This week our nation marks the sad anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. As a nation we live with the sad reality that the egg of a sea turtle enjoys greater protection under the law than a child in the mother’s womb. Federal and state laws impose a fine of $100,000 and a sentence of up to one year in prison for harming or destroying the egg of a sea turtle. As a result of Roe v. Wade, the laws of our country deny the developing child in the womb similar protection.
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana and Right to Life of Indianapolis will mark the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision with several events on Monday, January 22. A Mass for the Protection of the Life of the Unborn will be celebrated at Saint John the Evangelist at noon with both Archbishop Thompson and Bishop Doherty presiding. The Mass will be followed by a March for Life from Saint John’s to the statehouse. Abby Johnson, a former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility, will be the keynote speaker at the rally that will include a rose ceremony in memory of the victims of abortion. Johnson, like Norma McCorvey, the ‘Jane Roe’ in the Roe v Wade case, experienced a profound conversion and turned from being an abortion rights advocate to a tireless pro-life advocate. Both Johnson and McCorvey converted to Catholicism and placed their lives at the service of the Gospel of Life.
A special Youth Rally will be held Monday evening at Saint John’s from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. which will include Eucharistic Benediction. At this rally Abby Johnson will share with the youth the powerful story of her conversion experience.
All are welcome and encouraged to participate in the events marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Monday, January 22. Let us be united in praying for an end to violence against life in all the forms it takes in our nation and our world today.
This week also marks the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is an opportunity to join together in praying for the unity of believers for which Jesus himself prayed shortly before his death. As a result of sin, Christians have broken that unity and the Body of Christ has been splintered in many ways. Christians have set themselves against Christians. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began in 1908 and has fostered a new spirit of ecumenism in the Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that by virtue of baptism all Christians share a bond and, by virtue of that bond, are brothers and sisters to one another. Each year Christians from many denominations in Indianapolis gather together in prayer during this week. Mount Zion Baptist Church, 3500 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis, will host this year’s prayer service this Sunday, January 21, at 6:00 p.m. Let us pray in the words of Jesus, “That they may all be one.”
See you at Mass!