Our call as Catholics is to respect the dignity and life of every human being. God holds every being in existence, therefore every person is worthy. Worthy of respect. Worthy of life from conception to natural death. Worthy of dignity.

Every creature, particularly a living creature, has an intrinsic value, in its existence, its life, its beauty, and its interdependence with other creatures.

– Pope Francis

In honor of Respect Life Month, here are some tangible ways to respect life:

baby_faceSupport CCDA’s pregnancy and adoption services center. Encourage adoption as an option for families desiring children or as an avenue for families in crisis.

Uphold the dignity of every one of God’s children. CCDA seeks to serve the whole person, for a lifetime. With this in mind, our adoption program includes a post adoption counseling unit.

The Waiting Child Program is another adoption avenue that families can choose to adopt older children within the foster care system throughout the United States. Our agency will help you facilitate an older child adoption throughout the foster care system.

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smdp outingAcknowledge the dignity of those whom society often forgets. Support CCDA’s St. Martin de Porres Senior Services Center.

Volunteer at the Senior Center, where we provide congregate meals and a wide variety of health, exercise, social, recreational, educational, and entertainment activities, as well as field trips.

In respecting the whole person, our staff assists Center participants regarding services provided by other agencies in the areas of physical and mental health, transportation, housing, financial and legal matters, employment, and social services.

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prison ministrySupport our Prison Ministry. Be present to those whom society shuns. No matter what your current life situation is, every person is still worthy of dignity and respect. Find out how you can volunteer at your local prison.

This ministry is one of compassion and presence. The work includes liturgical presiding, Eucharistic ministry, sacramental preparation, scripture reflection, Bible study, small-group facilitation, one-on-one visitation, mentoring, and prayer ministry.

Prison ministry supports and coordinates outreach ministry offered by parish-based volunteers to the imprisoned, offering spiritual and emotional assistance to inmates and their families.

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“All of us must care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth…to give life is to open our heart, and to care for life is to give oneself in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern in my heart for others.

Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what a beautiful thing. So, go forth and don’t be discouraged. Care for life. It’s worth it.”

-Pope Francis

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