40 Days for Life — Closing Ceremony

Eileen Peterson, Msgr. Michael McCabe, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption in Haverstraw, and Fr. Nicholas Callahan lead the recitation of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary at the 40 Days for Life closing ceremony.

Eileen Peterson, Msgr. Robert McCabe, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption in Haverstraw, and Fr. Nicholas Callahan lead the recitation of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary at the 40 Days for Life closing ceremony.

The spring 40 Days for Life campaign ended at 3 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 13, with a prayer service on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley near the Rockland Planned Parenthood office.

For 40 days, those called to stand witness during this 24-hour-a-day campaign have sent a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion.

And they have sought God’s help for women at risk of having an abortion, innocent children at risk of perishing, men and women who carry the pain of past abortions, workers at Planned Parenthood facilities, and for healing throughout our nation and the world.

And, thanks be to God, as of last week 536 babies (that we know of) had been saved from death, according to reports coming in from 40 Days for Life vigils nationwide.

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40 Days for Life — Week 5

253 communities across North America and around the world are hosting 40 Days for Life campaigns this spring.

253 communities across North America and around the world are hosting 40 Days for Life campaigns this spring.

The purpose of the 40 Days for Life campaign is to pray to end abortion. But how? Those people you see down by Route 59 — what exactly are they praying for?

Rev. Ben Sheldon, President Emeritus, Presbyterians Pro-Life, reminds us of the words of Thomas Jefferson, inscribed around the inside of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”

Intention: We pray for the conversion of abortionists and all abortion advocates.

Prayer:  O God, our heavenly Father, give us courage and wisdom as we seek to eradicate the evil in our society. Help us to realize that your divine Spirit alone can change hearts and minds so that all your human creatures may enjoy the fullness of life you intended for them.

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Can you help carry the message? You never know whose heart you may touch as they drive by. Or whose life you may save, because someone remembers a sign they once saw on the side of the road.

Only one hour this FINAL WEEK to witness in public and pray for an end to abortion.

We are on public property from 9 am until 6 pm on Perlman Drive, in Spring Valley, and from 6 pm until 9 am at the St. Gregory Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel on 21 Cinder Road in Garnerville.

God Bless You! For more information, click here.

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40 Days for Life — Week 4

The snow has melted in Rockland, but not in Achorage, Alaska -- as the 40 Days for Life moves into its fourth week.

The snow has melted in Rockland, but not in Anchorage, Alaska — as the 40 Days for Life moves into its fifth week.

The purpose of the 40 Days for Life campaign is to pray to end abortion. But how? Those people you see down by Route 59 — what exactly are they praying for?

Dave Brandao, Communications Director of 40 Days for Life and author of this week’s prayer intention, encourages us to go humbly before God as we seek His will, bringing God’s Good News — not condemnation — to all at the abortion centers and Planned Parenthood  offices where we gather.

Intention: That we may use these 40 Days for Life to plead for God’s mercy and grace upon all those involved in the sin of abortion.

Prayer: Lord, we ask for the strength, courage, wisdom, determination and stamina to carry out this mission according to Your will. Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and proclaim Your truth, always doing so with a spirit of love and compassion, as was demonstrated to us through the work of Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, Amen.

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Can you help carry the message? You never know whose heart you may touch as they drive by. Or whose life you may save, because someone remembers a sign they once saw on the side of the road.

Only one hour each week for the next 2 weeks to witness in public and pray for an end to abortion.

We are on public property from 9 am until 6 pm on Perlman Drive, in Spring Valley, and from 6 pm until 9 am at the St. Gregory Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel on 21 Cinder Road in Garnerville.

God Bless You! For more information, click here.

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40 Days for Life — Week 3

On March 20 -- Day 16 -- Steven Karlen, Northeast Coordinator of the 40 Days for Life visited the Spring Valley prayer site.

On March 20 — Day 16 — Steven Karlen, Northeast Coordinator of the 40 Days for Life, visited the Spring Valley prayer site.

The purpose of the 40 Days for Life campaign is to pray to end abortion. But how? Those people you see down by Route 59 — what exactly are they praying for?

In his commentary accompanying this intention, Fr. Terry Gensemer, National Director, Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life, suggests that the closest we can come to describing how God feels about us is to contemplate the thoughts of a mother as she gazes for the first time at her newborn child.

Day 20 -- March 24 -- The Sisters of Life come to pray

March 24 — Day 20 — The Sisters of Life come to pray.

Intention: May we absorb the truth that God is paying attention to us, and to each human life, personally and individually.

Prayer: Lord, you are the creator of all things. Guide my thoughts to consider your creation in all of its majesty, beauty and holiness. Guide my heart especially to your creation of precious human life. Help me to comprehend how essential life is in your own heart. Teach me to appreciate, love and protect all human life through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Can you help carry the message? You never know whose heart you may touch as they drive by. Or whose life you may save, because someone remembers a sign they once saw on the side of the road.

Only one hour each week for the next 3 weeks to witness in public and pray for an end to abortion.

We are on public property from 9 am until 6 pm on Perlman Drive, in Spring Valley, and from 6 pm until 9 am at the St. Gregory Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel on 21 Cinder Road in Garnerville.

