40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Brings Out Largest Annual Group of Teens and Adults in Diocese of Saginaw History
WHAT: Nearly 500 teens and adults from the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw will attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. with Bishop Cistone.The group will protest the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.
WHEN: Tomorrow morning, January 24 The group will gather at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 6400 McCarty Rd., in Saginaw Township beginning at 7:00 a.m. They will leave the church on nine charter busses, following an 8:00 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Cistone. Expected departure time is 9:00 a.m.
SAGINAW — On Thursday, January 24, nearly 500 Catholics, mostly teens, will travel via bus to Washington, D.C. They will join an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 fellow Catholics and people of all faiths during the 40th Annual March for Life on Friday, January 25. The Saginaw group will attend a rally to begin before noon on the Mall and then move along Constitution Avenue to Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court during the March for Life. The group will raise awareness of the 55 million babies who have been aborted since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
In all, more than 50 parish communities throughout the 11-county Diocese of Saginaw will be represented among the group. Additionally, all three Catholic high schools in the diocese will have students attending. The diocesan group will be the largest in Diocese of Saginaw history to attend the annual event.
While in Washington, D.C., the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate Saturday Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America. The Saginaw group is expected to arrive home at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
The Office of Communications will be posting news, photos and videos on Saginaw.org. Members of the community are encouraged to follow the events of the pilgrimage online.
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.