13 open hours this week!

The weather is getting much more agreeable – please sign up for an hour this week:

OPEN HOURS
Tuesday, 2/27 – 1 needed at 1p and 2 needed at 2p.
Wednesday, 2/28 – 1 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p; 2 needed at 4p and 2 needed at 5p.
Thursday, 3/1 – 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 11a and 1 needed at 12p.
Friday, 3/2 – 1 needed at 10a.
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call (608)393-8545.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Friday, March 30th at 9:30 a.m. on sidewalk surrounding Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Road, Madison – Fr. Richard Heilman will lead us in Good Friday Stations of the Cross. Jesus united himself with all victims of suffering by his death on the cross. None suffer more innocently than the victims of abortion.
3RD ANNUAL PROTEST PLANNED PARENTHOOD RALLY – 10 a.m. on sidewalk surrounding Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Road, Madison.  More details to come.
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Heavenly Father, we thank you for caring about each of us so deeply. Help us to see and know you as our Father in heaven each and every day of our lives.

Your loving hand also rests on every child today carried in its mother’s womb. May they be born into this world and come to know fully and personally your endless love. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  (Prayer by: Randolph Sly)

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19 open hours still this week!

2 more results from taking the pro-life message to the  street (for us the sidewalk) – according to Priests for Life:

5. Street (or sidewalk) activity is valuable not only for what it does to the public, but what it does for the pro-lifers themselves. When someone expresses his convictions publicly, those convictions are strengthened inwardly. When someone brings the truth to the public streets or stands in prayer where killing is actually taking place, that person receives a deeper sense of the urgency of the battle and the reality of the problem. Street activities also help to recruit pro-life activists (see more on this below).

6. A key aspect of the message we publicly proclaim is that the mothers of aborted babies are also harmed and sometimes killed by the same procedure that kills their children. The abortion industry is responsible for untold numbers of malpractice incidents, resulting in maternal injuries and deaths. A poster is now available which contains some of the names of mothers who obtained so-called “safe and legal” abortions but died as a result. It is a very powerful practice to bring this poster to a prayer vigil or picket in front of an abortion mill (or elsewhere) and have a leader read each of the names of these deceased. After each name, the assembled group can respond, “Lord, have mercy on her.” (The poster is available from Life Dynamics. Call 1-800-401-6494).

7. Pro-life presence in the streets (or on the sidewalks) is more essential than ever. Defenders of abortion are not only saying no to life; they are seeking to silence our yes. For example, the official guidelines of BACAOR (an anti-life group in San Francisco) say that they seek to get pro-lifers not only to go away from the door of the abortion mill, but to go away altogether. Efforts such as RICO suits and the FACE Law unfairly discriminate against pro-life free speech, and the enemy uses them to instill in us a fear of speaking out. They want us to go away. Our response can and must be, “We will not go away!” Now is the time to increase and intensify our activities on the streets, not to back away from them! The best way to defend our First Amendment rights is to exercise them without fear! This is the moment to show our opponents that we will not be intimidated from speaking up for what is right.

Please sign up for an hour this week!
OPEN HOURS
Tuesday, 2/20 – 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 1p and 2 needed at 2p.
Wednesday, 2/21 – 1 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 3p; 2 needed at 4p and 1 needed at 5p.
Thursday, 2/22 – 1 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
Friday, 2/23 – 1 needed at 10a; 2 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call (608)393-8545.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Friday, March 30th at 9:30 a.m. on sidewalk surrounding Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Road, Madison – Fr. Richard Heilman will lead us in Good Friday Stations of the Cross. Jesus united himself with all victims of suffering by his death on the cross. None suffer more innocently than the victims of abortion.
3RD ANNUAL PROTEST PLANNED PARENTHOOD RALLY – 10 a.m. on sidewalk surrounding Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Road, Madison.  More details to come.
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O God, we too often try to live in ways that ignore our coming death.

We forget that our days are numbered by You,

that at the end of our days your judgement awaits, that You are the Lord of our destiny.

Help us to repent daily, and then to live each day in joyful obedience.

Lead us to live in the light and promise of eternity.

Prepare us to live fully and sacrificially.

Prepare us to die faithfully and hopefully, so that we might live forever with You.

