Six Bus-Loads of Pilgrims, mostly Teens, will travel to Washington, D.C.

Monday, 20 January 2014 15:52

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Six Bus-Loads of Pilgrims, mostly Teens, will travel to Washington, D.C. for March for Life

WHAT: Approximately 300 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: Tuesday, 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 six 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 Tuesday, approximately 300 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 41st Annual March for Life on Wednesday. The Saginaw group 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 eight years, in which over 2,500 people have traveled with the diocese,” 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.”

While in Washington, D.C. the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in North America. The Saginaw group is expected to arrive home at 8 a.m. on Friday.

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.

A portion of the travel expenses for the group going to Washington is funded by the faithful of the diocese through their generosity to the annual Catholic Services Appeal.

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on Feb. 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

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