Respect Life / Pro-Life
The mission of the Respect Life Office is to proclaim and defend a fundamental truth of our faith: the God-given, inviolable dignity of every person. By utilizing the resources of the universal Church, this office strives to foster the Culture of Life by means of education and prayer. Learn more through our specific apostolic works: pro-life activities and education, post-abortion care, chastity education, natural family planning.
YEAR of FAITH: By faith, we too live... a series on Life Issues
Visitation Chapel is Dedicated to Prayer for an End to Abortion
The Visitation Chapel has been established in the Gibb Office Building, 502 1st Ave N, Fargo, ND as a sacred space dedicated to prayer for an end to abortion. Every Wednesday, an 8 a.m. Mass is celebrated at the chapel, followed by Eucharistic Adoration at 8:30 a.m., which continues until 3:15 p.m. when Benediction takes place. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited at the Hour of Mercy, 3 p.m. Other prayer in the Chapel is intended for private devotion. Persons are needed to pray before the Blessed Sacrament on an hourly basis from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To sign up for your hour of prayer or for more information, please contact Rachelle at (701) 356-7910. Read the New Earth story (PDF) about the chapel.
Priests are also able to sign up to offer Mass on Wednesdays at 8 a.m., or Benediction at 3:15 p.m. To schedule a date, please contact Rachelle at the number above or via email at rachelle.sauvageau(at)fargodiocese(dot)org.
40 Days for Life North Dakota: Fall campaign - Sept. 24 to Nov. 2
40 Days for Life North Dakota will kick off its 8th campaign on Wed., Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in front of the abortion facility, 512, 1st Ave., No. in Fargo. This national campaign is a three-fold effort of prayer – fasting – peaceful vigil that is being conducted in hundreds of cities across our nation. For more information or to sign up for your hour of prayer at the state’s only abortion facility in Fargo visit: www.40daysforlifend.com; in Fargo call (701) 356-7979 or contact the Pregnancy Help Center at (701) 284-6601 or phc(at)polarcomm(dot)com
Walk with Christ for Life: Oct. 5
The annual diocesan Eucharistic procession, Walk with Christ for Life, will be held Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Cathedral of St. Mary, 604 Broadway, Fargo. The day’s events will begin with Holy Mass at Noon, followed by a prayerful, peaceful procession to the state’s only abortion facility. A short prayer service will be held outside the abortion facility, then those gathered will return to the Cathedral for Benediction.
Youth Called to March for Life!
Youth in grades 9-12 from across the Diocese of Fargo are invited to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on Jan. 22, 2015. This is a special year for youth to pilgrimage for LIFE as they will have the privilege of carrying the lead banner for the March for Life along with other students from the state's Catholic High Schools! The pilgrimage will begin in Fargo on Jan. 18 and return Jan. 23. Father Kurt Gunwall, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Fargo, will be our spiritual director. In addition to participating in the March and the Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, youth will also travel to Emmitsburg, MD to visit the Mother Seton Shrine, and see the sights of Washington, D.C. The cost for the 6-day pilgrimage is $830 and includes air and ground travel, lodging, meals and tour fees. Registration (PDF) can be mailed in, deadline is Oct. 18. For more information, contact Rachelle at (701) 356-7910, or email rachelle.sauvageau(at)fargodiocese(dot)org
National Night of Prayer: Dec. 8-9
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is observed by a National Night of Prayer that takes place from 9 p.m., Dec. 8 to 1 a.m., Dec. 9. This is a time of prayer dedicated to the end of abortion. Parishes can offer Eucharistic Adoration during this time period in union with hundreds of other churches across our nation. A holy hour prayer guide and other prayer resources can be found in the resource section of the Respect Life Office webpage. The registration form (PDF) to join in this effort should be sent to the national office. The poster (PDF) can be used to invite people in your parish to participate.
Mass for God's Children: Nov. 6, 2014
A Mass for God's Children will be offered Nov. 6, 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 621 3rd St., Minto, ND. Bishop Folda will be the main celebrant. Parents who have lost a child to miscarriage, stillbirth or who have experienced an early infant loss are invited to a Mass for God's Children. Family, friends and laity are welcome to attend. A reception will follow. For more information contact Rachelle, (701) 356-7910 or email rachelle.sauvageau(at)fargodiocese(dot)org.
Luncheon with Tim Staples: Feb. 19, 2015
Hear Tim Staples present at a luncheon event on Thurs, Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church in Fargo. Cost is $15/person. Registration is required. Registration form will be posted in Jan., 2015, or call Rachelle, (701) 356-7910 for more information.
Good Friday Stations of the Cross at Fargo abortuary: April 3, 2015
Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be prayed at the Fargo abortuary, 512 1st Ave. North, at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 3. Please join us as we commemorate our Lord's Passion and Death and pray for those who promote and have been wounded by the abortion experience. For more information, contact Rachelle at (701) 356-7910.
"Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2319.