Marian, life events dot Tier calendar this month - Catholic Courier

Marian, life events dot Tier calendar this month

October is Respect Life Month as well as a time dedicated to Marian devotion, and this focus is reflected in an array of events that are scheduled or have taken place in the Southern Tier. Here is a list of highlights based on information submitted to the Catholic Courier:

  • St. Mary Church in Elmira is hosting its annual Rosary for Life on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
  • The 2010 Public Square Rosary Crusade will take place Saturday, Oct. 16, at noon at the Veterans’ Monument on Broadway Mall in the City of Hornell. This event is coordinated by the America Needs Fatima Campaign (, a nationwide effort that stands in opposition to secularists who wish to push God from the public square. Contact Mary Ann Flansburg at 607-324-7975 for details.
  • In Elmira, a rosary rally also is planned for Oct. 16. It will begin at noon at St. Casimir Church, corner of Roe Avenue and Davis Street. Participants will then process with banners to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, reciting the rosary. Contact Jane Stalica at 607-524-9382 after 6 p.m.
  • The Respect Life Group at St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads is gathering each Saturday in October to pray the rosary in front of Planned Parenthood facilities. This includes Oct. 16 and 30 across from Horseheads Planned Parenthood, 301 S. Main St.; and Oct. 23 across from Corning Planned Parenthood, 135 Walnut St. Contact John Brennan at 607-739-1011.
  • The Respect Life Committee of All Saints Parish is praying a weekly Rosary for Life each Saturday at 9 a.m. in October. These rosaries take place at the Memorial to the Unborn outside Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Painted Post. The committee also encourages private rosary recitation in October for people who cannot make the group function. In addition, the committee is conducting a diaper drive to benefit Pregnancy Resource Center of the Valleys in Bath.
  • A newly formed women’s group met on Oct. 2 for rosary recitation at St. Mary Church in Corning, followed by coffee and conversation at Soul Fill Cup on West Market Street. The group will continue these spiritual and social gatherings for the next several first Saturdays (except Jan. 1), meeting at 8:15 a.m. in St. Mary’s side chapel. The group is especially designed for women in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
  • Participants are welcomed for the 40 Days for Life fall campaign in Ithaca, which began Sept. 22 and is running through Oct. 31. Constant prayer takes place daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across from the Planned Parenthood facility at 314 W. State St. The campaign is a nationwide effort conducted in 200-plus cities. For details, visit In addition, Shawn Carney, cofounder of 40 Days for Life, will appear Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Cornell University’s Kaufman Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. That event is sponsored by Cornell Coalition for Life.
  • Parishioners of St. Patrick Church in Owego are praying the rosary before weekend Masses throughout October. The liturgies are on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. In addition, St. Margaret Mary in Apalachin — which, like St. Patrick, is part of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes — will hold rosary recitation Sunday, Oct. 24, at 10:15 a.m., prior to the 10:45 a.m. Sunday Mass.
  • On Respect Life Weekend (Oct. 2-3) in Schuyler Catholic Community, special brochures were inserted in bulletins emphasizing the sanctity of life from conception until natural death. Also, rosary recitation was held Oct. 7 after 7:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen.
  • The annual Life Chain took place in Elmira on Oct. 3 at West Church and Walnut streets. Life Chain is an ecumenical prayer event that takes place nationwide each year in conjunction with Respect Life Sunday. It involves silent demonstrations in public places emphasizing the sacredness of life at all stages.

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