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Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus

I nformation and Response NETWORK 
Join us in prayer and witness on January 22, 2020, a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Help build a culture of life.
January 22, 2020

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
Respect Life Mass

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

10:30 a.m. St. Joseph Cathedral
Bishop Robert J. Brennan, main celebrant

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children


Join us for the annual Respect Life Mass on Wednesday, January 22, 2020,10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 E. Broad Street, Columbus. Bishop Robert J. Brennan will serve as celebrant. On this day of the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court  Roe v. Wade  decision, our diocese will join all dioceses of the United States in observing a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. All are invited. For more information contact, contact the diocesan Office for Social Concerns at  socmailbox@columbuscatholic.org  or 614-241-2540. For Flyer CLICK HERE .

Visit our  Respect Life Program Page  for ways to promote the dignity of the human person in all stages.



Roe Remembrance

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
12 p.m. Ohio Statehouse, Columbus


Greater Columbus Right to Life will sponsor this event on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, noon to 1 p.m., at the Ohio Statehouse following the 10:30 a.m. Respect Life Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. The program will be held in the Statehouse Atrium. Please allow extra time for Statehouse security measures. Stickers, signs, and weapons are not permitted inside. For additional information, visit  www.gcrtl.org/roe.html
Washington, DC Area Activities

National Prayer Vigil for Life Schedule
January 23, 2020

For those planning on traveling to Washington, DC, for the March for Life, the annual National Prayer Vigil for Life will be at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. For details,  CLICK HERE .

March for Life & Washington Events
Friday, January 24, 2020

The annual March for Life's date is Friday, January 24, 2019. In addition to the March for Life, thousands will participate in other gatherings in the DC area. For a Listing of Washington, DC, area events,  CLICK HERE .  

Local Bus Trips to the March for Life

If you have a bus going to the March for Life in Washington, DC, and still need seats to fill, please  contact the diocesan Office for Social Concerns .  People call our office asking for available trips.
9 Days for Life

Pray this Novena on January 21-29

9 Days for Life will take place Tuesday, January 21 - Wednesday, January 29. 9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. Sign up to receive the novena by email, text, message, or an app at  www.9daysforlife.com .  For a leaders resource which includes the printed novena,  CLICK HERE Additional resources to observe the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children are available  here .
Respect Life Resources

Prayer and Worship

For homily helps, sample intercessions, bulletin announcements for January 22, CLICK HERE.

Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities:
A Campaign in Support of Life

Learn about the Catholic Church's commitment and plan to build a culture of life, CLICK HERE .

Respect Life Program

To learn about the Church’s teaching on respect life issues and resources to respond, visit the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ website at  www.usccb.org/prolife


Human Life Action

Works closely with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in support of their pro-life legislative agenda. Visit their website at www.humanlifeaction.org.

Catholic Conference of Ohio

The official representative of the Catholic Church in public matters affecting the Church and the general welfare of the citizens of Ohio. Visit their issues section for pro-life priorities and resources at www.ohiocathconf.org.
Bishop Brennan approves Walking with Mothers in Need: A Year of Service set for March 25, 2020

We're excited to announce that Bishop Robert J. Brennan is encouraging the Walking with Mothers in Need: A Year of Service in program set to begin on March 25, 2020. More information will come from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as they are developing resources. Below is a description.

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.

The 25th anniversary year of Evangelium vitae gives us a wonderful opportunity to assess, expand, and communicate resources to pregnant moms and families in need. We are inviting parishes, through the support of their bishop and pastor, to join a nationwide effort from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021 entitled: “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.”

For this Year of Service, the USCCB Pro-Life Committee is developing educational, pastoral, and action-oriented resources for parish use, such as:

  • Tools for documenting an inventory of local resources for pregnant mothers in need.
  • Ideas for improving parish responses.
  • Prayers for building a culture of life and a civilization of love.
  • Reflections on the teachings of Evangelium vitae, Evangelii gaudium, and Laudato si'.

Participate in the year of service in prayer with the  Prayer for Pregnant Mothers  ( en español )



More to come....
Advocacy, Upcoming Events, Resources


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Jerry Freewalt
Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus
197 E. Gay Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
614-241-2540
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