Below is a message from Rachel Hayes, Leader of Forty Days for Life, Chester County, PA.
September 22nd (6pm – 7pm) Kickoff at St. Agnes Parish, 233 West Gay Street, West Chester (parking behind the church). Join us for a time of prayer, praise, and testimony to the beauty and sanctity of Life. Who doesn’t need to be freshly encouraged to persevere and not give up hope as we launch into our 27th campaign of peacful vigil to save lives and end abortion in West Chester?
40 days for Life begins September 23 covering weekdays and Saturdays, 7am -7pm. I really need your help to get these hours filled as soon as possible. I know we all have very busy lives filled with service, work, school, and caring for our families, but if each person on this list committed to just one hour of vigil and encouraged one family member/friend to do the same, we could have the entire vigil fully covered with two people present & praying throughout. We can do this!
Do you have one hour to give from Sept. 23rd – Oct. 31st?
PLEASE visit our campaign page and commit NOW for an hour of vigil anytime throughout the campaign and/or sign up through your church’s vigil coordinator.
October 17th Midway Baby Donation Dropoff. Email to follow with specific needs, and information will also be posted to our campaign page.
THANK YOU in advance for stepping up to be a voice for the voiceless!
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While most activities have been curtailed or cancelled this year because of COVID-19, the pro-life movement has seen an increase. Below is a list of events that are taking place in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, most sponsored by the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition. I’ve also included a file below that you can print out and put on your refrigerator so you have all your events in one place. Looking forward to seeing many or some of you at most of these events.
2020 Pro-Life Events in Bucks County
40 Days of Prayer and Repentance – September 23rd – Nov 1 – Planned Parenthood, 610 Louis Drive, Warminster, Pa. Hours are 9:00 am – 12:00 noon each day. This is the minimum number of hours we are asking to be covered and we encourage parishes to cover more hours if they can. We will have a scripture and short prayer posted each day here on our blog that will be shared with everyone to remind us all to pray for an end of abortion in our community, our country and throughout the world.
Day of Prayer and Fasting – Thursday, September 24, 2020. Pray, and fast if possible (liquid diet suggested). At 3:00 pm, we are asked to fall to our knees and ask for God’s Mercy. More information can be found at www.ActsXXIX.org).
Walk/Run – Saturday, October 3rd – Crossroads Crisis Pregnancy Care Center 10 AM at Quakertown, Park, Univest Center, 4th & Par, Quakertown. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Run/Walk Saturday, Oct 10th – A Baby’s Breath – 9:00 am – Tyler State Park Rt. 332 (Richboro-Newtown Road) at One Trail Lane Richboro, PA. Contact email@example.com for more information.
The True Story of Kermit Gosnell – Sunday, October 25th – 2:00 pm – Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Doylestown, Pa. A presentation by Detective Jim Wood detailing his experience during the investigation and trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, the world’s most prolific serial killer. This event, sponsored by Bucks County Right to Life, will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person. (see attached flyer for more information).
Life Chain – Sunday, November 1st 2:30 – 3:30 pm. This will close out our 40 Days of Prayer and Repentance. We will gather along Street Road starting at Louis Drive and going west towards Old York Road. More information will be available on Voices for Life Blog and at the September BCPLC meeting.
Election Day – Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Is your freedom worth taking the time to go into the polls to vote? Please Vote!
Walking with Moms in Need – Saturday, November 7th – Peace Valley Park in Doylestown. More information to follow. Looking for help for this event. Contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
First Friday Life Chain – every first Friday of the month on Louis Drive in Warminster outside of Planned Parenthood from 9:30 – 10:30 am. We encourage everyone to join us in prayer for the closing of this abortion mill.
Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling – Date TBD – more information will be available on Voices for Life Blog and at the October BCPLC meeting.
Memorial Mass for Holy Innocents – Monday, December 28th – more details at November meeting & on the blog.
Voices for Life Blog:https://voices4life.blog/ – we encourage everyone to sign up via email to receive our posts and find out what is happening in Bucks County, in SE Pennsylvania and across the nation. For more information or to have us send you an invite, contact us at email@example.com.
The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition invites and welcomes everyone to the monthly meetings which are held on the last Monday of each month at 7:30 PM at Nativity Church’s Parish Center on Street Road in Warminster.
The following is from Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania regarding the 40 Days for Life Kick-off events in center city Philadelphia. Flyer with more information is below.
These Campaigns commence in various ways at each of our area’s six abortion chambers. Our area’s principal Kickoff Event is on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM at PP’s Center City abortion chamber at 12th and Locust Streets. (Some free parking is available at St. Peter Claver’s Catholic Center, three blocks south at 12th and Lombard Streets). Matt Britton, the National Deputy Director of 40 Days is the featured speaker at this Event, which will also include a candlelight procession around the block in which PP is located.
There will be a Kickoff Rally on Tuesday September 22 beginning at 6 PM in the public right of way of Planned Parenthood Waco at 700 W HWY 6. Come and hear some terrific speakers from the 40 Days for Life movement, which will deliver prayer vigils in nearly 600 cities worldwide this fall.
