Life Is Beautiful All The Way Around -- For Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., the 2017 March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C. was poignant for several reasons. Not only did he join with the thousands of other people to pray for and show his support for the gift of all human life, he was also delighted to catch up with folks from around the Diocese who made the journey to the nation's capital as well as a group of Sisters of Life. The Bishop said the Sisters in the picture who are to his right and left were students during the time he was president in The Catholic University of America. Photo courtesy of Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.
A round of applause burst from the dozens of faithful aboard the bus leaving from Incarnation-St. James Parish, Ewing, as it pulled out of the parking lot the morning of Jan. 27 and departed for the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
“I would always choose life,” said parishioner Vincenza Raywood, who was attending the March for the first time. “I hope people realize life is precious.”
Raywood was attending the March with her mother, her 13-year-old daughter and two nieces. She said one of the reasons she decided to go on the trip was because her daughter had a strong desire to go.
Using “mercy” as the driving inspiration, students of Catholic schools, parish religious education programs and youth groups sought to express their visions of life’s intrinsic value, entering the annual Diocese of Trenton Respect Life Poster, Essay and Video Contest.
“Moved by Mercy” was this year’s theme, reflected in the students’ creative efforts throughout the Diocese’s four counties. The theme was based on that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ respect life packet for 2017.
Entries were grouped by the following grade levels: kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, and sixth through eighth grade. After judging at the parish or school level, top entries were posted online for judging by the diocesan Department of Pastoral Care’s Respect Life Ministry.
WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of pro-lifers filled the grounds near the Washington Monument and marched up Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 27 as both a protest of legalized abortion and a celebration of successful pro-life efforts across the country. More ... Saturday, January 28, 2017
WASHINGTON -- About 10,000 young people from across the United States gathered at the DC Armory Jan. 27 to rally, pray and attend Mass before the annual March for Life. More ... Saturday, January 28, 2017
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence told pro-life advocates from across the U.S. Jan. 27 that "life is winning in America, and today is a celebration of that progress." More ... Friday, January 27, 2017
When pro-life advocates scheduled showings of “40” – the documentary on the effects of legalized abortion in the United States – for Jan. 24 in St. Denis Church, Manasquan, their vision was to tap into the well of interest in the annual March for Life in Washington, set for Jan. 27 this year. More ... Thursday, January 26, 2017
Following is the Bishop’s homily from Jan. 23 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton:
There is one thing we all have in common, my brothers and sisters. Regardless of our race or place of natural origin, regardless of our religion or absence of it, regardless of our age or status or station in life: God gave us the gift of life, which our mothers carried until the day of our birth. We were allowed to live! Every human being who has ever walked the face of this earth shares that one thing in common. And from the moment of our conception until the day of our natural death, we celebrate with gratitude our God-given right to life. Nothing is more fundamental and more precious than that one human right.
Forecasts of a bad nor'easter for New Jersey Jan. 23 cancelled the pro-life rally that usually draws hundreds to the Trenton State House on or around the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision every year.