September 18, 2020

Respect Life Sunday Mass, Life Chain events set for Oct. 4

Denis, Ava, Raelyn, Buffy, Tessa and Carter O’Brien, members of St. Jude Parish in Indianapolis, give witness as a family along North Meridian Street in Indianapolis during the national LifeChain event on Oct. 7, 2018. (Criterion file photo by Natalie Hoefer)

Denis, Ava, Raelyn, Buffy, Tessa and Carter O’Brien, members of St. Jude Parish in Indianapolis, give witness as a family along North Meridian Street in Indianapolis during the national LifeChain event on Oct. 7, 2018. (Criterion file photo by Natalie Hoefer)

Criterion staff report

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson will celebrate the archdiocesan Annual Respect Life Sunday Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis, at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 4. The Mass will also be available via livestream at www.ssppc.org/streaming.

During the Mass, the archdiocesan Office of Human Life and Dignity’s Archbishop O’Meara Respect Life Award will be presented.

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.

Life Chain events will also take place throughout central and southern Indiana on Oct. 4.

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 human life is sacred from the moment of conception until natural death. Learn more about the Life Chain Network and other event locations at LifeChain.net.

Please note that the Indianapolis Life Chain event has been canceled for this year due to the pandemic. Other Life Chain events in central and southern Indiana will take place as follows:
 

  • Bloomington: 2-3:30 p.m., along East Third Street from College Mall Road west to College Avenue, then south on College Avenue to Planned Parenthood. Park in the neighborhood then walk to East Third Street. Team leaders will be posted on street corners with signs approved for use available; homemade signs are prohibited. Information: Carole Canfield, 812-322-5114.
  • Brazil: 2-3 p.m., Highway 40 at Alabama Street. Information: Jeff Etling, 812-230-6365.
  • Brookville: 2-3 p.m., Main Street at Courthouse. Information: Jerry Mersch, 513-702-4949.
  • Columbus: 2-3 p.m., Second Street at Washington Street. Information: Don Demas, 812-372-0774.
  • Greencastle Area Life Chain, 2:30-3:30 p.m (meet at 2:15 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church parking lot, 202 E. Washington St., in Greencastle). Information: Mary Howard, 317-539-5727.
  • Greensburg: 2-3 p.m., Lincoln Street at 10th Street. Information: Patricia Koors, 812-663-8542.
  • Lawrenceburg: 2-3 p.m., U.S. 50 between Walnut and High streets. Information: Duane Meyer, 812-537-4853.
  • Spencer County: 2:30-3:30 CST, intersection of highways 66 and 161. Information: Pastor Walter Phillips, 812-686-8000.
  • Terre Haute Area Life Chain, 2-3 p.m., 3rd Street at Wabash Avenue. Information: Tom McBroom, 812-841-0060.

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