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.

40 Days of Life Starts Wednesday

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At the 40 Days for Life on Perlman Drive, Spring Valley, March 2015.

The winter 40 Days for Life begins on Ash Wednesday at 3 p.m., near the Planned Parenthood Office in Spring Valley (Perlman Drive, on public property).

Please join this peaceful international campaign of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. 11,165 lives have been saved since its inception in 2007. 127 abortion workers have had a change of heart and quite their jobs. 64 abortion centers have closed their doors forever.  For information call 845-429-6709.

40 Days for Life: Week 5

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Alive Today

Over 650 babies were saved as parents who were considering abortion stopped to talk with volunteers praying at our nation’s abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood offices during this autumn’s 40 Days for Life. Two of these babies were from Rockland.

The vigil of prayer, fasting, and raising awareness of the abortion issue ended on Nov. 1. Thirty-one participants gathered in Rockland for a closing ceremony.  Continue reading

40 Days for Life: Week 4

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There is about one week left in the 40 Days for Life

If you believe there’s no greater power than prayer and if you feel in your heart that those who stand in public witness for the unborn are doing a courageous and important thing,
perhaps that’s a sign that you should be one of them.

Please see if you can find an hour to come this last week
and be part of the 40 Days for Life.  Continue reading

40 Days for Life: Week 2

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“For eight years we have stood on this ground because of one reason only,”
said Eileen Peterson, 40 Days coordinator in Spring Valley.
“God has sent us!
Every hour, every day, the people of God are fasting and praying.”

And Eileen is convinced the prayers are being heard and answered.
“We know through the New York state statistics that abortions in Rockland County
have seriously dropped.”

Please sign up now to take part in the 40 Days for Life, a true matter of Life and death.

This week brought rain and gusty wind for days. But the 40 Days volunteers continued their vigil.

The hours are from 9 am until 6 pm on Perlman Drive, Spring Valley, and from 6 pm until 9 as at the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church in Garnerville. The Perlman Drive prayer site is on public property, about 50 yards from the Spring Valley Planned Parenthood office, which is in a mall nearby.

Please e-mail RachelMinister1@aol.com or call 845-492-6709 for more information.

Now We Need to Pray for Courage — and a Miracle!

Week 1

40 Days for Life: Week 1

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This is a picture of the sky above Care Net in Spring Valley, a life affirming answer to a crisis pregnancy. They are located right across the street from Planned Parenthood.
When the e-mail, text, call comes to
“Go to the Streets and Proclaim
the Gospel of LIFE”
(St. John Paul II)
how will you respond during the next 35 days?
Please sign up now for this is truly a matter between LIFE and death

The 40 Days for Life campaign began on Wednesday, Sept. 23, on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley with Fr. Frank Samoylo leading the faithful in the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 o’clock.

The hours are from 9 am until 6 pm on Perlman Drive, Spring Valley, and from 6 pm until 9 as at the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Gregory Barbarigo Church in Garnerville. The Perlman Drive prayer site is on public property, about 50 yards from the Spring Valley Planned Parenthood office, which is in a mall nearby.

Please e-mail RachelMinister1@aol.com or call 845-492-6709 for more information.

Now We Need to Pray for Courage — and a Miracle!

40 Days for Life Begins Wednesday, Sept. 23

20131012_124257 securedownload2 “Now we need to pray for courage — and a miracle.”

This was the response of Eileen Peter, one of the coordinators of the Rockland 40 Days for Life campaign, to the tumultuous summer that saw outcry of horror against the gruesome Planned Parenthood abortion videos.

And she’s right.

If we’re beside ourselves, outraged and disgusted by the barbaric videos, our first reaction needs to be prayer. And the second reaction should be to find the closest 40 Days for Life Campaign and sign up to pray where Planned Parenthood is. They are able to sell baby body parts because they have the parts to sell in the first place.

You can stop that through prayer and peaceful presence. You can be that witness.  And you can be on the right side of history. It doesn’t require much – just overcoming a little initial fear.  Continue reading