Saturday, September 11, 2010

Abp Vigneron leads more than 500 in prayer vigil at abortion clinic

His Excellency, Allen H. Vigneron, the Archbishop of Detroit, led a prayer vigil  in front of an abortion clinic in Westland, Michigan earlier today.  More than 500 participated in the vigil which was organized by the Helpers of God's Precious Infants of Michigan.  It began with holy Mass at 7:30  A.M.  Archbishop Vigneron was the main celebrant at the Mass which took place at St. Michael's in Livonia, Michigan

See a related article by Joe Kohn at the new Michigan Catholic website.

I will embed some photos here in this post, but the vast majority will be viewable in a slideshow at the bottom.  Please note that using photos which are embedded in this blogpost for print, will likely result in low quality or pixelated photos. You will want to visit my SmugMug gallery for this account to get high resolution photos.  Pictures may be used for blogs and websites for pro-life purposes, but they may not be sold.  Please provide a courtesy link back to this blogpost so people know the origin of the work.

I had many strange problems with my camera today (everything from strange bleaching to blur, and malfuctioning card which kept telling me it wasn't formatted for use).  This affected the quality of most photos.  What you see has been corrected as best I could with a post-processing software.

First, we will start with photos from the Mass. 

The Mass at St. Michael's began at 7:30 A.M.

Archbishop Vigneron is seen during the homily.  I thought it opportune to get a photo of him with Our Lady of Perpetual Help looking over his shoulder, since he worked to foster devotion to her in the archdiocese soon after being installed.

In the photo above, with the archbishop, from left to right, is Deacon Gerald Smigell, Rev. Jack Quinlan, Rev. Don Lacuesta, Rev. Raymond Arwady, Rev. William Tindall (Pastor - St. Michael's), and Rev. Greg Tokarski. Off camera, and also concelebrating, was the archbishop's secretary, Rev. Charles Fox. Between funerals, weddings, confessions, and other obligations, it is often difficult for priests to break away for a few hours on Saturdays. I think it is often a challenge for religious sisters, as well, since Saturdays are usually a day to catch up on ordinary obligations.

Below, Archbishop Vigneron elevates our Eucharistic Lord and is seen in consecration of the Precious Blood. Read more about Catholic belief in the Real Presence, and it' biblical origins.

Above, a clinic worker takes video of the massive crowd assembling around the place and people took care to remain on public property.  At no point was access blocked (but I don't recall seeing a single "customer" while we were there).  The Helper's of God's Precious Infants is a model of peaceful, prayerful witness, so direct contact with clinic workers by those witnessing through prayer is discouraged. Trained sidewalk counselors work in front of some abortion mills, guiding the women, if necessary, to nearby crisis pregnancy centers which help them in many ways, and provide continuing support.

Below, Archbishop Vigneron can be seen leading the Rosary through a walkie-talkie.  Many hand sets were distributed among the many participants so all could hear and follow the prayers.

A few random shots

Something just seemed symbolic about the feet of this little guy with his shoe being tied by his dad.  How many of the unborn will never make it out of the womb to wear shoes?  I've inlcluded below it, a photo of the feet of a baby at 11 weeks

Before departing the abortion clinic to head back to the mustering area in prayer, a moment of silence is made.  Prayers are offered not just for the women and their unborn babies, but for the baby's father, those who may be pressuring the women into thinking abortion is the only way, as well as for the clinic workers.  The "Helpers" had nearly 700 "turns" last year, and that does not include those who may have changed their mind without any indication. 

Below, Archbishop Vigneron leads the prayerful crowd back to the lot where we parked, while praying the last set of mysteries (usually, all 20 mysteries are prayed with the Divine Mercy Chaplet recently being added).

With the archbishop at his side, Dan Goodnow, the President of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants of Michigan addresses the crowd, and invites them back to St. Michael's for Benediction, refreshments, and a brief meeting.

His Excellency gives a blessing to all present. 

Bags were handed out with some pro-life material. 

Back at St. Michael's, Our Eucharistic Lord was waiting for the return of the people.

Father Raymond Arwady gives Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament.

Many went for refreshments and the meeting which followed

Here is a slideshow (I recommend setting it to fast). It contains the entire pic collection.

Here is a link to the gallery at Smugmug for this prayer vigil with Archbishop Vigneron, which has high resolution photos.  You can also click through them at your own pace here.


The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!
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Cló Mhuire said...

Prayer, like the waves of the ocean, are gathering power. Thank you for posting this.

Pablo said...

It's a good thing they didn't try this at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

We would have to take up a collection to bail the Archbishop and the other Padres out of jail.

God bless the Bishop and his Padres and Religious.

Pray for our Holy Father and all his Priests and Religious.

May God our Lord in His infinite and supreme goodness be pleased to give us His abundant grace, that we may know His most holy will, and entirely fulfill it.

Santa María de Guadalupe Esperanza nuestra, salva nuestra patria y conserva nuestra Fe.


Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

Dear Pablo,

There is nearly a zero chance that anyone would be arrested at a Helper's of God's Precious Infants prayer vigil if they follow instructions.

If you notice in the photos all participants are on public property, not private property. In fact, Dan Goodnow walked the sidewalk, guiding people even further back, off of the cement and onto the grass on the public property side so as not to take any chances.

The intent is not to get arrested (which is more of way to protest), but to provide a silent, prayerful witness.

Pablo said...

Dear Miss Diane,

Nor was I intimating there are abortions performed at Notre Dame.

A little tongue in cheek to bring the good Padre that was arrested to mind that we may remember him in our prayers at Mass today.

Great blog; very informative.

With the assurance of my Holy Rosary prayers for all your good work in the vineyard of the Divine Master, I remain yours truly in Jesus and Mary Immaculate.



Cló Mhuire said...

Oops, so sorry, that should read..Prayers, like the waves of the ocean, are gathering power.

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane
I've deleted my Facebook pages now (uncomfortable with the privacy settings) but wanted to say hello.

That event looked amazing. You are so blessed to have such a good Bishop. We have a good Bishop but it takes real courage to lead what he does. Our local pro-life group has a pro-life Mass in a different parish once a month but not many attend. I'd dearly love to see something like what you had here in Dundee.

Still really enjoying your wonderful blog.

John Paul Cecil

Mom with a Heart for God said...

This is so inspirational! It is good to see so many people and such a prayerful witness.

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

@ Nick,

I regret that I had to reject your comment because it contained something that was unrelated to the topic that would have taken this thread down a rabbit hole.

All: Please keep comments limited to the scope of this event if you want them posted.

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

@ Pablo...

I regret that I could not publish your latest comment for a similar reason I cited above in what I said to Nick.

One statement made had the potential to derail this entire thread into a discussion totally unrelated to the pro-life vigil itself.

ALL: If anyone does not see their comment moderated in, please feel free to email me at TeDeumBlog (at) gmail (dot) com, and I will explain why your particular comment was rejected.

Father John Boyle said...

To see this kind of witness from the Archbishop is uplifting. May it be replicated in other dioceses in the US and around the world.