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Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus

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October is Respect Life Month

This year’s theme is Live the Gospel of Life: To imitate Christ and follow in his footsteps. USCCB’s Respect Life Program materials highlight the 25th anniversary of the encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae with a special focus on walking with those need. The online action guide, liturgy suggestions, and media resources are available at www.respectlife.org.  
BUILDING A CULTURE OF LIFE SERIES

October, Respect Life Month

Join us in October, Respect Life Month, for an extraordinary virtual series. Topics include: Raising the Next Pro-Life Generation, Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service, and Making End of Life Decisions. Bishop Brennan will conclude the series with a Respect Life Mass. Sponsored by the diocesan Office for Social Concerns, Marriage & Family Life Office, and Greater Columbus Right to Life. No Cost. To register and for speaker details go to www.bclc.lifeClick here for flyer.

For resources to promote the dignity of human life and more about the USCCB Respect Life Month Program Materials, visit our Respect Life Program page.
Diocese Launches Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service 

Bishop Robert Brennan is asking parishes to join the USCCB in a nationwide effort called Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service in response to Pope Francis’ repeated challenge to go to the margins and bring hope and help to those in need and in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae. 
40 Days for Life

Faithful believers are praying that this effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in America. This peaceful prayer vigil will take place from September 23 to November 1, at an abortion facility in Columbus. Participants are asked to volunteer for one-hour shifts and sign a statement of peace. For details and to sign up for a time, visit Greater Columbus Right to Life at www.gcrtl.org/40-days-for-life.html or call 614-445-8508. 
Bridging the Racial Divide for the Salvation of Souls

Visit the diocesan Office of Ethnic Ministries resources to respond to the sin of racism. The office invites deaneries and parishes to continue conversations on racism in order to affect positive change and promote racial harmony. For resources, CLICK HERE.
Feast of St. Francis Program
Care for God's Creation

Every October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis celebrates the saint who saw all created beings as his brother or sister. Inspired by this example, Catholic Climate Covenant produces a free educational program to help your faith community explore how it can better care for creation and the poor. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability's Council on Mental Illness is hosting a webinar series on suicide the second Monday of each month, 7 p.m. To register for the series, CLICK HERE.
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The Season of Hope

Monthly Topic: Fostering Hope Through Sharing a Journey - Accompaniment

In order to overcome a poverty of hope that is experienced by many of our brothers and sisters during these challenging times, the Diocesan HOPE Task Force has developed a bulletin insert and homily helps on the topic of fostering hope through sharing a journey – accompaniment. For additional resources, visit www.columbuscatholic.org/season-of-hope
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Catholic Diocese of Columbus
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Columbus, Ohio  43215
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