|Saginaw's "Marchers" for Life|
After all is said and done, this year's March for Life was a powerful witness to the dignity of all human persons. Too bad, the mainstream media gave it little if any attention.
|Mass at the Basilica|
It was the first time we were able to attend this event as a religious community. We loaded 8 buses from the Saginaw Diocese filled with young people showing love of faith, country and humanity. Our Bishop, Joseph Cistone, travelled with us and offered the first Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday morning, Jan. 22nd. Many other Masses followed as catholic youth poured into Washington D.C. Sunday evening, began a night vigil of prayer which found the Basilica packed. Prayers were offered for families, friends, citizens of our great country, the confused, the ignorant, for all in need of love and respect. We especially prayed for our leaders, that they work for the protection of all human persons from conception until natural death.
The closing vigil Mass was offered by Cardinal-elect Timothy Dolan. Although the weather was wet and cold, close to 400,000 people from all walks of life, and all faiths, joined together to peacefully march toward the Supreme Court. One person reported standing on the steps of the building for over two hours as the marchers streamed by. Even though the media tried to silence this statement for Life, it cannot silence what is in the heart of so many people. Each year the March for Life is the largest demonstration held in Washington DC. There was a tremondous feeling of joy to see so many concerned over the real issues in our country.
|Gathering to begin the March|
That very day, Cardinal-designate and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Timothy Dolan, commented that “never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience.” He went on to say that this should not happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights. Cardinal elect Dolan urged the faithful to “let your elected leaders know that you want religious liberty and rights of conscience restored and that you want the administration's contraceptive mandate rescinded.”
The USCCB website has provided a way that you can contact your representatives. Go to their website. And remember to pray for our countries' leaders!
The following website will best show the crowds that were present in Washington DC for the March for Life. My thanks to Kathryrn Lopez. Follow this link!