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Family Life and Respect Life

Every human person is created in the image and likeness of God. With Christ's love, the Diocese of Gaylord's Family Life and Respect Life Office is here to serve you. We offer a variety of opportunities for people to grow closer in relationship to Christ through marriage preparation classes and retreats, family life support and enrichment, respect life information and activities, opportunities to learn Natural Family Planning, education in St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body, and continued efforts to help all grow in awareness of the beauty and dignity of every human person.

End Dismemberment Abortion


UPDATE: On December 23, 2019, 379,418 signatures were submitted and are being verified by the Michigan Bureau of Elections.


Bishop Raica has encouraged all of the parishes in the Diocese of Gaylord to participate in the End Dismemberment Abortion petition drive. The dismemberment procedure, referred to by the medical community as Dilation and Evacuation (D&E), is a brutal form of abortion frequently used during the second trimester of pregnancy (13-24 weeks of gestation). The procedure requires an abortionist to dismember a pre-born baby while still alive, tearing the child apart limb by limb inside the womb and individually removing each of the body parts.

Each parish is asked to have a representative(s) to oversee the petition drive efforts. Since it is issue-based and specific to legislation, churches are able to speak publicly about this and pass out material. The petition seeks to pass a ban on the barbaric practice of dismemberment abortion or dilation and evacuation abortion. To propose this bill, 340,000 valid signatures of registered voters must be gathered within 180 days.

Each parish/representative is responsible for requesting their own petitions and free materials. Materials can be found here:

Be a Witness for Life!

Every January, pro-lifers across the Diocese of Gaylord take a public stance against abortion. Parishioners from various parishes hold either local marches or prayer services.


Are You Getting Married?

Congratulations! We hope to answer any questions as you begin your preparation. Click on the "Matrimony Preparation" tab on the left to help guide you in this exciting time!

Respect Life Month


"God made each of us in his own image and likeness.  He desires to be united with us forever in a loving relationship.  God loves us, treats us with respect, and asks us to do the same with others.  Every person is sacred and must be treated with the dignity they deserve.  No one should ever be treated callously or carelessly—everyone should be cherished and protected!" -Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

Observed since 1972, October is Respect Life Month. Each of us is a Masterpiece of God's Creation. Let us all pray for peace, from womb to tomb here in the Diocese of Gaylord.

To help educate the people in your parish, visit for additional resources or contact the Family Life and Respect Life Office at 989-732-5147.