40 Days of Life Ends on Sunday, Nov. 2

With four days to go in this autumn 40 Days of Life campaign, more and more reports of blessings are coming in from the 297 vigils in 11 countries. Over 400 babies, that we know of, have been spared from abortion.

The 40 Days of Life will close on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 p.m., at Perlman Drive in Spring Valley with prayers for life and gratitude for all the people who came to take part or who prayed for the success of the campaign at home. God bless you all. Please come down and join us for this closing ceremony.

Here are more photos from the 40 Days for Life in Rockland in the past weeks.

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2015 March for Life Theme Announced

From Jeanne Monahan, President of the March for Life:

EveryLifeI am very excited to announce the theme of the upcoming March for Life: Every Life is a Gift!  In 2015, with this emphasis, we hope to shed light on the sad fact that a disproportionately large number of pre-born babies given a “poor prenatal diagnosis” are targeted for abortion.

March for Life Assistant Director Bethany Goodman wrote a terrific op-ed on the topic published in Breitbart News today. In it she discussed the full and happy lives that many people who have Down Syndrome experience!!

99 percent of individuals with Down Syndrome said they were happy with their lives and 97 percent liked who they are.  Furthermore, the study showed that 99 percent of parents of a child with Trisomy 21 love their child; 97 percent of these parents were proud of their child; and 79 percent of such parents felt that their outlook on life was more positive because of their child with Down Syndrome.  In terms of siblings’ feelings about Down Syndrome, 94 percent of older siblings expressed feelings of pride towards their siblings with Down Syndrome; 88 expressed feelings that they were better people because of their siblings with Trisomy 21.

A number of studies have shown that preborn babies with disabilities are aborted at rates from 60 percent to as high as 90 percent. At the March for Life, we believe that every life is a gift and we look forward to focusing more on this vital topic! Please stay tuned in the coming months as we continue to delve into this critical issue and seek solutions!

The date of the March for Life is Thursday, January 22.

40 Days of Life: Saving Lives Where We Live

There's the 40 Days for Life logo -- and it's the same message in any language. This sign is from Croatia, one of the 13 countries where 40 Days of Life vigils have been taking place.

There’s the 40 Days of Life logo — and it’s the same message in any language. This sign is from Croatia, one of the 11 countries where 40 Days of Life vigils have been taking place.

Right now, 40 Days for Life campaigns are happening in 297 cities in 11 countries.

365 lives (that we know of) have been saved since Sept. 24, the first day of the 40 Days autumn 2014 vigil.

Why has 40 Days of Life program captured the the imagination of so many?

Because everyone knows that abortions don’t happen in the White House, Supreme Court, houses of parliament, or seats of power around the world.

That may be where the political battles that make the news take place. But the real battlefields — the true life and death ones — are in cities and towns, large and small. That’s where the abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood offices are. That’s where lives are truly at stake, and that’s where they can be saved.

There are about two weeks left. If you’ve been thinking about coming to pray at the vigil but haven’t done so yet, please don’t let this chance slip by. Please call to sign up for an hour. 845-492-6709

And be sure to come to the closing ceremonies on Sunday, Nov. 2,  at 3 p.m. on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley.

Here’s a link to an update posted on the 40 Days for Life website about the vigil that has been taking place in Spring Valley. (When you land on the page, scroll down a bit.)

And here are photos of some of the participants at our local 40 Days for Life campaign in Rockland.

(To enlarge a photo, click on it and then you can use the arrow to the right to advance thru the slide show.)



Life Chain Held on Respect Life Sunday

L1210822On Oct. 5, Respect Life Sunday, hundreds of Rocklanders gathered in Nanuet for the 22nd Annual Life Chain –standing together along the intersection of Route 59 and Middletown Road to pray for an end to abortion and for healing of all who suffer because of it.

Life Chains were held in over 1,500 cities, according to the campaign’s national organizers.

L1210844The signs held by the participants carried their message: Abortion Kills Children, Adoption the Loving Option, Jesus Forgives and Heals. Several people brought their own home-made signs: “Today is my birthday because my mom chose LIFE”  and “God created ALL of US for a reason.”  MORE PHOTOS FOLLOW Continue reading

Come to the Life Chain — Sunday, Oct. 5

Pat and son

Pat Sweeney and Son for Life (Life Chain 2011)

“There are a group of people who would like to silence everybody and have everybody go along to get along, but that’s not going to be very helpful for us in the long run, in terms of solving our problems. And somebody has to be courageous enough to actually stand up to, you know, the bullies.” ~~ Dr. Benjamin Carson.

That’s what the Life Chain is all about. Standing up to the “bullies,” who want the world to believe that commitment to the inviolate right to life of the unborn is a “war on women” and that destroying an unborn child is a “choice.”

That’s why we need you to be with us at the Annual Life Chain in Nanuet on Sunday, October 5. To join with the thousands who will be participating in Life Chains across America that day to witness to the violence of abortion and to pray for our country’s conversion to a culture of Life.  Continue reading

40 Days of Life Begin

P9250128For the fourteenth time in Rockland, the 40 Days of Life campaign has begun — one of 297 vigils being held this autumn in 11 countries.

Volunteers gathered at Perlman Drive in Spring Valley, near the Planned Parenthood office at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Deacon John Kelly from St. Gregory Barbarigo Church in Garnerville led the group in the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by the Rosary.


The 40 Days is a  program of prayer and fasting, constant vigil, and community outreach to draw attention to the evil or abortion in our own community. Its goal is to touch hearts and to bring about a beginning of the end of abortion.

If you believe that prayer changes things and the power of love can transform lives, the 40 Days volunteers welcome you and need you!

The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day on Perlman Drive, and then through the night at the Eucharistic Chapel of St. Gregory Barbarigo Church on Cinder Road in Garnerville. The last day is Nov. 2.

For more information or to sign up for one hour a week, please call 845-492-6709.


40 Days for Life: What’s Going On in Spring Valley?

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To watch the video, click anywhere on the photo.

A focused, moving, thoughtful video from the founders of the 40 Days for Life. Find out how the movement got started, how it’s saved thousands from abortion, and hear from people whose lives were changed by it. Here’s what’s behind the activities you’ve seen on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley. Just click anywhere on the photo above. It’s 8 minutes long.