St. John church in Westminster to bus pro-lifers to March for Life in Washington

St. John Roman Catholic Church of Westminster will be taking nearly 100 people to Washington, D.C., to join the March for Life on Friday morning.

The 47th annual march, which President Donald Trump recently announced he planned to attend, promotes “the beauty and dignity of every human life by working to end abortion," according to the march’s website.


The church rented out one 54-seat bus and one 38-seat bus to take 92 people down for the almost 2-hour trip to join the march.

“So this is an opportunity for everyone to get together," said Emily Alster, communications coordinator for St. John Roman Catholic Church. "People come from all over the country and we’re really blessed that we live close to D.C., so that it’s easier for us to get there. This is an opportunity for everyone to come and make our opinions known, definitely kind of in a peaceful way.”

The march is something that the church anticipates and attends every year.

“A lot of people with something like abortion and being pro-life feel helpless because there’s not much you can do to help or you feel like there might not be much you can do to help. We have pregnancy centers that a lot of people get involved with,” Alster said. “Being able to actually get out there and physically be present and making a stand, I think means a lot to people to have that opportunity.”

Those who are not members of the church are still welcome to go on the trip. There is no charge for the trip, although the church is asking for donations for the costs of the buses.

Members of the church attending the trip will start their day with a morning mass at St. John Roman Catholic Church at 8 a.m. The church’s Respect Life committee will announce the winners of their essay and poster contest expressing a specific scripture chosen by the committee. First place gets $100, second place gets $50 and third place $25. The winning poster will be laminated and carried at the March for Life.

Even though this is Alster’s first time attending the march with the church, she has gone before, and it holds great meaning for her.

“I think the best part of the march is seeing everyone from around the county,” Alster said. “It’s just this great opportunity to see everyone coming together for one common goal and I love seeing that.”