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Power of prayer



On Monday, Jan. 23, Bishop Robert Deeley, of the Portland Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, paid a visit to the Holy Cross School in South Portland, visiting with students and staff to mark the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children called each year by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This years event fell one day after the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. “Today, in a special way, we lift up the unborn child, so we are aware of the beautiful gift that each child is, that each one of us is,” Deeley told students. “Our prayer this morning is to remember all of the unborn children who don’t get to see life.” The visit also was prelude to Catholic Schools Week, scheduled for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, which will include a variety of service projects conducted by students at Holy Cross and across Maine. “We do these service projects, so we can help other people improve their situation in life,” Deeley said. “If we see ourselves as the image and likeness of God, we can spread that joy to others and change the world.” Above, left, Guilianna Connell, a kindergarten student at Holy Cross School in South Portland listens to Deeley during his Jan. 23 visit. “What is beautiful about a Catholic school is that what we do here is recognize that you are a whole person. You have a spiritual side that we can nourish too,” he told students. “We can talk about our spiritual side as well as the knowledge that we need to live in the world. We can talk about what it is that God wants us to do and how God wants us to live our lives.” Center, Betina Bolese, and 8th grader at Holy Cross School in South Portland listens to Bishop Robert Deeley during his Jan. 23 visit. Right, Deeley takes time during a Jan. 23 visit to Holy Cross School in South Portland to speak with kindergarten students Ashley Clyde, left, and Joy Nkongolo. (Courtesy photo)s On Monday, Jan. 23, Bishop Robert Deeley, of the Portland Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, paid a visit to the Holy Cross School in South Portland, visiting with students and staff to mark the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children called each year by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This years event fell one day after the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. “Today, in a special way, we lift up the unborn child, so we are aware of the beautiful gift that each child is, that each one of us is,” Deeley told students. “Our prayer this morning is to remember all of the unborn children who don’t get to see life.” The visit also was prelude to Catholic Schools Week, scheduled for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, which will include a variety of service projects conducted by students at Holy Cross and across Maine. “We do these service projects, so we can help other people improve their situation in life,” Deeley said. “If we see ourselves as the image and likeness of God, we can spread that joy to others and change the world.” Above, left, Guilianna Connell, a kindergarten student at Holy Cross School in South Portland listens to Deeley during his Jan. 23 visit. “What is beautiful about a Catholic school is that what we do here is recognize that you are a whole person. You have a spiritual side that we can nourish too,” he told students. “We can talk about our spiritual side as well as the knowledge that we need to live in the world. We can talk about what it is that God wants us to do and how God wants us to live our lives.” Center, Betina Bolese, and 8th grader at Holy Cross School in South Portland listens to Bishop Robert Deeley during his Jan. 23 visit. Right, Deeley takes time during a Jan. 23 visit to Holy Cross School in South Portland to speak with kindergarten students Ashley Clyde, left, and Joy Nkongolo. (Courtesy photo)s

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