A Pro-life Prayer vigil marking the thirty-sixth anniversary of the Roe versus Wade Supreme Court decision was held on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2501 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, WA.
The program began with Morning Prayer followed by Mass and a prayerful walk to the local Planned Parenthood Clinic. Mass intentions and music selections focused on the unborn and their mothers. Officiating at Holy Mass was Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Archdiocese of Seattle, and Fr. Brian Hersey, pastor of Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic parishes.
Patty Bellows, vigil organizer, said, “Our purpose is to ask Almighty God to change the hearts of those seeking an abortion and the conversion of the hearts of those who provide abortions.” At the conclusion of Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, a procession and recitation of the Most Holy Rosary was prayed.
During the Homily, Fr. Hersey told a story relating to Mother Teresa. A reporter once inquired of her, “How can you continue to bring children into this world?” Mother Teresa simply answered, “Bring them to me.”
Lunch was served by the Knights of Columbus Councils Everett #763 and Marysville #7863 and the Youth Ministry ClubSix56. Additionally, members of John F. Kennedy Assembly #1530 participated in regalia. Nearly 225 people attended this peaceful, powerful and prayerful vigil.