AUGUST 2021 TO DO LIST

We are over a third into the dog days of summer. By now, we have seen advertisements for back-to-school, last-minute summer getaways, and even some early Christmas deals. Before you know it, the summer is over and it is back to reality for many people. Here are some things you can do this month to advance the culture of life:

  1. Take part in prayer vigils
  2. Sign up for 40 Days for Life
  3. Read a pro-life book or two with our list here.
  4. Volunteer at a local pregnancy resource center
  5. Sponsor a Holy Hour for Life at your parish
  6. Collect diapers and material items for moms in need
  7. Take part in National Pro-Life Chaslk Day on August 7th. Find out more here.
  8. Take part in the First Saturday and First Friday devotions
  9. Make plans to attend your state’s March for Life. For Pennsylvania, visit here. For California, visit here. For Virginia, visit here.
  10. Heading back to school? Form a pro-life group (if there isn’t one), Recruit new members during activities fair on your campus.
  11. Start planning your trip to the 49th annual March for Life in DC on Friday, January 21st 2022. Learn more from our previous blogpost here.

June To-Do List

Happy June to everyone.

Schools will soon be out for the summer. Students will be enjoying a few long weeks of their much-anticipated summer break.

Sadly, there is still work that must be done. Here is a list of things you can do to continue being pro-life during the hot, hazy, days of summer.

  1. Pray outside of abortion facilities near you. Be sure to do it when you’re traveling.
  2. Volunteer at a local pregnancy center
  3. Collect maternity items and donate them to pro-life groups. Some may have a list through Amazon of the items they are in need of.
    1. Here’s an ongoing effort.
  4. Hand out St. Joseph prayer cards on Father’s Day to all of the fathers.
  5. Check on the elderly.
    1. Buy their groceries and offer to pick them up.
    2. Run errands for them
  6. Be sure to remember those getting married, graduating, or recently welcomed to the faith by supporting some pro-life business people and authors. See my previous blog for information.
  7. Offer to watch children if single moms have work or other things planned.
  8. Continue to share the pro-life message on social media.
  9. Read some pro-life-themed books.
  10. Attend a retreat or pro-life conference (in-person events are coming back, so you may want to take advantage of it).
  11. Hold a Holy Hour for Life at your church
  12. Recruit new people for your respect life committee at your church.
  13. Fundraise for pregnancy resource centers
    1. Host a dance party event
    2. Have a beer and beef event
    3. Host a screening of a recent pro-life movie, especially Roe v. Wade

We hope you have a great month of June. Be ready to stand for life.

PARTICIPATE IN DAY OF GIVING FOR THE CULTURE PROJECT

Members of the Culture Project delivering a presentation to a group of teens.

You are invited to take part in The Culture Project’s day of giving on May 11th. The organization will welcome full time missionaries in Philadelphia next school year. Like many growing for an organization, they need to address the financial needs for their teams in Toledo, Cleveland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and even in Philadelphia.

All donations made today and tomorrow will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Double your impact to help us meet our goal! 

Tune in tomorrow on the Culture Project’s Facebook page at 9 AM EDT as their CEO, Cristina Barba Whalen, kicks off The Culture Project’s Days of Giving by sharing their goals for this campaign and the impact your gift will make!

Learn more and give at daysofgiving.thecultureproject.org

We also accept gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. For more information,  please contact Julie Pesusichjpesusich@thecultureproject.org.

How can you get ready for #CPDaysofGiving?

  1. Visit www.givecp.com to learn more about #CPDaysofGiving and ways you can participate.
  2. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Youtube to stay up-to-date and hear some amazing testimonies.
  3. Spread the word to your family and friends about #CPDaysofGiving so they can join in on the fun.

MAY TO DO LIST

IT’S THE MONTH OF MAY!!!!!

Here are some things you can do during the month of May

  1. First Saturday devotion on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker
  2. Support a pregnancy center in your community.
  3. Host a baby shower for a mother facing an unexpected pregnancy
  4. Host a screening of the movie Roe v. Wade. Learn more here.
  5. Host America Needs Fatima rally in or around the feast day. Note: it falls on the 40th Day of Easter and Catholics must attend mass.
  6. Write cards to new moms and of course your own.
  7. Take part in Sidewalk Servants.
  8. Participate in local vigils near you.
  9. Keep in mind those who are graduating, receiving sacraments, and special occasions by supporting our pro-life businesses.
  10. Help your parish coalition hand out roses at your church while collecting donations for Mother’s Day.

