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Mirror the March in Our Diocese

Friday, January 29, 2021

On Friday, January 15 it was announced that the March for Life 2021 in Washington, D.C. is going to be a small group of pro-life leaders with everyone else participating virtually.

Providentially, many of you were already planning on participating in your own home, school, college, or parish. The prayer for an end to abortion and the public witness to the Respect for Life are not limited to one day a year, in one location. We appreciate your courage and commitment to the most vulnerable and invite you to participate as we Mirror the March across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

You are invited to participate in a number of different ways. Follow the outline below or pick and choose what works best for your school, classroom, family, or neighborhood. Be creative and please submit pictures of your events.

Before 10:00 AM

Access live stream programming or use the resources below to participate in lesson plans, discussions, or activities in your home, school, or parish.

Youth Rally and Mass for Life from D.C.

This annual event hosted by the Archdiocese of Washington invites youth from across the country to participate in a celebration of life and the Holy Eucharist. Each year, this event attracts up to 18,000 young people from across the country. 

 This live event will feature Josh Brahm from the Equal Rights Institute, who will speak about ways to talk about pro-life issues in a way that is effective and appropriate. Josh will also talk about different apologetics arguments and the ways that we, as Christians, can best represent our values on human life and dignity. The virtual rally will also feature music from Sarah Kroger, Out of the Darkness, and Ivan Diaz. 

Free Pro-Life Lesson Resources for Teachers, Catechists, and Youth/Campus Ministers

The resources on this page were compiled for you by the Office of Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. It is grouped by age, starting with the youngest. Depending on the maturity and background knowledge of your class, consider checking the age group immediately above/below yours for further ideas which can be adapted to suit your needs. 

Resources for All Ages

Movie Discussion Guides

Have your students work together to plan/implement any of the following for your school or parish. 

  • These can be planned in advance and used for the day of the March for Life in Washington DC.  They can also be planned in response to Respect Life activities and lessons and used for a day of prayer for the unborn on the Feast of the Annunciation – March 25, or during the months of October or May.
  • Consider letting the class work together to decide what they want to do, and when.  Guide them to split up the work appropriately and make it a class project.  Give them theology/religion class time to work on it, and count it as a project grade (or several grades!)
    • Respect Life Prayer Service
    • Respect Life Mass
    • Older students can create age-appropriate lessons to deliver to younger students
    • Day of Silence at school
    • Video, essays, posters promoting respect life themes

10:00 AM

Participate in Mass and Prayers for an end to Abortion

Watch a livestreamed Mass from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki as presider (dio.org/live or youtube.com/diospringfield or facebook.com/diospringfield) or attend a special Mass at your own parish or school.  If you plan to attend in person, you must RSVP.  Once we have reached our capacity, the sign up will close. 

Official Rally and March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The live broadcast begins at 10:00 am central time and will include inspiring speeches from pro-life leaders, information on how to stay involved in the pro-life movement all year long, and a performance by Christian singer and songwriter Matthew West. Click here to sign up to receive a link and find more information about using the livestream in your classroom or home. 

11:00 AM

March for Life

Participate in a local "March for Life" from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to the State Capitol.  If you plan to attend, you must RSVP using the link above.  Once we have reached our capacity, the sign up will close. 

If you cannot attend in Springfield, Mirror the March by planning a walk around your school, parish, or community or stand at the edge of your property and hold up signs and pray peacefully. 

If you are unable to do either of the above, you can stay tuned into the livestream of the Mass at the Cathedral where there will be Eucharistic Adoration following Mass. 

After 12:00

Continue to pray, learn, and share your experiences

Return to the Youth Rally link at the top of the page or use the resources below to participate in lesson plans, discussions, or activities in your home, school, or parish. It is beneficial for participants of all age groups to have some time to process and discuss the day, their experiences, and ways they can remain pro-life in the future.  

Message from Bishop Paprocki regarding your participation in this day

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