All Valley residents who wish to take a prayerful stand against abortion are welcomed to gather on the ground of the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle in San Juan Sunday Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Part of a nationwide all-faiths event drawing hundreds of thousands, the Valley commemoration will be held in response to the 37th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade decision that made abortion legal in the U.S.

A special prayerful procession highlighted by a closing Catholic Mass celebrated by Bishop Pena will declare support for unborn children and their mothers. This pro-life event will begin with music and words of inspiration followed by a Rosary procession. Non-Catholics are urged to join in the procession and pray in their own fashion for mothers and unborn babies.

Participants are invited to visit an exhibit containing valuable information about abortion and resources for those seeking further information.

“We invite all Valley residents from all denominations to come and join us in support of God’s precious gift of life with a focus on unborn children and their mothers,” said Stephany Wiley, member of the Diocese of Brownsville’s Pro-Life Apostolate.

John Covell, coordinator of the event noted that each year hundreds of people come out to participate in the march for life in the Valley as they join with others nationwide who pray on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision to end the plague of abortion.

Statistics show approximately 2,500 abortions are performed in the Valley yearly.

Small white crosses with children’s names in blue and pike will adorn the grounds of the Basilica to remind procession-goers of the daily loss of life our nation suffers because of abortion. Participants are invited to wear red as a symbol of support for unborn children and their mothers.

For more information call John Covell at 956-683-5389.