On this Friday, January 22nd, we recall that 48 years ago the Supreme Court delivered its decision which “protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.” The U.S. Bishops have asked all dioceses to observe a “day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life, and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.” To that end, there will be the National Prayer Vigil For Life. The Vigil will begin with a live broadcast at 8PM on Thursday, January 28th, from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., with a Rosary, followed by Mass opening the National Prayer Vigil For Life. The principal celebrant and homilist for the opening Mass will be Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, who is Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). After the Mass and throughout the night, Holy Hours led by Bishops from various dioceses around the country will be broadcast on the USCCB’s website. The Vigil concludes at 8AM on Friday, January 29th, with Mass celebrated by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. Please check the channel EWTN as each year they broadcast some of these events.
In addition, please note that a March For Life Event will be held at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein this Sunday, January 17th, at 1PM. The Event will be broadcasted by WFSI 88.5 FM Catholic Radio.
Next weekend we will have our Annual Collection for the Church in Latin America. This collection is for pastoral projects ranging from Mexico to the Caribbean, to the southern tip of South America. For many living in Latin America and the Caribbean, a rising secular culture, difficult rural terrain, and a shortage of ministers make it difficult for people to practice the Faith. Your donations fund Catechesis, Marriage and Family Life Programs, and Seminarian Formation, so people can grow closer to Christ. Please prayerfully consider supporting this collection to share your Faith with our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This Monday we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Here is some information from Wikipedia regarding this celebration: King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names, or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
Let us continue to pray that the right to life may be extended to the unborn. Let us pray for all those employed by the abortion industry, that they may find dignified employment elsewhere. And let us also pray for an end to racism, as well as an end to false allegations of racism against innocent people.