40 Days for Life — Week 1




“I am  in this movement today because of ordinary people who took on an extraordinary task.

My former abortion clinic is closed because of their sacrifice. Babies are alive because of them. Women are no longer being hurt by abortion in their community.

You can do this. You can save a life. I now stand alongside you in this 40 Days for Life movement.”

P2200374-1e The Rockland 40 Days for Life takes place every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley. It is peaceful and prayerful. We stand on public property on the outskirts of a mall where Planned Parenthood  has an office. There is no confrontation or attempt to block access. We can’t even see the part of the mall where the office is. But we hope anyone going there — and all those passing by — see our message and are moved by our prayers.

During this cold spell, many participants are praying from inside their parked cars.

The 40 Days continues overnight  from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel of St. Gregory Barbarigo Church in Garnerville.

For more information on how to participate, please e-mail RachelMinister1@aol.com or call 845-492-6709.

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Assisted Suicide Coming to New York?

New York State Assembly Bill A2129-2015
“Establishes ‘the death with dignity act'; allows terminally-ill New Yorkers to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medication”

New York State Senate Bill S3685-2105
“Establishes the New York end of life options act; . . . authorizes the presription of aid-in-dying medication to individuals with terminal illness . . .”

These two bills were recently introduced in the NYS Assembly and Senate to legalize physician-assisted suicide in our state. They have been referred to the Health Committees of their respective houses. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau) has already voiced opposition to the bill.

Defending the life of the unborn has traditionally received most of the attention of the right-to-life community. The logo on our Rockland banner, for example, is unborn child in a heart. But there’s always been a second front to our battle — protecting life at the other end of the spectrum, the lives of the elderly and terminally ill.

The fight has now come to our own backyard. Four states already have physician-assisted suicide legislation: Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. We can’t let it happen here.

Please learn everythng you can about the issue. Think about it. Pray about it. Talk to your friends. Write to your legislators. You can send them an email via the NYS Catholic Conference Action Center here.

New York State Catholic Conference Memo of Opposition to proposed physician-assisted suicide legislation

Statement on NY assisted-suicide bills from disability rights group Not Dead Yet 

Ross Douthat –“The Last Right — Why America Is Moving Slowly on Assisted Suicide” (op-ed, the New York Times)



Dr. Jack Wilke, Rest in Peace

imagesJack Wilke, MD, the father of the modern prolife movement, passed away on Feb. 20 at the age of 89.

One of the first to speak out about the threat of legalized abortion in the late ’60s, he dedicated his  life to defending the unborn.

Many of us became active in the prolife movement through the work of Dr. Wilke. His landmark Handbook of Abortion was the text book where we learned about the issue and how to argue against it.

And his slides — long before there was an Internet — showed the world the beauty of life before birth — as well as the horror of abortion that ended it.

Do you recall the photo of the nurse’s wedding ring around the thin, tiny arm of little Marcus Richardson, who was born prematurely at 20 weeks? Or the iconic photo of the little feet at 10 weeks?

Those were the photos Dr. Wilke showed us — the photos that made us prolife.

Thank you,  Dr. Wilke. May you rest in God’s peace.

Read “Dr. Jack Wilke, R.I.P.” from the National Review

40 Days for Life: COLD ALERT!!

20150221_125045Because of the cold and dangerous wind chill temperatures, it would be best to pray inside your car for the time being.

You can park in the spaces right behind the prayer site.

And if anyone could use some winter gear to stay warm during the 40 Days or needs help paying for gas, please let the 40 Days staff know. A generous supporter has offered to help.

RachelMinister1@aol.com or call 845-492-6709.


40 Days for Life — Day 1



Psalm 22, v. 10: “Yet you drew me forth from the womb, made me safe at my mother’s breast.”

Deacon John Kelly opened the 16th 40 Days for Life with Psalm 22 and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

“LIFE STARTS AT CONCEPTION, NOT AT BIRTH” is the truth of human development and we thank all those brave and determined people who came to witness with love.

For more information on how to participate, please e-mail RachelMinister1@aol.com or call 845-492-6709.

40 Days for Life Begins Again on Feb. 18

securedownload-4240 Days for Life is 40 consecutive days of 24/7 prayer, fasting, and peaceful public vigil outside a local abortion clinic or Planned Parenthood office. In Rockland, the site is Perlman Drive in Spring Valley, on public property, outside the mall where Planned is. The vigil begins on Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., and ends of March 29.

The goal is to turn hearts and minds, with God’s help, toward an awareness that all life is a sacred gift, and thus bring an end to abortion.

This mobilization of people of all faiths takes place twice a year across America and  27 countries worldwide. Over half a million people have participated, and over 10,000 babies, who might have been aborted, were saved.

Please give some thought to being part of this campaign this time. If you have been away, please come back. We need you. And, more importantly, the babies need you.

You’re asked to sign up for 1 hour a week, any time between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., to pray on Perlman Drive. You may pray in any way you choose. If you are only available in the evening, the 40 Days continues overnight from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel or St. Gregory Barbarigo Church in Garnerville.

Check out some of the links below, which will give you an idea of what the 40 Days in Rockland is like.

For more information on how to participate, please e-mail RachelMinister1@aol.com or call 845-492-6709.

40 Days of Life: Day 1 — Prayer Power (2/25/12)

40 Days for Life — Week 3 (3/26/14)

40 Days of Life — Closing Ceremony (3/27/13)