Through Jesus Christ, who has gone before us, we trust and hope and love and pray. Amen.

(Prayer by Rev. Paul Stallsworth)
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23 open hours!

2 more results from taking the pro-life message to the  street (for us the sidewalk) – according to Priests for Life:

3. By going into the streets (or, in our case, the sidewalk), we always win. Whether people agree with us or not, whether they are persuaded by our presence or not, we have forced them to confront the reality of abortion. We have brought abortion to their attention whether they like it or not. That means we win. If people never confront abortion, it will never be stopped. If people are not forced to re-think it, then they will remain in ignorance (“I don’t know”) and denial (“I don’t want to know”), and abortion will continue unchallenged. If, however, the public continues to see protest and unrest and many people against abortion, they will have to say, “Why this protesting? What is it that is so wrong? Why do so may people continue to be so disturbed?” If they see the sacrifice we make by enduring heat and cold, rain and snow, loneliness and ridicule over many hours, they will have to ask whether abortion might be worse than they think it is. They may be roused from their slumber.

4. We need to go out on the streets (or sidewalks) because abortion is a local phenomenon. Efforts to petition the government must continue, but abortions do not occur in the halls of Congress; they occur down the street from where we live and work and relax. The killing is taking place in the local community, and the local community must take responsibility to stop the killing. Local residents must register their disapproval, and this is done quite vividly in the streets (or on the sidewalks). We pro-lifers should not so much lose peace over who is sitting in the White House; we should lose peace over the fact that we are sitting in our houses!

Please sign up for an hour this week!

OPEN HOURS

Monday, 2/12 – 1 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
Tuesday, 2/13 –  1 needed at 9a; 2 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 2 needed at 2p.
Wednesday, 2/14 – 1 needed at 1p; 1 needed at 4p and 2 needed at 5p.
Thursday, 2/15 – 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 10a and 1 needed at 2p.
Friday, 2/16 – 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call (608)393-8545.
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A PRAYER FOR LENT
O gracious, Master, infuse in our hearts the spotless light of your Divine Wisdom and open the eyes of our mind
that we may understand the teachings of your Gospel.  Instill in us also the fear of your Blessed Commandments,
so that having curbed all carnal desires, we may lead a spiritual life, both thinking and doing everything to please you.
For you, O Christ, our God, are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies; and to you we render glory, together
with your eternal Father, and with your all holy, life-creating Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
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28 open hours this week!

2 results from taking the pro-life message to the  street (for us the sidewalk) – according to Priests for Life:

1. The street enables us to take our message directly to the public, bypassing the government, the media, educational facilities, and all those in the institutions who seek to silence the pro-life message. People driving or walking are not there because they want to hear us, but because they are going about their daily duties. The entire cross-section of the public is reached. We meet people where they are, and make it impossible for them to ignore us. This counteracts the efforts of those who would privatize the Gospel, and confine the pro-life and Christian message merely to our homes and Churches. The message of life is true not only in our homes and Churches, but everywhere, including streets and public places.

2. There is a double tragedy to abortion. The first tragedy is that it occurs. The second tragedy is that while it occurs, life for so many goes on “business as usual.” Abortion becomes part of the landscape; it recedes into the scenery and is considered a normal part of the orderly functioning of society. Things are at peace, the streets are quiet, and from the looks of things, “Everything’s OK.”

But everything is not OK if babies are being killed. The apparent peace and order of society are superficial and illusory. That peace and order are being destroyed behind closed doors by abortion. A false peace and order covers over this injustice.

By coming out onto the streets, we declare that everything’s not OK, that life cannot go on “business as usual” while 4000 babies are killed daily. Those who support the killing tell us, “Leave us alone in peace!” To do so, however, is to support a false peace. “‘Peace, peace!’ they say, though there is no peace” (Jer. 6:14). This is the kind of false peace our Lord condemned when He said, “Do not think I have come to establish peace on earth. I assure you, the opposite is true. I have come for division” (Luke 12:51). Our presence on the streets shows that we are not at peace with abortion. It calls for a division of good people from this evil. It refuses to yield to an unjust tranquility.

Please sign up for an hour this week!

