Everyone is invited to be part of the 1.5 mile prayer walk in St. Louis, MO on March 6th. Details and program are listed below.
Human Life Action is proud to join with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO, and the Diocese of Belleville, IL, and many other great pro-lifers to announce the March on the Arch, scheduled for Saturday, March 6, in St. Louis, MO.
We are committed to standing up for the most vulnerable in our community while building a community that respects and defends life at all stages. That means March on the Arch 2021 will look different than in the past. This year, marchers will depart at intervals on a 1.5 mile prayer walk in the heart of our region, starting outside the last abortion facility in Missouri.
Arrive before your chosen start time to kick off your MORNING prayer walk with one of our inspiring speakers (listed below) brought to you by Master of Ceremonies Zip Rzeppa. AFTERNOON marchers can enjoy an individual or guided prayer walk and a chance to meet the incredible Pro-Life organizations who are sponsoring March on the Arch 2021.
Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski, Archdiocese of St. Louis
Steve Rupp, Missouri Right to Life
Kathy Sparks Lesnoff, Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers (former abortion medical assistant)
Hope Miller, Crusaders for Life
Brian Westbrook & Rachell Highley, Coalition for Life St. Louis
Reagan Barklage, Students for Life of America
Bishop Michael McGovern, Diocese of Belleville
President Matthew Harrison, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Prayer Walk Location and START Times
The 9:30 AM start time is reserved for those at a high risk for COVID-19. Other departures will occur at scheduled intervals between 10 AM and 2 PM. The 1.5 mile route will begin outside the last abortion facility in Missouri.
On Friday, the Knights of Columbus board of directors have elected, Patrick Kelly to succeed Carl Anderson as the new Supreme Knight of the largest Catholic fraternity of the world.
The Knights of Columbus, founded in 1882, started out as an organization to foster Catholic manhood while helping fatherless families who have no breadwinner present. Today, the order has nearly 2 million members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, Poland, Lithuania, France, and Ukraine.
Those who have attended the March for Life in DC or on a local level would notice the order’s signature Defend Life from the order that is proudly carried throughout the rally and even March by individuals.
Kelly was instrumental in the order’s ultrasound initiative that started in 2009 with a goal to have one ultrasound in every 50 states in the United States by 2019. It was successful that he accomplished that goal within a ten year span.
In addition to the ultrasound initiative, Kelly launched the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” program that countered the global pandemic last March.
Kelly will begin his Supreme Knight tenure on Monday, March 1st. Anderson, a twenty year leader of the organization is stepping down as he will adhere to the by-laws of the organization to step down when reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Join the Knights of Columbus
For Catholic men 18 and over in good standing you are called to be a member of the organization and be a part of an organization that will foster manhood and a stronger faith. To join, visit here and use promo code MCGIVNEY2020 for one year of free membership.
These Liberties We Hold Sacred
The outgoing Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus has recently came out with a new book that is hot off the press. It features a collection of his essays, speeches, and even articles that defends Freedom of Religion. Place your order here.
Enjoy some of the photos from yesterday’s event. Nearly 200 people came out to give witness to life, many were from Students for Life, sporting a purple knit hat that read: “Pro Life Generation” across their foreheads.
For the blog post about the event, read about it here.
In addition to the day outside of Planned Parenthood, learn why I still made the trip to DC for the March for Life, despite the restrictions and the switch to virtual.
Today, while everyone was home due to the virtual March for Life, I was in our nation’s capital for a big weekend.
I got there early and met a couple of local regulars.
A few minutes later, 100 college students and regional coordinators from Students for Life came out and help packed the sidewalk.
I led the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. As we were transitioning into the rosary, a young man dropped off his girlfriend and taunted verbal and even hateful things at us. It was tempting to stop the praying. However, I kept going without stopping like a train on full speed to its destination. I even felt that my Guardian Angel was watching over me as that same man made threats to bring a gun and unload bullets on me and fellow pro-lifers.
Thankfully everyone kept the faith while their composure and we managed to have an eventful day on the sidewalk filling it with love, mercy, and even hope as it lies only a mile from one of the most beautiful Basilicas in the country on the grounds of Catholic University of America.
