Mother’s Day Fundraiser

The following is from Tom Steven, Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia regarding this year’s mother’s day fundraiser that typically takes place across the churches in the Greater Philadelphia area.

We hope this email finds you well!  How are you, your family, your parish, and your respect life activities, if any?
     Due to the unanticipated cancellation of parish Masses this Mother’s Day, the Pro-Life Union is unable to distribute roses, baby bottles, and Mother’s Day Newsletters as we normally do.  We love giving roses to moms and are very disappointed (in addition to being disappointed by not being able to attend Mass!).
     Mother’s Day baby bottle drives and rose sales are typically a significant fundraiser for Guiding Star Ministries maternity home and for the Pro-Life Union.  This May without our Mother’s Day campaign, we are left with the next best option — to try to raise funds via online fundraising (see below).
    Please share via your parish email distribution list or in your parish bulletin if you are able.  Thank you for your support!   Please see below and share.
This Mother’s Day, Help These Moms who Chose Life! Give a gift in honor of your mom, or your mom’s mom, or in honor of someone who helped your mom along the way.  Join our Mother’s Day Campaign for moms and children.  All proceeds benefit Guiding Star Ministries, a home for single pregnant moms and their children.
WATCH THE VIDEO AND DONATE HERE:
https://guidingstar.causevox.com 

     Each year on Mother’s Day, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia gives out thousands of roses in honor of moms on their special day, and hosts baby bottle drives in churches throughout Greater Philadelphia.  It is a significant fundraising event for Guiding Star Ministries and enables us to provide a safe, beautiful home to single pregnant women and their children who are at risk of homelessness.  This year due to the Covid-19 quarantine we are unable to host our fundraising campaign — so we are going virtual!
WATCH THE VIDEO AND DONATE HERE:
https://guidingstar.causevox.com 
     Thank you for being a part of this very important fundraising campaign!   Our goal is to raise $25,000.    Please share it with some friends.
NOTE: This fundraiser will run until Friday, May 15th.

Fashion for Life Online Show

Breaking Fashion News:

Thursday, April 30th, Hollywood had an all-day Fundraiser on Instagram for Planned Parenthood organized by Hollywood’s most glamorous and fun stars. Headlining names like Jenny Slate, Nikki Glaser, Elizabeth Banks, and The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead led the star-studded day-long event to save abortion in the middle of the COVID pandemic.
They claim pro-life officials are using the virus to block access to abortion, and that those who perform the procedures are suffering with “increased costs related to the pandemic such as payroll for staff and purchasing supplies.”

One Instagram post of tens of thousands read “You rocked it! Your support of abortions is essential. Thank you for standing with us.”

“Curious how killing humans and donating to organizations that do so are helping save lives during this pandemic. Shouldn’t Hollywood be raising funds for emergency room workers, hospitals and food banks during the coronavirus?” – COL1972 Co-founder & Chief Designer Carla D’Addesi

“This is why we created and launched COL1972. A fashion brand that is going where no other brand has gone before. We are leading for life in pop-culture. They glamorize abortion, we will design and work harder to glamorize life.” – COL1972 Co-founder & Chief Designer Carla D’Addesi

COL1972 is countering the April 30th event by having an online Fashion Show TONIGHT Friday May 1. COL1972 has joined Dr. Monique Ruberu, Pro-Life OBGYN, and others to give back to Dr. Ruberu’s life-affirming medical practice which provides FREE care to women in need not only during COVID but every day.

Use CODE: LLL and Dr. Monique’s Medical Practice will receive 30% of every sale made 5/1 & 5/2.

THANK YOU FOR STANDING WITH COL1972 & BEING PASSIONATE ABOUT LEADING FOR LIFE IN POP CULTURE AND FASHION. WE ARE GLAMORIZING LIFE TOGETHER. LIFE IS ALWAYS IN STYLE.

Visit here and sign up now for the virtual conference.

Upcoming Events from Students for Life

Coronavirus cancellations have you stuck inside?

While we can’t ship you milk or toilet paper, we CAN provide you with FIVE weeks of virtual training courses! You’ll be joined by your Regional Coordinator along with 50+ other pro-life students.

