Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Annual Pro-Life Events Planned For Jan. 20-21

Published January 6, 2005

Both Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Archbishop-emeritus John F. Donoghue will lead the archdiocese in the annual pro-life activities marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade Jan. 20 and 21.

The annual Mass for the Unborn will be held Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Archbishop Gregory will celebrate the Mass and give the homily, and Archbishop Donoghue will concelebrate along with priests of the archdiocese.

Sponsored by the archdiocesan pro-life office, the Mass will be preceded by a rosary for life beginning at 9:30 a.m. Following lunch in the Shrine parish hall, attendees will attend the Together for Life Memorial Service and Memorial Walk at the State Capitol where various pro-life speakers will address the crowd.

Together For Life is an annual service held at the Georgia Capitol in memory of the millions of babies killed since abortion became legal in 1973. The service is sponsored by Georgia Right to Life, a nonprofit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization whose purpose is to engage in activities that will restore respect and effective legal protection to all human beings from the moment of fertilization until natural death.

On Thursday, Jan. 20, all are invited to attend an evening of prayer and adoration dedicated to the fight to stop abortion at the Cathedral of Christ the King. This event will begin with an 8 p.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory. Following Mass from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., there will be pizza, music and various speakers who will give pro-life talks. The rosary will be prayed at 12 a.m.

Youth in grades 7-12 and their chaperones will spend the night at the Cathedral at the pro-life lock-in dedicated to stopping abortion. Perpetual adoration will be held from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. The following morning, Friday, Jan 21, the teens will have morning Mass at 6:30 a.m. and a 7:30 a.m. breakfast. The youth and their chaperones will then depart the Cathedral for downtown to visit their Congressional leaders. Each group is responsible for setting up their own appointments with a Congressional representative.

Registration deadline for the lock-in is Jan. 16.

To register or for more information, contact Kari Beckman, program coordinator, by phone at (770) 253-3683 or by e-mail at