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March For Life
The annual PRO-LIFE MARCH will be held January 22, 2016, and as customary, will be on the National Mall. The March begins immediately after the Rally and follows its route up Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court Building on Capitol Hill.
Shawe Memorial at the March for Life
Each year, a group of approximately 30 juniors and seniors, accompanied by 3-4 adult chaperones, attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 22, the anniversary of the implementation of Roe vs. Wade.
Students are invited to sign up in April of the previous year and then are selected based on the following: seniors who have never attended; juniors who have never attended; seniors who’ve been once; and juniors who have been once. There is usually a wait list for students who want to attend.
All students on the list then fundraise to earn the money needed to be able to attend for a period of 3 days. While in D.C. students attend the Life is Very Good Rally held at George Mason University.
The Rally is the kick off for our group of students. A number of speakers and performers entertain and educate about not only abortion, but the very essence of life itself – God – and the preciousness of life at every stage. Embryos, fetuses, babies, mothers, fathers, grandparents, students, are made the center of attention in order to drive home the message. A spiritual awakening tends to happen in the students. They are a small group in a collective group of thousands who are there for the same reason. The worship of God in song and prayer is, at times, overwhelming, Adoration and reconciliation takes place as well.
The second day is the March itself. Students ride the metro into downtown D.C. and gather with hundreds of thousands of others in the National Mall to hear various speakers from varying faiths as well as politicians and personal witnesses to the effects of abortion in their lives. Regardless of the temperatures, students begin the 2 hour trek carrying signs, chanting and sometimes praying or taking part in discussions with others along the way and end up in front of the Supreme Court. The day usually ends with a meal and possible visits to various sites in the downtown area.
The level of awareness that these students raise in one another about why life is precious, not just as children in the womb but in every aspect, can be astounding. They are not only experiencing a freedom of peaceful protest that all Americans are afforded, but they are learning to foster a sense of awareness to the greatest teaching the Catholic Church promotes: the dignity of life.
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
LAST JANUARY 2014….
Braving freezing temperatures, 25 students from Shawe Memorial High School along with 3 faculty members, made their yearly trek late last Tuesday night to our nation’s capital to participate in the Pro Life March held annually on Jan. 22 of each year. This date commemorates the anniversary of the controversial decision of Roe vs. Wade, which made abortion legal in our country.
This trip, which is made by SMHS juniors and seniors who have worked for almost a year raising money to cover the cost of the trip, begins with a rally in the National Mall which involves politicians, people whose lives have been touched by the subject as well as various speakers from varying religious groups.
While this year’s numbers were down due to the cold, hundreds of thousands still gathered. Last year, the 40th anniversary, saw 650,000 participants. Participants range in age from the babies in strollers and wagons, to men and women of advanced age and come from every part of the country. The peaceful, oppositional march moves up Constitution Avenue and ends in front of the Supreme Court building.
From all of us, to all of you THANK AND GOD BLESS YOU and your generosity! This year’s March for Life was one of the largest ever and attending the March and the Life is Very Good Rally the night before has had such an impact on our lives and it is partly due to you and your prayerful and financial support. We wish we could take every single person in our parish (and even beyond!) with us physically. Know that you were with us in spirit and know that what you do for us, we intend to carry out into the world. How blessed we are!
Pro Life marchers of 2015.
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