Pro-Life Spring Events

Hard to believe that spring is almost here as we look ahead to March.

There are plenty of ways you can spring into pro-life action while also supporting the Pro-Life groups in the Philadelphia area.

40 Days for Life

Be sure to take part in the first 40 Days for Life Campaign of the decade. To find a vigil near you and sign up, visit here

 

March Events

3/7- The 12th Annual Man Up Philly Conference

Many of our local pro-life groups will be in attendance at this day-long event. You are asked to say hello and support them.

3/8- Second Sundays with the Culture Project

The Culture Project invites all young adults to come out to their 2nd Sunday gatherings. They will attend 6:30 PM mass at the Basilica. Following mass is fellowship at Mace’s Crossing at 7:45ish.

3/14- Newbie Saturday

There will be a gathering outside of Planned Parenthood (1144 Locust Street) from 10AM to noon.

3/15- The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March with the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. See more information here.

April Events

4/11 – APRIL “NEWBY SATURDAY” FOR SIDEWALK SERVANTS

Want to witness outside an abortion center when you know experienced Sidewalk Servants will also be present? The Pro-Life Union introduces “Newby Saturdays,” held the second Saturday of each month, for newer pro-lifers to learn by example, knowing they won’t be by themselves. “Newby Saturday” will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets. More information can also be found on our Outreach page.

Saturday, April 18, 2020.  9:30 a.m. – Noon


Event:  Morning Reflection and Mass for Adult Children of Divorce

Presented by the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith.  Reflection, prayer, Mass, and Confession.  This is a half-day mini-retreat for adult children of divorce 18 or older. Refreshments served.  (Feel free to bring a breakfast item to share.)
Location:  St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 219 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA.  Free parking on Harry Street in the lot behind the church (around the block).  Additional parking (public parking) on 1st Avenue, two blocks from the church.
Speakers include Anne DeSantis, Director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation and Chas DeFeo, Founder, Walk by Faith to Live.
To learn more:  Visit the website: www.nonnatus.org/events.  Call or Text: 215-870-9913.  Email: director.srnf@gmail.com.  Free event with an optional free-will offering.

May Events

Saturday, May 2, 2020.  9:30 a.m. – Noon.
Event:  Morning Reflection and Mass for Divorced and Separated

Presented by the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith.  Reflection, prayer, Mass, and Confession.  This is a half-day mini-retreat.  Refreshments served.  (Feel free to bring a breakfast item to share.)
Location:  St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 219 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA.  Free parking on Harry Street in the lot behind the church (around the block).  Additional parking (public parking) on 1st Avenue, two blocks from the church.
Speakers include Anne DeSantis, Director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation and Chas DeFeo, Founder, Walk by Faith to Live.
To learn more:  Visit the website: www.nonnatus.org/events.  Call or Text: 215-870-9913.  Email: director.srnf@gmail.com.  Free event with an optional free-will offering.

5/9 Newbie Saturday

Want to witness outside an abortion center when you know experienced Sidewalk Servants will also be present? The Pro-Life Union introduces “Newby Saturdays,” held the second Saturday of each month, for newer pro-lifers to learn by example, knowing they won’t be by themselves. “Newby Saturday” will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets. More information can also be found on our Outreach page.

5/10- Mother’s Day

Many parishes and churches will hand out bulletins and roses to moms to commemorate Mother’s Day.

If you are interested in doing one at your church, please contact Tom Stevens at 610-247-7002 or visit http://www.prolifeunion.org.

5/10- Second Sunday with The Culture Project

The Culture Project invites all young adults to come out to their 2nd Sunday gatherings. They will attend 6:30 PM mass at the Basilica. Following mass is fellowship at Mace’s Crossing at 7:45ish.

5/18 – PENNSYLVANIA MARCH FOR LIFE

Mark Your Calendars! Join fellow Pennsylvanians at the Pennsylvania March for Life on Monday, May 18 from 11:00am-1:00pm in Harrisburg at the State Capitol. Sponsored by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, Pennsylvania Family Council, and Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. More information can be found online at PAMarchforLife.org. View and share their Facebook event page with others!

 

 

March with the Pro-Life Union in the Annual St. Patrick’s Day

ATTENTION ALL COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL, AND PARISH RESPECT LIFE GROUPS:

Philadelphia’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Sunday, March 15th.

Once again, the Pro-Life Union will be taking part in the parade.

Everyone will meet at 16th and JFK Boulevard at 11AM. Bring a friend or two to the event.

Be sure to look for our banner in the photo shown and help spread the pro-life message along the parade route.

Visit here for more information.

Pro-Lifers Celebrate Life, Kick Off 40 Days One Week Out

150 pro-lifers came out to celebrate Herb Lusk, Pastor of Greater Exodus Baptist Church, and also mark one week until 40 Days on Wednesday evening. The evening was marked with speakers, singing from the church’s choir, and reflections on Herb Lusk’s life.

