40 Days for Life – Feb.21 Update


Greeetings everyone,

We’re only a few days away from the Kick Off Rally on Tuesday night.  Here are some updates….

1) Vigil Registration – We still have many empty slots to fill for the first week of the campaign which starts officially on Wednesday at Midnight.  Even Wednesday itself has a half-dozen empty slots as of this writing.  C’mon everyone.  Time to buckle down and commit to a date and a time (and hopefully more than one!):


2) Upcoming Events:

SUNDAY Feb 22, 2009
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Vespers Service
40 Days for Life Vesper service with Archbishop Prendergast on Sunday February 22 at 7 pm at St. Patrick’s Church ( corner of Kent & Nepean Streets)


TUES Feb 24, 2009
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Kick Off Rally
Be sure to join us as we kick of the second 40 Days for Life Campaign in Ottawa with speeches, hymns, and unity at Ground Zero, across from 65 Bank Street.

3) 40 Days for Life @ 180º – If you have any friends of family in cities which are not participating in the 40 Days for Life, then pass the word around about this initiative:

40 Days for Life @ 180º is a way of acknowledging the participation of Canadians across the country, from north to south (hence the 180º), who either do not have an official campaign in their city or cannot make it out to the Vigil outside of the local abortion mill. The idea is similar to the one used for recording the hours in front of the abortion mill.   Each participant registers 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….

Check it out here:


5) St. Pat’s Prayer Program:  St. Pat’s will be hosting a Catholic Spiritual Reflection for the 40 Days for Life from Feb. 25 to March 6. It’s under our “Events” tab on the website.

Check it out here: http://www.40daysforlife.com/ottawa/documents/Prayer1.pdf

6) A Spiritual Reflection For You:

“Could you not watch one hour with me?”  (Mt. 26:40) – Would you spend some time with the little babies in your own neighborhood before they die? Maybe you’ll even be able directly to save lives; maybe not. What’s even more important: you’ll be there. In a sense, it may be a way to redeem the abandonment of Jesus by His apostles when they refused to be with Him at His death. Too often we also refuse to be with Jesus for fear of the Cross, do we not? These little ones dying today are intricately connected with the sufferings and death of Our Savior. These little ones dying today are intricately connected with the sufferings and death of Our Savior. There is a bond here that must not be overlooked. All the political action, educating, donation of funds, demonstrations, alternative work, important and necessary as these are, do not make up for an absence at the death scene. Thus, let me beg you to view your presence at the killing center in your area as the place where God wants you to be. Grab your Rosary, pick up your Bible, bring your devotionals, and go out to the Calvary not far from you – where Christ is being crucified today in your midst. … we may not be able to save their lives, but can we not plead on their behalf? And should they die, as usually happens (God forgive us!), let us lift up our hearts to God Almighty on their behalf … it will be the only human love they will know on this earth  – Joan Andrews, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants 

7) New Item:

Not Everyone’s Ga-Ga Over Obama

February 21, 2009
From David MacDonald who was there with a friend, witnessing to the pain that abortion caused them… “Frances and I went up to the Hill to meet Obama with our signs… got slight mention in the Citizen… they didn’t mention my “fatherhood” sign but at least they mentioned Frances’ sign. Page A 6 yesterday

…Not everyone who greeted Mr. Obama was star-struck. One person from the animal rights group PETA dressed as a seal carried a sign asking to be hugged, not clubbed. A woman held a sign proclaiming her regret at having had an abortion. One couple toted a banner suggesting that Mr. Harper is dishonest about climate change….” (Source)  


8) Past Reflection on 40 Days by Fr. Galen Bank:



John Pacheco

Communication and Vigil Co-Ordinator

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