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In my last Examiner column, I discussed the upcoming March for Life, and how Chicagoans can attend a local version right here at home. Yet some of you might support the pro-life cause, but have another event that you need to attend that day, or perhaps you're just the not the type to engage in public marching. You too, have a way where you can stand in solidarity with other pro-life Chicago Catholics this week, and pray for the end of abortion.

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, St. Micheal’s Catholic Church will host a Concelebrated Mass in solidarity with the March for Life. In the Roman Catholic Church, “concelebrated“ means a mass with more than one priest involved in the liturgy, and this very special occasion will feature no less than five. Fr. Tom Byrne of St. Micheal's in Orland Park, Fr. Michael Foley of Our Lady of the Woods in Orland Park, Fr. Martin Gabel of St. Bernard's in Homer Glen, Fr. John Zurek of St. Francis of Assini in Orland Park, and Fr. Thomas J. Loya of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen are all participants. As you might have guessed, this specific location is a multi-parish event aimed at Catholics in the far southwest suburbs of Chicago, although Catholics from throughout the Chicago are all invited to join in and attend mass at St. Michael's on Wednesday night.

If you are interested in attending the Concelebrated Mass in honor of the March for Life, please save this date and time:

Concelebrated Mass for March for Life

Wednesday, January 22 @ 7:00 PM Mass

St. Michael Parish

14327 Highland Ave.

Orland Park, IL

For information call: (708) 349-0903.

This Mass is being offered for all of the 2014 participants in the March for Life, and for our government officials in a position to rectify the evils of the abortion and end those barbaric procedures. It is being offered this week because of the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The Mass will be followed by a reception and refreshments afterward. This event is being hosted by the multi-parish Respect Life Ministries of St. Michael, St. Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of the Woods, St. Bernard, and Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church.

For those Catholics throughout the rest of the Chicago area, here are some other pro-life events in the Archdiocese of Chicago that are being held in honor of the March for Life this week. Wherever you live in the Chicago area, consider attending an event near you. What follows are descriptions of the events as listed in the Archdiocese website, reprinted here in chronological order:

Southside Walk for Life: Jan. 18, pray, walk, give witness of love and respect for life and expectant mothers, starts 8:30 a.m. with rosary, then 9 a.m. Mass at St. Damian Church, 5250 W. 155th St., Oak Forest, at 10 a.m. walk to Oak Forest city hall, with speakers on “Healing after Abortion,” and silent prayer, for more information, call Bob at (708) 687-7267.

Northwest Families March for Life: Jan. 18, 1 p.m., gather at St. Theresa Church, 455 N. Benton, Palatine, to process down sidewalk of Northwest Highway to Hicks Plaza for rally with Joe Scheidler at 2:15 p.m., (847) 651- 4877; young adults wishing to join with Young Adult Ministry Northwest at the rally, contact yamnw.suburbs@gmail.com

March for Life Chicago: Jan. 19, 1 p.m., starts at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., for more info, call Illinois Right to Life Committee, (312) 422-9300.

Evening of Prayer for Life: Jan. 22, 7 p.m., with biblical meditations, songs and an examination of conscience, hosted by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Respect Life Committee, in church, 1775 Grove, Glenview, for more info, call Monica, at (847) 724-7206.

Respect Life Night: Jan. 22, 7 p.m., bilingual Mass and Rosary-for- Life, Benediction and Knights of Columbus honor guard of image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn, at St. John Brebeuf Church, 8307 N. Harlem, Niles, for more info, call Patricia, at (847) 729-7644.

Thus, for all Chicago area Catholics, near and far, you have an opportunity this week to be counted and stand up for life! Let's not waste this opportunity. Come join us!

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