January 6, 2015  |  By:   |  Press Releases  |  1 comment

OneLife LA, on Jan. 17 at Grand Park, and Requiem for the Unborn, on Jan. 24 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, to be part of Southern California activities uniting people to celebrate the beauty and dignity of life

 The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will present two major events as part of the U.S. bishops’ call for 9 Days for Life, a national call for nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage” around Jan. 22, the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade decision that struck down laws protecting unborn human life.

In Los Angeles, 9 Days for Life will be kicked off with OneLife LA on Saturday, January 17. OneLife LA, inspired by the example of Pope Francis, is the first large-scale event uniting people of all faiths throughout So. California to celebrate the beauty of every human life from conception to natural death. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a walk for life from La Placita Olvera (845 N. Alameda, Los Angeles) to Grand Park (200 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles) for a celebration featuring speakers, testimonials, music, exhibits and food. Participants will be encouraged to get involved with good works in their neighborhoods through community organizations that feed the homeless, find families for foster kids, support pregnant women to choose life, free victims of human trafficking, and walk with those facing the end of life.

OneLife LA is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace, the Dioceses of Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego and Fresno, and the Knights of Columbus. For more information, visit

On Saturday, January 24, the Requiem for the Unborn, the annual Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass, takes place at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 W. Temple Street). The Mass concludes with a candlelight ceremony for each life lost to abortion that day in Los Angeles County. For more information, visit

“Nine Days of Prayer,” which runs from January 17-25, unites Catholics from across the country to come together in prayer, penance and pilgrimage by attending local events and joining a nationwide novena via social media, apps and other digital formats. For more information, visit