The devil is real and he knows that his time is short. His weapons are vices and principalities. Ours are prayers, works of service and mercy, and even the Eucharist.
Hard to believe that many of us had to enjoy a streaming of the March for Life from the comfort of our own home. At least those that were watching didn’t have to endure the bitter cold conditions like I did.
Then, there were those, like me, that still made the trek to our nation’s capital to keep the tradition alive.
I’m Never Alone
I remember God planting the seeds for this once in a lifetime moment to send a message to others. When I got to the National Mall, I remember looking around and thinking back to the past National Marches that have taken place. Then, as I was snapped back to reality thanks to a trio of cheerful women from Cincinnati, I knew that I wasn’t the only person that still made it to DC to keep it alive.
As I ventured around the rest of the mall, we bumped into people from Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and even South Carolina. People of all walks of life that felt compelled to keep their annual pilgrimage going.
WHY ARE WE HERE?
As we all regrouped, we gathered at the mall. One by one, everyone shared their stories of why they are pro-life. There were two that stood out.
The first was a student from Penn State who shared how his best friend who has such a deep faith recently celebrated his 19th birthday. He later learned that his friend would not be alive if it weren’t for her mother’s “yes” to be here. Because of the example of his friend, he became Catholic after searching for the right answers.
The other story was how a woman shared that his brother with down syndrome who celebrated his 50th birthday and how she is disgusted at how 90% with the same condition are aborted.
Following the sharing of testimonies we all stopped along a familiar place during the march. We waited for our chance and we prayed more.
After 30 minutes and thanks to those who were able to watch the livestream, we all made our way to the national leaders on 3rd Street and processed over to Massachusetts Avenue and onto Second Avenue to the back of the Supreme Court.
In the midst of bumping into amazing friends and making new ones, one thing was clear and that was how extraordinary God provided through my out of the ordinary experience with this year’s March for Life. I even told those that were with me on the National Mall that this whole virtual apparatus will not settle the debate. Rather, it creates a dichotomy that can only be filled by being the foot soldiers we need to be present.
If we are going to win the abortion debate, we need to step away from the screen and be willing to go out into the public square, our community, and even the nearest abortion facility in your community to change hearts and minds.
Today, do your part to make your real presence known.
A chilly Saturday couldn’t freeze the warm spirits of thousands of pro-lifers throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
The morning began with a short prayer service in the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral with the recitation of the rosary and the litanies of loreto and St. Joseph while a protestant group held a prayer service outside of the south lawn of the church.
Archbishop Nelson Perez celebrated mass with Bishop Joseph Coffey, auxiliary bishop of the military archdiocese, as the homilist. For Bishop Coffey, he saw the event as a way to recommit to the cause of life. He shared how God blessed him when Fr. Dennis Gill blessed him on Good Friday just before he was arrested during an Operation Rescue demonstration outside of Planned Parenthood. Bishop Coffey recalled that those events helped formed his call to the priesthood.
Following the mass and Protestant prayer service, everyone came together to peacefully march one mile to Independence Hall. Along the way, many stop to pray in front of the Philadelphia Women’s Center for a short prayer while Pat Stanton states the history of the facility that murders 6,500 lives annually.
Everyone finally gathered outside of the north lawn of Independence Hall to hear amazing testimony and even music from Jack Terzian who reminds people to be you and cool.
Alison Centofante of Live Action emcee the event. She shared about how she would one day meet her grandmother who chose life for her dad.
Ashley Garecht fired up the crowd by reminding them to not be scared by the bullies who want to stop you from standing up for what is right.
Dr. Monique Ruberu talked about the need of being present outside of abortion facilities in our area.
Reverend Herb Lusk III reminded everyone to keep up the fight. God is bringing about the victory over death.
Kathy Barnette shared that we must be louder in our convictions when speaking about the danger of abortion.
“And finally, I ask every citizen of this great Nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.
President Donald J. Trump is unarguably the most pro-life president ever elected to the office of president. Those who are in the battle for the sanctity of life were blessed to have him as an advocate in the White House for the past four years. Below is a Life News article by Steven Ertelt which includes President Trump’s Proclamation.
On Friday, the majority of Americans who are pro-life will be mourning 48 years of legalized abortion under Roe v Wade. President Donald Trump yesterday acknowledged those victims of abortion and issued a proclamation designed a spark people to action to put an end to it.