This is the list of things to do to advance the culture of life.

Local and National March for Life Updates

With the annual March for Life in DC and the inaugural Philly March for Life approaching, we do want to provide some key updates that was received by me regarding both events. Bear in mind the guidelines and attend events if you choose to do at your own risk.

Don’t forget to get your pro-life gear at Catholic to the Max. Learn more here.

Inaugural Philly March for Life January 23rd

See information regarding the event here.

National March for Life January 29th

This will come one week after the Inauguration of the most radical pro-abortion administration of our time, particularly led by a so called “Catholic”.

Don’t feel safe? You can attend a livestream from your computer. Learn more here. EWTN will also begin covering the event at 11AM. Check your local listing.

Are you going? Here is what you need to know. Be sure to check out the pre-rally concert with Matthew West, the singer behind the theme song of Abby Johnson’s biopic.

Checklist for What to bring to Both or Either

  1. Pro-Life Gear (Make it visible)
  2. Prayers
  3. Your loving and peaceful presence
  4. Creative and catchy chants
  5. A sign that is loving and articulates a message about life or promotes life

We hope you make one if not all of the events. Be sure to March for Life every day, not just every January 22nd.

Support Pro-Life Charities this #GivingTuesday December 1st

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner as many organizations are always asking people to make a contribution to their organizations before the year draws to a close.

In the midst of the busy shopping season, let us not forget our local and national groups that promote the culture of life near us and beyond. Here are just a few organizations to support:

  1. Pro-Life Unmion of Greater Philadelphia

Since its inception in 1971, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia has reached millions in the City of Brotherly Love and its surrounding suburbs. They hope to continue its work laid out by its late founder, John Stanton. You may donate to them here

2. Generation Life

Celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, Generation Life has been preaching the pro-life and chastity messages to hundreds of thousand young people nationwide. Despite the plandemic, the small group has continue to give talks on chastity and pro-life messages on the virtual realm. Donate to them here.

3. Hope Pregnancy Center

Located 2/3 of a mile from Temple University, Hope Pregnancy, led by Marlene Downing, continues to help the vulnerable in the heart of our city. They have seen an increase in clients and hope to meet the needs of the recurring and new clients in the heart of Philadelphia. Make your donation here.

4. The Culture Project

Founded in 2014, the Culture Project has reached the masses at every corner in the United States and beyond through in person presentations and event virtually during the plandemic. They currently have missionaries in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Toledo, and Pittsburgh. Make a donation here.

5. Legacy of Life

Legacy of Life has two centers across from Planned Parenthood facilities and has seen an uptick in clients because of women choosing life through the presence of pro-lifers. Donate to their cause here.

6. Alpha Pregnancy Center

Alpha Pregnancy has been in Philadelphia area for 40 years. They recently opened a center next door to the former House of Horrors in the Manuta section of Philadelphia. Learn how you can support them here.

7. Guiding Star Ministries

A program adopted by the PLU of Greater Philadelphia, Guiding Star Ministries helps pregnant moms develop life skills that will help them through their life. Donate today to help them reach women in their time of great need.

8. St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation

Located in Overbrook, the foundation promotes the pro-life message while also helping Catholics heal from spiritual and mental trauma brought about from divorce. If you are a Catholic who went through this life-changing experience and in need of healing, visit them here.

Wanna Get Involved in Public Policy? Two Opportunities To Do So

The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia is launching an exciting outreach in the effort to gear up for a post-Roe America. The following exerpt is from Joe Garecht.

In many ways, the end of legalized abortion in our country is closer than ever before. It is critical that we engage on every front of this battle with thoughtful, coordinated and effective advocacy for the unborn.

Would you consider joining our newly formed Pro-Life Action Team? Led by Joe Garecht and the PLU Public Affairs committee, the goal of this group is to concentrate citizen advocacy for the pro life cause in the spheres of politics and the media.

