There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s a challenge to actively be pro-life in Massachusetts. Particularly in Northampton, where I live, advocates for the preborn are few. Voices of abortion rights supporters drown out those of us who speak for the voiceless.
For many years, I responded with a relative non-response: silence born of intimidation. But gradually, my conscience awoke to the reality of the behavior that’s become “normal,” and smothered my fear.
Then I sprang into action born of love.
Love for women who get lies, when they most need support.
Love for fathers who never know, who are just as scared, or who buy the same lies.
Love for doctors whose sight fails them.
Love for politicians who trade lives for votes.
And aching love for innocent, lost members of our society, whose potential we will never know.
Meaningful action relieves the pain that abortion injects into our world.
Whereas sitting on the sidelines became increasingly uncomfortable for me, taking to the field energizes as no endorphin can do, especially when you play with a great team.
I know you love as I do.
So show your love in action. Join our team, advocate for the voiceless, and jump off the sidelines into a lifesaving game.
Or donate to bring another into this freeing, life-saving demonstration.
This year’s theme: Love in Action.
Recruit friends, bring family, post photos with the #LoveInAction hashtag, and show others how to play the game—and win.
It may not be popular to be pro-life here. It may be esier to stay home and keep quiet. But to defend the lives and rights of our vulnerable citizens, whether preborn or born, requires us to listen to our conscience and actively, boldly love.
See you on the Common,
Myrna Maloney Flynn
Vice President, Massachusetts Citizens for Life
by Anne Fox
Every year, Professor Michael New has spoken at the Mass Citizens for Life Caucus in D.C. This year, we did not hold our caucus, but I want to share with you what he would have said:
In his article published by The National Review, Michael lauds the huge drop in the numbers of abortions. He looks at it from the point of view of the number of unintended pregnancies that are carried to term -- thus annihilating the opposition argument that abortions are down because of greater availability to contraceptives.
In 1981, fifty-four percent of unintended pregnancies resulted in an abortion. By 2011, that figure had fallen to 42 percent, and it is still falling.
Massachusetts citizens turned out in droves for the National March for Life! We met up with the Archdiocese of Boston, multiple high schools, and the Boston-and-Worcester-based Pure in Heart contingent.
Some of us joined the Women's March, to bring a consistent and truly pro-woman message to their platform of nonviolence. Our rights as women cannot be bought at the price of the lives of our more vulnerable children.
Check out the photos, and the captions for micro-stories on this event.
You may hear the media report the March had "a few thousand". We were close to 1 million strong. Don't forget, here at home: We are not alone.
It was MASS-ive pro-life. And we, from Massachusetts -- so often trailblazers in the past for human rights, the democratic process in our nation, medical and technological development -- can also be trailblazers in the human rights issue of our age.
From the Democrats for Life Forum to the March for Life itself, and from the amazing pre-March youth rally with Louisiana Right to Life to the Rose Dinner, our carpool, and the many buses, participated in just about every activity they could.Read more
We offer these events as a resource for witnessing to the lives lost to our unrestricted abortion laws under Roe v. Wade, and for the lives to be saved by opposing and changing that law. We are a secular organization, however, and invite you to submit your witness events if you make this witness in another way.
