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Respect Life Coordinators
The Call of a Respect Life Coordinator in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is to be an ambassador of the Gospel of Life to the Parish. The Archdiocesan Staff supports coordinators by providing resources to educate their parish communities and to call others to involvement in the Pro-Life Movement. Every person we meet already has a deep-set belief on life issues. Our ministry must be built on relationships and interactions that draws people towards the culture of life rather than pushing them further away.
2020 Respect Life Goals
This year our Archdiocesan goals for Respect Life Coordinators are:
1. Educate parish communities about the “Culture of Life” and expand Respect Life efforts within the parish.
2. Establish a network with fellow parish Respect Life Coordinators in order to share and collaborate.
3. Grow in knowledge of Respect Life issues by becoming familiar with the USCCB RESPECT LIFE RESOURCES and the many resources on this website.
4. Promote Respect Life Sunday on the first Sunday of October to raise awareness of Pro-Life issues.
Resources for Respect Life Coordinators
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INCLUSION MINISTRY pages for more information on all respect life arenas.
Forming a New Respect Life Committee
Step 1: Confirm you Parish does not already have a Respect Life Committee
This may seem obvious enough, but it is important to check your bulletin, ask the parish secretary, or look in your parish activity guides. There is no point in attempting to reinvent the wheel. It is much smarter to work collaboratively on one initiative within the parish.
Step 2: Contact the Office for Respect Life Ministries!
Our office is happy to assist you in making key contacts, in developing an effective tone of communication, and in helping you identify the most effective use of your time and manpower in the promotion of life. Please contact US HERE in order to get on our Respect Life Coordinator List and receive the Office for Respect Life Ministries Handbook.
Step 3: Speak with your Pastor
No effective parish effort can happen apart from the blessing of your pastor, so it is essential that he be on board with your initiative. He need not be involved in the daily details unless he wishes to be, but he must be informed enough to speak accurately about your efforts. Crucial in this stage is identifying how Respect Life Ministry will fit into his broader plan for the mission of the Kingdom as lived within your parish. The Office for Respect Life Ministries is more than happy to assist in these conversations.
Step 4: Develop a Core Leadership Team
No successful initiative within our churches is the result of one man or one woman. Rather, we are a body of believers united in Christ. We need a group, a guiding coalition which can challenge each other’s presuppositions, share the workloads, and identify best lines of action. A core team of at least six people is ideal.This may be accomplished simply through bulletin and pulpit announcements promoting an organizational meeting. It may work better through personal invitation. The most effective way to engage the right people in any such initiative is at the behest of the pastor.
Step 5: Develop a Strategic Plan for the promotion of the Gospel of Life within your Parish
No parish can do everything, but each parish is called to do something. We encourage you to consult our webpages and schedule a meeting with representatives of our office to assist you in developing realistic goals and objectives for your first year!