Theology of the Body Retreat for 7th, 8th & 9th Grade Girls to Take Place in Elverson, PA in February

Please see information from St. Peter’s Parish Respect Life Committee below on this retreat geared toward middle school girls. Below are files with all the information you’ll need to promote this event. Please print out and share this information.

The Respect Life Committee of St. Peter Parish has been sponsoring Theology of the Body Retreats for High School Girls for three years now.  The leaders of the retreat have recognized that middle school girls would greatly benefit from this type of retreat, but with the information presented more at their level.  
 
We are pleased to announce the first retreat that will be geared to 7th, 8th & 9th grade girls.   It will be held on February 4 – 6, 2022.  (See flyer and an Announcement with the details below.) 
 
In past retreats we have given the girls an evaluation form to fill out.  Their responses are amazing.  The vast majority gave rave reviews to the experience they had.  I am attaching a sample of the evaluations.   
   
 Any help you can give in publicizing this retreat will be greatly appreciated as usual.
 
   If you have any questions, let me know or you can text Eileen Christian at 610-716-1840.   She is the coordinator of the retreat.  
 
Feb. Retreat – flier
 
Sample of comments from girls’ Evaluations for February retreat
 
Wonderfully Made – Announcement Feb. 2022
 

Happy New Year to All!

Happy New Year

We at Voices for Life would like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year!  May 2022 bring each of you good health and a little bit closer to Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We pledge to continue to bring you the most up-to-date pro-life news from across the USA and the world this coming year.

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Christmas Blessings from Voices for Life

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The staff of Voices for Life blog wishes all our faithful followers a very happy and holy Christmas.   The following blessing was found on the website of the Irish American Mom.    This is our Christmas wish for all of you.

 
“May the Blessings of Christmas be with you,
May the Christ Child light your way,
May God’s holy angels guide you,
And keep you safe each day.”
 
 
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National Prayer Service to Take Place in Washington DC on January 21st

Below is a request from Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life for the National Prayer Service that will take place in Washington DC on the morning of the March for Life.  If you are planning to travel to Washington to attend the March, please consider attending this prayer service.

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I am requesting your help in promoting the National Prayer Service, a major pro-life prayer event that Priests for Life plans each year for the morning of the March for Life in Washington, DC.

It will take place on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St), Washington, DC. We will begin with a 7:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Coffey.

Below you will see special letter of invite from him.

We will have a major Christian musician performing at the event. An official announcement will be made soon.

I will deliver the sermon at the 8:30 a.m. prayer service and Danielle D’Souza Gill will be the emcee for the event.

We will present pro-life recognition awards to the pro-life activists and legislators of Texas and Mississippi responsible for the strong pro-life bills in those states.

Texas Award Recipients for the Texas Heartbeat bill:

John Seago, Legislative Director, Texas Right To Life

Texas Senator Bryan Hughes

Janet Porter, Spearheaded the idea of heartbeat bills

Mississippi Award Recipients for the law protecting babies in the womb starting at 15-weeks gestation, which the Supreme Court is currently reviewing in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health:

Mississippi Senator Angela Hill

Mississippi Senator Joey Fillingane

Mississippi Representative Becky Currie, author of the bill

Find more information and register to attend at www.NationalPrayerService.com. The event is free and no tickets are needed.

I am asking your help in promoting this event. We want as many people as possible to come to pray with us to commemorate the tragic Roe vs. Wade decision and to express gratitude to the award recipients for their tremendous work!

We hope you can join us.

The main event website is www.NationalPrayerService.com. Go to the promotional materials tab to find videos, audios, memes and more.

An Invitation from Bishop Joseph Coffey

Brothers and Sisters:

I invite you to join me in Washington, DC on the morning of the March for Life, Friday, January 21, 2022 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., for the Annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers at historic Constitution Hall.

What a great way to start the day – with prayer, songs of praise and inspiring talks, leaving you with a renewed focus on our mission before heading to march and witness on the streets of Washington.

There is plenty of room at Constitution Hall for your entire parish or school group to attend.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life will give the sermon and pro-life recognition awards will be given to the people of Texas responsible for the Heartbeat Bill and the people of Mississippi responsible for Mississippi’s law, the “Gestational Age Act,” protecting babies starting at 15 weeks. This is the law that the Supreme Court is now reviewing.

