St. Timothy Catholic Community church plans to hold an anti-abortion "peaceful prayer vigil" across the street from Mesa's Dobson High School, where President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak Wednesday morning.
The vigil will take place outside in the amphitheater at the church, 1730 W. Guadalupe Road, as Obama addresses between 500 and 600 people at Dobson. The president is scheduled to speak about 10:15 a.m.
"We might not be able to impact the dire state of the economy or other national woes our president plans to address, but we do know we can lift our voices in prayer for our leaders -- not only for wisdom, but also for a change of heart when it comes to life issues," Father Jack Spaulding, pastor of St. Timothy's, said in a press release.
"As Catholics, this is a tremendous opportunity for each one of us to put our faith into action through a peaceful and prayerful acknowledgment that everyone -- including our president -- must respect the sanctity of all human life, especially the unborn."
Before the vigil, there will be an 8:30 a.m. Mass in the church, with the vigil following outside in the amphitheater. The church is encouraging people to arrive between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. due to expected road closures. Donuts and coffee will be served in the social hall before Mass.
The vigil is also being sponsored by Life Teen International.