OPEN HOURS

Monday, 2/5 – 2 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 12p and 1 needed at 1p.
Tuesday, 2/6 – 2 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 2 needed at 2p.
Wednesday, 2/7 – 2 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 1p; 2 needed at 2p and 1 needed at 3p.
Thursday, 2/8 – 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
Friday, 2/9 – 2 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 10a; 2 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call (608)393-8545.
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Heavenly Father, the beauty and dignity of human life was the crowning of your creation. You further ennobled that life when your Son became one with us in his incarnation. Help us to realize the sacredness of human life and to respect it from the moment of conception until the last moment at natural death. Give us courage to speak with truth and love and with conviction in defence of life. Help us to extend the gentle hand of mercy and forgiveness to those who do not reverence your gift of life. To all, grant pardon for the times we have failed to be grateful for your precious gift of life or to respect it in others. We ask this in Jesus’ Name.
Amen.
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28 open hours this week!

LOVE SAVES LIVES!

Please bring your love to the sidewalk this week!

OPEN HOURS

Monday, 1/29 – 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
Tuesday, 1/30 – 1 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 2 needed at 2p.
Wednesday, 1/31 – 2 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p; 2 needed at 2p; 2 needed at 3p; 1 needed at 4p and 2 needed at 5p.
Thursday, 2/1 – 2 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
Friday, 2/2 – 2 needed at 10a and 1 needed at 2p.
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call (608)393-8545.
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God most high, your servant Junipero Serra brought the gospel of Christ to the peoples of Mexico and California and firmly established the Church among them. By his intercession, and through the example of his evangelical zeal, inspire us to be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
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12 open hours this week!

Dear friends of Vigil for Life –

Did you have the chance to catch any of the coverage of the March for Life in Washington D.C.?  If not, here is a link to a time lapse video of that beautiful event: www.lifesitenews.com/news/time-lapse-video-shows-massive-turnout-for-2018-march-for-life
Isn’t it so awesome to see so many thousands of people witnessing to the beauty and dignity of life all at one time?  We should all be encouraged by all of the Marches for Life that have been taking place this month.
And – of course – we need your witness on the sidewalk this week although on a much smaller scale, it may be a more immediate help to a Mom and her baby in a crisis pregnancy.
OPEN HOURS
Tuesday, 1/23 – 1 needed at 2p.
Wednesday, 1/24 – 1 needed at 12p and 2 needed at 5p.
Thursday, 1/25 – 1 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
Friday, 1/26 – 1 needed at 9a; 2 needed at 11a and 2 needed at 12p.
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call Gwen at (608)393-8545.
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EVERY LIFE IS WORTH LIVING (USCCB)

Heavenly Father, thank you
for the precious gift of life.

Help us to cherish and protect
this gift, even in the midst of fear,
pain, and suffering.

Give us love for all people,
especially the most vulnerable,
and help us bear witness to the
truth that every life is worth living.

Grant us the humility to accept
help when we are in need,
and teach us to be merciful to all.

Through our words and actions,
may others encounter the
outstretched hands
of Your mercy.

We ask this through
Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

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21 open hours this week!

Some of us who are active with Vigil for Life went to the March for Life Chicago yesterday.  What a blessing it was to be there  to celebrate LIFE with thousands of other people!  There was even a group of people there who came all the way from South Dakota.  Here’s a link to view the March for Life – Chicago: www.facebook.com/prolifeaction/videos/10159931485635008/

“The fight for the right to life is not the cause of a special few, but the cause of every man, woman and child who cares not only about his or her own family, but the whole family of man.” – Dr. Mildred Jefferson, Pro-Life Activist and Heroine
 
Please sign up for an hour this week!
 
Tuesday, 1/16 – 2 needed at 9a and 1 needed at 2p.
 
Wednesday, 1/17 – 2 needed at 2p; 2 needed at 3p; 1 needed at 4p and 2 needed at 5p.
 
Thursday, 1/18 – 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
 
Friday, 1/19 – 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
 
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call Gwen at (608)393-8545.
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MADISON MARCH FOR LIFEJANUARY 22, 2018 – 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE
ANNOUNCING: MARCH FOR LIFE – MADISON!! Please join a March for Life in Madison on Monday, Jan. 22. We will begin with a rosary for life at 11:45 a.m. and Holy Mass at 12:10 PM at St. Patrick’s (404 E. Main St, Madison). Following the Mass at 1 p.m. we will peacefully march around the Capitol then go inside for prayer and then visit each legislator with the message that all life is precious from conception to natural death. This event is sponsored by St. Maria Goretti in conjunction with the Diocese of Madison and the Cathedral Parish.
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18 open hours this week!

