MINSTER — A pumpkin memorial for the unborn was held Sunday night on the front steps of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster.

Minster’s youth led a pro-life Rosary on the front steps, surrounded by more than 300 pumpkins that were carved with a cross into them. 

The pumpkins were there to represent the number of abortions that take each day in the U.S., with each pumpking representing more than seven lives, according to Stacie Lamm, the event organizer.

“Our prayers are what we can offer up but there's also help,” said Lamm. “We can show them direction. We can guide them, we can support them with their finances. But our prayers are the No. 1 thing that can help them. Doing this Rosary as a community, it speaks volumes for the little kids all the way up to the grandparents. It's just a way for us to gather.”

Minster student Mary Schmiesing felt it was a nice way for the community to come together. 

“We're in such a small town and have a very little population. Seeing everyone come out here today means a lot to me personally because every pumpkin means seven lives,” she said. “When you see a small community, less than half of these can take out a whole community. It means a lot to me that we're all here fighting for the same belief. We're just fighting for the right to life. We want to stop abortion.”

Students recited the Rosary with several taking turns to light the candles inside the pumpkins. 

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