View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

40 Days Dates Set

I went to the 40 Days for Life organizational meeting tonight. The dates are indeed September 23 to November 1.

We will once again gather prayerfully and peacefully outside Planned Parenthood. Last year in Rochester, the first year for us, we kept up a continuous prayer presence most days from 7 a.m. to 7 pm. (It woudl be great if we could exend te hours locally.)

More than 250 people took part locally. They represented 45 different churches.

In Rochester, 4 babies were confirmed as saved, with the chance there were others we did not know about.

Internationally - the U.S. and Canada -179 cites held 40 Days, with more than 76,000 people involved, resulting in 64 babies being confirmed saved, 8 abortion clinic workers quitting, and one clinic announcing that it was closing. Who knows how many other babies and workers were saved?

40 Days, which started in Texas in 2004 as just a local effort there, has now stretched to not only the U.S. and Canada, but also to Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland joining in.

We don't know yet how many cities and countries will be involved in this fall campaign, but with the Obama administration policies being what they are we may well see an increase.,

The more important thing it organizing locally, though. If you are a local reader of this blog, consider getting involved. That involvement does not necessarily have to be taking part in a vigil. Some people are involved as prayer warriors. Some get involved in community outreach. All such efforts are equally valuable.

You can do it as a group. It can be a parish group, a prayer group, a K of C council, a youth group, a campus ministry group - whatever.

E-mail to volunteer, or to seek more information.


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