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From the desk of Fr. Speier 

Dear Parishioners:  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bishop Thomas and the members of the Diocesan Right to Life Office for the work they did in putting together the Mass for Life this past Saturday. I want to also thank the members of St. Catherine of Siena Parish for hosting the reception after the mass and walk and our parish choir for their participation in the mass and those who participated by serving the mass and leading the procession to and from the clinic. I would also like to thank the members of the Toledo Police Department and the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office who kept the peace as we processed. 

It was everyone’s hope that we would not have to do the mass this year but with the actions of the board at Toledo Hospital the abortion clinic is still open. We will have to see what this year holds. 

This was probably the angriest group we have run into in the four year we have participated in the march. The signs they held were vulgar and made little sense. They blared their music as loud as they could and their chants were also obnoxious. This year a number of the protesters followed us back almost to Eleanor Avenue. With all the noise that this group was offering it was difficult to pray. Nonetheless I think that the prayer of the group was more profound in the light of all the extra noise that was offered. 

In society today, life issues, as well as many other topics can set crowds off. We have seen that in recent weeks and we will continue to see that for the near future. Even though abortion is the law of the land that does not make it right. If we consider that all life comes from God we human beings have no right to take life. The right to life issue is not just about abortion. Even though abortion is the hot button issue it involves all aspects of life. The phrase that we hear often is: “From the cradle to the grave”, is the scope of right to life issues. These issues begin with abortion but they also affect the lives of the handicapped, the elderly, capital punishment, assisted suicide, the homeless and many other issues that we face. 

So many good people have spent a great deal of time, money and prayer working for the good of life. We have to thank them for their hard work and perseverance. Bob Schoen from St. Catherine of Siena Parish spends a great deal of time at the abortion clinic praying and even answering questions or gives counsel, when asked. If you ever want to get involved in this prayer ministry just give Bob a call and he will give you all the information you need. 

In addition to praying at the clinic each of us can pray daily for the end of abortion. That is one of the petitions that we can added to our list.