Hundreds of thousands are expected to march in Washington, D.C., Friday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Fox2 News reported the St. Louis Catholic community sent 1,600 young people to participate in the march—St. Louis' largest group ever for this event.
Vicki Chandler, Most Sacred Heart Church of Eureka parish secretary, said the parish will have 27 eighth grade students and 23 adults attending the march.
Fox2 News reported 31 busloads of Catholic teens gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Valley Park Wednesday night for a presentation and Mass before departing to D.C.
Working through the St. Louis Archdiocese, the trip includes youth groups from St. Charles to Illinois. They are expected to arrive back in St. Louis on Sunday.
The pro-life march in Washington has been an annual tradition since Roe v. Wade, making it a tradition and "rite of passage" for many St. Louis young people.