May 10, 2018


The 2018 March for Life in Winnipeg began on the morning of May 10th with a Eucharistic Liturgy at St. Mary's Cathedral. His Grace Archbishop Richard Gagnon was the main celebrant and His Grace Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak preached the Homily. They were joined by a number of clergy from the Archeparchy and the two Archdioceses. The Knights of Columbus provided a large honour guard of Knights from different assemblies around the Province. It was interesting that the guard was made up of Knights wearing the traditional and the 'new' regalia. The size of the crowd that filled St. Mary's for the Mass was truly encouraging.

Following the Mass, everyone made their way to Manitoba's Legislative Building where hundreds more joined them. The program that took place prior to the March and continued when the marchers returned, was mc-ed by Spencer Katerynuk, a lector at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. The Marchers made their way to Portage Avenue, which they followed for a while, then returned to the Legislature via Donald Street. Their mission was accomplished of witnessing on behalf of the most vulnerable in society - the unborn, the infirm and the elderly - that their lives have great value, their lives deserve protection and Canadians deserve to protect and respect the life of everyone. For those who may actually wonder as to how many people really care about "life issues", the marchers show them that there are many in society that do care for life and know that it is an issue for which they are willing to come out to be seen and heard.

Among the speakers were James Tietsma, MLA for Radisson, Cam MacDonald, Executive Assistant at Life's Vision and Archbishop Richard Gagnon. There was live music. There were prayers. There was a pervading spirit of hope and goodwill. People of all ages and backgrounds gathered - the elderly, students, families, children, people from different Churches, people from various political parties and different outlooks on life. One thing the marchers did hold in common was that they believed that the adventure of life was the basic right of every person from conception to natural death. Caring for that life in ourselves and in each other and supporting life needs for each other is the right of every person - regardless of their age, regardless of their state of physical or mental health, regardless of the seemingly overwhelming dictates of our present culture.

God bless each and every person that came out and took part for whatever part and time that they could!

May each participant see their public witness blessed by the Lord in one way or another!

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