The President issued a stirring call to action and eloquently described how abortion has adversely affected our country in the world. He encouraged pro-life Americans to never back down in ending abortion and restoring a respect for the sanctity of human life.
Below is the full text of President Trump’s Proclamation:
NATIONAL SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY, 2021 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION
Every human life is a gift to the world. Whether born or unborn, young or old, healthy or sick, every person is made in the holy image of God. The Almighty Creator gives unique talents, beautiful dreams, and a great purpose to every person. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the wonder of human existence and renew our resolve to build a culture of life where every person of every age is protected, valued, and cherished.
This month, we mark nearly 50 years since the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. This constitutionally flawed ruling overturned State laws that banned abortion, and has resulted in the loss of more than 50 million innocent lives. But strong mothers, courageous students, and incredible community members and people of faith are leading a powerful movement to awaken America’s conscience and restore the belief that every life is worthy of respect, protection, and care.
Because of the devotion of countless pro-life pioneers, the call for every person to recognize the sanctity of life is resounding more loudly in America than ever before. Over the last decade, the rate of abortions has steadily decreased, and today, more than three out of every four Americans support restrictions on abortion.
Since my first day in office, I have taken historic action to protect innocent lives at home and abroad. I reinstituted and strengthened President Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City Policy, issued a landmark pro-life rule to govern the use of Title Ten taxpayer funding, and took action to protect the conscience rights of doctors, nurses, and organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor. My Administration has protected the vital role of faith-based adoption. At the United Nations, I made clear that global bureaucrats have no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that protect innocent life. Just a few months ago, our Nation also joined 32 other countries in signing the Geneva Consensus Declaration, which bolsters global efforts to provide better healthcare to women, protect all human life, and strengthen families.
As a Nation, restoring a culture of respect for the sacredness of life is fundamental to solving our country’s most pressing problems. When each person is treated as a beloved child of God, individuals can reach their full potential, communities will flourish, and America will be a place of even greater hope and freedom. That is why it was my profound privilege to be the first President in history to attend the March for Life, and it is what motives my actions to improve our Nation’s adoption and foster care system, secure more funding for Down syndrome research, and expand health services for single mothers. Over the past 4 years, I have appointed more than 200 Federal judges who apply the Constitution as written, including three Supreme Court Justices — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. I also increased the child tax credit, so that mothers are financially supported as they take on the noble task of raising strong and healthy children. And, recently, I signed an Executive Order on Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children, which defends the truth that every newborn baby has the same rights as all other individuals to receive life-saving care.
The United States is a shining example of human rights for the world. However, some in Washington are fighting to keep the United States among a small handful of nations — including North Korea and China — that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks. I join with countless others who believe this is morally and fundamentally wrong, and today, I renew my call on the Congress to pass legislation prohibiting late-term abortion.
Since the beginning, my Administration has been dedicated to lifting up every American, and that starts with protecting the rights of the most vulnerable in our society — the unborn. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we promise to continue speaking out for those who have no voice. We vow to celebrate and support every heroic mother who chooses life. And we resolve to defend the lives of every innocent and unborn child, each of whom can bring unbelievable love, joy, beauty, and grace into our Nation and the entire world.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 22, 2021, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Today, I call on the Congress to join me in protecting and defending the dignity of every human life, including those not yet born. I call on the American people to continue to care for women in unexpected pregnancies and to support adoption and foster care in a more meaningful way, so every child can have a loving home. And finally, I ask every citizen of this great Nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth. DONALD J. TRUMP
Over the years I ‘ve noticed more cities holding their own March for Life on the anniversary of Roe v Wade. Below is information passed on by Walter B. Hoye II, founder of Issues4Life Foundation for the annual Rally & March taking place in Oakland, California. If you live in or around the area, please consider being a part of this event. Now more than ever we must remain a strong voice for the unborn!
In Oakland, California … 14th Annual Rally/March.!! Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2021 Time: From 12:00 Noon To 2:00 P.M.
We walk because abortion in the Black American community is a form of genocide, it is the Darfur of America. 2We walk because abortion in Black America is the Civil Rights issue of our day. We walk because abortion does violence, both physically and emotionally, to men and women, to their children, and to their families.
