FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2019
BROOKLYN DIOCESE JOINS “40 DAYS FOR LIFE” PRAYER CAMPAIGN FOLLOWING NEW YORK STATE PASSAGE OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, is announcing the support of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens, for the 40 Days For Life campaign this Lenten season. New York State’s passage of the horrific Reproductive Health Act earlier this year has inspired the Diocese of Brooklyn to join in this global pro-life mobilization.
The 40 Days For Life campaign has proven to be effective in increasing awareness of God’s gift of life through prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach.
“In response to the recent malicious Reproductive Health Act adopted in New York State, I have received dozens of letters and messages from Catholics, throughout Brooklyn and Queens, who are profoundly shocked by this extremist pro-abortion law. As such, I thought it critical that during this season of Lent, our faithful have a greater opportunity to be part of something that places great emphasis on the value of life,” said The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.
“Therefore, I have pledged the Diocese’s support for the worldwide 40 Days For Life campaign, and am encouraging a period of prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil and education to take place in the name of the unborn,” continued Bishop DiMarzio.
The Diocese of Brooklyn is encouraging parishes to offer opportunities to pray for an end to abortion during this Lenten season. A number of pro-life church events have already been scheduled, and more are in the planning stages, including an overnight prayer vigil at St. Leo’s Church in Corona, Queens on April 5-April 6 and a pro-life Mass and witness at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Jamaica, Queens on March 30 at 7 a.m.
“This year, after the passage of such an anti-life law in New York, it is important that the Diocese of Brooklyn will be participating in this pro-life campaign. Recognizing that with God, all things are possibleour efforts in Brooklyn and Queens will be part of one of the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilizations in history,” said Christian Rada, Director of Marriage, Family Formation, and Respect Life Education for the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The Diocese of Brooklyn has published the resource materials relating to the 40 Days For Lifeprogram on their website at dioceseofbrooklyn.org/marriage/marriage-and-family including pro-life rosary prayer intentions, blessings for expecting parents, and a litany of petitions to support life. For a full listing of events happening this Lenten season, visit the Meet Me In Church section of the Diocesan website homepage.