Parish Pro-Life Activities
On Respect Life Sunday (the first Sunday in October), St. Sebastian parishioners are invited to join Akron area citizens, standing together in silence and prayer as a visible statement of solidarity with the unborn. Participants hold uniform signs stating "Abortion Kills Children," "Adoption: The Loving Option," "Jesus Heals and Forgives." Life Chain is approved by the Cleveland Diocese and is endorsed by the Catholic Commission, Southern Region. This past October (2004), Life Chain started in front of the abortion clinic at 839 East Market St. and extended westward to 714 West Market St. (near Key Bank), where signs were available beginning at 2:00 p.m. Participants stood at various points along the route from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
CEMETERY OF CROSSES (Monument to the Unborn)
For two weeks during October (Respect Life Month), our parish displays a field of white crosses to symbolize the fact that almost 4000 children per day are aborted in the United States. Our parish joins many others in the Akron area which have been presenting this display during October. We prayerfully remember the victims of abortion (the babies, their mothers and fathers), as well as women having problems conceiving or carrying a child, women considering an abortion, and women suffering from post-abortion syndrome.
BEACON JOURNAL PRO-LIFE AD
Parish volunteers collect signatures in early January after all Masses for publication in Right to Life of Summit County's newspaper ads, which are featured in the Akron Beacon Journal coinciding with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22nd. Last year's theme (2004) was "Babies Deserve Life. Women Deserve Better." A $5.00 donation per signature line (individual/couple/family) is appreciated, to defray the expense of the ads. The Right to Life signature campaign provides our parishioners with an efficient and direct way to publicly express their support for this cause each year.
MOTHER'S DAY CARNATION SALE
Parish volunteers offer beautiful carnations for sale after all Masses on Mother's Day. Proceeds benefit Summit County Right to Life.
Prayer for Life
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life. Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the creator and lover of life.
Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, 1995