Mary’s Garden is located at the south west area of St. Bridget Church near Division Street. It has two focal points:
The Respect Life Monument honors those yet to be born. It is a visible reminder that all life, from conception to natural death, is sacred. The granite monument is in the shape of a woman embracing a child. As the Virgin Mary protected her child, Jesus, we are to care for all of life, especially the unborn. The Catholic Church teaches that life is sacred beginning at conception; therefore, our parish supports mothers with unplanned pregnancies in a variety of ways. For those women who have previously had an abortion we reach out, as Christ would, for healing. If you are hurting or need help, please contact the Pregnancy Helpline coordinator, Tricia Humphreys, at www.rfpregnancyhelpline.com or call 715-425-8539.
The Peace Pole Project started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in response to the bombings on Hiroshima. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in a different language, one on each side.
Peace begins in the heart and mind of each individual. As war begins with thoughts of war, Peace begins with thoughts of Peace. The Peace Pole reminds us to keep Peace ever-present in our thoughts. As we learn to honor one another, our environment, plants, animals and all creation on Earth, the vision of global Peace will gradually become a natural way of life, a true culture of Peace.
Catholic teaching promotes peace as a positive, action orientated concept. In the words of Pope John Paul II, “Peace is not just the absence of war. It involves mutual respect and confidence between peoples and nations. It involves collaboration and binding agreements.”
There is a close relationship in Catholic teaching between peace and justice. Peace is the fruit of justice and is dependent upon right order among human beings. (One of the Key Principles of Catholic Social Teaching)