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Saturday, July 12, 2008: Fr. Frank Pavone Baptized Children Saved from Abortion

On Saturday, July 12, 2008, Fr. Frank Pavone baptized two children, Shaelyn and Brandon, who were saved from abortion when sidewalk counselors intervened as the mothers approached the abortion facility. A third child, Elijah (Shaelyn’s older brother) was also baptized. The ceremony took place at Notre Dame Church in Bethlehem, PA with a full congregation of pro-life supporters.

Click here to see a gallery of photos from the event.

Click here to read Fr. Frank's column "From Abortion Clinic to Baptismal Font"

Hear Fr. Frank's Homily at the Baptism: [listen] or [download]

Fr. Frank with Yadira and Shaelyn
Fr. Frank with Yadira and her daughter Shaelyn. Yadira was persuaded to turn away from the abortion mill when she saw a photo of an aborted baby.

Yadira & Arelis
The two moms whose babies were baptized (Yadira (l.) and Arelis (r.)) stand to the applause of the congregation.

Fr. Frank invites Yadira to share with the congregation.
Fr. Frank invites Yadira to share with the congregation the story of how she came back to the abortion facility after Shaelyn was born and held a sign proclaiming how grateful she was that she did not abort this child.

Parents and godparents
Parents and godparents receive instructions as the moment of baptism approaches.

Fr. Frank preaches
Fr. Frank preaches on the meaning of baptism as the victory of life over death.

Fr. Frank blesses the water
Fr. Frank blesses the water, praying, “Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism.”

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