Area schools march to support life
By Katherine Miller
This week is one that Catholic Schools throughout the nation and our state hold very dear.
Catholic School’s Week, an annual celebration in January, begins today and extends through Saturday, February 6.
Highlighting the week’s events on Tuesday, February 2, Catholic schools from around Acadia Parish will gather to participate in a Pro-Life march to begin at 10:45 a.m.
“We expect a turnout of about 600 people for the day’s events, and extend an open invitation to the community,” related Notre Dame Religion Coordinator, Mary Ann Hadaway.
Marchers will assemble in front of Notre Dame High School to depart from Notre Dame for St. Michael Church at 11 a.m.
On the front lawn of the church, Carol Maynard from the office of Pro-Life will address the crowd regarding current legislation affecting pro-life issues.
Hadaway stated that she looks forward to hearing about these issues because many people are unaware of how much they really affect us. “What comes to most people’s minds when they think of pro-life issues is just abortion. This is not the case. We embrace all sides of the issue, which stand against all issues that do not respect life, such as euthanasia, among others. We believe this event is extremely important to educate our youth so that they may learn what it means to respect life.”
Following Maynard’s speech at 11:30, marchers will then proceed back to the Notre Dame campus, where a special presentation will be held from 12:15 to 1:45.
Opening the event will be Chad Justice, author of the newly released book “Waiting for Eli: A Father’s Journey.” This book is about a couple and their infant son Eli who was born with a severe birth defect called spina bifida. This moving story has a “strong pro-life message and is made even more compelling by Chad’s description of little miracles along the way.”
Taking the stage after Justice will be musicians Lance and Shawn, who have just released their newest CD enstitled, “Back Door.”
For a full list of activities during Catholic Schools’ Week, please refer to page 6 A.