October is respect Life Month

Let us pray for the Holy Father’s Intention for October:

A Church Open to Everyone: We pray for the Church; ever faithful to, and courageous in, preaching the Gospel, may the Church be a community of solidarity, fraternity, and welcome, always living in an atmosphere of synodality.

A Prayer to St. Joseph, Defender of Life

Dearest St. Joseph,at the word of an angel,

you lovingly took Mary into your home.

As God’s humble servant, you guided

the Holy Family on the road to Bethlehem,

welcomed Jesus as your own son in the shelter of a manger,

and fled far from your homeland for the safety of both Mother and Child.

We praise God that as their faithful protector, you never hesitated to sacrifice

for those entrusted to you. May your example inspire us also

to welcome, cherish, and safeguard God’s most precious gift of life.

Help us to faithfully commit ourselves to the service and defense of human life

—especially where it is vulnerable or threatened.

Obtain for us the grace to do the will of God in all things.


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