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Prayer walkers reflect ‘loving, courageous ways’
archived from: 2012-05-07
by: John Franko

Bishops exhort crowd in Downtown Pittsburgh

Some 350 people showed their concern for the unborn during an April 28 Mass and Prayer Walk for Life sponsored by the Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Pittsburgh.

Aux. Bishop William Waltersheid led the approximately one-mile prayer walk from St. Mary of Mercy Church in Downtown Pittsburgh. The route took the participants past the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on Liberty Avenue. They recited the rosary as they walked.

About a half-dozen abortion escorts watched from outside the Planned Parenthood offices, but there were no exchanges between the groups.

Bishop David Zubik was the celebrant and homilist for the earlier Mass. He told the gathering that faith is more than just something that is on our lips. It must become real by our actions.

“May we do it by the peace-filled, loving and courageous ways that we seek to live our lives,” he said.

There was Benediction and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following the Mass. Those unable to make the walk took part in the adoration.

Bishop Waltersheid offered a reflection following the walk and adoration. He pointed out that the walk and rosary were matters of the heart, done out of love for the Blessed Virgin Mary.

He went on to describe how the image of Mary was hidden during unrest in communist Poland in the 1960s. We are threatened with similar restrictions today, he noted, when our religious liberty is under attack.

Being faithful to God and the church isn’t always easy, Bishop Waltersheid added, but it is our destiny and call to speak the truth.

“We are called to be a sign of contradiction in a world that is filled with commercialism and individualism,” he said.

In a related matter, the 71st International Eucharistic Rosary March will be Sunday, May 6. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, led by Father Nicholas Argentieri, will be at 1:30 p.m. at Epiphany Church in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood.

A procession with the Blessed Sacrament and statue of Our Lady of Fatima to St. Mary of Mercy will follow. The rosary will be recited at St. Mary of Mercy for those unable to make the march.

There will be Benediction and crowning of Our Lady at St. Mary of Mercy. Light refreshments will follow in Lawless Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Legion of Mary. More information is available by calling 412-884-3213, 724-468-4306 or 412-885-8822.




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