October is Respect Life Month, and special events this Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul will begin the month-long observance to uphold the sanctity of human life.

A eucharistic Holy Hour led by the Sisters of Life and hosted by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia will begin at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, and include music.

At 6:30 p.m. Archbishop Charles Chaput will be the main celebrant and homilist for the Respect Life Sunday Mass.


It will also mark the opening of the 40 Days for Life fall campaign, Sept. 25-Nov. 3, an international effort to end abortion through prayer, fasting and community outreach. After Mass the faithful will have the opportunity to sign up for prayer vigils at locations throughout the archdiocese.

Respect Life Sunday is organized by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Life and Family, which promotes the church’s pro-life teachings through education, advocacy and pastoral care programs.

Learn more about the office’s work at its website, and discover the pro-life resources for parishes and families featured during Respect Life Month across the United States on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Watch a CatholicPhilly.com video on efforts to build a culture of life in the Philadelphia Archdiocese: