News January 17, 2013
Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage
On January 22nd and January 25th our nation will remember the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Learn more about the activities to commemorate and pray for the end to to abortion, including the Dallas Roe v. Wade memorial events, the National Prayer Vigil for Life in Washington D.C.(with the closing Mass featuring a homily by Bishop Kevin Farrell), and "Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage" from January 19-27, 2013.
Roe Memorial Events Schedule
7:30 a.m. Board shuttle buses at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue at Pearl Street, Dallas (map), for the 2012 Roe Memorial Rosary at Routh Street
7:45-8:45 a.m. Pray the Roe Memorial Rosary outside the Routh Street abortion center, 4321 N. Central Expy, Dallas (map).
10:00 a.m. Bilingual Roe Memorial Mass, Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue at Pearl Street, Dallas (map), celebrated by Bishop Kevin J. Farrell and diocesan clergy, with homilist Fr. Zach Webb
12:00 p.m. Dallas March for Life begins at the Cathedral Plaza and proceeds to First Baptist Dallas, 1707 San Jacinto (map), where we will meet up with our evangelical brothers and sisters, and then march together to the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse
12:30 p.m. (approx.) Ecumenical Rally outside the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse, housing the district court where Roe v. Wade was first filed in 1970. The Rally will be held behind the courthouse in the parking lot at 1108 Jackson St., on the corner of Griffin.
1:45 p.m. Pro-Life Ministry Fair at First Baptist Dallas and Reception at Cathedral Grand Salon.
For more info: Roe Memorial Events Page (Hosted by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee)
National Prayer Vigil for Life
The National Prayer Vigil for Life is an all-night pro-life prayer vigil held on the eve of the March for Life each January. Over 20,000 pilgrims from across the nation pray through the night for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life. It is held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
The vigil schedule includes the Opening Mass celebrated in the Great Upper Church. Prayer continues throughout the night with the National Rosary for Life, Night Prayer and Holy Hours for Life. The following morning, the prayer vigil concludes with Morning Prayer, Benediction and the Closing Mass the next morning with a homily given by Diocese of Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell.
The National Prayer Vigil for Life is one small part of the Church's "great prayer for life." It is sponsored by the USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and The Catholic University of America Office of Campus Ministry.
A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer. - Blessed Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, no. 100
For more info: National Prayer Vigil for Life
Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage
On January 22nd and January 25th our nation will remember the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and the lives of millions of their parents have been shattered.
As part of the bishops' recent call to prayer, the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities urges Catholics nationwide to participate in Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage, January 19-27, marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The intentions for these nine days will be for healing and conversion, for elected officials who support abortion and for all people whose lives have been forever changed by an abortion.
"The bishops recognize that prayer is the foundation of all our efforts on behalf of human life," said Tom Grenchik, executive director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). "These nine days of focused prayer and sacrifice are a great opportunity for people across the nation to unite their voices in prayer to God. Through this prayer campaign, I hope that many will be blessed with a new spirit of faith and encouragement in their pro-life efforts."
This time period, focusing on the theme of pilgrimage, includes:
- Blessings of pro-life pilgrims (en español)
(See page 10, 2012 Respect Life Program Liturgy Guide)
- Novena - Sign up for daily emails below, or text "9days" to 99000 to receive it through daily text messages!
- Youth and young adult activities ("Pro-Life Profiles" and a middle and high school age video contest)
- Closing Eucharistic Holy Hour
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For more info: Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage