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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO'S RESPECT LIFE OFFICE ANNOUNCES ACTIVITIES FOR
40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROE V. WADE DECISION

Chicago, IL (January 17, 2013) – Marking the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Respect Life Office will be participating in events and activities that focus on offering prayers and actions to call attention to their mission to ensure that every human being is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death.  

Auxiliary Bishop Alberto Rojas will be the principal celebrant for the annual Mass for Life, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Saturday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m.  The Mass for Life is celebrated in solemn remembrance of the children lost and women hurt through abortion. Bishop Rojas will extend a special pilgrim blessing to all in attendance who are going to the March for Life in Washington DC next week.   An informal reception hosted by the parish will follow the Mass.

The Mass and Send-Off of Chicago pilgrims for the annual “March for Life” in Washington, DC will take place in the evening on Wednesday, January 23.  Over 400 young people from the Archdiocese of Chicago will begin their trip with a special liturgy at St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish, 4101 Saint Lawrence Avenue in Matteson, at 7:30 p.m.  Following the Mass, busloads of pilgrims will begin their journey to the nation’s Capitol.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will join Chicago participants and some 10,000 pilgrims from across the country for a concelebrated Vigil Mass for Life at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on Thursday, January 24.

On Friday, January 25, the day of the March for Life, Cardinal George will join Chicago participants and those from the Illinois dioceses of Rockford and Springfield, for a youth rally and Mass in the morning at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC. In the afternoon, participants will join thousands of others in procession along Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court, where a Prayer Vigil will be held on the Supreme Court steps.
 
Parishes throughout the Archdiocese are involved with Respect Life prayers and activities in solidarity with the hundreds of pilgrims from Cook and Lake counties going to the March for Life in Washington, DC.  Parishes hosting events in solemn remembrance of the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade include:

Tuesday, January 15

St. Zachary, 567 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines
There will be a Special Prayer Vigil on Tuesday, January 15, at St. Zachary to commemorate the Roe v Wade Anniversary from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  It will include the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Respect Life Prayers and Petitions.

Wednesday, January 16

St. John Brebeuf, 8307 North Harlem Avenue, Niles
All are invited to St. John Brebeuf for Respect Life Night at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, with a bilingual Mass and Rosary for Life with Benediction and Knights of Columbus Honor Guard with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn

Queen of the Rosary Parish, 750 Elk Grove Boulevard, Elk Grove Village
Queen of the Rosary Parish will hold a prayer vigil and Rosary for Life on Wednesday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the church.

Thursday, January 17

St. Isaac Jogues Parish, 8101 West Golf Road, Niles
St. Isaac Jogues Parish will have a Holy Hour for Life on Thursday, January 17, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 19

St. Norbert Church, 1809 Walters Avenue, Northbrook
St. Norbert Church will host two hours of Adoration for Life on Saturday, January 19, from 3 to 5 p.m.

March for Life Held by NorthWest Suburban Churches
NorthWest Families March for Life will be held on Saturday, January 19.  Churches in the northwest suburbs are joining together on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade to call the community to “Embrace the Gift of Life!” beginning at 1 p.m. with inspirational speakers, song, and prayer at St. Theresa Parish, 455 North Benton in Palatine in the Lower Dolan Center.  The Procession begins at 1:30 p.m. down Northwest Hwy. to the plaza at Northwest Hwy. and Hicks Road.  Speakers include: Joe Scheidler,  Pro-Life Action League; Carol Rybacki, Silent No More; and Jim Sable, Conceived in Rape.

St. Damian Parish, 5300 West 155th Street, Oak Forest
On Saturday, January 19, St. Damian Parish will have the Rosary at 8:30 a.m., Mass at 9 a.m., followed by Walk & Pray Pro-Life Rosary to Oak Forest Village Hall Gazebo (155th and Central) beginning at 9:40 a.m.  There will be three speakers from 10 to 10:30 a.m. that will talk about Inspiration, Information and  Witness.  Silent Prayer and Witness will be conducted from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, January 20

March for Life Held by Couples for Christ Foundation for Family & Life
Join Couples For Christ FFL on Sunday, January 20, in Chicago for a March and Rally that will start from Holy Name Cathedral at 1:30 p.m. and proceed to the Old Water Tower on Chicago and Michigan Avenues for prayer and speeches.  The March will continue along Michigan Avenue to the Chicago River Bridge before returning to the Cathedral.  

St. Pascal Parish, 3935 North Melvina Avenue, Chicago
St. Pascal Parish will have a holy hour for life on Sunday, January 20, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. It will include a Rosary, Benediction and prayers for the unborn to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Tuesday, January 22

Divine Infant Parish, 1601 Newcastle Avenue, Westchester
Divine Infant will have a Holy Hour for Life on Tuesday, January 22, at 7:30 p.m.. with Deacon Jim Sinacore leading prayer.

