Opportunities remain in many parts of the Rochester Diocese to attend the 39th-annual March for Life.
According to information provided to the Catholic Courier, openings exist on buses traveling to the march from parishes in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Monroe County regions. The march will take place Monday, Jan. 23, in Washington, D.C. Buses are scheduled to leave in the late evening of Jan. 22 and return home approximately 24 hours later.
The March for Life annually draws 100,000 to 200,000 Catholics who seek reversal of the Jan. 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision allowing legalized abortion in the United States. This event was begun in the nation’s capital one year after Roe v. Wade and is held annually on or near the anniversary date. It drew approximately 20,000 people its first year in 1974, and has since grown to several times that amount.
Preceding the march will be a rally from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the National Mall. Immediately afterward, the march will begin at that location and proceed up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill. Other March for Life activities will include Masses as well as visits to politicians’ offices to share pro-life perspectives.
Buses leaving from this diocese, with fares, are as follows:
* St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads — $50. Call Steve Spaulding at 607-739-9282 or Sharon Pearte at 607-734-2680.
* All Saints Parish, Corning/Painted Post. Youths will travel in conjunction with the Horseheads bus. Call Steve Spaulding at 607-739-9282 or Sharon Pearte at 607-734-2680.
* St. Mary Church, 90 N. Main St., Canandaigua — $55 adults, $30 students. Call Francis Flugel at 585-924-7051.
* St. Pius Tenth Church, 3010 Chili Ave., Chili — $55 adults, $30 youth (by Jan. 4.) Call Jan Armstrong at 585-293-1717.
* St. John of Rochester Church, 8 Wickford Way, Fairport — $60 adults, $30 students. Call Debbie Demarco at 585-248-2647.
* Church of the Holy Spirit, 1355 Hatch Road, Penfield — $35. Call Sandy Giannavola at 585-387-0993.
There also will be a bus coordinated by Holy Apostles Parish in Rochester. It will transport city youths in grades 8-12 and is leaving two days early for a youth Mass and rally as well as other life-related discussions and activities such as visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Although there are no openings on this bus, sponsorship donations for youths are appreciated. To donate, call Holy Apostles at 585-254-7170.