As part of the nationwide effort Walking with Moms in Need, parishes that have the support of their bishop and pastor are asked to complete a simple inventory of the resources currently available in their local area, assess the results and identify gaps, and plan and implement a parish response based on their findings. The following resources are provided to help guide parishes through the process as they work to better serve pregnant women in need.
Parish Action Guide
Through a yearlong process, parishes are asked to complete a simple inventory of the resources currently available in their local area, assess the results and identify gaps, and plan and implement a parish response based on their findings. Walking with Moms is broken up into five phases of parish action.
The ACTION GUIDE SUMMARY is provided to assist parishes in participating in Walking with Moms in Need. This ACTION GUIDE SUMMARY provides simple, one-page instructions for completing each phase of the initiative. (For additional materials, including sample timelines, announcements, prayers, activities, homily notes, and more detailed instructions, please see the full PARISH ACTION GUIDE.)
While each parish will participate in its own unique way, this ACTION GUIDE SUMMARY provides a basic framework and structure that can be adapted to each local Church’s needs. Through the combined efforts of parishes nationwide, we hope to move closer to the day when every pregnant woman in need knows where to turn for help, and abortion is simply unthinkable.
PHASE 1: Introduce Walking with Moms & Begin Building a Core Team
Follow these simple steps to get Walking with Moms in Need started in your parish. Feel free to adjust and adapt as needed! During Phase 1 pastors are asked to select a parish leader for the initiative who will then begin assembling a parish core team to help complete the parish inventory and related tasks. Parishes are encouraged to educate their community on Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life), highlighting its call to serve pregnant and parenting moms in need.
PHASE 2: Launch Parish Inventory Process
These simple steps offer ideas on how to use the provided materials to begin the inventory process in your parish community—feel free to adjust and adapt as needed! During Phase 2 parishes will continue to assemble their core teams through personal invitations and expand their parish support network. Phase 2 also launches the parish inventory process and once again invites the parish to pray for pregnant and parenting women in need.
PHASE 3: Share Inventory Results and Begin Assessment and Planning
These simple steps are provided to guide you through Phase 3 of Walking with Moms in Need. They offer ideas on how to use the provided materials to assess your inventory results, identify gaps, and begin planning how the parish can respond. During Phase 3 parishes are also encouraged to share the results of the inventory with their community in a parish-wide meeting and invite parishioner feedback and involvement in the parish response.
PHASE 4: Announce and Commit to Parish Response
Use the following simple steps to guide you through Phase 4 of Walking with Moms in Need. They offer ideas on how to use the provided materials to announce your parish response to the larger parish community. Parishes are again encouraged to host a parish-wide meeting and invite parishioner involvement in efforts to offer and communicate help to mothers in need.
PHASE 5: Celebrate and Implement Parish Plans
These simple steps will guide you through Phase 5 of Walking with Moms in Need. They offer ideas on how to use the provided materials to celebrate the close of the yearlong process and the launch of your plans for offering and communicating help to mothers in need.
As part of the nationwide effort, Walking with Moms in Need, the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities will be providing educational materials to help the Faithful reflect on the teachings of Evangelium vitae, Evangelii gaudium, and Laudato si’. These reproduceable materials are on the USCCB Website at the links below.
There are 12 prayer guides are available to help you regularly pray for mothers in need in your parish community. Each guide features a different prayer intention, short reflection, suggested actions, and more. Click the links below to access the Walking with Moms in Need website. There is also a Prayer for Pregnant Mothers that can be ordered on prayer cards or printed for free.