September 21, 2018

Respect Life Sunday to be marked by archdiocesan Mass, Life Chain events

Criterion staff report

Respect Life Sunday, always the first Sunday in October, is on Oct. 7 this year.

Each year on Respect Life Sunday, the archdiocesan Office of Human Life and Dignity celebrates a special Mass during which an adult or married couple is honored for their service and leadership in respecting human life. The Mass will be held at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis, at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, with archdiocesan vicar general Msgr. William Stumpf as the principal celebrant.

Two honorees were selected this year for the Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Respect Life Award: Tom McBroom of St. Patrick Parish in Terre Haute, and Patricia Vesper of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Indianapolis.

Also on Respect Life Sunday, National Life Chain events are held in the United States and Canada. National Life Chain is an ecumenical event in which participants stand near streets and roads for peaceful, prayerful and public pro-life witness. More than 1,900 cities across the United States and Canada are expected to participate this year.

Below is a listing of Life Chain events verified as taking place throughout central and southern Indiana on Oct. 7, according to For more information on one of the events listed below, contact that location’s contact person. For general information or for more Life Chain events, go to and select Indiana or the desired state from the list on the left side of the screen.

  • Bloomington: 2-3 p.m., neighborhood parking and signs available at 16 locations along E. Third Street from College Mall Road west to College Avenue, then south on College Avenue to the Planned Parenthood facility at 421 S. College Ave. Information: Carole Canfield, 812-322-5114.
  • Brookville: 2-3 p.m., Main Streetat the courthouse. Information: Jerry Mersch, 513-702-4949.
  • Columbus: Second Street at Washington Street, 2-3 p.m.; Judith Jackson, 812-350-0479.
  • Greencastle: 2-3 p.m., Washington Street at College Avenue. Information: Mary Howard, 317-539-5727.
  • Greensburg: 2-3 p.m., N. Lincoln Street at 10th Street. Information: Pat Koors, 812-614-0595.
  • Indianapolis: 2:30-3:30 p.m., N. Meridian Street from Michigan Street to 15th Street, and from 30th Street to 38th Street. Information: Ron and Mary Kramer, 317-527-9531, or Larry Holbrook, 317-919-1653.
  • Milan: 3-4 p.m., Highway 101 at Highway 350. Information: Ed King, 812‑654-6502.
  • Richmond: 2-3 p.m., 900-1700 blocks of South A Street. Parking available at First Baptist Church, 1601 South A St. Signs can be picked up across from the church starting at 1:45 p.m. Information: Cheryl Spence, 765-935-1786.
  • Terre Haute: 2-3 p.m., 3rd Street at Wabash Avenue. Parking will be behind the Vigo County Court House. Information: Tom McBroom, 812‑841‑0060.


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