We will then drive to St. Veronica's just off of Gratiot near 8 Mile and process to two nearby abortion clinics praying all decades of the Holy Rosary. This is not a protest nor is it confrontational. Rather, four times yearly, bewteen 150-300 people pray on the 8 Mile islands between traffic, led by a bishop or other prominent member of the diocese as Helper's sidewalk counselors provide alternative solutions to women seeking abortions. Most months we are blessed with "turns" as young women, some of them being forced, take advantage of the help offered to bring their babies into the world.
As was announced at the 7:30am Mass, we will be holding an Ordinary Form Mass in English, instead of the pastor's daily Traditional Latin Mass this Saturday only.
I don't know how successful I will be at getting photos of the event, given weather predictions, but I will try to get some of the Mass.
Keep in mind, that babies are aborted regardless of whether it is nice out or not. Rain, snow, and sleet do not deter abortions. Nor should it deter our being there. Dress warm, bring an umbrella or wear rain gear.
All are invited to return to Grotto following the procession, which typically ends around 10:00, where one of the priests will offer Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament, followed by refreshments and a followup meeting.
You can hear an interview of Msgr. Montforton with Teresa Tomeo of Catholic Connection online in the November 12, 2008 local segment. It may be a little later in the broadcast so just let it run.
Select Photoposts of Past Vigils:
- HGPI vigil with Bishop Daniel Flores (Fall 2008)
- HGPI vigil with Bishop John M. Quinn (Spring 2008)
- HGPI vigil with Bishop Schoenherr (Summer 2006)
- Video of Msgr Reilly - HGPI's founder explaining how the peaceful vigils work
I regret that I do not have photos from Bishop Boyea when he led the vigils. All of the Detroit bishops have been very supportive of HGPI-Michigan events and the number of people involved is growing. Helpers is always looking for people to join in the day-to-day effort of praying and sidewalk counseling. For contact info, visit the HGPI-Michigan blog.
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