Dear friends of LIFE – 

This past week was a busy one at Planned Parenthood.  We are so thankful to all who braved the below zero windchills to witness for life on the sidewalk outside of Planned Parenthood.  On Friday, our sidewalk counselors were able to send a young couple over to the Women’s Care Center after their appointment at Planned Parenthood.  As the couple left the Women’s Care Center, they stopped and said, “Thank you” to our sidewalk counselors.  While we don’t know for sure, we think that means they chose LIFE for their baby!  Praise God!
 
Please sign up for an hour this week!

OPEN HOURS

Monday, 1/8 – 1 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 12p and 1 needed at 1p.
 
Tuesday, 1/9 – 1 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
 
Thursday, 1/11 – 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 12p and 1 needed at 2p.
 
Friday, 1/12 – 1 needed at 9a; 2 needed at 10a; 2 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
 
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call Gwen at (608)393-8545.
 
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MADISON MARCH FOR LIFEJANUARY 22, 2018 – 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE
ANNOUNCING: MARCH FOR LIFE – MADISON!! Please join a March for Life in Madison on Monday, Jan. 22. We will begin with a rosary for life at 11:45 a.m. and Holy Mass at 12:10 PM at St. Patrick’s (404 E. Main St, Madison). Following the Mass at 1 p.m. we will peacefully march around the Capitol then go inside for prayer and then visit each legislator with the message that all life is precious from conception to natural death. This event is sponsored by St. Maria Goretti in conjunction with the Diocese of Madison and the Cathedral Parish.  For a flyer to post at your parish go to: av.madisondiocese.org/audio/Images%20to%20Share/MarchforLife2018-Madison.pdf
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There are still spots open on the Pro-Life Wisconsin bus going to the MARCH FOR LIFE– CHICAGO on Sunday, January 14, 2018.  To sign up go to: www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-march-forlife-depart-madison-beloit-tickets-39049092888
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MARCH FOR LIFE – MADISON

ANNOUNCING: MARCH FOR LIFE – MADISON!!

Please join a March for Life in Madison on Monday, Jan. 22. We will begin with Holy Mass at 12:10 PM at St. Patrick’s (404 E. Main St, Madison). Following the Mass we will march around the Capitol then go inside for prayer and then visit each legislator with the message that all life is precious from conception to natural death.

This event is sponsored by St. Maria Goretti Parish in conjunction with the Diocese of Madison and the Cathedral Parish.

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18 open hours still this week! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests.  They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:5

The angel said to them, “ Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy, that will be for all the people.  For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  Luke 2: 10-14
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. John 3:16
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
God chose to give his only Son to us as a perfect baby.  The most amazing and beautiful way that God knits a baby together in a mother’s womb shows the great care that God has for humanity.  Babies are a perfect way to start people (and of course God knows this).
We must continue to speak up for the babies whose lives are at risk of being lost to abortion.
Please sign up for an hour this week:

OPEN HOURS

Tuesday, 12/26 – 1 needed at 9a.
Wednesday, 12/27 – 2 needed at 1p; 1 needed at 4p and 2 needed at 5p.
Thursday, 12/28 – 2 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 12p and 1 needed at 1p.
Friday, 12/29 – 1 needed at 9a; 2 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call (608)393-8545.
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A Christmas Day Prayer by Priests for Life

Praise to You, Lord God!

You have become one of us — You have become a human being, while still retaining all your power and holiness as God!

You, O Lord, made the journey of the unborn child. By being an embryo, a fetus, and a newborn, you joined all unborn and newborn children to you!

From the beginning of history, O Lord, You were the Creator of every human life. Now, with Christmas, You join Yourself in an unthinkable way with the life You created.

Let this Christmas, O God, fill all of us with awe and wonder at how close human life is to You. Cleanse the world of all that tarnishes and rejects this gift. Purify our hearts of all that fears this gift.

Let our Christmas joy be the joy of welcoming every human lifeAmen!

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