Annual Memorial Mass

Annual Memorial Mass

What is the Annual Memorial Mass?

"When the Church raises a prophetic cry, 'Choose Life,' we are performing a great service to all society. Life is sacred. Life is a mystery. Life must be protected, nurtured, respected. The Gospel of Life is the center piece of the Church’s social teaching." -Cardinal O'Malley, Homily at the Opening Mass, 2014 National Prayer Vigil for Life

Every year in January we gather to remember all the babies who have died and all those whose lives continue to be affected by the effects of abortion and Roe v. Wade. This goal of this event is to offer prayers for the protection of all unborn children who are in danger of abortion; for wisdom, strength, and fortitude for their mothers and fathers; for the conversion of all those who participate in the abortion industry; and for parents, family members, and friend who have suffered as a result of an abortion experience, that they may find hope and healing.

The Mass, celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica, is preceded by a Rose Procession. The Rose Procession of volunteers honors their peers lost to abortion since 1973.

After Mass, all are invited to participate in a peaceful Rosary Procession to the local Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Those unable to join in the walk are encouraged to pray the Rosary and remain adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral. Following the Rosary Procession, Benediction will be offered in the Cathedral.

Details on the 2018 Event

The 2018 Annual Memorial Mass was held on Jan. 27, 2018 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Thank you to all who joined us in prayer and rememberance.