The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland will observe the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on Jan. 22, the 48th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. The landmark decision established that a woman’s right to choose an abortion throughout her pregnancy is protected by privacy rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
Focal point of the observance will be the annual diocesan Mass for Life, which will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. Father Don Oleksiak, vicar general and moderator of the curia, will be the celebrant. The Mass can be viewed on the diocesan website and Facebook page. It also will be broadcast live on radio station AM 1260 The Rock, Cleveland’s Catholic radio station. The Mass is a ticketed event with limited attendance in order to adhere to safety guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“God creates every person for eternal union with him and continually invites us to embrace the teaching that every life is chosen,” said Kelly Ann Davis, diocesan director for social action.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, some of this year’s events are scaled down and some will be virtual.
Bishop Robert Brennan of the Diocese of Columbus will be the main celebrant at this diocese’s annual Respect Life Mass at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus. The Mass will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Columbus YouTube Channel.
In addition, Greater Columbus Right to Life will sponsor the annual Roe Remembrance at the Statehouse following the Respect Life Mass in Columbus. The location of the statehouse event is being determined. Space limitations may exist and the event will be livestreamed. For updates and more information, visit gcrtl.org/roe.
Normally, tens of thousands would gather in Washington, D.C. for the annual Rally for Life, respect life prayer vigil, Mass and march coordinated by the Archdiocese of Washington’s Office of Life Issues. Although the in-person events are canceled, virtual events are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 29. Visit youthrallyandmassforlife.org for more information.