Respect Life Ministry
e-newsletter | October 20, 2021
Dear Pro-Life Friend,
Did you hear all the good news?!

  • Following the Archbishop's appeal, we have 24 new Parish Representatives for a total of 90 parishes with Respect Life Ministries! We honored all the men and women who have said "yes" during our Respect Life Month kick-off Appreciation Luncheon, and we are especially grateful for those starting up or renewing ministries and hosting the much needed Parish Baby Bottle Drives benefiting our Pregnancy Help Centers (Learn more at respectlifemiami.org/baby-bottle-drive).

  • Following the Superintendent's appeal, we have 43 Catholic schools participating in the first ever Archdiocesan-wide educational and fundraising initiative for Respect Life Month, including age-appropriate curricular materials by grade as well as a school Baby Bottle Drive benefiting the Pregnancy Help Centers from October 15- November 15 (Learn more at respectlifemiami.org/schools).

  • Following our first-ever Sidewalk Advocate training in English and Spanish, we have launched the Sidewalk Advocates for Life: South Florida website for trained Sidewalk Advocates to provide a peaceful, prayerful, and effective presence covering all 24 abortion sites in the Archdiocese of Miami. (Learn more at respectlifemiami.org/sidewalk-advocates or respectlifemiami.org/prayer).

  • We have expanded hours of operation at our Pregnancy Help Centers with three of our locations open six days per week to provide free alternatives to abortion during the evening and weekend hours in which nearby Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics are open in order to save more lives and souls (Learn more at respectlifemiami.org/pregnancy-help-centers).

  • The ultrasound machine at the North Dade Pregnancy Help Center is up and running which means that now all five of our locations provide free ultrasounds thanks to the Knights of Columbus, our donors and volunteers, and our dedicated staff members who are taking turns traveling to serve the abortion-vulnerable families in the North Dade region.

  • AND as a grand finale to Respect Life month, heroic pro-life shepherds Archbishop Neumann and Bishop Estevez, as well as many local and national leaders, are joining us for the Respect Life Conference that Archbishop Wenski is hosting at St. Thomas University from October 29-31. (Learn more at respectlifemiami.org/events or congresoprovida.com).

Friends, let's finish Respect Life Month strong by coming together to pray, learn, and celebrate so we can go forth united in Christ to truly create a culture of life.

Join your pro-life family this October 29, 30, and 31st to be enriched, encouraged, equipped and sent out together as missionaries of the Gospel of Life.

Pope St. John Paul II, pray for us!
For Life,
Rebecca

Rebecca Brady
Director, Respect Life Ministry
Secretariat for Parish Life, Archdiocese of Miami
PS- get your ticket TODAY for our Respect Life Conference at congresoprovida.com, invite your family and friends, and spread the word in your parish and school communities.
EVENTS
Respect Life Month School Initiative
To aid in educating our students and families about the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, our Catholic schools have announced a special initiative for Respect Life Month. Under the leadership of the Archbishop and Superintendent, all Catholic schools have been encouraged to appoint a Respect Life Representative  to serve as the primary contact and liaison to the Archdiocesan Respect Life Office. We will build on this effort in years to come, including the development of Respect Life clubs in every school.

This year the initiative includes age-appropriate curricular materials and an Archdiocesan-wide Baby Bottle Drive contest benefiting the Respect Life Pregnancy Help Centers from October 15- November 15, 2021.

Prizes for the schools that raise the most money per student include:

Elementary Schools: 
$2,500 First Prize, $1,500 Second Prize, $750 Third Prize

High Schools: 
$2,500 First Prize and $1,000 Second Prize

“Every child in our Catholic schools deserves to participate in the Respect Life education campaign and have a baby bottle to take home as an object lesson to discuss further with their families.”
– Mr. Stephen Colella, Cabinet Secretary of Parish Life

Click the button below to participate in your school's Respect Life Month initiative. 
Respect Life Conference
This is the Respect Life Conference you've been waiting for!

The Congreso is a pro-life conference bringing together our diverse communities with talks offered in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole at St. Thomas University from October 29-31, 2021.

This event is for everyone involved in ministry, all Catholics, and people of goodwill who want to learn more about important issues of our day related to life and dignity.

Learn more & register as either an in-person or online attendee at congresoprovida.com.
Archbishop Wenski's Video Invitation
Nationwide Webinar Recordings
Together with the USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat, The Archdiocese of Miami Secretariat of Parish Life co-hosted webinars in Spanish and English to spread the word about the Congreso and encourage pro-lifers from all over the country and the world to register as virtual participants. (Everyone in the Archdiocese of Miami should join us in-person!)

Click the buttons below to watch the recordings and learn more about the upcoming Congreso.
National Prayer Campaign
The so-called constitutional right to elective abortion is being challenged with oral arguments starting December 1st in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Supreme Court case. Join the national campaign to pray that Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) will be overturned overturned, returning the issue of abortion to the states for the first time in nearly years. 

Visit prayfordobbs.com to learn more.
IN THE NEWS
Immigration, heartbeats on tap at congress
Oct. 1, 2021 | This October, the Archdiocese of Miami will host the sixth National Congreso Pro Vida event highlighting a multitude of topics important to the Church. 

Why we need the Congreso Pro Vida
Oct. 4, 2021 | Over 25,000 abortions occur in our Archdiocese every year. Why does our society resort to such violence when love, support, and real assistance is available? 

Maria Vision USA's Star of the Sea Interview
Oct. 7, 2021 | Rebecca Brady was interviewed by Deacon Carlos & Rosalie Charur on their Maria Vision USA program: “Star of the Sea,” which aired on DirectTV channel 262.
Florida sidewalk advocacy aims to reach women planning on abortion
Oct. 12., 2021 | The Florida Catholic story on our Sidewalk Advocates for Life training was picked up by diocesan publications across the country. Check out all the latest news on our website.
Radio Paz Interviews
Oct. 14, 2021 | Emisora Católica de la Arquidiócesis de Miami Radio Paz 830 AM/ Radio Paz 96.1 FM
Oct. 18, 2021 | Archbishop's Column in the Florida Catholic.

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RESPECT LIFE MINISTRY
Archdiocese of Miami | Secretariat for Parish Life
(954) 981-2922 | respectlife@theadom.org