The month of January, despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to be a busy month for the Right to Life mission and the Respect Life movement. Along with marches and virtual rallies there will be in-person marches and rallies within the diocese and around the country.
According to Diocese of Savannah Marriage, Family, and Respect Life Director Jayne MJ Stefanic last year there were 275 parishioners from the Diocese of Savannah that attended the March for Life rally in Washington D.C.. This year the march will take place January 29. Four busloads of parishioners, three from the Augusta Deanery and another from the Savannah Deanery made their way to the nation’s capital to support the Right to Life movement last year. A bus ride from the Valdosta Deanery to the march was also cancelled to better adhere to COVID-19 precautionary measures regarding gatherings in enclosed spaces.
This year will be very different with no buses scheduled to bring the faithful to Washington for the march, but the march will in fact go on. There will also be similar marches in Macon and at Our Lady of La Leche Mission in St. Augustine, Florida. Diocese of St. Augustine Bishop Felipe Estevez is also scheduled to be in attendance.
A virtual youth rally in accordance with the March for Life will also be made available for those who cannot make it to Washington this year.
There are also other events taking place within the diocese this month. A day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children will be the focus of a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist Church, Savannah at noon January 22. Savannah Bishop Stephen D. Parkes will be the celebrant.
A day later the Bishop is scheduled to be in Augusta in front of the Alleluia Community School (2819 Peach Orchard Road) for a commemorative gathering on the 48th anniversary of Roe v Wade (1973-2021). Bishop Parkes will be the guest speaker, and the event will also have other speakers, music and prayers.
The week of January 21 will begin a “9 Days for Life” digital pilgrimage of prayer action. Sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), a multi-faceted novena will highlight a particular intention each day. Parishioners and faithful can participate through the 9 Days for Life website, www.9daysforlife.com.