Your virtual pro-life training is happening over video calls every week all the way through April 20th. Remaining sessions include:

  • Week of 3/30: “How to Dialogue Online
  • Week of 4/6: “Countering Abortion Culture
  • Week of 4/13: “Non-Violent Patient Care
  • Week of 4/20: “Preparing for 2020 Elections

Click here to find out what time & date yours are and to register!

Are You a Pro-Life Artist?
Students for Life has added a brand-new program to our family of fellowships: The Hildegard Art Fellowship. And this one’s just for pro-life artists! The Hildegard Art Fellowship is about engaging young artists to use their artistry to change hearts and minds on abortion by becoming artist-activists. Click here (or the button below) to apply by May 1st!

Here’s who can apply:

  • Any incoming undergraduate, graduate, law, and med students.
  • Artists of all kinds: visual, word, and performing.
  • Must be a current leader or member of a campus pro-life organization.
  • Must be interested in pursuing a full-time career in the pro-life movement.
  • Must be able to attend the kick-off weekend, Friday, June 26th– Tuesday, June 30th.*
    *pending the safety of travel at that time due to COVID-19.

BUY PRO-LIFE GEAR

It’s spring cleaning time at the Students for Life warehouse! All merch & apparel are on sale through March 31st or until supplies last.

Some of our most popular items are up to 40% off! It is the BEST time to stock up on our trendy, thought-provoking gear.

Shop to find discounts on our pro-life hoodies, crew neck sweaters, tees, cropped tops, tanks, stickers, and pins with some of our favorite designs.

Don’t miss out – it won’t last long!

Top 8 Pro-Life Things To Do During COVID-19
While we’re all in virtual quarantine, Students for Life decided to go ahead and create a plan for the Pro-Life Generation to go 100% digital. Check out how you can take advantage of all that time you’ll now be spending at home and continue to be a voice for Life!

The Top 8 List:

  • Sign up for the Regional Pro-Life Trainings.
  • Tune in to the SFLA Facebook Lives with special guests.
  • Subscribe to and catch up on the Explicitly Pro-Life podcast.
  • Check out our re-vamped Students for Life HQ.
  • Log conversations and earn prizes with the T.A.L.K. Challenge. Read more here.
  • Write thank you’s to your pro-life legislators (check their track records here).
  • Update your group’s materials so you’re ready to go next fall.
  • Promote an online diaper bank to support families in need at this time.

 

Bonus Training: Should Women be Jailed for Aborting?

As you saw, Students for Life is hosting our own pro-life trainings for the next 5 weeks.

But there’s also a Bonus Training by Equal Rights Institute this Tuesday at 9pm EST!

The topic is a question that comes up often in conversations about abortion: “Do you think women should go to jail for having an abortion when it becomes illegal?”

In this webinar, Josh Brahm (the president of the Equal Rights Institute) will discuss that difficult question and offer several practical suggestions for how to respond to it. Afterward, Josh will take YOUR questions!

Make sure to REGISTER HERE or you won’t be able to join us live. Plus, the replay of the webinar will only be available for 48-hours. If you can’t join us live but you want to receive the replay link afterward, click HERE to register now.

Advocate for Life Online

The following is from Jeanne Marcini, President of the March for Life Foundation.

Like all of you, my team and the work of the March for Life has been dramatically impacted by the sweeping effects of the coronavirus outbreak. With the health and safety of so many at risk, we have made difficult but necessary decisions about how to carry on with our mission while caring for the vulnerable. As a result, we have canceled the Connecticut March for Life originally scheduled for April 15th and transitioned our team to work remotely.

But despite tumultuous events, the fight to build a culture of life continues. Together with our pro-life allies on Capitol Hill, we continue to monitor all legislation presented in Congress to ensure pro-life policies are protected. In addition, my team and I have adjusted our advocacy efforts so that we can help you defend the unborn while at home!

Here are a few examples of ways we are working to bring advocacy online:

1) Capitol Hill 101 Goes Digital

We have adapted our legislative training seminar, Capitol Hill 101 so that while you’re at home, you can learn more about the legislative process and how to promote effective pro-life policies. The country may be slowing down around us, but most lawmakers are still working (or, at the very least, checking their email). We can all take this time to capture their attention.

