Bishop Michael O. Jackels will visit parishes throughout the Diocese of Wichita next month to pray for life and religious liberty.
Bishop Jackels will begin nine days of prayer on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in South Hutchinson. The visits will conclude at the U.S. Courthouse in Wichita after stops in Moline, Oswego, Aleppo, Derby, Pittsburg, Newton, Ft. Scott, and Wichita.
Bishop Jackels said bishops across the United States are calling for a rosary novena for life and liberty during the month of October, which is traditionally devoted to Mary and the Rosary and dedicated to pro-life educational and prayer efforts.
Rather than nine consecutive days of prayer in one place, though, Bishop Jackels has decided to make the prayers more accessible to the faithful of the 90 parishes in the Diocese of Wichita. Instead, he will travel during October to nine parishes named after the Blessed Virgin Mary located throughout the diocese and invited area parishioners to gather for exposition and benediction of the Holy Eucharist, recitation of the rosary, and a short talk on life and liberty.
The visits will end on Oct. 26, the fourth Friday of October, at noon at the U.S. Courthouse, 401 N. Market St., in Wichita at the monthly rally for religious liberty and conscience protection.

Be informed about the HHS mandate
Bishop Jackels asked that:
• The faithful be informed about the HHS mandate, and inform others
• Ask elected representatives to do what they must to uphold the Constitution
• Make an informed vote in November, for candidates who respect freedom of religion and conscience protection
• And pray.
“A sword is a mighty weapon,” he said, “and it is said that the pen is mightier than the sword. But prayer – especially the Rosary, as demonstrated at the battle of Lepanto – is mightier yet. So, have hope, for Jesus has already won the victory.”

Schedule of Bishop’s stops
Here is a schedule of Bishop Jackels’ stops: The services, which will all begin at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, Our Lady of Guadalupe, S. Hutchinson
Monday, Oct. 8, St. Mary, Moline
Wednesday, Oct. 10, Mother of God, Oswego
Friday, Oct. 12, St. Mary, Aleppo
Thursday, Oct. 18, St. Mary, Derby
Monday, Oct. 22, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg
Tuesday, Oct. 23, St. Mary, Newton
Wednesday, Oct. 24, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wichita
Thursday, Oct. 25, Mary Queen of Angels, Ft. Scott
Friday, Oct. 26, rally at U.S. Courthouse, Wichita