The Los Angeles Archdiocese will promote a culture of life through a training program geared to arm participants with the tools and strategies necessary to defeat assisted suicide initiatives and to defend the dignity of every human life.

Despite the defeat of SB 128, a bill that sought to legalize assisted suicide in California, church leaders realize that the issue will be promoted again next year.

Youth and campus ministers, committee chairs and members of the Knights of Columbus are invited to participate in the program in order to be prepared for next year’s expected renewed efforts. Parish groups are also encouraged to participate.

The program will also offer materials and strategies for greater parish and school participation in OneLife LA 2016, provide a preview of the Year of Mercy initiatives and allow parishes and schools to share best practices.

The training will take place at various locations in the greater Los Angeles area, including on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes in Northridge; Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at St. Philip the Apostle in Pasadena; Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows in Santa Barbara; Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. at Padre Serra in Camarillo; and Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at American Martyrs (St. Kateri Room) in Manhattan Beach.

For more information, please call Kathleen Buckley, life coordinator in the Office of Life, Justice and Peace, at (213) 637-7236.