- Urgent Needs for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for 40 Days for Life so that We Can Maintain the 24/7 Vigil!
- Rules of the Road -Guidelines for Participation in 40 Days for Life
- 2 Courtesy Announcements
The kick-off event last night was fantastic with the spiritual encouragement offered by Deacon Ray Lukesic and the testimony given by Dr. Nancy Fredericks from the Madisoin Surgery Center. If you didn't catch Dr. Fredericks' talk, see the courtesy announcements below for another opportunity. We have no doubts that God has great plans for 40 Days for Life this year... if only we can get over a few starting hurdles.
Right now, while today and tomorrow are "filled" with all the vigil hours covered (praise God!), Friday and especially Saturday, Sunday and Monday have so many hours open that our campaign seems to be in jeopardy of never leaving the ground. We need the immediate action of all of you to see to it that 40 Days for Life can actually start as a 24/7 campaign! Do not despair: if each of us makes a sacrifice right away to sign-up for our first hour or sign-up for more hours for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, we will overcome this difficult start to 40 Days for Life.
Urgent Needs for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for 40 Days for Life so that We Can Maintain the 24/7 Vigil!
If you go to the online calendar (http://vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview), you will see the following percentages of filled hours for these days:
Friday (09/30/11): 71% with 14 hours to fill, too many for our vigil captains to handle!
Saturday (10/01/11): 21% with 38 hours to fill, so many that our campaign is threatened!
Sunday (10/02/11): 44% with 27 hours to fill, yikes!
Monday (10/03/11): 33% with 32 hours to fill, too many to make phone calls to fill!
We cannot do this 40 Days for Life campaign without the immediate, superhuman sacrifice of each of you! Please help us in any way you can to carry 40 Days for Life through this first weekend. True, a 24/7 campaign is difficult, as you can see, but the blessings that come from this level of sacrifice are indescribable. Keep the faith! Help 40 Days for Life RIGHT NOW!
Rules of the Road -Guidelines for Participation in 40 Days for Life
These guidelines are also availabe here: http://vigilforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Rules-of-the-Road-2011-rev.-09.27.11.pdf.
40 Days for Life Fall 2011
Rules of the Road
Vigil Purpose: To pray, fast and peacefully witness to end abortion at Planned Parenthood on Madison’s east side.
Vigil Location: The sidewalks in front of Planned Parenthood (3706 Orin Road, Madison, WI 53704).
Vigil Hours: 24/7 Wednesday, September 28, 2011 to Sunday, November 6, 2011.
PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL FOR YOUR VIGIL HOUR SO THAT THIS VIGIL CAN BE SUCCESSFUL!
Parking: There is free 2-hour parking available on Orin Road on both sides of the street.
Meeting Place: Participants should gather near the driveway to Planned Parenthood to meet up with the coming and going prayer warriors. This is a mobile vigil, so moving around and walking while praying is acceptable. You must hand off the Official Vigil Bag and signs by the Planned Parenthood driveway. Stay on the sidewalk or terrace (parkway) and do not block the sidewalk. DO NOT STEP ONTO PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S PRIVATE PROPERTY!
Official Vigil Bag: This bag contains the Vigil Binder (3-ring binder) with sign-in forms, copies of the Statement of Peace (see below) and contact information. The bag also holds pamphlets to hand-out (optional) and an Incident Log. One person per vigil hour should carry the Official Vigil Bag. Please do not add items to the Official Vigil Bag. Do not set down the bag.
Signing-In: Please sign in for your vigil hour by initialing next to your name on the vigil schedule print-outs stored in the Vigil Binder in the Official Vigil Bag.
Statements of Peace: All participants are invited to sign a Statement of Peace electronically by logging onto the online scheduling web site (http://vigilforlife.org/calendar/) as you would do to sign-up for hours. If you have not yet signed the Statement of Peace electronically, there will be a window that pops up to bring you to the online form when you log in. Basic contact information is required to sign the form. The Statement of Peace will remain “on file” for you for all future Vigil for Life activities. If you cannot sign the Statement of Peace electronically, you can download the form from the home page of www.vigilforlife.org under “Important Documents.” There will be paper copies of the Statement of Peace in the vigil bag for those without computer access. These forms will then be entered electronically.
