We invite the community of SS. Isidore and Maria Parish to come together and help save lives by volunteering for the 40 Days for Life vigil on Sunday, October 29 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parishioners will peacefully and respectfully show support for women and babies on the sidewalk along New Britain Avenue outside the Planned Parenthood clinic at 1030 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT. We are seeking a minimum commitment of one (1) hour, with two volunteers needed per hour. Volunteers may sign up for multiple hours.
40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. The Archdiocese of Hartford joins with Catholics around the nation to conduct the 2023 campaign from September 27 through November 6.
Parking: Please DO NOT park in the Planned Parenthood parking lot. We have been warned that our cars may be towed if we park there. Below are a couple of options:
- Prayer volunteers may park across the street from Planned Parenthood at the Citgo gas station. The owner welcomes 40 Days for Life volunteers to park there.
- There is a large parking lot behind the Corner Pug, located at the intersection of New Britain Avenue and New Park Avenue. It is within walking distance of Planned Parenthood.
Signage: Signs will be available for use throughout the day. A local Knight of Columbus has graciously offered to let us store the signs on his porch while not in use. Signs can be picked up at 17 Elmfield St., West Hartford (about a 3-minute drive). Please pick up and return at the deck in the rear of the house.
- First-shift volunteers: Please pick up the sandwich board (if you are able) and a sign or two to pass along to volunteers throughout the day.
- All volunteers: If we cannot find someone to pray immediately after you, you may bring the signs back to the above address, and the next scheduled volunteer may pick them up.
- If you create your own signs, we ask that you not use large posters with graphic images on the sidewalk specifically.