Saginaw Pilgrims to Share Message that ‘Every Life is a Gift’

Thursday, 15 January 2015 08:47

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Saginaw Pilgrims to Share Message that ‘Every Life is a Gift’ during annual March for Life

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WHAT: Approximately 400 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: Wednesday, Jan. 21 (Mass at 8 a.m. Expected Departure Time is 9 a.m.)
The group will gather at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd., Shields beginning at 7 a.m. They will leave the church on eight charter busses, following an 8 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Cistone. Expected departure time is 9 a.m. All are welcome at this liturgy.

SAGINAW — On Wednesday, Jan. 21, approximately 400 Catholic pilgrims, 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 42nd Annual March for Life on Thursday, Jan. 22. The Diocese of Saginaw group, led by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will attend a rally to begin before noon on the National 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.

“The diocese has organized a group for the past nine years, in which over 2,800 people have traveled with us,” said Mark Graveline, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Saginaw. “I am always amazed at the sacrifices our teens make in order to go to the March for Life. Some have been saving money for months and everyone is willing to take four days out of their busy lives.”

The theme of this year’s March for Life is “Every Life is a Gift.” There will be a particular focus on babies who receive a difficult prenatal diagnosis such as Down Syndrome, Trisomy 13 or 18, or Spina Bifida, who tragically have a much smaller chance of being brought to term by their mothers and fathers.


While in Washington, D.C., Bishop Cistone will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Bishop Cistone and the pilgrims are expected to arrive home at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The Office of Communications will post photos on the diocesan website: Members of the community are encouraged to follow the events of the pilgrimage online. Photos will also be posted at the Diocese of Saginaw’s Facebook page.

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