40 Days for Life Bus Comes to New York

bus-in-newburghOn Sept. 30, the 40 Days for Life Bus Tour came to Newburgh, N.Y., stopping before the Planned Parenthood office on Lake Street for a 30 minute prayer service.

A group of fifteen 40 Days Life for volunteers were there and about 20 people from Planned Parenthood (wearing pink in the photo).

“The bus kept driving slowly between us ” said a 40 Days participant. “The PP people pretty much stayed quiet the whole time.”

The tour is making stops in more than 125 cities to hold rallies and prayer vigils across all 50 states. Its purpose is to share its prolife message with the public and encourage the local volunteers who have taken up the challenge to pray for 40 days outside abortion facilities and Planned Parenthood offices.

Although Planned Parenthood does provide some legitimate healthcare services, it is nevertheless the largest provider of abortion in America, performing — by their own numbers — over 300,000 abortions a year.

Some other takeaways from Planned Parenthood’s own figures:

  • In 2013, abortions made up 94% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services.
  • For every adoption referral, Planned Parenthood performed 174 abortions.
  • While abortions rose, Planned Parenthood adoption referrals dropped 14% in one year, and prenatal care services dropped 4%.
  • Planned Parenthood’s cancer prevention services are down 17% over one year, and contraceptive services dropped by 4%.
  • During fiscal year 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding, or more than $1.4 million per day, in the form of government grants, contracts, and Medicaid reimbursements.
  • Taxpayer funding accounts for 41% of Planned Parenthood’s overall revenue.
  • Planned Parenthood reported more than $127 million in excess revenue, and more than $1.4 billion in net assets.

40 Days for Life Begins in Spring Valley

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Prolifers gather on Perlman Dr. in Spring Valley for the opening day of the 40 Days for Life. Rev. Tom Kunnel, pastor of St. John the Baptist in Piermont, led the prayers.

Yesterday Rockland prolifers embarked on another massive campaign to end abortion  — the 40 Days for Life.

This event  will bring together people across all 50 states to pray, fast, and publicly stand for life from Sept. 28 to  Nov. 6.

In Rockland the peaceful 40-day vigil will be held daily from 9 am until 6 pm on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley (on public property near the Planned Parenthood office) and will continue overnight from 6 pm until 9 am at the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church in Garnerville.

Planned Parenthood was chosen as the vigil site because that organization is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing more than 300,000 abortions every year, Planned Parenthood is now under investigation for trafficking and selling baby body parts. They’ve been defunded by many states across the country and have lost millions in donations as a result of scandals.

If you would like to come and pray as part of the largest national prolife mobilization ever, please email RachelMinister1@aol.com or call 845-492-6709.  A lot of people are needed to provide a 24/7 presence of prayer for 40 Days. It is peaceful and nonconfrontational.

40 Days for Life: Week 5

20160310_143956The purpose of the 40 Days for Life is to pray for an end to abortion in America and in our world. How and when that will happen is known only to God.

People get that, but they sometimes have a follow-up question: “Well, if it’s all about prayer, you can pray anywhere — in your home or church, right? Why do you need a public place, on the side of a road in Spring Valley?”

The answer to that is explained in the “outreach” part of our campaign: it’s to send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion.

40 Days for Life vigils take place near Planned Parenthood offices or other abortion facilities to remind our neighbors that the dispersing of drugs to cause an abortion or, in some places (not in Spring Valley), actual surgical abortions themselves are happening among us every day.

And in light of that fact, we pray among signs bearing messages that can provide both hope and a call to stop and think: a phone number offering help with a crisis pregnancy, an image of an unborn child, a reminder that adoption is an option, a request for everyone to pray, a reminder that God’s love is for every one of us — that He forgives and heals.

Maybe a message will touch someone’s heart immediately; maybe a sign will be remembered one day when the message is needed. We just don’t know — but we pray.

So a single week, how many people pass by and see the signs posted at the 40 Days for Life site outside the Pascack Plaza in Spring Valley?

Would you believe 90,000 maybe?

This week we did a little fun math. We counted the number of cars that went by in a 5-minute interval. We did this two times: between 2:40 to 2:45 on Thursday and 12:10 to 12:15 on Saturday. The numbers were 56 and 60, respectively.

To keep the math simple, we used 60 as the base number of cars going by every 5 minutes.

Then multiply that by 12, and you have 720 cars an hour.

We’re there for 9 hours, so 9 x 720 is 6,480 cars a day.

That’s 45,360 cars a week. Say there’s an average of 2 people per car. That comes out to a grand total of 90,720 people in all!

Now, of course, this is hardly a scientific survey. Our sample is too small and who knows how representative the 5-minute intervals we started out with were. Also, it’s unlikely the traffic volume stays constant throughout the day, and we really have no idea how many people are in each car.

But you see the point. I think it’s safe to say that tens of thousands of people drive by and see our messages every week, and probably a lot of them will think for a moment about the issue. How long would it take to go around ringing that many doorbells, or how much would it cost to mail out that many flyers?

