There are many upcoming events in the diocese that coincide with October’s Respect Life Month. They include: The 40 Days for Life peaceful vigil, which is happening now through Nov. 1 in both Rochester and Ithaca. In Rochester, the vigil will be outside the Planned Parenthood facility at 114 University Ave. Contact Roc40DFL@gmail.com or call Rick Paoletti at 585-489-9555 for details.
In Ithaca, the vigil will take place outside Planned Parenthood of the Southern Fingerlakes, 314 W. State St. Contact Mary Anne Tissot at firstname.lastname@example.org details. The Life Chain event that marks Respect Life Sunday will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in Brockport, Elmira and Rochester. Details about the national effort are available at www.nationallifechain.org or www.lifechain.net.
In Brockport, it will take place at Route 19 at Route 31. Pick up signs at the corner of Crestview and Route 19. Call the Rev. Mike Warren at 585-764-5204 for details.
In Elmira, it will take place in two locations: Grand Central at 14th Street and at West Church Street at Walnut Street. Contact Patricia Beemer at 607-737-8060 for details.
In Rochester, it will stretch from Our Lady of the Americas Parish, 864 E. Main St., to Our Lady of Victory Parish, 210 Pleasant St., Rochester. Pick up signs at Focus Pregnancy Help Center, 86 University Ave. Call Mary Jost at 585-218-4051 or e-mail email@example.com details. Jann Armantrout, diocesan life-issues coordinator will make presentations in Greece, Naples and Hamlin during October.
In Greece, she will speak on beginning-of-life and end-of-life issues from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 28 at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 3003 Dewey Ave.
In Naples, she will speak Oct. 18 during the 10 a.m. Mass and will present the Losing the Right to Choose” conscience-protection and public-policy seminar at 11 a.m. at St. Januarius Parish, 180 N. Main St.
In Hamlin, she will speak on “God’s Eternal Love in a Broken World” at the 5 p.m. Oct. 24 and 8:30 and 10 a.m. Oct. 25 Masses at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 3747 Brick Schoolhouse Road. The Silent No More Campaign will present Voices of Experience at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 in Susan B. Anthony Square, Madison Street, Rochester. The event includes talks by post-abortive women on the harms of abortion, a march for life and a presentation by the Yahweh Ballet of Destinies Lost. Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, will speak at a fundraiser for Women’s Care Center at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Diplomat Banquet Center, 1 Diplomat Way, Rochester. The cost of the dinner is $35 per person, $25 for students, and $20 for priests and deacons.
Father Pavone also is national director of Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard, a post-abortion counseling program.
Father Pavone also will speak from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a workshop for priests and deacons at the Diplomat Banquet Center, and also that day he will concelebrate the 4 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park.
Women’s Care Center, a Catholic pro-life organization, has provided emotional support, encouragement, guidance and practical assistance to more than 14,000 women since 1990. The banquet is the center’s major fundraiser; gift balloons also will be for sale at the banquet.
For details, call the center at 585-865-0360. In Waverly, the Altar and Rosary Society of St. James Church will hold a Living Rosary on Wednesday, Oct. 7, which is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the church, located at 505 Clark St. Serving as leader and speaker will be Father Vincent Langan, pastor emeritus of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph parishes in South Waverly and Athens, in the Diocese of Scranton, Pa.
The newly formed Altar Rosary Society at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1110 Pennsylvania Ave., Apalachin, will meet on Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. to pray the rosary by the statue of Mary, followed by a short informal business meeting and refreshments. The society will have rosary devotion on all Wednesdays of October, and hold monthly meetings on each first Wednesday thereafter.
Also in Tioga County, St. John the Evangelist Church, 24 Rock St., Newark Valley, will hold rosary recitation at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 22 as part of efforts to revive the Rosary Society at that church.
In Chemung County, the annual Rosary for Life will take place Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary Church, 224 Franklin St., Elmira. Several area parishes are expected to participate.
At St. Mary Our Mother Parish in Horseheads, the Respect Life Ministry is performing rosary recitation throughout the month across from the local Planned Parenthood building, 301 S. Main St. The first rosary took place Oct. 3.
This story was updated on Oct. 5, 2009.