We are excited that after much discussion and prayer, and with the blessing of Archbishop Aymond, the Archdiocese of New Orleans is moving forward with planning a 2022 March for Life pilgrimage to Washington D.C.!
This year's publicity packet, which includes additional information and details about the trip, as well as registration information, can be downloaded here.
In the interest of the health and safety of our young people and adult chaperones, due to the ongoing pandemic there will be several modifications to our 2022 Pilgrimage:
- Students and Chaperones will be required to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure regardless of vaccination status, and be free of symptoms at the time of departure. Rapid Tests will not be accepted.
- Federal law requires that all passengers wear masks while traveling on buses.
- Masks will be required at all indoor gatherings and activities with the exception of meals. Masks will not be required in the individual hotel rooms.
- Our MFL pilgrims will not participate in the “Geaux Forth Rally” nor the “Life is Good Rally”, but instead will have the opportunity to participate in inspiring special events with “The Vigil Project” at our hotel. This will mitigate risk by further eliminating possible exposures outside of our group.
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19 while on the trip: Parents of the student as well as his/her roommates will be notified and will be responsible for traveling to Washington DC and receive custody of their child before the group departs Washington DC on Saturday January 22. We cannot place a COVID positive individual on a bus or a plane. Given our other safety precautions which we have in place, including the PCR test, we hope this can be avoided.
- Anything under contract with a third party will be non-refundable. (hotel, charter buses, food accommodations, etc.)
- All COVID related trip policies are subject to change depending on current mandates and restrictions, and what changes or remains in effect in January.
As with previous pilgrimages, as we travel, each motor coach will be accompanied by various religious, a priest, deacon, and/or seminarian, as well as a program designed to strengthen our understanding of pro-life catechesis and delve deeper into our prayer lives. Each day/night is packed with historical, educational, and spiritual opportunities for our youth to encounter Jesus Christ through the richness of their Catholic faith.
Our basic registration procedures for this year are as follows:
- ELIGIBILITY: The trip is open to students in grades 8-12 registering as part of either a Catholic high school or a church parish youth ministry delegation; schools/parishes may impose additional criteria at their discretion.
- REGISTERING: To register a group, a group leader should submit a group roster, the individual registration slips, and the corresponding deposits to the CYO Office.
- PAYMENTS: At the beginning of the registration process, the group leader must decide whether trip participants will pay directly to the CYO Office (i.e., sending a bundle of checks) or whether the parish school will collect payments and then cut one check to the archdiocese. Please do not switch back and forth.
- TEENS WITHOUT A GROUP: Teens whose parishes/schools are not going may register as individuals with a surcharge. Special consideration will be given to members of Teen CROSS, the Archdiocesan Youth Council. Contact the CYO Office to discuss.
- CHAPERONES: The trip will be chaperoned by the CYO office and adult staff from the parishes and high schools. Adults, including parents, may not register for the youth pilgrimage without the approval of the school or parish where their child attends, and must complete necessary safe environment training.
With space limited to 500 people and the trip selling out each year, we ask that young people and their parents please make decisions soon. Please keep in mind the modifications put in place for this year due to the pandemic. Complete information will be made available at www.cyo-no.org, including trip flyers, itinerary, packing list, and various permission forms. Trip meetings to submit these forms will take place in December on the south-shore and north-shore. Paid deposits hold space on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you have any questions, please contact the CYO Office at 504-836-0551.