Holy Hour for Life, throughout Massachusetts,for
Forgiveness and Healing
An Hour of Prayer with Exposition of the
Holy Eucharist in Support of the Dignity of
Human Life from Conception to Natural Death
Marking the 46th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
( January 22, 1973 – January 22, 2019)
Abington St. Bridget at Holy Ghost Adoration Chapel, Whitman Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
Amesbury Holy Family Rev. Scott Euvrard Jan. 22 @ 9:30 am
Jan. 22 @ 6:30 pm
Andover St. Augustine Dcn. Lou Piazza TBA
Arlington St. Agnes Respect Life Mass Jan 27 @ 9 am
Ashland St. Cecilia Rev. Richard P. Cornell Jan 20 @ 2 pm
Auburndale St. Antoine Daveluy at Corpus Christi Dcn. Cheonil Kim Jan. 3 @ 7:30 pm
Bellingham St. Blaise Rev. Albert Faretra Jan. 20 @ 1 pm
Bellingham St. Brendan Dcn. David Ghioni Jan. 18 @ 7 pm
Beverly CollaborativeSt. Margaret Dcn. Michael Joens Jan. 20 @ 2 pm
Billerica St. Mary at St. Andrew Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
Billerica St. Andrew Dcn. Phil DiBello Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
Billerica St. Theresa of Lisieux at St. Andrew Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
Boston Cathedral of the Holy Cross Rev. Kevin O’Leary Jan. 22 following
(Our Lady’s Chapel) the 9:00 Mass
Boston Our Lady of Good Voyage Rev. Paolo Cumin Feb. 1 @ 3 pm
Boston St Clement Shrine 24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration
Boston St. James the Greater Dcn. Francis Sung Jan. 19 @ 9:30 am
Boston St. Joseph Rev. Joseph White Jan. 22 @ 12:30 pm
Boston St. Leonard of Port Maurice Rev. Antonio Nardoianni Jan. 18 following
the 12:05 Mass
Bradford Sacred Hearts Dcn. Eric Peabody Jan. 19 @ 5 pm
Braintree Pastoral Center (Bethany Chapel) Dcns. Chris Connelly Jan. 22 following
and Patrick Guerrini the 12:05 Mass
Bridgewater St. Thomas Aquinas Dcns. Donoghue, Fitzgerald, Jan. 20 @ 2 pm
Hopgood & Ryan
Bridgewater (East) St. John at St. Thomas Aquinas Jan. 20 @ 2 pm
Bridgewater (West) St. Ann at St. Thomas Aquinas Jan. 20 @ 2 pm
Brighton St. Columbkille Rev. Christopher Bae Jan. 22 @ 7:30 pm
Brookline St. Mary of the Assumption Dcn. Brian Kean Jan. 22 @ 6:30 pm
Burlington St. Malachy Dcn. Richard Billotta Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
Burlington St. Margaret at St. Malachy Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
Cambridge St. John the Evangelist Dcn. Alfred Geneus Jan. 18 @ 7 pm
Cambridge St. Peter at John the Evangelist Jan. 18 @ 7 pm
Canton St. Gerard Majella Dcn. Dan Nelson Jan. 24 @ 7 pm
Canton St. John the Evangelist at St. Gerard Majella Jan. 24 @ 7 pm
Charlestown St. Francis de Sales Jan. 22 @ 7:30 am
Chelmsford St. John the Evangelist Dcn. Fran Burke Jan. 17 @ 7 pm
Chelmsford St. Mary at St. John the Evangelist Jan. 17 @ 7 pm
Chelsea St. Stanislaus Rev. Andrew Grelak Jan. 19 @ 8:30 am
Chelsea/Everett Our Lady of Grace at St. Mary of the Assumption, Revere Jan. 19 @ 9 am
beginning with Mass
Cohasset St. Anthony Dcns. Mattie Henry, Paul Rooney Jan. 20 @ 2 pm
& Jim Theriault
Concord Holy Family Dcn. Gregory Burch Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
Danvers St. Mary of the Annunciation Dcn. Brian F. Shea Jan. 20 @ 3:30 pm
Dedham St. Mary of the Assumption Dcn. Kelley McCormick Jan. 18 @ 7 pm
Dorchester St. Gregory Rev. John Ahern Jan. 20 @ 11 am
Dracut St. Marguerite D’Youville Dcns. Everett Penney and Jan. 17 @ 7 pm
