Fr. Pavone Celebrates "Terri's Day" Mass at Ave Maria Oratory
Published on Thursday, 01 April 2010 14:10
The family of Terri Schindler-Schiavo has "rallied all of us against the culture of death," Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said at a Mass marking the fifth anniversary of the young woman's death.
Terri Schiavo died after a Florida court ordered that she be deprived of food and water at her husband's request because she was said to be in a "persistent vegetative state."
"Terri's family's foundation is reaching out to other families in similar situations," Fr. Pavone said during his homily at the Mass Wednesday in the Ave Maria oratory. Thisis the second year that the Mass has been celebrated in Ave Maria on what is called "Terri's Day."
Following Mass, Fr. Pavone urged those attending to make sure they prepare documents that make their wishes clear about end-of-life decisions, and that they designate someone they can trust to represent them should such a situation arise. This can be accomplished through a "Will to Live," which can be prepared for Florida residents at no charge through the Quasi Parish offices by Ave Maria lawyer Robert Klucik. A more detailed explanation of a "Will to Live" is in a document prepared for the parish bulletin available in PDF form here.
Despite the attention given to the case of Terri Schiavo, professionals who specialize in end-of-life issues say that most Americans have not spelled out directives for caregivers. (See story here from the Associated Press)