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.

4 Things to Do in May

Hard to believe that we are in the month of May. Everyone here at Voices for Life hope you are all doing well during these uncertain times.

Here’s a checklist on what you can do this month

  1. Vigil participation
    1. The first amendment is still applicable to you should you decide to pray outside of abortion facilities. Be sure to bear in mind physical distancing guidelines
    2. Bring resources with you
    3. Ask someone to take a photo of your pro-life sign that promotes pregnancy crisis center/hotline and share it on social media.
    4. Learn about a Mother’s Day prayer vigil on May 9th
  2. Donate to pro-life organizations
    1. Participate in Giving Tuesday campaigns every Tuesday this month
    2. PLU will run a special fundraiser that will launch on Friday. Stay tuned for a post.
    3. Take part in the Culture Project’s Days of Giving
    4. Support organizations devastated by the pandemic
  3. Pray for moms this month
    1. Be sure to thank your mom for choosing life.
  4. Support small businesses
    1. Uplift by Lily
    2. COL1972
    3. Abbey Roast
    4. Students for Life of America
  5. Pray for those affected by the pandemic
    1. Pope Francis has asked you include these prayers at the end of your rosary for an end to the pandemic
    2. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3PM for those who have died from the pandemic

May God keep you safe. Remember to be bold. Stand Up for Life. Maintain social connections while physically distancing yourself. Fight the good fight of faith.

 

March for Life #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow!
SEND YOUR #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW GIFT
#GivingTuesdayNow is the response of generous people around the world to the financial strains placed on non-profits due to COVID-19.

#GivingTuesdayNow invites you to donate TODAY to your favorite non-profits. Take this opportunity to join the March for Life as we march to make abortion unthinkable.

Give your gift of $20 to defend the unborn during COVID-19.
Your gift today will build a culture of life by:
Uniting the entire pro-life movement at 2021 March for Life.
Educating over +400k people on March for Life’s social media channels.
Building state marches for life across the country, including Connecticut, California, and Pennsylvania.
Send your $20 gift to the March for Life today.

For many, the March for Life is a place for hope and healing: “The March for Life has become an integral part of not only my own healing from my choice to abort 42 years ago but also of my redemption story and that of my precious son. It gives me hope and encouragement as we give these lost lives honor and recognition and become a voice to help women understand what abortion really does to both mother and baby.” – Lynne

If attending the March for Life has impacted your life too, consider supporting our work through a gift today. Together, we can continue to change the hearts and minds of people around the world.
For life,

Jeanne Mancini
President, March for Life

Click here to make a donation

Mother’s Day Rally at PWC

The following is from an email sent out by Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.

Please pray and witness for moms and their children at a Mother’s Day Prayer Vigil on Saturday, May 9th from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Philadelphia Women’s Center, 777 Appletree Street (8th and Arch) followed by 10 a.m.

Mass at Holy Redeemer Church, 915 Vine Street, Philadelphia, 19107.

Mother’s Day Prayer Vigil
Saturday, May 9th
Philadelphia Women’s Center
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Mass for Mothers and their Children
Holy Redeemer Church
10 a.m.
ALL PHYSICAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES are REQUIRED
You MUST MUST stay 6’ away from one another.
Outside wearing a mask is optional and stay 6’ away from nearest person.
UPDATE: THERE WILL BE NO MASS FOLLOWING THE VIGIL

Good Shepherds, Rise Up! Speak Out Against Abortion

A recent post on our blog shared a study that is appalling. It shared the percentage of sermons and homilies that focus on the issue of abortion.

Is it any coincidence that this study is shared on readings that speak volumes on Good Shepherd Sunday? The last line of John’s Gospel in today’s gospel for this Sunday says it all: “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Our culture needs more members of the clergy to be vocal in the defense of human life.

To members of the clergy, the time to appease your flock is over. It is time to be bold. It is time to overcome the fear of living out your call to spread the gospel with truth, love, and mercy.

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has excellent sources on how to do so. Here is a collection of homilies Purchase his book, Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary, here.

 

 

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.

Pro-Life Seminar from Harrisburg

Tomorrow (Thursday, April 30) at 12:00 Noon join our conversation with two pro-life champions in elected office, State Representative Kathy Rapp and State Senator Scott Martin.  We hope you can make this webinar, whether online or by phone. Please sign-up online to RSVP using the following link and we’ll send you the log-in information:  click here
“PA PRO-LIFE CHAMPIONS IN ELECTED OFFICE” AGENDA:
Legislation: Discussing the latest legislative concerns regarding COVID-19 as they relate to abortion in Pennsylvania, including the telemedicine bill (Senate Bill 857).
COVID-19 Regulations: Response to the Wolf administration allowing Planned Parenthood to continue elective abortions and the letters sent by House Pro-Life Caucus and Senate Republican Caucus to Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine.
State Budget: Governor Tom Wolf has proposed a state budget that includes $3 million for Planned Parenthood to “make up for” their decision to forgo funding by the Trump Administration under the Title X Protect Life Rule which now bans funding to those who perform or refer for abortions.
Q&A 

Featuring:
State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren): Co-Chair, House Pro-Life Caucus | Chair, House Health Committee
Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster): Prime sponsor of the Down Syndrome Protection Act, Member – Senate Health & Human Services Committee, Senate Appropriations Committee

Culture Project Daysofgiving

The following is a message from Cristina Barba, President, and Foundress of the Culture Project

This spring, the world has found itself at a unique and challenging moment. In this time of stay at home orders and school closures, the mission of The Culture Project has been challenged to find new ways to reach young people with the message of integrity, chastity, and the value of human life. Your ongoing support has enabled us to have the technology, staff, creativity, and flexibility to adapt, using new live digital programming and innovative video strategies.

