Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pro-life Mass, rally Saturday in Hartford

HARTFORD — A Rally for Life, including a march from St. Joseph’s Cathedral to the State Capitol, will take place Saturday.

The rally will be followed by a vigil leading up to the national rally and march in Washington on Monday, according to the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The archdiocese also is sponsoring buses to the rally in Washington.

The Hartford events will start with a Mass at the cathedral at 140 Farmington Ave. at 9 a.m. Saturday, celebrated by Archbishop Henry Mansell and Msgr. John J. McCarthy.

After the Mass, the rally will begin, including prayer, the march and speakers. It will be sponsored by Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, supported by Connecticut Coalition for Life, Family Institute of Connecticut, Connecticut Right to Life and the St. Gerard’s Center for Life.

On Sunday, a Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. At 8 a.m. Monday, Mansell will celebrate Mass at the Washington Plaza Hotel, followed by breakfast. David Bereit, co-founder of the 40 Days for Life campaign, will be the guest speaker. The national March for Life rally will begin at noon.

Buses to the pilgrimage will leave the Franciscan Life Center, 271 Finch Ave., Meriden, at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and return Sunday evening. Cost is $95 per person. To register, call the Pro-Life Office at 203-639-0833 or visit

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