Commitment will be a specific action item once every other month – typically contacting a legislator via phone or email, or sending a comment/op ed to local media outlets – and occasional meetings, no more than twice per year.

Our voices are powerful! We have heard from state legislators that they felt compelled to act on bills in front of their committee after receiving as few as 12 emails or phone calls from constituents. When we organize and combine our advocacy efforts we improve the chance for lasting change in our community on behalf of the unborn.

Please send your name, email and phone number to Tom Stevens with the subject Pro-Life Action Team to mail@prolifeunion.org and let us know we can add you to the Pro-Life Action Team!

In addition, Students for Life of America have an opportunity to give you the knowledge and tools to engage in public policy.

While COVID-19 is affecting the pro-life movement’s ability to train grassroots activists of all ages, Students for Life is now able to bring our pro-life trainings from campuses right into your home.  Enroll in pro-life “majors” in each pillar of pro-life activism.

Not a student?  No problem!  Continuing your education is important to us and there is no age limit on being an effective pro-life advocate. 

How Does It Work?

  • There are four course subjects (Effective Education, Industry Impact, Public Policy, and Supportive Services) in each of the three education levels (High School, College, Adult).
  • All are welcome to join one or more classes as the schedule allows.  Each course will cover FIVE bi-weekly live video classes, and four on-your-own optional assignment weeks.
  • Classes begin the week of September 14th (check each course for exact times) and wrap-up the week of November 9th. 

REGISTER NOW for a course in your current education level. 
Scroll down to choose: High School, College, or Continuing Education (Adult).

If course times do not fit in your schedule, you can work through our self-paced pillar courses which are always available on www.studentsforlifehq.com or connect with your Regional Coordinator here.

Rehumanize Virtual Conference

The following is from Rehumanize International

I wanted to reach out to make sure you know about the upcoming Rehumanize Conference on August 29th, 2020. This year we’ve decided to move things online in order to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, and staff. While I’m sad that we won’t get to meet in person this year I am also excited about the unique opportunity to reach people all over the world with our life-affirming speakers and sessions.

Tickets are on sale now starting at just $5.00 at rehumanizeintl.org/conference! I really hope that you are able to join us at this one of a kind event. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need financial assistance or a press pass.

Check out the phenomenal schedule of events below:

Conference Schedule
10:30AM – 10:45AM > Reception

10:45AM – 11:00AM > Welcome

Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International

11:00AM – 11:30AM > Opening Session: Why Consistency Matters in the Effort for Human Rights

Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International

11:30AM – 12:15PM > panel: Police, Prisons, and the Death Penalty

Hannah Cox, Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty

Zuri Davis, Reason

Miea Walker, Forward Justice

12:15PM – 1:00PM > Panel: Pro-Life Perspectives

Kristen Day, Democrats for Life of America

Tom Shakely, Americans United for Life

Jazzi Milton, Pro-Life San Francisco

1:00PM – 1:15PM > Break

1:15PM – 1:45PM > Ideologies Breakout Session

​A: Feminism and the Consistent Life Ethic

Rachel Peller, Activist

B: The Non-Aggression Principle and the Consistent Life Ethic

Tony Guajardo, Young Americans for Liberty​

1:45PM – 2:15PM > Lived Experiences Breakout Session 1

A: Incarceration

Robert Saleem Holbrook, Amistad Law Center & the Human Rights Coalition

B: Healing After Abortion

Serena Dyksen, She Found His Grace

2:15PM – 2:30PM > Break

2:30 – 3:00PM > Lived Experiences Breakout Session 2

A: Ableism

Beth Fox, Rehumanize International

B: Sexual Violence

Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International

3:00PM – 3:45PM > Keynote: Can War Ever be Just?​

David Swanson, World Beyond War

3:45PM – 4:00PM > Break

4:00PM – 4:30PM > History Breakout Session

A: Torture

Josie Setzler, Witness Against Torture

B: U.S. Immigration Policy

Mikhayla Stover, Academic

4:15PM – 5:00PM > Action Breakout Session 1

A: Abolishing War

Greta Zarro, World Beyond War

B: Dismantling Racism

Ismail Smith-Wade-El, City Councilmember

5:00PM – 5:45PM > keynote: Not Dead Yet: Ableism, Euthanasia, and Assisted Suicide

