Mass at Cathedral to promote Culture of Life

By Dave Jolivet
Anchor Editor

FALL RIVER, Mass. — In John 10:10 Jesus preached, “I came that they might have life and have it to the full.”

As is often the case, from when Christ spoke those words until today, some people don’t accept the great gift of life offered to them. On the contrary, they reject it and promote a culture where life, at any stage, is of little value.

Just last week in Parkland, Fla., a 19-year-old methodically shot and killed 17 innocent victims at a high school.

That same day, just blocks away from St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River, a young man was gunned down on South Main Street in broad daylight.

With so much evil taking place on a daily basis, the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus host a yearly Culture of Life Mass around the Commonwealth to promote the gift of which Our Lord spoke so many years ago.

William Donovan of Walpole has been in the Knights of Columbus for 50 years. He is currently the Culture of Life director for the Knights in the Commonwealth.

He and others have organized a Culture of Life Mass to take place at the cathedral in Fall River on Sunday February 25 at 10 a.m. Fall River Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. will be the main celebrant.

“We hold the Culture of Life Mass to make people aware of all the little babies aborted every week in our state and across the country,” Donovan told The Anchor. “The Supreme Knight, Carl A. Anderson, asked all Knights to put one day aside each year to remember the poor babies who are killed and the poor women who are victims as well.”

Donovan told The Anchor that every state council has to have a Culture of Life Director. “Carl Anderson has been the Supreme Knight for 15 years,” he said. “Before he took over, each state had a Pro-Life director, but Mr. Anderson realized it wasn’t just the unborn who were victims of the culture of death taking hold in this country, but also the elderly with physician-assisted suicide and other methods.”

He said that Anderson changed the Pro-Life title to Culture of Life. Just the change in the phrasing can make people think of the larger picture of respecting life from conception to natural death.

Donovan told The Anchor that he is hoping for a large turnout for Sunday’s Mass. “There’s not a bishop in the country who wouldn’t like to see the church packed for the Culture of Life Mass,” he said. “The bishops spend a lot of time preparing a beautiful homily promoting a Culture of Life in their diocese, state, country and the world. I hope people will come and listen to the message of what life is worth.”

Donovan said the Knights are doing something new at this year’s Mass. “The first 100 women to enter the church for the Mass will be given a rose — a symbol of life.”

Donovan is no stranger to the Diocese of Fall River, having worked several times with Marian Desrosiers, diocesan director of the Pro-Life Apostolate and Project Rachel.

Donovan also takes part once a year praying with other Pro-Life advocates outside the abortion clinic in Attleboro. “We are seeing more and more clinics closing, and it’s the efforts of people who pray and are a visible presence, who are making a difference and promoting a Culture of Life.”

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