Events focus on 43rd year since Roe v. Wade

Several local events are planned to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade — the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.  In an effort to end abortion, all are invited to observe this anniversary by participating in these events, including the Jan. 22 March for Life at the Minnesota State Capitol sponsored by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

* Speaker, rosary, vespers and 40-hour Adoration for Life

Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, presents “Life, Death and Everything Between” at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at St. Anthony Church in St. Cloud. His presentation will address resources to help people live Gospel values in their homes and community, the latest legislative issues for the Catholic Church in Minnesota concerning life, human dignity and care for creation, and explore how to be an advocate for a consistent ethic of life.

After Adkins’ presentation, a Rosary for Life will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. followed by Vespers for Life at 4 p.m. with Bishop Donald Kettler presiding. This is also the kick-off for the 40 Days for Life Campaign, which is Feb. 10 through March 20.

A prayer vigil — Adoration for Life — encourages respect for the dignity of life from conception to natural death and the overturning of Roe v. Wade. It begins at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. Anthony Church with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the lighting of 43 candles and Litany of the Sacred Heart at 7 p.m.

On Jan. 21: Mass 7:15 a.m., Stations of the Cross at 1:30 p.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. and rosary at 7 p.m. Vigil ends Jan. 22 with Benediction at 7 a.m., Mass at 7:15 a.m. and a 7:45 a.m. blessing for those attending the March for Life in St. Paul. (KCs will provide security during the evening hours.)

Contact Kathleen Virnig at 320-259-5148 for more information. Those who attend are asked to bring a baby item to be donated to Birthline, Inc.

Bus rides to March for Life at State Capitol

Buses for the March for Life Jan. 22 will depart from several locations in the St. Cloud Diocese. Those who attend should bring a sack lunch and dress warmly. A 10:30 a.m. prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Paul is followed by the MCCL March for Life at noon and 12:30 p.m. rally on the Capitol steps.

A coach bus leaves St. Anthony Church parking lot at 8 a.m. (boarding at 7:45 a.m.) and will stop in Foley at 8:30 a.m. and Clearwater at 9:20 a.m. The bus returns about 3 p.m. To reserve a seat, call the Office of Marriage and Family at 320-252-4721 or 800-624-9019 or email A free will offering will be accepted to offset transportation costs. Those coming from the Foley-Gilman area should contact Mary Jo Fitzpatrick at 320-387-2243, and from the Clearwater area, contact St. Luke Church office at 320-558-2124.

A free bus sponsored by the Rockville Area MCCL will leave SS. Peter and Paul Church parking lot in Richmond at 8:30 a.m. and Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church parking lot in Rockville at 8:45 a.m. To register, call Joannie Tipplet at 320-685-3953, Mary Ann Hermanutz at 320-252-3017 or Roger Schlangen at 320-597-3289. People from any area are welcome to ride this bus.

Pierz Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a bus that departs from the north parking lot of Coborn’s in Little Falls at 7:30 a.m. and from St. Joseph Church in Pierz at 8 a.m. To reserve a space, call Floyd Richmond in Little Falls at 320-632-2880 or Dale Beierman in Pierz at 320-468-6225.

The Melrose-Sauk Centre Area MCCL will sponsor a free bus that leaves from the Interpretive Center in Sauk Centre at 9:15 a.m., from St. Mary Church in Melrose at 9:30 a.m. and from Charlie’s Café in Freeport at about 9:40 a.m. To reserve a seat, call Mary Reuter at 320-352-2671.

A bus leaves Mary, Queen of Peace (St. Martin  campus) in Rogers, Minnesota, at 9:30 a.m. Call Al Goblirsch at 763-441-1006 for availability.

For more information about the march, contact MCCL at 612-825-6831 or


Author: The Visitor

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