Unborn not forgotten
Knights of Columbus dedicate monument to unborn in Carbonear
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.