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Each year, parishes and parishioners are encouraged to attend and support these annual pro-life initiatives. To find additional pro-life events and activities, make sure to visit the diocesan calendar.
Vigil for All Nascent Human Life
In the fall of 2010, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a Vigil for All Nascent Human Life at St. Peter's Basilica to coincide with first vespers of the First Sunday of Advent. According to the Holy See, this celebration of human life from its very beginning gives us an opportunity to "thank the Lord for his total self-giving to the world and for his Incarnation which gave every human life its real worth and dignity". In doing so, we also "invoke the Lord's protection over every human being called into existence." The Holy Father requested that all diocesan Bishops preside over similar celebrations. You can help us make this a diocesan Advent tradition by joining us at St. Patrick Cathedral for a beautiful pro-life beginning to the Advent season. Note: This is not a Mass.
Annual Respect Life Mass
Each January near the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Bishop Olson celebrates our diocesan Respect Life Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown Fort Worth. In remembrance of the millions of preborn babies that have died since January 22, 1973, a candlelight procession begins this beautiful Liturgy. All are invited to attend.
National Day of Penance
The Supreme Court legalized abortion on January 22, 1973. Therefore, each January 22nd has been designated as a National Day of Penance. All are encouraged to offer some small sacrifice for the conversion of hearts and healing for those who have been wounded by abortion.
Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing for one hour praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community. Together, we acknowledge that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception.
Photo by Juan Guajardo
Respect Life Sunday
Respect Life Sunday is celebrated each year on the first Sunday of October. The focus of our diocesan Respect Life program is highlighted each year in liturgies and through special events which focus on the critical concerns of our culture. While our attention is particularly directed toward abortion, euthanasia, and bioethical issues, other matters pertaining to the dignity of human life are also addressed. Those include, but are not limited to, chastity, natural family planning, capital punishment, poverty, immigration, post-abortion healing, and end of life issues.
Respect Life Coordinator
Marlon De La Torre, MA, MEd.
Department Director of Evangelization and Catechesis
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