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MFL-aoh 0296Pilgrims representing the Archdiocese of Hartford stand in front of the Supreme Court building, site of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, during the 2010 March for Life in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

Buses to the March for Life in Washington are being sponsored by Connecticut Right to Life, the Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford and several parishes in the archdiocese on Jan. 21 and 22.

Connecticut Right to Life will have three buses leaving on the evening of Jan. 21. A bus from Waterbury will leave from the commuter parking lot on Hamilton Avenue and Route 84 at 10:30 p.m. and will pick up additional riders in Newtown and Danbury.

Two buses will leave from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, 33 Prospect Hill Rd., Cromwell, at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 21. To register, contact Jean Sipper at 860-379-1543.

All three buses will stop Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C., at St. Peter’s Church, 313 Second Ave.; the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave.; and the Washington Plaza Hotel at Thomas Circle for morning Mass with Archbishop Leonard P. Blair. They will proceed to the National Mall for the March for Life and depart for Connecticut at 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $44 for adults and $22 for students. The price includes the bus transportation to and from Washington. Meals are not included. To register, call Hugh St. Leger at 203-574-0510 or 203-848-9912 (cell). There are no overnight accommodations.

The Pro-Life Ministry, based in Meriden, will also sponsor buses, as it has for many years. Buses will leave the Franciscan Life Center, 271 Finch Ave., Jan. 21 shortly after 6:15 a.m. and will stop for lunch and dinner (not included in fee). Riders will check in at the Washington Plaza Hotel and then board the buses for a 4:30 p.m. departure for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where a vigil Mass will be celebrated.

Mass on the morning of Jan. 22 will be celebrated by Archbishop Blair, followed by breakfast with a renowned speaker. Buses will then depart for the National Mall for a noon gathering, highlighted by pro-life speakers, followed by the march to the U.S. Supreme Court, site of the Roe v. Wade decision on the same date in 1973 that legalized abortion.

Buses will leave for Connecticut at 5 p.m.

The cost for the bus and breakfast is $110 per person. Riders are responsible for the hotel reservation and payment. A block of rooms is being held for the group. Call the Pro-Life Ministry at 203-639-0833 or 203-238-1441 for guidelines in making hotel reservations. To download an application for the bus, go to

St. Mary and St. Robert Bellarmine parishes in Windsor Locks will sponsor a bus that will leave from All Saints Catholic Church, 25 School St., Somerville, about 10 p.m. Jan. 21. It will pick up additional riders from the rear parking lot of St. Mary Church, 42 Spring St., Windsor Locks, at about 10:30.

It will stop at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington for Mass and free continental breakfast, courtesy of the Knights of Columbus. Another bus will be available for travel between events, arriving at the National Mall at noon Jan. 22 for the rally and march. Cost is $45 ($30 under 18). Clergy are free. For information, call Hal Larson at 860-292-1914.

The cost for the bus trip is $45, $30 for teens under 18. Clergy travel for free. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Mr. Larson has appealed for sponsors for marchers who could otherwise not attend.

In conjunction with the march, a Mass for life intentions will be celebrated by Father Robert Rousseau, director of Pro-Life Activities for the Archdiocese of Hartford, at 7 p.m. Jan 20 at St. Mary Church.

Theresa Borchetta, founder and director of St. Gerard Center for Life in Hartford, will speak after the Mass. Her talk is open to the public.

St. Gerard Center for Life provides women making life-affirming decisions with emotional, material and spiritual support. It has served more than 4,400 mothers and children in nine years.

Bake sales will be held at both St. Mary Church and St. Robert Church (Windsor Locks) after each Mass on Jan. 18-19, and proceeds will fund the march. Prospective bakers may call Jim O’Boyle at 860-623-0243.

Details, registration and sponsor information are available from Mr. Larson at 860-292-1914. Checks, payable to St. Mary PLC, may be sent to: Hal Larson, 176 Spring St., Windsor Locks, CT 06096. Bus reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Many other parishes and groups may also sponsor pilgrimages to the March for Life. Please check with your pastor or pro-life representative for details.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.