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Events in Chicago in Conjunction with National "March for Life" in Washington, DC

Chicago, IL (January 16, 2014) – Marking the 41st 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 life is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death.  

On Sunday, January 19, at 1 p.m. Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will be joined by Greek Orthodox Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Cesar LeFlore, founder of Chicago's African-American PowerLight Ministries, Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL), former Planned Parenthood employee Linda Couri and others at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago for the annual “March for Life Chicago”. Participants will then march to the State of Illinois Building.

The Mass and discussion with Archdiocesan pilgrims for the national “March for Life” will take place in in Washington, DC on Monday, January 20, at 6 p.m. (EST).  Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant and homilist at an evening Mass with young adults, teens, and their chaperones at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington, Virginia. Following the Mass, the Cardinal will speak informally with the participants.

On Tuesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. (EST), the Cardinal will join Archdiocesan 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.

The following day, Wednesday, January 22, will mark the 40th Annual March for Life in Washington, DC, where Cardinal George will join more than 25,000 Catholic young people, including those from the Chicago area, for a concelebrated Mass at the DC Armory. Participants will then process 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.  More information about these and other activities can be found at or by calling the Respect Life Office at (312) 534-5335.

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CHICAGO, Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3528 South Hermitage, Wednesday, January 22
Blessed Sacrament will be holding a prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Maurice Church, 3615 South Hoyne Avenue.

St. Eugene Parish, 7958 West Foster Avenue, Wednesday, January 22
The Living Rosary will be prayed at St. Eugene Parish at 7 p.m. in the church, marking the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and in solidarity with the March for Life taking place in Washington, D.C.

Holy Name Cathedral Parish, 735 North State Street, Tuesday, January 21
There will be a Holy Hour for Life in the Cathedral at 6 p.m.

St. John Bosco Parish, 2301 North McVicker Avenue, & St. Ferdinand Parish, 5900 West Barry Avenue, Wednesday, January 22
St. John Bosco and St. Ferdinand, along with other parishes in the area, are hosting a Respect Life event together. There will be a Holy Hour and Rosary at 5 p.m. at St. Ferdinand, 5900 West Barry Avenue, followed by a march at 6 p.m. to St. John Bosco, 2301 North McVicker Avenue. Mass will be held at 7 p.m. at St. John Bosco Parish, and there will be a blessing of pilgrims going to Washington D.C. for the national March for Life.

St. Pascal Parish, 3935 North Melvina Avenue, Sunday, January 26
St. Pascal Parish will be holding a Holy Hour for Life from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Holy Hour will include a Rosary, Benediction and prayers for the unborn to commemorate the 41th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

St. Thomas More Parish, 2825 West 81st Street, Wednesday, January 22
St. Thomas Parish will have a Mass at 7 p.m. followed by a Holy Hour.

DES PLAINES, St. Zachary Parish, 567 Algonquin Road, Tuesday, January 21
St. Zachary Parish will hold its annual Special Prayer Vigil at 7 p.m. to commemorate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

GLENVIEW, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 1775 Grove Street, Wednesday, January 22
Join fellow worshippers at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish at 7 p.m. for an “Evening of Prayer for Life” with biblical meditations, songs and an examination of conscience.

INDIAN CREEK, St. Mary of Vernon Parish, 236 U. S. Highway 45, Wednesday, January 22
St. Mary of Vernon Parish is hosting a Prayer Service for Life at 7 p.m. in Day Chapel.

LA GRANGE PARK, St. Louise de Marillac Parish, 1144 Harrison Avenue, Saturday, January 25
Beginning at 3 p.m., St. Louise Parish will have a pro-life holy hour with rosary, Litany for Life and Benediction.

NILES, St. John Brebeuf Parish, 8307 North Harlem Avenue, Wednesday, January 22
All are invited to St. John Brebeuf for “Respect Life Night” at 7 p.m. with a bilingual Mass and Rosary for Life with Benediction and the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn. For more information, call Patricia at (847) 729-7644.

NORTHBROOK, St. Norbert Parish, 1809 Walters Avenue, Saturday, January 25
St. Norbert Parish will host an Adoration for Life from 3 to 4:45 p.m. to pray to affirm the intrinsic value of human life from conception through natural death, followed by Mass at 5 p.m.

NORTHFIELD, St. Philip the Apostle Parish, 1962 Old Willow Road, Sunday, January 26
St. Philip the Apostle is holding a special Mass, praying for a greater respect of all human life, and the documentary "40" will be shown at 10:30 a.m., between the 9:30 and 11:45 a.m. Masses. The film, appropriate for 8th grade and older, will be shown in the Social Room off the vestibule.

OAK FOREST, St. Damian Parish, 5300 West 155th Street, Saturday, January 18
St. Damian Parish will have Rosary at 8:30 a.m., Mass at 9 a.m., followed by the Walk & Pray Pro-Life Rosary to Oak Forest Village Hall Gazebo (155th and Central) beginning at 9:40 a.m.  There will be a guest speaker from 10 to 11 a.m. that will talk about post-abortion healing.  Silent Prayer and Witness will be conducted from 11 a.m. to noon.

St. Damian Parish, 5300 West 155th Street, Wednesday, January 22
St. Damian Parish will also host a “Prayer Vigil for Life” with Eucharistic adoration and the “Pro-Life Rosary” on the hour following the 9 a.m. morning Mass until 7 p.m. in the evening.

OAK PARK, St. Giles Parish, 1025 N. Columbian Avenue, Wednesday, January 22
St. Giles will be holding a prayer service from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Parish center Chapel.

ORLAND PARK, Our Lady of the Woods Parish, 10731 W. 131st Street, Thursday, January 23
Our Lady of the Woods Parish will hold a special Eucharistic Adoration from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

St. Michael Parish, 14327 Highland Avenue, Wednesday, January 22
St. Michael Parish will hold a Holy Hour from 5:45 p.m. followed by a special Mass commemorating the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 in solidarity with the “March for Life” at 7 p.m.  

PALATINE, St. Theresa Parish, 455 N. Benton Street, Saturday, January 18
All are invited to be a witness for life at 1 p.m. to gather for song, prayer, and inspirational speakers. From St. Theresa Parish, participants will process down Northwest Highway to the Hicks & Northwest Highway Plaza. At 2:15 p.m. there will be a rally at the plaza with Joe Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League. Hot refreshments will be provided at St. Theresa Parish by the Knights of Columbus and the Ladies Auxiliary. This event is co-sponsored by the St. Theresa and St. Thomas of Villanova Respect Life ministries, NorthWest Families for Life, local churches and pro-life organizations. For more information, visit: or call (847) 651-4877.

St. Theresa Parish, 455 N. Benton Street, Tuesday, January 21
St. Theresa will have adoration from Tuesday, January 21 at 8:30 a.m. to Wednesday, January 22 at 6:30 am in the Day Chapel. There will be a Prayer Service for Roe v. Wade victims at 7 p.m. in the church on Tuesday, January 21.

WESTCHESTER, Divine Providence Parish, 2550 Mayfair Avenue, Wednesday, January 22
Divine Providence is holding a Holy Hour for Life at 1:30 p.m. in the Ministry Center Chapel. 

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Revised: January 17, 2014

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