Rosary for Life
Mass for Life January 22, 2021
Bishop Joseph C. Bambera to celebrate Mass in observance of the
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
SCRANTON – The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, will celebrate a special Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter later this month to mark the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton which legalized abortion.
The Mass, in observance of the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, will be held on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 at 12:10 p.m.
The Mass will be open to the public. It will be broadcast live on CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton and livestream on all Diocesan social media platforms.
The livestream will also be available at www.dioceseofscranton.org.
As a sign of unity and support for the sanctity of human life and the singular treasure of the unborn, the bishop has also asked all parishes to celebrate the Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life on the same day.
The bishop is also encouraging the faithful in the Diocese of Scranton to participate in the “9 Days for Life Novena” for the protection of human life. The Novena, which will begin on Thursday, Jan. 21, features a daily intention and is accompanied by a short reflection.
The pro-life novena, sponsored by the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, coincides with the annual March for Life that takes place in Washington every January to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion across the country. This year’s march takes place Jan. 29.
The USCCB pro-life committee began the novena in 2013. The Catholic Light is publishing the daily intentions and reflections on Pages 4 and 5 of this edition. The resources are also available on the Diocese of Scranton website.
The over 60 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” Each January, Catholics come together to pray for an end to abortion and for a greater respect for all human life.