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St. Joseph Church Takes Part in "Respect Life" Sunday

More than two dozen members of Our Lady of Guadalupe walked to the church's garden, sang hymns, then headed over to the 'Respect Life' monument where 12 crosses were placed in the ground.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Abortion continues to draw debate both morally and legally.

On one side of the controversy, pro-life advocates.

Sunday, a St. Joseph church marked "Respect Life Sunday" during a ceremony at Our Lady of Guadalupe church.

"It's important for us to pray, for all of us to pray that women will not choose abortion; that they will choose life for their unborn children," said Kathy Powers.

Members of Our Lady of Guadalupe marked the day, along with other churches nationwide, through prayer and song.

"So many parishioners of our perish participated in this little prayer service today. Hopefully providing some kind of a witness," said Pastor Christian Malewski.

More than two dozen members walked to the church's garden, sang hymns, then headed over to the 'Respect Life' monument where 12 crosses were placed in the ground.

"Crying angel here. Crying for those lives lost to abortion and other tragic events against human life. And, of course, we have our crosses here to memorialize those thousands of lives who have lost their life to abortion," said Pastor Malewski.

Members of the church hope the monument will bring awareness to the community.

"People will see it and they will remember, that they too, believe in the dignity of human life. And, it will bring them to prayer. I think we all need to pray for a change of heart in our country," said Powers.

They want the community to remember that while there are opposing views, this church stands firm in what they believe.

"It might be a little off-putting to some, but at the same time, it calls us and brings us to a greater awareness," said Pastor Malewski.

"All human life has meanings and is cherished by God, and that's a very strong belief in our faith," said Powers.

As churches across the country mark 'Respect Life' month, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear abortion cases during its next session, which begins Monday.
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