As prelude to the 19th annual National March for Life – Ottawa, on May 9, the Quebec Life Coalition is organizing an evening of pro-life activities on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Two events will characterize this evening – a workshop on post-abortion healing and a mass in remembrance of the victims of abortion.
The workshop will be held at the convent of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary – 60, Laurier Avenue East, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The doors will open in the Marie de la passion hall beginning at 4:30 p.m.
A guest speaker will share her experience of healing after her own abortion. This then will be followed by hands on exercises by the participants.
The second event will be a Eucharistic celebration to be held in Saint-Enfant-Jésus church, 5039, Saint-Dominique Street, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The mass will be preceded by a rosary (7:00 p.m.) and will be followed by a Eucharistic procession (approx.. 8:30 p.m.)
The mass will be presided by the auxiliary bishop of Montreal, Msgr. Thomas Dowd.
The complete schedule for the evening reads as follows:
- 5 p.m. Stories : Post-Abortion Healing Through Sharing Experiences
- 5:15 p.m. Speaker - Ms. Dale Barr, Silent No More Awareness Campaign
- 5:30 p.m. Sharing Stories – 5 minutes each
- 6 :30 p.m. Closing
- 7 :00 p.m. Meditated Rosary - Saint-Enfant-Jésus Church
- 7 :30 p.m. Mass presided by auxiliary bishop of Montréal - Mgr. Thomas Dowd
- 8 :30 p.m. – 9 :15 p.m. Eucharistic Procession - Lahaie Park exterior
- 9 :30 p.m. Closure.
Our Guests - Profile
Mrs. Dale Barr is a spokesperson for "Silent No More Awareness Campaign." For ten years, she has shared about the impact that her abortion has had on her life. Various groups to which she has made presentations include Cornwall Pro-life, pro-life groups in the Maritimes, and gatherings at the national marches for life, both in Ottawa and in Washington, D.C. She participates regularly as a team member in Rachel's Vineyard retreat weekends. On this night, she will share how speaking about her abortion has been a source of healing for her, providing her with a greater sense of personal freedom.
Msgr. Thomas Dowd is the auxiliary bishop of the Montreal diocese. He was ordained to the priesthood in December, 2001 and elevated to the post of bishop in July, 2011. When elevated as bishop, he was then the youngest one in the entire Roman Catholic Church. Bishop Dowd is also known for his use of new technologies to carry on the Church’s evangelization mission - blogging, and using both Facebook and Twitter.