"How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love." - BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA

Women and families celebrated on feast day of St. Gianna

Bishop John Barres celebrated the 5 p.m. Mass Saturday, April 27th, for the feast of Saint Gianna Molla at the Cathedral of St Agnes, Rockville Centre.

St. Gianna is the patron of mothers, physicians and unborn children. The liturgy included a blessing in thanksgiving for those celebrating, hoping for and expecting the gift of a child.

After Mass there was an opportunity to venerate the relics of St. Gianna, given to the Rockville Centre Diocese by St. Gianna’s daughter, also named Gianna Molla. A reception followed in the pastoral center with resources on fertility, pregnancy support, post-abortion ministry and other related areas.

Read Bishop Barres’ homily below the gallery of photos from the Mass.