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Oct. 30, 2019


By Patricia Jenkins
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PLATTSBURGH – Drivers traveling Smithfield Boulevard in Plattsburgh on Sunday, Oct. 6, likely noticed local members of the Champlain Valley Right to Life group as a dominant presence up and down the street.

It was Life Chain Sunday.

According to Nancy Belzile, coordinator of the Plattsburgh Life Chain, this was the 32nd Life Chain National Event, and it was one of over 500 occurring across the US and Canada at the same time. In the Diocese of Ogdensburg, Life Chain Sunday was marked in Plattsburgh, Massena, Saranac Lake, Potsdam and Schroon Lake.
Belzile said she understands personally the lasting effect abortion has on a person’s life and stood with a sign that read, “I regret my abortion.”

The participants young and old, like Belzile, were there to pray for life and bring awareness to the public. Sister Jaquiline Mary Sellappan, a Sister of the Cross of Chavanod, pointed out members of local confirmation classes were present for the event.

“It was nice to see the group and would like to encourage all confirmation classes to join in future events like the Chain for Life,” she said.

Father Alan D. Shnob, pastor of St. Augustine’s Parish in Peru and one of several priests in attendance, said he has participated in the Life Chain for 14 years.

“It is good to stand up for life at every stage of life,” he said.

This sentiment was echoed up and down the group of participants, some of whom had participated in Life Chain for 20 years or more.

Among the participants were siblings, Elizabeth and Isabelle Wray, who stood together on the long line of participants. The sisters, ages 23 and 21, wanted to share the message that, “the effects of abortion are lifelong” and “there are loving options” available to those who might need them.

“Life begins at conception, and each human being is unique and created in the image of God,” Isabelle Wray said. “We want to bring this message to everyone.”

Participants prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the unborn, the Rosary, as well as many other prayers for the mothers, the doctors, the parents and grandparents of the unborn and countless others. Their signs spoke about “Our Loving Option,” “Adoption the Loving Option” and noted “Jesus Forgives & Heals.”

More information about Life Chain can be found at lifechain.net.


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