Respect Life & Social Justice Office to sponsor First Saturday Rosaries
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Beginning in May 4, the Diocesan Respect Life & Social Justice Office will once again sponsor the monthly First Saturday Rosary at South Wind Women’s Center, previously known as Tiller’s abortion clinic at 5107 E. Kellogg, Wichita. The new clinic has been outspoken in saying it will provide abortions up to the 14th week of pregnancy. A child may not be considered a piece of property, an idea to which an alleged 'right to a child' would lead. In this area, only the child possesses genuine rights: the right 'to be the fruit of the specific act of the (marital) love of his parents,' and 'the right to be respected as a person from the moment of his conception (CCC 2378, DV,II,8).
Once the sperm and egg join in the fallopian tube, a unique human being is created.
By day 20 after conception, a very young person's heart, brain, spinal column, and nervous system are almost complete and his eyes begin to form
By Week 5 after conception a very young person's face is taking shape; his forehead, eyes, nostrils and mouth are evident; external ears are beginning; hand and foot plates appear in his limb buds.
By Weeks 9-10 after conception, all areas of a very young person's body are sensitive to touch. He sucks his thumbs, swallows, squints, frowns and puckers his brow. If his palm is stroked, he will make a tight fist.
By 11 weeks - spontaneous breathing movements, has fingernails, all body systems working.
By 13 weeks- Although this baby was already a boy or girl at fertilization, his/her sex is now identifiable. To learn more about fetal development go the Respect Life Social Justice website.
Bonnie Toombs, director of the office, invites all to come and pray for the intention of an end to abortion and the establishment of a culture of life in our society. The Rosary will be prayed at 9 a.m. each first Saturday at the clinic, 5107 E. Kellogg in Wichita. The first Saturday was chosen because of the First Saturday devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary asked for by Our Lady of Fatima. As a diocesan family we join our prayers and hearts with Mary and ask her intercession for the conversion of all who provide or receive abortions.
Toombs said that although anyone is invited to join in the monthly recitation of the Rosary on any first Saturday, specific parishes will be asked to support the Rosary. Check The Catholic Advance calendar section for the list of parishes each month or download it here.
Through the First Saturday Rosary, the Respect Life & Social Justice Office offers the faithful of the Diocese the opportunity to join together in a prayerful vigil to give witness to our belief about the sanctity of life from the very moment of conception. You may contact the office at
or 316 269-3935.