St.Francis of Assisi Parish
"The first right of the human person is his life... [It
condition of all the others. Hence it must be
above all others. It does not belong to
society, nor does it
belong to public authority in
any form to recognize this
right for some and not for
others. It is not recognition
by another that
constitutes this right. This right is
its recognition; it demands
recognition and it is
strictly unjust to refuse it."
~ Declaration on
Procured Abortion, Sacred Congregation
Doctrine of the Faith, 1974, n. 11
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
MARCH FOR LIFE 2023
Join us on Jan. 19-20, 2023!
two-year pandemic-related hiatus, the Diocese of
Worcester's bus trip to the annual March for Life in
Washington, DC is back!
One of the most
frequently asked questions in recent months has been
will there still be a March for Life now that Roe v.
Wade has been overturned? YES! The March for Life
organization has clearly indicated that the annual March
in defense of human life will continue until the most
defenseless little ones are welcomed in life and
protected in law. Visit
www.marchforlife.org for more.
The Dobbs decision
of June 24 that overturned Roe was historic and should
be celebrated. But now there is even more work to do as
the abortion question is returned to the states and the
forces of the culture of death continue to assail us. We
know that these past 50 years of advocating for those
most vulnerable has moved mountains! We have seen the
profound effects that perseverance in prayer, sacrifice,
and charitable works has had! With the help of God, we
continue with renewed hope and enthusiasm, to be
proclaimers of the Gospel of Life!
Read on to
learn what's new, and to find registration
What's new this year?
• Beginning this coming January, thanks
to the overturning of Roe, the March will end at the
U.S. Capitol instead of the Supreme Court, in
recognition of the fact that the halls of Congress are
where much advocacy for life must be done going forward.
• The National Prayer
Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of
the Immaculate Conception will continue to be held in a
somewhat modified format without the continuous
overnight holy hours, but still maintaining the
magnificent vigil Mass and early morning closing Mass.
• Our bus trip will follow the same
itinerary as in past years (more
HERE), but we have had to make a few adjustments
regarding the logistics of registration.
of changes have happened with the charter bus industry
during the past two years. The pandemic hurt business
and many companies were forced to downsize. Also, during
that period of time, the owners Fox Bus Lines, which had
served us faithfully for so many years, retired and the
company has been sold to a new entity. We wish the
owners well in their retirement, and we will miss them!
We have had to do an extensive search to find a
transportation company that can accommodate us.
Fortunately, we have found a bus company that can
accommodate our group and we can now open registration.
Other dioceses are encountering similar issues.
Unfortunately, as with everything else, particularly the
cost of fuel, prices have gone up. This is beyond our
control, but we have done everything possible to find
the best price. We appreciate your understanding!
• Due to the change of bus companies, our
registration deadline is earlier than past years. Please
be sure that we receive your registration by DECEMBER
15! We need to be sure that we can fill the two buses we
have reserved by that date. After Dec. 15, please
contact us to check availability. We will also maintain
a wait list. More info on registration
March for Life
January 20, 2023
Mass with Bishop McManus
Thurs., Jan. 19 - 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Paul, 38 High St., Worcester
followed by departure of buses to Washington, DC
Cost: $130 per person
Registration deadline: December
FOR COMPLETE DETAILS, TRIP ITINERARY,
AND TO DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORMS,
PLEASE VISIT OUR MARCH FOR LIFE PAGE.
Can't attend this year but want to help? Donations
are gratefully accepted. Your generosity helps students
and others who would like to attend but would otherwise
find it difficult to do so. Checks may be made payable
to Respect Life Office and mailed to 49 Elm St.,
Worcester, MA 01609. Thank you!
Office - Diocese of Worcester, MA
Tell Congress to prioritize policies that
support women, children, and families.
As Catholics in a post-Roe world, we continue to respond
to our call to build a culture of life that supports the
dignity of every person at every stage. We call on our
lawmakers to do the same. Encourage your members of
Congress to pass legislation that advances the health,
safety, and flourishing of women, children, and
families. Passage of bills such as the Pregnant Workers
Fairness Act and the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act and
support for the Child Tax Credit, paid family leave,
pregnancy resource centers, child care and
pre-kindergarten programs, housing, nutrition, maternal
and child health, adoption, healthy relationships,
environmental protections, inclusion of immigrant
families in social programs, and the end of marriage
penalties will help build an authentically
We encourage you to add your
own personal story about why more policies that support
women, children, and families are needed.
read a recent USCCB letter calling for the passage of
life-affirming policies that prioritize families here.
Take Action Now!