Matt Britton of 40 Days took time to address the crowd. He reminded them to keep praying and showing to the moms going in because one day the abortion facility will be transformed into a haven of life. He shared that if someone is praying outside of an abortion facility the show-up rate declines due to a pro-lifer’s presence. He even shared the amazing facts of how lives were saved and transformed since the campaign started in 2004 and went national in 2007.

Monique Ruberu took the time to remind people to fill up every hour and to bring love to the sidewalk.

To sign up for 40 Days, visit here

 

Pro-Life Examples Part 2: The Spiritual Work of Mercy

Here is the breakdown o the other seven works of mercy

Based on an article from the National Catholic Register, here are some ways you can exercise the seven spiritual works of mercy.

SPOILER: A majority involves prayer and spiritual reading.

The seven spiritual works of mercy are:

  1. To instruct the ignorant.
  2. To counsel the doubtful.
  3. To admonish the sinners.
  4. To bear patiently those who wrong us.
  5. To forgive offenses.
  6. To comfort the afflicted.
  7. To pray for the living and the dead

Here’s a break down on how to live out each one of them.

To instruct the ignorant

  1. Engage in pro-life apologetics
    1. We are called to be the light of Christ to those who do not know the issue well
    2. Present it in a way where you are not in their face or confrontational
  2. Read books on pro-life apologetics such as Trent Horn’s Persuasive Pro-Life or Stephanie’s Gray Love Unleashes Life
  3. Invite someone on the fence to attend a lecture given by a pro-life speaker
  4. Offer to give a pro-life talk to a respect life group or during a general assembly

To counsel the doubtful

  1. Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise” (Prov 19:20)
  2. Offer information to a pregnant mom who is struggling to find the right options
  3. Pass on pro-life literature to someone who is on the fence with the issue
  4. Accompany a pregnant mom to a pregnancy crisis center during her appointment

To admonish the sinner

Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way and correct their mistakes.  Together we can learn to walk more closely with Christ

  1. Be compassionate by loving when people are wrong
  2. Those who hope to denigrate the Church and its followers are looking for a fight. Give it to them, but do it clearly and with compassion. It’s called “tough love” for a reason — it might sound tough but it’s loving at its core.
  3. Write a letter to the editor in response to a pro-choice leaning article
  4. Write a letter to an elected official who supports abortion and challenge their stance
  5. Intervene fast and hard in situations where people are doing spiritual and moral harm to themselves or others.

To bear wrongs patiently

  1. Ask God to give you patience when people rattle you for your pro-life convictions
  2. Offer a Holy Hour or communion for those who repeatedly attack your faith

To forgive offenses

  1. Let go of grudges
  2. Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives
  3. Participate in the Sacrament of Penance
  4. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet

To comfort the afflicted

  1. Be a listening ear to those who are suffering in grief
  2. Make a meal or invite those suffering from personal or mental anguish to a social gathering
  3. Send a letter or card to those grieving the loss of a loved one
  4. Include those contemplating suicide or abortion, hurting, or suffering in your rosary or morning prayer

Pray for the living and dead

Prayer is an essential part of our spiritual lives

  1. Request a Mass intention for a friend or family member who is going through a tough time
  2. Request a mass intention for a pro-life advocate no longer with us.
  3. Keep your own book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those who you are keeping in your prayers
  4. Offer a Mass or Holy Hour for the buildup of the culture of life
  5. Ask people to pray for you and your needs

Incorporate these seven and the seven Corporal Works of Mercy into your daily lives.

 

 

 

Quakers for Life Collect Baby Items for Alpha Pregnancy

QFL with Brooke

Students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Quakers for Life group took time to collect baby items to support AlphaCare Pregnancy.

The event was showered by the amazing support from the group and their friends with an abundance of love.

To learn more about AlphaCare, visit here

 

Pro-Life Version of the Works of Mercy. Part 1

I’m sure you have obstinately heard the phrase “Pro-lifers don’t care about the moms and babies after birth.” The reality is they do. The problem with the phrase is that the apathetic people that make this claim have never been cared for by people of love.  That is why I am giving you a breakdown of the Corporal Works of Mercy. The spiritual version will come later. For now, let us do the first seven. This comes as a perfect reminder with Lent around the corner.

The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others as if they were Christ in disguise. They serve as a guide to responding to the tangible needs of our neighbors and enemies.

Feed the Hungry

  1. Give some pocket change to a homeless person who needs food
  2. Splurge on your next trip at Wendy’s Chick Fil A or wherever you’re going to lunch today and offer that extra food to the person begging at the corner
  3. Start a food can or pantry drive at your parish and give it to a homeless shelter
  4. Make food for someone going through a bereavement
  5. Offer to donate food to a baby shower for a mom who is choosing life

Give Drink to the Thirsty

  1. Give your extra bottle of water to someone who is homeless
  2. Donate a case of water
  3. Pay for the person’s cup of coffee that is behind you
  4. Offer a cold or hot beverage to your local mail carrier,/UPS Driver, Amazon deliverer, gardener, snow shoveler, etc.
  5. Donate baby formula to a local pregnancy help center