Dunstable Our Lady of Grace Dcn. Michael Markham Jan. 19 @ 10 am
at St. Joseph, Pepperell
East Boston Most Holy Redeemer Dcns. McHugh, Miller, Jan. 13 @ 11 am
Framingham St. Bridget Rev. Mark DeAngelis Jan. 18 following
the 9 am Mass
Framingham St. Stephen Dcn. Alfredo Nieves Jan 18 @ 8 am-8 pm
Framingham St. Tarcisius Dcn. Cleyton Moreira Jan. 21 @ 7:30 pm
Franklin St. Mary (Lower Chapel) Dcn. Guy St. Sauveur and Jan. 13 @ 1:30 pm
Rev. Brian Manning
Georgetown/Rowley St. Mary at Georgetown Church Dcn. Ray Doucette Jan. 19 @ 2:30 pm
Town Parish Presider Date/Time
Groton Our Lady of Grace Parish at St. James in West Groton Jan. 26 @ 1 pm
Groveland St. Patrick at Sacred Hearts, Bradford Jan. 19 @ 5 pm
Halifax Our Lady of the Lake Dcn. Tim Booker Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
Hamilton St. Paul Rev. Michael Lawlor Jan. 19 @ 2 pm
Hanover St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Dcn. John Murray Jan. 22 @ 10:30 am
Hanson St. Joseph the Worker at Our Lady of the Lake, Halifax Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
Haverhill (Bradford) Sacred Hearts Dcn. Eric Peabody Jan. 19 @ 5 pm
Holliston St. Mary Dcn. John Barry Jan. 21 @ 7 pm
Hull St. Mary at St. Anthony, Cohasset Jan. 20 @ 2 pm
Jamaica Plain Daughters of St Paul Sr. Susan James Jan 19 @ 10 am
Kingston St. Joseph Dcn. Kevin Winn Jan. 17 @ 6 pm
Lakeville Sts. Martha & Mary Dcns. George Gabriel Jan. 13 @ 1 pm
& Charles Bower
Lawrence St. Mary of the Assumption Dcn. John DelloRusso Jan. 22 @ 5:30 pm
followed by bilingual Mass
Lawrence St. Patrick Rev. Alonso Macias Jan. 18 @ 5:30 pm
Littleton St. Anne at St. Catherine of Alexandria, Westford Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
Lowell Holy Family (Bilingual) Dcn. Alvaro Soares Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
Lowell St. Joseph Worker Shrine Pure in Heart, Lowell Jan. 22 @ 7-9 pm
Lowell St. Margaret (downstairs chapel) Dcn. Barry Lloyd Jan. 13 @ 2 pm
Lowell St. Rita at St. Marguerite D’Youville, Dracut Jan. 17 @ 7 pm
Lowell UMass Serenity Center Dcn. Michael Mott Jan. 22 @ 4 pm
Lynn Sacred Heart at St. Mary Jan. 20 @ 4:45 pm
Lynn St. Mary TBA Jan. 20 @ 4:45 pm
Lynnfield Our Lady of the Assumption Dcn. Tom O’Shea Jan. 21 @ 6 pm
Lynnfield St. Maria Goretti at Our Lady of the Assumption Jan. 21 @ 6 pm
Marblehead Our Lady Star of the Sea Dcn. Joseph Whipple Jan. 21 @ 3:30 pm
Malden Sacred Hearts Dcn. Van Nguyen Jan. 22 @ 1 pm
Marlborough Immaculate Conception Dcn. Chuck Rossignol Jan. 17 @ 7 pm
Marshfield Our Lady of the Assumption Dcn. John Hulme Jan. 13 @ 2 pm
Maynard St. Bridget Dcn. John Pepi Jan. 28 @ 7 pm
Medfield St. Edward (chapel) Dcn. Fred Horgan Jan. 20 @ 12:45 pm
Medford St. Francis of Assisi Dcn. Bob Breen Jan. 23 @ 7 pm
Medford St. Joseph at St. Francis of Assisi Jan. 23 @ 7 pm
Merrimac Holy Redeemer Church of the Nativity Dcn. Paul Dow Jan. 21 @ 6 pm
Methuen St. Lucy at St. Monica Jan. 23 @ 7 pm
Methuen St. Monica Dcns. John Kobrenski and Jan. 23 @ 7 pm
Middleboro Sacred Heart at St. Martha & Mary, Lakeville Jan. 13 @ 1 pm
Natick St. Patrick 24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration
Needham St. Bartholomew at St. Joseph Jan. 20 @ 7 pm
followed by Vespers
Needham St. Joseph Dcn. Bob Horne Jan. 20 @ 7 pm
followed by Vespers
Newburyport Immaculate Conception Dcn. Paul Dow Jan. 18 @ 6 pm
Newton Our Lady Help of Christians a Sacred Heart Jan. 19 @ 9 am
