Planning is in full swing for the next 40 Days for Life vigil. Materials have been printed, phone calls made, and visits done, and more.
40 Days for Life is a twice-yearly 40-day vigil outside of an abortion facility. Participants are asked to pray and fast so as to bring an end to abortion. This year there are 246 registered groups worldwide, up from the 238 from this past Fall, 2010, and up from the 1 when it all got going in 2007, in College Station, Texas.
Here in Montreal, the vigil begins with a kickoff on Tuesday, March 8, at 7pm in Lahaie park, across the street from 30 Saint-Joseph E, where the Morgentaler clinic is located. This is a full month later than last year and so we will enjoy greater daylight hours and, hopefully, warmer climes. The following day, Ash Wednesday, vigilers will show up at 7am and will replace one another throughout the day until 7pm. This pattern will continue through until Sunday, April 17, 2011 – i.e., 40 continuous days.
Praying and fasting are the order of the day during this span of time. We take our lead from Christ who directed his disciples to pray and fast so as to augment one's faith and to exorcise certain demons, of which, we know, are plentiful.
Leading to March 8, numerous visits have been made. In addition to contacting local pastors, on Friday, February 4, 201, four of us from the Quebec-Life Coalition – CQV, visited the church of St. Vincent de Paul in Pont Viau, Laval, to promote the vigil. We were invited to attend the monthly prayer group. The evening began with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel followed by rosary for life. Afterward, fifteen or so of us gathered in an adjoining room where a brief presentation was made about the Forty Days for Life concept and the experience here in Montreal. The laptop of Georges Buscemi, CQV president, facilitated the presentation, permitting those in attendance to get a glimpse of the pro-life movement both here in Canada and in the U.S.
Yet, more is left to be done. We continue with our meetings and follow-ups and our core group is set to meet. Numerous church groups have been contacted ; so, if you have not heard from us, do give us a call.
Also, if you are unable to attend because you live far away, consider organizing your own vigil? We'd love to help and make our resources available to you. Contact us to find out how you can start up your own 40 Days.
Also, you can visit the official page of the 40 Days for Life in Montreal for updates, flyers, etc. as they become available: www.cqv.qc.ca/en/40days
By Thaddeus M. Baklinski and Steve Jalsevac
TORONTO, February 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The 40 Days for Life campaign got off to a successful start across Canada as kick-off rallies and events took place yesterday to prepare for the beginning of the forty days of peaceful vigil and prayer for an end to abortion.
Nicole Campbell, coordinator of the 40 Days for Life Toronto, told LifeSiteNews that over 350 people gathered at St. Charles Borromeo Church for a rally yesterday at 3 p.m. The crowd was addressed by several speakers and encouraged by music provided by a group of musicians who assembled for the occasion.
Angelina Steenstra and two other members of Silent No More Awareness Campaign spoke on the disastrous effect of abortion on the mental and physical well-being of women. The very personal and often heart breaking testimonies of the three women captured total attention and here and there listeners could be seen wiping tears from their eyes.One listener told LifeSiteNews she could hardly breath during the testimonies because she found them so riveting.
Two Toronto based Sisters of Life were present. Sister Monica Faustina shared a moving success story from a previous 40 Days for Life campaign in New York city and spread the Sisters' usual infectious joy and exuberance to the crowd.
Nicole Campbell, spoke on the need to put faith into action by coming out and participating in the silent vigil kept at the abortuary, and of the need of constant prayer support for those keeping vigil and for a conversion of souls to the culture of life. She emphasized that the actions of those who participate in the 40 days for Life are intended to reach out to women with love, both before and after abortion, and to those who come to the abortion centres with them. Conversion, the changing of hearts and minds, as well as saving women and babies from abortion, were emphasized to be the primary goals of 40 Days. She also urged all participants to pray for abortionists and their staff.
Campaign Life Coalition president Jim Hughes gave a brief history of the efforts of CLC to bring 40 Days for Life to Canada, its great success in Ottawa last fall and the expansion of the 40 days to other provinces.
