A story in the January issue of the Catholic Transcript provides information for state residents wishing to attend the Marches for Life in Washington, D.C. and Hartford. We invite our members to support these events marking the 33rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s tragic decision to legalize the destruction of unborn human life:

In the Diocese of Norwich, buses will leave at 9 p.m. Jan. 22 from the municipal parking lot near the Department of Motor Vehicles (exit 80 off I-395). The bus will make stops in New Haven and Milford. A bus will also leave from All Saints Parish parking lot in Somersville at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and will return at midnight on Jan. 23. Parishioners fund that bus through sales of a discount card that can be used for one year at 27 local businesses.

In the Archdiocese of Hartford, a bus will leave at 7:30 a.m Jan. 22 from Franciscan Life Center in Meriden, arriving in Washington, D.C. at 4 p.m. Another bus will leave at midnight Jan. 23 from the Hartford area. Connecticut Right to Life buses will also leave at 11:45 p.m. Jan. 22 from Sacred Heart Church in Waterbury, and from locations in West Hartford and Enfield/Windsor Locks.

Most buses arrive in Washington, D.C., in time for participants to attend the 8 p.m. vigil Mass for Life Jan. 22 celebrated by Cardinal William Keeler at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Other events taking place at the Basilica are a national rosary for life led by the Mothers of Mary in the crypt church at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Night prayer will follow at 11:30.

Eucharistic adoration led by pro-life seminarians from across the country is scheduled from midnight until 6:30 a.m. in the crypt church followed by morning prayer in the great upper church. A Mass of penance and prayer will follow at 7:30 a.m.

On Jan. 23, Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m. in the Washington Plaza Hotel. A breakfast with the Archbishop will follow. Kathleen M. Gallagher, Catholic Advocacy Network director and director of Pro-life for the New York State Catholic Conference, will be the guest speaker at the breakfast. Those who are traveling to Washington, D.C., but not participating in the march are welcome to attend the breakfast.

An outdoor rally will be held at noon on the Ellipse between the White House and the Washington Monument with the march up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court following. Participants can talk with legislators at the House and Senate Office Buildings…

For more information on attending the march in the Norwich Diocese, including the cost, call Mrs. Rossi at (860) 848-1064 or Margaret Becotte at (860) 822-1362. For more information on the bus leaving from All Saints Parish in Somersville, call Ron Collyer at (860) 763-2914. For more information, including the costs of traveling on a bus leaving from the Hartford Archdiocese or to make a reservation for the breakfast with Archbishop Henry Mansell, which costs $25, call Sister Suzanne Gross, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist and Pro-life Ministry program coordinator, at (203) 639-0833. For information on buses leaving from the Waterbury, New Haven and Enfield areas, call Bob Muckle at Connecticut Right to Life at (203) 757-5213…

If you can’t make it to the march in D.C. …

A march for life will also be held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford beginning at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 with a rosary and Divine Mercy prayer gathering for the unborn. Participants will gather in Room 310 afterward to listen to various speakers. Information is available from Mary Timmis at (860) 638-7095 or

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