I encourage my brother clergy to attend as well.

This event is also an opportunity to join with our brothers and sisters in different Christian denominations as we unite in our one common purpose of ending abortion.

Blessings,

Bishop Joseph Coffey

Urgent PA Legislative Alert – Please Take Action!

Please see action alert below from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  Use the links provided to read the amendment and to contact your state legislators. 

 

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The Constitutional Amendment to keep abortion out of the PA Constitution has now been introduced in the state legislature.

Senate Bill 956 would ensure that there is no right to abortion or taxpayer funding of abortion in the PA Constitution.  Read the text of the amendment here. 

Action Item:

It is critically important that we contact our PA state representative and state senator and urge them to support this Constitutional Amendment. You can contact your state lawmakers conveniently online here: 

Background:

The abortion industry has gone to court to try to establish a so-called right to abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion under the PA Constitution. The case is now before the PA Supreme Court. If the abortion industry wins the case, all of our pro-life laws could be wiped out. That would mean taxpayer funding of abortion, no ban on late-term abortion, no parental consent for abortion, no 24-hour waiting period for abortion, no inspection and regulation of abortion facilities. Tragically, it could mean abortions up to the moment of birth in Pennsylvania.

In order to stop this disastrous scenario from occurring, we need a Constitutional Amendment to keep abortion out of the PA Constitution.

Please share this alert with your pro-life friends, family members, and all appropriate lists.

 

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant – A Tribute to Sandy Slater

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“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” This quote  personifies Sandy Slater.  Of course her weapons were her constant prayer and daily Mass attendance, her faithfulness to the Lord, and her commitment  to the most vulnerable in our society, the unborn.

Sandy passed away on December 12 of this year; the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn!  How fitting that she would enter her eternal reward on this feast day.

Sandy and I had many conversations over the years and created a bond.  She and I are both adoptive mothers.   We connected because of our adoption experiences, our love of the Lord, and our commitment to do what we can to stop the slaughter of our unborn brothers and sisters. 

I can picture Sandy sitting on a rocking chair in heaven holding and consoling the many babies who lives were cut short through abortion.  I can hear her voice saying to them, ‘hush, it’s okay, you’re safe now.” 

Several pro-life warriors have shared their memories with me and I’ve posted them below. 

“Sandy Slater was a gentle, graceful presence in the pro-life movement. She was always eager to learn more about the issue and was an absolute joy to work with. Her quiet strength and dignity made her a wonderful role model for advocates for life. She was at the forefront of alerting voters in southeast Pennsylvania to the stands of the candidates as they related to the pro-life issue. She was tireless in her advocacy and dedication. She will be greatly missed.” Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

“Sandy Slater was the epitome of a daughter of the Pro Life Movement. She walked in grace and dignity with silent determination to right the grievous wrong of abortion. Every time I met her , she was quietly encouraging and helpful in any pro life work I asked her to share with me. My heart is deeply saddened at her passing. I can imagine that all of the babies she tried to save are now giving her a round of applause and cheer. This beautiful daughter of Life is now residing with her Heavenly Father. I will miss her as will all that knew her and were blessed enough to be her friend in the Journey of the Pro life movement. With all of my heart.” Denise Wilcox, RTL SE PA,  the Pennsylvania Pro Life Federation, Director to the NRLC 

“Sandy was a person who would want you to get involved in pro life. She had a warm and loving personality.  She always was thinking of others before herself.  She was a great example of following Christ with a true and loving heart. She was humble, modest, kind, and a gentle woman.  My comfort is thinking of her in the arms of Mother Mary, St Joseph and our loving and merciful God, Jesus.”  Christina Doherty, Treasurer, Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition

“A few years back when Sandy was sick, another pro-lifer and I spent some time praying with her.  I was very inspired by Sandy’s acceptance of her cross and quiet, gentle demeanor in spite of her suffering. Another memory which I will always hold onto when thinking about this kind woman is that she always asked how my youngest son was doing even though she had met him only once.  She was so spiritual that she was truly seeing Christ in everyone.  Missing you already, Sandy.  Please pray for us.” Mary Paris, Bucks County Sidewalk Counselor 

“I only met Sandy two years ago but am so thankful I had the opportunity to know her and join her at Bucks County Pro-Life activities.  She was a soft-spoken woman with an easy smile and laugh but was fiercely committed to the pro-life cause and was a tremendous gatherer of people to help her on this journey.” Anita Flynn, Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition 

