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March for Life


Hundreds of thousands will gather in Washington, D.C., on January 22 for prayer and demonstration against the decriminalization of abortion in our country. Over 55 million children in the United States have lost their lives since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Roe v. Wade. 

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children”: “In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.”

Catholics are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or giving alms. Prayers and other resources for use by parishes, individuals and families are available on the website of the U.S. Catholic Bishops.  You can also join in the 9 Days for Life by clicking on the link to the right of this page. 

While some will be able to attend the March in Washington. another way to take part is through participating in the 5th Annual Rally and March for Life taking place in Gaylord on January 23 and 24.

The weekend of events for all ages begins on Friday evening with Mass celebrated by Bishop Steven J. Raica at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord at 7:00 p.m.  

On Saturday, January 24, at 1:00 p.m. an ecumenical rally will bring Bishop Raica, priests, pastors from local area churches, parishioners and community members together in a unified stand for life at St. Mary Cathedral Parish Hall (606 North Ohio). Bishop Raica, Cathy Bragg, Roger Stanwick, and Kristyn Lent will share inspiration and hope as we work together to build our relationship with Christ and each other. The Rally will also feature Norm Oberlin of Mount Hope Church, Pamela Lynch of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, and Scott Distler of Gaylord Evangelical Free Church.

At approximately 2:00 p.m., the March for Life will take participants through downtown Gaylord to City Hall. A bus will bring walkers back to St. Mary Cathedral where refreshments will be served..

Preceding the Rally, a Teen Conference sponsored by the Diocese of Gaylord will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Students in grades 8th – 12th are invited to attend. Bishop Raica will speak with teens in the morning followed by students Holly Greif and Emma Kendrziorski, Other speakers for the Teen Conference include Jennifer VanRyckeghem, Darlene Roper, and Seth and Amy Peters. Registration is still open! Cost is $10.

Contact Marie Hahnenberg, at St. Mary Cathedral Parish Office for more information on any of these events.


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