By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr., Director of Community Engagement
At the end of what some have called one of the most encouraging weeks in the pro-life movement, more than 200 people gathered in Worcester’s Mechanics Hall on Sunday for the 45th Assembly for Life organized by Massachusetts Citizens for Life. The gathering, which moved to Worcester this year, remembered the contributions of those who came before us while looking forward to a pro-life future that seems more attainable than ever.Read more
For the 10th year, the Archdiocese of Boston's Permanent Deacons and Pro-Life Office will mark the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision with Holy Hours for Life in parishes throughout the archdiocese. The Holy Hours will be held in over 100 parishes through eastern Massachusetts, starting January 14 though January 23. A complete listing of Holy Hours can be found on the Archdiocese's web site.
The Holy Hours are an especially apt opportunity for Catholics who cannot attend the March for Life in Washington, DC, on January 19 to offer their prayerful support for the end of abortion. Massachusetts Citizens for Life also encourages everyone to attend the Assembly for Life on Sunday, January 22, which will include ecumenical prayer and inspirational speeches on the common effort to bring about greater respect for LIFE.
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
We have announced the rest of our list of speakers for the Assembly for Life coming up on January 21, 2pm at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. In addition to the already announced keynote speaker, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Other speakers include the Rev. John Daly of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Southbridge, author Don Feder, Matthew Valliere of Patients Rights Action Fund, author and musician Jaymie Stuart Wolfe, and master of ceremonies Margaret Russell, editor of the Worcester Catholic Free Press.
At the Assembly, we also plan to honor by name deceased pro-life activists. Please check the list of names. I am sure you will remember someone we have forgotten. Please let us know who that is.
These are some really wonderful people. It is an honor to recognize them.
Although weather kept many away, pro-lifers once again gathered to celebrate LIFE and reiterate their willingness to defend it at MCFL’s Annual Assembly for Life. Rev. Nicholas Granitsas opened with prayer. MC Claudette Petra Joseph was excellent. Tom Harvey led attendees in patriotic songs. Keynote speaker Prof. Anthony Esolen inspired us and made us think. Fr. Mullen motivated our generosity. His Eminence Sean Cardinal O’Malley thanked pro-lifers for their continued defense of life and closed the meeting with a prayer.
Throughout, wonderful music was provided by the Crosses and Anthonys.Read more
The Assembly For Life is always a special time for Bay State Pro-lifers. We gather, commemorate, recharge, get inspired to continue the fight. This year’s assembly was especially good. The theme: Massachusetts at the Supreme Court was very well addressed by both keynote speakers, Francis Fox, Esq. and Philip Moran, Esq., who spoke on the historic FEC v. MCFL case and the current McCullen v. Coakley buffer zone case, respectively. EMCEE Jaymie Stuart Wolfe was fantastic as usual and the Montrose School Treblemakers once again gave an excellent performance. The attendees were also led in beautiful prayers by members of the clergy.
Many people showed up to Faneuil Hall despite the cold. If you weren’t able to attend, you should consider coming next year.Read more
A photo from our 40th Annual Assembly for Life at Faneuil Hall in Boston
Despite various challenges this past weekend was an excellent weekend for the pro-life cause. On Friday thousands upon thousands marched in Washington to support the rights of the weakest and most vulnerable among us, the unborn, to live. It isn’t always easy to stand against the horror of abortion but more than half a million people braved the cold to do just that!Read more