Maria Guzzo / Staff Writer 2018-01-11 06:00:21
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 GREENSBURG — Busloads of parishioners from around the Diocese of Greensburg will converge on Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, commemorating the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to make abortion legal throughout the United States. Muriel Very and Dan Erdely, both seniors at Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School, plan to be among the participants, showing their support during the 45th annual gathering of pro-life supporters from across the nation. Muriel, a parishioner of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, who has attended March for Life four times already, said this year’s theme “Love Saves Lives” resonates with her. “The love that is experienced during the March for Life is what is making a difference in the pro-life movement,” she said. “Love can genuinely save millions of lives if we express it and care for human life.” Dan, one of a dozen GCC students who plan to attend the march with three chaperones, said the march is a chance to raise awareness about the pro-life cause, which transcends the abortion issue. “I see love saving lives every day from people coming across the country to help victims of hurricanes that the South (experienced),” said Dan, a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Parish, Perryopolis. Likewise, Bishop Edward C. Malesic, who also plans to attend, said there’s truth in this year’s theme. “In our disposable culture, we sometimes believe that we have the right to discard people, even the most vulnerable, even children,” he said. “This desire to get rid of people — even unborn human beings — is not love. Love helps people in trouble; love helps the most innocent and vulnerable. Love helps those who find themselves pregnant and afraid. Love does save lives.” George Pecoraro, who is organizing the March for Life bus trip from St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish, New Kensington, said he donates to a local pregnancy support center, TryLife in Lower Burrell, as a concrete way to help parents who seek to keep their children despite circumstances some would perceive as a hardship. Pecoraro, parish organist and director of liturgy, has been organizing the bus trip for 15 years, and also attended the march prior to that time. He said the St. Mary’s bus regularly transports 40-55 people from the area to Washington. “We have had groups of pilgrims from Saint Joseph High School, Natrona Heights, which covers a large area, students and chaperones from Mary Queen of Apostles School, New Kensington, and individuals and families from areas like Sarver, Seven Fields, Freeport and Pittsburgh,” he said. The event begins with a rally at noon on the National Mall. This year’s lineup of speakers includes NFL/MLB player Tim Tebow’s mother, Pam Tebow; former NFL player Matt Birk and his wife, Adrianna; U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.); U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.); and Sisters of Life Bethany Madonna. Entertainment will include Christian music artist Plumb. After the rally, participants will march along Constitution Ave. to the Supreme Court and U.S. Capitol. Despite a fairly fixed itinerary, Pecoraro said the trip is distinct from year to year. “The weather, the location of the rally, the guest speakers, the sights and sounds of Washington, D.C., the groups of high school students and other attendees, and even the different bus driver, make the experience different each year,” Pecoraro said. Bishop Malesic agreed that the march changes. “Recently, there has been a feeling of greater hope among those participating in the march that gets stronger every year, I believe. We are making progress. We are being heard. But there is still a long, long way to go before the life of every human is respected and protected, whether born or unborn.” MARCH FOR LIFE FRIDAY, JAN. 19 WASHINGTON, D.C. WWW.MARCHFORLIFE.ORG Marks the Jan. 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court decisions — Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton — that made abortion legal throughout the United States.
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