“Sandy was a great lady! It is heartbreaking to hear she is gone. May she be richly rewarded for her marvelous work on behalf of the babies! And May the Lord of Life hold her in the palm of His hand. Rest In Peace Sandy!”Ted Meehan, Delaware County Pro-Life Coalition  

“Sandy  always had a little hustle in her step and a gentile manner in dealing with others. She was the real McCoy. There was no guile, only a willingness to lead others in the fight against the greatest evil in our lifetime.” – Patrick Stanton, Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia Board of Directors, Founder, Our Lady’s House

Sandy was by far one of the sweetest persons to ever enter our lives. I believe most of us would agree on this. There was an instant connection between Sandy and whomever she met. Many of us felt like a daughter, son, a sister, brother, or a best friend to Sandy because that’s just the way she made you feel. Sandy was interested in your wellbeing and your family too. Her soft and gentle style was all it took to feel the warmth of her personality and the depth of her sincerity.

Beneath the tenderness was a woman of conviction that was full of love for God. Her priorities were God-driven, placing others’ needs before her own. Nothing was sugar-coated about Sandy’s ambition to protect life. Year after year, the challenge was on between good and evil and Sandy’s determination persisted. Sandy inserted herself, in her kind yet convincing manner, where the need was the greatest. Understanding the law, knowing our legislators, seeking protection for the unborn and attending to the financial needs of the pregnancy centers was Sandy’s mission and she carried out God’s plan through her tireless efforts.

People were drawn to Sandy and for this reason were compelled to join her crusade for those at-risk babies. Individually and collectively, we were important to Sandy. She saw our value and understood the impact each of us could make if we gave just a little tiny bit of ourselves. Sandy’s requests of us were simple and uncomplicated, never wanting to burden anyone with a load too heavy to carry. All the while, Sandy carried the heaviest load as our leader and mentor. Never asking of us what she wouldn’t do herself.

Sandy, our dear, sweet friend will be remembered by all those who entered her life. Only the Lord knows the full range and magnitude of her acts of kindness as I am sure we have only had a glimpse. Sandy’s influence on the respect life movement and many other social concerns will surely have a lasting effect on those she touched.  Well done faithful servant! Proverbs 16:24 – Anne Ruegner, A Baby’s Breath 

Sandy Slater was a strong leader and role model in the pro-life movement.  She was devoted to the Lord and faithful to His call in restoring the sanctity of human life. Sandy was soft spoken and gentle in her manner. These were in strong contrast to her efforts and determination to save babies from abortion and assisting mother’s who chose life.  She worked tirelessly to promote the pro-life cause.I’m so thankful for having known Sandy. Her friendship, leadership and example of perseverance and love has been an inspiration. I will miss her more than words can say.As we mourn her passing, we remember the legacy she left us. We are grateful for Sandy’s life and devotion to ‘serve the least of these’.  Sandy was faithful to His call and now she is home with Jesus.  “…We’ll done thou good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21 – Terry Noble, Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition, Voices for Life Blog

I describe Sandy Slater as a meek and faithful compassionate servant and courageous warrior for justice, all motivated by her deep Catholic Faith.

Meekness is the virtue that counters the sin of Anger, which is the desire for revenge or to cause serious harm to another. In her pro-life advocacy and leadership, Sandy maintained a calmness and gentleness in word and spirit while usually speaking through her actions.

Sandy spent most of her 83 years in the service of the Least of our Lord’s brethren. When the Culture of Death pervaded our nation, State, and community, she demonstrated the insight and courage to recognize children in the womb as the least of these.

During her service as a social worker, particularly in drug and alcohol abuse counseling, Sandy offered a sympathetic ear and practical assistance. In her encounters with expectant mothers, she resisted the pervasive practice of her colleagues to recommend killing the mother’s child by abortion and provided extensive assistance for these mothers and their children.

Providing such counseling and assistance led Sandy to lengthy and extensive volunteer service in the pro-life movement as her Parish Pro-Life Coordinator and in the leadership of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition. This leadership included persistent and effective efforts to elect and motivate public officials who would do justice by enacting pro-life public policies that included legal protection for the lives of all children before birth.

