Un­born not for­got­ten

Knights of Colum­bus ded­i­cate mon­u­ment to un­born in Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY BILL BOW­MAN

There are many head­stones in St. Pa­trick’s R.C. Ceme­tery in Car­bon­ear. They mark the fi­nal rest­ing places of chil­dren who were born and died be­fore reach­ing ado­les­cence.

Now there is one mon­u­ment ded­i­cated to the un­born.

It was un­veiled and blessed Nov. 30 fol­low­ing a spe­cial mass for the un­born at St. Pa­trick’s R.C. Church.

About 60 peo­ple, in­clud­ing mem­bers of Mon­signor Mc­carthy Coun­cil Knights of Colum­bus and parish­ioners, con­gre­gated at the 120-year old brick church to wit­ness parish priest, Msgr. E.T. Brom­ley, cel­e­brate the li­turgy of the word.

Dur­ing the in­ter­ces­sions, Grand Knight Fonce O’keefe prayed: “that the court de­ci­sions which per­mit the de­struc­tion of in­no­cent life, may be re­sisted and ul­ti­mately re­versed; and that all peo­ple may avoid the temp­ta­tion to solve their prob­lems by re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence, par­tic­u­larly against the most vul­ner­a­ble hu­man lives.”

Re­mind­ing those gath­ered in the ceme­tery for the un­veil­ing that “chil­dren who have died be­fore birth have no grave or head­stone,” trea­surer Eu­gene Hur­ley said, “to­day, Mc­carthy Coun­cil wants to re­mem­ber all those chil­dren by ded­i­cat­ing a mon­u­ment in their mem­ory and to re­in­force our com­mit­ment to the on­go­ing strug­gle against abor­tion.”

In the pe­ti­tions, Msgr. Brom­ley prayed, “that God may pro­tect all un­born ba­bies and keep them safe from the scourge of abor­tion; and that by our pres­ence and care for the sick and dy­ing, we may bear wit­ness that ev­ery life has value and that no life is worth­less.” Com­mend­ing the Knights for their in­ter­est, Linda Holden of the Cen­tre for Life in St. John’s said: “You’re here to­day be­cause you’re ded­i­cated to the cause. I hope we con­tinue to grow and work to­gether and open up dis­cus­sion to fur­ther the cause in our prov­ince.”

The Cen­tre for Life is the new name for the Right to Life As­so­ci­a­tion.

“We un­der­went some changes and we saw the need to change when the work of pro life didn’t seem to be ad­vanc­ing in the way it should be,” Holden ex­plained.

The cen­tre has also set up a preg­nancy re­source cen­tre on Fresh­wa­ter Road in St. John’s. The fa­cil­ity of­fers sup­port, re­sources, in­for­ma­tion and guid­ance for women who are in un­planned preg­nan­cies.

“We want to be able to of­fer them the needed re­sources,” Holden pointed out, adding, “we know that when women are given the needed re­sources and sup­port, abor­tion is rarely cho­sen.”

Mem­bers of Dal­ton Assem­bly Fourth De­gree Knights of Colum­bus make their way up Chapel Hill to the St. Pa­trick’s R.C. Ceme­tery for the un­veil­ing and ded­i­ca­tion of a mon­u­ment to the un­born.

Pa­trick Mer­ri­gan, ad­vo­cate, Mc­carthy Coun­cil Knights of Colum­bus, and Linda Holden of the St. John’s based Cen­tre for Life, un­veil a mon­u­ment to the un­born in St. Pa­trick’s R.C. Ceme­tery in Car­bon­ear.

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