McCloskey Knights Celebrate Christmas with Charity and Good Will

Hugh Delargy, District Deputy, Mary Loftus, Rockland RTL treasurer, Msgr. Edward Weber, McCloskey Council chaplain, Liz O'Brien, Rockland RTL chairman, and Arthur Saladino, Grand Knight

John Cardinal McCloskey Council Knights of Columbus and officers of Rockland Right to Life: Hugh Delargy (K of C District Deputy), Mary Loftus (Rockland RTL treasurer), Msgr. Edward Weber (McCloskey Council chaplain), Liz O’Brien (Rockland RTL chair), and Arthur Saladino (Grand Knight)

The John Cardinal McCloskey Council, No. 4565, of the Knights of Columbus presented Christmas checks to several local organizations at their December social meeting held at St. Francis of Assisi School in West Nyack on Dec. 17.

Among the recipients of the Knights’ generosity were the Rockland Right to LIfe Committee, Birthright of Rockland, Good Counsel Homes, the Sisters of LIfe, Jawonio, Camp Venture, and archdiocesan seminarians.


Knights of Columbus’ Philanthropy Benefits Local Prolife Groups

Triune Council’s Grand Knight John Rio (center) and representatives of the organizations who were recipients of the Knights’ philanthropy at the annual Christmas party. Among them were (first row) Nanette Morrison of Good Counsel Homes, Eileen Francis of Birthright, Peg Beirne of the Rockland Catholic Coalition, Joe Quatrocchi, also of Good Counsel (between John and Peg), and Liz O’Brien of Rockland Right to Life (far right). –Photo courtesy of Frank Traina

Charity is first and foremost for the Knights of Columbus, and at their annual Christmas Party, Triune Council 2052 presented checks to several organizations. Among them were Rockland prolife goups Birthright of Rockland, Good Counsel Homes, the Rockland Catholic Coalition, and the Rockland Right to Life Committee.

The party was held on Dec. 10 at Toner Hall at St. Margaret’s Parish in Pearl River.

40 Days for Life Co-Founder to Speak at Care Net Banquet



Friday, Oct. 5, Shawn Carney, Co-Founder of 40 Days for Life, record-breaking fundraiser, and television personality will be the speaker at the 26th anniversary banquet of the Care Net Pregnancy Center of Rockland.

The banquet will be held at The Crowne Plaza (formerly the Holiday Inn) at 3 Executive Plaza in Suffern. The event begins at 7:30 pm (seating at 7:00). For reservations or more information please call 845-352-6108.  Continue reading

Calling all NY Prolife Teens — Camp Esther Weekend, Aug. 17-19

Camp Esther is open to any prolife teenager who wants to know more about getting involved and saving lives. If you want to learn how to be an effective prolife leader and meet other pro-life teens from across New York State, Camp Esther is for you.

Sessions blend education, motivation, and advocacy into a camp that is intense, powerful, and a ton of fun.

You’ll hear from many amazing, funny, and motivational speakers throughout the weekend! And… you have even more to look forward to at Camp Esther:

  • Games, movies, & popcorn
  • Activities outside on the beautiful grounds at the Good News Center, in Utica, NY
  • Meeting some of the most awesome prolife teens from across the state!

Click here to learn more.

And, through the generosity of a Rockland resident,  Rockland teens can attend for free. The $100 tuition will be paid for.

So if you’re a prolife teenager, consider Camp Esther – it’s only a weekend, but your experience there could change the rest of your life. Invite a friend who feels the way you do. If you’re an adult who knows of a prolife teenager, please tell them about this opportunity.

For more information, contact Rockland Right to Life. We’ll coordinate transportation. Call 201-732-8277 or email We need to know by June 30.

Holy Hour for Life Held at St. Peter’s

On Jan. 21, a snowy Saturday, the Holy Hour for LIFE began right after the 5 pm Mass at St. Peter’s Church in Haverstraw, NY.

People from all walks of LIFE came to pray for the protection of the most vulnerable among us — the unborn.

A beautiful singer named Carolyn was accompanied by two gifted guitarists as the music moved our souls to the depth of our very being.

Carolyn’s pin says:  JESUS, PROTECT AND SAVE THE UNBORN- Carolyn recently gave birth to a baby girl.

As the service began, the altar servers processed to the altar carrying the crucifix with pastor of St. Peter’s  Father Thomas Madden and Father Fredy.

Jesus would even pay for the sin of abortion on His Cross. Jesus paid in full so forgiveness, mercy, and healing could happen.

Throughout the hour of prayer there were beautiful roses on either side of the altar. The rose is the sign for the pro-life movement.

Father Madden read us Psalm 139:
“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

Father Fredy prayed the Divine Praises in Spanish during Benediction.

He spoke about the need to pray for God’s protection for the unborn for God hears every prayer.

As people prayed the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, alternating the decades between English and Spanish, you could almost hear the babies’ soft voices,  as if they were joining in the PRAYER POWER!

Bonnie Walsh Receives Community Services Award

On Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Fourth Annual Catholic Community Services of Rockland (CCSR) Dinner at the Casa Mia Manor House in Blauvelt, Bonnie Walsh, an outstanding pro-life activist, was awarded the Community Services award for her numerous achievements, caring, and concern for those needing assistance in our community.

Monsignor Edward Weber, Regional Vicar, and Chairman of the CCSR Board and Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish, before a dinner audience of 300 supporters of Catholic Community Services, presented the very prestigious award to Bonnie.

Bonnie was most humble in her grateful acceptance of the award. She related how her years of nursing and experience as Assistant Director of United Hospice of Rockland provided a perfect environment for her to reach out and complement the mission of CCSR. Numerous accolades of Bonnie’s activities were also noted by those in attendance including her husband, Gerry, her family, and many, many friends who wanted to share this special night with a very special person.

For more information about Bonnie and her activities click here.