January 25, 2017
Bishop McManus to lead local Catholics in prayer at Annual Respect Life Mass
Hundreds to Join March for Life 2017 in DC from Worcester Diocese
January 25, 2017, WORCESTER, MA – About 150 local Catholics will be leaving the Cathedral of St. Paul in downtown Worcester and joining other groups from parishes and local colleges around the Diocese of Worcester for the annual March for Life on Friday, January 27 in Washington, D.C. Three busses will be leaving following the annual Respect Life Mass on
Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. to which all are invited. Bishop Robert J. McManus will be the principal celebrant and homilist.
This year marks the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Over 57 million lives have been lost to abortion since 1973, and countless women and men have been deeply wounded by abortion’s devastating aftermath. The March for Life is a prayerful event attended by people from all over the country and from all faith groups and no religious affiliation to petition the President, members of Congress, and the Supreme Court to stop this intentional destruction of human lives and to pray for a restoration of the protection of human life in all its stages from conception to natural death.
January 22 (the anniversary of the Roe decision), or January 23 when Jan. 22 falls on Sunday as it does this year, is designated by the General Instruction on the Roman Missal to be observed by Catholics 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.
Photo from 2016 March for Life posted on their Facebook page – as a major snowstorm was beginning in Washington.