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.

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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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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.

 

40 Days of Life Starts Wed., Sept. 24

20131012_12425740 Days for Life is a nonconfrontational, 40-day, non-stop, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside a  Planned Parenthood center or  abortion facility.

The opening ceremony of the Rockland 40 Days of Life begins Wednesday, Sept. 24,  at 3 p.m. at the prayer site on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley on public property near the Planned Parenthood office.

At 5 p.m. each day, the vigil moves to Eucharistic Chapel of St. Gregory Barbarigo Church on Cinder Road in Garnerville, and continues through the night. In the morning, at 9 a.m., it resumes again on Perlman Drive. The last day is Sunday, Nov. 2.

Many volunteers are needed to maintain this peaceful and educational presence for 40 days. Your presence will send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. Please come and be the “voice” for the “voiceless.”

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

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.

Day 1      Week 1       Week 2       Week 3

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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