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HISPANIC CATHOLICS’ PRAYER GATHERING FOR PRESERVATION OF MARRIAGE TO BE HELD AT THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

CHICAGO (February 26, 2013) - The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Hispanic Catholics is the sponsor of an evening of prayer that will include a message to Illinois state legislators to preserve the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1170 N. River Road in Des Plaines on Wednesday, February 27, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Auxiliary Bishop Alberto Rojas will preside at this bi-lingual vigil that begins with Mass in the gymnasium, followed by an outdoor procession with the Blessed Sacrament and ending with the rosary and a family blessing back in the gymnasium.

Senate Bill 10 changes the state law definition of marriage from “between a man and a woman” to “between 2 persons.” It is expected to be heard before an Illinois House committee today. If approved by the committee, the legislation will then move to the full House for a vote, which could come as soon as later this week. SB 10 previously passed the Senate.

As the public policy voice of Illinois’ bishops, the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI) opposes Senate Bill 10. “Marriage joins a man and a woman in love to meet one another’s needs, to procreate and to raise children. This is the lifeblood of any human society,” said CCI director Bob Gilligan. “This legislation tears at that definition with unknown consequences.”

For more information please contact Fr. Marco Mercado, Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Hispanic Catholics at 312-534-1080.

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