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Archdiocese of Chicago’s Respect Life Office Announces Activities for 37th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Decision

Marking the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion 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 ensure that every human being is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death.

“It’s difficult to imagine that over the past 37 years, more than 50 million abortions have occurred in the U.S. There must be a time when we say, ‘Enough is enough,’” said Mary-Louise Kurey, Director of the Archdiocese’s Respect Life Office. “It’s incredibly hopeful,” Kurey continued, “to see hundreds of thousands of young people from across the nation gathering at the March for Life to take a stand and witness.”

The Archdiocese of Chicago is sending a record seven buses, with more than 320 teens and young adults, to the March for Life in Washington D.C. The Send-Off Mass will be celebrated at Queen of All Saints Basilica, 6280 North Sauganash Avenue in Chicago, on Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. Fr. Joe Noonan will be the principal celebrant.

Activities in Washington D.C. include the National Prayer Vigil for Life, the Rally for Life and Youth Mass at the Verizon Center, the March for Life, and a private gathering with Cardinal George. The Chicago pilgrims return Sunday, January 24.

In addition, about 40 parishes, or clusters of 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 Mach for Life in Washington D.C.

Parishes hosting a Holy Hour for Life, Rosary for Life, special Mass, or other activity include the following:

January 16

St. Charles Borromeo, Convent Chapel, 1414 N. 37th St., Melrose Park

Holy Hour for Life, January 16, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Sponsored by Couples for Christ of Illinois, Ben and Maria Pura, Coordinators.

January 16 & 17

St. George, 6707 W. 175th St., Tinley Park
Memorial for victims of abortion at all weekend Masses for January 16/17, includes showing a four minute video on support for life followed by the celebrant leading the congregation in a memorial prayer.

January 18

St. Daniel the Prophet Parish, 6612 W. 54th St., Chicago
There will be benediction and rosary every Monday during January at 7 p.m. for the reversal of Roe vs. Wade. Mary Grace Bator, Ph.D., Coordinator.

January 19

St. Alexander Church, 126th &71st Ave., Palos Heights
Pro Life Eucharistic Adoration, January 19, following 8:45 a.m. Mass until Benediction at 3:45 p.m.

St. Monica, Corner of Foster & Nottingham, Chicago
Mass for Life, January 19, at 7 p.m. Contact Herb Bass 708-867-5070

St. Zachary Church, 567 W. Algonquin, Des Plaines
Prayer vigil will be in the church at 8 p.m. after Rosary devotion, praying in solidarity with all who will make the 37th annual March of Life pilgrimage in Washington D.C. Eucharistic Adoration - 7 p.m.; Rosary - 7:30 p.m., Prayer for Life – 8 p.m. 847-956-7020.

January 21

St. Tarcissus, 6030 W. Ardmore, Chicago
Mass for Life, 7 p.m. in church.

Queen of the Rosary Church, 750 W. Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village
Holy Hour for Life, 7 p.m.

Ascension Parish, 801 S. East Ave., Oak Park
Holy Hour for Life at 6 p.m. and a speaker at 7:30 p.m. Contact Laura Nowicki at 708-660-9788 for more information.

St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr, 17500 84th Ave, Tinley Park
7 p.m., Mass in the chapel (moved to Church if enough people attend). Rosary in chapel to follow.

Five Holy Martyrs, 4227 S. Richmond St., Chicago
Vigil for Life, 2-4 p.m.

St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Pl., Chicago
Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration with Prayer for Life, Peace and Protection, at 5:30 p.m. Hospitality will follow afterwards in Fahey 1. Sponsored by Respect Life Committee. Please contact Mary Duncan, 773-529-7869.

January 21 & 22

St Barnabas, 101st and Longwood Dr., Chicago
Christ the King, 112th & Artesian (1 block west of Western Ave), Chicago
St. Cajetan and St. Walter are co-sponsoring the following events:
- Holy Hour for Life on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church. Refreshments will follow.
- Mass for Life on Friday, January 22 at 8:30 a. m. at St. Cajetan Church. Contact Tony Zordan, St. Cajetan.

January 22

Divine Providence, 2550 Mayfair Ave., Westchester
Respect Life Holy Hour immediately following the 7:30 a.m. Mass. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction, recitation of Fr. Pavone's Pro-Life Rosary and parish’s Pro-Life Stations of the Cross.

St. Celestine, 3020 76th Ct., Elmwood Park
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, January 22, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

St. Thecla, 6725 W. Devon Ave., Chicago
At 7 p.m., Rev. Pawel Komperda will offer Mass in reparation for the sin of abortion.

