September 22, 2017

Annual Respect Life Sunday Mass, Life Chain events set for Oct. 1

Criterion staff report

The archdiocesan Annual Respect Life Sunday Mass will take place at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis, at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 1. Msgr. William F. Stumpf, vicar general, will celebrate the Mass. The Archbishop O’Meara Respect Life Award and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Pro-Life Youth Award will be presented during this celebration.

The Archbishop O’Meara Respect Life Award honors an adult or married couple who demonstrates leadership in promoting the dignity and sanctity of human life in the parish community and in the archdiocese. This year’s winners are Josh and Cara Bach.

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Pro‑Life Youth Award honors a high school student who demonstrates leadership in promoting the dignity and sanctity of human life in the parish community, school community, and in the archdiocese. This year’s winner is Emily Taylor.

Life Chain events will also take place throughout central and southern Indiana on Oct. 1. (Related: 40 Days for Life starts on Sept. 27, more participants needed)

Life Chain events are peaceful and prayerful public witnesses of individuals standing for 60-90 minutes praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. Learn more about the Life Chain Network and other event locations at

The following Life Chain events in central and southern Indiana are listed in alphabetical order by location:

  • Bloomington, 2-3:30 p.m., neighborhood parking and signs available at 16 locations along East Third Street from College Mall Road west to College Avenue, then south on College Avenue to Planned Parenthood. Information: Carole Canfield, 812-322-5114.
  • Brazil, 2-3 p.m., Highway 40 at Alabama St. Information: Jeff Etling, 812-230-6365
  • Brookville, 2-3 p.m., Main Street at the Courthouse. Information: Jerry Mersch, 513-702-4949.
  • Columbus, 2-3 p.m., Second Street at Washington Street in front of city hall. Information: Don Demas, 812-372-0774.
  • Connersville, 2-3 p.m., 30th Street at Park Road. Information: Joyce Nobbe, 765-647-3154.
  • Greensburg, 2-3 p.m., North Lincoln Street at 10th Street. Information: Pat Koors, 812-614-0595.
  • Central Indiana (Indianapolis), 2:30-3:30 p.m., Meridian Street from St. Claire Street to 38th Street. Parking is available at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., or Knights of Columbus Mater Dei Council 437, 1305 N. Delaware St. The Catholic Center parking lot will be closed during the Life Chain event. Information: Larry Holbrook, 317-919-1653.
  • Lawrenceburg, 2-3:30 p.m., U.S. 50 between Walnut Street and Front Street. Information: Duane Meyer, 812-537-4853.
  • Milan, 3-4 p.m., Highway 101 at Highway 350. Information: Ed King, 812-654-6502.
  • Terre Haute, 2-3:30 p.m., 3rd Street at Wabash Avenue. Information: Tom McBroom, 812-841-0060. †

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