Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October, is when the majority of the nation participates in LifeChain. However, St. Francis by the Sea celebrates their patronal feast day on the first Sunday of October with a parish picnic. (St. Francis of Assisi feast day is October 4.) Thus, this time in January leading up to the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Roe versus Wade is also a good time to stand and give witness to the sanctity of life.
Today, begins the novena for life. Click on the bishops' website for resources.