Memorial Prayer Garden

We, at St. John XXIII Parish, have a vision – a vision for a beautiful memorial stone to honor babies who were victims of abortion. 

But that’s not all – our vision includes surrounding the memorial with a beautiful Prayer Garden for grieving, reflecting, praying, meditating, or just sitting quietly to get away from it all. 

Here you will be able to connect closely with God in the beauty of His creation, to allow His presence to bring peace and healing.  We all have wounds from past experiences and lost loved ones.  This will be the perfect place to begin to heal from those wounds.

The garden will be used for individuals to pray and reflect, for group prayers, and for memorial services, including the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, and will be open for Tamaqua, surrounding areas, or anyone who would like to visit.  We are so excited to bring this Garden Memorial to our communities.

St. John XXIII Parish is inviting you to be a permanent part of making this dream become a reality and helping others.  We are offering an opportunity to purchase a brick, stone, or bench for the garden.  This can be purchased as a donation or in memory of a lost loved, including those lost through abortion, still birth, miscarriage, suicide, or drug overdose.  You can have their name(s) engraved and also add a simple emblem that you can choose from a list.


We had enough funds for the down payment of the teardrop monument stone and it has been ordered!
The stone will take up to 4-6 months to complete, and the monument company will hold the stone until we have the rest of the funds.

Petritsch Landscaping has been contacted and is working on preparing the plans for the layout and plants for the garden.

The footer for the Memorial Stone has been poured and is ready for the Monument

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