March for Life Program

March for Life Program

March for Life Program

A Higher Purpose
Show public support for the right to life. Knights of Columbus councils are encouraged to participate in or sponsor local, state/province, regional or national Marches for Life. Councils that coordinate at least 50 participants or who organize a local March for Life will receive credit for this program.

Overview
The Knights of Columbus encourages others to choose life through public support of the pro-life cause. Knights can organize and participate in local/state/province/regional Marches for Life and/or organize participation of Knights/parishioners/students/etc., in bus trips to the national Marches in Washington, D.C., Ottawa, Mexico City, throughout the Philippines, or in other countries.

Action Steps

National or Other Out-of-Town March for Life

  • Check the websites for March for Life (US) (marchforlife.org), Campaign Life Coalition (Canada) (campaignlifecoalition.com), or Philippine jurisdictions for trip planning information, including: headquarters hotels, associated events, bus drop-off/pick-up/parking locations, etc.
  • Determine the dates, times and departure points for your trip to and return from Washington, D.C., Ottawa, or other March for Life destination.
  • Determine per person bus/lodging/meal costs to be covered by council/marchers.
  • Contact bus companies for price quotes and reserve buses. If lodging is needed, negotiate with hotels for room rates and space for meetings, Mass, meals, etc.
  • Order “Choose Life” signs (#9341) through Supplies Online, the supply ordering portal available on Officers Online. There is no charge for the signs when ordered in reasonable quantities, according to the size of your group.
  • Build public interest for the event! Promote the March for Life in your parish and larger community through a variety of efforts:
    • Bulletin announcements
    • Pulpit announcements
    • Posting on your council and parish website / social media pages
    • Diocesan newspapers and other media
  • Invite schools, seminaries and other religious organizations to send delegates at reduced rates or at council expense; take reservations and collect funds.
  • Plan meal stops, provide refreshments for the trip and contact information/maps for marchers.
  • Bring pro-life videos to show on bus monitors and council banner to carry in the march.
  • On the day of the event, wear Knights of Columbus-branded apparel and have the council membership director provide brochures and membership documents (including Prospect Cards #921A). Do not forget that this event is a recruiting opportunity!
  • Enlist a fellow Knight or community member to photograph the march.
  • To gain credit for your program, complete the associated reporting forms and submit them to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission. Remember to retain copies for your council records.
    • Immediately after your event is finished, complete the Marches for Life Report Form (#10697) and Life Report Form (forthcoming)
    • At the end of the fraternal year, complete your Columbian Award Application (#SP-7)

Organizing a Local Rally/March

  • Contact other local councils, churches, and pro-life organizations to form a coordinating committee.
  • Determine a date, time, rally location, and/or parade route.
  • Build public interest for the event! Promote in your parish and larger community through a variety of efforts:
    • Bulletin Announcements
    • Pulpit Announcements
    • Posting on your council and parish website / social media pages
    • Press releases
  • Order Choose Life Signs (#9341) through Supplies Online, the supply ordering portal available on Officers Online. There is no charge for the signs when ordered in reasonable quantities, according to the size of your group.
  • Coordinate with local authorities for a permit for a parade in the street, sound systems to be used for the rally, and general security guidelines.
  • Appoint Knights of Columbus members as marshals to organize the marchers at the rally and to assure safety as they march in the street or cross intersections from sidewalks.
  • Appoint Knights of Columbus members to distribute signs before the march or rally and to clean up the grounds after the event.
  • Obtain radios for communications or share cell phone numbers among marshals to help with coordination of the event.
  • On the day of the event, wear Knights of Columbus-branded apparel.
  • Rally: If a rally is involved, invite and schedule rally speakers, such as religious/church leaders, pro-life organization leaders, and pro-life government officials (Refer to Officers Online for “Guidelines for Political Activity” and “Catholic Citizenship and Public Policy”)
  • Rally: If a rally is to be held, order necessary sound system equipment.
  • Rally: Set up a Knights of Columbus membership table and vendor booths for pro-life organizations around the rally site. Have the council membership director provide brochures and membership documents (including Prospect Cards #921A). Do not forget that this event is a recruiting opportunity!
  • Enlist a fellow Knight or community member to photograph the event.
  • Schedule a special pro-life themed Mass before or after the march/rally at a nearby church.
  • If organizations (such as Fourth Degree Knights) wish to march as units with their banners, create a list of units in the order they will be called to line up for the march.
  • After the march, invite participants back to the church, council hall or rally site for refreshments.
  • To gain credit for your program, complete the associated reporting forms and submit them to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission. Remember to retain copies for your council records.
    • Immediately after your event is finished, complete the Life Report Form (forthcoming) and Marches for Life Report Form (#10697)
    • At the end of the fraternal year, complete your Columbian Award Application (#SP-7)

Definitions:

  • Rally: Held in one location, indoors or outdoors, usually with speakers, music, cheers, and prayers. I is a separate event, before or after a march.
  • March: A public demonstration with signs and banners, in the form of a parade, in the street or along sidewalks.


Resources

March for Life Resources

  1. #10694- March for Life - Brochure
  2. #10697- March for Life - Report Form
  3. #10696- March for Life - Vertical Poster
  4. #10695- March for Life - Horizontal Poster


Resources