Dear Friends of Life,
You are all welcomed to join us to kick-off off our 12th prayer vigil for the end of abortion.
This event will be on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius church - 7187 2nd avenue - corner Jean-Talon east, three blocks east of the Iberville metro station (blue line).
- 6:00 p.m.: Doors open
- 6:30 p.m.: Exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
- 7:15 p.m.: Benediction and reposition
- 7:30 p.m.: Speakers - Fr. Pierre Desroches, pastor of Saint Enfant Jésus church (French) and Steve Karlen, Director of North American Outreach, 40 Days for Life (English)
- 10:00 p.m.: evening ends.
PRAYER & FASTING - OUTREACH - PEACEFUL VIGIL
The vigil begins on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, and runs through to Sunday November 2, 2014.
The vigil location has not changed from the previous times - across the street from the Morgentaler abortuary (30, Saint Joseph Blvd. East).
Over the 40-day period, a peaceful, prayerful presence from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be conducted every day, rain or shine.
Our prayers will be offered for the young couples struggling with the decison to keep or abort their child, as well as for those who have already made the tragic and irreversible decision.
Our prayers will also be offered up for the conversion of the abortionists and other facility workers who mistakenly perform this procedure.
Finally our prayers will be offered for the young and vulnerable who will die rather than have a chance to be born and live their lives.
CODE OF CONDUCT
As we wish to maintain a peaceful, prayerful presence, the following code of conduct is offered to further this end:
- I will show compassion and reflect Christ’s love to all.
- I understand that acting in a violent or harmful manner immediately and completely disassociates me from this vigil.
- I will not obstruct the driveways or sidewalk while standing in the public right of way.
- I will not block the abortion facility's entrance nor the path of anyone, including passersby, on the sidewalk; I will remain on the north side of Saint-Joseph Blvd.
- I will not litter on the public right of way.
- I will closely attend to any children I bring to the prayer vigil.
- I will not threaten, physically contact, nor verbally abuse anyone.
- I will not vandalize private property.
- I will cooperate with local city authorities.
- I will not picket nor carry any signs, pictures, displays, nor wear clothing bearing any words or images, without the consent of the organizers.
- I will maintain a spirit of prayer and refrain from judgments, debates and quarrels.
- I will refrain from unnecessary discussion with the public and with the other prayers.
- I will maintain a physical distance from others at the site whose tactics would be considered contrary to these guidelines.
HOW TO SHARE THE PRO-LIFE MESSAGE
What is the pro-life message?
At its most basic level, the pro-life message is this:
- An unborn child is a human person
- whose life has value and deserves to be protected by our society.
But we also have an important message to share about how abortion harms women – and men – and about how committed the pro-life movement is to helping women face untimely pregnancies and choose life for their babies.
Ultimately, our message is a message of hope. We believe that, working together, we can transform our society into a place in which no mother will ever resort to abortion, where every child, regardless of the circumstances of his or her conception, will be welcomed and loved.
10 Guidelines for sharing the pro-life message
1. Listen – and pay attention;
2. Take time to think – and pray;
3. Always be respectful;
4. Seek common ground;
5. Make it personal;
6. Give the benefit of the doubt, and never take offense;
7. Don’t interrupt others’ conversations;
8. Pick your battles and keep it simple;
9. Admit when you lack information; and
10. Always leave the door open.