All ages will proclaim their respect for life in Washington, D.C., this month

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org

St. Louis Catholics are getting ready to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C., later this month.

The 41st annual march observes the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision, which made it unconstitutional to ban abortion. Hundreds of thousands of individuals, including several contingents from the St. Louis Archdiocese, are expected to attend the march and rally, which will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Local memorial Mass

Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice will celebrate the annual memorial Mass and prayer vigil at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, at Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. The Mass coincides with the monthly Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass. After Mass, Bishop Rice will lead a Rosary procession to the nearby Planned Parenthood abortion facility -- the only clinic in Missouri that provides surgical abortions.

The archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate, which organizes the annual Mass, will take up a collection to benefit the annual LifeLine Coalition, a group of social service agencies that provide emotional and financial support to tens of thousands of local women facing crisis pregnancies. Groups include Birthright, Good Shepherd Children and Family Service and Our Lady's Inn.

For information on how to become involved in the pro-life movement, call the Respect Life Apostolate at (314) 792-7555 or visit www.stlrespectlife.org.

Missouri Life Caravan

It's not too late to sign up to attend the annual March for Life, but you must act quickly.

Monday, Jan. 6, is the deadline for applications for the Missouri Life Caravan's annual trip to Washington, D.C., scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 21-23. The group is one of the largest contingents from Missouri going on the trip.

Buses will leave from various sites in St. Louis metro area the morning of Jan. 21. The caravan will meet under the Gateway Arch for a rally and press conference before departing for Washington, D.C.

The group will travel overnight and arrive in the nation's capital the morning of Jan. 22. From there, Missourians will have the chance to meet with senators and congressional representatives from Missouri before attending the march. The group will leave after the march and travel overnight, arriving back in St. Louis on Jan. 23.

Cost of the trip is $145 per person. Participants must be at least 7 years old, and youths ages 7-18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. For more information, call Missouri Right to Life at (314) 434-4900 or email lifecaravan@missourilife.org. Or visit www.missourilife.org.

Generation Life

About 1,700 young people will be representing the archdiocese during the Generation Life trip, sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate's Office of Youth Ministry, Sunday-Thursday, Jan. 19-23. Separate programming tracks will be held for eighth-graders, high school students and young adults.

Teens will meet at one of several satellite locations in the archdiocese on Jan. 19 for registration and a send-off Mass and will join together in Washington, D.C., for the Generation Life program. Archbishop Robert Carlson is expected to celebrate Mass for the entire group Jan. 22 before heading to the National Mall for the march.

The archdiocesan Youth Ministry Office and the Office of Communications will provide real-time updates from the march via social media and the Youth Ministry Office's blog at live.stlyouth.org.

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