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Bob Reddy – Florida Catholic

10/3/17

Now is the time to let your voices be heard while remaining prayerful and dedicated to the cause of protecting the life of unborn children who face the death sentence of abortion.

Dedicated people are standing vigil in front of abortion facilities each day, from Sept. 27 to Nov. 5, as part of the 40 Days for Life peaceful prayer campaign here in 375 cities the Diocese of Venice and throughout the United States.

More than 50 people took part in the Sept. 26 opening candlelight vigil for 40 Days for Life in Fort Myers. The vigil seeking an end to abortion runs until Nov. 5 in Fort Myers and Sarasota.

The Fort Myers campaign kicked-off with a candlelight Vigil Sept. 26 as more than 50 people stood in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion center at College Parkway and Winkler Road, following Mass at nearby Resurrection Parish.

During the Vigil, a young mother shared her story of feeling the pressure to get an abortion when she had an unplanned pregnancy at 17. She said she was proud of the choice she made to save the unborn life growing inside of her. Happy and healthy and the mother of two daughters, the young lady said that abortion is an evil that has become too commonplace undermining society and taking everyone away from Jesus.

More than 50 people took part in the Sept. 26 opening candlelight vigil for 40 Days for Life in Fort Myers. The vigil seeking an end to abortion runs until Nov. 5 in Fort Myers and Sarasota.

Rick Hilldebrand, a member of the Knights of Columbus who coordinates the 40 Days for Life Vigil in Fort Myers with his wife Paula, said that everyone who participates in the peaceful vigil is there for a specific reason: praying for the end of abortion and for the life of the unborn who are not granted any rights.

Logo for 40 Days for Life

The Vigil in Fort Myers is taking place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays through Nov. 4. Bishop Frank J. Dewane will be celebrating Mass in support of the Vigil at 9 a.m., Oct. 27 at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 2157 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, and afterwards will lead the Prayer Vigil at College Parkway and Winkler Road.

In Sarasota, the Vigil is taking place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday on Central Avenue in front of the regional headquarters for Planned Parenthood. To register for an hour or an afternoon, please visit www.40daysforlife.com (and choose your city).

On Oct. 1, Respect Life Sunday and National Life Chain Sunday, the faithful of St. William Parish in Naples and several other parishes, lined up along U.S. 41 praying to seek and end to abortion uniting with groups across the nation

To coincide with the start of Respect Life Month, Oct. 1 has been designated National Life Chain Sunday. Now in its 30th year, Life Chain includes people lining up along major roadways focused in prayer on at-risk pre-born children calling for an end to the horror of abortion and wounding of women.

 

Within the Diocese of Venice, the Life Chain took place along U.S. 41 in Naples, as the faithful took part representing parishes across Collier County including a large group from St. William Parish at Seagate and U.S. 41. Other Life Chains took place in Avon Park, Immokalee, LaBelle and Sebring.

 

Fred or Barb Goduti organized the Naples Life Chain at St. William Parish and were encouraged by the large numbers of people, noting that their presence will make a difference.

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