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About the 40 Days for Life 

To Join the 40 Days for Life Vigil

Upcoming 40 Days Events

  • The kickoff will take place at Saint-Enfant-Jésus Church (5039 Saint-Dominique Street, between Saint-Joseph East and Laurier ave.) at 7pm on Tuesday, September 23. There will be a Mass.
  • There will also be an event to mark the half-way point of the vigil 
  • At the end of the vigil (November 2) there will be a closing ceremony--check back for more details soon!


Pray to end abortion
September 24 to

November 2, 2014

Welcome to the official page of the 40 Days for Life in Montreal

Click here to sign up to the vigil, email us, or call (514) 344-2686, or simply show up at Park Lahaie between 7 am and 7 pm any day until Sunday, November 2.

Click here to sign up to our mailing list to receive the latest news about the 40 Days!

Download and print a 40 Days flyer in English and Spanish.

 

A Prayer to End Abortion

Here is our "official" prayer for these fall 2010 Montreal 40 Days for Life, currently underway. This prayer can also be used during church services or Masses. Pray this everyday, as many times as you can.

Prayer for the end of aboriton

Heavenly Father, we pray that the scourge of abortion be lifted from our land,

That those who promote it be brought to a change of heart,

That all who are tempted to abortion may be lovingly helped to protect the precious gift of life,

And that all who have experienced an abortion may be comforted with the healing gift of love.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pictures from the fall 2010 Montreal 40 Days for Life kickoff

Last night we kicked-off what will surely be another great 40 Days for Life in Montreal. Here are a few pics of the event, the first being one of myself at an earlier date announcing the 40 Days at a local church in Montreal.

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Day 1 daily devotional -- 40 Days for Life -- Fall 2010

Here's today's devotional from David Brandao, the communications director for 40 Days for Life...

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DAY 1 INTENTION
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That we may use these 40 Days for Life to plead for God's mercy and grace upon all those involved in the sin of abortion.

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SCRIPTURE
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Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly. Gather the people, notify the congregation. Assemble the elders; gather the children and the infants at the breast... Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, "Spare, O Lord, your people." -- Joel 2:15-17

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REFLECTION by David Brandao, 40 Days for Life
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The toll of abortion cannot be measured. We hear estimates of almost 50 million innocent victims, but that's only one aspect of the harm that has unfolded in abortion's wake. There are also the mothers and fathers of these millions, as well as the grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives of the living shattered.

It's overwhelming and depressing, but even in the midst of such unfathomable darkness, the church teaches us to have hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary that followed Christ's 40 days in the desert, but without Calvary there would have been no Resurrection -- His victory over death that opened the gates of heaven to those who believe in and follow Him.

The psalmist encourages us to go humbly before God as we seek His will: "A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me... Give me back the joy of your salvation and a willing spirit sustain in me... O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise" (Psalm 51:12, 14, 17).

We are called to be God's messengers; or as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20).

That is the true message to all we encounter at the abortion centers and in our communities who have been deceived by the Culture of Death. We don't bring condemnation; we bring God's good news.

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PRAYER
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Lord, we ask for the strength, courage, wisdom, determination and stamina to carry out this mission according to Your will. Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and proclaim Your truth, always doing so with a spirit of love and compassion, as was demonstrated to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, Amen.

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PRINTABLE DEVOTIONAL
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To download today's devotional as a formatted, printable PDF to share with friends: http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2010day01print.pdf

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40 Days for Life Kickoff -- tomorrow night!

The kickoff for the 40 Days for Life will be on Tuesday, September 21 at 7PM in Park Lahaie, acrosse the street from 30 Saint-Joseph Blvd East. Come pray to end abortion!

For more information on the 40 Days for Life, follow the link.

Montreal 40 Days for Life material -- fall 2010

For those of you interested in getting your church or parish to participate in the upcoming Montreal 40 Days for Life, below is some material you might find useful, such as flyers, sign up sheets, and prayer cards. You may print as many as you wish; the format is either 8.5X11 or 8.5X14.