St. Mary, 794 Pearson St., Des Plaines
Open from Noon until 7 p.m. for private prayer. A bi-lingual (English/Spanish) Rosary for Life will be prayed at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

St. Michael Church, 14327 Highland Ave., Orland Park
Hosting a Holy Hour for Life on January 22 at 7p.m. Contact Jackie Keenan, Coordinator, 847-370-9218.

St. Joseph Church, 114 N. Lincoln Ave., Round Lake
Rosary for Life at 5:30 p.m. Suzanne Sheriff Coordinator.

St. Joseph, 121 E. Maple St., Libertyville
Vigil for Life from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Church. It will include the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Further information 847-362-6863 Carol Walsh, Coordinator.

St. Norbert, 1809 Walters Ave., Northbrook
Day of Prayer and Adoration for Life, beginning after the 8:30 a.m. Mass until 9 p.m., when the day will close with Benediction. All are welcome to come to the Chapel at any time during the day or evening, 847-272-7090.

St. Damian Church, 5220 W. 155th St., Oak Forest
Prayer Vigil to End Abortion: 9 Hour Rosary Novena in the Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, January 22, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Pro-Life Meditations of the Rosary by Fr. Frank Pavone
9:30 - Joyful Mysteries, 10:30 - Luminous Mysteries, 11:30 - Sorrowful Mysteries, 12:30 - Glorious Mysteries, 1:30 - Joyful Mysteries, 2:30 - Luminous Mysteries, 3:30 - Sorrowful Mysteries, 4:30 - Glorious Mysteries, 5:30 - Glorious Mysteries. The rosary will be prayed on the half hour with silent prayer for the second half of the hour. Sponsored by St. Damian’s Pro-Life Committee.

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 15050 S. Wolf Rd., Orland Park
Holy Hour for Life at 7 p.m. Sue Flanagan Coordinator.

Our Lady of the Woods, 10731 W. 131st St., Orland Park
A Day Of Eucharistic Adoration For The Sanctity Of Life, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at 8:30 a.m. - Holy Mass 9 a.m. - Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 9 a.m. - Adoration begins 3 p.m. – Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3:30 p.m. - Pro-Life Rosary, 6 p.m. - Pro–Life Rosary, 8 p.m. - Adoration ends. Sign up sheets will be in the Gathering Space. Maria Gallagher, Coordinator.

Divine Infant Church, 1600 Newcastle, Westchester
Adoration immediately following the 8 a.m. Mass until Benediction at 10:15 a.m.,
Pro-life Rosary at 9 a.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet at 9:30 a.m.

Most Holy Redeemer, 9525 S. Lawndale, Evergreen Park
Pro-Life Holy Hour ending with Benediction from 7-8 p.m. Call 708-425-5354 for directions.

St. Paul the Apostle, 6401 Gages Lake Rd., Gurnee
Holy Hour for Life, 7 p.m., in the day chapel. Contact Rosie Smyth, 847-231-6084.

St. Barbara Parish, 2859 S. Throop St., Chicago
The Respect Life Committee will be sponsoring a Day of Prayer for Life, with an all day exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Church will be open all day for prayer. For more information, call St. Barbara's at 312-842-7979 or Pat Blaszak, Parish Respect Life Coordinator at 773-284-2663.

St. Stanislaus Kostka, 1351 W. Evergreen Ave., Chicago
Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be a Holy Hour for Life, Mass and Eucharistic Adoration with Prayer at 6 p.m., Rosary for the Sanctity of Life at 6:30 p.m., Holy Mass for all the unborn and for the conversion of the U.S. at 7 p.m. The recitation of the Chaplet of Mercy will follow Mass, and the church will remain open all night for Eucharistic Adoration. For more information, contact Wayne Smith, Respect Life Coordinator, at

January 23 & 24

Our Lady of the Ridge, 108th Ridgeland, Chicago Ridge
Will be distributing Spiritual Adoption Prayer Cards. These will also be available in the gathering space of the church before and after all the Masses that weekend. Marianne Grisolano, Coordinator.

January 24

Saint Paul of the Cross, 320 S. Washington St., Park Ridge
Candlelight Rosary and Benediction at 3 p.m. to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Sue Murphy 847-696-9218, Coordinator.

More information about these and other activities, including the 2010 SpeakOut Illinois Conference, “Defending Life, Protecting the Future,” that will be held Saturday, January 30 at the Doubletree Hotel, in Oakbrook, can be found at or by calling the Respect Life Office at 312-534-5335.

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