Clothe The Naked

  1. Donate old clothes you have and give them to the homeless shelter
  2. Host a clothing drive for those in need
    1. We’re still in the heart of winter
  3. Knit hats, scarves, and gloves to later be  given out to the homeless or dropped off at a nearby homeless shelter
  4. Knit blankets, crochet or sew baby blankets for your local pregnancy help center
  5. Host an event or dance and have people get admission by donating baby items to the event for a pregnancy center
  6. Collect clothes and send them to an orphanage overseas
  7. Throw a baby shower for a woman that decides to choose life but has nothing prepared for her child’s arrival

Visit the Sick

  1. Send flowers, fruit basket, and or cards to someone who is sick or in the hospital
  2. Volunteer to call Bingo at a nursing home
  3. Visit a relative or friend that is in the hospital or nursing home
  4. Offer to give someone homebound the eucharist
  5. Visit a parish member that is terminally ill

Bury The Dead

  • Pray in front of abortion facilities
  • Volunteer to help during a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat
  • Donate a dish to a funeral luncheon
  • Attend wakes/funerals of strangers, family, and even friends
  • Attend the funeral of an inmate that was executed
  • Visit a cemetery and pray for the dead
  • Help a widow or widower in need with yard work or errands

 

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A special Valentine’s Day prayer for women whose hearts are broken over abortion

The following is from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  

I will never forget the time when I was a radio reporter and I decided to do a feature on Valentine’s Day.

I arranged to visit a second-grade class at a local elementary school to record their impressions of the holiday. As I took out my microphone and tape recorder, the children gathered around me at lightning speed. They were eager to give their reflections of Valentine’s Day. In that moment, I just felt surrounded by love.

I remember my own excitement as a grade school student anticipating Valentine’s Day. My mother believed in celebrating to the hilt, so the day was filled with cards, gifts, cake, hors’ d’oeuvres, and even flaming cherries jubilee. Again, growing up, I always felt great love on Valentine’s Day.

It seems to me that the national public policy which permits abortion on demand erases a great deal of love from our lives. That is because it eliminates the children who carefully craft those handmade Valentine’s and whisper “I love you” at times of great grace.

Just think if we were to make a Valentine for every child lost to abortion, and for each woman who grieves a child that abortion has taken. The cards could stretch to the heavens and back.

I believe that every woman who was coerced into abortion knows what she is missing—an irreplaceable child with a boundless capacity to love. How sad that a woman could be driven to surrender the one who would love her the most.

Joaquin Phoenix Rages Against Drinking Milk From Cows, While Hollywood Celebrates Abortion

The following is from Lifenews.com which discusses everything that took place during the Oscars

Hollywood’s most elite celebrities clapped enthusiastically Sunday as actor Joaquin Phoenix condemned the dairy industry for milking cows and “plundering” the world’s natural resources.

All the while, many of the same celebrities ignore – and some openly embrace – the greatest human rights abuse of our time: abortion.

Phoenix, who won best actor at the Oscars for his role in “Joker,” gave an acceptance speech that almost sounded pro-life at times — but it wasn’t. Though he did not say where he stands on the abortion issue, many celebrities who attended the Oscars advocate for abortion on demand and the abortion industry.

“I think the greatest gift that it’s given me and many people in [this industry] is the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless,” Phoenix began. “I’ve been thinking about some of the distressing issues that we’ve been facing collectively.”

According to the Guardian, he criticized society for embracing an “egocentric world view” and “plundering” the world’s resources.

“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. Then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal,” he said.

“We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender, one species, has the right to dominate, use and control another with impunity,” he continued.

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Phoenix challenged his listeners to fight against injustice, “whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights.”

Eater reports Phoenix has been a vegan for almost all of his life, and he sometimes campaigns with PETA. Vox writer Kelsey Piper praised him for elevating “the moral worth of animals.”

While protecting animals from abuse is important, Hollywood repeatedly and consistently fails to acknowledge an even greater injustice in this world today. Since 1973, more than 61 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions in America alone.

These babies are discriminated against more than any other group in the world. Some are aborted because they have Down syndrome or because they are a girl instead of a boy. Some are aborted just because their parents neglected to use contraception and their life was created at an inconvenient time.

Sometimes their mothers are forced to abort them by abusers and sex traffickers. Sometimes their fathers plead desperately for their lives to no avail, because fathers do not have any legal right to protect their own children before birth.

Every year, thousands of pain-capable later term unborn babies are aborted in the U.S., many for elective reasons. Every year, tens of thousands more are killed by being dismembered, torn apart in their mothers’ wombs while their hearts are still beating.

Abortion is cruel, violent, destructive.

But Hollywood celebrates it, instead of condemns it. Few will forget how, at the Golden Globes in January, actress Michelle Williams was met with massive applause when she thanked God for her “right to choose” to abort her unborn baby.

Phoenix was right to remind his fellow actors that they are given an incredible gift – a huge audience in which to be an influence for good, a “voice for the voiceless.” But they are squandering that gift when they neglect to address the horrific plight of abortion on mothers, fathers and especially their unborn babies.

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