For colour tri-fold 40 Days flyers, please contact us at (514) 344-2686 or email us at qlc-at-qc.aira.com

Pro-Life Activities for your Christian Community

Is your congregation one that defends life? Is your congregation a hope-filled Christian community that is willing to build a Quebec that welcomes life instead of destroying it--that wants a Quebec that is truly prosperous, just and peaceful?

You and your congregation can help build a culture of life in Quebec by partnering with us in one or more of the ways described below:

  1. By formulating, during your celebrations, prayer intentions that speak to the issues of life and family, or by mentioning life issues during your sermons or homilies. We at Quebec Life Coalition have resources to help you formulate sermons and prayers that address life issues.
  2. By making our monthly newsletters available to your congregation, and by inviting the faithful to read them. We will gladly supply your church with a monthly batch of newsletters at no cost to you.
  3. By participating in our public witness activities:
    1. The 40 Days for Life vigil is an international event that takes place twice a year. Since its founding in 2007, it has electrified the pro-life movement (see included flyer). This is an activity that encourages Christians to be true to their calling; it will help the members of your congregation to mature in their faith.
    2. The annual March for Life, which is normally held at the end of the second week of May, is a positive, festive event with many thousands of participants, which will allow your congregation to realize that it is not alone in defending solid Life-affirming values.
    3. Life Chain is a yearly event which is held once a year in as many as 1450 cities all over North America. At each location a group of people, located in a public area, pray for the end of abortion for 90 minutes, and thus form a link in a prayerful “Life Chain” that spans the continent. This simple and effective prayer campaign is also easy to organize.
  4. By inviting a Quebec Life Coalition representative to your church to speak about life issues. These presentations can be done after the service, on Saturday afternoons or on a weekday night. Often, believers have good values but have trouble defending these values or even putting them into words. These presentations will equip the faithful in your church and enable them to defend their values in the public square.
  5. By “adopting” an abortion facility. Every major city in Quebec has one or more abortion facilities. Montreal, for example, has 21. Chances are that you will find an abortion facility not too far from your church (we have a map that indicates the location of every abortion facility in Quebec). By adopting an abortion facility, you pledge to come out with some of your congregation and pray near that facility as much as possible (once a month, once a week, or even every day). We at Quebec Life Coalition have all the required material: Prayer cards, Bible quotes, signs if you want them, and the phone numbers of the more reliable pregnancy help centres, etc. This activity saves babies and helps parents and abortionists by brining them the compassion and healing of Jesus Christ, right outside the abortion facility.
  6. By organizing a Respect Life Weekend – we propose the weekend that is closest to March 25, which is 9 months from Christmas—but any other weekend would do. We furnish the materials (flyers, etc.) and offer step by step instructions on how to make the weekend a success. This is a great first-time pro-life activity for your congregation, and can incorporate many other activities and ideas listed on this suggestion sheet.
  7. By participating in our fundraising campaigns:
    1. Coins for Life: We come to your church once or twice a year and distribute to the faithful plastic containers which they bring back home and in which they deposit any loose change they may have at the end of each day. They then bring back to church their full containers, which we pick up when there is a good number of them to collect. This campaign is easy to run and reminds the faithful on a daily basis that they are committed to protecting Life at all its stages.
    2. Real estate for Life: By informing the congregation, by way of the weekly church flyer or by some other means, of this initiative that allows one to give to Quebec Life Coalition without it costing one a cent (see included flyer), you are demonstrating to the faithful that we advance the Kingdom of Heaven by all our actions, and not only those actions undertaken during the time we are at church.
    3. Spaghetti dinner / Corn Roast / Benefit Concert / Pancake breakfast, …all these are great ways to address difficult life issues in a warm, friendly setting.
    4. A special collection: Once or twice a year (say, on the Sunday nearest to the 25th of March—9 months before Christmas) and on Father’s Day, a special collection can be undertaken to support Quebec Life Coalition and / or other local pro-life organizations.

