WHEN: Friday, Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Begins at Holy Family Church, Saginaw, ends at Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, Saginaw
For many years, large groups of our faithful have traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. Now, you can also participate locally by joining Bishop Gruss and the community for our inaugural March for Life in Saginaw.
9 a.m.- Rally at Holy Family Church, 1525 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw. Will include praise and worship with Roberta Conley, Father José Maria Cabrera and others as well as talks by Mary Rathke, Father Bill Rutkowski, and David Sauve. Will conclude with a send-off prayer by Bishop Gruss to begin the march.
10 a.m. - March from Holy Family Church to the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt. Ave., Saginaw.
Noon - Mass at the Cathedral with Bishop Gruss
If you can only come for part of the day, you are welcome to do so!
About the Speakers at the Rally at Holy Family Church
David Sauve is the president of Saginaw County Right to Life. Father Bill Rutkowski serves as vicar general for the Diocese of Saginaw. Mary Rathke is a pro-life speaker and mom of four with a powerful personal testimony. As an adopted daughter whose birth mother had been raped, Mary shares that even after a horrible encounter of rape one can choose life and joy.
Shuttle service will be available between Holy Family and the Cathedral from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Attendants at each location will direct parking. Buses are encouraged to park at Hoyt Park (across from Holy Family) during the Rally and then proceed to the Cathedral at 10 a.m before the march begins.
Detailed Instructions Regarding the March from Holy Family Church to the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption
At the conclusion of the rally, students and chaperones will be invited to line up outside to begin the march. All others will follow. Signs and banners that reflect our Catholic beliefs are permitted. The City of Saginaw Police Reserves will close S. Washington to allow participants to cross to the sidewalk on the other side of the street. The march will continue on the sidewalk to Hoyt Ave. with the police reserves stopping traffic at intersections along the way. Please remind students that this is a peaceful and reverent march to promote our commitment to the sanctity of life.
NOTE: It is very important to follow the direction of the police reserves, Knights of Columbus and volunteers who are present to ensure the safety of all.
Upon arrival at the Cathedral, light refreshments will be available in the lower level. School buses will be parked at the Cathedral for students/chaperones to pick up packed lunches at the end of the march. Plan to begin gathering for Mass at 11:30.
Reminder: Shuttle service will be available to Holy Family Church until 1:45.
For more information, please contact: Lori Becker, Respect Life Coordinator at 989.797.6652
This event has been graciously sponsored by Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan