This morning as election results are published, we know that voters in our state have approved Proposal 3, adding a broad “right to abortion” into our state constitution. This is tremendously sad news, indeed, and we grieve for all those who will be impacted by this grave development – most especially the unborn and their mothers.

Earlier today, Archbishop Vigneron published a letter to the faithful of the Archdiocese, affirming our need to pray and beg God for forgiveness for allowing this evil to happen in our state. On behalf of Archbishop Vigneron, we ask priests to consider sharing this letter with parishioners via whatever means they feel are appropriate.

In his letter to the faithful, Archbishop Vigneron also invites all the faithful to join me in the first two weeks of Advent, from November 27 to December 9, in doing penance, giving alms, praying, and fasting” to “make reparations for the great sin of abortion in our midst.” To that end, attached is a set of petitions (in both English and Spanish) that priests may wish to use during the Universal Prayer for those first two Sundays of Advent. Later this week, priests will also receive homiletic resources for use in their preaching.

Thank you for all your efforts to defeat this proposal. While we did not achieve the outcome for which we prayed, we must remain confident in Christ, who is victorious over the powers of death.