St. Cajetan Parish, 112th and Artesian Avenue, Chicago

St. Cajetan Parish will hold Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesday, January 22, from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. ending with Benediction at 7:15 p.m.

St. Peter Church in Volo, 27551 Volo Village Road, Volo
St. Peter Church in Volo will host a Pro-Life Holy Hour, consisting of Benediction and the Rosary, on Tuesday, January 22, from 7 to 8 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish, 114 Lincoln Avenue, Round Lake

St. Joseph Parish will hold a Holy Hour for Life on January 22, at 7:15 p.m. in solemn commemoration of the Roe v. Wade anniversary. All are welcome!

St. John Bosco, St. Ferdinand's and St. Pascal - Holy Hour and March for Life

St. John Bosco, St. Ferdinand's and St. Pascal, together with other parishes in the area, are planning a Respect Life event on Tuesday, January 22, at 5 p.m.  There will be a Holy Hour at St. Ferdinand's, 5900 West Barry Avenue, Chicago, followed by a march at 6 p.m. to St. John Bosco, 2250 North McVicker Avenue, Chicago.  At 6:30 p.m. there will be testimonies followed by Mass at 7 p.m., and a blessing of those going to Washington D.C. for the national March for Life.

St. Raymond Parish, Elmhurst and Lincoln Avenue, Mt Prospect
St. Raymond is having a Mass to commemorate the Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, at 7 p.m. in the church.

St. Gilbert Parish, Grayslake
The RLC at St. Gilbert's Parish is holding an all-day adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday, January 22, beginning with the 8 a.m. Mass and ending at 7 p.m. A holy hour will follow from 7 to 8 p.m. ending with Benediction.

Resurrection Parish, 3043 North Francisco, Chicago
Resurrection Parish will have and English Mass on January 22, a 7:30 a.m. using the new Mass setting "on giving thanks to God for the gift of human life".  Following the Mass will be a Rosary for life.  An evening prayer vigil at 7 p.m., in Spanish, which will include placing vigil candles before the statue of La Inmaculada Infantita, will also take place.

St. Mary of Vernon, 236 US Highway 45, Indian Creek (Vernon Hills area)
St. Mary of Vernon will have a Holy Hour for Life and Liberty, including Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, on January 22, at 7 p.m.

Divine Providence, 2660 South Mayfair, Westchester
Divine Providence will pray the USCCB's Rosary for Life (Sorrowful Mysteries) immediately following the 7:30 a.m. Mass.

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Chicago
Blessed Sacrament will have a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Worship Site, 3528 South Hermitage Avenue in Chicago.

Santa Maria del Popolo Parish, 116 North Lake Street, Mundelein
Beginning with Mass at 8:15 a.m., “A Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children” will be held at Santa Maria del Popolo.  Following the Mass there will be and all day Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration.  Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary and Stations of the Cross will be held at 5:45 p.m. and Benediction at 6:45 p.m.  Mass For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life will be celebrated at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, January 25

St. Thomas More Parish, 2825 West 81st Street, Chicago
St. Thomas will have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. to pray for the March for Life in Washington, DC and in San Francisco, CA and for the end of the Culture of Death.

Thursday, January 24

Our Lady of the Woods, Orland Park, St. Francis of Assisi, Orland Park and  
St. Bernard Parish, Homer Glen
The three parishes will be co-sponsors of "Knowledge and Prayer Series 2013." The Series begins with a Holy Hour for Life at St. Francis of Assisi, on Thursday, January 24, at 7 p.m.  In January, Our Lady of the Woods, 13107 West 131st Street, Orland Park, St. Francis of Assisi, 151st Street & 108th Avenue, Orland Park, and St. Bernard Parish, 13030 143rd Street in Homer Glen, will be displaying a pro-life sign and 60 crosses to commemorate the 60 million lives lost during the 40 years, since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

Friday, January 25

St. Edna, St. James, and Our Lady of the Wayside Parishes in Arlington Heights
St. Edna, St. James, and Our Lady of the Wayside Parishes will mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and pray for a Culture of Life in America with a Mass on Friday, January 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Wayside, 434 West Park Street in Arlington Heights.  A reception will follow. 

St. Monica Parish, 5136 North Nottingham Avenue, Chicago
St. Monica will have a Pro-life Rosary and Prayer Service for parents and their unborn children to commemorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary, on Friday, January 25, at 7 p.m. 

Saturday, January 26

St. Louise De Marillac Parish, 1144 Harrison Ave., La Grange Park
Beginning at 1 p.m., St. Louise will have a holy hour with rosary, Litany for Life and Benediction.

More information about these and other activities can be found at www.respectlifechicago.org or by calling the Respect Life Office at 312- 534-5335.

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