By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT — To offer the loving presence of Jesus’ mother amid the challenges of 2020, Una Voce Quad Cities has taken out a billboard of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the next six months. The billboard is located just north of the intersection of Brady and Locust streets.
Una Voce Quad Cities is a local chapter of Una Voce International, a federation of lay apostolates dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional Catholic spirituality. Members of Una Voce Quad Cities were inspired by similar billboards put up around the country, said member Joe Hebert. “Our goal is to glorify God by proclaiming his loving presence in these troubled times, and to promote the salvation of souls by providing words of spiritual comfort. We want to strengthen the resolve of the faithful and turn hearts to the Lord through an encounter with his abundant gifts. In this case, we want to remind people that Christ watches over us through his mother, whom he gave us as our own.”
Una Voce Quad Cities has turned to advertising in the past as a form of outreach. Those ads, featured online and in print publications including The Catholic Messenger, were designed to invite Catholics to encounter Christ “through the beauties of the traditional liturgy,” Hebert said. The billboards “are aimed at a general audience and focused on various teachings and devotions entrusted to us by Scripture and Tradition.”
The site of the billboard to be placed was “by the grace of God the first site we asked for,” Hebert said. This billboard will be up for six months. After that, the group will look at other possible billboards and locations in the Quad-Cities community.
Soon, messages will be placed on the group’s website, www.unavoceqc.com, to introduce visitors to “spiritual treasures of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.”