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Marching for Life: March for Life 2016 is on its way!

May 2, 2016
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On Thursday, May 12, 2016, thousands of men and women from across Canada will gather in Ottawa to witness to the sanctity of life. Each year the Campaign Life Coalition organizes its annual March for Life to unite pro-life supporters from coast to coast to manifest their solidarity in favour of life, and against its modern threats, especially abortion and euthanasia.
Salt and Light will be on site in Ottawa throughout the day to bring you complete coverage in French and English through our television broadcast and social media feeds. You can find further details below or visit the Campaign Life Coalition website for more information.
The 2016 March for Life will begin in prayer on the evening of Wednesday, May 11th with Pro-Life Masses, prayer services, a candlelight vigil, and Eucharistic adoration until 7 am. Masses will likewise be celebrated on Thursday morning before the Rally on Parliament Hill at noon. Present at the Rally will be Canadian bishops, pro-life Members of Parliament, a special keynote speaker (to be announced), and Jim Hughes, the National President of Campaign Life Coalition. The Rally will include uplifting music by pro-life musicians and will be followed by the March for Life through the streets of downtown Ottawa. The day will continue with the Rose Dinner and Youth Banquet, and will be followed by a Youth Conference the next day, Friday, May 13th.
In his Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Saint John Paul II issued the following urgent appeal:
“to each and every person, in the name of God: respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life! Only in this direction will you find justice, development, true freedom, peace and happiness!” (5)
The March for Life is both a response to this appeal and its herald, celebrating life and standing against what threatens to destroy it.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday May 11, 2016

7:30 PM PRO-LIFE MASSES & PRAYER SERVICES
St Theresa Parish – Catholic mass – 95 Somerset Street West
Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church – Pro-life Prayer Service – 721 Somerset St. W.
9:00 PM CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights monument, Elgin and Lisgar Streets
10:00 PM to 7:00 AM EUCHARASTIC ADORATION
All-night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, ending with 7:00 am Mass.
LOCATION: St. Patrick’s Basilica, 220 Kent Street, in basement Scavi, enter by side door on either Gloucester or Nepean Streets.

Thursday May 12, 2016

10:00 AM PRO-LIFE MASSES & PRAYER SERVICES
  • Notre Dame Cathedral – Catholic mass – (Bilingual) - 95 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
  • St. Patrick’s Basilica – Catholic mass – (English) – 220 Kent Street, Ottawa
  • St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish – Catholic mass – (Bilingual) – 95 Somerset St. West, Ottawa
  • Cathédrale Saint-Joseph Cathedral – Messe pro-vie Catholique – (Francais) – 245 St. Joseph Boulevard, Gatineau (Hull Sector)
  • St. Peter & St. Paul’s Anglican Church – Ecumenical Prayer and Worship Service – (English) – 152 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa
  • Lutheran Worship Service – (English) – Location to be announced
  • Reformed Christian Prayer Service – (English) – First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier St, Ottawa, ON (at Elgin St) - Co-hosted by ARPA Canada and Jubilee Church
12:00 noon RALLY ON PARLIAMENT HILL
Speeches by:
  • Pro-life Members of Parliament
  • Special keynote speaker (to be announced)
  • Religious leaders including several Catholic Bishops
  • Jim Hughes, National President, Campaign Life Coalition
  • Uplifting music by pro-life musicians
1:30 pm MARCH THROUGH DOWNTOWN OTTAWA
2:45 pm Silent No More Awareness Campaign
Hear testimonies from post-abortive women and men (again at Parliament Hill steps)
4:00 pm Closing Prayer Service by Eastern Catholic Chaplaincy of Ottawa, Parliament Hill
6:00 pm Rose Dinner
Celebrate LIFE with many other pro-lifers at this prestigious dinner. Meet un-sung heroes and listen to compelling talks and be inspired by these wonderful people.
Keynote Speaker: Obianuju Ekeocha
Location: Ottawa Conference & Event Centre (formerly known as The Hampton Inn Ottawa)
Ticket price: $80 before April 30; or $90 after April 30
Call in advance for tickets 1-800-730-5358 or 1-613-729-0379 or 1-416-204-9749.
6:00 pm Youth Banquet / Dinner (for youth and chaperones only)
Keynote Speaker: to be announced
Location: Ottawa Conference & Event Centre (formerly known as The Hampton Inn) 200 Coventry Road, Ottawa, ON
Ticket prices: $45 for students. $75 for teachers and chaperones
Order tickets online from the event’s host, Niagara Region Right to Life, here, or call 1-800-730-5358; or 1-613-729-0379; or 1-416-204-9749. For Group Reservations, ask for YOLI.

Friday May 13, 2016 – Youth Conference

7:30 am Catholic Mass for those Youth Conference attendees
Celebrant to be announced.
8:00 am to 3:00 pm Youth Conference & Workshops
An intensive workshop for young people, designed to arm youth with expert knowledge and the necessary communications strategies to go back into their communities, tackling the culture of death head on, and transforming it into a culture of life, one person at a time.
Learn from great speakers how to take the pro-life message back to your school, home and community.
Location: Ottawa Conference & Event Centre (formerly known as The Hampton Inn), 200 Coventry Road, Ottawa, ON
Pre-registration required : $45 for youth and $45 for teachers & chaperone
Cost includes bagged breakfast, coffee break, and lunch
Please contact Yoli at 1-800-730-5358 to register your group or email her at yoli@campaignlifecoalition.com
For information call Niagara Region Right to Life at 1-905-481-0510.

(Schedule of Events courtesy of campaignlifecoalition.com)

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