Since the Roe v Wade decision has scourged society, the Catholic clergy has asked the faithful to fast from a meal and materialistic things, pray, and most importantly to do some sort of penance.
Here’s a list of things you can do for each of the three categories.
Skip a meal
Avoid eating snacks unless you have a medical condition
Give up alcohol
Spend less time on social media
Skip retail therapy
Offer a rosary for an end to abortion
Pray the Flame of Love rosary in front of abortion facility. Tip: Dive deeper into this devotion by praying all twenty mysteries
Attend a Holy Hour or coordinate one at your parish
Run a prayer service or attend a rally in your community
Do an act of penance
Give food or clothes to the homeless
Donate maternity items to a pregnancy center in your community
Visit someone who has been homebound due to physical ailment or mental illness
Offer your next communion (in a state of grace) for the conversion of those who work in the abortion industry
The fight against abortion is not just a long human struggle. It has also been a spiritual battle that we must engage in. Continue to receive the sacraments, attend Mass (in-person of course), make a good confession, and show mercy towards others.
During his general Wednesday audience on January 5th, his holiness, Pope Francis issued a statement about a “demographic winter” that is plaguing Italy and most of the world.
Having a child is always a risk, either naturally or by adoption. But it is riskier not to have them. It is riskier to deny fatherhood, or to deny motherhood, be it real or spiritual, to deny it. A man or woman who do not develop the sense of fatherhood or motherhood, they are lacking something, something fundamental, something important.”
The pope went a step further when he criticized those who rather have pets over children
“Many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or they have just one. But they have two dogs, and cats. Yes, dogs and cats take the place of children. It’s funny, I understand, but it is the reality. This denial of motherhood or fatherhood diminishes us. It takes away our humanity. And in this way, civilization becomes aged and without humanity, because it loses the richness of fatherhood and motherhood.”
Overall, the sacrament of matrimony opens the door to bear fruit and multiply.
Prayer to St. Joseph
Saint Joseph, you who loved Jesus with fatherly love, be close to the many children who have no family and who wish for a father and a mother. Support the couples who are unable to have children, Help them to discover, through this suffering, a greater plan. Make sure that no one lacks a home, a bond, a person to take care of him or her; and heal the selfishness of those who close themselves off from life, that they may open their hearts to love. Amen.
Nearly 4500 lives end on an annual basis in Center City Philadelphia. Thankfully, we have seen moms change their minds and even chose life.
Across the street is a life-saving facility that has seen an uptick in clientele. Some of it has to do with the peaceful presence every day outside of Planned Parenthood.
The campaign, running from September 22nd through October 30th, is looking for brave pro-lifers to cover an hour or two with love, prayer, and mercy. The facility is open Monday through Saturday from 7 AM to 5PM. Abortions are committed from Wednesday through Saturday. Philadelphia Community Women’s Center, under the operation of Legacy of Life, is across the street and will be open every day as well to meet the needs of any mom who changes her mind about abortion.
Sign up for campaign hours here. Bring a friend, group, or even someone who needs to do more in the pro-life movement.
If interested in the campaign at 777 Appletree, visit here.
The following is from an e-mail blast sent by Dr. Monique Ruberu.
Last Saturday Irene who is new to sidewalk counseling (only her 2nd time praying there) came and joined Jim at 12th and Locust. A college-age guy and girl were stunned at the sign. They complained about the facts written about Margaret Sanger.
Four male friends showed up. Two held back so I asked what they knew about Margaret Sanger. Never heard of her.
Irene alertly noticed one of the other guys nodding at her points as she explained how bad abortion was so she asked him to speak.
He simply said “I’m adopted. I would have been aborted.”
The six then headed off to some event with no further debate.
You don’t have to speak… all we ask is that you lovingly, prayerfully stand witness and offer resources if possible…
I promise that if you stand in prayer the Holy Spirit will give you the words needed when the time comes to speak.
Please help us have an unbroken chain of prayer!!! Please help us fill these empty slots.
The following is from Michael McGonagleurging pro-lifers to rally to save the Hyde Amendment.
The most important and urgent challenge for the pro-life movement at the national, state, and local levels is to save the Hyde Amendment. Thus, I appeal for your participation in efforts to save the Hyde Amendment by sending correspondence to Pa.’s U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. and participating in a Rally in Northeast Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle’s office at 8572 Bustleton Avenue, which is in a shopping center at Placid Street that has ample parking.
The Importance of the Hyde Amendment
Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment greatly restricts federal funding of Medicaid abortions, then numbering about 300,000 per year. Studies (conducted by pro-abortion organizations) have indicated that at least 1/3 of Medicaid-funded abortions do not occur if this funding is removed.
