January Commemoration Events

BoyOn Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, holding that women have a constitutional right to abortion and that the state may not limit abortions sought for the reason of maternal health, which was broadly defined to include "all factors - physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the women's age - relevant to the patient."

Since Roe v. Wade, it is estimated that over 59 million children's lives have been lost to abortion in the U.S. alone - and many women and men continue to suffer that loss.

Every January, including the March for Life in Washington, D.C. (see the RLA's separate page for specific pilgrimage opportunities), events are held around the Archdiocese of St. Louis to remember all those suffering from abortion and to pray for an end to abortion in our country.

2018 Events

To have your parish or group's January pro-life events included here, please contact the RLA at prolife@archstl.org or 314-792-7555. 

January 18-26, 2018

Nine Days of Prayer, Penance, and Pilgrimage: Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a "culture of life" from Thursday, Jan. 18 to Thursday, Jan. 26. Click here to sign up or to learn more.


Thursday, Jan. 18

Young Adult Pro-Life Holy Hour and Social: 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica. All young adults are invited to join in prayer for the intention of an end to abortion and a greater respect for all life. A social with light refreshments will follow in Boland Hall. Click here or email stlya@archstl.org or call 314-792-7555 for more information.


Saturday, Jan. 20

Our Lady's Inn Trivia Night: Participate in a night of fun to benefit the pro-life ministry of Our Lady's Inn. Trivia night will be held at Chaminade School's atrium. Cost is $25/person, $200/table of eight. Price includes two free drinks per person and light snacks. Participants can also bring their own snacks and drinks. Doors open at 6 p.m. and trivia begins at 7 p.m. Click here for more details and to register. Questions? Contact Katrina at 314-736-1544.

Monday, Jan. 22

Pro-Life Mass & Day of Prayer: Beginning with Mass at 8 a.m., join the St. Clement of Rome School and Parish community in Des Peres for a pro-life day of prayer and remembrance. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament follows morning Mass with Eucharistic Adoration being offered in the church until 8 p.m. Close the day of prayer with the rosary. Call the parish for more detals at 314-965-0709.

Candlelight Prayer Vigil: Join members of St. Francis Borgia, Our Lady of Lourdes, First Baptist of Washington, Immanuel Lutheran, and other local churches, and other pro-life witnesses at this annual event sponsored by the East Central Area MO Right to Life. Held each year on the actual anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, participants gather to peacefully pray for the souls lost to abortion and the end of abortion in the U.S. Gather at the intersection of Jefferson and 5th Street in Washington, MO from 5 to 6 p.m. Candles are provided, or bring your own candle or flashlight. For more information, email ecamrl@gmail.com

Pro-Life Memorial Mass: Join the parishioners and members of the St. Patrick Respect Life Committee in Wentzville for a special pro-life Mass at 7 p.m. on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Pray for all those whose lives have been lost or damaged to legalized abortion. Call Judy at 636-887-0112 for more details. 

Pro-Life Holy Hour: Join the parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes in Washington from 7 to 8 p.m. in their Adoration Chapel to pray for life! Call the church office during business hours at 636-239-3520 for more information.

Saturday, Jan. 27

Annual Memorial Mass: 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica. Bishop Mark Rivituso will be the main celebrant. Following Mass, we will have adoration, benediction and a Rosary Procession to Planned Parenthood and back to the Cathedral. For more information, click here or contact the RLA at 314-792-7555 or prolife@archstl.org.


March on the Arch: Directly following the Annual Memorial Mass in St. Louis, a peaceful and prayerful march is being coordinatored by Coalition for Life St. Louis and Crusaders for Life beginning at 1 p.m. Click here or call 636-422-3221 to register or for more information.   

Missouri-Midwest March for Life: being held both at St. Peter's Church and the state capitol building in Jefferson City. Activities -- including speakers, the rally, and the March -- will last from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the March starting at 10 a.m. Click here to download the flyer. Click here for more information or call 573-340-8444.

To have your parish or group's pro-life January events included, please contact the RLA at prolife@archstl.org or 314-792-7555.