Respect Life

Activities that promote greater protection for the most defenseless of our society, the unborn child, the elderly, and those facing end-of-life issues.


Baby bib sewing outreach

(note: a sewing machine is needed)

Respect Life Ministry is ready to launch a baby bib sewing outreach.

All bibs will be donated to a local crisis pregnancy center or maternity home.

We provide you with a kit of all the sewing & finishing materials and instructions (you provide the sewing machine, thread and iron).

All it takes is a few fun minutes at your sewing machine and a bit of ironing! (and why not say a prayer for a mother and unborn child while you’re sewing!)

A small material gift, lovingly-made, can make a big difference for a mother(to-be) in need!

Please contact Susan Petraglia for bib kits This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-546-0964

P.S. If you have “baby-themed” remnants of fabric at home, we would welcome your donation!

Truly you have formed my inmost being – you knit me in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

Choose Life License Plates

DC Choose Life License Plate
"Choose Life" license plates are now available to D.C. residents thanks to The Children First Foundation. Each license plate is an excellent witness to the culture of life with $20 of the $25 annual tax-deductible fee going directly to help crisis pregnancy centers and maternity homes within the District of Columbia.

Visit Request the D.C. plate, follow the instructions, and indicate which pregnancy center or maternity home you wish to support. You will soon you receive your official plate and support the culture of life in our nation's capital! Tell your family, friends, and colleagues!

For more information or assistance in completing the forms and obtaining your license plate, contact Larry Cirignano of The Children First Foundation at 202-306-6863. Michael Scott of the D.C. Catholic Conference is also available to address any questions or concerns at 301-853-5308.

Top 10 tips for taking kids to Mass

Children are never too young to come to Church. They are family, after all; we’ve baptized them into our community, so they belong with us. And we realize that bringing them to Mass can be very hard work. We don’t expect children to be silent during Mass or to behave like adults. Here are our Top 10 Tips for taking kids to Mass. If you have any questions or want to talk with someone about your children at Mass, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Prayer for the Unborn

Mary, Mother of the Unborn,
protect the gift of human life
which your Divine Son
has allowed to be given.

Give strength and joy
to all parents as they await the birth
of the precious child they have conceived.

Give courage to those who are fearful,
calm those who are anxious, and guide
all of us, with your motherly care,
to treasure and protect the
miraculous gift of human life.

We ask this through your Son
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Unborn, Pray for Us!

Prayer for the Feast of the Annunciation

Day of the Unborn Child

St. Elizabeth Project

You can help pregnant women and their unborn children by volunteering at The Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, at 713 Maryland Ave. NE. The Center especially welcomes those who can come in one day a week to do light secretarial work (i.e. answer phones, type, and enter data). Please contact Mark Stricherz at 202.590.9920 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Respect Life Menu

Contact Information

Name Susan Petraglia
Phone 202.546.0964


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