We’ll all be glad to see 2020 go. We have seen riots in the streets of large cities, and forced quarantines of healthy people, plus harsh restrictions on our freedoms due to COVID-19.
Because of the COVID restrictions, our usual 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign is being curtailed and we are asking people to join us not only at our local Planned Parenthood for public witness and prayer, but also in private prayer. Prayer is the most powerful weapon we possess to fight against the evils of our world.
Our Prayer Campaign starts on Wednesday, September 23rd and runs until Sunday, November 1st. We will post a prayer and meditation every day during this time to remind everyone to pray for an end to abortion.
If you live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, please join us for our 40 Days of Prayer and Repentance outside of the Planned Parenthood in Warminster. Contact your church’s Respect Life Committee Chairperson and find out which day your church is scheduled for public prayer. If you don’t have a committee or a 40 Days for Life coordinator, we will be glad to help you. (see flyer at end of this post for more information.)
What will 2021 bring? Only God knows for sure. But I’m certain that if enough people turn to Him in prayer and repentance, He will heal our land, our hearts and our souls, and end the sin of abortion in our country.
Please see the flyer below for more information. We ask that you print out and distributeto all your contacts in Bucks County.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
In just a few weeks the 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign will begin. Rachel Hayes, Leader for Chester County, Pennsylvania is asking for committed, pro-life prayer warriors to join them at the West Chester Planned Parenthood to pray for an end to abortion at this facility and across the country. Please read Rachel’s post below and if you live in or around this area, sign up to join this campaign.
It was a temptation to begin this missive with the opening paragraph from A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” but I know for some that it would bring on spasms of pain.I admit, it’s one of my favorite books, and that opening paragraph is a gem in a first chapter that’s a bit hard to slog through. If you can bear one short paragraph though, it’s more than fitting.
So, I have sobering news and encouraging news to share with hopes that both will serve to help each one of us to “not grow weary in doing good” when it comes to standing in opposition to the horror of abortion. Please consider the sobering reality of what has transpired over these past months since the early closing of the spring campaign, and also the encouraging opportunities before us, so that you might strengthen your resolve to pray in earnest on behalf of abortion-vulnerable moms and their at-risk babies.
The entire time that schools, businesses, and churches have been severely restricted and/or closed from the beginning of the pandemic up until now, West Chester Planned Parenthood suspended in person appointments for all other services except for killing unborn children. In other words, taking innocent human life was deemed essential by our state government during a health crisis while we were being urged to protect ourselves and others via quarantine, masks, and social distancing. Furthermore, at the beginning of the pandemic when personal protective equipment shortages were a concern, Planned Parenthood solicited PPE donations so that they could continue killing unhindered. PP also illegally applied for and received money from the Paycheck Protection Program even though abortion providers were explicitly excluded from these monies. Lastly, WC PP has recently added a chemical only abortion day on Thursdays in addition to the regular surgical abortion day on Fridays.
The encouraging news is that the Good News of the gospel has continued to be shared unabated outside WC PP. PP volunteer escorts have been absent since the early stay-at-home orders up until just the past couple of weeks. On many weeks, the numbers of cars were low in the parking lot on abortion day. Each abortion day, women have been lifted in prayer by faithful prayer warriors who have continued their in-person outreach of love, hope, and help. Just today a life was saved because people were present and praying, a young woman and her mother were bathed in prayer, offered help & hope, received information, and made a personal connection with a sidewalk counselor. Thank you, Jesus! Please pray for this young mom and baby.
This is why our prayers and presence are needed outside of West Chester Planned Parenthood – lives and souls a the line every week. The largest ever fall 40 Days for Life campaign of prayer & fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach is happening in 588 cities across the globe: Wednesday, September 23 through Sunday, November 1st! Come out and add to the growing number of blessings: 17,226 babies saved, 206 abortion workers quit, and 107 abortion facilities closed.
Would you make time in your schedule and commit to one hour of vigil over the 40 Days campaign? Our goal is to have two people present 7am – 7pm, Mon. – Sat. You can sign up now: www.40daysforlife.com/chestercounty
‘If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?’(Proverbs 24:10-12)
May God give us the strength to stand strong and continue doing good in these days of adversity knowing that “in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” God is hearing our cries for an end to abortion in West Chester and he is with us.
Thank you for your support, prayers, and participation!
In an effort to piggyback on a previous postfrom Ted Meehan, I want to break down some other ideas regarding what to do on June 2nd for the Pennsylvania primary and the 2020 General Election. This is going to be the biggest election since the Civil War era.
Vote in person
By now, many of you have heard about an effort to vote via mail. It’s a scam to lose your votes. Nancy Pelosi and her circle of pedophiles, swamp creatures, and godless communists will stop at nothing to remove President Donald Trump from office.
I can’t understand how people can stand outside to enter a supermarket or even an essential store to not wait in line to exercise their right to vote. Even Joe Gale fought this attempt.Inform your family members, community, and friends to not take part in this scam. VOTE IN PERSON!
The PA primary is Tuesday, June 2nd. The deadline to register for the primary is May 18th. Absentee ballot deadline is May 26th.
