Annual Washington D.C. March for Life events, January 21-23.

Annual Washington D.C. March for Life

Thousands to Unite in Prayer for the Sanctity of Life

On January 22 and 23, 2012, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will host liturgies, prayer services, rosaries, Holy Hours, and confessions for the faithful who come to the March for Life. As in years past, well over 10,000 people from all over our Nation will participate in these Vigil for Life events at the Shrine. Sunday evening, January 22, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., His Eminence, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the Vigil Mass for Life. Confessions will be held from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., the National Rosary for Life begins at 10 p.m., and Night Prayer will be celebrated at 11 p.m.

The National Prayer Vigil continues overnight with Holy Hours for Life from 12 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. At 7:30 a.m., Monday, January 23, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the Closing Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life. Both Masses will be broadcast live on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

The Catholic University of America will house overnight pilgrims from across the United States who will participate in the Annual March for Life to demonstrate their belief in the sanctity of human life in all its stages from conception to natural death on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

A Scriptural Rosary

During his Pastoral Visit to the Shrine of Pompei in October 2008, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, taught that the Rosary “is a precious spiritual means to grow in intimacy with Jesus, and to learn at the school of the Blessed Virgin always to fulfill the divine will.” The Scriptural Rosary book is designed to aid your prayer by providing material for reflection when meditating on each of the mysteries of the Rosary. With each of the twenty mysteries there is a Gospel passage and an excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Scriptural Rosary includes the Joyful Mysteries, the Mysteries of Light, the Sorrowful Mysteries, and the Glorious Mysteries. This booklet will help you participate, even from afar, in the prayers for the Sanctity of Life to take place at the National Shrine.

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Through Thursday January 26, each Scriptural Rosary booklet request will include a complimentary edition of the Magnificat for February 2012. Limit one booklet per benefactor, while supplies last.

The suggested offering for the Scriptural Rosary booklet is $10.00, including shipping and handling. As you may know, the Basilica of the National Shrine is not a parish, and receives no diocesan support. It is only through the generosity of our benefactors and Catholics like you that we are able to continue our ministry as a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization, and reconciliation.

To see a detailed listing of Masses and events for the March for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, please visit our website at

March for Life Official Site

Submitted by:

S/K  John Costello, PGK  KC  3148

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