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 Year of Service as they work to better serve pregnant women in need. These resources focus on Phase 1 and 2 of the Year of Service. Additional resources for Phases 3-5 will be made available soon.
Parish Action Guide
The Parish Action Guide includes specific materials and detailed resources to help guide parishes through the Year of Service, including sample timelines, announcements, prayers, activities, homily notes, and more. It is designed primarily for use by the parish leader. While each parish will participate in its own unique way, this Action Guide provides a basic framework and structure that can be adapted to each community's needs.
Everything you need to complete the Year of Service is included or linked to in the Action Guide.
Parish Action Guide Summary: Phases 1-2
The Parish Action Guide Summary is a condensed version of the full Parish Action Guide. It provides simple, one-page instructions for completing Phase 1 and 2 of the Year of Service.
Expanded Parish Action Guide Summary
This expanded Parish Action Guide Summary provides a sneak peek of what's to come in Phases 3-5. Resources for Phases 3-5 will be made available soon.
Parish Inventory Tool
The Parish Inventory Tool helps parish leaders identify local resources for pregnancy assistance such as pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, social service agencies, hospitals, and especially Catholic programs and resources. It also asks parishes to begin thinking about how these resources are communicated and advertised to those who are most in need of support.
The inventory tool provides a framework and structure to help guide parishes through the process of gathering important information about local resources.
The following resources are all included in the Parish Action Guide. However, individual PDFs of these specific sections below are provided for convenience and ease of use in sharing, downloading, and printing.