The King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”
Let Us Pray
Gracious and merciful Father, we gladly embrace your Word, that counsels us to care for the least of your children, and we renew our dedication to defending the unborn and all whose right to life is compromised by our godless society’s selfish lack of concern. Free us from our own failures and sins so that we will be truly pro-life in every area of our lives. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.
Towards the end of the year we have two memorial Masses in Southeast Pennsylvania. One the end of November to remember the souls of our pro-life brothers and sisters who have preceded us in death, and one on the Feast of the Holy Innocents to remember the innocent preborn who were killed by abortion. Below is information from Jack and Pat O’Brien, long-time leaders in the SE Pennsylvania pro-life movement on the November Memorial Mass.
You are invited to a very special celebration of Mass, different in the dedication for whom this Mass is offered.
Since, one year ago, our family in heaven has increased as God has called in more Saints, workers in this field of Pro-Life mission. This yearly Memorial has two effects. The grace that comes through the Gift of the Eucharist is ours, the Prayer of the Mass reaches those souls in God’s hands as smiling babies shout in joy as each new name is called.
This is likely to be the happiest Memorial Mass you have ever attended.
We have physically parted from dear friends, natural family members, co-workers, soldiers in the fray and parting can be mournful. Yes, the human loss is sad. But, the tribute to their lives never ends.
Join in this holy, sacred, celebration for all of our past and most current People of Life pleading for God’s Kingdom and Will be done.
Following is the list of those being remembered this year.
Memorial for November 22, 2021
Frank Cindrich, Cass Cleary, Theresa Marie Leitold, Paul Kelly, Tina Krail, Sue Ruf, Joe Scheidler, Amy Sheldon, Joe Simboli, Maggie Smith, Cletus Stanton, Helen Weber
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.”
Let Us Pray
O God, our heavenly Father, give us courage and wisdom as we seek to eradicate the evil in our society. Help us to realize that your divine Spirit alone can change hearts and minds so that all your human creatures may enjoy the fullness of life you intended for them. I pray this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen
“If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant When they complained against me, What then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?”
Let us Pray
God, forgive us when we try to explain away the obligation we have to help others who need help. Enable us to not devalue them because they are in the circumstance that they are in, but to see them for what they are, those, who like us, were formed by your hand in their mother’s womb. Amen.
The Susan B Anthony List knows that they have much work to do if they want to secure a pro-life majority during the 2022 mid-term elections let alone flip Harrisburg from pro-abortion to pro-life.
Thanks to the help of 30 students from Benedictine College, who took time out of their fall break, had the opportunity to knock on doors around the Greater Philadelphia area.
They wore the blue shirt with the name of the organization emblazoned on the left side of their shirt.
In the span of just three days, the small but might group set a record of 25,305 doors knocked during the course of the weekend. They had good and bad encounters. Their message was clear: abortion, at any stage, is wrong.
To learn more about how to get involved with the Susan b Anthony List, see my previous blogpost on working for them. Also, learn of the facts about this beloved pro-life feminist.
He said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur.”
Let Us Pray
There are many people who may be complicit in an abortion; the parents, grandparents, family members, friends, government officials. And then there are the abortionists themselves and the clinic staff. They are performing not just one abortion procedure, but have chosen it as a career. Day in and day out they are taking lives, lives they know nothing about. Let us say a prayer to Saint Luke, the patron saint of doctors, on today his feast day (10/18) that he will touch their hands, hearts and minds from ever performing another abortion. Dear St. Luke, please continue to work through these doctors so that the thought of taking a child’s life in the womb is abhorrent to them. Direct their hands for life, not death. Amen.
Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
Let Us Pray
Father, in the Church’s desire to engage our communities with the gospel let her not disengage from those who need their care and company the most. Let us gain wisdom from those who have gone before us and cherish their experiences and perspectives. Help us to appreciate every soul in the body of Christ and minister properly to everybody. Amen.
This year we’ve had some ups and downs in the pro-life movement. According to a LifeNews article of May 3, 2021, thirteen states have passed pro-life laws this year. On the downside, we have the most pro-abortion president ever in our country, an administration who has made substantive policy changes to advance abortion.
Watching this president take down or do his best to take down all our pro-life advances, I thought we could use a little encouragement by publishing a very upbeat article by a long-time pro-life warrior on the milestones in his life.
I’ve known Jack Martin since the early 80’s through the Rescue Movement. He has always been very committed to his faith and to the pro-life movement in SE Pennsylvania. Jack actually met his wife at one of our Rescues, and they have been happily married for 25 years! Please take a minute to read Jack’s narrative below. He has lived through the highs and lows of the pro-life movement and his commitment to his faith and to the unborn has never wavered. I think each of us could benefit by applying Jack’s GED philosophy to our own lives.
Words of Wisdom from a Pro-Life Warrior
2021 marks special events in my life.
July 28, with the grace of God, I celebrated my 90th birthday in very good health. My lifestyle is based on GED.
G – Genes, a gift I inherited.
E – Equals exercise, both spiritual and physical. The spiritual includes both prayer, meditation, and spiritual reading.
D – Diet and Discipline – Eating healthy food and avoiding what I know is not healthy. Moderation in everything. Discipline is the key.
January 6, I celebrated my 60th year as a Secular Carmelite, which includes being a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The Secular Carmelites are composed of men and women who desire to deepen their spiritual life while performing their duties of their state in life. The practice of spiritual mediation is a requirement. Meditation changed my life. Next to Mass and the Sacraments, meditation had the most profound effect on my spiritual journey. Daily Mass and daily Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament are an important part of my life.
January 6 was also the 25th year of meeting my wife, Ellen at Planned Parenthood on Comly Road in Northeast Philly. We just celebrated our 25th wedding Anniversary on October 13. We chose that date in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.
2021 marks 50 years of being part of the Pro Life Movement which includes many of the very finest people. They fulfilled the greatest commandment of love of God and love of neighbor.
I will close by giving tribute to the man who brought me into the Pro Life movement, John Stanton. I believe that John was a saint who gave his all to save babies’ lives.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
Let Us Pray
Father, we thank you for the priceless contribution our parents have made into our lives. Now, in the season when we can reciprocate their faithfulness and love, let us not be found negligent. May we show our thanks not in word only but with deeds that will make them to feel honored and loved continually. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.
Let Us Pray
Heavenly Father, you have given us the gift of children and grandchildren. They are truly a joy and a crown. Cause our hearts to shine with delight as we see your hand upon the coming generations. Help us to focus our lives and labor on sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with each child that comes within the reach of our embrace and as they are raised for such a time as this. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.