GREEN BAY — January marks the 41st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Since then, more than 55 million unborn babies have lost their lives, and their parents and family members have been forever changed.
The Diocese of Green Bay will support the dignity of human life in January through its annual Respect Life Masses, participation in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., and several local events.
Respect Life Masses
Bishop David Ricken will celebrate Respect Life Masses. All are welcome to attend.
- Friday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., at St. Pius X Church, Appleton;
- Friday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Green Bay.
Project Rachel Seminar
A Project Rachel Seminar will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, Suamico. Project Rachel is the national post-abortion reconciliation and healing ministry of the Catholic Church in the United States.
Project Rachel founder Vicki Thorn will offer a free seminar on why women have abortions and the emotional effects on women, men and children.
March for Life in Washington, D.C.
From Jan. 17 to 23, approximately 100 pilgrims from the Diocese of Green Bay will travel to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. The pilgrims, along with Bishop Ricken and other priests, will join in these special events.
“This pilgrimage focuses on Christ — our everything — who gives us the courage to stand up for the unborn, the elderly, the poor and the forgotten,” said Maria DeMeuse, Diocese of Green Bay director of youth ministry. “The March for Life gives high schoolers the opportunity to defend life — our most precious gift.” The pilgrimage is being organized by the Office of Youth Ministry.
Local Marches, rallies for Life
- Green Bay: Bishop Ricken, as well as other speakers, will take part in a March for Life on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the Brown County Courthouse.
- Sturgeon Bay: A Silent Candlelight Walk will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m. Meet in front of the Government Center, 421 Nebraska St. The walk will proceed to Door County Hospital and end with a prayer and refreshments served in the hospital cafeteria. Those who cannot walk are asked to place a candle in their window on Tuesday night and join in prayer. The event is sponsored by Door County Right to Life.
- Marinette/Menominee: A “Sanctity of Life Rally” will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m., in front of the Menominee County Michigan courthouse, corner of 10th Street and 10th Avenue. An interfaith prayer service, fellowship, exhibits and refreshments will follow at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
- Manitowoc: The Manitowoc County chapter of Wisconsin Right to Life will sponsor a 15-minute service near the county courthouse, 1010 S. 8th St., at 5 p.m. on Jan. 26. Fellowship and refreshments follow at The Crossing.
A national “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” is being called for by the U.S. bishops. It will take place Jan. 18-26. Visit the following website to see how you can join the Nine Days for Life: www.9daysforlife.com.
“Crescendo,” a short film by the producers of “Bella,” will be shown on Sunday, Jan. 19, 1-2 p.m., at St. Bernard Church, Appleton. Based on a true story, the film is set in the 18th century Roman Empire where a series of events turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary experience for a woman whose life will never be the same. The film is intended to raise awareness and support for crisis pregnancy centers across the nation.