Bus openings are available for Catholics in the Diocese of Rochester who wish to join Bishop Salvatore R. Matano and other local pilgrims at the 2018 March for Life.
The 45th-annual event is set to take place in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 19. The march will note the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. It is the largest pro-life event in the country.
Buses from this diocese are scheduled to leave late Thursday night, Jan. 18, and return home the following night. Departure locations, along with reservation contact information, are as follows:
• Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties — email@example.com or 607-739-9282.
• Webster/Penfield — firstname.lastname@example.org, 585-503-3256, or http://march4life.gmsander.info.
• Greece — email@example.com or 585-317-8686.
In addition, Rochester’s Holy Apostles Parish is arranging a private bus for youths, and buses also are being chartered for students at Our Lady of Mercy and Elmira Notre Dame high schools.
Bishop Matano will be a key participant in the march. He is scheduled to give the homily — and serve as concelebrant as well — for a Mass taking place Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (The basilica also will host a Mass at 7:30 a.m.)
At noon, marchers will unite for a rally on the Washington Mall. The actual march is set to begin at approximately 1 p.m. and proceed up Constitution Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol and then the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Love Saves Lives” serves as the theme of the 2018 march. Other highlights will include a special youth rally, a National Prayer Vigil for Life, and the opportunity to speak with legislators.
Six days prior to the march, Bishop Matano will preside locally at a Mass for Life on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 115 Maple Ave., Victor. The liturgy is open to all.
Additional details about the March for Life may be obtained from Suzanne Stack, diocesan life-issues coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-328-3210, ext. 1304. A full listing of events also is available at marchforlife.org.