Pro-Life Activities

40 Days for Life Campaign

From September 25 to November 3, the Basilica of Saint Mary will take part in 40 Days for Life. Through prayer, fasting, and local outreach we pray for an end to abortion and the respect for all life from conception to natural death. We pray that this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city — and beyond.

The Basilica of Saint Mary will hold prayer vigils on October 1, October 13, October 19, and October 26. Sign up here to fill a prayer shift. 

We will pray at Annandale Women & Family Center (2839 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia 22314)

If you aren’t comfortable praying by yourself, you can show up at these times since they are guaranteed to have other people in attendance:

Tuesday, October 1 – 11:00-12:00 (lunch at Panera Bread afterward- Moms & Children welcome)
Sunday, October 13 – 4:00-5:00pm
Saturday, October 19 – 9:15-10:15am (normal monthly time)
Saturday, October 26 – 11:00-12:00am (lunch at Panera Bread afterward)

40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

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Life Chain

Please join one million Christians nationwide in a peaceful, non-confrontational Ecumenical Prayer for Life on Sunday, October 6 from 2:30-3:30 pm. This is a visually and spiritually powerful way to change hearts and save the lives of unborn children. The Basilica of Saint Mary is once again assigned to gather on the north side of Franconia Road, near Key Middle School, 6402 Franconia Rd. For information call Melinda Zakrzwski 703-624-1684 or email

Respect Life Month

The first Sunday in October (Respect Life Month) is observed as Respect Life Sunday and kicks off Respect Life Month, which is held annually throughout the country in October.

The goal each year is to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the dignity of the human person, especially the gift of every person’s life.

At the Basilica of Saint Mary, we participate in Respect Life Month by praying the rosary for the unborn and pregnant mothers, participating in the 40 Days for Life, donating items to the MaRiH Center in Alexandria, hosting a Life Chain at the beginning of the month, and praying during the parish Holy Hour once a month.

Contact Chuck and Melinda

March for Life

Join St. Mary’s for the annual March for Life in Washington, DC!

We charter a bus every year from the church and always have a great turnout. Check back in the future for more details about sign ups!

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Pro-Life Rosary

We invite you to come pray the rosary every third Saturday following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. We pray at the Annandale Women & Family Center, which is located at 2839 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314. We meet in the grassy area to the right of the driveway entrance to their parking lot. We are not allowed to park in their lot, so please park on Longview Drive.

Contact Chuck and Melinda

MaRiH Center

The MaRiH Center is an emergency pregnancy service offering alternatives to abortion plus support to women and their babies; autonomous and wholly dependent on contributions. Items that are needed include winter footed sleepers and sleep sacks; girls’ sleep and play, especially size 3 – 6 months; receiving blankets and winter dresses for girls; white onsies of all sizes; outer garments such as snowsuits, coats, sweaters, hats, and gloves; socks, particularly sizes 18 – 24 months; wash clothes, baby wash, and baby shampoo; and equipment such as strollers, pack and plays, high chairs, car seats suitable for use from birth to 40 pounds, and diaper bags. Diapers of all sizes and baby clothing (up to size 2T) and equipment, both new and used, are always needed. Monetary contributions are also welcome!

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Virginia Catholic Conference Pro-Life Advocacy Network

Register for the Virginia Catholic Conference’s advocacy network updates or sign petitions/legislation recommendations that go to your representatives. The Virginia Catholic Conference is a tremendous resource to learn more about pro-life news in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Catholic Conference

Our Mission

To promote a respect for life from womb to tomb; engaging in events such as March for Life, monthly Holy Hour for Life, praying the rosary as a witness to Life at local abortion clinics, Life Chain, donation drives to support crisis pregnancies, and Spring and Fall campaigns of 40 Days for Life.  

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