Pope Benedict XVI has made an “unprecedented request” to Catholics by asking that Catholic Bishops throughout the world, and all parishes and religious communities, observe a “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” on Saturday, November 27, the vigil of the first Sunday of Advent. Pope Benedict XVI will observe the vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and has asked all Diocesan Bishops and the faithful to join him.
The following vigils will be held in the Wisconsin area. We urge everyone to attend if at all possible:
– Archdiocese of Milwaukee: Archbishop Listecki will preside at Evening Prayer, Rosary and Benediction on Saturday, November 27, at 5 p.m. hosted by St. Anthony Church, Ninth & Mitchell, Milwaukee. Sacred music will be led by Lee Erickson, choir master St. Anthony Congregation and Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. For more information and a flyer, click here.
– Diocese of Madison: With joyful hope, Bishop Robert Morlino invites the faithful of the Diocese of Madison to observe this Vigil with him, in communion with the Holy Father, at St. Patrick’s Church of the Cathedral Parish on November 27, at 7 p.m., so we may together join our fasting and prayers with those around the world, “as a cry of all Humanity, rising up to God the Father, Giver of all good things, in order that every human life be respected, protected and loved.”
– Diocese of Green Bay: In response to the Holy Father’s request, Bishop David Ricken will celebrate the Vigil for Life and First Vespers of Advent at the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay on November 27 at 6 p.m. The Vigil will consist of Evening Prayer and the Rosary and will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
– Diocese of Superior: Bishop Peter Christensen will celebrate 5 p.m. Mass on November 27 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior. Mass will be followed by solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary and Benediction. For more information, click here.
– Diocese of La Crosse: The Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman in La Crosse will observe this vigil after the 5:10 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 27 with a Marian Procession, Rosary and Benediction. Individual parishes are also encouraged to hold their own observances; check with parishes for more information.
We cannot emphasize enough the significance of the Pope’s request. Life is under attack all around the world, and only through prayer will hearts be softened and lives spared. Please attend!