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Pro-life March Scheduled Jan. 19 in Downtown McAllen

posted Jan 9, 2013, 6:58 PM by Angel Barrera   [ updated Jan 20, 2013, 6:10 PM ]
The Respect Life Apostolate for the Diocese of Brownsville is organizing a march in McAllen on Saturday, Jan. 19. Bishop Daniel E. Flores will join the procession that will begin with an opening prayer at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, continue into downtown where it will pass by the local abortion clinic and end at Sacred Heart Parish with closing prayers at about 1 p.m. 
Jan. 22, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion and pro-lifers across the nation are observing the occasion with events of prayer and action.

“The Church continues to witness to the values of the culture of life,” said Father James Erving, director of the Respect Life Apostolate for the Diocese of Brownsville and pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Church in Roma. “The government can pass whatever laws they want but the Church’s teachings remain the same.”

In past years, the Respect Life Apostolate held a procession at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine on or around the Roe v. Wade anniversary, but this year, organizers opted to take their pro-life message to the streets.

The downtown McAllen area attracts thousands of shoppers every day, especially on Saturdays.

“We’re changing the venue because we are desiring a more public witness,” Father Erving said. “A lot of people will see us walking through the streets.”