As the March for Life commenced in our nation’s capital on Jan. 29, more than 130 miles away in Palmyra, the Respect for Life Ministry at Holy Spirit Parish led a pro-life witness through the neighborhoods and streets of town. Nearly 40 people endured the cold and windy weather to share their message of the dignity of human life to passersby.
The ministry typically sponsors a charter bus to the March for Life each year. Due to the pandemic and the March’s modification to a more virtual event, the parish instead opted for a local pro-life activity. Gathering at Holy Spirit Church, participants prayed the Rosary, carrying pro-life signs and banners as they processed to Palmyra’s square for a prayerful and public witness.
“We put this event together less than a few weeks ago. We wanted to do something to witness to life, since we couldn’t attend the March in D.C. as we normally would,” said Art Bond, Chair of the parish’s Respect Life Ministry. “We were thrilled to get 39 people out here, especially in the bitter cold. It’s all about getting our message of life out there.”
(Photos by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness.)