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By Priests for life. Adapted to the UK by 40 days for life London campaign team www.priestsforlife.org www.40daysforlife.com/london
1) Offer Masses for Pro-life intentions. This can either be a "special event" or a regularly scheduled Mass, the intention of which relates to pro-life. 2) Establish a pro -life prayer group in the parish, dedicated specifically to prayers and teachings on the value of human life. 3) Offer Pro-life holy hours, Rosaries, Scripture Services. Priests for Life provides some devotional materials . 4) Promote the Be Not Afraid Family Holy Hours . Preach frequently on abortion, both with entire homilies on the topic and by reference to it in other homilies. 6) Include mention of abortion in the General Intercessions at Mass. 7) Place inserts into the bulletin about pro-life. These can be full -page inserts that can be given to the bulletin printing company in advance, or short (1 -3 line) messages. These are available from Priests for Life. You can order a free monthly pro -life insert for your bulletin, which will be sent to you camera -ready. 8) Present pro-life topics in Bible Study, RCIA, meetings for school parents, marriage preparation, instructions for sponsors, etc. 9) Invite pro-life speakers to make presentations at meetings which people are required to attend, such as those for the parents of school or CCD children. 10) Have special educational evenings with speakers and/or videos. 11) Have a "Life Mission" with a guest speaker/workshops for several days. 12) Use the parish bookrack to make good pro-life literature and tapes available. 13) Use parish bulletin boards inside and outside the Church to convey a pro -life message. Set up a permanent pro -life sign on the property. 14) Make pro-life resources (Precious Feet Pins , Stickers and Buttons, Pro-life Bank cheques, etc.) available to parishioners. You can get order information from Priests for Lif e. 15) Sponsor a pro-life essay/poster contest among the children of the school and CCD programs. Display winning posters in the school or in the Church vestibule, and print winning essays in the bulletin.
16) Have readily available at all times concrete information about alternatives to abortion. Place one of more of these numbers on the cover of your parish bulletin as a standard item. Get this information to women in need, to local doctors, and to the secular press. Some of the national hotlines ready to help women anywhere in the country are: PREGNANCY HELP: Good Counsel Network: 020 7723 1740 email@example.com reeserve.co.uk www.goodcounselnet.co.uk Life Charity: 24 hour: 0800 915 4600, London: 02072401275 www.lifecharity.org.uk City Pregnancy Counselling and Psychotherapy: 02076385440 www.citypregnancy.org.uk HELP AFTER AN ABORTION: Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline: 08456036501 www.archtrust.org.uk Silent No More Recovery ± 24 Hour 0141 226 5407 www.silentnomoreawareness.org firstname.lastname@example.org Abortion Recovery International www.abortionrecovery.org OTHER HELP: Chastity Education for Schools and Natural Family Planning Training and Advice from FLI ± UK 02088579950 www.flionline.org 17) Have information available on post-abortion healing programs like Rachel¶s Vineyard (www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk , 0705904656). 18) Bring people out for a Peaceful prayer vigil on the street or at an abortion clinic . 19) Encourage a parish pro-life committee to form and grow. Give it constant encouragement. 20) Commission the pro-life committee at a special liturgy. Priests for Life provides a suggested prayer for such a commissioning. 21) Read good books and periodicals on the iss ue, consult with experts, and take advantage of resources provided by the local diocesan pro -life office, the US Bishops' office for pro -life activities, and Priests for Life.
22) Have a plaque or monument erected in memory of the children in the community who died from abortion. Have a school yearbook dedicated to those killed by abortion. 23) Establish some sort of memorial to mothers who have been killed by their abortion. A list of the names of some of these women is available either in printout or poster form. Contact Priests for Life for information. 24) Call for special parish days of voluntary prayer and fasting to end abortion. 25) Establish a parish pro -life newsletter for the parish or community. 26) Participate as a parish in the National Night of Prayer , held each December to pray for an increased respect f or life. 27) Take part in The Gabriel Project , a pastoral program me whereby the local parish directly assists pregnant mothers. Contact Priests for Life for more information. PRO-LIFE ACTION ITEMS BY SEVERAL PRIESTS 1) Review the current pro -life programmes of the diocese and discuss ways to foster them. 2) Plan regular pro -life holy hours and/or masses to be held in a different parish each time, and promote each one in all the parishes of a given area. 3) Have an annual deanery/vicariate/diocesan pro -life Mass, with all the pro -life groups of the area represented. Pro -lifers can have a chance to socialis e with each other after the Mass. 4) Plan educational evenings with a pro -life speaker. Draw on the population of a group of parishes, vigorously promoting it in each one. Then, at the meeting, have key pro -life leaders from each parish share what they learned in their own parish. A video of the talk can be made and duplicated for the parishes. Similarly, audio taped or written summaries for the bulletin can carry the message to those who did not attend. 5) Have an area -wide collection of baby and maternity items to assis t a local crisis pregnancy centre. Use this project as an opportunity to spread the word through Christian and secular channels that alternatives to abortion are available to the local community. Make sure every priest in your area has the phone number of the local crisis pregnancy centre handy. 6) Have a procession, with participation from many parishes. Consult the Priests for Life manual, "Our Media is the Streets." 7) Arrange pro -life lunch to encourage more clergy to be active in the pro -life movement and to have local pro -life groups explain their activities. 8) Issue a joint statement on pro -life concerns to the local secular press. Such a statement from a body of priests shows unity in the Church and encourages the laity.
9) Combine loc al resources to pay for an advert carrying a pro-life message and a phone number for local alternatives to abortion. A newspaper advert can also reach women in need. 10) Speak with one voice to the local community by deciding to publish certain items jointly in the parish bulletin at various times. 11) Erect a local monument to the babies who have died from abortion. This serves to remind the public that abortion takes real human lives, and also assists mothers to grieve for their lost children. 12) Celebrate regional memorial Masses for the unborn, and Masses for hope and healin g for women who have lost their child through abortion or in other ways. Special opportunities for penance can also be provided. 13) Have discussions among the clergy about homily ideas on pro-life concerns. 14) Arrange for pro -life retreats and days of recollection for both clergy and laity. 15) In individual parishes or jointly, sponsor the Rosary for Life. Have parishioners commit to pray the full rosary once a week for an end to abortion. 16) In individual parishes or jointly, sponsor the Spiritual Adoption of Mother and Baby. In this program, parishioners promise to pray every day for nine months for a m other and her pre-born baby. Each month an update of the preborn baby's development can be given in the bulletin. At the end of the nine months, a baby shower can be sponsored. 17) Enlist the prayers and sufferings of the sick, the elderly, and the homebound. There is no such thing as a purely passive member of the Body of Christ or of the pro -life movement! 18) Produce a local TV programme on a pro-life theme. For more information or to send us your own ideas, please contact: Fr. Frank A. Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life Website: www.priestsforlife.org
or contact the 40 days for life London campaign team: website: www.40daysforlife.com/london email@example.com 07947698195
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