This could be one of the simplest and most effective things a person who wants to end abortion can do.

God bless all the 40 Days for Life volunteers who have stood among these signs to give them a human face. There’s one week left, so it’s not too late if you’d like to help. The final day is Sunday, March 20.

Please join this peaceful campaign of prayer and fasting.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Perlman Drive, Spring Valley (on public property)

6 p.m. to 9 a.m. — Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church, 21 Cinder Rd., in Garnerville.

For information call 845-429-6709.

40 Days of Life — Day 1      Week 1     Week 3     Week 4

 

 

40 Days for Life: Week 4

They were uncomfortable, they were scared, they didn’t know if they could make a difference. But last autumn, students of St. Michael the Archangel High School boarded a bus and traveled to the 40 Days for Life vigil in Manassas, Virginia — and learned how they could help save lives. A film crew chronicled their visit. A great video (8 min.)!

And here’s Week 4 in Rockland.

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Please join this peaceful campaign of prayer and fasting.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Perlman Drive, Spring Valley (on public property)

6 p.m. to 9 a.m. — Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church, 21 Cinder Rd., in Garnerville.

For information call 845-429-6709.

40 Days of Life — Day 1      Week 1     Week 3

40 Days for Life: Week 3

P3220085Today marks the halfway point. Tomorrow will be the first day of March, and that means there are 20 days left in the spring 40 Days for Life vigil.

Did you know that the 40 Days for Life in Rockland continues through the night? In the wee hours of the morning, there are still prayers for life arising from the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Gregory’s, on Cinder Road in Garnerville. This is a perpetual adoration, so the chapel is open during the day too. If you would like to be part of the second half of the 40 Days of Life by offering prayers for the unborn at the chapel, please call for more information (845-429-6709).

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Please join this peaceful campaign of prayer and fasting.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Perlman Drive, Spring Valley (on public property)

6 p.m. to 9 a.m. — Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church, 21 Cinder Rd., in Garnerville.

For information call 845-429-6709.

40 Days of Life — Day 1      Week 1     

40 Days for Life: Week 1

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“Those 40 Days for Life people don’t have enough sense to come in out of the cold.”

You wonder how many people passing by in their cars might have been thinking that about us as we stood praying on Perlman Drive this week.

It’s been quite a couple of days weather-wise.  Our signs bent in the wind, the banners flapped furiously. Driving rains beat down and on two days the temperatures nosedived to near-record levels. It snowed.

And yet, there we were. Praying our way through the first week of our vigil to end abortion.

Yeah, it looked crazy. But if you really care about something, you take a little risk, you do crazy things.

How about the thousands of fans who fill football stadiums in subfreezing weather? Or all the  New Year’s celebrants who wait in the cold all afternoon in Times Square just to be there when the ball descends at midnight. Or the massive crowds who stood on security check lines for hours at Central Park just get a glimpse of Pope Francis passing by. Do you think they would gone away if it rained?

It’s about caring, ultimately.

It drives you to do things that others consider crazy. For us it’s keeping a commitment to pray, in public, for 40 days, no matter what. Ending abortion is just that important. It’s our way of showing how much we care.

And if our message can somehow move our world even the tiniest bit away from abortion — what’s a little bit of discomfort. No big deal!

Please join this peaceful  campaign of prayer and fasting.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Perlman Drive, Spring Valley (on public property)

6 p.m. to 9 a.m. — Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church, 21 Cinder Rd., in Garnerville.

For information call 845-429-6709.

40 Days of Life — Day 1

Day 1 — 40 Days of Life Begins

Opening prayer

Deacon John Kelly of St. Gregory Barbarigo Church in Garnerville leads the prayers at the opening session of the Rockland 40 Days for Life on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10.

The winter 40 Days of Life Campaign began on Wednesday.

Granted, it looks like a cold, lonely vigil, standing on the side of Perlman Drive in Spring Valley in February, praying for an end to abortion. And at times, it may be. But it’s a hopeful one – and a peaceful one.

The Planned Parenthood office is out of sight, far across the parking lot. There is no confrontation. We’re not even sure which of the cars entering the little strip mall is headed there.

But we hope they see us — and our message. It’s ultimately one of love and consolation: Life is a sacred gift. And that there’s help for those involved in crisis pregnancies, for whom powerlessness and impossibility may seem so overwhelming.

Please join us. Don’t be afraid. It’s not a protest. We’re there to offer up our prayers for the babies, the sorrowful parents, and all the troubled players in the tragedy that is abortion.

You may want to check this out. This did not take place here, but describes the experience in a unique and powerful way. Last Word: A Vigil — Praying the Rosary Outside Planned Parenthood.

Please join this peaceful  campaign of prayer and fasting.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Perlman Drive, Spring Valley (on public property)

6 p.m. to 9 a.m. — Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church, 21 Cinder Rd., in Garnerville.

For information call 845-429-6709.