VALENZUELA City, Feb. 9, 2015—To celebrate Pro-Life Month this February, the Parish of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima remembered the millions of aborted babies recently in a simple but solemn ceremony in which parishioners and pilgrims offered prayers, lit candles, and released white balloons for the repose of souls of the innocent victims of what the Catholic Church decries as a “silent genocide”.
Fr. Ramon R. Garcia officiated the ceremony held Saturday morning, Feb. 7, in front of the shrine compound’s “Memorial to the Holy Innocents,” blessing the tomb as well as the gathered participants.
A young girl, a teenager, and a family whose youngest member suffers from Down’s syndrome offered prayers for the Unborn, and lit white candles in loving memory of those babies who died even before they saw the light of day.
White balloons were released to symbolically represent the prayers that will be heard in heaven where the faithful hope the souls of the Unborn will finally find peace.
The event is a project of the Parish-Shrine’s Commission on Family and Life headed by Celing Rivera along with the Daughters of Mary Immaculate’s Sr. Patty Concepcion, and the Knights of Columbus’ Br. Ivan Richard Viray.(Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)