To the editor:
This year, readers can join people from across the diocese — and in 207 other cities around the world — taking part in 40 Days for Life, which runs through November 1.
40 Days is an international effort calling for prayer to help end abortion. It involves 40 days of prayer and fasting; 40 days of peaceful vigil; and 40 days of community outreach. The Rochester effort includes peaceful prayer vigils at Rochester’s Planned Parenthood headquarters at 114 University Avenue. The vigils are legal, nonviolent, non-confrontational. They involve prayer and being present. It can be done as a parish group, a prayer group, a K of C council, a youth group, whatever.
Last year, the first year Rochester participated in the five-year-old campaign, more than 250 people took part. In Rochester, four babies were confirmed as saved. Overall, 179 cites took part in last fall’s 40 Days vigils, with more than 76,000 people involved, 64 babies being confirmed saved, eight abortion clinic workers quitting, and one clinic announcing that it was closing.
People can participate as prayer warriors, praying and fasting in support of the campaign, but not taking part in the vigils; as vigil participants, joining other people for an hour-long shift at Planned Parenthood to pray; by helping with community outreach, talking to groups to which you belong, through contacting other churches, or spreading the word among your neighbors. How much you are involved is up to you. Please consider being involved in any way you can.
To volunteer or for more information, write to Roc40DFL@gmail.com or visit www.40DaysforLife.com/Rochester.