In Ottawa a Vesper service was held at St. Patrick's Basilica yesterday evening as part of a "spiritual launch" of the 40 Days for Life in the nation's capital.
Paul Lauzon, coordinator of 40 Days for Life Ottawa, told LSN that over 250 people attended the service, which was presided over by Archbishop Terence Prendergast, who was accompanied by The Rt. Rev. Carl L. Reid of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada.
In a short homily during the service Archbishop Prendergast spoke of fasting, prayer and personal conversion as the essence of Lent and as being integral to the 40 Days for Life campaign.
One unique initiative of this 40 Days for Life campaign reaches out to those who do not have an official campaign in their city or cannot make it out to the Vigil outside of the local abortion facility. The initiative is a prayer support registry called 40 Days for Life @ 180º
The idea is similar to the one used for recording who will be holding vigil in front of the abortion centre at a particular time. Each participant can register for one or more hours of the available 960 hours of the Campaign, indicating the Church or Group and the City they represent.
The goal is to cover the calendar completely with prayer warriors and is a way of acknowledging the participation of Canadians across the country, from north to south (hence the 180º), who want to participate with their prayers and sacrifices to build unity and momentum and strength for the 40 Days for Life global campaign.
The registration form is available here: http://www.40daysforlife.com/ottawa/index.cfm?load=page&...
All five Canadian cities hosting the campaign will have kick-off rallies to begin the Vigil on Tuesday evening, February 24, near the abortuary where pro-lifers will hold vigil for the 40 days of Lent.
At this time there are still lots of uncommitted hours to be filled and the campaign organizers are encouraging everyone to contact their local 40 Days for Life coordinators:
Ottawa: Paul Lauzon, [email protected] - 613.729.0379
Toronto: Nicole Campbell [email protected] - 416.204.9749
Montreal: Georges Buscemi [email protected] - 519.569.0369
Winnipeg: Maria Slykerman, [email protected] - 204.452.2459
Edmonton: Karen Richert (Edmonton Pro-Life), [email protected] - 780.425.1637
To learn more about the 40 Days for Life Campaign, please visit the website: http://www.40daysforlife.com/ottawa/index.cfm?active=1
****English version below****
Soeurs et frères en Jésus Christ ! Vous êtes invités au lancement des 40 jours pour la vie à Montréal, le: mardi, 24 février, à 19h30, au parc Lahaie, coin St. Joseph et St. Dominique (en face du 30 St. Joseph E., l'adresse de la clinique d'avortement Morgentaler).
Voir la carte: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=45.522909,-73.591297&daddr=&hl=fr&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=45.523428,-73.592327&sspn=0.003601,0.009656&ie=UTF8&ll=45.522871,-73.591189&spn=0.003601,0.009656&z=17
Le "40 jours pour la vie" est un évènement oecuménique Chrétien pro-vie.
Pour 40 jours, débutant le 25 février et terminant le 5 avril (le temps du Carême), plus de 130 villes au Canada, aux États-Unis, en Irlande du Nord et en Australie tiendront des vigiles de prière et de jeûne de 40 jours, minimum 12 heures par jour, devant une clinique d'avortement (svp voir www.40daysforlife.com/montreal pour plus de détails) pour la fin de l'avortement. En plus de pouvoir vous inscire à la vigile (pour ce faire, vous n'avez qu'à suivre ce lien:
(http://www.vigilcalendar.com/montreal/ ) comme Chrétien -- laïc, religieux, ou pasteur -- vous êtes invités à prier et jeûner durant ces 40 jours à cette intention cruciale. Finalement, les "40 jours" à Montréal, ainsi que toutes les autres campagnes, lanceront des campagnes de sensibilisation publiques qui comprendront plusieurs activités tels la distribution de circulaires en ville et la rédaction de lettres à l'éditeur, etc. Le mûr de silence qui entoure cet infanticide institutionalisé qu'est l'avortement doit tomber.
