Prayer vigil, March for Life commemorate the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade

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 Jan. 3, 2014, edition

 Jan. 22 marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States. Parishioners are encouraged to attend events observing this anniversary and to board buses to attend the Jan. 22 March for Life at the Minnesota State Capitol, sponsored by the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life in an effort to end abortion.

Rosary, Vespers for Life and 40-hour eucharistic adoration

All are invited to pray the Rosary for Life at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and attend the Vespers for Life at 4 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, 2405 N 1st St., St. Cloud. The prayer vigil encourages that the dignity of life from conception to natural death be recognized and the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Those attending are asked to bring a baby item to be donated to Birthline, Inc.

A 40-hour eucharistic adoration will begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 and end with Mass at 7:15 a.m. Jan. 22 at St. Anthony Church. There will be a blessing for those riding buses to attend the MCCL March for Life. For more information, contact Kathleen Virnig at 320-259-6809.

The prayer service at Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, will be at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22.

The MCCL March for Life begins at noon on the Capitol grounds, with a short program on the Capitol front steps at 12:30 p.m.

Bus rides to march at Capitol

Buses for the March for Life will depart from several locations in the St. Cloud Diocese. Those who attend should bring a sack lunch and dress warmly.

A coach bus sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family will leave at 8:15 a.m. from St. Anthony Church east parking lot (The church is at 2405 N 1st St., St. Cloud); it will return about 3 p.m.

To sign up for the bus ride, contact OMF at 320-252-4721. A free will offering will be accepted to offset transportation costs.

Those coming from the Foley-Gilman area should contact Mary Jo Fitzpatrick at 320-387-2243; from the Clearwater area, contact Cathy Canfield at St. Luke Church at 320-558-2124.

A free bus sponsored by the Rockville Area MCCL will leave SS. Peter and Paul Church parking lot in Richmond at 8:15 a.m., Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church parking lot in Rockville at 8:30 a.m. and St. Wendelin Church parking lot in Luxemburg at 8:45 a.m.

To register, call Mary Ann Hermanutz at 320-252-3017, Roger Schlangen at 320-597-3289 or Ione Koltes 320-363-7694. People from any area are welcome to ride this bus.

Pierz Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a bus that departs from the north parking lot of Coborn’s in Little Falls at 7:30 a.m. and from St. Joseph Church in Pierz at 8 a.m. To reserve a space, call Floyd Richmond in Little Falls at 320-632-2880 or Dale Beierman in Pierz at 320-468-6225.

The Melrose-Sauk Centre Area MCCL will sponsor a free bus that leaves from the Interpretive Center in Sauk Centre at 9:15 a.m., from St. Mary Church in Melrose at 9:30 a.m. and from Charlie’s Café in Freeport at about 9:40 a.m. To reserve a seat, call Elisha Seanger at 320-256-2790.

For more information about the march, contact MCCL at 612-825-6831 or