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