Opportunities for Life collection is this weekend

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This weekend, parishes will take up the collection for Opportunities for Life (OFL). This collection is held in all four Kentucky dioceses in the week of the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade (Jan. 22), as part of the Kentucky bishops’ unified message advocating for a pro-life culture in our Commonwealth.

In the Archdiocese of Louisville, funds from this collection will provide resources to pregnant women and new families in crisis, including material assistance and grant support for programming at Catholic Charities and other pregnancy resource centers. 

As reported in this week’s edition of The Record, in past years this collection supported a 24-hour hotline, which provided support and information to callers dealing with challenges. After careful consideration, the bishops determined that operating the OFL hotline is no longer the best stewardship of funds collected in support of the mission to promote a pro-life culture in Kentucky, in the hopes of reducing (if not eliminating) abortions in Kentucky.

In the past, operating a hotline was a wise, efficient and accessible way to offer support to a woman who found herself dealing with an untimely pregnancy. In recent years, changes in technology have altered the ways in which people choose to communicate and seek out information. 

Therefore beginning this year, the dioceses will continue a statewide January collection in support of Opportunities for Life, and each diocese will adopt its own plan to use OFL funds to best serve the needs of pregnant women in crisis, in light of specific needs and other supports available within that community.

I look forward to reporting to you next year on the fine efforts to build a culture of life that your donations supported in the Archdiocese of Louisville. As you consider your gift, please pray that those experiencing an untimely pregnancy will have the courage to seek help and affirm life and that our culture strengthens its resolve to support both unborn children and their parents.

Sincerely yours in our Lord, Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville

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