July 4, 2015 — God Bless America!

Worshippers at the Mass for Life and America: (from left) Cathy Skae, Margaret Hamilton, Deacon Gene Hamilton, Jeanmarie Grahn, Ginny Gulezian, and Terry Anselmi

Worshippers at the Mass for Life and America: (from left) Cathy Skae, Margaret Hamilton, Deacon Gene Hamilton, Jeanmarie Grahn, Ginny Gulezian, and Terry Anselmi

The annual 4th of July morning of prayer for Life and for America was held at the Marian Shrine (The Salesian National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians) at Stony Point yesterday. The Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was followed by Mass at noon. Concelebrants were Fr. Brendan Gormley, of St. Barnabas in the Bronx, and Fr. Nicholas Callahan, formerly of St. Catherine’s in Blauvelt and now studying canon law in Rome.  While serving in Rockland, both priests were  active in the prolife movement here.

Also part of the morning of prayer were Fr. John Palatucci and seminarian John Wilson from St. Paul’s in Congers. Mr. Wilson is slated to be ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York next year.

L1220470In his homily, Fr. Brendan noted that the greatest challenge of our spiritual life is to “become who we are” — and that is the Body of Christ. Nobody’s quite there yet, he said, but the way to acheive this goal is to give God permission to take over and lead us — by prayer, fasting, and giving up some of the harmless things that nevertheless distract us from Him.

Likewise, with America, Fr. Brendan continued. It is our great and beloved country, but it’s not perfect either, having moved God aside to allow secularism to substitute for God’s truth.

But in spite of our country’s failings — among which are the 53 million unborn children who have been have been aborted since 1973 — we must remember that God is still in charge and that He will triumph, he said.

Keeping in mind the two great miracles of God’s love for us, his resurrection to new life and the gift of Himself through the Eucharist, and with the help of his faithful mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can become the people we were called to be — and the nation we were meant to be, Father Brendan concluded.

This morning of prayer was sponsored by the Rockland County Catholic Coalition and the Helpers of Gods’ Precious Infants. Eileen Peterson was organist and cantor.

July 4 — Prayer for Life and for Our Nation

images-1A morning of prayer for life and for America will be held at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point on July 4. Fathers Brendan Gormley, John Palatucci, and Nicholas Callahan will lead the prayers and offer Mass.

10:00  a.m.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, rosary, and prayer

12:00  p.m.  Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

~~ Sponsored by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants and the Rockland Catholic Coalition. All are welcome

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)

Night of Prayer for Life — Dec. 8-9

imagesPlease come join in prayer for the protection of all human life during the National Night of Prayer for LIfe, Dec. 8-9.

During the Hour of Unity, 12:00 a.m. to 1 a.m., EST, we will be united with churches across the country in prayer to end abortion.

This event is sponsored by the Rockland County Catholic Coalition. In Rockland services will be held at:

St. Francis of Assisi in West Nyack
Dec. 8 — 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., with closing Mass at midnight. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament starts at 9 p.m.

St. Gregory Barbarigo in Garnerville
Dec. 8 — prayer from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Dec. 9) in the Adoration Chapel

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies

RemembranceHaverstraw, Sept. 13 — On Saturday, at 5 p.m.,  prolifers gathered at the Garden of Innocents outside St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Haverstraw to remember the 56 million babies lost to abortion and to pray for the protection of the most precious gift of innocent LIFE and the forgiveness and healing of those who have been so very wounded by the abortion choice.

The prayer service was led by Msgr. Robert McCabe, pastor of St. Mary’s.

The Garden of Innocents was dedicated by Bishop Austin Vaughan on May 3, 1992.

Thousands Mourn Innocent Victims of Abortion on National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children