Father Shawn Roser, left, rededicates a monument to the unborn Jan. 13, at St. Joseph Parish in Bradenton. (BOB REDDY | FC)

Parish’s monument to unborn rededicated

Bradenton | A monument to the unborn was recently rededicated at St. Joseph Parish in Bradenton. Fittingly, the ceremony took place Jan. 13, the Baptism of Our Lord and National Sanctity of Life Sunday.

The granite monument was inspired by the Knights of Columbus Council 5604 and placed under an oak tree near the parish hall in 1994 and dedicated “In Remembrance of Innocent Victims of Abortion.” While the monument has been unmoved, members of the St. Joseph Parish Respect Life Team recently decided to spruce up the surrounding space by adding a concrete bench to the space.

The bench has the inscription: “Dedicated to all of the unborn whose lives were lost and all those who work and prayer for the end of abortion. Sponsored by St. Joseph Respect Life and the Knights of Columbus Council 5604.” The generous gift was made possible thanks to the generosity of Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home.

The Respect Life Team, led by Karen Soscia, cleaned the monument, and also added solar lighting that will allow it to be visible at night. Father Shawn Roser, who presided over the rededication and blessing of the monument, said it was wonderful of the Knights to put up the monument 25 years ago.

“It is a good idea to rededicate the monument and our efforts to support life,” Father Roser said. “Life is so precious from the beginning at conception to natural death. This is such an important thing for all of us to remember, especially for all of those young lives who were lost to abortion.”

Following the rededication, Knight Al Connizzo, of Toale Brothers, spoke about a current Diocesan-wide Knights of Columbus initiative to support life in a direct way by raising money to purchase a Mobile Health Clinic, which will be operated by Community Pregnancy Clinics Inc. with life-affirming clinics in Sarasota, Fort Myers, and Naples