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A remarkable form of ministry, via the National Catholic Register:
“Because of your caroling, we decided to keep our baby.” On a cold and crisp December morning, a young married couple spoke those words as their car pulled up next to Roseann Gracza and her Christmas carolers in front of the Family Planning Associates abortion center in San Bernardino, California. They had been looking for a sign not to go through with the abortion they had scheduled. Gracza recounted the story to the Register, saying they were “the nicest couple.” They already had a 4-month-old child and felt frightened about supporting another. As they waited for their appointment inside, the couple could see and hear through the window Gracza’s 23 pro-life carolers singing Christmas songs, including Silent Night. They re-emerged from the building and told Gracza they had canceled their appointment. “That was their sign,” Gracza said, recalling how the couple had joined hands, feeling confident about seeing the pregnancy through. This is the first year that Gracza, the president of the pro-life ministry at St. Vincent Ferrer in Menifee, California, organized Christmas caroling in front of the San Bernardino abortion center. She recruited 23 carolers from six churches, who sang outside for 90 minutes. Even though they did not have perfect voices, “we sang from our hearts,” she recalled. The Christmas caroling Gracza organized in San Bernardino was part of a wider movement of caroling in front of abortion businesses during this Advent season called “Peace in the Womb.” The “Peace in the Womb” caroling takes place this year in approximately 60 locations in 29 states and the District of Columbia, with events taking place Dec. 9-28.
Photo: by Sam Scheidler/Courtesy of Pro-Life Action League/National Catholic Register