BAY CITY— For the second year, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated a special Mass in remembrance of babies who have died in their mother’s womb or as infants, and to pray for parents and families who have suffered the pain of miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion or infant death.
About 150 individuals— men, women, couples and families of all ages— gathered for the Mass of Remembrance for the Unborn on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, St. Hyacinth Church, in Bay City.
At the beginning of Mass, Bishop prayed that those gathered would open their hearts and feel the peace of the Lord, along with the “sure and certain knowledge” that their children were in Heaven.
“Healing is so important for your hearts, for your joy, for your peace,” Bishop Cistone said.
Lori Becker, Respect Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Saginaw, said the purpose of the Mass was to help parents and families heal and forgive.
“Healing takes place in community, when you know you’re not alone,” she said.