Pregnant Teen Finds Shelter and Hope

Starring Vanessa Hudgens and James Earl Jones, “Gimme Shelter” is based on the true-life story of a young woman who finds hope and healing at a shelter for pregnant, homeless teens. This film opened in theaters today, and is playing at the Palisades Center.

The home in the movie is based on the Several Sources Shelters, founded by Kathy DiFiore in Ramsey, NJ, which has provided help to thousands of needy families, pregnant teens, and homeless women.

Our website’s guest blogger, Sean Miller, saw a special screening of this movie earlier this month.  Here is his review:

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Guest blogger Sean Miller

Guest blogger Sean Miller

This captivating movie opens with a symbolic scene as a young adolescent named Apple anxiously cuts her hair in a bathroom as she plans to break away from her dire surroundings.

Apple lives with her mother, June, and is constantly faced with the grim realities of street life, a vicious cycle of drugs and prostitution that only leads to a dead end of despair.

To separate herself from this bleak fate, April knows that she must break away from her mother. And the hope that allows her to dream of starting a new life is enclosed in a letter she received from her biological father many, many years ago.

So Apple sets out to find her absent father who was never involved in her life, and to find answers to questions that have filled her with anger and resentment as she desperately sought to find her identity in a world that let her down.

But now, Tom, Apple’s father, has turned the chapter on his own life and is an affluent, highly successful Wall Street businessman. He lives with his wife, Stephanie, and their children in their lavish mansion – unaware that his peaceful, stable existence will soon be shaken by an unexpected visitor — Apple!  Continue reading

Jan. 22 — March On For Life

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 10.56.45 AMToday, the  anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, the National Right to Life Committee has issued a report looking at the tragic state of abortion in the U.S.

The bottom line is simple: The right-to-life movement is succeeding because even after 41 years and more than 56 million abortions, the conscience of our nations knows that killing unborn children is wrong. Click here for the report.

Sept. 25 — The Manhattan Declaration Returns Home

From Sister Lucy Marie, Sisters of Life:

Only two weeks remaining to register and space is limited! Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Cowin Center of Columbia University (525 West 120th Street in Manhattan).

Admission is free, but registration is required. Please contact the Archdiocese Respect Life Office: 646-794-3192.

Please join us for a very significant event — a forum to discuss the Manhattan Declaration, the ecumenical statement dedicated to defending life, marriage, and religious liberty

Cardinal Dolan will lead a prayer service, and the forum features extraordinary speakers, The event is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York, Alliance Defending Freedom, DeSales Media, and the New York State Council of the Knights of Columbus.

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Remembering the Victims of Abortion

Sept. 14 — National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Three national prolife groups have announced the “National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children” to take place on Saturday, September 14. It is meant to honor the unborn at the grave sites where they are buried.

The Garden of Innocence at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Haverstraw

The Garden of Innocence at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Haverstraw

While there are no such grave sites in Rockland, there are several memorials to those who have been killed by abortion.

A service will be held at one of these sites — The Garden of Innocence — which is located on the south side of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 46 Conklin Avenue in Haverstraw. It will begin at 5 p.m. (before the 5:30 pm Mass).

There are two other memorials in North Rockland:  at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point and at the Knights of Columbus Council 581 at 56 West Broad Street in Haverstraw.

Nationally, there are over 25 locations where babies have been buried after having been killed by abortion. Many were retrieved from trash dumpsters of abortion clinics or pathology labs where the bodies of the aborted unborn were shipped. Some graves contain hundreds of bodies.

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Memorial to the Unborn at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point.

Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-life Action League, stated, “It’s sobering to realize that grave markers for the unborn victims of abortion list only a date of burial. They have no birthdays because they were never allowed to be born. We can list no date of death, because those who killed them discarded their bodies like garbage. But they are not garbage to us. They are our brothers and sisters. That’s why we buried them, and that’s why we visit their graves to mourn for them and testify to their humanity.”

If you know of other memorials to the unborn in Rockland County, please take a picture of the site and send it to phone number 201-739-4413 or email it to

We’d like to publish all photos of these memorials on this website during Respect Life Month.

Respect Life Month — Being Prolife

imagesThere’s no one season for being prolife. No one thing we do.

Rather, it’s a daily commitment that rises from our belief in the sacredness of life, the dignity of every human being. It leads us along a path of service toward others, especially the most vulnerable and those most in need. It causes us to become involved, to share, to pray, and to stand up and speak out when necessary.

Yet the month of October — Respect Life Month — is a special time to deepen our insight of what being prolife is all about. It’s highlighted by liturgies in our churches and observances in the public square. We gather in prayer services and protests, we join in discussions and song.

We’re drawn to events that bring us together because it’s with others that we find our strength. By sharing the sorrows, the uncertainties, the joys, and the exhilaration of the prolife mission we find the place where the courage comes from, and the hope, and the inspiration to keep on going in the year to come.

Will you join us? Here is a short list of some of the events going on in and around Rockland during Respect Life Month 2013. Please select one (or several) that seem right for you — and come! You’ll be glad you did!