John Kelly, Not Dead Yet​

5:45PM – 6:15 PM > Action Breakout Session 2

A: Activism

Terrisa Bukovinac, Pro-Life San Francisco

B: Creative Expression

Maria Oswalt, Rehumanize International

Sarah Terzo, PLAGAL+ & Live Action

6:15PM – 6:30PM > Closing Remarks

Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International

6:30PM – 9:00PM > Create | Encounter Release Party and Happy Hour at Home

I really hope you can make it! Visit rehumanizeintl.org/conference for more information.

Virtual Homeschooling Pro-Life Conference; Hosted by Students for Life of America

 

pro-life-generation

Are you interested in getting more involved in the Pro-Life Generation, and working to change hearts and minds for life?

Students for Life of America is bringing homeschool groups from around the country together for the first ever Homeschool Summit!

JOIN US via Zoom on Tuesday, August 11th at 8 PM CST/9 PM EST to learn how to recruit and retain members, take advantage of the biggest opportunities, and engage others in impactful conversations for life!!!

For more information and to register please visit: https://studentsforlife.org/homeschoolsummit/

August To-Do List

Hard to believe that it is August, and we’re more than half way through the summer.

The 8th month of the year can serve as a time to get in much needed family vacation before school is back in session. Sadly, the pandemic has put everyone’s plans on hold. Some are still unsure due to the unprecedented times.

The good news is Voices for Life has a to-do list throughout the month that can help you channel your Covid-19 frustrations in helping to advance the pro-life message. This list is applicable for your daily pro-life conviction.

  1. See Trump Card

It should come as no surprise that Dinesh D’Sousa, an immigrant of India, is not done defending the core principles of America. For the last eight years, he has been on the New York Times bestseller’s list, been falsely convicted for fraud, and has produced documentaries that have been game changers. His latest project, “Trump Card” is slated to be released on Friday, August 7th. Due to the temporary closing of movie theaters, you can view the documentary on-demand.

He played a pivotal role in exposing Hillary Clinton’s past which helped Donald Trump become the 45th President of the United States with “Hillary’s America”.

In addition, his most recent book United States of Socialism, is out now. To make your purchase, visit here.

2. Holy Hour/Mass for Life

Many states have masses back in session (with restrictions). Some of the faithful should be encouraged to host a Holy Hour for an end to abortion. St. Teresa of Calcutta once believed that if every Catholic made a weekly Holy Hour, we would see an end to abortion. So what are you waiting for? Even if you can’t bring one to you church, make one on your accordance.

3. Take part in vigils in your community

Connect with your local pro-life coalition and find out about vigil locations and times. Pray with your family, college, or even church group. Create a sign that advertises free help with contact information.

4. Host a pro-life committee meeting in your church

Gather people in your parish or church and discuss ways you can help get the pro-life message to your community all around with another pivotal election approaching.

5. Donate to pro-life charity

Give anything you have to advance many pro-life groups making a difference. Some groups include: Generation Life, The Culture Project, St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation, Guiding Star, and Susan B Anthony List to name a few.

6. Work for Susan B Anthony List

The Susan B Anthony List is gearing up to help reach out to voters as the 2020 elections are coming very soon. They are hiring in many battleground states. To learn more, visit here.

7. Purchase Stork: Sowing Season

An indie author recently came out with an amazing book that promotes a pro-life message. To order your copy, visit here. It will make an excellent read in your backyard with a cold drink or while you’re catching rays at the beach.

8. Sign up for 40 Days for Life

The 40 Days for Life campaign begins on Wednesday, September 23rd and ends the weekend before the General Election. The spring campaign was interrupted with the pandemic. Now, with many states putting this phenomenon behind, it is time to go all in to save lives, pray for the workers, help moms choose life, and make a difference in your community.

9. Sidewalk Servants

Even though we’re a long way from the next 40 Days for Life campaign, there are babies being murdered every day. Your presence for at least an hour two during the week will make an impact on the abortion industry. Learn more about sidewalk servants here. Consider starting one in your community.