St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish in Northfield — named for a saint especially revered by the pro-life movement — celebrated its first anniversary on Saturday, April 30.
Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, concelebrated the Vigil Mass with Father Patrick Brady, pastor, and other priests. Father Pavone also was the guest speaker at a dinner following the Mass.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish, Northfield, brought together the parish communities of St. Bernadette Church in Northfield and St. Peter Church in Pleasantville in May 2010.
The parish’s namesake is a saint who was an Italian pediatrician, wife and mother, who refused an abortion and hysterectomy during her fourth pregnancy, even while knowing that carrying the child endangered her life. Gianna Beretta Molla died in 1962 at the age of 39, shortly after giving birth to Gianna Emanuela. In 2004, she was canonized a saint.