We are committed to protecting both the civil and human rights of the child in the womb by recognizing the inherent dignity and unalienable rights of all members of the human family, so that in law and in practice every life is valued.
Please, join us as we rally and march for life in America.
400,000. That is the number of U.S. Covid deaths reported by the U.S. thus far. The incoming administration has vowed to do everything possible to ensure efficient vaccine distribution and financial assistance to those impacted. But here’s another number: 862,320. That is the number of U.S. abortions performed in 2017 as reported by the Guttmacher Institute. These are the most recent statistics available. And no one from the incoming administration has offered any assistance to these vulnerable children. As a country – and in fact as a planet – we are all looking inward, more interested in our own self-preservation and really not interested in the struggle for life our children endure, year in and year out. We have experienced this pandemic for only about a year now and it has smothered our airwaves, while abortion has ravaged generations of children for decades in utter silence. We are encouraged to stay safe, applaud our heroes, wear our mask, wash our hands, distance ourselves, follow the various local regulations, all in an effort supposedly to “care for each other.” Again, it’s all about us. In the meantime, the regulations in place to somewhat curtail the abortion factories are being threatened and challenged. So, the result is herculean efforts to save lives from a pandemic but little or no effort to preserve newly created lives, and in fact the doors are wide open to stop these inconvenient heartbeats as swiftly as possible. Heartbeats that hold so much potential and promise. The old adage, “Hurray for me, the hell with you” comes to mind, although I am sure there are many who would say that is a little harsh, but is it? We are losing lives by the hundreds of thousands every year and there is no daily update on CNN. There is no Dr. Fauci instructing us how to save these babies. Our governors never mention this sorrowful loss of life across their states. All we have is dismissive silence or more rhetoric about the supposed value of all lives…except you know who…children who cannot yet speak or more importantly …..vote. Are they not heroes, sacrificing their lives?
“The call to protect life – and not merely life but another’s identity; it is perhaps not too much to say another’s soul – was obvious in its sacredness.” These are words written by Dr. Paul Kalanithi in his book “When Breath Becomes Air”. It is a story of his passion as a neurosurgeon while dealing with an unexpected cancer diagnosis. His words were written from a doctor’s perspective to save lives. But they so aptly apply to the issue at hand, protecting lives, identities and souls…of our preborn children.
In an effort to recognize these unborn souls, there will be a Philadelphia March of Life on January 23, 2021. The event begins with a 9:00 AM mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul and will be followed by a peaceful march through center city Philadelphia, past the Philadelphia Women’s Center where 6,500 abortions are performed each year, and then a concluding rally at the Independence Mall Visitors’ Center. Covid protocols will be in place. Details can be found at the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.
So, as we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected virus, so too should we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected betrayal of moral and ethical integrity by their brothers and sisters around the world, especially all those in leadership positions who claim to value life but really don’t.
Below is the schedule for next week’s March for Life in Philadelphia. We encourage everyone to join the Pro-Life Union for their inaugural event. And since the March for Life in Washington, DC is now being done virtually, it’s a perfect opportunity for those in or around Philadelphia who were planning to go to DC to come out and give public witness in your own neighborhood.
Here’s Our Schedule!
09:00 AM Roman Catholic Mass
Archbishop Nelson Perez will kick off the day by celebrating Roman Catholic Mass at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul. All are welcome!
10:30 AM Let The March Begin!
March begins! We will begin our march at the Cathedral and we will have many stops along our route, including the Philadelphia Women’s Center where over 6,500 abortions are performed each year.
12:00 PM Rally and Speakers
We will conclude the march with a rally at Independence Mall where you will get to listen to some incredibly compelling speakers to wrap up the day.
More than 17,000 unborn children are being quietly exterminated in Greater Philadelphia annually. Come stand with us to say, “ENOUGH!”
We are looking forward to keeping you updated during our planning and preparations for this event. But what’s going to make this event great… is YOU.
Please invite at least one friend to join you at the march and to help us in our protest! Don’t miss this!
Can’t make the march but want to support the pro-life movement in a different way? Click here to make a donation to the Pro Life Union and help us in our fight for the sanctity of life in the Greater Philadelphia area!