Why will we continue to march?

Even with the wonderful blessing of Roe v. Wade being overturned, which allows more freedom at the state level to enact pro-life laws, the necessary work to build a culture of life in the United States of America is not finished. Rather, it is focused differently. Sadly, the number of abortions annually is still well over 900,000 each year, and that number is expected to decrease only by roughly 200,000 each year in a post-Roe America. Many national legislative battles loom, including even keeping longstanding Hyde protections, which limit government funding for abortion on annual appropriation bills. The Hyde Amendment has saved over 2 million lives and is arguably the most impactful pro-life policy in our nation’s history, but now cannot be taken for granted. Last, our most important work is changing hearts and minds. The goal of the national March for Life is to not only change laws at the state and federal level, but to change the culture to ultimately make abortion unthinkable.

Our Trip

Our trip is a whirlwind 27-hour trip by motorcoach from Webster, NY to Washington, DC, culminating in participation in the Annual March for Life. The March for Life is the largest annual pro-life event, with over 400,000 people marching from the Washington Monument to the US Capitol Building. Join us for a life-saving, life-changing experience.

Our trip includes...

Bus Transportation

Round-trip transportation provided by Luxury Bus Rentals. Two comfortable coach buses with restrooms and WiFi.

National Shrine visit

We get dropped off at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where you may participate in the Closing Mass of the Vigil for Life.

Bus Activities

Entertainment and spiritual reflection during bus trip. Snacks will be provided on the bus.

Special Mass Times

There will be two special Masses at the Basilica at 8:00 a.m and 10 a.m.

About us

The committee for Life is a group of Pro-Life people from Webster, NY. We are primarily parishioners from the Webster/Penfield Catholic Connection churches (St. Rita, Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, St. Paul). While most of the committee members are Catholic, we welcome participation from anyone, both as committee member and participant. Each year, we organize, plan, and provide a bus trip for those interested in attending the March for Life in Washington, DC.

March for Life 2024

NOTE: This schedule is subject to change, as plans are still being finalized by the Diocese of Rochester and the USCCB for the National Vigil for Life.

The March for Life is Friday, January 19, 2024 in Washington, DC

Meet no later than 8:30pm, Thursday, January 18, 2024 at The Church of the Holy Spirit, 1355 Hatch Rd, Webster, NY

Check-in (starting at 8:00pm), prayer service and MANDATORY announcements (starting at 9:00pm)

Buses depart at 10:00pm

Arrive around 6:00am, January 19, 2024 at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Closing Mass of the National Vigil for Life at 7:30am

Mass with Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 10:00am

Attend March for Life Rally at 12:00noon

March for Life begins at approximately 1:00pm

Meet at Union Station at 4:00pm to board buses for return trip

Buses leave when all are boarded. Food stop on the way home.

Arrive back at The Church of the Holy Spirit at approximately 1:00am, January 20, 2024

Cost: $80.00 per person

Due to increase in the cost of buses, we had to raise our cost for the trip this year. Also, due to limited funding, we are not able to provide financial support this year. If you cannot afford to go, please contact us.

Groups Welcome

We welcome Youth Groups, Church Groups, or any groups, to join us at the March for Life. Unfortunately, due to limited funding, we cannot offer any group discounts.

Our costs to send each person to the March for Life are over $115. With significant fundraising and donations, we are able to offer the trip at $80 per person.

To make a reservation

We have two buses going to the March for Life. Both buses fill up early. We will hold a wait-list once that happens, and notify you if seats become available.

For safety and planning purposes, we require that you submit the names of all participants riding on our buses prior to the trip. We would like this information when making your reservation, though we know that is not always possible with large groups. Please provide a list of names with your reservation. If you don't know at the time of reservation, please indicate the number of seats needed. But you must provide the names prior to departure.

Payment in advance is required. Please pay within 15 days of making your reservation. Unpaid reservations are subject to cancellation.