If there’s ever a time to give to The Culture Project, this is it.

We know now, more than ever, that nothing is guaranteed. Even should we be able to resume life as “usual,” curveballs can arise at any time. The Culture Project is dedicated to always finding a way, but your help is critical for making sure we are equipped to do so.

On May 12th and 13th we will be hosting our second annual Days of Giving: a unique opportunity for you to support The Culture Project and have your gift make double the impact. A generous donor has committed to match donations received during the Days of Giving up to $25,000! 

A gift from you will help us close the mission year strong and to keep dreaming and planning big for the next year. Finding our status quo challenged in every aspect of the mission – from outreach to training to missionary support – we remain certain that the message of life, love, and virtue can and will renew the culture, and we will do everything we can to spread that message.

Days of Giving will be crucial for The Culture Project’s ability to grow and to continue its critical mission: proclaiming the dignity of the human person and the richness of living sexual integrity.

Visit here to give to the organization on May 12th and 13th.

Virtual Pro-Life Events

Here is a list of upcoming pro-life events taking place in the next few days.

 

Tonight, 8:00 – 10:00 pm: Students for Life, National Pro-Life Summit Follow-Up Webcast- register using this link: https://www.studentsforlife.org/summit-webcast/

Thursday, April 30th, 8:00 pm: Sisters of Life Virtual Gala – register using this link: https://sistersoflife.org/virtualgala
Friday, May 1st, Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd – One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies – we are asked to pray one additional rosary each of these days for the following intention: for an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn human persons. Register using this link: http://www.saintmichaelthearchangelorganization.org/index.cfm

Abortion Clinics Remain Open During COVID-19, While I Was Arrested for Praying Outside of One

The following is a blogpost on Alliance Defending Freedom from David Benham who is sharing about his arrest outside of an abortion facility in North Carolina.

I still remember the night.

I was 15 years old when Norma McCorvey came walking through our front door with her then-partner, Connie Gonzales. The fact that we were hosting guests for dinner wasn’t unique. We were preacher’s kids, so our door was basically always revolving.

But this night was different. On this night, God was doing something amazing—something only He could do.

Legacy of Life

The woman that my family affectionately knew as “Ms. Norma” is more widely known by her pseudonym, “Jane Roe.” Norma McCorvey was the “Roe” of the infamous U.S. Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. Through the faithful witness of my dad, Norma met Jesus. Several weeks later Norma was baptized, and Jason and I helped move her stuff out of Connie’s house.

Norma wasn’t the exception. We regularly witnessed the Gospel pervade the darkness of those affected by abortion. My dad committed himself to standing for the unborn as a full-time ministry, and this commitment was a family affair.

Our dad’s vigor for life was contagious. From a young age, he instilled in us that defending the defenseless wasn’t just a duty, it was an honor. He told us that if our theology wasn’t our biography, then our theology was worthless—because Jesus cared for the “least of these,” so must we.

Leverage for Life

After retiring from professional baseball, Jason and I moved to Charlotte and immediately noticed two things:

  1. There were three thriving abortion clinics.
  2. There was a desperate need for a network of life-affirming organizations.

As our business continued to grow, the Lord made it clear He wanted us to leverage our influence and resources to mobilize Christians to stand up for life. We didn’t know exactly what this would look like, but we knew that we had been called for such a time as this.

In 2010, we joined hands with business owners and local churches and started a non-profit called Cities4Life. We were driven by the vision that true compassion always leads to action. We didn’t want to just stand against abortion, we wanted to embody the life-giving actions of the Good Samaritan.

Practically, this looks like reaching down into a place of pain, tending to any wounds, taking them to an inn, and providing intentional follow up. Vulnerable women visiting abortion clinics need the warmth and love of Jesus regardless of whether they are walking in or out of that place.

Since 2010, we’ve had the privilege of serving over 5,000 women. But in ten years, we never encountered anything like we experienced earlier this month.

Locked up for Life

On Saturday, April 4, 2020, I was standing on a public sidewalk outside an abortion clinic here in Charlotte when I was unlawfully arrested.

Earlier that morning, I had received a call saying that the police were threatening to arrest our sidewalk counselors from Cities4Life. The police claimed that we were in violation of the “shelter-in-place” ordinance put in place in response to COVID-19.

I knew immediately that the authorities had no grounds for an arrest. Because we’re a federally recognized 501(c)3 that provides life-affirming social services to women in crisis, our services are classified “essential” under the ordinance. So we had a legal and constitutional right to be there. And on top of that, as an “essential” service, we could have been there with more than ten people. Out of concern for our sidewalk counselors and our community, however, we stayed under ten in number, maintaining social distancing the entire time.

I respectfully explained all of this to the officer, but to no avail.

As they cuffed me, I couldn’t help but recall the countless hours that I watched my dad standing on similar sidewalks, proclaiming life in the midst of death. It was a surreal experience, to say the least. Only two hours earlier, I had been sitting on my couch, Bible and coffee in hand, getting ready for a day with the family. Now those same hands were pressed behind my back going numb from the tight grasp of the cuffs.

I am grieved that our local government is employing the coronavirus as an illegitimate excuse to silence the voices of pro-life people. This is nothing less than viewpoint discrimination. Abortion clinics are flooded with people receiving so-called “essential” services, while peaceful counselors are arrested for offering truly essential services.

That’s why, with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, we filed a lawsuit against the City of Charlotte. If abortion clinics can stay open during the pandemic, Christians should be allowed to pray outside—particularly those abiding by health and safety guidelines.

Today, we continue to partner with numerous ministries and local churches to help bring mothers to a place of hope and healing. Opposition will not dissuade us in this fight. In fact, we are invigorated all the more to be a voice for the voiceless. We pray you’ll join us!