By the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that could reverse or weaken Roe v. Wade. Even if the Court decides to overturn Roe and send the issue back to the states, the work of the Church will not end. In anticipation of this decision, we would like to share resources for parishes to continue serving women and couples facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies.
The Walking with Moms in Need initiative is a time of service in which Catholic parishes and communities "walk in the shoes" of local pregnant and parenting women in need. The Walking with Moms website has resources for parish use, including:
Tools for documenting an inventory of local resources for pregnant mothers in need.
Ideas for improving parish responses.
Prayers for building a culture of life and a civilization of love.
Reflections on the teachings of Evangelium Vitae, Evangelii Gaudium, and Laudato Si'.
The website also includes a detailed Action Guide to help guide parishes through the Walking with Moms process, including sample timelines, announcements, prayers, activities, and homily notes.
The U.S. Bishops have also urged their dioceses to expand their abortion healing ministries, most often called Project Rachel Ministry, so that women and men receive forgiveness, healing, and spiritual renewal through Christ’s infinite mercy.
We would encourage you to review these resources as we prepare for a potentially historic decision in Dobbs.