Annual Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass
October 9, 2016

Respect Life Mass

The Annual Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair at the Cathedral of St. Joseph at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2016. A large crowd was in attendance including many parish pro-life representatives from churches in the Archdiocese. Under the direction of Dr. Ezequiel Menendez, Director of Music, the Cathedral was filled with organ music and

In his homily, Archbishop Blair frequently referred to the Gospel of Life. He commented that today this most meaningful document is often not accepted even among Catholics, since the culture emphasizes, and often successfully, the absence of absolutes, bending instead to personal choice and one’s own moral code.

On the positive side for our Church, Archbishop Blair stated, “Our Church is far from bleak …It is both the best of times and the worst of times: the best because there are so many defending life in their steadfast belief that all human life is precious; it is the worst of times since the attacks to life are coming from so many fronts.”

In alluding to the lepers in Sunday’s gospel, the Archbishop likened the grateful leper to those who stand up for life, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” He concluded by saying, “It is always the right time to proclaim the Gospel of Life. Proclaim it with faith, love and joy.”

Respect Life Mass Father Thomas Walsh

St. Gianna Beretta Molla medals.

Reverend Thomas Walsh receives medal.

Thomas Dwyer Dr. Tom and Donna Finn

Archbishop Blair and Mr. Thomas Dwyer.

Archbishop Blair greets Dr. Thomas and Donna Finn.

Before the conclusion of Mass, Archbishop Blair presented the St. Gianna Beretta Molla medals to: Reverend Thomas Walsh, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Finn and Mr. Thomas Dwyer; following the medal ceremony each parish pro-life representative was given a candle representing life and light.

At the conclusion of Mass, in the back of the church, Archbishop Blair greeted and thanked those who had come to celebrate the gift of life.

Respect Life Mass

Respect Life Mass



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