Mass for the Unborn celebrated

By Mary Kowalyshyn

SASKATOON — The second annual Mass for the Unborn took place at St. Anthony’s Church Aug. 17. Knights of Columbus member Eddie Yasinski led the rosary prior to mass. A procession went to the statue of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, where flowers were placed in memory of the unborn.

St. Gianna Beretta Molla is the patron saint of mothers, physicians and unborn children. Rev. Marcin Mironiuk, OMI, led the prayer. A luncheon and program followed in the parish hall.

Knights of Columbus from many areas were introduced and acknowledged. Merv Polzen, chair of the Yorkton-Melville deanery, brought greetings on behalf of the Archdiocese of Regina. Marcy Millette, past president of Saskatchewan Pro-Life, shared some astounding statistics and challenged the audience with a quiz.

She noted that unborn babies have no legal status in this country and can be aborted up to the ninth month. Canada stands alone with China and North Korea as the only countries lacking an abortion law.

National polls show that over 60 per cent of Canadians want to see an end to the free for all holocaust of abortion, Millette said. Few Canadians know that we terminate over 300 babies in this country every day, she added. Saskatchewan abortion statistics show one out of every four babies are killed through abortion.

Millette stressed the importance of advocacy, encouraging everyone to keep in touch with what is happening, to send signatures to MLAs to show that the majority want protection for the unborn. She outlined simply, “One of the missions of the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association is to equip its members with the knowledge needed to better spread this message: the sanctity of life and our duty to protect it.” She encouraged everyone to become a member of pro-life.

Guest speaker Anita Sonntag stood at the podium and spoke about abortion and its impact on men, women and families. She compared abortion to an animal caught in a trap who gnaws off its own leg to get free.”

She further stated: “Abortion is a traumatic experience with the same kind of after effects that soldiers in combat deal with, causing a breakdown of function in the physiological, spiritual and physical areas.”

She then presented her own testimony, calling it “From prison to freedom,” describing how she was imprisoned with her own abortion in her younger years, how it affected her and how she finally gained her freedom in her healing journey with the help and support of Rachel’s Vineyard (a post-abortion healing program presented in the form of a weekend retreat).

Presently, Sonntag is not only a member of Rachel’s Vineyard, but also the regional co-ordinator for Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia in the Silent No More Campaign. She makes her home in Saskatoon and has spoken publicly in many places throughout Canada. The audience responded with a standing ovation.

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