Each parish is invited to have a Pro-Life Ministry and appoint a Coordinator to initiate and organize Pro-Life activities. The pro-life committee assists by helping parishioners understand the issues and the importance of meeting the needs of those who are most vulnerable.
A committee may be:
- a distinct committee, or a subcommittee of another parish organization.
- you can use this committee structure as a guideline
The committee plays a vital role in parish life. The chairperson will be appointed by the pastor and it is important for the pastor and chairperson be able to work well together. Building a relationship with priests, staff and other committees is vital. Working with other parish ministries several times during the year will build a stronger community. See this outline to help build relationships.
The objectives of the parish ministry coordinator are to:
- coordinate the annual Respect Life Program
- promote and assist pregnancy counseling and comprehensive maternity support services, as well as post-abortion counseling and reconciliation programs
- encourage and support parishioners' involvement in services to help those who are chronically ill, disabled, or dying and their families
- sponsor programs of prayer in the parish to pray…that the culture of death that surrounds us may be replaced by a culture of life
- See the Calendar for annual activities
- foster awareness of the need to restore legal protection to the lives of unborn children to the maximum degree possible and to safeguard in law the lives of those who are chronically ill, disabled, or dying
- keep parishioners informed of upcoming important legislation
- develop or adopt, where feasible, a parish-based ministry to pregnant women and their children
The USCCB Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities outlines each area of a Pro-Life organization within the Catholic Church.
You may wish to work with other parishes within the Diocese to promote events, bring in speakers or community projects. Parishes within the diocese are grouped by deaneries.
The following resources are available to promote within your parish or school community.