Life Chain set for Oct. 4 at two Elmira locations - Catholic Courier

Life Chain set for Oct. 4 at two Elmira locations

Patricia Beemer contends that the need for pro-life activities is greater than ever, based on first-year President Barack Obama’s pledge to seek broader abortion-rights laws.

"I think that at this moment in time, with the president that we have in office, every single Christian needs to stand up and let it be known that we can no longer allow this generation to be destroyed and also to let it become an every day occurrence with no respect for life," said Beemer, a parishioner at Elmira’s Blessed Sacrament Parish. "I am truly scared to death for the future of our children and their offspring and what will become of our country."

Beemer is serving as coordinator of the only two Life Chains to be held in the Southern Tier this year. Both will occur in Elmira on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 2 to 3 p.m. — at Grand Central Avenue and 14th Street, and at West Church and Walnut streets.

Parishes and individuals are invited to take part in this prayerful initiative for the end of abortion. Participants across the country are asked to hold signs and stand for one hour along major roadways, praying silently.

Life Chain is held nationally each first Sunday of October. For further details on the local Life Chain effort, contact Beemer at 607-737-8060 or

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