Openings remain on March for Life buses - Catholic Courier

Openings remain on March for Life buses

There’s still time to get on board with the 37th-annual March for Life, as openings remain on bus excursions being organized across the Rochester Diocese.

According to information provided to the Catholic Courier, buses are traveling to the march from the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Monroe County regions of the diocese. Seats are subject to availability. The march will take place Friday, Jan. 22, in Washington, D.C. All buses will leave in the late evening of Jan. 21 and return home approximately 24 hours later.

The March for Life annually draws 100,000 to 200,000 people to the nation’s capital in hopes of overturning the Jan. 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision allowing legalized abortion in this country. The march was begun one year after Roe v. Wade and is held annually on or near the anniversary date. Highlighting the event is a noontime rally and peaceful march that begins on the National Mall and progresses to Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court building. Other March for Life activities include Masses, a youth rally and visits to politicians’ offices to share pro-life viewpoints.

Bus trips from this diocese are as follows:

Waverly and Horseheads

A bus will make a pickup at St. James Church, 503 Clark St., Waverly, at 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. It will then arrive at its main destination of St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads, leaving for Washington between 11:45 p.m. and midnight. Cost is $45 per seat and sponsorships are available. Contact Sharon Pearte at 607-734-2680.

Painted Post

A bus will depart from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 115 E. High St., at 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. Numerous youth-group members from All Saints Parish in Corning/Painted Post will be on this bus. Cost is $45 per seat, with sponsorships available. Call Sharon Pearte at 607-734-2680.

Canandaigua, Naples and Cohocton

A bus will depart from St. Mary Church, 95 N. Main St., Canandaigua, at 10 p.m. It also will stop at St. Januarius Church, 180 N. Main St., Naples, as well as St. Pius V Church, 35 Maple Ave., Cohocton, for passengers in those areas. A special effort is being made to encourage youths to attend the march with their families and take part in the youth rally at the Verizon Center. For the Canandaigua stop, contact Francis Flugel at 585-924-7051 or For the Naples and Cohocton stops, contact Katie Robinson at 585-384-5626 or is $50 per adult and $25 per student.


A bus will leave from St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4536 St. Paul Blvd. There will be a special Benediction and blessing of the travelers at 9:30 p.m., and the bus will take off at 10 p.m. Price is $50 for adults and $25 for youths, and includes a box lunch. All youths must be chaperoned. Sponsorships to help defray travel expenses are welcomed. Call Mary Jo Maurer at 585-342-3216.


A bus will leave from St. John of Rochester Church, 8 Wickford Way, at 10 p.m. on Jan. 21. Its departure will be preceded by a 9:30 p.m. prayer service in the chapel. Suggested donation is $50 for adults and $25 for teens. Call Debbie DeMarco at 585-248-2647.

Webster and Penfield

A bus sponsored by Holy Spirit Parish will depart from the church parking lot, 1355 Hatch Road, immediately following the 9 p.m. prayer service. Cost is $60 per adult and $20 per student. Call Sandy Giannovola at 585-387-0993.


A bus will leave from St. Christopher Church, 3350 Union St., at 10 p.m. on Jan. 21. The cost is $55 per person. Contact Joan Riley at 315-690-6455.

Sponsors needed

Sponsors are needed to help fill a bus of Rochester-area youths in grades 7 to 12 going to the March for Life. The bus trip is being hosted by the Pro-Life Planning Committee and already includes teens from Rochester’s St. Michael, Holy Apostles and Light of Christ parishes in Rochester and St. Leo in Hilton.

The bus will leave from Rochester about 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, and will return Saturday, Jan. 23.

The youths will attend a youth Mass, rally and the March for Life on Jan 22. They also will spend a teaching day in Washington with guest speaker Paul Schenck, director of the National Pro-Life Action Center, and they also will visit the Holocaust Museum. The students will visit several other Washington sites, including touring the monuments and visiting the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The cost of the trip, including meals, transportation and hotel, is $250 per person.

To sponsor or partially sponsor a youth to attend the trip, make a check payable to Holy Apostles Parish and mail it to Holy Apostles, 530 Lyell Ave., Rochester, NY 14606. Donations must be received by Jan. 14. For details, call Amy or Bob Dorscheid at 585-729-8585 or 585-732-8994.

Contains reporting by Amy Kotlarz.

This story was updated on Jan. 8, 2010.

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