Special to The Hays Daily News

The Heartland Parishes will have their monthly First Friday Respect Life Mass at 5:30 p.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited beginning at 4:55 p.m., and the Rosary, lead by children, at 5 p.m.

There will be a period of silent prayer and reflection after the Rosary until Mass begins. A meatless potluck will follow in the St. Joseph Parish Center immediately following.

The purpose of the Respect Life Mass is to seek God's intervention in ending abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell reseach, artificial means of contraception, poverty, and a host of other respect life issues. All Catholics are invited.