Weather: The weather could become extreme during this vigil, with rain, heat or cold. Dress carefully for the weather. If you must take cover from the weather, please pray from your car.
Our Lady of Victory (OLV) Building: This building is under construction in preparation for the opening of the Women’s Care Center. Out of respect for the construction and opening of this crisis pregnancy center, we will not be accessing the building or property.
Restrooms: If you need to use the restroom, you may visit the PDQ gas station on the corner of Anderson and Stoughton Road. Walk to the corner of Orin Road by the Planned Parenthood sign and turn left to cross the street. The PDQ gas station is one block away.
Contact Information: You should call (not email), Laura Karlen, at 608-445-2064 immediately for the following reasons:
1. You will not be on-time. It is important that you are punctual. If you will not be, please call.
2. You cannot make your vigil hour for any reason and are unable to arrange for a substitute.
3. You feel uncomfortable for any reason. There is also an Incident Log in the Official Vigil Bag to record any incidents.
Police Information: You have a right to hold vigil outside of Planned Parenthood. If you feel like others are preventing you from doing so or are threatening, contact vigil coordinator Laura Karlen right away at 608-445-2064. Our police contact is Captain Cameron LeMay. The non-emergency police number is 608-245-3652. As always, obey all law enforcement personnel. If you are confused about your rights and obligations, do not hesitate to call Laura Karlen or the Madison Police Department to clarify.
Signs: There are 2 official signs. One is a 40 Days for Life sign. The other one is an Option Line sign. The Option Line is national hotline that offers counseling and resources to abortion-minded men and women. The first sign identifies that we are prayer warriors with 40 Days. The second sign offers help to the men and women who go into Planned Parenthood without us even needing to open our mouths. PLEASE DO NOT BRING OTHER SIGNS. The official signs may be worn or carried. If you choose not wear/carry these signs, please put them in OLV during your shift and bring them back out for the incoming prayer warriors. Do not set them down on the ground, lean them against a tree, etc. You may not leave them unattended.
Literature: There are pamphlets in the Official Vigil Bag that you may give out as you feel called. As always, be courteous and do not block entrances, exits, the road, or the sidewalk.
Let us pray,
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Thou on those who evermore,
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend;
Give them comfort when they die;
Give them life with Thee on high;
Give them joys which never end. Amen.
Father, through Jesus, Your Son, You sent the Paraclete to be at our side, to reconcile all Creation to you. Grant that I may be forever open to Jesus' invitation to "Receive The Holy Spirit!" Father, open our hearts to accept Your forgiveness for our sins and to offer that same forgiveness to those who we feel have offended us. For merciful forgiveness is the essence of Your love revealed in Your Son.
Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Your Heavenly Fruits -Your charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity , goodness, faith, mildness and temperance, that I may, by faithful submission to your Inspiration, merit to be united eternally with You in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.
2 Courtesy Announcements
Dr. Fredericks Speaks at Holy Redeemer Saturday: Saturday, 10/01/11, Holy Redeemer with host Dr. Nancy Fredericks (who spoke at our kick-off event... she was fantastic!) for Respect Life Month, after the 8:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Redeemer. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. if you want to come just for her presentation. Check out this interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5-YijHQ3dE> on Youtube. If you missed Dr. Fredericks on Tuesday, you can catch her on Saturday.
Lifechain Event Sunday: On Sunday, 10/02/11, you can join the Lifechain at the corner of Regent and Park St. from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Friends, thank you for your attention to all of this important information. Again, we ask that you do not delay to sign-up for your first or for more vigil hours to start up 40 Days for Life. We ask that God use each of you to intervene so that 40 Days for Life can begin and continue!