Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.

The 25th anniversary year of Evangelium vitae gives us a wonderful opportunity to assess, expand, and communicate resources to pregnant moms and families in need. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is inviting, parishes, through the support of their bishop and pastor, to join a nationwide effort, from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021, entitled “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.”

For this Year of Service, the USCCB Pro-Life Committee is developing education, pastoral, and action-oriented resources for parish use, such as:

  • Tools for documenting an inventory of local resources for pregnant mothers in need
  • Ideas for improving parish responses
  • Prayers for building a culture of life and a civilization of love
  • Reflections on the teachings of Evangelium vitae, Evangeli guadium and Laudato si

During May, the month of Mary, we invite you to join your parish family in daily praying to our Blessed Mother on behalf of all mothers in need:

O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.

Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.

Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.

Amen.