Marching for Life

CHARLOTTE — Parishioners of all ages in the Diocese of Charlotte are encouraged to attend the 13th annual March for Life Charlotte events that will be held Friday, Jan. 11, to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion. The events are meant to be a time of prayer to call attention to the more than 60 million lives lost to abortion since 1973, and the need to end the tragedy of abortion.
The day’s events will begin with a 9 a.m. Mass for the Unborn offered at St. Vincent de Paul Church, located at 6828 Old Reid Road in Charlotte.
The 13th annual March for Life Charlotte will begin soon after the conclusion of Mass. Marchers will gather starting at 11 a.m. outside the Diocese of Charlotte Pastoral Center, located at 1123 S. Church St. At noon the march will kick off from the Pastoral Center towards Independence Square at the corner of Trade and Tryon streets.
Father Peter Ascik, parochial vicar of St. Matthew Church in Charlotte, will then give the keynote address.
After the address and testimonies by local representatives from the national Silent No More Campaign, the march will proceed to the Charles R. Jonas Federal Building and Courthouse on West Trade Street, where a rosary and the Chap-let of Divine Mercy will be prayed.
March for Life Charlotte billboards will again be placed around the Charlotte area to create awareness about the 13th annual March for Life.
See the full schedule and other details at For inquiries, contact Tina Witt with March for Life Charlotte at or at 704-301-2531.

Follow the march online

On Facebook and Twitter: View live coverage from the March for Life Charlotte on the Catholic News Herald’s Facebook page and Twitter (@CatholicnewsCLT) starting at noon Friday, Jan. 11.


Join in the March for Life
010419 march mapThe 13th annual March for Life Charlotte will start at noon Friday, Jan. 11. Line up beginning at 11 a.m. outside the diocesan Pastoral Center parking lot at the corner of West Palmer and South Church streets. Free parking will be in the overflow lot accessible from West Palmer Street, across from the Pastoral Center. Non-MACS buses cannot park in the overflow lot – instead, buses should park where available along the sides of West Palmer Street or elsewhere nearby. The LYNX rail stop at Carson Boulevard is also one block away. Restrooms are available on the first floor of the Pastoral Center.

The crucifix will lead the march with participating priests and deacons, followed by the Divine Mercy image carried by the Missionaries of the Poor, the Blessed Mother statue carried with the Knights of Columbus, followed by all other religious and lay people.

Marchers will proceed up South Church Street, turning right onto West Carson Boulevard.

Marchers will then turn left at the intersection of South Tryon Street and West Carson Boulevard, towards uptown Charlotte, and will continue past St. Peter Church to the corner of Trade and Tryon streets.

At the corners of Trade and Tryon streets, presentations and testimonies will be given, including preaching by Father Peter Ascik, parochial vicar of St. Matthew Church in Charlotte. A time of quiet prayer will conclude the presentations. March organizers caution everyone to be mindful of the busy uptown traffic and obey all laws for pedestrians.
Marchers will then proceed down West Trade Street toward the federal courthouse. After the recitation of the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the march will conclude.


‘Unique From Day One’ March for Life in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The March for Life Education and Defense Fund has announced the details for the 2019 March for Life to be held on Friday, Jan. 18. “Unique From Day One” will be the theme of the annual march, which seeks to draw attention to the value of every life and the power of every American’s voice in speaking out for the unborn.
A Mass for pro-life advocates from North Carolina will be celebrated at the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of The Catholic University of America at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Charlotte Bishop Peter J. Jugis will serve as the principal celebrant and Raleigh Bishop Luis R. Zarama will serve as homilist.
The “Unique From Day One” March for Life events will begin with a rally at noon on the National Mall, which will be followed at 1 p.m. by a march to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear testimony from women who regret their abortion.

Other D.C. March for Life events:

– A Youth Rally and Mass for Life hosted by the Archdiocese of Washington will take place on Jan. 18. The ticketed event will be held at the Verizon Center and the D.C. Armory, both in Washington, D.C. Doors open at 6:15 a.m. For more information about the event, visit

– The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy, Washington, D.C., will hold the Seventh Annual Nellie Gray Mass Jan. 18, immediately after the March for Life, at 4 p.m. The Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (traditional Latin Mass) will be offered at St. Mary Mother of God Church at 5th and H Sts. N.W. in downtown Washington, D.C.


Diocese of Raleigh events:

The Diocese of Raleigh will host N.C. March for Life events on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh. Events begin with a diocesan Mass for Life celebrated at the cathedral at 11 a.m.

The N.C. Rally for Life will begin at 1 p.m. at the Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh, followed by the N.C. March for Life at 2 p.m.
For details, go to
— SueAnn Howell, senior reporter