Mission Statement

To pray, fast and peacefully witness for an end to intentional destruction of all innocent human lives, especially those most in need.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Closing Brunch and 365 for Life!

Dear Friends,

The final open hour for 40 days for Life has been filled ... praise God, and thank you for your efforts!

Closing Brunch this Sunday, 11/06/11, at noon! Join us at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish for a great event!

Join us for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast as part of our Closing Brunch to celebrate the good the Holy Spirit has worked through all of us with 40 Days for Life! The Closing Brunch is this Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (5101 Schofield Road Monona, WI 53716). Come at 12:00 p.m. for brunch. Free will offerings will be accepted for the brunch. Otherwise, join us at 12:30 p.m. for the program, which will include a spiritual reflection by Fr. Bart Timmerman, pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary, and a talk by Matt Sande from Pro-Life Wisconsin. For those who are interested, you can remain after the scheduled program to see the pro-life video “180,” which is about 30 minutes long. This video is fantastic, but not suitable for children. Check out more information at heartchanger.com/. Contact Laura Karlen at 608-445-2064 or laura@vigilforlife.org for more information.

365 for Life” to Resumes: Can you make a monthly commitment?
Our vigil on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood, where, as far as we know, children die by abortion potentially every day, cannot end.While we will not keep watch 24/7, please join us in remaining on the sidewalk. We talked with the security guard at Planned Parenthood yesterday and mentioned to him that we will be out in January and February. He seemed surprised. We said that we would not being going away. Let us continue to witness love in action to this security guard for the conversion of his heart, all those in the abortion industry and the men and women tempted to abort their children. Can you help keep our word to the security guard? Can you make a monthly commitment to pray on the sidewalks for an hour or two?
How can you sign up for “365 for Life”? There are 4 ways:

  1. Email Laura Karlen (laura@vigilforlife.org) with the time, day of the week, and week of the month (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th) you are available.
  2. Visit vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview for hours that are currently scheduled for the “365 for Life” initiative. To add new hours, which is encouraged, see step 3.
  3. Print out and mail this commitment form: vigilforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/365-for-Life-Initiative-Commitment-Form-rev.-11.04.11.pdf.
  4. Contact Laura Karlen at 608-445-2064 or laura@vigilforlife.org.

Respect Life Retreat

From Friday, December 2, 2011 through Saturday afternoon December 3, 2011, the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Vigil for Life will be hosting the Fourth Annual Respect Life Retreat. This special Advent retreat will be held once again in the beautiful retreat center of
Durward's Glen (http://www.durwardsglen.org/) near Baraboo, WI. Our Retreat Master will be Father William Vernon from St. Christopher Parish in Verona. This event will offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, the Liturgy of the Hours, silent prayer and time for personal reflection. Anyone who is involved in work to build a culture of life is invited to attend.
Spaces for the retreat are limited, so please call now to reserve your room. The cost per person is $55, and checks may be made payable to "The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe." (Financial assistance may be made available for those in need.) Please call Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or email her at vitapretiosa@gmail.com to reserve your place. Take time apart from your efforts to defend life to be strengthened by Jesus Christ, Who is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life"(John 14:6).

Praise God’s Name for the goodness of 40 Days for Life! “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.” Luke 1:46-47, 49. Amen!