A Mass marking the observance of the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine, Ridge Road and South Park Ave., Lackawanna. The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be the celebrant.
During the Mass, the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities will present the annual Pro-Vita Awards. These awards are intended to recognize people who have labored tirelessly for the pro-life cause and to give them strength, encouragement and support.
This year's recipients are:
Youth: Kaitlyn Hogg, St. Gregory the Great Parish, Williamsville
Organization: 40 Days for Life, Peter Adornetto, regional coordinator
Lay: Marilyn Neil, retired registered nurse, former patient representative, Sisters Hospital, Buffalo
Religious: Father Martin X. Moleski, SJ, professor, Canisius College/Jesuit Community
Professional: Judith O'Mara, director of adoption and foster care, Baker Victory Services
Catholics are encouraged to participate in a solemn observance of the Roe v. Wade anniversary by placing a candle (electric, battery-operated or wax) in the front window of their homes at sundown on Wednesday, Jan. 21. The candle serves as a reminder of 50 million unborn babies who have been aborted since the 1973 Supreme Court decision.
The annual March for Life will take place in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 22. Everyone is welcome to march as a reminder of the tragedy of 42 years of legalized abortion in America. Buses will depart early on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from several locations.
For more information on the March for Life in Washington or on the Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, contact the Office of Pro-Life Activities at 847-2205 or visit their website.