An El Paso, Texas family found an abandoned prematurely born baby in the park earlier this year while walking their dog. The child, named Baby Soccoro, was buried earlier this year. But, on Monday, she was give a proper remembrance ceremony, where attendees dedicated a memorial headstone bearing her name.
Bishop Mark J. Seitz and her “adopted” family read passages from Scripture and representatives of House of Hope, a non-profit organization that helps women with unplanned pregnancies, and the Knights of Columbus gathered around the tiny marker that will be all that remembers this little one who never had a proper chance at life.
According to a local news report about the memorial event, the baby was about 4 month along:
“We gathered to show our love and concern for her as a member of the family that God has created,” Seitz said when she was buried in May.
“Today we come to bless this headstone that was given to her as a place that will be a sign of her presence and reminder for all,” he said. “May she have everlasting life and rejoice in God.”
Seitz reiterated that the fetus with an estimated fetal age of about four months mattered. Her parents mattered. And the community must look upon her parents with compassion. They probably did not know what to do, he said.
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“We believe as Christians and as Catholics that we are willed into life by God as part of his plan that is sometimes so far beyond us that we can’t begin to understand all of its aspects,” he said.
He added, “I’m not aware that God has ever made a mistake. Socorro is not a mistake and so we recognize her and no matter what point she was along the process that God began with her in her mother’s womb and she was a beloved creature of God.”