Thursday, January 22, 2015
Our parish will attend the march in Washington, D.C. Please join us in the fight to protect and respect the dignity of human life, from conception to natural death. We as marchers will bring our prayers and the pro-life message to our nation’s capitol. Morning Holy Mass at 6 a.m. in the Church before the bus departs at 6:45 a.m. We will return around 10 p.m. Bus fee: $45 for adults and $20 for students. Donations are also accepted to cover the student fee.
To make reservations, please come to the rectory with the bus fee by January 16th. For more information, please contact the rectory at 718-882-0710.
The March for Life in Washington D.C. began as a grassroots response of pro-lifers nationwide to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion throughout the 9 months of a woman's pregnancy. Each year, inspired by the Holy Spirit’s gift of Reverence, Catholics and all people of good will come together to pray and publicly intercede on behalf of the unborn, their parents, families, our communities, our nation and its leaders - that this prayerful presence may open hearts, minds, souls to the fullness of the Gospel of Life in our lives and laws.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared that in all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22nd shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.
The Mass "For Peace and Justice" (no. 22 of the "Masses for Various Needs") should be celebrated with violet vestments as an appropriate liturgical observance for this day. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373)
Today the priest has a choice between several different readings. He may preach on the Readings of the Day, or one of the sets of readings from the Mass for Peace and Justice.
It has truly evolved into a Pilgrimage of intercessory prayer and public witness for all those victimized by the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion; and for the conversion of those who misguidedly perpetuate it. Young and old from all
walks of life and from every part of the country rally together and march down Constitution Ave., stopping at legislative offices along route and ending at the steps of the Supreme Court.
Over the years, several additional pro-life conferences, pro-life vigils, and Masses have come to surround the main event of the March itself in DC., spread throughout the days preceding the actual March, including special events for youth, young adults, and college students.
National Day of Prayer for the Legal
Protection of Unborn Children
January 22nd, 2015
In all the Dioceses of the United States, January 22nd shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.