Newton Sacred Heart Dcn. Bill Koffel Jan. 19 @ 9 am
Norfolk St. Jude at St. Edward, Medfield Jan. 20 @ 12:45 pm
North Andover St. Michael Dcn. Vinny Gatto Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
North Plymouth St. Mary Dcn. Kevin Winn Jan. 15 @ 6 pm
North Reading St. Theresa of Lisieux Rev. Thomas Reilly Jan. 22 @ 9:30 am
Norwell St. Helen Mother of the Emperor Constantine Jan. 22 @ 10:30 am
at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart
Norwood St. Catherine of Siena TBA Jan. 24 @ 4 pm
Peabody Carmelite Chapel (Northshore Mall) Rev. Jilson George, CMI Jan. 22 @ 12:30 pm
Peabody Our Lady of Fatima (bilingual) Rev. Christopher Gomes Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
Peabody St. John the Baptist at St. Thomas the Apostle Jan. 18 @ 7 pm
Peabody St. Thomas the Apostle Dcn. Chuck Hall Jan. 18 @ 7 pm
Pembroke St. Thecla Dcns. Jack Sullivan and Jan. 18 @ 7 pm Charles Landry
Pepperell Our Lady of Grace at St. Joseph Dcn. Michael Markham Jan. 19 @ 10 am
Plainville St. Martha at St. Mary, Wrentham Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
Plymouth (Manomet) St. Bonaventure Eucharistic Adoration Fridays 12-5:30 pm
Quincy St. John Dcn. Bill Proulx Jan. 19 @ 8:30 am
Quincy St. Joseph at St. John the Baptist Jan. 19 @ 8:30 am
Randolph St. Bernadette Dcns. Thomas Burke Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
& Jonathan Mosely
Randolph St. Mary at St. Bernadette Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
Reading St. Agnes Dcns. Matt Baltier & Bill Reidy Jan. 16 @ 7 pm
Revere St. Anthony of Padua Dcn. Joseph A. Belmonte Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
Revere St. Mary of the Assumption Rev. John Sheridan Jan. 19 @ 9 am
beginning with Mass
Rochester St. Rose of Lima at St. Martha & Mary, Lakeville Jan. 13 @ 1 pm
Rockland Holy Family (Main Church) Rev. James Hickey Jan. 20 @ 2 pm
Salem Mary Queen of the Apostles Dcns. LaPointe, Morel, Pena Jan. 22 @ 6 pm
at Immaculate Conception (Bilingual)
Salem St. Anne Rev. John G. Kiley Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
Salem St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy Rev. Robert Bedzinski Jan. 19 @ 3 pm
Jan. 21 @ 6 pm
Salisbury Star of the Sea Rev. Scott Euvrard Jan. 21 @ 9:30 am
Scituate St. Mary at St. Anthony, Cohasset Jan. 20 @ 2 pm
Scituate St. Mary 40 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration Jan. 18 @ 3 pm through
Jan. 20 @ 7 am
Somerville St. Ann Dcn. Joseph Guerrier Jan. 19 after 4 pm Mass
Somerville St. Catherine at St. Ann Jan. 19 after 4 pm Mass
Somerville St. Joseph at St. Ann Jan. 19 after 4 pm Mass
Stoneham St. Patrick Dcn. Chuck Hanafin Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
Stoughton Immaculate Conception Dcns. Guerrini & Giangiodano Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
Stoughton St. James at Immaculate Conception Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
Sudbury Our Lady of Fatima at St. Bridget, Maynard Jan. 28 @ 7 pm
Sudbury St. Anselm Rev. John Swencki Jan. 22 following
9 am Mass
Tewksbury St. William Dcns. Gerry Hardy & Tom Walsh Jan. 21 @ 7 pm
Townsend St. John the Evangelist Dcn. Chuck Kelley Jan. 26 @ 11 am
Tyngsboro St. Mary Magdalen at St. Marguerite D’Youville, Dracut Jan. 17 @ 7 pm
Wakefield St. Joseph Rev. Ron Barker Jan. 20 @ 7 pm
Walpole Blessed Sacrament Dcn. Alan Doty Jan. 23 @ 6 pm
Walpole St. Mary at Blessed Sacrament Jan. 23 @ 6 pm
