Respect Life

Respect Life Month 2020

October is both Respect Life Month and the month of the Rosary, and we’re observing both at OLL with a pro-life Rosary intention for every day of the month. Pick up a sheet with intentions in the narthex, and then bring an intention to prayer every day of October. We’ll pray for unborn children, the sick and dying, expectant parents, those who are mentally ill, the elderly, victims of violence and racism, and many more. You can pray with these intentions even if you don’t pray the Rosary. We will also have the special Respect Life Rosary available.

Download this Year’s Reflection

Learn More About Respect Life Month

Respect Life Guild at OLL

The Respect Life Guild is a group of volunteers who coordinate pro-life activities and education at the parish. If you are interested in receiving our communications, participating in our activities, and/or in helping to plan and implement pro-life events, please contact Cory Lakatos at or 616-399-1062. The guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the parish library (see the parish calendar in case the meeting has been moved).


Pray the Pro-Life Rosary

The Holy Mother’s Beads has made special Pro-Life Rosaries. There are also pamphlets that guide you through all the additional prayers that ask for Our Lady’s intercession against abortion and the culture of death. These Rosaries and pamphlets are available in the narthex during Respect Life Month (October) or upon request.

Local Resources

  • 40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign of prayer, fasting, and outreach to cooperate with God in his plan to end abortion.
  • Project Rachel offers opportunities for reconciliation and healing for women, and for all, who suffer emotional and spiritual pain from an abortion experience. Their upcoming Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat is October 26–28 in the Grand Rapids area. The fee is $150, and scholarships are available. Register at least a week ahead of time by contacting Maggie Walsh at or 616-340-1824.
  • Positive Options provides free, confidential, and compassionate care for women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy.
  • Lakeshore Pregnancy Center is a Christ-centered ministry that responds to unplanned pregnancy and believes that every life matters, healthy relationships are vital, biblical sexuality is possible, and hope is eternal.

Resources from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops