The 40 Days for Life Campaign is
a period of prayer and fasting, of pro-life community outreach and
presence at the killing centers.
gives words of encouragement to all participants.
Priests for Life is the primary partner of this campaign, and our
pastoral team will visit many of the cities that are conducting this
effort, leading them in prayer and encouraging their activities. Priests
for Life has also provided many of the daily prayer devotionals that are
used by 40 Days participants.
Here are some of our resources you can
use at your 40 Days Prayer Vigils:
The Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a project of Priests for Life and
Anglicans for Life, is mobilizing women and men who have lost children
to abortion, and enabling them to speak out about their pain and
healing. Their presence at the abortion mills during this campaign
provides a powerful witness against abortion.
Moreover, Priests for Life is making a special call to clergy to preach
on abortion, to mobilize people to come in prayer to the abortion mills,
and to have every parish in the nation praying for the conversion and
closing of abortion mills - not only during the 40 Days Campaign, but
all year round.
Priests for Life has provided the
priests, pastors, and deacons of the country with a simple action plan
for their congregations:
1. Have each member and family of the Church pray the daily prayer to
end abortion, found at www.PrayerCampaign.org.
2. Sign up for liturgical resources to be emailed to you each week;
request them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find them online
3. Preach on abortion using the guidelines
given in the weekly liturgical resources email mentioned above.
4. Each Sunday, have a paragraph on pro-life themes in the bulletin, as
provided for each Sunday in the weekly liturgical resources email
5. For the General intercessions at Mass, use the prayers found for each
Sunday in the weekly liturgical resources email mentioned above.
6. On one of the Sundays during the campaign, provide in the bulletin
one of the full page inserts offered free of charge at www.priestsforlife.org/bulletin.
7. Prepare your people for the elections by distributing the voter guide
found at www.PoliticalResponsibility.org
8. Pray and foster presence at the abortion mill matched up with each
particular parish at www.priestsforlife.org/mills.
9. Publicize to your people the resources for healing after abortion
found at www.RachelsVineyard.org. Utilize the bulletin, parish website,
pulpit announcements, parish mailings, and literature in the vestibule.
10. Share with your people the testimonies of the men and women who have
suffered the loss of children through abortion and have found healing.
You can use the testimonies at
www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org or contact us to arrange for someone
to come to share his or her testimony in person.
11. Invite a member of our pastoral team to come to the parish to assist
the activation and/or growth of the parish pro-life committee, which can
be the center of pro-life activity for the parish throughout the year.
Friends, the gates of hell will not prevail
against the Church. As we become more activated during this special season, and
all during the year, we will see the abortion industry retreat and the Victory
of Life unfold more clearly than ever!
Fr. Frank Pavone
Priests for Life has done an amazing job of
helping to spread the 40 Days for Life campaign to hundreds of cities across the
nation - and around the globe. Fr. Frank Pavone has tirelessly promoted 40 Days
for Life through every possible communication channel, personally contributed
many of the daily devotionals used throughout the campaign, and deployed the
entire Priests for Life pastoral team across the country to visit dozens of 40
Days for Life campaign sites, providing support, encouragement, and guidance. I
truly believe that much of the explosive growth of 40 Days for Life has been due
to the involvement of Priests for Life and I cannot say enough good things about
Fr. Frank and his team. 40 Days for Life is proud to have Priests for Life as a
primary partner, working together to end abortion." - David Bereit, National