October is Respect Life month and the first Sunday of the month is Respect Life Sunday. In 1987 the first life chain was created in Sacramento, Calif., with 2,000 participants. Each year since on Respect Life Sunday, people from across the nation join together to get these messages out to passers-by. The Buffalo area has hosted this life chain for 22 years. Locally, there had not been a chain for over 10 years.
Fr. Matt Nycz, pastor of Blessed Mary Angela R-C Parish helped bring the Life Chain back to the Northern Chautauqua area. He and members of the Pro Life Committee of Chautauqua County organized the event. The organizers report about 160 people - young and old, male and female, Protestants and Catholics, students from Fredonia College joined this life chain. Much of our county and a portion of Erie County were represented.
National Life Chain insists that this be a prayerful, silent, awareness of God's message to all. The most important messages were "Jesus Forgives & Heals" and "Pregnant? Need Help? 1-800-712-HELP. Life Chain aims to inform the community about help available.
According to Pope Francis, "Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect." - Pope Francis, Communique to the CBCEW (Bishops of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales), July 17, 2013
The Pro Life Committee of Chautauqua County will plan another Life Chain next year for Respect Life Sunday on Oct. 5, 2014. Anyone interested in this or other activities of the Pro Life committee is welcome to contact Pat Morelle at 965-2738, Hanna Russell at 366-4095, or Phil Scherer at 673-1237. Website: www.prolifechautauquaco.org