Respect Life 2021

Building a culture that cherishes and protects every human life. The over 60 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, we have great trust in God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373, designates Jan. 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children”: “In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, Jan. 22 (or Jan. 23, when Jan. 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.”

As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or giving alms. Another way to take part is through participating in special events to observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Respect for Life Masses on Jan. 22

Due to COVID-19, Archbishop Listecki has asked that Masses be said across the Archdiocese on Jan. 22, rather than holding one Mass. This way, social distancing and other precautionary guidelines may be observed. Please note that times or presiders are subject to change for the Masses. If you plan to attend in person, please verify with the parish before traveling.

To access the the locations of the Masses and links for the live streamed Masses at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., please visit the Archdiocese Respect Life Page.