Wayland Good Shepherd Parish Dcn. Geoff Higgins Jan. 20 @ 3 pm
at St. Zepherin
Wellesley St. Paul Rev. James Laughlin Jan. 22 @ 1 pm
Wellesley St. John at St. Paul Jan. 22 @ 1 pm
West Groton St. James Dcn. Chuck Kelley Jan. 26 @ 1 pm
West Newbury Holy Redemer/St. Ann Dcn. Paul Dow Jan. 22 @ 6 pm
West Roxbury Holy Name (Lower Church) Dcn. Tim Donohue Jan. 20 @ 2 pm
Westford St. Catherine of Alexandria Dcn. Bill Dwyer Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
Weymouth Immaculate Conception Dcns. Dan Burns & Tim Maher Jan. 19 @ 8 am
Weymouth St. Jerome at Immaculate Conception Jan. 19 @ 8 am
Whitman Holy Ghost Adoration Chapel Dcns. Breadmore, McLaughlin, Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
Winchester St. Eulalia TBA Jan. 20 @ 2 pm
Winthrop St. John the Evangelist Dcn. Jim Leo Jan. 21 @ 9:30 am
Woburn St. Anthony of Padua Dcn. Ed Giordano Jan. 21 @ 6:30 pm
Woburn St. Barbara at St. Anthony of Padua Jan. 21 @ 6:30 pm
Wrentham St. Mary Dcn. Joseph Flocco Jan. 22 @ 7 pm
by C.J. Williams, Director of Community Engagement
Who will cry for the children? Who will be there voice? Each year, hundreds of thousands raise their voices, and put their feet on the ground in our nation's capitol, for the preborn people who can't advocate for themselves at the national March for Life. Each year, we at MCFL have helped coordinate getting hundreds of both new and die-hard pro-lifers into DC. They make a national impact, and always bring back deep inspiration and energy to our life-affirming work at home.
Below is an ongoing list of buses and carpools traveling to Washington, D.C. in January
MFL Carpool, January 16-19, 2019
For details, email our Director of Community Engagement, C.J. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pure in Heart Boston Carpool & Bus, January 17-20, 2019
Boston Archdiocese "Witness to Life" Buses, January 17-19, 2019
Burlington Buses for Life, January 16-19, 2019
For details, contact Theresa - 978-886-2911
Cape Cod Bus for Life, January 17-19, 2019
For details call Kevin Ward - 508-291-0949
Lawrence Bus Caravan, January 16-19, 2019
(Buses have pick-up in Lawrence & Boston, Wednesday morning. Cost $120. Please bring sleeping bag.) For more details, call Franklyn Rodriguez 978-566-5597
Worcester Diocese March for Life Trip, January 17-19, 2019
Springfield Buses for Life, January 17-18, 2019
(Red Eye departs from St Stanislaus Church parking lot, Chicopee, 10:30 pm)
For details or to reserve your seat, email Peggy - email@example.com
For details, please email Francene at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlington 3 Day March Trip, 16-19 January, 2019
For details, please email or call Tom Harvey 617-710-3616 -
Bellingham Buses, January 17-19, 2019
(Overnight. Departs from St. Brendan's) For details call (508) 966-0260
(Western Mass) Adams Buses, January 17-19, 2019
(pickups in Adams, Pittsfield, and Lee)
For details, or to reserve a seat, please call Robin - 413-743-1329
Brighton Pilgrimage with Fr. Chris Bae, January 17-19, 2019
(this co-op will be traveling via JetBlue)
For details, and how to purchase affordable airfare, please contact Samantha by January 11th - email@example.com.
Airfare was 153.00 as of this posting, 1/4/19. Accommodations provided.
**Updated as of January 4, 2019
If you know of a pilgrimage, carpool, or caravan scheduled to leave from Massachusetts that is not included above, please email us.