Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of the Mass, which was concelebrated by Father Anthony DiMarco of the Norwich Diocese, director of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. Archbishop Mansell said in his homily, "We are stewards of our time."
He said abortion advocates want to keep the practice in the shadows, and it is our job to bring it into the light for the atrocity that it is. He also noted that physician-assisted suicide, which is being considered in Connecticut’s General Assembly this year, can lead to people "being put to death against their will."
Archbishop Mansell also celebrated a Pro-Life Mass on Jan. 20 at. St. Mary Church in New Haven that the Connecticut State Council of Knights of Columbus organizes each year.
The Connecticut Right to Life Corp. also organized a rally for life on Jan. 20 on the Waterbury Green.
Archbishop Mansell and residents from across the Archdiocese of Hartford will participate in the national March for Life at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
They will join hundreds of thousands of people from around the country to pray for the revocation of Roe v. Wade, the federal law making an abortion legal.
Before the march, Archbishop Mansell was scheduled to celebrate a Mass at 8 a.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor of The Catholic Association, was scheduled to speak at a breakfast to follow. She is a former Congressional Liaison and spokeswoman for the National Right to Life Committee.
Sister Suzanne Gross, program coordinator of Pro-Life Activities for the archdiocese, has attended the March for Life for the last 10 years. This year, she is leading a group of 100 people. It is one of several groups from the Archdiocese of Hartford planning to attend the march.
"The hundreds of thousands who march for life, mostly youth, are an inspiration and sign of the deep commitment many Americans have to reaffirming the dignity of human life," said Sister Suzanne.
In all the dioceses of the United States of America, today is being observed as a day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.
Archbishop Mansell and a number of people from Connecticut were scheduled to arrive in Washington in time on Thursday for a Respect for Life Mass celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and a prayer vigil to follow.