January’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. and the Mass for Life at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew on Jan. 22 are opportunities for pray for and promote a culture of life which values all human life from conception to natural death. Details and resources below:

March for Life 

Jan. 23-26, 2020
(Rally and march take place Jan. 24)
Washington, D.C.

View March for Life photos (Flickr)

Watch coverage of the March for Life

On EWTN, via Facebook Live (http://facebook.com/ewtnonline ), or on the free EWTN mobile app available in the Google Play Store or on Apple iTunes.

Also view: EWTN TV Schedule | EWTN channel finder

Live coverage of the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Capitol One Arena on Jan. 24 is at: http://youthrallyandmassforlife.org.

Stay connected on social media

Stay connected with our March for Life pilgrims on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Office for Family, Youth, and Young Adults annually offers the opportunity for high school age young people in the diocese to participate in the 2020 March for Life in Washington D.C. The event is an opportunity to pray and peacefully protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and to promote the gift and sanctity of life. Along with students from high schools and colleges/universities throughout our diocese, many of our parishes as well as Grand Rapids Right to Life will be represented in the March.

This year, we’re excited to share that 155 people will be making the pilgrimage to D.C. with our Office of Family, Youth and Young Adults representing nearly 20 West Michigan parishes. Other groups attending are from St. Joseph Parish, Wright, St. Catherine Parish, Ravenna. One hundred ninety four students from West Catholic H.S., Sacred Heart Academy in Grand Rapids and St. Patrick School in Portland are taking part in the March. In fact, all five high schools in the diocese have students attending this year’s March.

Plenary Indulgence for Pilgrims attending the March for Life

Individuals who wish to obtain the plenary indulgence must take part in the sacred celebrations related to the March for Life this year in Washington, D.C. including the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Mass for Life at Capital One Arena as well as Masses for diocesan contingents taking place in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of D.C. In addition, the usual conditions for a plenary indulgence must be met: that an individual be in the state of grace by the completion of the acts, have complete detachment from sin, and pray for the Pope’s intentions. The person must also sacramentally confess their sins and receive Communion, up to about twenty days before or after the indulgenced act.

According to the Vatican declaration, “the aged, sick, and all those who due to grave reason are not able to leave home will be equally able to obtain the plenary Indulgence, having the disposition of detachment from any kind of sin, with the intention of fulfilling, as soon as one is able, the three customary conditions, if they spiritually join themselves to the sacred ceremonies, while also having offered prayers and their sufferings or the ailments of their own life to the merciful God.”

Please pray for our pilgrims and pray for and do your part to advocate for the sanctity of life.
View Respect Life resources on our website.

Questions about the March for Life Pilgrimage? 

General Information: (English | Español)
If the answer to your question(s) is not contained in the information above, please contact Mark Mann, diocesan director of family, youth and young adult ministries or Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications.


Mass for Life on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade Jan. 22

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. (Facebook event)
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

View Mass for Life photos (Flickr)

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, our nation marked the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in our country. Since that fateful decision by the Supreme Court, more than 60 million children’s lives in the United States have been lost to abortion. All the faithful of the diocese were encouraged to observe that day as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. A Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. was celebrated to reaffirm our commitment to the Gospel of life and to the protection of all human life from conception to natural death. All are welcome.


Pro-life Committee Chairman’s Roe v. Wade anniversary statement asks faithful to serve moms in need (Jan. 22, 2020)

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Nine Days for Life

Four Ways to Participate!

Your prayers matter; Your sacrifices make a difference
Since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision 47 years ago, more than 60 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and the lives of millions of their parents have been shattered. In prayerful recognition of these lost and broken lives, the U.S. Bishops invited Catholics and others nationwide to participate in Nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage Jan. 21-29. Click the link for details or to receive the daily novena in English and Spanish each day by email, text message, or through their app.

Misa por la Vida

Miércoles, 22 de enero 2020 a las 7 pm
Catedral de San Andrés
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

El miércoles, 22 de enero de 2020, nuestro país marcará el 47 aniversario 47 de Roe vs. Wade en el que la Corte Suprema Suprema Corte de Estados Unidos, legalizó el aborto en nuestro país. Alentamos a todos los fieles de la diócesis a observar ese día como un “Día de Oración por la Protección jurídica Legal de Niños nonatos en el Vientre Materno”. Marque el Día de Oración con Misa en la Catedral de San Andrés, el 22 de enero a las 7 p.m. para reafirmar nuestro compromiso con el Evangelio de la vida y con la protección de toda la vida humana desde la concepción hasta la muerte natural. Todos son bienvenidos.

Participar en “ 9 Días por la Vida ”, un multifacético novena disponibles a través de la USCCB para el respeto y la protección de la vida humana. Cada día a partir de enero 21-29, una diferente intención es acompañado por una breve reflexión, acciones sugeridas, y la información relacionada. Regístrese para recibir la novena por correo electrónico, mensaje de texto o una aplicación en 9daysforlife.com . Para obtener recursos adicionales para observar el Día de Oración por la protección jurídica de los Niños no Nacidos, haga clic aquí .

Additional resources

Respect Life Ministry in our diocese
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for help in healing the pain of abortion (March 27-29)
Human Life and Dignity (USCCB)