Capitol Hill 101 will show you how!

 

2) Learn how to lobby for pro-life legislation on social media

In addition to office emails and phone calls, we know there is one place you can be sure to get your legislator’s attention: social media. Our social media team put together a new guide for you to make the most of the time at home by showing you how to advocate for life while on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Download

3) Join me for a virtual watch party of the award-winning short film “Crescendo”

While we can’t gather together in person, we can still unite virtually! I’d love for you to join me for a virtual watch party of the internationally acclaimed film, Crescendo, on Friday, March 27th at 7 PM EST. We’ll be joined by the film’s producer Jason Jones and actress Jennifer Cadena, who will be answering your questions after the film and sharing more ideas about how you can promote life while at home.

Save! Save! Save!

Quakers for Life

Today at 12th and locust a young woman named Betty took resources and opted to save the life of her 8-week baby

THANKS, BE TO GOD!!!!

Here is another update from the front lines :

Crowd Shot 2

 

Diane said:

“This morning a woman walked into 777; turned around, exited the building, and began talking to us.  She wanted information from us regarding a pregnancy test;  she is unsure if she is pregnant.  I gave her one of our bags and was also able to get her an appointment for next Tuesday at Amnion Pregnancy Center (where I volunteer). At  Amnion she will get a free pregnancy test and ultrasound. She also is in need of housing; currently, she lives with her dad and her 3-year-old daughter. Please keep Nikenya in your prayers.

 

Another girl who was picking up a friend from 777 requested one of our bags.

 

I was able to speak with 3 different Uber drivers today.  Assuming they were with the women they dropped off, I began telling them about other options besides abortion and how much we love and care for them.  Surprisingly they listened politely to everything I had to say before telling me they were just the drivers.  One even thanked me for what we do and said, “God bless you!”

There’s lots of empty space to spread out in outside the downtown abortion centers:

please help fill the hours

Monday 3/23 : 12th and locust: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2,4,

tuesday 3/24 : 12th and locust: 10,11,12,1,2,3,4

777 appletree : 8,9,10,11,12,1,2

wed 3/25: 12th and locust: 3,4

777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2

God bless,

monique

Visit 40 Days for Life to sign up today.

Word from Appletree

The following is from an email blast sent out by Dr.Monique Ruberu

Hey, guys, I got this report from one of our prayer warriors Diane who has spent several hours praying out there recently
This morning a woman walked into 777; turned around, exited the building, and began talking to us.  She wanted information from us regarding a pregnancy test;  she is unsure if she is pregnant.  I gave her one of our bags and was also able to get her an appointment for next Tuesday at Amnion Pregnancy Center (where I volunteer). At  Amnion she will get a free pregnancy test and ultrasound. She also is in need of housing; currently, she lives with her dad and her 3-year-old daughter. Please keep Nikenya in your prayers.

Another girl who was picking up a friend from 777 requested one of our bags.

I was able to speak with 3 different Uber drivers today.  Assuming they were with the women they dropped off, I began telling them about other options besides abortion and how much we love and care for them.  Surprisingly they listened politely to everything I had to say before telling me they were just the drivers.  One even thanked me for what we do and said, “God bless you!”

Guys, I know this is a scary time… I would not recommend going down in big groups, taking public transport or putting yourself in harms way… if you are elderly or immunocompromised stay at home and pray from there… if you have a car feel free to go down By yourself, stand away from people and hold a sign.

We are all praying that these places close like every other business until then I’ll keep sharing stories with you guys and if you feel called to go please do…

here are the uncovered hours…

Thurs 3/19 12th and locust: 10,12,1,2,3

777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,1,2

Friday 3/20: 12th and lo: 9,10,11,12,2,4,5

777: 8,9,10,12,1,2

Sat 3/21: 777 : 8am

American Idol Contestant Amber Fiedler Shares Amazing Story of Choosing Adoption Over Abortion

The following is an article from LifeNews.com writer Dave Andrusko

Over the years I’ve written several stories about American Idol, which returned on ABC in March 2018 after a two-year hiatus. Most of the singers grew up in church and in addition to their memorable songs, their stories of perseverance and endurance in face of life’s inevitable trials and tribulations always inspired me.

