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This amazing display will be coming back to Christ the King in Lombard beginning May 3rd through May 17th.


The display is a collection of 4,000 shoes, with each shoe representing an abortion that takes place in the United States every day.

The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection for the disabled and the elderly.   Click here to learn more about the IFRL.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Little Soles

The goal of Little Soles is to bring about changes of the heart to not only the hearts of women who may be contemplating an abortion, but also the hearts of men who may be encouraging them to have an abortion.  The founders of this display are interested in affecting people of all ages with a greater respect for life, as well as reaching out to women who may have been misled and are now struggling after having an abortion, letting them know that there is hope and forgiveness through Jesus.


The inspiration for the Little Soles Display came after viewing a similar display seen at a Lenten retreat in Vandalia, Illinois in March 2001. The display was a collection of 4,000 shoes in a huge pile and was brought to Vandalia by pro-life supporters from Boone County, Iowa.  It made such an impact on the founders of the Little Soles display project, Rosemary O’Connor and Ron Van Tassel of Kankakee, that they decided to begin work on their own collection of baby shoes, sizes 0-3, to circulate throughout the Midwest. 


Donated shoes have not arrived in huge quantities at one time.  Most often shoes have been sent a few pairs at a time.  Shoes have been sent by children, individuals, church groups, councils of Catholic women, and families. Among the collection there are some special shoes with special stories.  One sad grandparent donated two sets of shoes – a pair for a girl with a girl’s name tucked inside and one for a boy with a boy’s name tucked inside.  She related that her grandchild was aborted and these were the names that had been selected for the child.  


Another grandparent donated a pair of shoes from her living grandchild. The grandparent's daughter became pregnant while receiving radiation for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  She chose to discontinue the chemo therapy and all treatment in order to save the child's life, against her doctor's advice to abort the baby.  This young mother died when the baby was nine months old. 


Right now, the founders of this display are currently trying to build a 2nd display to send to parishes and are seeking more shoes, sizes 0-3. Collecting shoes can be a positive opportunity for your family, friends, neighbors, etc. to talk about abortion, adoption, and reverence for life at all ages.  Please send donations or shoes to: St. Rose of Lima, Attention: Little Soles, 486 W. Merchant St. Kankakee, Illinois 60901. For additional information, please visit


Again, the Little Soles will be displayed May 3rd through May 17th at Christ the King Parish, 1501 Main Street, Lombard.


It can be viewed any time the church is open for Mass, Eucharistic Adoration or any other parish service or event (you can view our calendar online at for times). Please visit us and spend some time with the display, to feel the impact of such testimony to the loss of life taking place each day, and the power of a small action to change people’s hearts.


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