More information about each event will be appearing on this site as we get closer to the date. So please check back. If your group or church is doing anything for Respect Life month, please let us know so we can post it on this site and pass the word along. Email:

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children
Sept. 14 at 5 pm (before the 5:30 pm. Mass)
Garden of Innocence
South side of St. Mary of the Assumption Church
46 Conklin Ave., Haverstraw

40 Days for Life — Opening Ceremony
Sept. 25 at 3 pm
Perelman Drive, Spring Valley (on public property, near the Planned Parenthood office)

40 Days for Life 
Sept. 25 and daily for the next six weeks
9 am to 5 pm (and overnight at the Adoration Chapel of St. Gregory Barbarigo in Garnerville)
Perelman Drive, Spring Valley (on public property, near the Planned Parenthood office)

The Manhattan Declaration Returns Home
Sept. 25, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Columbia University
525 W. 120th St., NYC
Join Timothy Cardinal Dolan for an interfaith prayer service and religious liberty forum

21st Rockland County Life Chain
Oct. 6, 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Intersection of Route 59 and Middletown Road, Nanuet

Good Counsel Communion Breakfast
Oct. 12 at 9:15 am (Mass followed by breakfast)
Marian Shrine, 147 Filor’s Lane, Stony Point
to benefit the Spring Valley Good Counsel home

New York State Right to Life Convention
Oct. 19
Holiday Inn in Oneonta, NY

Concert for Life
Nov. 21 at 7 pm (free, donation requested)
Albertus Magnus High School  [CORRECTION — not the Marian Shrine this year]
to benefit the Spring Valley Good Counsel home

What Are You Talking About?

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By Guest Blogger Sean Miller

A few weeks ago, I heard a disturbing story on the news. Equally disturbing was the cavalier manner in which it was reported on the radio.

It was about a woman who went into labor at a nightclub. She gave birth in the bathroom and then suffocated the baby and hid the body in the toilet tank. Afterwards, she smoked a cigarette and then returned to the bar as if nothing happened. The next morning, the baby was found by a maintenance worker.

The indifference expressed by the reporter telling the story left an unsettled feeling in my stomach. There was a callousness to her voice, which was void of compassion – and even normal emotion.

Her tone seemed to imply that if a mother finds a baby to be an inconvenience, she can simply just get rid of him. It made me wonder if the reporter understood the gravity of the situation. Continue reading

To Sen. Jeff Klein — from Prolife Democrats in New York

Demsforlife21 million Democrats  in America call themselves prolife. And when state Senate co-leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx, Westchester) recently pronounced that in order to be a “real Democrat,” you have to be pro-choice, the Democrats for Life New York responded with this great billboard message.

Has Gov. Cuomo gone too far? Read Cuomo’s Big Abortion Mistake from the Daily News.

Click here to visit the Democrats for Life New York website.

The Power of One

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Was there ever a time when you felt very strongly about a particular conviction and all of a sudden you began to realize that you were surrounded by a large number of people that felt quite differently?

When guest blogger Sean Miller heard this story from his friend, Anne, he knew he had to write about it. Sean is from New Jersey and is well known for his prolife activities in Rockland and Bergen counties. He has provided some of the powerful banners displayed during the 40 Days for Life this spring and at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Pearl River. We hope you enjoy his posting.   Continue reading

The Rockland Right to Life Committee — 40 Years of Leadership for Life

rose 2On this 40th anniversary, among the many thousands of Rockland County residents who have fought for life over the years, we’d like to remember those who served in leadership positions in our organization, The Rockland Right to Life Committee. The people below were officers, board members, key committee heads, or contributed in some special way to our mission. We thank them – and everyone whose sacrifices have kept the Right to Life movement alive throughout these 40 years.

Terry Anselmi    Cathy Baker    Jane Barry    Tina & Paul Bell    Mary Bentley    Peg Beirne    Betty Braun    Richard Bruno    Richard Byman    Geraldine Caifa    Catholic Daughters of America     Richard Caunitz    Gene Commerford    Ronald Cortazzo    Ann Costello    Peggy Coughlin    Betty Cunningham    Jack Donaldson    Tom Duff    Viola Duffy    Bob Ellsworth    Terry Gartner Escobar    Janet Botto Fenton        John Ferrao    Sr. Christine Ferrar O.P.    John Paul Fitton    Margaret Fitton    Peter Fitton    Lynn Gannon    Charles Gargiulo     Kathy Gartner    Mary Gartner    Eileen Gesner    Ginny Gulezian    Jeanmarie Grahn    Rev. Brendan Gormley    Ed Green    Assmblymn. Harold Grune    Msgr. John Harrington    Regina Fitton Hendrickson    Sally Holland    Marion Hoke    Kathy McSweeny Hornberger    George & Dorothy Kelly    Jo Kelly    Kathy Kelly        Joyce Kineke    Knights of Columbus    Nick La Bruno    Mary Loftus    Bob & Ann Loughman    Brendan & Betty Lynch    Julia Magnone    Jim Maloney    Bill Martin    Margaret McCabe    Marion McPhillips    Don Mellon    Kathy Melville    Marianne Modafferi    Sen. Tom Morahan    Dave Moynihan    Io Mura    Clarke Najac    Margie Najac    Rev. Ed Netter    Jim Niblo    Michael Niblo    Tom & Inez Niblo    Frank Orlando    Pat O’Brian    Liz O’Brien    Ann O’Connor    Mary Parisi    Peter & Mary-Anne Partridge    Eileen Peterson    Nancy & Joe Reeves    Sr. Helen Regina O.P.    Eileen Reninger    Jean Romano    Dorothy Roth   Rev. Frank Samoylo    Eileen Shine    Kathy Skae    Ellen Skelly    The Spear Family    Anna Stellwag    Ann Upton    Michael & Mary Walker    Bonnie Walsh    Msgr. Edward Weber    Leslie Weber    Margaret Whalen    Kenneth Zemsky