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Respect Life Month begins

10-03-2016

Hundreds of faithful witnessed for life on Respect Life Sunday, a day intended to turn attention to the dignity of human life.

Bishop Burbidge visited the Fayetteville Deanery Oct. 2 for two events.

First, he celebrated Mass at St. Mary Church in Laurinburg; Father JaVon Saxon, pastor, concelebrated.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge said we must be willing to offer courageous and faithful witness.

“If we are moved by mercy, we will respond to those in most need and will support our diocesan Catholic Charities programs and participate in outreach programs. If we are moved by mercy, we will be faithful citizens who call on our elected officials to protect and defend all of life,” he said. “If we are moved by mercy, we will seek ways to reassure those who are down on themselves of the infinite mercy and love of God who seeks to heal them.”

After Mass and a reception, Bishop Burbidge travelled Planned Parenthood in Fayetteville. While there, he prayed the Rosary with the faithful at the “40 Days for Life” prayer vigil site. A national pro-life campaign, “40 Days for Life” is held each fall and spring.

Bishop Burbidge blessed the witnesses and the pregnancy center. He urged the people to have faith, noting that even faith the size of a mustard seed can accomplish great things. He recalled the story of the abortion clinic in Toledo, Ohio, that closed after many years of prayer and is now a garden. Learn more in Raleigh to Rome.

“Our sidewalk was overflowing,” Aime Cresante, the Respect Life Ministry coordinator for the Fayetteville Deanery, said. “Seventy-seven people signed up, but 175 people showed up! That’s the power of WOW!” Seventeen parishes were represented at the vigil.

Photography by Sandra Ticino (Respect Life Mass) and Samantha Scott (40 Days for Life)

Read Bishop Burbidge’s homily