Bishop Sheridan dedicates memorial to the unborn
ELIZABETH. On April 29, Bishop Michael Sheridan blessed and dedicated a memorial to the unborn children at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Elizabeth. He was accompanied by Colorado State Knights of Columbus officers and a Fourth Degree Honor Guard.
This memorial, located below a tall wooden cross, stands atop a prominent hill at the cemetery, which is located behind Our Lady of the Visitation Parish. It was generously provided by the Colorado State Knights of Columbus as a Memorial to the Unborn, the “Holy Innocents” — babies who died before birth. Bishop Sheridan officiated this dedication after celebrating the Confirmation Mass at the parish.
This memorial commemorates those affected by pre-birth deaths of children and provides an opportunity for all to visit and proffer prayers in the northern deanery of the Diocese of Colorado Springs for the continued efforts of the Church through its Respect Life ministries.
Additionally, on May 17, 2017, Father Bob Newbury, pastor of Our Lady of the Visitation, and members of the parish, its Respect Life Committee and Altar and Rosary Society participated in a graveside service at the foot of this memorial gravestone for the inurnment of 12 fetal cremated remains, which the cemetery recently received from a local funeral home.
In accordance with the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sanctity of life, Queen of Heaven Cemetery has provided no-cost burial arrangements (in collaboration with the local funeral service) for babies who die before birth since about 2008.
(Tim Gerrells is a member of Our Lady of the Visitation Parish in Elizabeth.)