Saturday, November 15, 2008

Link to Photopost of Helpers November 15, 2008 Vigil

There is an extensive photopost of the November 15, 2008 Helpers Prayer Vigil with Sacred Heart Major Seminary Rector, Msgr. Jeffrey Montforton at Te Deum Laudamus!

Additional photo links are provided there to past vigils and other photos not shown in blogger.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Prayer Vigil: November 15, 2008 - Assumption Grotto

The Helpers of God's Precious Infants will hold their last outdoor vigil of the year on Saturday, November 15th. It will begin with Mass at 7:30am at Assumption Grotto. We are especially graced to have the rector/president of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, the Very Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey M. Monforton, lead this last vigil of the season.
The back of the flyer show scenes from the last vigil, held at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak with Bishop Daniel Flores.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Photos of the Fall 2008 Prayer Vigil in Lathrup Village

Detroit Auxiliary Bishop, Daniel Flores, leads several hundred people in the Rosary during rainshowers in Lathrup Village, Michigan outside the WomanCare clinic. See post directly below for details about this clinic. Approximately 500 were in attendance at the 7:30am Mass.

Please see an extensive photopost of the September 2008 prayer vigil on Te Deum Laudamus!

Deo Gratias!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Fall Prayer Vigil: Sept 13th - Royal Oak-Lathrup Village

Michigan Catholic journalist, Bob Delaney, talks about the upcoming prayer vigil in the August 29 issue.

Detroit — Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Flores will join Helpers of God's Precious Infants for a Saturday, Sept. 13, Prayer Vigil for Life outside the Lathrup Village abortion clinic run by abortionist Dr. Alberto Hodari.

Hodari has been one of America's most high-profile abortionists ever since pro-life student activists posted a video of a talk he gave at the Wayne State University medical School in 2007 on the Internet site

In the video, Hodari suggests doctors have a right to lie to patients, dismisses ethical concerns about abortion, and tells the students he no longer bothers to wear surgical gloves during abortions or scrub between procedures.

He achieved even greater notoriety after aborted babies were found in his trash in February.

The local Helpers of God's Precious Infants usually draws several hundred participants to its vigils outside abortion clinics in Eastpointe and northeast Detroit. Sidewalk counseling is also a part of the vigils, and then some of the group's members provide counseling outside the clinics on a daily basis.

The vigil outside Hodari's clinic "will be a huge witness to the whole community," said Dan Goodnow, founder and president of the local Helpers group and a member of St. Paul on the Lake Parish in Grosse Pointe Farms.'

"We are really in warfare with the 'culture of death.' It's a battle between good and evil, and we are trying to bring God's love to the community at large," he said.

Besides urging women approaching or leaving a clinic to reconsider having an abortion, sidewalk counselors also offer to put them in contact with crisis pregnancy centers where they can obtain various forms of assistance.

Goodnow said it is very seldom that the initial approach by a sidewalk counselor will deter a woman from even entering an abortion clinic, but some will come back out after sitting for a while in the waiting room: "We've had turnarounds on the table in the back, at the last second before the abortion."

Over the years, he said, their turnaround rate has hovered around one in five women, sometimes approaching one in four. Lately, however, he said it has been more like one in six.

Mary Beckhold, who works with Goodnow, said one of the most gratifying things is when a woman will return to the abortion clinic site – not to go into the clinic, but to show the sidewalk counselors the baby she had after their intervention.

"It's great when they come back with the babies," said Beckhold, a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (Grotto) Parish in northeast Detroit.

Prayer Vigil for Life
Mass: 7:30 a.m., Sat., Sept. 13, National Shrine of the Little Flower, 12 Mile and Woodward, Royal Oak

Rosary Vigil: 8:30 a.m., outside WomanCare of Southfield, 28505 Southfield Road, Lathrup Village

Park: At former St. Bede Church, 12 Mile and Southfield

After: Return to Shrine for 10:15 a.m. Eucharistic Benediction, followed by refreshments.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Vigil this Saturday - June 14th

Helpers of God's Precious Infants is having their quarterly prayer vigil this Saturday - the day before Father's Day, beginning with Mass at St. Edmund's in Warren at 7:30am. Those who will pray at the vigil itself will then commute to St. Veronica's in Eastpointe for the roughly 5-6 block Rosary procession to 8 Mile Road where they will continue to pray before two abortion clinics. This is entirely peaceful and non-confrontational and typically draws anywhere between 150-300+ people in recent years. The vigil will be led by Msgr. John Zenz. It concludes with Benediction at Assumption Grotto which is just under two miles from St. Veronica, and a refreshment/meeting in Grotto's lounge.

Click on the pics to enlarge for details.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Photostory of the March 2008 Helpers Prayer Vigil

It was chilly, but it was a nice day on March 29th. It started at 7:30 with Mass at St. Jude on 7 Mile in Detroit, celebrated by Bishop John M. Quinn - an auxiliary bishop of Detroit. It was followed by a Rosary procession from St. Veronica's near two clinics on 8 Mile - one in East Pointe and the other in Detroit. We were fortunate to have escorts from both city police departments due to the heavy traffic on 8 mile and the dangers of crossing as we do. All vigils are peaceful and uneventful in terms of problems.

Some of our Protestant brothers and sisters were out there as well, with the Bound4Life movement. You may have recognized the characteristic red tape on their mouths with the word "LIFE" written on it. It is not a protest, but a silent prayer - one they call the silent seige. This first pic is taken from their website since the tape is not too visible in my pics.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Founder of Helpers, Msgr Reilly, on Gloria TV

This is the founder of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants, Msgr Phillip Reilly. In it, he explains how the prayer vigils are done. You will see it is not confrontational, full of love and compassion.

Please rank the video by clicking the stars. I gave it a 5-star rating, which I believe it deserves. These kinds of home video are not easy to make if you've tried it. It takes many hours. I am very grateful to Msgr Reilly for enabling this video to be made.

See yesterday's post for details of the prayer vigil to take place on March 29th, 2008.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Click on these flyer jpegs for a closeup view of the details for the upcoming Helpers of God's Precious Infants Prayer Vigil outside of two metro Detroit area abortion clinics within a couple of blocks of each other.

What better way to spend the Saturday morning before Divine Mercy Sunday than praying for the unborn, for those struggling the confusion that comes along with an unplanned pregnancy?

Bishop Quinn will lead us On March 29th, starting with Holy Mass at 7:30am at St. Jude Church in on 15889 E. Seven Mile in Detroit. Then, you can join many families in a long procession praying the entire Rosary along the way to the two clinics a few blocks away from St. Veronica's in Eastpointe. It is entirely non-confrontational and compassionate.