Annual Memorial Mass Remembers Abortion Victims

January 25, 2018
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Mass at Cathedral Basilica on Saturday Commemorates Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WHAT: Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass, hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Blvd.)
WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
WHO: Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso and hundreds of pro-life supporters

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Mark S. Rivituso, auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass on Saturday, January 27, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, which legalized abortion in the United States. The Mass is hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be preceded by a procession of 45 individuals, one for every year since 1973, to represent the estimated 60 million children lost due to abortion in the past 45 years. A solemn rosary procession to Planned Parenthood on Forest Park Boulevard will follow Mass. More than 500 people are expected to attend.

“We have a rich history of defending the unborn in the Archdiocese of St. Louis,” said Karen Nolkemper, executive director of the Respect Life Apostolate. “Missouri is one of the most pro-life states in the country and this annual Mass offers us an opportunity, through prayer and public witness, to re-commit to defending life and transforming our culture.”

Last week, hundreds of thousands of pro-life pilgrims descended on Washington, D.C. for the 45th annual March for Life, including nearly 2,200 students, volunteers, and chaperones from Catholic schools and parishes in the St. Louis area. The annual pilgrimage from St. Louis, known as “Generation Life” or “GenLifeSTL,” is organized by the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was the first diocese in the nation to establish a Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) following the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The purpose of the RLA is to promote the Catholic Church’s teachings on respect for and legal protection of every human life from conception to natural death by coordinating educational, spiritual, pastoral, and public policy advocacy efforts with particular focus on those issues in the culture that threaten life - abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and unethical advances in scientific technology. In addition to the annual Memorial Mass in January, the RLA hosts its annual convention in October, which is Respect Life Month.