WINDSOR LOCKS – Reservations for a bus trip to the 42nd March for Life in Washington, D.C., from northern Connecticut are now available. Sponsored by St. Mary and St. Robert Bellarmine parishes, this year’s pilgrimage to the march continues a 38-year tradition of protest by people from the Windsor Locks area against the legalization of abortion on Jan. 22, 1973.
There are two departure points for the bus from Windsor Locks. It will leave at 10 p.m. Jan. 21 from All Saints Church at 25 School St. (off Rte. 190), Somersville. It will leave at 10:30 from St. Mary Church at 42 Spring St., Windsor Locks. The cost is $45; $30 for those under 18; free for clergy. Children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Early reservations will assure seating.
The marchers travel to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for Mass and breakfast Jan. 22. Another bus will be available in Washington for travel between events. Some participants will attempt to meet with their legislators; some will pray in front of a Washington abortion provider.
The group then will join the rally from noon to 1 p.m. to hear prominent pro-life speakers, then walk with the crowd down Consitution Avenue to Capitol Hill and then to the steps of the Supreme Court.
The group will return to Windsor Locks and Somersville about midnight.
In conjunction with the march, a Mass for life will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Jan. 18; prayers will be offered for the success of the pro-life mission. Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, will speak after Mass. The rosary will be recited at 6:30.
The rosary and Mass are open to the public. A light reception will follow.
Bus captain Hal Larson is seeking donations to support marchers who are otherwise unable to attend. For details and registration information, contact Mr. Larson at 860-292-1914. Dona-tions, with checks payable to St. Mary Parish PLC, may be sent to him at 176 Spring St., Windsor Locks CT 06096.
Bus co-captain Francie Clark, from All Saints Parish, can be reached at 860-749-4841.
A bake sale to help support the trip will follow all Masses on the weekend of Jan. 16-17 at St. Mary and St. Robert parishes. Baked goods may be left at either church on those dates.
The Archdiocese of Hartford’s Pro-Life Ministry is also taking reservations for a pilgrimage, leaving from the Franciscan Life Center in Meriden. Information is available at http://www.prolifeministry.org/news/bus_to_march_2016.pdf.