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January: The Gift of Life
The month of January brings new beginnings. Newness. the ability to start again, a new life. For this reason, we celebrate life - the life that God gives us. We give thanks to our Creator for the gift of life.
Give thanks to God for the gift of Life and join in praying for a greater respect for the life and dignity of the human person, from conception to natural death.
9 Days for Life Novena
January 19 - 27, 2023
9 Days for Life is an annual novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.
Download the full Novena in English and Spanish.
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
January 23, 2023
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular
day of prayer and penance, called the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.”
The Church directs:
In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January
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.
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the United States. Since that time, millions of children have lost their lives, and millions of women and families have been wounded by abortion.
On June 24, 2022, the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision overturned Roe v. Wade, and we praise God for the great opportunity state and federal legislators now have to protect preborn children. While God in His mercy, ended the nearly fifty-year nationwide regime of abortion on demand, right now state and federal laws, in many instances, are still hostile to preborn children.
In our state of California, Proposition 1 just passed. Our state's constitution will now have an amendment stating that there is a right to abortion. This means unlimited abortions, at any stage of pregnancy, fully funded by tax payer dollars.
Prayer and advocacy is very needed, and so we continue remembering this day as a day of loss of countless lives and we unite in prayer for the legal protection of preborn children in every single state of our nation and the world.
All parishes are encouraged to observe this day of prayer and offer a special mass. Find resources below:
OneLife LA Walk for Life
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Join us in the streets of Los Angeles in making a public witness for life and celebrating the gift of life!
ADORE: Respect Life Adoration
Friday, January 20, 2023
All are invited to join in adoration for a greater respect for the life and dignity of the human person. This adoration night will be held the Friday before OneLife LA Walk for Life. All those attending the walk are invited to attend to be in prayer and receive a special send off blessing. All those that cannot attend are also invited to join in prayer for our pro-life pilgrims and unite our prayers for the cause of life.
Adoration will be available in every vicariate throughout our diocese.
For a full list of the parish hosting Adoration, click below:
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