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St. Francis groups place 530 crosses along Tualatin-Sherwood Road

The crosses, placed by the church's Knights of Columbus, are to commemorate abortions since Roe v Wade


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE HOLTHOUSE - Members of St. Francis Catholic Church's Knights of Columbus and the parish's Respect Life Committee install white crosses along Tualatin-Sherwood Road Saturday to call attention to the passage of Roe v Wade 40 years ago.  Members of Sherwood’s St. Francis Catholic Church’s Knights of Columbus and the church’s Respect for Life Committee installed 530 white wooden crosses along Tualatin-Sherwood Road Saturday in commemoration of the “approximately 50,000,000 babies who have been aborted since the passage of Roe v Wade in 1973.”

The crosses were spaced out about three feet apart on the north side of Tualatin-Sherwood Road near the intersection with Langer Farms Parkway on private property, according to Steve Holthouse, a member of the St. Francis Knights of Columbus.

Installed in about two hours by 24 people, each represent 106,000 abortions that have occurred since 1973, said Holthouse.

In addition to the crosses, a 4-foot-tall by 12-foot-wide banner explaining the memorials was placed at the site as well, said Holthouse. A dedication ceremony was held on Sunday morning at St. Francis, conducted by Rev. Ysreal Bien.

“These crosses represent people who had no choice in how to live their lives,” said Holthouse. “We, the St. Francis Knights of Columbus and the Respect Life Committee, feel it is our duty to give them some sort of voice, and we look upon these crosses as successfully increasing the awareness of the tragedy of abortion.”

The crosses, which are on private property owned by the Langer family, will remain in place until the end of January.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE HOLTHOUSE - It took members of St. Francis Catholic Church about two hours to install 530 crosses along Tualatin-Sherwood Road Saturday.



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