The National March for Life, founded by Nellie Gray (an American pro-life activist) in 1974, was established following the Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, which decriminalized abortion the previous year. The annual rally is held each year in Washington, D.C. on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision. Organized by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, the goal of the March is to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. In general, the March has drawn nearly 250,000 participants, however, with attendance increasing over the past few years, the 2013 March drew an estimated 650,000 people.
The Our Lady of Mercy Christian Formation Team is excited to offer participation in this amazing event to teens in our parish. This life-changing educational experience will take the team from Baton Rouge to the White House, and from the Holocaust Museum to the steps of the Supreme Court, where they will join hundreds of thousands from across America who have come to take a stand for life. The pilgrimage is open to all teens in 10th-12th grade. These young participants will become leaders in the effort to transform our culture into a civilization of love and build a culture of life.
The itinerary for the trip provides cultural and spiritual experiences alike. Leaving from the Catholic Life Center in Baton Rouge on Sunday, January 18, the group will attend Mass at Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. On Monday, teens will visit Mount St. Mary Seminary and Gettysburg. Tuesday is packed with even more fun as they visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Holocaust Museum, Lincoln Memorial and other national monuments. Louisiana Day kicks off on Wednesday with the Louisiana Geaux Forth Rally, a rosary walk from the White House to Planned Parenthood, a visit to the Smithsonian Museums, and will end the day with a Matt Maher Concert and Adoration Vigil at George Mason University. Hold on to your hats for Thursday’s activities because it is March for Life Day! Later that evening, the team will depart for Louisiana and finally will arrive at the Catholic Life Center Friday evening.
Mercy’s March for Life team has spots open for 9 teens, which will complete our team of 17 total, including 3 chaperones and our Youth Director, Ms. Amelia Gallagher and Christian Formation Director, Mr. Jason Romero. Want to participate in the March but can’t attend; not to worry, we have opportunities for you as well! We are also in need of sponsors to help defray the cost for teens participating in the 2015 March. A great way to participate is through the Pro Vita Dinner and Auction, that provides scholarships for youth and religious to attend the Pilgrimage. Join keynote speaker Jimmy Mitchell, founder of Mysterium Records and Books, and Fr. Paul Gros, Pastor of St. Anne Church in Napoleonville. The event will take place at Our Lady of Mercy on November 13th at 6:30pm. Most importantly, our team is in need of your prayers!
For more information, contact:
Ms. Amelia Gallagher