This should not only apply to PA voters, but everyone who lives in key states that can play a crucial role in bringing real changes to Washington.
Help those who are running for office. There are candidates for the statehouse and senate along with Congress. You’re looking at 88% of seats up for grabs. Democrats control the House of Representatives. As we have seen in the last two years, they have to regard to the protection of human life at the moment conception until natural death, religious freedom, and the stellar work the current administration has done. The magic number is 218 as the House of Representatives is made up of 435 from all fifty states.
Share pro-life messages on your social media outlets
Take part in Twitter campaigns
Pray in front of abortion facilities
Be willing to engage with dialogue with friends and family regarding the pro-life issue. Remember you have a duty to instruct the ignorant whose mind is blind.
Hold your elected officials accountable in how they vote on all culture of life issues
Recruit new members from your church, college campus, and even those in your Knights of Columbus, parents who take their kids to school, etc. Be sure to train them on the dos and don’ts while figuring out what talents they can bring.
Encourage members of the clergy to be more vocal on pro-life issues.
Some really great news below from Rachel Hayes, 40 Days for Life Leader in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
This past Friday at West Chester Planned Parenthood, a sidewalk counselor was able to reach a mom in need before she went in for her abortion appointment. While others prayed nearby, by the end of the conversation this mom of a 1-year-old received information on life-affirming options, was given hope of a better choice for her family and made the decision to have her husband come and pick her up!
We rejoice and give all glory to God that this woman was turned away from choosing death for her child yesterday! When it comes to abortion, fear often clouds judgment and leads to the death of the innocent, but love empowers, rejoices in hope, drives out all fear, and brings life. Please pray that this family would reach out to Chester County Women’s Center or any other place offering real hope, real support, and real help through a difficult time. Pray that this young mom is empowered and encouraged to love and cherish her unborn child just as much as her born child. Pray that the father steps up with courage and strength to care for and protect his family.
The parking lot was remarkably light for abortion day at WC PP. PTL! May God be merciful to use this current health crisis to cut into abortion revenue and close WC PP for good.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the most vulnerable among us, and your good deeds done in the name of Christ Jesus to bring an end to the evil of abortion. – 1 Peter 2:11-12
The following is from Rachel Hayes, 40 Days for Life Coordinator for West Chester, Pennsylvania. Rachel has some helpful suggestions which we have posted below. Although they pertain to Pennsylvania, and particularly to Chester County, Pennsylvania, others may benefit from her insights.
Thank you for your devotion to prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil over the course of this largest ever spring 40 Days for Life campaign. In spite of the suspension of the public vigil worldwide, we can rejoice for the moms who were encouraged and empowered to choose Life, and for the 346 babies that were saved! I am grateful for each of you, and God’s answers to our many prayers.
I would be ecstatic if West Chester Planned Parenthood closes, and we never need another prayer campaign outside that facility. May it be so! However, even if this does occur, our prayers, giving, and engagement with our culture must remain a priority to truly shift us from a culture of death to a culture of Life where abortion is made both unavailable and unthinkable. Though 40 Days for Life is an essential outreach for bringing an end to abortion where we live, the battle for the lives of innocent pre-born children takes place 365 days a year. What can you be doing now?
PRAYER: As always, continue to offer up prayers for all the initiatives going on across our country and local communities that engage the culture of death with truth and grace. Pray for the effectiveness of the frontline work of sidewalk advocacy and pregnancy centers that more women would be reached with life-affirming parenting choices, and that more children will be spared. Pray and ask the Lord to help you live in a way that promotes Life, and ask what he may be calling you to do.
GIVING: Are we serious about ending abortion in the U.S.? To a large extent, if our collective giving is any indication of how seriously we take this issue, the answer is no. Of 400 billion dollars annually given away in the U.S., only .2% of that money goes to all pro-life causes combined. Consider how you can support a local pregnancy center with your time, talent, and financial resources. The nearest pregnancy medical center to WC PP is Chester County Women Services
ENGAGEMENT: There are many efforts across our nation engaging in the public square. Consider upping your game: Do you know what’s going on at the governmentallevel in PA? Is your calendar marked for National and State marches for Life. Do you know where to go for pro-life training, educational, and news resources? Consider following Chester County Pro-LifeCoalition and the Pro-LifeUnion of Greater Philadelphia on Facebook for keeping up to date on public witness opportunities and events once we are through the Covid-19 health crisis.
For your planning ahead, the fall 40 Days for Life campaign is Wednesday, September 23 – Sunday, November 1. Follow us @chesco40days.
Lastly, if you feel called to public witness year round outside of WC PP during their abortion focused operating hours on Thursdays and Fridays, let me know. 40 Days for Life will be launching a 365-40 Days in the future, and I would like to know who has interest in this initiative.
Thank you again for being a part of the beginning of the end of abortion in West Chester.
As we approach Resurrection Sunday, let us reflect on the wonder of the Author of Life choosing to begin his earthly journey in the humblest and most vulnerable state as an innocent, dependent child in the womb of his blessed mother. In Christ Jesus we rejoice in the wonder of life, and in the gift of eternal life to come. Health, safety, and a blessed Holy Week to you and yours!