Rockland Life Chain Attendance Tops 400

L1220886The welcome influx of enthusiastic Christians from churches across all of Rockland County made Sunday’s Life Chain in Nanuet the biggest in years.

Under bright, sunny skies, from 2 to 3:30 pm, over 400 participants stood up for Life by forming a “chain” that stretched along Route 59 from the west end of the Shops at Nanuet  nearly down to the intersection with College Rd., and north and south along Middletown  Rd.

L1220874Holding signs that read “Abortion Kills Children” and “Jesus Saves and Heals,”  and other appeals to respect the life of the unborn, veteran Life Chain participants and the many newcomers proclaimed their message to the thousands who passed by in cars during the hour and a half they stood witness.

Eileen Peterson, Bob Zottoli, Chris Bell, of Good Counsel Homes, and Liz O'Brien, of Rockland Right to Life

Eileen Peterson, Bob Zottoli, Chris Bell, of Good Counsel Homes, and Liz O’Brien of Rockland Right to Life

Among those present were members of the Prolife Club of Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia, Beth Am Messiah in New City, CrossLife Church in Thiells, Faith Assembly of God in Chestnut Ridge, the Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New City, the Living Hope Fellowship in Tompkins Cove, the New Hope Christian Church in Monsey, St. Augustine’s Church in New City and many other Catholic churches, the Salvation Army from West Nyack, the Savior Community Church in New City,  the Silver Springs Vineyard Church in Nyack, the Sisters of Charity from St. Agatha’s Home in Nanuet, and the Sisters of Life.

Blanca and Deacon Ed Ilarraza of Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship

Blanca and Deacon Ed Ilarraza

Chris Bell, the co-founder and president of Good Counsel Homes, which helps homeless pregnant women, also visited the Life Chain. He had been speaking at the masses at St. Anthony’s Church in Nanuet for Respect Life Sunday.

Many of the first-timers learned of the Life Chain through Deacon Ed Ilarraza of Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship. Ilarraza and Eileen Peterson were organizers of the Life Chain.

“Brother Ed spread the word,” said Onix Sosa of CrossLife Church in Thiells. “We credit him with us being here.”

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Life Chain Held on Respect Life Sunday

L1210822On Oct. 5, Respect Life Sunday, hundreds of Rocklanders gathered in Nanuet for the 22nd Annual Life Chain –standing together along the intersection of Route 59 and Middletown Road to pray for an end to abortion and for healing of all who suffer because of it.

Life Chains were held in over 1,500 cities, according to the campaign’s national organizers.

L1210844The signs held by the participants carried their message: Abortion Kills Children, Adoption the Loving Option, Jesus Forgives and Heals. Several people brought their own home-made signs: “Today is my birthday because my mom chose LIFE”  and “God created ALL of US for a reason.”  MORE PHOTOS FOLLOW Continue reading

Come to the Life Chain — Sunday, Oct. 5

Pat and son

Pat Sweeney and Son for Life (Life Chain 2011)

“There are a group of people who would like to silence everybody and have everybody go along to get along, but that’s not going to be very helpful for us in the long run, in terms of solving our problems. And somebody has to be courageous enough to actually stand up to, you know, the bullies.” ~~ Dr. Benjamin Carson.

That’s what the Life Chain is all about. Standing up to the “bullies,” who want the world to believe that commitment to the inviolate right to life of the unborn is a “war on women” and that destroying an unborn child is a “choice.”

That’s why we need you to be with us at the Annual Life Chain in Nanuet on Sunday, October 5. To join with the thousands who will be participating in Life Chains across America that day to witness to the violence of abortion and to pray for our country’s conversion to a culture of Life.  Continue reading

We Are AM, We Stand For Life

Albertus 3 On Tuesday, April 1, the students and teachers of Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia held their first Life Chain on school grounds along Route 304. Standing with them were Sr. Nancy Richter, Prolife Club moderator, Joe Troy, principal, and Fr. Frank Samoylo, AM graduate and now pastor of St. Columbanus in Cortlandt Manor.

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Rosarians and others came to show their support. Here is a slideshow.

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Life Chain — A First for Albertus Magnus

AM 1st LIFE Chain-1This week, the epicenter of pro-life action in Rockland will be Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia, as the students hold their first-ever Life Chain on Tuesday, April 1.

The Pro-Life Generation will be standing up for Life on the lawn of the school that fronts Route 304 from 3 to 5 p.m.  If you’re driving by, be sure to give them a big smile and a thumbs-up.

The Life Chain movement was started over 25 years ago as a way for  communities to witness to the respect for life and pray for an end to abortion.

Each year the first Sunday in October — designated as Respect Life Sunday — Life Chains are held across the nation. In Rockland, several hundred people come each year to line the sidewalks at the interesection of Route 59 and Middletown Road.

Although the Albertus Magnus-based Life Chain this spring is something new, the students are not strangers to the program. For years, their Pro-Life Club has attended the Rockland Life Chain, and last autumn they were the largest group in attendance. You’ll find some photos of them at that event here.

Albertus Magnus High School students and the Pro-life Club moderator, Sr. Nancy Richter, at the October 2013 Life Chain in Rockland.

Albertus Magnus High School students, with the Pro-Life Club moderator, Sr. Nancy Richter, at the October 2013 Life Chain in Rockland.

The Life Chain: 200+ Proclaim Message of Life

Students from Albertus Magnus HIgh School display their message for LIFE.

Students from Albertus Magnus HIgh School display their message for LIFE.

In spite of gray skies, a constant mist, and the threat of showers, over 200 Rocklanders gathered at the intersection of Route 59 and Middletown Rd. on Sunday, Oct. 6, for the 21st annual Life Chain.

The Rockland Life Chain was one of 29 being held simultaneously today in the boroughs of New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. Hundreds were held across the United States and in Canada. Continue reading