Catholic advocacy events planned in Richmond

As the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session nears, the Virginia Catholic Conference is planning special prayer and advocacy events in Richmond to enable Catholics throughout the Commonwealth to make a positive impact on what happens in Richmond this winter.

Most significant among these is the first-ever Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth at the historic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 800 S. Cathedral Place, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. Hosted by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde and Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, the service will draw on the ancient Christian liturgy to pray for the needs of Virginia.

The Virginia Stands for Life Rally will take place on Capitol Square Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. The rally will feature prominent pro-life speakers, including former Planned Parenthood worker Abby Johnson.

School Choice Day Jan. 26 is part of National School Choice Week. Catholic school students and families can meet with legislators, tour the Capitol and participate in school choice events.

Advocates are invited to attend one of three Catholics in the Capital Days: Jan. 26, Feb. 4 and Feb. 17. These days replace Catholic Advocacy Day, which VCC has discontinued in order to seek more flexible ways to engage in advocacy during the General Assembly session.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015