Standing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, 2019 March for Life participants demonstrate their support for life. Jeff Bruno photo
Standing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, 2019 March for Life participants demonstrate their support for life. Jeff Bruno photo

Parishes and Knights of Columbus Councils around the Diocese of Trenton are once again sponsoring buses for those looking to attend the 47th annual March for Life in Washington.

The national event, set for Jan. 24, has as its theme this year “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman,” which emphasizes the pro-life movement’s understanding that protecting the life of an unborn child also protects the child’s mother from unnecessary and often lifelong trauma that results from abortion.

Locally, the New Jersey Right to Life will hold its Rally for Life Jan. 22 at the Statehouse Annex, 145 W. State St., Trenton, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pro-life leaders, elected officials and clergy are expected to address the Jan. 22 rally. Attendees are asked not to bring signs; they will be provided by NJRTL. For directions, event information and last-minute or weather updates, visit www.NJRTL.org, or call 732-562-0562. Before the rally, a Respect Life Mass will be celebrated by Msgr. Joseph Roldan at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, 151 North Warren Street, Trenton. Msgr. Roldan is the Cathedral rector. For more information, call 609-396-5624.

Among the parishes from around the Diocese celebrating their own pro-life Mass prior to buses departing from the Diocese of Trenton to the Washington March for Life, will be St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold. The Mass will be celebrated the evening before on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel by Father Arian Wharff, parochial vicar. For a list of available buses to the March in Washington, visit https://dioceseoftrenton.org/march-for-life.

Sponsored by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, the National March for Life event will open with the annual youth rally on Jan. 23, followed the next day by the March for Life Expo from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Renaissance D.C. Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St. NW. A Pre-Rally Concert will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on the National Mall, followed by the Rally Program from noon to 1 p.m., and the March for Life from 1 to 4 p.m. Among the guest speakers will be Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte, a New York Times best-selling author (who will address the youth rally), and Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family. For more information, visit https://marchforlife.org.

Hundreds of thousands of people join the March for Life each year, protesting the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in all 50 states, through all nine months of pregnancy. Attendance includes people of all ages and backgrounds in peaceful, prayerful protest.