The Third Annual Black
Catholic Vigil for Life, sponsored by the National Black Catholic
Apostolate for Life will be held nationwide on Saturday September 30,
2000. The Black Catholic Vigil is held on the Saturday before
Respect Life Sunday, which will be observed this year on October 1st.
Bishop J. Terry Steib of
Memphis, Tenn., the Episcopal moderator of the National Black Catholic
Apostolate for Life has urged the black Catholic community during the
Vigil of Life to pray for an end to capital punishment.
Franciscan Father James E.
Goode, President of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life and
the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus called for “Black Catholics
throughout the nation to gather before the Blessed Sacrament and pray for
the dignity and respect of all human life. During this Jubilee Year
2000, let us pray for the end of abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted
suicide ,the end of the death penalty and all acts of violence.”
A Black Catholic Vigil for
Life Eucharistic Holy Hour will be held at St. Clare Friary’s Holy
Mother of God Chapel 440 West 36th Street in Manhattan on Saturday
September 30th at
Father Warren Savage, President of the
National Black Catholic Evangelization Forum is also joining the National
Black Catholic Apostolate for Life in sponsoring a worldwide Cyber Prayer
Vigil to End the Death Penalty. They are asking Catholic Christians
to make a commitment to pray for an end to violence, racism, and the
abolition of the death penalty. This public witness will inspire
others to take a stand for the dignity and respect for life in every
situation. The Cyber Prayer Vigil to End the Death Penalty is found
on the National Black Catholic Evangelization Forum website: www.bcn.net/~wsavage.
The Franciscan Handmaids of Mary will host a
Respect Life Month Hour of Power for Life at the Motherhouse Chapel on
Thursday October 19, 2000 at 7 PM. This monthly Eucharistic Holy
Hour is sponsored by the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life.