May Mary, the Blessed Mother of our Lord, intercede for all pregnant women to dispel their anxiety and fear and bless them with the courage and faith to bring new life into the world.
Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati
Resources for Post-Abortion Healing
January March for Life in Washington, D. C. (Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, Jan. 22, 1973, decision by SCOTUS legalizing abortion during all 9 months of pregnancy). Prayer Service; Respect Life hospitality for Youth Group Bus pilgrimage to Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the March. Students may travel with Archdiocese buses. MARCH FOR LIFE AND STUDENT BUS TRIP WAS VIRTUAL Postponed.
February - SAVE THE DATE – Please join us at the kickoff to the prayer campaign. The date for 2023 will be provided when it's available. We plan to begin the hour at Holy Name Church, 2422 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219, and process to Planned Parenthood (2 blocks away) for prayer.
Spring 40 Days for Life (from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) IHM day of prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood, 2314 Auburn Avenue, is to be Saturday, March 19, 7 to 7. You can protect mothers and children by joining this worldwide mobilization! Through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach, 40 Days for Life has inspired 1,000,000 volunteers to help end the injustice of abortion in their local communities. With God’s help, through 26 campaigns; in over 950 cities around the world; 20,689 babies have been saved; 229 abortion workers have converted and 114 abortion centers have closed. “We Will Help You” signs are in the Fatima Room under the counter and should be passed along to the vigil-keepers from IHM in the hour after yours and returned to church after the last vigil hour. You can sign up to pray at any time through this link: https://www.40daysforlife.com/Cincinnati
April - Calling all parishioners! The Heartbeats for Life 5K Run/Walk is again taking place on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 10 A.M. at Lunken Playfield, 262 Wilmer Avenue, and will include a Family Fun Run. This benefits one of our main supported Pro-Life information and advocacy organizations, Cincinnati Right to Life. In person sign up is the day of the race at 8:30 a.m. CRTL will have food trucks on site. $35 to participate. $18.75 for Team Registration (minimum of 4).$100 Family of 3. Free Kids’ Dash (up to age 10). Details and Registration online: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Cincinnati/HeartbeatsforLife5k
Sponsored by Life Runners & Cincinnati Right to Life. Contact Jane Elfers
May Mothers’ Day Baby Bottles Bottles filled with coins (distributed weeks prior) and baby items are collected for one of our crisis pregnancy centers. We help gather and securely store the coin bottles, while baby items are placed in the wooden carts. The collection will take place on Mothers Day weekend 2022. Contact: Susan Scheidler or Jane Elfers
June Cross the Bridge for Life Held at Newport Festival Grounds along the river. This is a peaceful, family-friendly, pro-life stroll across the Purple People Bridge, led by Hibernian bagpipers, Knights of Columbus, clergy, seminarians and pro-life leaders and friends. There will be face-painting, food trucks, and Easter Rising playing throughout the event. https://cincinnatirighttolife.org/2022-cross-bridge-life
LAMB LAYETTE BASKETS - October 1 & 2: Help the Respect Life Ministry create Lamb Layette Bags - a bag of essential items for women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. The items in the bag include : onesies and sleepers in several sizes, baby bibs, receiving blankets and baby socks. These bags are a "mini baby shower" for the pregnant woman as she gathers items to welcome her newborn baby. The bags will be distributed by the Healthy Moms and Babes organization. SIGN UP TO MAKE A DONATION HERE! Contact: Marge English
CEMETERY OF THE INNOCENTS - October 1 -14: In 2009, there were 4,200 surgical abortions per day in the U.S., but that number has been declining. The most recent statistic is that there are now 2,300 abortions in the U.S., though, in addition to that, there are thousands of chemical abortions in the U. S. daily. Contact: Paul Dadosky [email protected].
IHM DAY SCHOOL Students help with Lamb Layettes, Baby Prayer Blankets (2022) and Cemetery of the Innocents cross removal.They write blessing notes to the first time moms in a crisis pregnancy. They pray over the Lamb Layettes. Alternate years they assemble prayer blankets for the layettes.
Fall 40 Days for Life Prayer and Fasting Vigil - September 28 to November 6: This takes place at Planned Parenthood for the end of abortion.
OCTOBER 8 - Our church covers 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Planned Parenthood, 2314 Auburn Ave. on October 8 for our DAY ONE of the 40 Days for Life Vigil at Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic. We have saved over 18,800 babies we know of by these vigils. Abortion workers report 75% cancellations of appointments when people are out in front praying. Sign ups are available in the back of church for you to sign up for a committed hour of silent or quiet rosary prayer for moms and babies at risk of abortion.
We invite IHM parishioners to offer one hour of public prayer at the clinic on that day.
We also ask you to select a DAY TWO of your own choosing and sign up with that date and time in the back of church.
Pro-Life Mass at Holy Name Church followed by benediction, rosary procession past Planned Parenthood and adoration. These same Pro-Life Masses are offered there all year long, every Saturday at 8 a.m.
Life's Fifth Quarter Holy Name Church Pro-Life Mass Every month that has a fifth Saturday, please join our archdiocese youth for this pro-life liturgy!
Please sign up for our activities by emailing Jane Elfers
Stay tuned to join our community or explore more information and resources through Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/respectlifeparish
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