Marching for life in Forest Hills

Below are some shots from this morning’s pro-life prayer march through Forest Hills, which began at my parish and ended about a half a mile away at the Women’s Health Pavilion abortion clinic.

We host these marches twice a year in conjunction with Msgr. Philip O’Reilly and the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. As is the custom, the event began with Mass at 7:30, followed by the march, during which we sang and prayed the rosary.  There was a moment of silence in front of the clinic and then a return march to the church, where we concluded the morning with Benediction.

The Helpers’ philosophy is simple: no confrontation, no conversation — except with God and with the Blessed Mother.  This morning, one woman taunted us along the route — “Jesus wouldn’t be doing this!  You’re wrong!  Jesus wouldn’t be doing this!”  – but she was more or less drowned out by the singing of “Immaculate Mary.”

Something else unique about the Helpers: every Mass is presided over by a bishop.  In our case, it was Brooklyn’s retired Bishop Thomas Daily.  The main celebrant was Msgr. Reilly.

Msgr. Reilly prays before the Blessed Sacrament.


  1. Thanks for showing these! We have a chapter of Helpers in Detroit and at my first outing with them, I was blessed to hear Msgr. Reilly explain what it was all about. I loved the prayerful approach and witnessing. It has been very effective here in Detroit, with many “turns” – women who have chosen to have their babies, rather than abort them after encountering caring sidewalk counselors and people praying.

  2. Dale Cooper says:

    Thanks, brothers and sisters in Jesus, for your faithful witness to him and his Gospel.

    Dale Cooper

  3. Wonderful!

  4. We were there with you! Thank you for posting. The Helpers are awesome!!


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