This year’s crop is exceptional and after missing the first couple of episodes I am now glued to the television screen on Sunday nights.

As it happens, I did not see Sofia Schuster perform. She sang her song “My Body My Choice” for the three judges which she had previously sung at a Planned Parenthood Benefit. It includes such original lyrics as “My body my choice/ It’s not up to the boys/ Nobody should have to go against what’s in their heart/ And no one has the right to tear their dignity apart.”

Etc.

I only heard about her today and could find only a few seconds of her singing. Her voice is fine and, having made the first cut, who knows how far she will go.

But then there is Amber Fiedler, a 23-year-old woman from Idaho, who, when she auditioned a few weeks ago, was 38 weeks pregnant. Katy Perry, one of three judges–Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan are the other two–asked her at the time if she knew the baby’s sex—a girl—and what name she had picked out.

Amber hadn’t. She was placing her for adoption.

“How did you come to that?” Perry asked

“My mom was a user most of my life,” Amber responded. “So my grandma is the one that raised me. The last few years I was going out and drinking a bunch. I was getting caught up in life. With this pregnancy, I’ve learned who I was as a person. I’ve had time to sit and think, and looking at the big picture of life, there are days where I don’t even have $20 in my pocket. If I’m not ready to be a mom, why would I put her through that, you know?”

The family she had chosen for her baby will be able to “give her everything she wants.”

“I’m not going to be able to do that,” she said. “I’m hoping that she’s gonna understand I am trying to choose the best for her.”

After the judges gave Amber her “ticket” to Hollywood, Perry said, “Maybe you’re not ready to be a mom, but you are ready to be an American Idol.” Then (thanks here to People magazine)

“Do you hear that, baby?” Fiedler asked her belly, before reuniting with her ecstatic family outside the doors of the audition room.

As Fiedler’s family embraced her, she said, “I fulfilled my dream today by getting a golden ticket. My dream for the baby is that she lives a beautiful and happy life with the life that I have chosen for her, and I know she’s gonna.”

I saw her perform Sunday night at the “Hollywood” stage of American Idol. She had given birth just three weeks before. She told the judges it was

“such a beautiful moment when she came out and just seeing the adoptive mom hold her. it felt good, it felt right , it felt peaceful.  And I am really happy about my decision. The adoptive family named her, they named her Norma Rose They chose Rose because of my red hair. She’s really going to bring light to a lot of people’s lives. I mean she’s brought a lot of light to mine.”

Before she announced her song choice, they cut away to an earlier interview where she said,

It is a weird thing going through all this. I never would have thought that this would be my life. But I have a really good feeling that I am really am going to help people and help girls go through what I  went through.

She told the judges that she was going to sing “Rise Up,” Andra Day’s incredibly powerful song from 2015.

And then a cutaway to where Amber says, “All for her.”

Elsewhere Amber says, “The baby saved me, she really did.”

You can listen to Amber’s story and her magnificent voice here.

LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.

March for Life Recap

Hard to believe that January kicks off with so many things. One of them for pro-lifers is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.

Nearly 750,000 people from all across the United States and beyond borders descended upon our nation’s capital to give voice to the voiceless.

Many brought signs with well-known organizations attached to them. Others got creative using a popular hit show or even social media memes to articulate a point.

The highlight of this year’s march is the historic address given by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. He is the first to do so in the march’s history.

“Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.” 

Though there were thirty-six counter-demonstrators that tried to foil the fun, it gave the marchers more fuel to continue to give voice to the voiceless. One of them was arrested for trying to trespass. No question and surprise that there were more.

The youth and young adults that were in attendance brought vibrant energy that can easily shake capital hill with their various chants such as the famous, “Hey Hey Ho Ho Roe v Wade has got to go” or “We love babies, Yes, we do. We love babies, how about you?”

The March for Life will forever be a well-attended event. Unfortunately, the mainstream media did not give it fair coverage as it has been the same old, same old since the beginning of the march’s existence.

What to take away?

Though it happens once a year we must march for all life from the moment of conception until natural death every day. Our job is to be present for every human, born and unborn. Whether we are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, agnostic, or atheist, we have a duty to protect every life. Every life saved is worth the effort.

