Msgr. John G. Woolsey, director of the archdiocesan Family Life/Respect Life
Office, will celebrate the opening Mass of a nine-day, pro-life Eucharistic
vigil Sunday, Sept. 3, at 8 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 210 W. 31st St.
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration for 24 hours each day
(except during Mass) throughout the vigil, which will end Tuesday, Sept. 12,
with Mass at 6:30 a.m.
The vigil was organized to pray for the recognition of pro-life principles at
the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women to be held in Beijing, China, Monday
to Friday, Sept. 4-15.
Father John Hardon, S.J., author and lecturer, will concelebrate the opening
Mass and give three talks: at 10 p.m. Sept. 3, and at 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday,
Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello of Brooklyn will celebrate Mass at
noon Monday, Sept. 4, and Father Frank A. Pavone, national director of Priests
for Life, will celebrate a midnight Mass Monday, Sept. 11.
Other celebrants and speakers for the vigil are being arranged.
Mass will be offered at midnight each night from Sept. 4-12.
The Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed each day at 3 a.m.,
9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
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