Several local observances are planned this month in celebration of the sanctity of human life. The 33rd annual Respect Life March will be held on January 19 at Noon in Tyrone. All are welcome to gather for a prayer service at Saint Matthew Parish. Participants will then walk 1.25 miles to Oak Grove Cemetery to the grave of Baby Agnes Doe for another short prayer service. A hot lunch will be served in the parish hall after the march. The Respect Life March is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Saint Gregory Council #1218.
Saint Francis University will once again sponsor the March on the Mountain on January 22. The event begins with the praying of the Rosary at 10:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Chapel on campus followed by the march around the mall and the celebration of Mass inside the Chapel. Students from Catholic schools in the diocese will be invited to join the observance.
Local groups, including students, will travel to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life on January 24. As usual, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak will be among those making the trek to the nation’s capital. Those interested in attending the March for Life may contact any parish group or the local chapter of Citizens Concerned for Human Life.
[Photo: Faithful gather at the grave of Baby Agnes Doe during the 2019 Respect Life March in Tyrone.]