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Diocese News 1.7.2016

Roe Memorial Events for Life - Mass, March and Rally

On January 16, 2016, North Texas will mark the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's tragic Roe v. Wade decision of January 22, 1973, making abortion available on demand in America through all 9 months of pregnancy and leading to the death of over 56 million unborn children.  Join Bishop Kevin Farrell and thousands of faithful in prayerful remembrance and public witness.  This year’s theme is “SPEAK LIFE to this present darkness.”

Below is the schedule of events:

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Roe Memorial Rosaries outside the Southwestern abortion facility, 8616 Greenville Ave., Dallas. (Parking available on Boundbrook Ave. and Gaston Christian Center parking lot, 8515 Greenville) and Planned Parenthood abortion facility, 7989 West Virginia Dr, Dallas (street parking available)

11:30 a.m. Concert for Life at the convention center in Dallas, 650 S Griffin St. (Doors open at 11:15 a.m.) featuring Vince Lujan and Manuel Bravo of Jesus Team A, Tori Harris, The Crossroads Pursuit, and Tom Grossman of Communities of Prayer

12:30   Roe Memorial Rose Procession:  A representative born each year from 1973-present is needed to carry a rose in the annual “Procession of Roses” before Mass.  If you were born in 1973 or later and are interested in participating in the Procession of Roses, please email

1:00 p.m. Roe Memorial Mass & Adoration:  A bilingual Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Kevin Farrell with concelebrants Bishops Michael Olson and Douglas Deshotel and Father Abbot Peter Verhalen, along with diocesan clergy at the convention center in Dallas (seating for 9,000!).  This year's homilist will be Father Edwin Leonard.

3:00 p.m. North Texas March for Life & Rally – the State’s largest Pro-Life March and Rally in memory of Roe v. Wade: Following Mass, the Bishops will lead us as we march from the convention center to the rally outside the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse, housing the district court where the Roe v. Wade case was first filed in 1970.  Rally speakers include Bishop Kevin Farrell, Dr. Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Marianna Schroeder of Respeto a la Vida de Fort Worth and former abortion facility worker Jewels Green.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ministry Fair at the convention center

Bishop Farrell would especially like to see many young people participating (from parish youth groups, Catholic high schools, Scout troops, etc.).  Bring your school, club or troop banner for the march!  Also – Consider riding the DART Rail to the Roe Memorial Events this year to save time and money on parking.  We are also in need of volunteers, particularly Knights of Columbus, parish ushers and police or security officers.  Don’t miss this annual event for Life!!  For more information, visit or call 972-267-LIFE (5433).

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