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Essay Contest

Respect Life Essay Contest

Do you have a passion for protecting & preserving Human Life & Dignity?
Are you a High School Student in the Diocese of Charlotte?
Would you like to have your writing seen by the public? 

Respect Life Essay Prompt

This year’s essay prompt is taken from a quote from Pope Francis. It is as follows: “How in today’s society are we best able to say ‘Yes’ to life and ‘No’ to death?”

The essay cannot exceed 500 words. Each submission should include the student’s name, grade, email, school and/or parish. Submission must be done through a Catholic high school or a parish. Each school and each parish may submit one essay to this contest. It is the responsibility of each parish and school to decide an internal deadline for submission. Only one entry may be submitted to Catholic Charities from the parish or school. The firm deadline for essay submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is January 5, 2018.

The three finalists will receive prizes donated by St. Benedict Press/TAN Books. The winner will have his/her essay published in the Catholic News Herald and on the Catholic Charities website.

Contact person: Jessica R. Grabowski, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Let’s say ‘Yes’ to life and ‘No’ to death.” – Pope Francis

Click here for a printable PDF.

  • USCCB Pro-Life Resources
  • Respect Life Booklet
  • Upcoming Event Information
  • Respect Life Conference
  • Rachel's Vineyard Ministry
  • Pro-Life Web Resources
  • Advocacy for Life
  • Essay Contest

 

To address the “slippery slope” of diminished respect for life found in the United States, the American bishops established the National Office of Respect Life more than 20 years ago.

The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, under the guidance and direction of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, works to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death, and organize for its protection. 

Each year they produce an updated Respect Life Program Packet. To view more information on the current packet please click the image above. 


USCCB Monthly WORD OF LIFE

Pastoral Plan For Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign In Support Of Life

USCCB Respect Life Program

Program Catalog

 

 

 

 

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The Diocese of Charlotte Respect Life Resource Booklet, produced by the Respect Life Program of Catholic Charities is linked here. In this booklet, you will find many educational tools and useful resources to help start, grow and guide your Respect Life parish-based ministry. 
 
Feel free to print the PDF in English or Spanish by clicking on the corresponding images. 
 
This booklet will be updated on an annual basis at the start of each new year.  
 
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Please find information and flyers for upcoming Respect Life Events hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte.
Click the links to find more detailed information about these upcoming events.
 
 
 

 
 
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  • The 2016 Respect Life Conference took place in the Charlotte area at Christ the King High School in Huntersville, NC. Keynote speakers included Jesuit Father Joseph Koterski and Bishop Peter Jugis, Diocese of Charlotte. You can find more about this past conference by visiting the Catholic News Herald article here. 

  • The 2017 Respect Life Conference took place in the Asheville area at Saint Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden, NC. Keynote speakers included Dr. John Grabowski and Debbie Shinskie as well as mass offered by Rev. Father Adrian Porras.  You can find more about this past conference by visiting the Catholic News Herald article here. 

  • Plans for the 2018 Respect Life Conference are already in the works! This conference will be held in the triad area (Winston-Salem/Greensboro) in 2018. Please check back for further updates. The Respect Life Program will announce the location and additional details by the end of the calendar year. 
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Forgiveness and Healing Following Abortion

Catholic Charities can help men and women who have experience abortion begin their healing journey. Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreats creates a healing environment of prayer and forgiveness. The retreat works to reconnect individuals to themselves, their friends, and family and to realize God’s ever present love. 
 
Upcoming 2017 Retreats in the Diocese of Charlotte
 
October 20-22, 2017
Greensboro Area, NC
 
Please contact Jackie Childers for more retreat information
980-241-0251 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Click the link to our full flyer for 2017 Diocese of Charlotte retreats, as well as retreats in surrounding dioceses. 
 
In addition, Catholic Charities also offers counseling. Please contact our Counseling Program for appointments at 704-370-3217
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Public Policy

The Church urges Catholics to participate in political life.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, "It is necessary that all participate, according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This is inherent in the dignity of the human person ... As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life" (see nos. 1913-1915).  Catholics are called to political involvement that is guided by moral principles, with the dignity of all human life from the moment of conception until natural death being the paramount principle from which all others flow.  The Church does not serve the interests of a particular party or interest group, but calls all people of good will to see the inherent value of human life, because we are all made in the image and likeness of God.  Once this is accepted as our grounding moral principle, we naturally will want to work to protect human life and nurture human life to fulfillment, which means working to meet the needs of those marginalized in society, and giving voice to those who lack a strong voice to protect their human rights and their well-being.

To help you stay informed and have a voice in public policy matters, Catholic Charities provides educational events and mailings in the Diocese of Charlotte. These resources are based on Catholic Social Teaching, and they often go along with campaigns and alerts from our bishop and other Catholic entities.

The mission of Catholic Charities is to be a ministry of “charity, service, and justice.”

 

Catholic Voice NC

The primary public policy and advocacy tool in the Diocese of Charlotte is Catholic Voice NC (CVNC), established by the Bishops of Charlotte and Raleigh in July 2008. CVNC offers North Carolina's Catholics an opportunity to have a greater voice in the political process, especially in state legislative matters under consideration by the General Assembly in Raleigh. Staff members provide advice to CVNC through participation on the CVNC Advisory Board.

Past alerts have focused on issues like the Racial Justice Act, a sex education bill, school violence protection, a “Choose Life” license plate, the marriage amendment, conscience protection, the Freedom of Choice Act, and health care reform.

To receive email advocacy alerts issued by CVNC and various national Catholic organizations, we encourage you to sign up at the links listed here.

 

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Respect Life Essay Contest

Do you have a passion for protecting & preserving Human Life & Dignity?
Are you a High School Student in the Diocese of Charlotte?
Would you like to have your writing seen by the public? 

Respect Life Essay Prompt

This year’s essay prompt is taken from a quote from Pope Francis. It is as follows: “How in today’s society are we best able to say ‘Yes’ to life and ‘No’ to death?”

The essay cannot exceed 500 words. Each submission should include the student’s name, grade, email, school and/or parish. Submission must be done through a Catholic high school or a parish. Each school and each parish may submit one essay to this contest. It is the responsibility of each parish and school to decide an internal deadline for submission. Only one entry may be submitted to Catholic Charities from the parish or school. The firm deadline for essay submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is January 5, 2018.

The three finalists will receive prizes donated by St. Benedict Press/TAN Books. The winner will have his/her essay published in the Catholic News Herald and on the Catholic Charities website.

Contact person: Jessica R. Grabowski, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Let’s say ‘Yes’ to life and ‘No’ to death.” – Pope Francis

Click here for a printable PDF.

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