Pour ce faire, nous Chrétiens devont nous retourner vers Dieu en sonnant la trompette du salut par la foi en Jésus Christ. Pour trop longtemps notre silence a été perçu comme une approbation; et même il faut l'avouer, le sang des enfants à naître est sur nous, aussi. Donc, il nous faut agir dès aujourd'hui--il nous faut refuser de vivre dans cet Égypte qu'est notre situation politique et sociale contemporaine. Pour dire "oui" à Jésus, il nous faut dire "non" à l'avortement! Nous n'offrons pas toutes les solutions pour rebâtir ce Québec dévasté, mais nous avons, avec Jésus, la pierre angulaire de cet édifice glorieux que pourrait être le Québec renouvellé de demain!
Chrétiens, qui êtes le corps du Christ, venez donc au lancement des "40 jours pour la vie" ce 24 février à 19h30. Il y aura des discours, de la prière avec chandelles, suivi d'une courte procession au couvent Franciscain où se déroulera une session d'inscription à la vigile. Vous aurez aussi la chance d'appuyer financièrement les "40 jours" en achetant de la marchandise, ou en nous demandant comment vous pouvez vous impliquer plus profondément dans l'évangélisation pro-vie ici à Montréal.
POUR S'INSCRIRE À LA VIGILE DES 40 JOURS:www.vigilcalendar.com/montreal
Organisateur Comité organisationnel du 40 JOURS pour la VIE - Montréal
courriel: [email protected]
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, You are invited to the kickoff event for the 40 Days for Life in Montreal, on: Tuesday, February 24, at 7:30PM, at the "Parc Lahaie", on the corner of St. Joseph and St. Dominique (across from 30 St. Joseph E., which is the address of the Morgentaler abortion facility).
See map here: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=45.522909,-73.591297&daddr=&hl=fr&geocode=&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=45.523428,-73.592327&sspn=0.003601,0.009656&ie=UTF8&ll=45.522871,-73.591189&spn=0.003601,0.009656&z=17
The 40 Days for Life is an international Christian ecumenical pro-life event involving 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion (see http://www.40daysforlife.com/about.cfm ). From February 25 to April 5 (Lent), over 130 cities in Canada, the US, Australia and Northern Ireland will engage in a 40 day, minimum 12 hours per day vigil in front of an abortion clinic to pray and fast for an end to abortion. In addition to enrolling in the vigil proper (which you can do by following this link: http://www.vigilcalendar.com/montreal/ ) as a Christian --lay, religious, or pastors or priest-- you are invited to pray and fast during this Lenten period for this crucial intention. Finally, the Montreal campaign, as well as all the others, will conduct a public awareness campaign through the vigil, of course, but also by means of a street campaign and letter writing, as well as radio and other media announcements. The silence about abortion must end!
We Christians have all been silent collaborators in the culture of death for far too long--so let us proclaim the way of repentence. A cultural renewal can only begin by identifying the wrongs in the way we live and discerning, by praying to Almighty God, the way out of the Egypt that is our political and social reality.
The 40 Days for Life is but a step to cultural and societal renewal in Montreal and the province at large. Let us begin with this small step! So, Body of Christ, come to the kickoff this February 24 at 7:30 pm! There will be some speeches and candle-lit prayer outside, and then we will proceed to the Franciscan convent nearby for a registration session, and some refreshments and food. Here you will have the opportunity to support the 40 Days by registering to the vigil, by buying 40 Days products, or by asking how you can otherwise help this campaign.
Yours in Christ,
SIGN UP HERE FOR THE 40 DAYS VIGIL:www.vigilcalendar.com/montreal
Main Coordinator 40 Days for Life - Montreal
email: [email protected]
40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign that has generated measurable lifesaving results in more than 130 cities where it has been implemented. It has lead to a significant drop in abortions on almost all locations, and in some places such as the State of North Dakota Some to the closing of all abortion clinics.
The 40 Days for Life campaign is made up of three key components: prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach.