On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 44 parishioners from St. John the Evangelist, St. Dominic’s and St. Rita Catholic Church boarded a bus to take us to Washington, DC. After almost 20 hours on the road, we arrived at our first stop- the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception- to begin our pilgrimage in prayer. For many of our pilgrims, it was their first time visiting the Basilica. One teenager shared was so overwhelmed by the experience, he said that he was having “Catholic heart failure” because he had never seen anything like it before! After a time of prayer, we made a quick visit to the National Mall for a chance to see some of the more famous sights in Washington D.C. and experience ice and snow on the ground. That evening we attended the “Life Is Very Good” rally hosted by the Diocese of Arlington where we were inspired by a talk given by Chris Stefanick and participated in Eucharistic Adoration to prayerfully prepare for the next morning’s march for life. The morning of January 22 we attended mass and a rally with the Diocese of Arlington. After the rally, we boarded the bus for the National Mall and joined the March for Life to the steps of the Supreme Court building.