February 17, 2012
The spring the 40 Days for Life campaign will begin on February 22 running just about simultaneously with the season of Lent. The campaign spans across the nation, as well as other countries, with prayer vigils, fasting and outreach for the protection of life and an end to abortion.
With the 40 Days prayer vigil occurring at the Indianapolis Planned Parenthood location (Georgetown Road and 86th Street), individuals will have the opportunity to stand in silence, praying with others, pray in your own lawn chair or even peacefully hold a sign outside the clinic's property.
Even though the vigil will take place in Indianapolis, St. Alphonsus' Embrace Life Committee ministry wanted to offer a way for parishioners to show their prayers through a spiritual bouquet, or collection of prayers and sacrifices for a specific cause or person.
How to offer your prayers: Starting next Wednesday and going to April 1, parishioners will be able to find a 40 Days for Life box in the narthex with a stack of cards. Individuals are welcome to submit their spiritual offering whether it is fasting, attending daily Mass, praying the rosary or even attending Eucharistic Adoration. Each prayer opportunity is a chance to lift up intentions for the protection of life, an end to abortion and the suffering it brings to women and families. v If you would like to go to the Planned Parenthood location and pray at the vigil with other parishioners, the Embrace Life Committee will be there on Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m. each week starting February 26 to April 1. The Knights of Columbus will also have planned group gatherings at the vigil site on Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m.
If you cannot make a time a ministry will have volunteers there, the vigil will be taking place for anyone to attend from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The now global vigil, 40 Days for Life started in 2007, and has since had nine organized 40 Days for Life campaigns that have occurred in 422 cities throughout the United States and Canada as well as within communities of Australia, England, Northern Ireland, Argentina, Denmark and more.
The campaign's mission is "to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion in America."
Learn more about the 40 Days for Life campaign and vigils below or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and attend the vigil with members from the ministry.
Visit 40 Days for Life Indianapolis to learn more about area events and vigil
Learn more about the Embrace Life Committee at St. Alphonsus Liguori