July 4 — Praying for Life and for America

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Rockland Right to Life Co-Founders Jeanmarie Grahn and Margaret Fitton at the 2017 Vigil for Life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 4 —  Independence Day 2017 was marked by the annual Vigil for Life at the Marian Shrine in West Haverstraw.

The morning included the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the recitation of the Rosary and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Nicholas Callahan, assisted by Deacon Bob Pang of St. John’s in Piermont.

The vigil was co-sponsored by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants and the Rockland County Catholic Coalition.

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Fr. Nicholas Callahan and Eileen Peterson.

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Local ‘Defund Planned Parenthood’ Rallies Part of 200 Events Nationwide

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Prolifers at the White Plains Defund Planned Parenthood rally on Rt. 119.

In Spring Valley and White Plains yesterday prolifers gathered at Planned Parenthood offices to be part of the nationwide “Defund Planned Parenthood” rally. There were 200 such rallies in cities and towns across America.

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On Perlman Drive in Spring Valley

In Rockland 22 people came to the prayer site on Perlman Drive to pray for the closure of PP in the Pascack Plaza mall and elsewhere. Fifty-two attended the rally in White Plains.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America receives $353.5 million from taxpayers. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in America. According to the #ProtestPP Coalition, this is more than 300,000 abortions a year, 30% of the total.

GET involved with #ProtestPP at the link above for updates on the congressional defunding effort and urgent calls to action.

Annual ‘Rose Mass’ Gives Thanks for Gift of Life

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Sr. Bethany Madonna of the Sisters of Life speaks to the students at the conclusion of the ‘Rose Mass’ at Sacred Heart Church.

The eighth graders of the Regional Catholic Schools of Rockland County celebrated their annual ‘Rose Mass’ to give thanks to God for the gift of human life. The mass took place at Sacred Heart Church in Suffern on Jan. 27, the day of the March for Life in Washington D.C.

The celebrant was the pastor of Sacred Heart, Rev. Matthew J. Furey. Concelebrants were: Rev. Innocent Nwachukwu of Sacred Heart, Rev. John Gruben of Tagaste Monastery, Rev. Cresus Fernando of St. Anthony’s, Rev. Roman Palecko of St. Paul and St. Ann, Rev. Joseph P. LaMorte, pastor of St. Gregory’s, and Rev. Eric Raaser, pastor of St. Margaret’s. Deacon John Sadowski of Immaculate Conception Church assisted. Continue reading

Children Lost to Abortion Remembered

rem-ab-childrOver 100 people gathered at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point on Saturday,  Sept. 10, for the fourth Annual National Day of Remembrance of Aborted Children.

Solemn prayer vigils were conducted at similar memorials and gravesites across the country on this day to honor our aborted brothers and sisters, most of whom never have a final resting place.

The service at the Marian Shrine was conducted by Rev. Thomas Ruekert, of the Salesians of Don Bosco, rem Ab KC.JPGand a visiting priest, assisted by Deacon Bob Pang from St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont, with an honor guard from the Knights of Columbus.

The National Day of Remembrance of Aborted Children is co-sponsored each year on the second Saturday in September by the Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League. (Photos by Robert Pang)

‘America, God Shed His Grace on Thee’

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Margie Fitton, co-founder of the Rockland Right to Life Committee, and her son, Michael, were among the worshippers at the morning of prayer for Life and America.

Starting the July 4th Independence Day holiday with a morning of prayer for our nation has become a tradition at the Mary Help of Christians Chapel at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point. With plenty of time left in the day for barbecues and fireworks, hundreds first come here to ask God for his blessing and healing for America, its leaders and its people, and to pray  for a restoration of respect for the gift of Life.

The morning included mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and recitation of the rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. The concelebrants were three priests who are known for their prolife efforts in Rockland: Fr. Nicholas Callahan, formerly of St. Catherine’s in Blauvelt and now studying canon law in Rome, Fr. Brendan Gormley of St.Anthony’s in Yonkers, and Fr. John Wilson of St. Gregory’s in Garnerville.

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Fr. Brendan Gormley and Fr. Nicholas Callahan

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Newly-ordained priest Fr. John Wilson gives Eileen Peterson his “first blessing.”

The main celebrant and homilist was Fr. Nicholas who spoke about why the prolife movement has reason for hope, even in the face of  recent Supreme Court rulings against us. Drawing a comparison between the impact of death and horror on the battlefield and the response to the slaughter of millions by abortion,  he said that there eventually comes a point of great “discouragement and exhaustion” against the familiarity of “blood, futility, suffering, and death.” That happens, he said,  because we are made to love life, and it’s “what the human soul wants to have.” There will be a turning point where the cause for life will prevail.

And also, he noted, from a theological point of view, the battle against evil has already been  won on the Cross, where we find in Christ the “grace to repair every heart and heal every wound.”

At the end of mass, the crowd lined up in the vestibule to receive the “first blessing” from Fr. John Wilson, who was  recently ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

This annual morning of prayer, sponsored by the Rockland County Catholic Coalition and the Helpers of Gods’ Precious Infants, has  become an occasion where many who have spent decades in the prolife movement get the chance to see each other again. Margie Fitton, co-founder of Rockland Right to Life and past president,  was among the worshippers. Eileen Peterson was organist and led the choir.