West Roxbury, MA, Stand Up Rally

Posted by Lou Murray (June 8, 2012 at 10:17 am)

The West Roxbury Stand Up Rally and Vigil was a beautiful event. A massive downpour and lightening shower rolled through the neighborhood an hour before the event was to start. But as we set up the stage and podium, a cool breeze like the Holy Spirit swept through the streets. The skies cleared and the sun beamed bright.

Over 135 people from all over the Parkway and points north and south attended the event. Our event began with a prayer vigil on the Holy Name Rotary. We gathered together on the lawn in the shadow of Holy Name Church at 6:30pm. Father Carlson, the pastor of Holy Name gave a blessing and asked us to have perseverence as we prayed for our political leaders to have the courage and wisdom to help defeat the HHS Mandate.

The 141 attendees stood shoulder to shoulder around the inner park of the rotary. The vast majority of vehicles were very supportive as they passed. (This is a high visibility park.) The event was a huge success with a high number of families with young children coming by after work.

Clergy from all the local parishes came to the event and spoke very briefly before they led us in the Invocation, Benediction, and Lord’s Prayer. Our event was also designed to shatter the old media myth/template that the resistance to the HHS Mandate is the Christian/Catholic brigades wing of the war on women/contraception.

Our committee had three local twenty something female professionals speak. They were simply the best. Their brains, beauty, faith, youth, and clarion voices shattered the media myth. More on the speakers later…its late and I have to get some sleep. Thanks to all who came.

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