LINCOLN (SNR) – Bishop James Conley will offer a special Mass for healing and reparation for all those impacted by abortion Friday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 3500 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln.
Bishop Conley emphasized that all affected by abortion in any way were encouraged to attend the Mass.
“Everyone has been impacted by abortion,” he said. “We all live with the consequences of the culture of death.”
More than 55 million children have been aborted in the United States since Roe v Wade in 1973.
“There are so many people living with guilt and shame, with fear and hopelessness because of abortion,” he said. “It is my hope that this Mass will remind women who have had abortions, and all people affected by abortion, of God’s loving mercy.”
Organizers assisting the bishop with plans for the Mass stressed that all people in the pro-life movement are welcome to attend the Mass and show the Church’s respect for human dignity at all stages.
Bishop Conley said the idea for the Mass came after hearing from women about their abortions. While the Diocese of Lincoln offers a Mass of the Holy Innocents for children lost in miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death – and those grieving abortion may also attend that Mass – he said that it seemed important to give this special attention.
“Especially now,” he said, referring to the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Research, which show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the mutilation of unborn children and the sale of their body parts to researchers, “we’re face to face with the reality of the culture of death.”
“These videos can open old wounds,” he added. “The people suffering from the effects of abortion need our love.”
Extended Eucharistic Adoration will take place after Mass until 8 p.m. Multiple priests will be available to hear confessions before, during, and after Mass.
The day of the Mass, Oct. 16, is the memorial of St. Gerard Majella and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. St. Gerard is the patron of expectant mothers. An Italian Redemptorist who died in 1755, many miracles of healthy births are attributed to his intercession. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was a French nun and mystic who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
“I hope those who have been impacted by abortion will attend this Mass,” Bishop Conley said, “especially those who may have hesitated or feared to seek God’s mercy.”
“I hope, too, that all those who seek to protect the unborn will attend the Mass and show their care and concern for those affected by abortion.”