Yesterday, the Helpers of God's Precious Infants of Michigan held it's fourth and final prayer vigil of 2009.
There was a group of young men from Brother Rice High School, easily identified by the banner they held. I'm told there was a group of young women there from Regina. If there were any other groups of students there, please give us a shout out in the comment box and talk about your experience.
Others who were in attendance are also encouraged to offer comments. Was it your first time? Will you come back in the future?
Dan stressed the need for more volunteers. While these massive vigils are held four times yearly, the Helpers work is taking place daily and weekly. He stressed the need not only for sidewalk counselors but for more prayer warriors - people who pray on a regular basis for the success of sidewalk counselors. Prayer warriors also pray for those who come to the clinic seeking abortions, for family and friends of the women who may be coercing or persuading the women to have abortions, and for the workers inside the clinic. The key to all of this is genuine christian love for all involved, not anger or hatred.
The Helpers offers training for sidewalk counselors which is advised even for those volunteering in other capacities, such as prayer warrior.
Other volunteering opportunities include helping to distribute flyers for upcoming events at parishes and Catholic schools. Local bloggers and webmasters can get the word out, as well. People are needed for data entry, envelope stuffing, mailing and other administrative tasks. In fact, Dan said he could really use a personal secretary to help with his load. This is a man who does it all - sidewalk counseling, regular adoration, and administrative work, so it's no joke that he needs administrative assistants. Specifically, I'm told, he could use someone skilled in shorthand, transcription, and someone who can type fast.
Dan's request for a volunteer to develop a bona fide website for Helpers of God's Precious Infants had someone step forward. We will need people to put information into electronic form for him. Feel free to contact me on this if you can help.
Call Dan Goodnow for more info on training and volunteering at 313-530-4539. If you have difficulty reaching Dan, you can write me at TeDeumBlog@gmail.com and I will try to get your request to someone within the organization.
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Below is a link to my Smugmug gallery on this event. Bloggers and webmasters are free to use the images, but I ask for a courtesy link back to this blogpost (permalink is found in title or timestamp). Images may be cropped, but not altered. For professional use in print, contact me at TeDeumBlog@gmail.com.
- LifeSiteNews: Detroit archbishop leads prayer walk outside abortion facilities
- Michigan Catholic: 500 join Archbishop Vigneron to 'Go and serve the Lord' in witness to life
- Catholic News Agency: Archbishop of Detroit leads pro-life vigil 'rooted in Christian love"
- Ave Maria Radio: Teresa Tomeo Interviews Abp Vigneron following the vigil (about 30 minutes into the one hour segment)
- November 2008 Helpers vigil with Msgr. Monforton (rector, SHMS)
- September 2008 Helpers vigil with Bishop Flores
- March 2008 Helpers vigil with Bishop Quinn
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