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The Archdiocese of Hartford is gearing up in a big way for the 42nd March for Life in Washington.

The archdiocese’s Pro-Life Ministry, two parishes in Windsor Locks and the Connecticut Right to Life Corp. are taking reservations for bus trips to and from the gathering in the nation's capital on Jan. 21 and 22. Also being organized is an annual March for Life in New Haven during which the rosary was be recited. Additionally, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will celebrate the annual Rally for Life Mass on Jan. 24 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

The Connecticut Council of the Knights of Columbus again sponsored its annual Pro-Life Mass and baby shower on Jan. 18 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven. 

The Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford is accepting reservations for its March for Life Pilgrimage to Washington, leaving in the morning on Jan. 21 and arriving in time for Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at 6:30 that evening. Pilgrims will leave at 6:15 a.m. Jan. 21 from the Franciscan Life Center at 271 Finch Ave., Meriden.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m. Jan. 22 at the hotel in which the group is staying. They then will proceed to the Washington Mall for the March, which begins at noon.

Registration forms are available at

Completed registration forms and a $110 fee, which covers the transportation and a breakfast with Archbishop Blair, may be mailed to: Pro-Life Ministry, 271 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.

Participants are making their own reservation at the Washington Plaza. Information is available at 203-639-0833 or 203-238-1441.

Reservations are also being taken for a bus trip to the pro-life gathering; this trip is sponsored by St. Mary and St. Robert Bellarmine Churches in Windsor Locks.

A bus will leave at 10 p.m. Jan. 21 from All Saints Church in Somersville and at 10:30 from St. Mary at 42 Spring St. in Windsor Locks.

The cost is $45; $30 for those younger than 19. Clergy ride for free.

Children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Early reservations will assure seating.

Information is available from Hal Larson at 860-292-1914. Mr. Larson also is seeking donations that will support marchers who otherwise would not be able to attend. Checks, payable to St. Mary Parish Pro-Life Committee, may be sent to Mr. Larson at 176 Spring St., Windsor Locks CT 06096.

A Mass for life intentions was celebrated Jan. 19 at St. Mary Church in Windsor Locks. Afterward, Marie Laffin, site leader and facilitator for Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats, spoke.. The retreats offer assistance to women and their families suffering from the trauma of abortion. Ms. Laffin also is the clinical director of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care in Meriden. 

Information is available from Jim O’Boyle at 860-623-0243.

Connecticut Right to Life buses will leave at 11 a.m. Jan. 21 from the commuter parking lot at exit 23 from I-84 and will stop in Danbury for additional riders at 11:45 the former Caldor parking at the Rt. 7-N exit from I-84.For reservations contact Bob Muckle at 203-753-1312 or or John Waite at 203-509-3506 or Adults: $50, students: $30. Also, buses sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of Connecticut Right to Life will leave at 9 a.m. Jan. 21 from the Norwich Municipal Parking Lot at exit 80 from I-395. The fare is $65; $42 for students. Information is available from Margaret Becotte at 860-822-1362. Advocates for life also will leave from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell. The contact person is Jean Sipper at 860-379-1547.

The New Haven March for Life will be held on Jan. 22. It will begin with a celebration of the Mass at 12:05 at St. Mary Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave.

The group will then walk to city hall and courthouses to pray a decade of the rosary at each stop for the millions who have been killed since abortion was legalized.

The archbishop will celebrate the Rally for Life Mass at 10 a.m. Jan. 24 at the cathedral. The rosary also will be recited. Sponsored by Helpers of God's precious infants and the Connecticut Right to Life Corp., it will be followed by presentations by pro-life speakers and refreshments. 

Archbishop Blair celebrated the Knights of Columbus Mass Jan. 18 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven. Attendees brought baby shower gifts that  were collected at a reception and donated to Catholic agencies throughout the state to help unwed mothers.

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.