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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

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.