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
The Respect Life Office
of the Diocese of Worcester
invites you to a
Please join us for a
Reflection and Enrichment
Life in the Eucharist
Saturday, September 24,
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cathedral of St.
38 High St., Worcester
HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER WITH COMPLETE DETAILS
Who should attend?
o Coordinators and
volunteers in parish Respect Life ministries
Those who volunteer in various pro-life ministries or
o Anyone feeling called to become
more involved in the Church’s pro-life mission
Leaders of college and high school pro-life groups
There is something for everyone!
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
This will ensure
we have an accurate count to plan for materials and
Send your name, parish,
and email address to
[email protected] with the words
“SEPT. 24 REGISTRATION” in the subject line;
contact the Respect Life Office at
Stop the (Dis)”Respect for Marriage Act”!
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
Take action now to stop the (Dis)”Respect for Marriage
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.
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
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.
3. Attend a "How-To" Webinar
Wed., Aug. 17th at 2 PM (Eastern)
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
See Them Now
Call to Action
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
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.
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
Word of Life
Respect Life Office Diocese of Worcester, MA
Serving Mom's in Need
Hope for Married Couples
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.
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
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
September 28 - November 6
40 Days of Prayer and Fasting Begins Wednesday,
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,
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 ▪
Healing and Support. God Loves You.
Bishop Responds to Supreme Court Decision
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.
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
• 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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