Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - Updated: 9:48 am
A Mass to kick off the fall 40 Days for Life campaign is set for Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at Epiphany Church in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. The celebrant will be Father Chris Donley.
Following Mass, he will lead a procession with the Blessed Sacrament from the church to the Planned Parenthood office on Liberty Avenue for a short time of prayer on the sidewalk. The 40-day prayer vigil will begin the following morning at 7 a.m.
The 40 Days for Life is set for Sept. 25-Nov. 3 outside the abortion center in Downtown Pittsburgh. The campaign is designed to maintain a peaceful, public prayer vigil from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The pro-life campaign is held twice a year — during Lent and in the fall.
Groups from local houses of worship commit to provide a witness to the injustice of abortion to passers-by, clinic workers and abortion-bound clients. The campaign is credited with saving more than 16,000 children nationwide.
Catholic groups that have signed up for the vigil include:
Sept. 26: St. Joseph, St. Mary, St. John, 1-3 p.m.
Sept. 27: Holy Sepulcher, Glade Mills, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sept. 28: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Pleasant Hills, 7-11 a.m.; St. Sebastian, Ross Township, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sept. 29: St. Regis, Trafford, 7-9 a.m.; St. Colman, Turtle Creek, 9-11 a.m.; SS. John and Paul, Franklin Park/Marshall, 1-3 p.m.; Assumption, Bellevue, 3-5 p.m.
Sept. 30: St. Alexis and St. Alphonsus, Wexford, 10 a.m.-noon.
Oct. 1: St. James, Sewickley, and St. Mary, Aleppo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Oct. 2: St. Bernard of Clairvaux Knights of Columbus, Indiana, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; St. Paul Cathedral, 5-7 p.m.
Oct. 3: Oakmont, Plum, Verona parish Respect Life, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; St. Paul Seminary, 1-3 p.m.; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Margaret of Scotland, SS. Simon and Jude, 3-7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Weirton, West Virginia, Catholic parishes, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Oct. 5: Bellevue Knights of Columbus, Bellevue, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Ascension Holy Name Society, 9-11 a.m.
Oct. 6: St. Barbara, St. Mary (Cecil), Holy Child, Bridgeville, 1-3 p.m.
Oct. 7: St. Raymond of the Mountains, Donegal, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; St. Teresa of Avila, Perrysville, 1-2:30 p.m.
Oct. 8: St. Peter, Steubenville, Ohio, 7-11 a.m.; St. Agnes, North Huntingdon, 1-3 p.m.
Oct. 9: St. Louise de Marillac Respect Life, Upper St. Clair, 7 a.m.-noon.
Oct. 10: St. Juan Diego, Sharpsburg, 7-9 a.m.
Oct. 12: St. Maria Goretti, Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood, 9-11 a.m.; Christ Our Savior, Pittsburgh’s North Side, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Oil City Catholic Community, 3-5 p.m.
Oct. 13: Transfiguration, Russellton, and St. Victor, Bairdford, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; St. Bernard, Mount Lebanon, 1-3 p.m.; St. John, St. Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, 3-5 p.m.
Oct. 14: St. Bernadette, Monroeville, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Braddock/Churchill/Forest Hills/Swissvale/Turtle Creek/Wilmerding parishes, 1-3 p.m.
Oct. 15: Holy Angels, Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood, noon-3 p.m.
Oct. 16: St. John, St. Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Oct. 17: Oil City Catholic Community, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; St. James, Sewickley, and St. Mary, Aleppo, 1-3 p.m.
Oct. 18: St. Ferdinand Respect Life, Cranberry, 9-11 a.m.; Oakmont, Plum, Verona parish Respect Life, 3-5 p.m.
Oct. 19: Avella/Burgettstown/Fort Cherry area/West Allegheny area parishes, 7-9 a.m.; Holy Trinity, Robinson, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Holy Family, Steubenville, Ohio, 2-5 p.m.
Oct. 20: Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Marshall/Shadeland, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; St. Gregory, Zelienople, 3-5 p.m.
Oct. 22: St. Matthias, Greene County, 1-5 p.m.
Oct. 23: St. Bernadette, Monroeville, 5-7 p.m.
Oct. 24: St. Richard, Richland Township, and St. Catherine of Sweden, Hampton Township, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Oct. 25: St. Thomas More, Bethel Park, and St. John Capistran, Upper St. Clair, 9 a.m.-noon.
Oct. 26: Oakmont, Plum, Verona parish Respect Life, 7-11 a.m.; St. Ferdinand Respect Life, Cranberry, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Oct. 27: St. Barbara, St. Mary (Cecil), Holy Child, Bridgeville, 1-3 p.m.; Holy Trinity Ukrainian, 3-7 p.m.
Oct. 28: Holy Apostles, South Pittsburgh, 1-3 p.m.
Oct. 29: St. Peter, Steubenville, Ohio, 7-11 a.m.
Nov. 1: St. Regis, Trafford, 3-5 p.m.
Nov. 2: St. Maria Goretti, Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood, 9-11 a.m.; Christ Our Savior, Pittsburgh’s North Side, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Individuals and groups are encouraged to contribute their time to fill remaining spots during the vigil. Sign up online at 40daysforlifepittsburgh.com, contact Fran Morrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-965-9874.
Supporters also are encouraged to sign up to pray and fast on part of the 40 Days for Life. For information, contact Nikki Bruni, Pittsburgh director, at 412-926-9413 or email@example.com.