Respect Life Sunday set for 1st May
Respect Life Sunday, which has become a fixture in many parts of the Catholic World, will be celebrated in the Archdioceses of Melbourne and Perth on the 1 May.
The Respect Life Office of the Melbourne Archdiocese advises that the theme of Respect Life Sunday this year is Changing hearts and finding new alternatives to abortion.
Executive Officer Marcia Riordan says the Office is hoping to encourage the Church in Melbourne to reflect on the "dramatic ways in which the debate over abortion has changed over the past year and changed for good".
"We are invited to take heart and unite with all people of goodwill to be at the service of vulnerable women and children," she said.
Respect Life Sunday is a response to Pope John Paul II's proposal that a Day for Life be celebrated by the Church to promote the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition, and his particular encouragement of liturgical celebrations "to express wonder and gratitude for the gift of life and to welcome, savour and share the Gospel of life." (Evangelium Vitae # 84)
The Melbourne Respect Life Office has published resource materials for parishes and secondary schools within the Archdiocese.
This office was set up to promote the Gospel of Life in the parishes, schools and hospitals of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, amongst the various pro-life, pregnancy help and palliative care groups, and in the community more broadly.
Respect Life Sunday 1st May 2005 (Respect Life Office, Archdiocese of Melbourne 20/4/05) | Poster | Prayer Card | Brochure: Part 1, Part 2
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Respect Life Office, Archdiocese of Melbourne
21 Apr 2005