The theme for the 2009 Day for Life is ‘you are precious in my sight’. Listen to podcast, view video reflection and access helplines.


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Day for Life

Day for Life was initiated by the late Pope John Paul II, to encourage the Catholic Church worldwide to celebrate a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition.

In Ireland, Scotland and England & Wales, the Bishops’ Conferences work closely together and share the same theme each year.

Theme for 2009

This year the Irish Day for Life for 2009 will be celebrated on 4 October.

‘You are precious in my sight’ is the theme for 2009 with a focus on suicide, particularly the pastoral dimensions of this difficult and sensitive subject. It will highlight why the Church believes that every life is worth living and look at the reasons why people contemplate suicide, including acute mental illness and the possible spiritual factors involved. It will also point towards the support that the professional services can bring and hopefully help to reduce the stigma too often associated with mental illness and depression.

Message for 2009

Click on link to download – Day for Life 2009 leaflet

A special leaflet has been prepared which will be available in all churches on 4th October.

Building upon last years theme of mental health, this years Day for Life aims to raise awareness of the vital role to be played by families and supportive parish communities in sustaining those who may be struggling to cope. The Day also aims to help reduce the number of myths associated with mental illness, depression and suicide. It emphasises the importance of encouraging people to seek professional help if they are troubled by persistent suicidal feelings.

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