We meet on the fourth Sunday of the month (except for November and December) in the Fireplace Room of the parish office building, 10:30 – 11:30 am.
The Wednesday 12:10pm Mass and Holy Hour is for Life.
We encourage everyone to have a Mass said for life. Envelopes are available in the rear of the church near the large Divine Mercy image.
We encourage everyone to offer an hour of adoration in the Adoration Chapel for the culture of life.
Several of us go regularly to Femcare on Orange Street to offer counseling to women going in for abortions, or simply to pray the Rosary on the sidewalk. This takes place every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday morning. When there is a turn-away, sidewalk counselors present a large gift bag of baby items (from the shower gifts given at the breakfast in spring) to the mother who has courageously opted for life.
March for Life
January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton is a day of sorrow and penance. In a nation of about 310 million people, close to sixty million unborn babies have been aborted since January 22nd, 1973. Catholics and non-Catholics alike are invited to spend time in prayer at the Basilica, which is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m..
The March for Life takes place in Washington, DC. North Carolina marches for life take place in Charlotte and Raleigh. See The Catholic News & Herald, the diocesan newspaper, for more details.
In spring we invite parishioners to a Sunday morning breakfast at which everyone is encouraged to spiritually adopt an unborn child. We base our own spiritual adoption program on that of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. (See the Respect Life section of their web site.) The “ticket” to get into the breakfast is a baby shower gift. Nine months later, we host a breakfast birthday party when the babies have been born.
Bele Chere Free Water Table
During Asheville’s annual street fair, Bele Chere, held on the last weekend in July, we set up a Free Water Table in the courtyard, along with free feet pins and information on fetal development, prayer cards, pamphlets, life sized fetal models, and fun things for children.
40 days For Life
From September 28 to November 6 we will be involved in the 40 Days for Life. This pro-life campaign has in previous years involved over 400,000 people. It is made up of three components: prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach.
NC State Fair
Held at the NC Ag Center near the airport, this fair draws many thousands. Some of our members work the NC Right to Life booth.
Respect Life Month
We offer a breakfast with either (a) a speaker or (b) hand-outs - in 2011, for example, our hand-out was the fascinating CD “The Biology of the Theology of the Body” - or (c) an activity geared towards children and youth. All of this is in order to expand our grasp of the issues at the forefront of the culture of life.
National Night of Prayer for Life
Held annually on December 8, Immaculate Conception. It was on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (then celebrated on December 9th) that Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn, first appeared to St. Juan Diego. The National Night of Prayer for Life bridges these two feasts to honor Our Blessed Mother, to pray through Her intercession for the establishment of a Culture of Life and to ask Our Lord to revive our land. During the hour of unity, from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. EST, we will be united in churches across the country in prayer to end abortion and in reparation for sins against the Gospel of Life. The National Night of Prayer for Life is a pro-life prayer service consisting of exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 20 decades of the Rosary, prayer to St. Michael, silent prayer and hymns. The service begins at 9:00 p.m. on December 8, and concludes at 1:00 a.m. on December 9.