Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - Updated: 11:58 am
Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid will lead a Eucharistic procession Wednesday, March 25, following a 7 p.m. Mass at Epiphany Church of Divine Mercy Parish in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. This replaces a procession to the Planned Parenthood office in Downtown Pittsburgh Feb. 25 to kick off the spring 40 Days for Life campaign that was postponed by rainy conditions.
Nikki Bruni, local 40 Days for Life director, noted that Bishop Waltersheid was so disappointed about the postponement that he wanted to reschedule it. She said he has indicated that if there is more rain, he will have someone drive him with the Blessed Sacrament in a car while everyone else processes.
In noting that March 25 is the feast of the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would conceive and bear a Son, Bruni said, “(I)t is the perfect day to bring our Lord to the place where so many babies are killed before they can be born.”
More than 500 people attended the Feb. 25 liturgy celebrated by Bishop Waltersheid. Father Joseph Freedy delivered the homily.
“Now is not the time to be discouraged,” Father Freedy said. “Now is the time to be encouraged.” He thanked the congregation for its “courageous witness” against abortion, and said that the fruits of their prayers and sacrifices were evident in the large turnout.
Some 40 priests were in attendance. In noting their presence, Bishop Waltersheid said, “Despite what you hear on the news, our priests are good, are holy, are loving, are faithful.”
This year’s 40 Days campaign is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Groups from local worship communities maintain a peaceful, public prayer vigil from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily outside the abortion center on Liberty Avenue. 40 Days for Life will end with a closing rally on Palm Sunday, April 5.
The campaign is credited with saving almost 17,000 children nationwide since it began 10 years ago.