Sandy’s life beautifully fulfilled the exhortation of the Old Testament Prophet, Micah to.. “Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” – Micah 6:8 – Mike McMonagle, President Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania 

A Special Invitation to Attend a Mass for the Holy Innocents on Dec 28th in Bucks County, Pa

Please see information about our Mass for the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents provided by Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania. 

Catholics in the United States see the slaughter of the Holy Innocents as forerunners to those children slaughtered through legalized abortion. This wicked sin is a dark stain upon our country. Join us in praying for its end, for the conversion of hearts, and for the grace to find ways to help women CHOOSE LIFE.  

We will also be honoring the memory of Sandy Slater who served as vice-president and then president of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition for many years.  Mike’s message is posted below. 

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 I invite you to renew that participation by attending the annual Memorial Mass in observance of the Feast of the Holy Innocents.This Mass occurs at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at St. Cyril Church at 1410 Almshouse Road, Jamison, PA 18929.  The Pastor, Rev. Monsignor Robert Powell, will serve as the Celebrant and Homilist.The Parish Respect Life Coordinator, Julia Sanelli, PSU Class of 2019, and I also invite you to the nearby Parish Center from 8:00-9:00 PM for refreshments and brief presentations, featuring Generation Life’s young adults.

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Sample Bulletin Announcement

Please do your best to attend – and promote attendance – at this December 28th Event, which will renew ourselves and offer much encouragement to these young adults who have begun providing leadership for our area’s pro-life movement.Laura Gumprecht, the Acting President of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition, will also make introductory remarks. (more…)

Please Join Us to Share Christmas Hope at Our Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling in Northeast Philly

Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling 
Saturday, December 18, 2021
9:00 am
Planned Parenthood Abortion Center
2751 Comly Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154 (map)

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In the Christmas story, hope enters the world through the birth of a child, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.  Join us as we share this Christmas hope where it’s needed most: at the Planned Parenthood located on Comly Road in Northeast Philly on Saturday, December 18th.

We hope everyone from Northeast Philly and Lower Bucks County will come and join us for this annual event.  Let’s bring that hope and mercy where it’s most needed, outside the Comly Road Planned Parenthood.

Please dress warmly and invite your family and friends to join you.

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Join Us for Our Annual Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling in Warminster, Pa on December 17th

 

Every year pro-lifers across the nation bring the joy and hope of Christmas to the darkness of abortion facilities with a Christmas Caroling day.

Some gather around a large empty Christmas crèche  symbolizing both the hopeful anticipation of a child’s birth and the emptiness left behind by abortion and sing carols about the Christ child. Babies have been SAVED from abortion when their mothers heard these carols and were moved by the thought of how Mary said “YES” to be the mother of Jesus.

In Warminster, Pennsylvania,  ‘Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling’ will be held on Friday, December 17th beginning at 9:30 am in front of Planned Parenthood.  We hope everyone from Bucks County will come and join us for this annual event.

A Christmas Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed following our Caroling. Please dress warmly and invite your family and friends to join you.  

As we’ve done this past year with our First Friday Life Chains, we are asking for donations of diapers (all sizes) and wipes for our pregnancy help centers.  

 

This event is sponsored locally by the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition and  nationally by the Pro-Life Action League.  

 
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Please Join NE Philly This Saturday for a 40 Days for Life Closing Event

You are invited to join in a closing ceremony this Saturday at the Planned Parenthood located on Comly Road at Roosevelt Boulevard beginning at 9:00 am.  Please see information from Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania below. 

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Please participate in the 9:00-10:00 AM, Saturday, November 6, 2021 Closing Prayer Vigil, and Public Witness to the Fall 2021 40 Days For Life Campaign at Planned Parenthood’s Comly Road abortion chamber at the Boulevard and Comly Road.  This Event includes prayers and messages from local clergy and leaders in our area’s pro-life movement.

This Event serves the following purposes:

1. It offers thanksgiving for the several Children and mothers who were saved during this campaign at this abortion chamber.  I am appending an email from Glenna Walsh, the Director of Generation Life, who reports on the lives saved on October 27, 2021.

2. It offers a small act of reparation for this unspeakable crime of killing children before they are born.  The Pa. Department of Health reported that, in 2021, abortionists at this location committed 2,373 abortions.

3. It equips and encourages us to expand our participation in the other activities of our area’s pro-life movement.