Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC, and Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, have announced the possibility of a plenary indulgence for all who “take part in the sacred celebrations, along with the great assembly of people, throughout the whole course of the annual event that is called ‘March for Life.’” They also share their hope that, “the efforts of all across this great nation to lift up the value and dignity of each human life continue to bear fruit, and may we all experience God’s blessings in this noble undertaking.”
What is a Plenary Indulgence?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 1471) defines a plenary indulgence as “a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions.” To gain a plenary indulgence, one must go to Confession, receive Holy Communion and pray for the intentions of the pope.
Many Regnum Christi affiliated groups from across the country will be attending the March for Life including students from Sacred Heart Apostolic School (Indiana), Pinecrest Academy (Gerogia), Royalmont Academy (Ohio), Everest Academy (Illinois), Everest Collegiate (Michigan) and brothers from the LC Cheshire Novitiate and College of Humanities (Connecticut).
Sacred Celebrations with the March fo Life
The week surrounding the March for Life includes many ‘sacred celebrations’ referred to in the announcement including the following:
National Prayer Vigil for Life – from 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18, until 7:30 a.m. on Jan.19 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Youth Rally and Mass For Life – Jan. 19 at 6:45 a.m., Capital One Arena
Adult and Family Rally and Mass for Life – Jan 19th at 8:30 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Cathedral.
45th annual March for Life “Love Saves Lives” – Jan 19th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with music and a rally at the National Mall, then the march will proceed up Constitution Avenue from Madison Drive & Jefferson Drive to the Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol will begin at 1 p.m.