Submitted by Jeannine Rippa
The month of January is traditionally observed as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Roman Catholic Church. The Eighth-grade Rose Mass for Life was held at St. Ann R.C. Church, Nyack. In the Pro-Life movement, a singe rose has come to represent a single life. Roses were offered as a plea for protection for all unborn babies who might face death through abortion.
Eighth-grade students from all five Rockland County Catholic schools were in attendance: Sacred Heart, Suffern; St. Anthony, Nanuet; St. Gregory Barbarigo, Garnerville; St. Margaret of Antioch, Pearl River; St. Paul, Valley Cottage. Father Roman Palecko, Asst. Pastor of St. Paul-St. Ann delivered the homily to the Eighth Graders.
Clergy in attendance were Fr. Roman Palecko; Deacon Gerard Fenton, St. Ann; presider for the mass Msgr. Emmet Nevin, St. Aedan, Pearl River; Fr. Eric Raaser, St. Margaret of Antioch, Pearl River; Fr. Vladimir Chripko, pastor of St. Paul-St. Ann.