St. Patrick students preparing for March for Life event

St. Patrick Catholic High School students along with other Catholic schools will be participating in the March for Life event happening this weekend.

March for Life is a national event and every year, pro-lifers walk on the National Mall and march on Capitol Hill on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling which legalized abortion in all 50 states.

The Supreme Court overturned that decision in 2022.

Three seniors from St. Patrick Catholic High School in Biloxi are preparing for this weekend to March for Life here on the Coast. Each student has gone out of state to Louisiana and to Washington to try to change hearts and minds on abortion.

This will be Ainsley Kate Thriffiley’s third time to do the March for Life and with her classmates by her side, she says it feels empowering. “We’re all marching to end abortion and to really promote life in all areas. It’s just really beautiful to know we’re all in it together.”

Mary Ellen Edwards feels called to be a voice for the unborn and has become a big advocate at the school. She is the president of Students for Life, which is a pro-life group at the school. “The babies. We’re walking for the babies that their parent’s decided abortion was the right option, these would have been our classmates, these would have been our doctors, any other people, we’re not able to walk with them through their journey of life because their life was taken involuntarily.

Senior Thomas Owen said, “I put a lot of my trust in God like when I look the big picture of how things are it can be a little scary. So, I think the best thing is to focus on what you can do in the present moment now just trusting in God and letting him lead you step by step.”

The march will have the high school and other diocese schools involved on Sunday, January 22nd at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Biloxi.

Before the march, they will pray the rosary and celebrate mass that will last an hour.

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