To make a reservation, please supply the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number(s) (cell number preferred, so we can contact you during the trip, if needed)
  • Your mailing address
  • Number of seats needed
  • Names of each person

To request your reservation, please use one of the following methods:

  1. Click HERE to go to our Registration Request Form.
  2. Email
    Please email webstercommitteeforlife@gmail.com.
  3. Phone
    Please call Gerry Sander at (585) 503-3256.

Once we have your reservation, we will contact you to let you know if we have seats available. Once your seats are confirmed, please submit payment using one of the payment options at Payment Info. If seats are not available, you will be placed on the wait list.

Wait List
The wait list will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. If someone cancels their reservation, we will notify the next person on the wait list.

Payment options

Please do not send payment until your reservation has been confirmed. We usually fill our buses and have a wait list, so please verify you have a confirmed seat on the bus prior to sending payment

Payment in advance is required and help to speed check-in procedures. Please pay within 15 days of making your reservation. Unpaid reservations are subject to cancellation.

The cost is $80.00 per person.

We accept the following forms of payment:

  1. Checks (preferred)
    • Please make check payable to "Holy Spirit Church"
    • Please put "March for Life" in the memo line.
    • Make amount as $80.00 per person.
    • Mail payment to Committee for Life, c/o Gerry Sander, 1477 Chigwell Lane N., Webster, NY 14580.
  2. We are working with Holy Spirit Church to set up online payments directly to them via their web site. As soon as that is confirmed, I will send out that payment information and update here.

Refunds
Refunds will be provided if you cancel your reservation up to seven days prior to the trip. Last-minute cancellations (within 7 days of departure) will be refunded if there is someone on the wait list that can take your seat. We are a not-for-profit group and each seat on the bus costs us over $115. Last-minute cancellations that cannot be filled will not be refunded.

Fundraising

Our committee does fundraising throughout the year to lower the cost to trip participants

Our costs to send each person to the March for Life are over $115. With significant fundraising and donations, we are able to offer the trip at $80 per person.

Fundraising events:

Craft sales
The Prayer Shawl Ministry at The Church of the Holy Spirit, along with other crafty individuals, create hand-crafted items, including knitted baby items, and sell these items at various craft sales throughout the year. This is, by far, our largest fund-raising activity. We thank the efforts of all involved to support the efforts of the Committee for Life.

Bottle and Can drive
We have partnered with Can Kings to raise money for the Committee for Life. Can Kings gives us six cents per bottle/can donated.
There are several ways to help with our on-going bottle and can drive efforts:
  1. Bring your bottles and cans to either Can Kings Redemption Center and tell them they are for March for Life. They will credit our account and give us the money automatically
  2. Drop your bottles and cans off in the bins behind Holy Spirit Church. We will take them to Can Kings.
  3. Take your bottles and cans to Wegmans or Hegedorns and save the receipt. Mail the receipts to Committee for Life, c/o Gerry Sander, 1477 Chigwell Ln N, Webster, NY 14580. Gerry will redeem the deposit.
  4. If you can’t get out, call Gerry at (585) 503-3256, or email webstercommitteeforlife@gmail.com and Gerry will pick them up and take them to Can Kings.

See our flyer for more information here: Bottle and Can Drive Flyer

Grants
Our team applies for grants from various ornanizations. We appreciate the support provided by the grants we receive from:
Direct donations
We receive many private donations from individual sponsors. Many people, if they cannot attend the March for Life themselves, will pay to sponsor another person's trip expenses.

Can’t attend but want to show your support? Become a March for Life Sponsor!

Every year there are many people who would like to attend but who cannot afford the trip expenses. Your donation can help offset these expenses and provide the opportunity for others to participate in this important cause.

Please make check payable to "Holy Spirit Church". Please put "March for Life" in the memo line. Mail your donation to Committee for Life, c/o Gerry Sander, 1477 Chigwell Lane N., Webster, NY 14580.

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Paypal donations accepted
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Contact Us

If you have any questions about the trip, please contact us.

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