Philly Held Inaugural March for Life; Strong Showing of Greater Community

A chilly Saturday couldn’t freeze the warm spirits of thousands of pro-lifers throughout the greater Philadelphia area.

The morning began with a short prayer service in the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral with the recitation of the rosary and the litanies of loreto and St. Joseph while a protestant group held a prayer service outside of the south lawn of the church.

Archbishop Nelson Perez celebrated mass with Bishop Joseph Coffey, auxiliary bishop of the military archdiocese, as the homilist. For Bishop Coffey, he saw the event as a way to recommit to the cause of life. He shared how God blessed him when Fr. Dennis Gill blessed him on Good Friday just before he was arrested during an Operation Rescue demonstration outside of Planned Parenthood. Bishop Coffey recalled that those events helped formed his call to the priesthood.

Following the mass and Protestant prayer service, everyone came together to peacefully march one mile to Independence Hall. Along the way, many stop to pray in front of the Philadelphia Women’s Center for a short prayer while Pat Stanton states the history of the facility that murders 6,500 lives annually.

Everyone finally gathered outside of the north lawn of Independence Hall to hear amazing testimony and even music from Jack Terzian who reminds people to be you and cool.

Alison Centofante of Live Action emcee the event. She shared about how she would one day meet her grandmother who chose life for her dad.

Ashley Garecht fired up the crowd by reminding them to not be scared by the bullies who want to stop you from standing up for what is right.

Dr. Monique Ruberu talked about the need of being present outside of abortion facilities in our area.

Reverend Herb Lusk III reminded everyone to keep up the fight. God is bringing about the victory over death.

Kathy Barnette shared that we must be louder in our convictions when speaking about the danger of abortion.

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.

Philadelphia Women’s Center 10 Years Later: Reflection

On January 8th 2011, a young man stood outside of one of the largest abortion facilities in Pennsylvania. He was nervous that even the bitter cold morning did not keep him from hiding it. Later, a seasoned pro-lifer (the late John Stanton) pulled up as he helped him place a sign on the corner that floored him about the number of abortions committed at this location alone. Before he can blinked, his neighbors showed up and were thrilled to see him. His presence gave them hope.

Since that bitter cold morning of January 2011, he continued to get more and more involved with the pro-life movement that included regular participation in prayer vigils, at large events, and recruiting new people from time to time. He was jeered, assaulted, and even taunted all because he wanted to do “what God wants him to do.”

That young man is me and I am not done until we end abortion on the streets of Philadelphia and every major city across the United States and throughout the world.

Students for Life To Host #StandForLife Weekend To Be Held After March for Life

The following is from Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America.

With the understanding that not everyone will be able to make it to Washington, D.C. this year for the March for Life due to COVID issues, we came up with an alternate plan.

We’re calling it the #Stand4Life Weekend – and it’s happening in 20+ cities across the nation.

This is the largest, united, national activism event ever led by pro-life youth.

The #Stand4Life Weekend will take place January 27th-30th and will include a well-rounded roster of pro-life activism…including participating in the March for Life (either in-person or virtually).

The best part? It’ll all be planned for you!

All you have to do is show up with as many of your pro-life friends as possible.

When you register for only $10, you’ll receive:

  1. A “Pro-Life Generation” Beanie
  2. All materials for activism events
  3. Pro-life events planned by your city’s #Stand4Life Captain

Learn more about it and register to join here!

“RIGHT TO BIRTH” Mass and Rally

To conclude the Fall 202 40 Days for Life Campaign, the Pro-Life Union invites all to the Right to Birth mass and rally on Saturday, October 31st.

Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Dennis Gill at 8AM.

A procession to Planned Parenthood will immediately follow and Clenard Childress will be the main highlight.

Five Takeaways form the Vice Presidential Debate

The Vice President debate is a one and done shot. It can even make or break one’s race. We have seen it on Wednesday evening between radical Kamala Harris of California, the running mate of Former Vice President Joe Biden and current Vice President Mike Pence.

Five takeaways form the debate

  1. Unlike President Trump’s behavior last week, VP Pence stayed cool and calm. He even overcame interruptions from Kamala and Susan Page, the moderator. She even threw a fit like a typical nasty woman that wears a pink hat and lectures about “my body, my choice”.
  2. VP Pence exposed Harris and the lies of the Biden campaign one by one. He even reminded everyone of how she openly attacked the Knights of Columbus when she, along with many of her colleagues in the senate, attacked a federal judge over his membership.
  3. “You’re entitled to your opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts.” The Biden Campaign and even Senator Harris herself have been manipulated by lies. In reality, they have stirred the pot of hatred, division, and even racism.
  4. “I am pro-life and will not apologize for it”. VP Pence made this bold statement when it came to the issue of abortion. Harris continued to echo the faulty narrative of women’s health.
  5. Joe Biden is not a practicing Catholic. The Catholic Church, since the first century, has consistently defended the sanctity of human life. Particularly the issue of abortion. It was reinforced many times in the Catholic Catechism and even multiple papal encyclicals. He has flipped flopped on the Hyde Amendment, consistently advocated for abortion even up to birth, coerced religious groups to take part in the costly HHS mandate that he was its biggest cheerleader.

