On October 29, 2022 the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants gathered in prayer at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Jamaica, New York for Mass, and a rosary procession to promote the dignity of all human life. The Helpers conduct large prayer vigils monthly, except for July, in various parishes in Brooklyn and Queens. Founded by Msgr. Philip J. Reilly in 1989, the Helpers have sought to convince all they come in contact with that life is indeed a precious gift from God and not an unwanted burden to be destroyed.
The day began with Mass offered by the assistant priest to Fr. Victor Bolanos, the pastor of this parish. I am sorry I did not catch his name. He delivered a beautiful homily in both English and Spanish on the necessity of defending life in all circumstances, especially in New York State where abortion is legal up to the moment of birth and for any, or no, reason. After Mass about 50 people, both Helpers and parishioners led, by Fr. Bolanos, processed to Choices abortion facility praying the rosary and singing hymns. The procession was peaceful and prayerful and there were no confrontations with the numerous clinic escorts at the facility when we arrived.
There were others from another pro-life group also present who were a bit more confrontational, hoping to sting the consciences of those women who entered the building. The Helpers rely on God, petitioning the Almighty with prayer to change hearts.
Following the conclusion of the prayers of the rosary we were invited to a delicious breakfast provided by the parish. It was a beautiful morning, and we noticed that fewer women entered the facility than when we had been there in the past. Praise be to God!