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Prayer, public witness to combine at pro-life Mass, rosary procession

Prayer and public witness will combine Sept. 3 at St. Mary Church in Bellevue, in what has become a pro-life tradition in the archdiocese.

Archbishop George J. Lucas will preside at the 17th annual pro-life Mass, followed by a rosary procession to an abortion clinic three blocks from the church. The event includes exposition of the Eucharist after the 8 a.m. Mass, and it concludes at the church with Benediction and a reception.

Last year’s event drew more than 400 people, including a Knights of Columbus honor guard and volunteers holding walkie-talkies to relay the prayers during the procession.

The Mass provides an opportunity to celebrate the culture of life, act as a public witness and peacefully pray for an end to abortion at a spiritual "battleground" for life – a clinic where life-and-death decisions regularly take place, said Whitney Bradley, coordinator of the archdiocese’s Respect Life Apostolate.

"It really speaks to our hearts as Catholics," she said of the gathering. "This is really where we need to be and what we need to be doing – standing up for life in prayer."

The pro-life Mass – as well as the annual Life Chain in October of people lining Dodge Street in Omaha and other cities in the archdiocese and across the country – are among the largest gatherings for life in the archdiocese, Bradley said.

And people are invited to help at the Mass and procession by holding a walkie-talkie, assisting with the reception and other tasks, Bradley said. Volunteers may contact her at 402-551-9003 ext. 1306, or email at

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