I long for the day that those who come to Washington every year will not march for the reversal of the Supreme Court. Rather, we offer chants, songs, and prayers in thanksgiving for the end of the scourge of our society known as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and even unjust wars. Let us make it happen by getting involved in our community today.

9 Days for Life Novena- Day 6

9 Days for Life

Intention
May expectant mothers choosing adoption receive grace and support in embracing this loving option.

Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection
Mothers placing their children for adoption often face many challenges along the way. One of the greatest obstacles can be inaccurately perceiving adoption as abandonment. But mothers who place their children for adoption are not abandoning their children. Rather, they are exemplifying the sacrificial love of Christ on the Cross in choosing to do what is best for their children, even at great cost to themselves. Like Christ, they pour out their bodies and souls for the sake of another. The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that, in the face of fears and trials, we can “hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm” (Heb 6:18-19). We pray that all mothers considering adoption would be filled with “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7) and see the beauty of their sacrifice. Let us all cling fast to the anchor of hope, for we have received “a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Rom 8:15).

Acts of Reparation
(Choose one.)

Do you have a sweet tooth? Or do you prefer salty snacks? Pick your favorite kind of treat, and give it up for the day.

Make an act of faith, hope, or love.

Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further
“Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption” suggests nine ways to offer ongoing support to a woman who is considering placing her unborn child for adoption. Many of the tips given are also helpful for supporting a friend who is experiencing a challenging unexpected pregnancy, even if adoption has not been brought up.

Supplemental resources regarding adoption can be found at http://www.usccb.org/adoption-resources.

A Pro-Life To-Do List

To do list

 

For the past few years, I took time on my Facebook page to reveal some of the things I hope to accomplish or do in a given new year. It can be challenging, but at the same time, it can help you to do new or accomplish things that you’ve always wanted to cross off.

As a pro-lifer, you may be on the same boat as I am. You may be asking yourself what you can do in the New Year to be a better pro-lifer or go into the unknown. To help you get a jump start on your pro-life to-do list, I came up with 10 things you can do as a pro-lifer.

  1. Host a screening of a pro-life themed movie. Unplanned took the world by storm and there is no question that many groups want to show movies like the world phenom of 2019. Cinema is a powerful medium to convey the message of life.
  2. Take part in a 40 Days for Life campaign (February 26th thru April 5th, 2020 and again the fall from September 23rd to November 1st). Be on the lookout once registration for vigil hours become available.
  3. Have a mass or Holy Hour offered for an end to the scourge of abortion or the conversion of those involved with the diabolical industry.
  4. Brush up on apologetics. It may be one thing to think you know it all. It’s another if you educate on what to say to those who may not know the issue at hand. Some people to learn from are Stephanie Gray and Trent Horn. Using their experience, they share the dos and don’ts in conveying the pro-life message to an individual or group.
  5. Volunteer at a pregnancy resource or crisis center. Many of them are not too far from a Planned Parenthood facility. these facilities need additional help with tasks like answering calls, taking inventory, and even being a support to vulnerable women. Side note: consider helping one raise funds for an ultrasound machine.
  6. Take part in prayer vigils. Yes, this may be scary, but we have been reminded 365 times in the Bible to not be afraid. If you can muster the courage every day to be present, your reward will be heaven. Don’t know what to say or do? Here’s a blog post for that. Here’s a post on prayers to recite in front of the facilities.
  7. Donate or raise funds for pro-life organizations. A previous blog post breaks down different groups that may help you decide who you can send your donation. If you want to go towards a fundraiser route, you might want to consider having a quizzo night, have someone teach ballroom dancing, or arts and craft and sell them with proceeds going to a pro-life organization of your choosing.
  8. Attend a rally. One of the most common events you can attend is the March for Life in DC, Chicago,  or West Coast area (San Francisco or L.A. areas). You may also want to consider attending one on the state level. (Pennsylvania will host their inaugural state march on May 18th, 2020.
  9. Attend a pro-life seminar near you or on a national scale. Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richara Krajewski will be speaking at the annual National Pro-Life Summit on January 25th in Washington, DC. Secure your spot today.
  10. Recruit more people to join the pro-life cause. Visit parishes, have displays on your campus, invite a pro-life speaker to your classroom, and learn more about how you can