NORTH ATTLEBORO — The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is coming up on September 9. There will be the ninth annual prayer service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in North Attleboro. This service is the only one in the diocese.
Fathers Craig Pregana and Phil Davignon from St. John the Evangelist in Attleboro will be leading the prayer service. The Sisters from The Maronite Servants of Christ the Light in Dartmouth and the Providence College Students for Life will be also be participating.
Kathleen Hill, who has organized this event for the past nine years, along with Diane Garrow, are inviting all to attend and remember the unborn and their families.
The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children exists to honor the grave sites of unborn brothers and sisters.
According to the National Day of Remembrance website, the first National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children was held in September 2013 on the 25th anniversary of the solemn burial of the earthly remains of some 1,500 abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisc. More than 100 memorial services were held across the United States.
The site says, “By participating in the National Day of Remembrance, visiting these solemn memorial places at other times of the year, and spreading the word about this prayer campaign, you are helping to humanize our aborted brothers and sisters and deepening your own commitment to ending the injustice of abortion. The National Day of Remembrance also offers hope and healing to women who have had abortions and others who have been hurt by abortion.
“Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, it is crucial that we continue to mourn the millions of lives lost to abortion, and repent of the national sin of abortion, even as we begin the project of extending legal protection to unborn children in every state we can.
“While a funeral and burial for an aborted baby may be a relatively rare event, the opportunity to visit the burial places and recall how those children got there does not have to be rare — in fact, it shouldn’t be.
“Pro-Lifers should be visiting these grave sites, and other memorial sites dedicated to aborted babies, as a regular part of their Pro-Life witness. That’s what the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is all about.
“Visiting these grave sites and memorial markers also offers hope and healing to women who have had abortions and people who have been hurt by abortion such as fathers and grandparents who were never allowed to grieve the death of a child hurt by abortion.”
For more information, on the North Attleboro service, contact Kathy Hill at: Kathyfinnhill@yahoo.com