40 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.
NINE DAYS OF PRAYER TO END ABORTION
From Jan. 17 through Jan. 25, join with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and thousands of Catholics across the country coming together to pray for a “culture of life” via App, Text, Email, or Online.
Please 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
Haverstraw, 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.
The Catholic Prolife Vicariate of Rockland holds a mass for life on the first Monday of each month at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 128 Parrott Rd. in West Nyack at 7:30 p.m. The next mass is July 7. Everyone is welcome to come to celebrate mass and pray for an end to abortion and all your prolife intentions.
Music for the mass will be provided by Frank D’Amato from Spring Valley. Frank helped lead the singing at the recent July 4 Mass for Life and for America at the Marian Shrine. He has volunteered to offer his musical talents (singing and guitar) to any group that is planning a prolife or prayer event. You can contact him at 845-507-2580.
On Independence Day, Catholic prolifers gathered for the annual morning of prayer for Life and for America at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point, sponsored by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants and the Rockland County Catholic Coalition.
The Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the recitation of the Rosary was followed by Mass concelebrated by Father Brendan Gormley of St. Barnabas in the Bronx, Father Joseph Kuzhichalil of St. Margaret’s in Pearl River, and Father Nicholas Callahan, who is serving at St. Catherine’s in Blauvelt while on summer break from his studies of canon law in Rome.
In his homily, Father Brendan spoke of the importance of those most valuable things which do not belong solely to us and have been entrusted to us to hand down: the gifts of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
These treasures must be defended, often at great cost. Father read the “Letter to Jackie,” a letter from Navy Lt. Cmdr. John Shay to his 5-year-old son during the early days of World War II.
Shay, knowing he may not live to see his son grow up, speaks to the child in a letter to tell him all the important things he wants him to know. He tells the boy that he lives in a land of great freedom and opportunity, that he should study hard and get all the education he can, play fair, try to win but be a good loser, never be a quitter, and follow the advice of those who love him because they’ll never let him down.
Shay tells his son to love and stay close to his mother and love his grandparents and aunts, and never forget his dad.
Sadly, Shay was killed in action shortly after writing his letter. But among the advice this brave man left was this, a message for all of us on Independence Day and always: Be a good Catholic — and you can’t help being a good American.
The lector for the mass was Richard Bruno. The music was provided by Eileen Peterson, Monica Peterson-St. John, and Frank D’Amato.