All across our nation, thousands of persons in communities just like yours are courageously standing up to protect human life. The time is NOW — this is our chance to stand up for the unborn, for the sick, the poor, and the most vulnerable among us!
The Respect Life Ministry team is always looking for ways to help people, adults and high school students, engage their love for life. We need assistance with running events on the diocesan level. In addition there is great need for people to be involved in their local parishes. Call your parish to find out what opportunities the parish or the parish respect life committee might offer to volunteer in Respect Life.
If you wish to find out more about how you can minister with the Diocesan Department of Pastoral Care Respect Life Ministry, call fill out the volunteer form online HERE.
An action alert is a message that an organization sends to its supporters calling on them to take action to influence public policy. Typically, Respect Life Ministry will email action alerts to parish representatives and respect life contacts in reference to timely issues, where prompt action is needed in order to affect upcoming legislation. Respect Life Ministry Action Alerts may ask supporters to contact their member of Congress or the New Jersey State Legislature by email or telephone regarding proposed legislation.
Respect Life Ministry of the Department of Pastoral Care often forwards Action Alerts from the Pro-Life Secretariat of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the New Jersey Catholic Conference, or the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment to our parish representatives and contacts.
The Action Alert begins with an explanation of the public policy issue and then instructs the recipients how they can impact the decision by contacting their legislators.
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“You formed my inmost being; You knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise You, so wonderfully You made me; wonderful are Your works. My very self You knew;” – Psalms 139:13-14
It is often stated in Scripture that God calls us by name and knows us. Now the Diocese of Trenton Respect Life Committee needs to know you by name, too. There are many opportunities for pro-life action if we have sufficient help to accomplish them. Many of them are very simple and not very time consuming. So, please complete this information, so we too can “call you by name”.
The statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, “Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life”, is a blueprint for action in these four areas: Public Information and Education, Pastoral Care, Public Policy Program, Prayer and Worship. Join us in transforming our society from a “Culture of Death” to a “Culture of Life”. May God bless your efforts for Life.
Click HERE to fill out a volunteer form for Respect Life.
The parish Respect Life representative and the Respect Life Committee are the links between the Respect Life Ministry and the parish. The parish representatives work with their pastor to find creative, inventive and effective ways to proclaim the Gospel of Life to their parish community. Contact your parish representative if you are interested in becoming a part of your Parish Respect Life Committee.
Respect life Mininstry is available to orient new representatives nominated by their pastors. Representatives are encouraged to develop collaborative relationships with those from surrounding parishes.
Being Catholic is all about loving God’s wonderful gift of life. Our motto, Loving Life, says exactly that: we’re proud to tell everyone we know that all life is sacred, and that every single person is deserving of our love and protection, from conception to natural death. By Loving Life, we daily give witness to the truth of Christ. For more information,click HERE.
The Department of Pastoral Care’s Respect Life Poster, Essay and Video Contest is open to Catholic schools, parish religious education programs and youth groups with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Students are asked to write an essay, illustrate a poster or create a video that complements this year’s theme, “Each of us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation,” suggested by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for Respect Life Month in October.
The entries will be grouped into grade-level categories – kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade. Preliminary judging will be done on a parish or school level, then after the best entries are chosen they are sent to the Department of Pastoral Care’s Respect Life Ministry for judging on the diocesan level. Each parish or school is asked to submit one winning essay, poster or video from each grade level. Click HERE for more information.
The United States Bishops’ have asked for “a great hymn of prayer in our country,” from June 21 (Vigil of the Memorial of St. John Fisher, Bishop and St. Thomas More, Martyr) through to July 4 – Independence Day, in support of religious freedom. In the Diocese of Trenton, these efforts will be primarily parish-based.