Day for Life Ireland takes places on Sunday 7th October 2007. Day for Life is celebrated yearly by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and condition.

A leaflet will distributed to all parishes for that weekend.

See text of leaflet below or click on link to download PDF of Day for Life 2007

What is Day for Life?

The Church has a consistent and clear message on the sacredness of human life. Day for Life is our annual celebration of this message. ‘Its primary purpose is to foster in individual consciences, in families, in the Church and in civil society a recognition of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition

The Church has a great deal of experience in all areas of promoting and defending human life and has given the world a lead in the intellectual, political and social battle to save and protect life from conception to natural death.

Why does the Church oppose abortion?

The Church believes that every life has been created by God in his own image and likeness and that all life is sacred from the moment of conception to the point of natural death. The Church opposes abortion because it is the taking of an innocent human life.

What does the Church mean by pro-life?

To be pro-life means to promote human dignity and development in every sphere of life; to say ‘yes’ to life. The Church is opposed to all direct attacks against innocent human life e.g. abortion, abortifacient pills and devices, the abortion pill and the morning after pill, destructive embryo and embryonic stem cell research, genetic engineering, euthanasia, etc. because it believes that every life has purpose, meaning and inherent value.

What alternative does the Church offer?

This year sees the 30th anniversary of Cura in Ireland; the 10th anniversary of The Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative in Scotland and the 30th anniversary of the Life Care and Housing Trust in England and Wales. All these groups are charities caring for women in a crisis pregnancy situation. Through these agencies and many individual committed Catholics, the Church has for many years been at the forefront of offering practical, emotional and spiritual care to women and babies in need.

In recent years this care has developed to include specific services to the many women and men who suffer grief, pain and loss following an abortion experience.

How does the Church promote a Culture of Life?

The Church, local and universal, has been at the forefront of challenging people to think more deeply about life issues. Through such prophetic documents as Humanae vitae, Evangelium vitae and the promotion of Day for Life, the Church desires to share with everyone the reasons for her belief in the sacredness of human life.

There is a consistent vision at the heart of her life issue. The Church has answers worth hearing and questions and challenges to share aimed at helping people to come to that deeper understanding demanded by the seriousness of the current situation.

The Catholic Church is a pro-life Church. For us, this is not an optional extra. It is at the heart of what we believe.

We believe in one God maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
The Nicene Creed

Prayer

We thank you, Lord, for the gift of life.
Every human life is your gift to the world.
Each person is unique,
with a task you have entrusted to them alone.
Help us always to promote the basic rights of all,
and to recognise that we are all parts of one body,
dependent on one another,
and called to share a common life.
AMEN.