revise the concept of "discrimination on the basis of sex" to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." This would require schools to comply with gender ideology, affecting many of the day-to-day activities of these institutions. Schools could be punished for distinguishing between boys and girls in locker rooms and dorms). The proposed regulation would keep an existing exemption for religious schools, but teachers and students of faith in public schools would have no such protections.
The regulation’s definition of "discrimination on the basis of sex" would also include "termination of pregnancy." This could be used to impose requirements that promote abortion.
Join the USCCB in encouraging the USDE to clarify that “discrimination on the basis of sex” is not an abortion mandate, and that schools must have the freedom to continue to recognize a distinction between male and female in their activities and facilities.
Take action today!

The Word of Life intercessions for the month of September

Word of Life for September

Respect Life Office  Diocese of Worcester, MA

Serving Mom's in Need

Hope for Married Couples

Life Matters

Bridges of Mercy

 An Adoption Story

Call to Action

Urge HHS to Do No Harm to Life and Liberty
Section 1557 is the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act. It protects people from discrimination on the basis of their sex in health care. But the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) has proposed a rule implementing Section 1557, which would seriously impede Catholic hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, and health care workers from carrying out their work.
HHS is interpreting Section 1557 to impose new mandates about gender identity. According to the rule, it would be considered discrimination for a health care worker or Catholic hospital to object outright to performing gender transition procedures— such as the administration of puberty blocking drugs or surgery to remove healthy body parts—regardless of whether that objection is a matter of religious belief or clinical judgment. The proposed rule also suggests that the government may refuse to honor the right of health care workers and providers not to perform or participate in abortions. The proposed HHS Section 1557 rule could function as both an abortion mandate and a gender transition procedure mandate.
Your comments can make a difference! Join the USCCB in encouraging the HHS to clarify that “discrimination on the basis of sex” is not an abortion mandate, and that health care workers and medical facilities must be free to conscientiously object to gender transition procedures.
Take Action Now!

40 Days for Life Campaign
September 28 - November 6
40 Days of Prayer and Fasting Begins Wednesday,
 September 28 at 6:30pm

Opening Candlelight Vigil across from Planned Parenthood
 470 Pleasant Street │ Worcester Candles Will Be Provided
If You Can’t Make the Candlelight Vigil Don’t Worry , You Can Pray for This Campaign. If You Would Like More Information, Please Visit

Do You Know Massachusetts Abortion Laws? It was recently passed in Massachusetts, abortion is legal in the third trimester babies accidently born alive during a “failed” abortion procedure can be left to die, a minor can get an abortion without her parents’ knowledge.

Hurting From a Past Abortion? Reach Out to Kathy via Phone or Text at Silent No More ▪ 508.397.7280 for Healing and Support. God Loves You.

Bishop Responds to Supreme Court Decision
June 24, 2022

While some people are looking at the Dobbs decision by the Supreme Court as a victory for those who advocate for the life of both the mother and the child in the womb, we must also keep in mind that this decision is a legal recognition of states’ rights. The abortion debate formally moves to 50 states and US territories to decide whether abortion will be legal, limited, or illegal within their borders. Will we be known to the world as a group of states defined by being either pro-life or pro-death? Or, will we acknowledge someday that a country whose foundational principle is freedom and justice for all cannot exclude the most vulnerable, a child in the womb?

Our prayers must continue in earnest for a greater respect for all human life. As Christians we must respond with charity in support of the life of the child in the womb whose dignity deserves our respect and legal protection, to the mother who is afraid, alone or whose life may be in jeopardy, and with respect for all citizens who struggle with this most divisive issue in our country and our world. As Christians we cannot react with violence and hatred toward those with whom we disagree. Only the virtue of charity can vanquish evil.
Pray for Dobbs

Praise God! Roe v. Wade Overturned

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court has overruled Roe v. Wade. Thanks be to God! And thank YOU for your prayers and fasting on behalf of life.

Although states can now legislate to protect pre-born human lives, our prayers and loving work for the protection of human life need to continue.

On this historic day, we pray:
• In thanksgiving for this victory for life.
• For all who are considering an abortion.
• For all who have participated in abortion.
• For the safety of the Justices and their families, churches, pregnancy care centers, and all who bear witness to God's precious gift of life.
• For the road ahead.

Thank you again, and God bless you!
June 24, 2022 | By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON - In response to the Supreme Court of the United States issuing its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:

“This is a historic day in the life of our country, one that stirs our thoughts, emotions and prayers. For nearly fifty years, America has enforced an unjust law that has permitted some to decide whether others can live or die; this policy has resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of preborn children, generations that were denied the right to even be born.

“America was founded on the truth that all men and women are created equal, with God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This truth was grievously denied by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized and normalized the taking of innocent human life. We thank God today that the Court has now overturned this decision. We pray that our elected officials will now enact laws and policies that promote and protect the most vulnerable among us.

“Our first thoughts are with the little ones whose lives have been taken since 1973. We mourn their loss, and we entrust their souls to God, who loved them from before all ages and who will love them for all eternity. Our hearts are also with every woman and man who has suffered grievously from abortion; we pray for their healing, and we pledge our continued compassion and support. As a Church, we need to serve those who face difficult pregnancies and surround them with love.

“Today’s decision is also the fruit of the prayers, sacrifices, and advocacy of countless ordinary Americans from every walk of life. Over these long years, millions of our fellow citizens have worked together peacefully to educate and persuade their neighbors about the injustice of abortion, to offer care and counseling to women, and to work for alternatives to abortion, including adoption, foster care, and public policies that truly support families. We share their joy today and we are grateful to them. Their work for the cause of life reflects all that is good in our democracy, and the pro-life movement deserves to be numbered among the great movements for social change and civil rights in our nation’s history.

“Now is the time to begin the work of building a post-Roe America. It is a time for healing wounds and repairing social divisions; it is a time for reasoned reflection and civil dialogue, and for coming together to build a society and economy that supports marriages and families, and where every woman has the support and resources she needs to bring her child into this world in love.

“As religious leaders, we pledge ourselves to continue our service to God’s great plan of love for the human person, and to work with our fellow citizens to fulfill America’s promise to guarantee the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people.
Bishops respond to expanding abortion in Mass.

July 13, 2022
Statement of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference
In Opposition to House Bill 4954 and Senate Bill 2996

A fundamental teaching of the Catholic faith is that an unborn child is a human person with the inalienable right to life and this life must be protected from conception to birth. It is in this light that the Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts have always strongly opposed abortion and all legislative efforts to expand the practice. It is the reason we oppose House Bill 4954 and Senate Bill 2996.
Particular attention must be drawn to a provision (Section 10) in House Bill 4954. If adopted, late term abortions would become widely available, further expanding an already deeply troubling section of Massachusetts law. Specifically, by adding the word “severe” into existing law, abortions would be allowed based upon any physician’s own determination of what condition qualifies as “severe”. This undefined terminology further erodes the protection of life by creating the possibility of abortions at any time in a woman’s pregnancy.
On behalf of the four Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Catholic Conference urges the legislature and Governor Baker not to advance these bills into law.

July13, 2022

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