March for Life in D.C.
This year 24 students from Marian accompanied Ms Condon and Mr McGarry to the Annual Witness to Life March in Washington DC. It was a memorable and life changing event for the teenagers. The pilgrimage began with a rally at Stephen’s Church in Framingham. Speakers reminded us that Catholics are concerned with all life and all people. This catechesis was especially important because these pro-life speakers emphasized the importance of caring and supporting women, especially in vulnerable communities.The trip was a little bit more challenging this year because we drove overnight and went straight to the church where Cardinal Sean celebrated mass. After mass and lunch we drove to the Lincoln Memorial where we joined hundreds of thousands other marchers from all over the country. We walked from The Washington Monument to the Supreme Court. There were so many people and so much security that we did at least as much standing as marching but there were lots of opportunities for singing and laughing and praying! After more prayer and processing back at the hotel the kids enjoyed a much deserved rest. Before leaving in the morning we had breakfast at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and then mass at the St John Paul II National Shrine. The weather was relatively warm and despite delays the Marian students had great attitudes. We remembered the saying: “This is a pilgrimage, not a vacation” . Sometimes the most challenging experiences are the most rewarding.