Respect Life Mass set for Jan. 22 in the cathedral

The Diocese of Camden Life and Justice Ministries Office is sponsoring a Mass to mark the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decisions.

The Mass, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 12:05 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 642 Market St., Camden, is intended as a means of “praying for the end of abortion and that we might better care for women and children everywhere,” said Michael Jordan Laskey, director of the Life and Justice Ministries Office.

Jan. 22 is the actual anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision, but because this year it is the day after public ceremonies for the presidential inauguration, the annual March for Life in Washington will be held several days later, on Jan. 25.

Buses providing transportation from South Jersey to Washington, D.C., will be leaving from locations in Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.

Among those travelling to Washington that day will be the entire sophomore class of Paul VI High School, Haddon Township. The 267 students will be accompanied by the school president, Michael Chambers, parents, and faculty.

Prior to the March, on Jan. 15, the director of Life and Justice Ministries, Office of Lifelong Faith Formation in the Diocese of Camden, Michael Jordan Laskey, will address the sophomore class.

For those unable to attend the March for Life, Our Lady of Hope, Blackwood, is among the parishes in the diocese offering opportunities for Catholics to gather and pray for life.

Following Mass at 9 a.m., the parish will observe a Day of Prayer and Penance that will end with Benediction at 7 p.m. in the chapel.

There will be expositions of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel 9:30-7 p.m. The Litany of Life will follow the Mysteries of the Rosary: Joyful Mysteries, 10 a.m.; Luminous Mysteries, 12 noon; Sorrowful Mysteries and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.; and Glorious Mysteries, 6 p.m.

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