Pro-Life Activities

40 Days for Life Campaign

From February 14 to March 25, St. Mary’s will take part in 40 Days for Life in Alexandria, VA. 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. St. Mary’s as been assigned the following days to pray at the abortion clinic on Duke Street during the 40 Days For Life prayer vigil 7am-7pm.

  • Saturday March 10
  • Tuesday March 13
  • Monday March 19

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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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 St. Mary’s, 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.

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March for Life

Join St. Mary’s for the annual March for Life in Washington, DC on January 18, 2018!

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 Duke St Clinic, which is located at 2839 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314. See the map below for directions.

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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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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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Contact the apostolate leader Melinda and Chuck Zakrzwski at or by using this form.

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