A Catholic with a clear conscience cannot support someone who is a Catholic In Name Only. One’s faith does not tell you to take part in the murder of innocent lives. Rather, it tells you to be the ones on the right that will be acknowledged by their creator for fulfilling the Works of Mercy.

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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.

Witness from Sidewalk Servant

The following is from an email blast sent by Deborah regarding an encounter a sidewalk servant witnessed outside of Planned Parenthood

One of the Sidewalk Servants, Bob, shared a story about a young lady they encountered last Thursday at 12th & Locust, and we wanted to share it with you. Please take a few moments to read it; this woman’s comment “I wish you had been here when I came before” is just heart wrenching… It is an encouragement for all of us to give a little of our time to be there for each woman and baby; they need us… Our presence can make all the difference! Please give a couple of hours of your time this week, and ask family and friends to join you or to sign up for a time also.  God bless you!
His story:
At 12th and Locust this AM, Rose approached and I offered her a brochure, pointed to the Community Women’s Center of Philadelphia (Women’s Center) next doorand suggested she could get care that did not include abortion there.  She was a beautiful and very mature young lady.  She smiled knowingly and said she thought she was pregnant, that she had taken the first part of the chemical abortion but thought it had failed.  She spoke of immediate regret upon doing so and said she was happy to be pregnant.
I expressed my hope and joy at that possibility, and encouraged her to go next door.  We also gave her the Natural Womens’ Health material from Dr. Monique. But she proceeded anyway to go into Planned Parenthood. I cautioned her to be careful that she not listen to untruths in Planned Parenthood.  
I then called the Women’s Centernumber to prepare them in the event she came out.  When I was returning to the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood, I saw Rose speaking with Bob G, another Sidewalk Servant who was there with me.  Bob was very encouraging and loving as he learned from her that, despite testing positive for pregnancy at home, she had tested negative in PP.  I also tried to be comforting, asking her to google Rachel’s Vineyard which she proceeded to do.  We also encouraged her to visit the Women’s Center, to consult on her situation and perhaps be re-tested.  She did, but before leaving us she looked at us with big, beautiful brown eyes and said “I wish you had been here when I came before”.  My heart aches. 
Please encourage folks to continue to come out to pray and be there for these women. I found her story so encouraging. The women need us there!  Let’s be there for them.
Thanks to Pat and others for all they have done to be present during the first and hopefully only COVID storm in Phila.
Please pray for Rose.
Bob
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A TALE of TWO NUNS- CONVENTION RECAP

As the conventions for both parties draw to a close, we will do a recap to pit speakers from both events against each other. For this first edition, we will analyze Sister Diedre and Sister Simone.

Sister Deirdre Byrne

Sister Deirdre Byrne is a member of the Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart. She has over 20+ years with the Army Medical Corps and has worked at a missionary. In the late 90s, she pursued a vocation and found the Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary and became a member of the order in 2002. It helped her continue her medical profession while answering God’s call to serve him. During the third night of the RNC, she correlated her medical background with the issue of life saying:

“As a physician, I can say unequivocally life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I’m not just pro-life, I’m pro-eternal life and I want all of us to end up in heaven someday together.”

To listen to the full; version of her speech, visit here.

Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell is best known as the leader of “Nuns on the Bus”. They are a controversial group that promotes abortion. During the Democratic National Convention, Sister Simone delivered an address in which she celebrated the Democrat’s abortion platform.

Divided Catholic Church in America

What we have saw between the two is a good Catholic from a bad one. Sister Deirdre has said that the unborn is the most vulnerable in our society and they must be protected.

Meanwhile, Sister Simone has cheered the Democrats for allowing abortion on demand. Why would she do this?

This shows that with more than half of Catholics still buying the lies from the party of slavery, sodomy, terrorism, abortion, and even now socialism that good and faithful Catholics must rise up and take up the gauntlet to defeat this modern church that is a 180 degree opposite of what was established in 33 AD.

Our Catholic faith is at stake. We cannot support someone who is Catholic in Name Only while he has a shaky history of promoting abortion.