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6:39 a.m. Today is ‘THE DAY.’ And They’re Off !!!!!! Heroes For Life. Silently, fluffy snow flakes falling now in Rockland. Soon, many voices resounding in Washington in support of the sanctity of Life. God bless them all. — Jeanmarie Grahn
10:30 a.m. from Joanne Clemente — Lilly and Eileen singing
11:15 a.m. –THEY HAVE ARRIVED! THE BUS IS AT THE NATIONAL MALL. WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL! — Reported by Eileen Peterson
12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
1:20 p.m. Meanwhile, back in Rockland: Earlier this morning the annual Rose Mass was held at St. Paul’s in Congers. Eighth-grade students from all of Rockland’s Catholic Schools attended this mass for Life, which was concelebrated by Msgr. Nevins, the pastor of St. Paul’s and Vicar of Rockland, and priests from parishes around the county.
Also present were Cathleen Cassel, regional superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of New York, and Lisa Ferraro, Instructional Specialist for the archdiocese.
At the Offertory, representatives from each school brought to the altar a long-stemmed, red rose, the symbol of Life. Students also offered the petitions during mass, and at the end of the service, a student gave witness about his sister, whom his parents had been advised to abort because she had been diagnosed with a fetal abnormality. That sister is now 18 years old, a welcome and beloved member of the family — Reported by Gail Krug and Jeanmarie Grahn
1:40 p.m. Thanks to all our Rockland Right to Life marchers for representing all of us here at home. Godspeed, — Joe O’Brien
3:20 p.m. From Eileen Peterson
3:30 p.m. Watched the speakers in D.C. — Hope you were able to hear them. The many voices of all ages are very promising for the future of the fight against abortion. — Joe O’Brien
09:00 p.m. Nothing like marching in Washington! You stood tall and proud! You inspired us here at home and couldn’t be ignored by those who oppose us. America was watching and listening. — Joe O’Brien