Local Pro-Lifers Stand Up for Life on Jan. 22

L1210334For only the second time in more than three decades, the Rockand Right to Life Committee canceled its bus trip to Washington for the March for Life when the timing of the storm Tuesday/Tuesday night raised concerns that the roads would not be cleared for  people to make it safely to the bus pickup points at 5:45 a.m. and that the church lots would not be plowed for parking when they arrived.

Nevertheless, the marchers quickly reorganized, and joined with the Our Lady of Guadalupe Rosarians at the prayer site on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley at noon to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in 1973.

Before the program, Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency and Fr. Gerry Deponai, pastor of St. Anthony's Church in Nanuet

Before the program, Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency and Fr. Gerry Deponai, pastor of St. Anthony’s Church in Nanuet

Before the prayer service began, Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency addressed the group. He warned of the dangers of the agenda of politicians like Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who just last week said that right-to-lifers have no place in New York. The rabbi also cautioned the listeners that abortion and other moral evils perpetuate not just because of what their proponents do, but because of what good people fail to do.

Fr. Gerry Deponai, pastor of St. Anthony’s Church in Nanuet, then led the group in recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and the program ended with the singing of a hymn and “God Bless America,” led by Peter and Mary Ann Partridge.

Mary Ann and Peter Partridge lead the group in song.

Mary Ann and Peter Partridge lead the group in song.

The Rockland event was one of thousands of protests, marches, prayer services, and masses held across the U.S. In Washington, D.C. thousands braved snow and frigid temperatures to participate in the annual March for Life. The National Review reported that about half the marchers were under 30, a presence that demonstrated the strength of “prolife generation,” who promise to be the generation who will end abortion.

The March for Life in Washington , D.C.

The March for Life in Washington , D.C.

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Jan. 22 — March On For Life

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 10.56.45 AMToday, the  anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, the National Right to Life Committee has issued a report looking at the tragic state of abortion in the U.S.

The bottom line is simple: The right-to-life movement is succeeding because even after 41 years and more than 56 million abortions, the conscience of our nations knows that killing unborn children is wrong. Click here for the report.

Bus Trip to March for Life Cancelled

INFORMATION FOR MARCHERS and SUPPORTERS:

THE BUS TRIP TO THE MARCH FOR LIFE IN WASHINGTON, DC, HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE STORM. PLEASE PASS THE WORD ALONG TO ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO WAS PLANNING TO GO.

You can watch the March for Life in Washington on TV tomorrow. Please see the information below.

Tomorrow, Jan. 22, there will be a local prayer service and remembrance of the victims of abortion at noon, on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley, outside the mall where the Planned Parenthood offices are. Please park in the Spring Valley Marketplace lot and carefully cross the street. Do NOT park in the lot directly across from the prayer site.

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Last Minute March Preparations: At the Sisters of Life motherhouse in Suffern, Sr. Margaret helps load the “famous green scarves” for the Rockland marchers.

EWTN — The Eternal Word Television Network will cover the following  events from Washington on Optimum Channel 135 and Verizon Fios 285:

  • OPENING MASS OF THE NATIONAL PRAYER VIGIL FOR LIFE  – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21
  • CLOSING MASS OF THE NATIONAL PRAYER VIGIL FOR LIFE —  7:30 AM on Jan.  22
  • MARCH FOR LIFE, starting 9 a.m. on Jan. 22
  • MARCH FOR LIFE 0NE-HOUR SPECIAL, 6 p.m. on Jan 22 on EWTN Nightly News.

Going to the March?  Download the EWTN app to your smartphone and see the “big picture” going on around you. 

New Yorkers Will Use March for Life to Address Cuomo’s Saying Pro-Lifers Not Welcome. Click here for storyContinue reading

Join the 2014 Novena for Life

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On January 22, 2014 our nation will remember the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

In prayerful recognition, “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” will take place January 18-26, 2014. This is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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YOU CAN PRAY  WITH CATHOLICS ALL ACROSS THE U.S. AND  RECEIVE THE NOVENA DAILY THROUGH AN APP, EMAIL, OR TEXT MESSAGE  OR VISIT THE NOVENA HOME PAGE ONLINEClick here for more information.

Media Malpractice at the March for Life

This video was from 2010, but it’s still definitely very much worth watching for two reasons:

1. Unfortunately, the “eye-popping, mind-boggling corruption of the mainstream media” is still painfully obvious in how they present the  prolife movement — and especially so each Jan. 22.

BUT . . .

2. It’s a great video!  It makes me smile each time I watch it. It’s an inspiring,  tremendous, upbeat picture of the March for LIfe and the people who take part in it each year. And that’s what the producers use to counter the lies and omissions of the media.

March for Life 2013 — Banners in the Sky

DSC09732DSC09812As we come to the end of our March for Life 2013 coverge, we’d like to thank a group of unsung heroes – the Right to Life banner pole assemblers.

For 30 years, our iconic ‘I ♥ Life’ banners have flown bravely over many Marches for Life, St. Patrick’s Day parades, and prolife events. Designed and constructed by the late Tom Niblo, they are miracles of home-made ingenuity.

And they are also somewhat pesky when it comes to assembling them – an operation that challenges you to figure out how to fit together all those crazy telescoping poles of various lengths and how to secure them the odd collection of screws, washers and assorted hardware that Tom provided.

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This can only be done barehanded  and  – with the March for Life temperature usually below freezing,  the wind blowing, and fellow marchers impatient to get the show on the road  – it takes good circulation, a steady hand, a keen mind, and stout heart to be a banner pole assembler.

Then, after the March, the poles have to disassembled, collapsed, wrapped up in plastic bags, and transported by cab to the Basilica (long, pointy things are not allowed on the Metro), and eventually lugged to the bus for the trip back home.

In all their many public appearances over the years, the banners have never come crashing down on their wranglers or nearby marchers — no matter how hard the rain fell or the wind blew – nor have they ever been lost or damaged.

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All this is a tribute to the many of you who have assembled them with care and carried them with pride – this, the symbol of the prolife community of Rockland.

Thank you everyone!

We’ll see you at the March next year!