Pro-Life Activities

March for Life

Join parishioners from the Basilica of Saint Mary for the annual March for Life in Washington, DC!

We charter a bus every year from the church and always have a great turnout. Click here to register to ride the Basilica of Saint Mary bus. You can also register by visiting the parish office (313 Duke Street) or calling the office at 703-836-4100. Registration is free.

The 2020 March for Life will be on January 24.

Learn more about March for Life

40 Days for Life Campaign

The Basilica of Saint Mary takes part in 40 Days for Life. Through prayer, fasting, and local outreach we pray for an end to abortion and the respect for all life from conception to natural death. We pray that this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city — and beyond.

40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

We will pray at the Whole Woman’s Health (2839 Duke Street in Alexandria – Formerly named the Annandale Women and Family Center) on October 17, 2020 at 9:15 am during the 40 Days For Life campaign.

Life Chain

Show your support of the unborn in a non-confrontational way by participating in Life Chain. Parishioners from the Basilica of Saint Mary, along with members of other churches, will pray along Franconia Road in Springfield for an hour on Sunday, October 4, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Basilica parishioners have been assigned to pray near Key Middle School at 6402 Franconia Road. Signs will be provided. Participants should stand at least 10 feet apart this year due to COVID-19. For more information, contact Melinda Zakrzwski at 703-624-1684 or [email protected]

Respect Life Month

The first Sunday in October (Respect Life Month) is observed as Respect Life Sunday and kicks off Respect Life Month, which is held annually throughout the country in October.

The goal each year is to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the dignity of the human person, especially the gift of every person’s life.

At the Basilica of Saint Mary, we participate in Respect Life Month by praying the rosary for the unborn and pregnant mothers, participating in the 40 Days for Life, donating items to the MaRiH Center in Alexandria, hosting a Life Chain at the beginning of the month, and praying during the parish Holy Hour once a month.

Contact Chuck and Melinda

Pro-Life Rosary

We invite you to come pray the rosary every third Saturday following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. We pray at the Annandale Women & Family Center, which is located at 2839 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314. We meet in the grassy area to the right of the driveway entrance to their parking lot. We are not allowed to park in their lot, so please park on Longview Drive.

Contact Chuck and Melinda

MaRiH Center

The MaRiH Center is an emergency pregnancy service offering alternatives to abortion plus support to women and their babies.

For 2020, we have created an online baby registry to benefit MaRiH with needed items. Click here to access the registry and purchase items. They will be shipped directly to the MaRiH Center. The drive will end on October 31, 2020.

Registry Info
Event Name: Basilica of St. Mary – MaRiH
State: Virginia


Items that are regularly needed include winter footed sleepers and sleep sacks; girls’ sleep and play, especially size 3 – 6 months; receiving blankets and winter dresses for girls; white onsies of all sizes; outer garments such as snowsuits, coats, sweaters, hats, and gloves; socks, particularly sizes 18 – 24 months; wash clothes, baby wash, and baby shampoo; and equipment such as strollers, pack and plays, high chairs, car seats suitable for use from birth to 40 pounds, and diaper bags. Diapers of all sizes and baby clothing (up to size 2T) and equipment, both new and used, are always needed. Monetary contributions are also welcome!

Learn more

Virginia Catholic Conference Pro-Life Advocacy Network

Register for the Virginia Catholic Conference’s advocacy network updates or sign petitions/legislation recommendations that go to your representatives. The Virginia Catholic Conference is a tremendous resource to learn more about pro-life news in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Catholic Conference

Our Mission

To promote a respect for life from womb to tomb; engaging in events such as March for Life, monthly Holy Hour for Life, praying the rosary as a witness to Life at local abortion clinics, Life Chain, donation drives to support crisis pregnancies, and Spring and Fall campaigns of 40 Days for Life.  

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