You are invited to join Catholics throughout the country for 40 days of prayer, penance, and vigils that God may move the heart of our nation towards attitudes that protect and promote the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. 40 Days for Life in our diocese begins on September 25. Bishop Cote will preside at Holy Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral that day at 7 P.M. There are many significant days and times for prayer in the course of our 40 days:
September 27, The Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, a saint who taught us by example to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and care for the least of our brothers and sisters.
October 1, The Feast of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus. St. Ther esa is the co-patroness of the missions, although she led a cloistered life as a Carmelite nun. Nevertheless, she cared deeply and prayed constantly for children and for the world’s needy and forgotten.
October 4, The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis, the little brother to the poor, is also a wonderful teacher of the sacredness of all creation. On this day, people throughout the world renew their commitment to the care of God’s creation in the face of the destructive forces of climate change.
Sunday, October 7, Respect Life Sunday. On this day, we renew our commitment to the protection of all life from conception to natural death. On this day, a special collection is taken up, The Cradle Fund, to help pro-life agencies provide counseling and aid to pregnant women.
On October 16, we hope to keep a commitment to keep constant prayer and witness in front of the Planned Parenthood facility, 12 Case St., in Norwich. Our commitment lasts from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can sign up for an hour (or more, if you wish) at the information table at the rear of our church.
Sunday, October 21, World Mission Sunday. We pray on this day for the Church’s mission to manifest Christ to all people, especially to the poor and stormtossed.
November 1, All Saints Day. As we celebrate our hope and the victory of so many saints who came before us, we renew our commitment to life here and now. Also, our parish cluster has a special day for public witness.