Bishop Michael O. Jackels will travel to various Marian parishes during October to pray for life and religious liberty. His next stop is Oct. 8 at St. Mary’s, Moline.
Bishop Jackels began 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.
He talked about his nine days of prayer at the Rally for Religious Liberty last Friday at the U.S. Courthouse in Wichita, where he thanked those who attended and urged all who are old enough to vote to do so.
“We are voting and speaking out for the same thing, liberty,” he said, before leading a rosary. “Liberty to speak out, the liberty to practice our religion – not according to the dictates of the government, but according to the dictates of God.”
He also urged those from the Wichita area to participate in the prayer service on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 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’ remaining stops: The services, which will all begin at 7 p.m.
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