Catholic Sentinel photo by Ed LangloisProtestors offer messages to motorists in 2009 during opening of new Planned Parenthood building in Northeast Portland.
                                                                      Catholic Sentinel photo by Ed Langlois
Protestors offer messages to motorists in 2009 during opening of new Planned Parenthood building in Northeast Portland.
On Sept. 24, the 40 Days for Life campaign returns to Portland with prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil-keeping and community outreach at churches and schools.

“We pray that these efforts will help mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Portland,” says Therese Ruesink, coordinator of the local campaign.

It’s part of a simultaneous pro-life mobilization across the U.S. and internationally.

“We know 40 Days for Life has made a difference in Portland,” Ruesink says. “Our volunteers have made extraordinary sacrifices to expose the abortion industry and to protect children and their mothers from abortion.”  

Ruesink says 30 mothers have decided against abortions during past vigils. One Portland Planned Parenthood employee left the industry, seeking support from a national group for former workers.

She says an entire family was baptized into the Catholic Church after they received help in a crisis outside a clinic.

The 40-day time frame is drawn from examples throughout Biblical history.

The campaign will feature a peaceful 40-day prayer vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood at 3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. All prayer vigil participants are asked to sign a statement of peace, pledging to conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner.

A Mass to mark the start of the vigil is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 2727 NE 54th Ave. in Portland. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith will preside.

Following Mass, a rosary and chaplet of divine mercy with Father John Boyle is set for Planned Parenthood in on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Northeast Portland.

For information visit: 40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/portland/ or contact Therese Ruesink at [email protected] or 503-997-1884.