Rosary Rally to Defend the Faith at NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

by Christine Niles  •  •  March 15, 2016   

Group seeks intercession of Our Lady to counteract gay agenda

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NEW YORK ( - Faithful Catholics are gathering at a Rosary rally this Thursday to counteract the gay agenda at the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Philip McManus, organizer of the parade, spoke with about his hopes in fighting the increasing social decay in the city, as evidenced by two gay activist groups marching in this year's parade.

"Our goal is to combat the immorality that has taken over our parade and our society," he explained. "We are asking for the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede and help us lead Catholics to salvation through her Son, Jesus Christ. We are organizing Catholics to defend our Faith and fight for our rights to speak, live and practice our Faith."

For the first time in its 253-year history, the New York St. Patrick's Day Parade allowed a homosexual group to march officially under its own banner in 2015, while Cdl. Timothy Dolan, head of the archdiocese, marched in front as Grand Marshal, causing outcry from faithful Catholics. This year, the parade committee has allowed a second homosexual group to march — the Green and Lavender Alliance — prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to end his boycott over the now-discarded gay ban.

"Unnatural vice and immorality is against God," McManus said, and it's up to Catholics to organize against this evil by asking help from Our Lady.

"We expect the shepherds to lead us, and the problem is ... some of them are questionable," he commented. "We cannot wait for someone else to lead."

"The goal is to keep doing it until we do create a movement that says enough is enough," he continued. "We're the ones with the moral highground. We need to be able to say enough is enough."

The rally will take place on the west side of 5th Avenue between 65th Street and 66th Street starting at 12 p.m. EST. Prayer will begin at 12:30 pm. Philip McManus is asking that those who plan on attending would call to let him know: (718) 679-5309

People may also bring posters. Suggested slogans include:

  • Pray the Rosary
  • Defend Our Faith
  • Stop discriminating against Catholics
  • St. Patrick: Pray for us
  • Keep the parade Catholic


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