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Oct. 30, 2019

Registration now open for Youth Buses for Life; Bishop LaValley to attend

By Colleen Miner
Director, Diocesan Respect Life Office

This year, 127 people in our diocese chose to stand up for life on Life Chain Sunday, Oct. 6. With the possibility of rain at four locations and cloudy skies with wind, it was a good turnout. Plattsburgh had the most participants (42) and was the only location with sunshine. Special thanks to Lifechain coordinators: Nancy Belzile, Dorothy Bean, Conner Cum-mings, Charles Shearer and John Miner.

The fall Rachel’s Vineyard retreat took place the third weekend in October. It was a wonderful weekend of healing. Seven babies were memorialized. Thank you to St. Bernard of Montjoux parishioners, who filled the hours of adoration and baked for the retreat. The next retreat will take place Spring 2020. Visit www.rachelsvineyard.org for more information and a complete listing of retreat locations.

Prayer warriors are still needed for the Fall 40 Days for Life campaign in Plattsburgh that continues until Nov. 3. Help save lives by praying for an end to abortion. Please register your prayer time at www.40daysforlife.com/plattsburgh.

The public witness is at 66 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh.

The New York State Catholic Conference received a grant to create a two-sided, color flyer to provide direction to parishioners who are asking what to do next, since the Re-productive Healthcare Act (RHA) was signed into law last January. The new flyer is posted on the Respect Life webpage. Pastors will receive their flyers soon.
Youth Buses for Life online registration is now open! This year, Bishop Terry R. LaValley will be joining the marchers for the journey.

With the news that a Students for Life scholarship had been awarded, the pilgrimage will be extended for one more day so students and chaperones may attend the Pro-Life Summit www.prolifesummit.org

While a full scholarship was not awarded, Students for Life has been very good in help-ing to make the conference possible. Additional funds are needed and gladly accepted. The increase in cost (total cost is $200 per participant) will help cover the additional ho-tel night and part of the conference fee. The two Youth Buses for Life will depart the North Country on Thursday, Jan. 23, arriving in the nation’s capital Thursday evening.
Friday, the group will attend the Life is Very Good Rally and Mass, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Arlington, Virginia before participating in the March for Life in our Nation’s capital. Saturday is the National Pro-Life Summit, a one-day event that provides education and training. Sunday, the group will attend Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (nationalshrine.org) before departing for the return trip home.

Online registration is at rcdony.org/prolife.

Payment can be made online or a check can be mailed to the Diocese of Ogdensburg Lockbox PO Box 106, Canajoharie, NY 13317. Please include the student’s full name. The cost includes transportation, three nights at the Hilton Garden Inn, three breakfasts, two dinners and two lunches. Please bring money for Saturday’s fast food dinner and lunches on the traveling days (Thursday and Sunday).

Chaperones must be 21 or older, Virtus-trained and background checked.

Itinerary, flyer and more information is posted on the Respect Life webpage. Please call or text Colleen Miner with questions at 518-524-0774 or email cminer@rcdony.org.


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