March for Life buses available from Diocese of Rochester - Catholic Courier
Participants carry a banner at the front of the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2018. (Courier file photo) Participants carry a banner at the front of the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2018. (Courier file photo)

March for Life buses available from Diocese of Rochester

Bus openings are available from the Diocese of Rochester to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The 49th-annual march will take place Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Chartered buses from the diocese are scheduled to leave late Thursday night, Jan. 20, and return home late the following night. One bus group will leave out of Monroe County and the other from the Southern Tier.

Monroe County: Two buses will depart from Holy Spirit Parish in Webster/Penfield. The itinerary includes a visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where special Masses will be celebrated, including one at which Bishop Salvatore R. Matano is set to concelebrate; attendance at the speakers’ platform on the National Mall; participation in the march from the Washington Monument to the United States Supreme Court building; and visits to various museums and monuments. For details, visit march4life.gmsander.info, email committeeforlife@yahoo.com or call 585-503-3256.

Southern Tier: A contingent is being arranged by Steve Spaulding, a parishioner of St. Mary Our Mother in Horseheads. Bus participants will visit the offices of area legislators; see Capitol Hill; and attend the rally on the National Mall and then join the March for Life. School-age children are welcome. Adults will chaperone older children if parents cannot attend. To reserve a seat and for other information, email 20Hike.2more@gmail.com or call 607-739-9282.

March for Life is the largest pro-life event in the country. The upcoming march marks a return to a live gathering in the nation’s capital, after an online format was employed in January 2021 amid concerns over crowd safety due to the coronavirus pandemic and potential fallout from the Jan. 6 rioting at the U.S. Capitol building. The first March for Life took place in 1974, in opposition to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion across the country.

For details on upcoming March for Life-related activities, including local observances in the Diocese of Rochester, visit liferoc.org or check your parish bulletin.

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