National Day of Rembrance for Aborted Babies

RemembranceHaverstraw, Sept. 13 — On Saturday, at 5 p.m.,  prolifers gathered at the Garden of Innocents outside St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Haverstraw to remember the 56 million babies lost to abortion and to pray for the protection of the most precious gift of innocent LIFE and the forgiveness and healing of those who have been so very wounded by the abortion choice.

The prayer service was led by Msgr. Robert McCabe, pastor of St. Mary’s.

The Garden of Innocents was dedicated by Bishop Austin Vaughan on May 3, 1992.

Thousands Mourn Innocent Victims of Abortion on National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013

Guest blogger Sean Miller

Guest blogger Sean Miller

Our good friend from New Jersey, guest blogger Sean Miller, recalls the first time he marched for life in a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect.

It was the first time I was going to march in a parade. And it wasn’t just any parade. It was the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, dear to my heart for a number of reasons.

First of all, I’d be celebrating my Irish heritage of which I am very proud, and I’d be honoring St. Patrick, my namesake. (My middle name is Patrick).

Also, I’d be representing the unborn, marching with the local right-to-life group. In a rather hostile, modern world, that was a challenge I was proud to take up.

But I did have some reservations. How would the onlookers react? Would there be hostility or confrontation?  Continue reading

Sidewalk Counseling: Harassing or Helping?

Guest blogger Sean Miller

Guest blogger Sean Miller

Here’s the second part of guest blogger Sean Miller’s posting on sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics. Sean, an experienced counselor, explains how an offer to help is often perceived as harassment.

Sidewalk Counseling: Harassing or Helping?

The atmosphere in front of an abortion mill can be surreal. Not surprising considering what is going on within its walls.

So for a sidewalk counselor to be able to function and not dissolve into a pool of tears, you have to put up a protective wall within. Remember, this is a spiritual battleground, and there is no time to be absorbed in “how I feel.” These are the front lines!

The matter at hand demands two necessary ingredients: prayer and counseling. They are interdependent. All must be done in a spirit of deep humility, silence, and compassion, with the understanding that we are present for these troubled couples so that we can help them in their time of great need.

Unfortunately, they do not always perceive us as helpers.  Continue reading

Attempt to Undo the ‘Hobby Lobby’ Decision Fails

imagesToday, by a vote of 56-43, the U.S. Senate did not take up a bill (S.2578, the so-called “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act’) that would have overriden all federal laws  protecting the rights of conscience and freedom of religion regarding health coverage mandates.

If such a bill passes into law, it would, in effect, repeal the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” and overturn last month’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Obamacare mandate that required religious, family-owned corporations such as Hobby Lobby to include contraceptive/abortifacient coverage in employee health insurance.

The two senators from New York, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand voted in favor of this bill and even co-sponsored it.

Here’s why defeating S.2578 is vitally important to prolifers.

Senate Dems Launch Push for “Most Radical Pro-abortion Bill Ever

WASHINGTON – Four months before the mid-term congressional election, Senate Democrats are pushing into the national spotlight “the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations.

Tobias was one of two non-congressional witnesses who testified against the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” (S. 1696), at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this morning.

“This bill is really about just one thing: it seeks to strip away from elected lawmakers the ability to provide even the most minimal protections for unborn children, at any stage of their pre-natal development,” Tobias told the committee. “Calling the bill the ‘Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act’ would be more in line with truth-in-advertising standards.”  Continue reading

1st Monday Mass for Life

L1210449The Catholic Prolife Vicariate of Rockland holds a mass for life on the first Monday of each month at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 128 Parrott Rd. in West Nyack at 7:30 p.m.  The next mass is July 7. Everyone is welcome to come to celebrate mass and pray for an end to abortion and all your prolife intentions.

Music for the mass will be provided by Frank D’Amato from Spring Valley. Frank helped lead the singing at the recent July 4 Mass for Life and for America at the Marian Shrine. He has volunteered to offer his musical talents (singing and guitar) to any group that is planning a prolife or prayer event. You can contact him at 845-507-2580.

 

Morning of Prayer on July 4th

On Independence Day, Catholic prolifers gathered for the annual morning of prayer for Life and for America at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point, sponsored by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants and the Rockland County Catholic Coalition.

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Mass concelebrants Fathers Joseph Kuzhichalil, Brendan Gormley, and Nicholas Callahan

The Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the recitation of the Rosary was followed by Mass concelebrated by Father Brendan Gormley of St. Barnabas in the Bronx, Father Joseph Kuzhichalil of St. Margaret’s in Pearl River, and Father Nicholas Callahan, who is serving at St. Catherine’s in Blauvelt while on summer break from his studies of canon law in Rome.

Lector Richard Bruno

Lector Richard Bruno

In his homily, Father Brendan spoke of the importance of those most valuable things which do not belong solely to us and have been entrusted to us to hand down: the gifts of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

These treasures must be defended, often at great cost. Father read the “Letter to Jackie,” a letter from Navy Lt. Cmdr. John Shay to his 5-year-old son during the early days of World War II.

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Father Joseph reading the Gospel.

Shay, knowing he may not live to see his son grow up, speaks to the child in a letter to tell him all the important things he wants him to know. He tells  the boy that he  lives in a land of great freedom and opportunity, that he should study hard and get all the education he can, play fair, try to win but be a good loser, never be a quitter, and follow the advice of those who love him because they’ll never let him down.

Shay tells his son to love and stay close to his mother and love his grandparents and aunts, and never forget his dad.

Sadly, Shay was killed in action shortly after writing his letter. But among the advice this brave man left was this, a message for all of us on Independence Day and always: Be a good Catholic  — and you can’t help being a good American.

The lector for the mass was Richard Bruno. The music was provided by Eileen Peterson, Monica Peterson-St. John, and Frank D’Amato.

Frank D'Amato, Monica Peterson St. John, and Eileen Peterson

Frank D’Amato, Monica Peterson St. John, and Eileen Peterson

Judy Murray, Jeanmarie Grahn, Terry Anselmi, Liz O'Brien, and Ginny Gulesian

Judy Murray, Jeanmarie Grahn, Terry Anselmi, Liz O’Brien, and Ginny Gulezian

Joe Clohosey and Tony Bosico

Joe Clohosey and Tony Bosico