Stop the (Dis)”Respect for Marriage Act”!
response to the life-saving overturning of Roe v. Wade,
Congress – instead of stepping up to assist women and
children in need – is moving furiously to lock in other
anti-family priorities. The “Respect for Marriage Act,”
for example, would prevent states from restoring the
authentic understanding of marriage between man and
woman if given the opportunity by the Supreme Court.
Moreover, it could even require the federal government
to honor polygamous “marriages” in states that move to
allow it. No one should be mistreated because of their
differences. But, as Pope Francis has said, children
have a right to a mother and a father, and we must never
stop advocating for marriage, in which children do best.
Further, it is critical to protect freedom for people
like small business wedding vendors and faith-based
foster care agencies who serve their communities. Please
tell your U.S. senators to vote “No” on the poorly-named
Respect for Marriage Act.
Please see the
USCCB’s recent letter to Congress on this legislation
Take action now to stop the (Dis)”Respect for Marriage
It is deeply concerning that 62 senators recently voted
to advance the misnamed "Respect for Marriage Act." As a
result of this vote, the bill is likely to become law.
If it does, the Act will further undermine the truth of
marriage and put people of faith at greater risk of
Cardinal Timothy Dolan responded
to the vote this week, saying: "The bill is a bad deal
for the many courageous Americans of faith and no faith
who continue to believe and uphold the truth about
marriage in the public square today. The Act does not
strike a balance that appropriately respects our
nation’s commitment to the fundamental right of
A final vote in the Senate is
expected after Thanksgiving, and senators need to hear
from you about their vote.
Please contact your
Senators to either thank them for their "No" vote or to
urge them to reverse course.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s
full statement is available
A recent article by Cardinal Dolan on the
harms of the bill is
You may also see the USCCB’s letter to the
Senate on this legislation
Take Action Now!
Call to Action
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
Say NO to Physician Assisted Suicide New PDF4.30.22
Urge the U.S. Department of Education to
Respect Life and Liberty in Title IX
Title IX is a law that prohibits sex discrimination in
public schools and many private schools, from
kindergarten to the university level. The U.S.
Department of Education has proposed a new regulation
that would revise the concept of "discrimination on the
basis of sex" to include "sexual orientation" and
"gender identity." This would require schools to comply
with gender ideology, affecting many of the day-to-day
activities of these institutions. Schools could be
punished for distinguishing between boys and girls in
locker rooms and dorms). The proposed regulation would
keep an existing exemption for religious schools, but
teachers and students of faith in public schools would
have no such protections.
The regulation’s definition
of "discrimination on the basis of sex" would also
include "termination of pregnancy." This could be used
to impose requirements that promote abortion.
the USCCB in encouraging the USDE to clarify that
“discrimination on the basis of sex” is not an abortion
mandate, and that schools must have the freedom to
continue to recognize a distinction between male and
female in their activities and facilities.
Take action today!
The Word of Life intercessions for the month of
Word of Life for
Word of Life
Statement by Archbishop William E. Lori
Serving Mom's in Need
Hope for Married Couples
Bridges of Mercy
An Adoption Story
Call to Action
Urge HHS to Do No Harm to
Life and Liberty
Section 1557 is the
nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act.
It protects people from discrimination on the basis of
their sex in health care. But the U.S. Dept. of Health &
Human Services (HHS) has proposed a rule implementing
Section 1557, which would seriously impede Catholic
hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, and
health care workers from carrying out their work.
is interpreting Section 1557 to impose new mandates
about gender identity. According to the rule, it would
be considered discrimination for a health care worker or
Catholic hospital to object outright to performing
gender transition procedures— such as the administration
of puberty blocking drugs or surgery to remove healthy
body parts—regardless of whether that objection is a
matter of religious belief or clinical judgment. The
proposed rule also suggests that the government may
refuse to honor the right of health care workers and
providers not to perform or participate in abortions.
The proposed HHS Section 1557 rule could function as
both an abortion mandate and a gender transition
Your comments can make a
difference! Join the USCCB in encouraging the HHS to
clarify that “discrimination on the basis of sex” is not
an abortion mandate, and that health care workers and
medical facilities must be free to conscientiously
object to gender transition procedures.
Take Action Now!
The videos of the talks and text of the homily from
our Sept. 24th Pro-Life Morning of Reflection and
Enrichment, "Life in the Eucharist", are now available
on our website!
CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR WEBPAGE
Photo's of St. Joesph & St.Thomas Becket courtesy of
St.Thomas-a-Becket and St. Joseph Chapel Are Wheelchair
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