Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate the annual Mass for Life at 12:05 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in downtown Little Rock. Each year, this Mass is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion in the United States. The event is an opportunity for Catholics statewide to come together and pray for an end to abortion. A prayer vigil, in the form of eucharistic adoration, will be held from the evening of Jan. 20 to the morning of Jan. 21 at the Cathedral.
Following the Mass for Life, the 40th annual March for Life to the state Capitol will begin at 2 p.m. At the Capitol steps a brief program will be held including prayer and talks from religious and community leaders. The annual prayer vigil and Mass are sponsored by the diocese's Respect Life Office. For more information about the Mass, contact Catherine Phillips, respect life director, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 326. To learn more about the March for Life, contact the Arkansas Right to Life at (501) 663-4237.