God Bless You! For more information, click here.

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40 Days for Life — Week 2

No, it's not Rockland. It's the 40 Days Campaign at El Paso Texas where the Knights of Columbus (Knights on Bikes) came to join in the prayers.

No, it’s not Rockland. It’s the 40 Days campaign at El Paso, Texas, where the Knights of Columbus (Knights on Bikes) came to join in the prayers.

The purpose of the 40 Days for Life campaign is to pray to end abortion. But how? Those people you see down by Route 59 — what exactly are they praying for?

Each day has its own special intention. This one was suggested by Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life.

Intention: That those tempted to abort may understand that their child is already present, and already a real person.

Prayer: Jesus, As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send your protection upon every child still in the womb, and grant to their mothers the strength and joy that comes from welcoming the gift of life. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Can you help carry the message? You never know whose heart you may touch as they drive by. Or whose life you may save, because someone remembers a sign they once saw on the side of the road.

Only one hour each week for the next 4 weeks to witness in public and pray for an end to abortion.

We are on public property from 9 am until 6 pm on Perlman Drive, in Spring Valley, and from 6 pm until 9 am at the St. Gregory Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel on 21 Cinder Road in Garnerville.

God Bless You! For more information, click here.

Day 1     Week 1

40 Days for Life — Week 1

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The 40 Days for Life has been going on for one week now in 253 locations across America and overseas.

The purpose of the 40 Days for Life campaign is to pray to end abortion. But how? Those people you see down by Route 59 — what exactly are they praying for?

In the coming weeks, we will highlight some of the specific daily intentions suggested by the 40 Days for Life organizers. This one is authored by Rev. Rob Schenck, President, Faith and Action.

Intention: We pray for a renewal of our zeal to offer generous help to the unborn and their families.

Prayer:  God, forgive us when we try to explain away the obligation we have to help others who need help. Enable us to not devalue them because they are in the circumstance that they are in, but to see them for what they are, those, who like us, were formed by your hand in their mother’s womb. Amen.

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Can you help carry the message? You never know whose heart you may touch as they drive by. Or whose life you may save, because someone remembers a sign they once saw on the side of the road.  

Only one hour  each week for the next 5 weeks to witness in public and pray for an end to abortion.

We are on public property from 9 am until 6 pm on Perlman Drive, in Spring Valley, and from 6 pm until 9 am at the St. Gregory Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel on 21 Cinder Road in Garnerville.

God Bless You!  For more information, click here.

Day 1

40 Days for Life — Will You Answer the Call?

DARE TO DO SOMETHING GREAT FOR LENT, FOR LIFE

The 40 Days for Life campaign begins again on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley

March 5, 2014 — The 40 Days for Life campaign begins again on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley.

Possibly the most public of the many faces of the prolife movement in Rockland County is the 40 Days for Life.

These are the gentle prayer warriors who take their stand  not far from the Planned Parenthood office in Spring Valley and pray for an end to abortion.

The prayer and fasting go on around the clock for 40 days, continuing through the night in the chapel at St. Gregory’s Church in Garnerville. They hold vigil twice a year — in the autumn (for Respect Life Month) and in the late winter (for Lent) — and have done so for the past six years.

With their bibles, rosaries, and signs they pray through the hot days of early autumn as the sun bakes down on the little plot of their “prayer site.”

They pray through the cold rains of late October and in the snow and sleet of the winter months. They’ve prayed through Hurricane Sandy and through the Halloween storm two years ago when icy slush fell from the sky like wet cement.

Nothing stops them.

They may sound like great saints – or maybe fanatics, depending on your point of view.

But if you stop to speak with them, you’ll find they seem rather ordinary. They laugh, they get tired, they get bored, their feet hurt. They cringe at the sound of screeching brakes and beeping horns at the traffic light nearby. They wonder at the migrating birds overhead. Sometimes they sing.

But they keep praying no matter what. Because they know that the evil is out there. And the helpless unborn, the mothers with nowhere to turn, the fathers crushed by hopelessness, and the world that has turned its back will all be its victims if no one tries to resist.

The 40 Days people are not many, they’re not strong, and they don’t always know the way. But they trust in the One who does.

They’ve followed Him to a grassy little slip of land outside a strip mall in Spring Valley. And there they pray for all of us, and put everything into His hands.

This year, dare to do something great for Lent. It will be a true sacrifice. It may take you way out of your comfort zone. It could be cold and uncomfortable. But you’ll  finally be able to do something about abortion.  And you may even save a life.

By taking part in the 40 Days for Life, you’ll be waging war against abortion with the only weapon that will ultimately conquer it — prayer. You’ll be witnessing for the unborn and bringing their plight to the attention of our community in Rockland. You may touch someone’s heart as they drive by. And you may save the life of an unborn child one day, because someone remembers the sign you were holding as you stood on side of the road.

Can you give only one hour each week for the next 6 weeks to witness in public and pray for an end to abortion? You may pray in any way you wish. And this is not just a Catholic program. Everyone is welcome.

We are on public property from 9 am until 6 pm on Perlman Drive, in Spring Valley, and from 6 pm until 9 am at the St. Gregory Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel on 21 Cinder Road in Garnerville.

God Bless You!

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