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40 Days for Life campaign begins with Vigil Mass in Detroit

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The angelic voices of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Children’s Choir augmented the worship sweetly as Archbishop Alan Vigneron celebrated a Lenten Vigil Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. Sponsored by metro Detroit Knights of Columbus chapters, the Vigil Mass and a reception was a kick-off for the upcoming 40 Days for Life campaign: a campaign to end abortion.

The 11th coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign officially begins Feb. 13 and runs through Mar. 24, 2013. The event is an invitation to prayer that will “change our community through spiritual weapons of prayer and fasting,” says Mike Stack, campaign coordinator in Southfield.

Reverend Vigneron extended his support and gratitude to all the faithful gathered. He reiterated the Catholic message: “We embrace and protect the dignity of every human person, the sanctity of human life from the tiny baby in the womb to the last moment of natural passing out of this world…our cause is just and true and good. It is a cause for which our efforts must not wane, as long as the dignity and sanctity of human life are disregarded so blatantly in our society.”

The 40 Days for Life Campaign invites the community to recognize the tragedy of lives lost through abortion and asks for prayers for healing and conversion. Among the prayer intentions:

* That God blesses the efforts of His faithful during the coming 40 Days of prayer

* For the conversion of workers at the local abortion facilities

*For the pregnant women who are struggling who feel they have no alternative to abortion

*For the women and men who have been part of an abortion in the past

* That God will bring an end to abortion

Barb Yagley, Vigil Coordinator for the Southfield campaign welcomes people to join the campaign in any way they can: “I recommend praying the daily devotionals that you can have e-mailed to you by contacting the national website. People can also come out and pray at the Womancare abortion clinic at 28505 Southfield Rd. or in Sterling Heights or Dearborn clinics. You can check their websites for information”

What is the community response to their public prayer at the abortion clinics? Says Yagley, “It is mostly supportive with an occasional few who are hostile or negative. We are peaceful and we do experience peace but it is a spiritual battle,” she says. “People have to be careful and not get discouraged. Our presence is a physical sign to a skeptical community and women do become convicted to not go through with an abortion because of the 40 Days campaign. By taking part in this, you may be the last person who prays for someone who is about to die,” said Yagley.

For more information, go to the national website.

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