Saturday prayer vigil for life draws hundreds

Sue DuCharme (left) and Maureen McClorey, of St. Joseph Parish in Detroit and St. Michael Parish in Livonia, respectively, pray the rosary in front of a Westland abortion clinic during Saturday morning's prayer vigil.

Westland — Hundreds of Catholics turned up Saturday morning in Livonia to pray for an end to abortion.

The prayer service consisted of Mass at St. Michael Church in Livonia, followed by a rosary vigil in front of an abortion clinic in Westland. It was led by Archbishop Allen Vigneron and organized by the pro-life group Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.

“What we do, our witness for life, is part of a broader, deeper…more cosmic struggle — a struggle for God on our behalf,” said Archbishop Vigneron during his homily at Mass. “God needs us, with the living body and blood of his Son, so that we, too, can be agents for the triumph of life.”

Participants in the pro-life events nearly filled St. Michael Church on Plymouth Road. Afterward, the Mass-goers were handed maps to a parking lot three blocks from a clinic on Ford Road near Wayne Road. School busses were employed to transport some of the participants.

The pro-lifers gathered in the lot and walked to the clinic while Archbishop Vigneron and others led the rosary via walkie talkies. They spent about an hour in prayer in front of the clinic, saying the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and singing hymns before returning to St. Michael Church for benediction and a reception.

“We believe that women who come to have abortions need our prayers,” said participant Elizabeth Wey, who was present with her husband and two small children. “We show support for them and can show them that there are alternatives.”