Thousands gather to celebrate the joy of human life
Thousands of people from both sides of the Ohio River will come together for a family festival and a walk across the Purple People Bridge to celebrate the beautiful gift of human life, at all its stages, regardless of age, ability or disability. The 14th annual Cross the Bridge for Life will take place on Sunday June 2nd in Newport, KY. The Most Rev. Roger Foys, Bishop of the Diocese of Covington, Very Rev. Anthony Brausch, Rector of The Athenaeum of Ohio and Jake Fraiture, pastor of development at 7 Hills Church, Florence will all take part in the festival and walk.
The family festival will begin at 1 P.M. at Riverboat Row, in Newport. The event is being held rain or shine. Any changes to the schedule will be posted the day of the event on its Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/CTBforLife/. The festival will include live bands, free face painting and balloon artists. Free water, refreshments and t-shirts (while they last) will be available. Food trucks will also be on site.
At 2 P.M. a 20-minute program is planned. The emcee for the event is Anna Mitchell of Sacred Heart Radio. The guest speaker is Carson Rayhill, Treasurer of Xavier University Students for Life. Afterwards, bagpipers from the Ancient Order of Hibernians will lead walkers across the Purple People Bridge along with the American Heritage Girls color guard.
This event is organized by more than 20 area pro-life organizations that work to raise awareness of the value of human life. More information about the event and the coalition of sponsors at www.CrossTheBridgeForLife.com. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and Archdiocese of Cincinnati, are proud sponsors of the Cross the Bridge for Life.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington is comprised of more than 90,000 Catholics with 47 parishes and 38 Catholic primary and secondary schools. Within the diocese more than 14,500 students are under Catholic instruction.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 44th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with more than 450,000 Catholics, and has the fifth largest Catholic school system in terms of enrollment with more than 40,000 students. The 19-county territory includes 211 parishes and 112 Catholic primary and secondary schools.
What: 14th Annual Cross the Bridge for Life
When: Sunday June 2nd; 1 P.M. Festival Begins; 2 P.M. Brief Program then Walk
Where: River Front Row (festival area) Newport, KY – Purple People Bridge
Who: More than 3,000 participants