October – Respect Life and Social Justice Month for Kids and Families

Coloring activities for Catholic Social Teaching

Week 1 – Respect for Human Dignity

Activity for Elementary School Children

Activity for Middle/High School Children

Activity for groups

Respect mobile

Week 2 – Common Good

Video for youth

Common Good k-6 activities

Common Good Jr. High Activities

Common Good High School Activities

Week 3 – Solidarity

Video for youth

Solidarity K-6 Activities

Solidarity Jr. High Activities

Solidarity High School Activities

Week 4 – Subsidiarity

Video for youth

Subsidiarity K-6 Activities

Subsidiarity Jr. High Activities

Subsidiarity High School Activities

Some other activities you can do at church, home or school to participate in Respect Life and Social Justice Month!

At the Parish

  1. Attend Mass as a family and offer your intentions for respect for the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death and caring for our neighbors.
  2. Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation if you have committed offenses against respecting others, yourself, or have ignored the needs of your community or world. Have you said mean things or thought little of other people? Have you ever thought you were better than someone else? Do you help others in need? Do you ask for forgiveness from those you may not have been nice to or have hurt?

At Home

  1. Watch the videos above and learn about Catholic Social Teaching
  2. Learn about the 7 principles of Catholic Social Teaching here
  3. Pray a rosary for the respect of the dignity of all people and for the common good of society
  4. Make a bday cake and decorate it in celebration of the life God has given your family
  5. Go as a family and pick up trash in your neighborhood to keep streams and rivers free from trash but also to beautify your neighborhood so that all who live near you and visit share in the beauty of a clean community
  6. Write a letter/s as a family to a legislator or government official asking them to support respect for human dignity and the common good.
  7. Offer to do chores for free in your neighborhood for your elderly neighbors, single mothers/fathers, those with limited physical abilities; If they prefer to do things themselves then offer a prayer for them.
  8. Attend a community event that allows you to interact with people from different backgrounds in a positive way
  9. Make peace and offer forgiveness or ask for forgiveness from members of your family whom you have hurt or have been hurt. Talk about hurt feelings with one another and practice reconciliation in the home.

In the Classroom

  1. Watch the videos above and learn about Catholic Social Teaching
  2. Learn about the 7 principles of Catholic Social Teaching here
  3. Pray a rosary for the respect of the dignity of all people and for the common good of society
  4. Practice asking and offering forgiveness with one another in class
  5. Study Catholic Social Teaching using Lesson Plans from Catholic Relief Services