Please join the priests of northern. Chautauqua County, the Knights of Columbus and members of the Chautauqua Pro Life Committee today at 7 p.m. at the "Shrine for the Unborn" in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bennett Road in Dunkirk for the 15th annual observance of the Shrine's existence. Each year this anniversary celebration at the site refreshes and reminds pro-life advocates of the work still to be done for unborn babies.
The Shrine was erected as a memorial garden for all babies lost through abortion. It is a quiet, prayerful garden area where any person can come, rest and reflect. During the service, prayers are offered not only for the little ones but for all who have been involved in abortion in any way - the mothers, fathers, doctors and assistants. It is an awareness of the many abortions performed in the area, state and country and the many people who are involved.
Here is a quote from Mother Teresa:
"America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts - a child - as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters"
And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign."
In case of rain, the service will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 328 Washington St. in Dunkirk at 7 p.m.
If anyone is interested in the Pro Life Committee of Chautauqua County or wants information regarding the Shrine service, he or she can call Phil and Sue Scherer at 673-1327, Pat Morelle at 965-2738 or Bob and Hanna Russell at 366-4095.