Gerritsen Beach – Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, told parishioners at the Church of the Resurrection Oct. 14 that as the world seems to be getting “colder and darker,” perseverance is imperative on pro issues. -life.
“We gather here and persist in our prayer for an end to the culture of death – for the elimination, once and for all, not only [of] the sin of abortion, which is the murder of innocent unborn life, but the conversion of human hearts,” Bishop Caggiano said.
The occasion was the 29th annual Mass of the Rosary for Life at Gerritsen Ave. Church, with Bishop Caggiano as celebrant. The Brooklyn native – former Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn – is the chaplain of the international prayer group Rosary for Life.
The event began at 7 p.m. with approximately 75 people praying the rosary. By the time the mass began at 7:30 p.m., more than 200 people were present. The entrance procession included children from St. Athanasius Parish in Bensonhurst, dressed in blue and pink, following behind a statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
Wyn Powers, founder of the group Rosary for Life, said it was “wonderful” to see full pews.
Bishop Caggiano’s homily emphasized perseverance.
“We persist, recognizing that the world will not change unless you and I pledge to change as well and to grow ever more in holiness – to be heroines in life every time, in every conversation, everywhere. “, he said.
After Mass, Bishop Caggiano told The Tablet that in an increasingly divided society reasoned conversation has become more difficult, so Catholics must convert the world “not by our word but by our example.”
He said the scale of the evening’s turnout told him that the fervor for the cause is not dying, but growing. “Instead of a bonfire, it may become more focused, but the heat is more intense. The light is brighter, and then it will spread to the rest of the world, so I’m encouraged.
Vivian Degregorio, a parishioner, echoed Bishop Caggiano’s sentiment in comments after Mass. She said it was important for the community to come together for an important cause.
“I believe when people come together it brings light to the world,” Degregorio said. “It brings hope, and it’s something we all need right now.”
Bishop Caggiano said he traveled from Bridgeport to Brooklyn for Mass to continue his commitment from his time as a priest in the diocese. He said he had been the local Rosary chaplain for life and had known Powers for at least 20 years.
“It’s friendship. It is the cause, of course, and it gives me the opportunity to go back to my roots, so I like to come back,” Bishop Caggiano said.
Bishop Caggiano comes to the diocese every year to celebrate mass. For the organization’s 30th anniversary mass, he said he hopes to have the current bishop-designate of Brooklyn, Robert Brennan, with him. Bishop Brennan will be installed as Shepherd of the Diocese of Brooklyn on November 30.
“I think we are going to invite Bishop Brennan to come celebrate Mass,” Bishop Caggiano said. “As the new Bishop of Brooklyn, he really should.”