40 Days for Life are back in Montreal this September!

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Following our meeting, we've decided to go ahead this fall with the 4th edition of the Montreal 40 Days for Life! The kickoff will be at Lahaie Park at 7pm on September 21.

Is there anyone elsewhere in Quebec who's thinking of organising a 40 Days in their own town? I really hope so, because we'll be able to help them considerably, with bilingual materials and tips on how to recruit. There's no reason to hesitate: this is an adventure of a lifetime, and a way to save lives. Contact us to find out how you can start up your own 40 Days.

Visit the official page of the 40 Days for Life in Montreal for updates, flyers, etc. as they become available.

A message for pastors who are thinking of participating in the 40 Days for Life

An interesting video for pastors who are thinking of participating in the 40 Days for Life but might have some questions or concerns. Enjoy!

40 Days for Life Montreal - An important first step

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A heartfelt thanks to all who participated in this spring's 40 Days for Life in Montreal!

Last Sunday's closing ceremony was a great success, but now we're faced with the daunting question:

What are we going to do the rest of the year?

First of all, there are chances that we are going to go forward with a fall 2010 40 Days for Life. But whether we go ahead with a second 40 Days this year depends on YOU.
 

Become a Core Member

We need dependable people who would be able to regularly attend the vigil every week, to form part of what we call the "core" team for the 40 Days. Core team members show up every week, show the "ropes" to the newcomers, and help foster a prayerful atmosphere at the vigil.

Do you feel called to be a core member of the 40 Days for Life? If you do, don't hesitate to give us a call at (514) 344-2686 or to email us.
 

Upcoming Events

Here are some other events / other ways to help build a culture of life in the coming year:

  • The Ottawa March for Life will take place this year on Thursday, May 13 (see schedule). Mark that date on your calendar, get that day off work, but also remember to call us to get some flyers and posters to distribute to your church, parish, group, etc. 
  • Quebec Life Coalition is organizing a bus or buses to the March for Life on May 13. Buses leave downtown Montreal (across the street from the train station) at 7am. If you want a ride, please email us or call. Cost of the ticket will be around 30$ round-trip.
  • Cégep and high school teachers: The March for Life has a very significant educational component. Firstly, there's a youth banquet the evening of the March (May 13), and the next day there's an all-day Youth Conference (which last year was attended by about 600 students from 15-25). For more information, don't hesitate to call or write.
  • Triduum for Life: Like last year, during the 2 days preceding the March for Life in Ottawa, there will be a series of pro-life talks and events in Montreal. More to come, soon!
  • Finally, and most excitingly for us here at QLC, on May 15 (international day of the family) QLC will be hosting its annual conference on life and the family. We've lined up some great guests, and this year the event will be held in Quebec City. More details to follow.

And, oh, here are some pictures of last Sunday's 40 Days for Life closing ceremony -- bye for now!

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Closing Ceremony - 40 Days for Life Montreal - Spring 2010 edition

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It's the last week of the Spring 2010 edition of the 40 Days for Life in Montreal! On Sunday, March 28 at 3pm you're invited to our 40 Days for Life closing ceremony and wrap get-together:

What: Closing ceremony for the Spring 2010 edition of the 40 Days for Life

When: This Sunday, March 28, at 3pm

Where: Lahaie Park (the vigil site) or, if it rains, at 60 Laurier East.

Why: To celebrate the fact that WE DID IT: we prayed and fasted and held vigil outside of the Morgentaler clinic for 40 consecutive days, 12 hours a day, praying for the babies and their mothers and for the society that abandons them to their fate.

We'll be hearing testimonials from pastors and priests, from participants and other individuals from Montreal who were touched by abortion, or who have decided to work for Life. Of course, they'll be food and coffee and hot chocolate, too!

Also, don't miss this opportunity to meet with other Montreal pro-lifers, to network and to encourage one another in this mission so dear to our hearts--and, most importantly, to God's.

Here's some pics from last fall's closing ceremony: 

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