Our experience in Pa. with Medicaid-funded abortions is similar. Before our state restrictions took effect in 1985, the Pa. Medicaid program was funding about 13,000 abortions per year. After these restrictions took effect, the Pa. government-funded less than 100 per year, and abortions in Pa. declined by 5,000 per year.
Thus, the Hyde Amendment has saved millions of children and mothers from abortion.
The Status of the Hyde Amendment
On July 22, 2021, at the urging of the Biden Administration, the U.S. House passed a 2022 Health and Human Services Budget Bill (due to take effect on October 1, 2022) without the Hyde Amendment. As I will soon explain, this vote is not likely to be the final action by the U.S. House on this issue.
Hope in the U.S. Senate
The good news is that the U.S. Senate is not likely to pass a Budget without the Hyde Amendment because of the position of the 50 Republican Senators and West Virginia Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. We need to urge Sen. Casey (who says he supports the Hyde Amendment) not to support a 2022 Budget without the Hyde Amendment. Sen. Casey’s contact information is 215-405-9660; 2000 Market Street – Suite 610, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3209; www.casey.senate.gov/contact.
In recent years, Congress has funded the federal government by passing Continuing Resolutions (CRs) and not by Budget Bills because of the extensive disagreements over the 13 Budget Bills that fund the federal government. This reality can help to save the Hyde Amendment.
If the U.S. Senate passes a CR for the 2022 Fiscal Year, any funding restrictions are usually maintained as in the prior CR. This practice would mean that the Hyde Amendment would remain in the 2022 CR.
Thus, we also need to urge Sen. Casey not to support any 2022 CR without the Hyde Amendment.
Pa.’s U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has already committed not to support any 2022 Budget or CR without the Hyde Amendment.
The U.S. House is Very Likely to Vote Again on this Issue
If the U.S. Senate passes the 2022 Budget or CR with the Hyde Amendment, the U.S. House will need to concur in such a Budget or CR. Pro-abortion forces will be urging a no vote on such a 2022 Budget or CR. Thus, our efforts to save the Hyde Amendment can help to persuade the Democrat U.S. House Majority not to defund the federal government because the Hyde Amendment is maintained.
Save Hyde Rally at U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle’s Office on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, from 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon at 8572 Bustleton Avenue (at Placid Street) in Northeast Philadelphia
All nine Pa. Democrat U.S. House Members have opposed the Hyde Amendment (and all nine Pa. Republican U.S. House Members have supported the Hyde Amendment). Nevertheless, we are focusing our Save Hyde public square efforts on Northeast Philadelphia’s Democrat U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle.
Boyle served as the President of Democrats for Life at Notre Dame University (Class of 1999), a Youth Group Leader at St. Anselm Parish, and was elected in 2008 to the Pa. House with a strongly pro-life position. However, he switched to the pro-abortion side to, in his view, ensure his victory in a Democrat Primary for the U.S. House. Since this switch, he has declined to meet with pro-life constituents.
So, it is reasonably possible that this Rally, with extensive contact from the laity and clergy in his District, can persuade Rep. Boyle to support the Hyde Amendment. In addition, this Rally has national significance because it can generate much-needed debate and attention on the fate of the Hyde Amendment, which is not likely to be finally determined until mid-late September 2021.
Thank you for reading this correspondence. Please send the requested correspondence and I look forward to seeing you on August 11, 2021!
The following is from an email blast sent by Dr. Monique Ruberu. Please visit 40daysforlife.com to sign up for hours now and encourage family and friends to join you.
Im in Houston today at the 2021 40 days for Life Leaders Symposium. Yesterday we were praying and rallying outside of the largest abortion center in the Western Hemisphere… where as of 2016 the reported number of deaths were 8000 a year. This fact struck me for a few reasons… number one… the abortion industry has not reported their numbers SINCE 2016… and number 2 in downtown Philadelphia the two abortion centers we pray at and offer help and hope end more lives combined every year. 777 that is only open 5 days a week ends the lives of 6000 babies a year. My friends… if this pit of hell in Houston is the largest in the western hemisphere.. we sadly pray outside one of the Largest centers as well.
Last night We were blessed to hear from Abby Johnson… if any of you haven’t seen “Unplanned” let me know – I have a dvd I would be happy to lend you so you can show at your church or group to help people understand the importance of this mission.
Abby as usual made some amazing points.
#1 – People may say – I want these abortion Doctors or politicians to be Blessed – yes it sounds very Christian, but she pointed out that to “Be blessed” means that your plans are approved by God and that they go UNINTERRUPTED. She said that Her desire was NOT for them to be blessed, but for them to be INTERRUPTED in every one of their plans. SHe wants them to be frustrated, to feel lost, to finally understand that the sin they are standing in can never bring them happiness, peace, joy. Friends we are the INTERRUPTERS. When we show up and lovingly reach out to the abortionist, the workers, the escorts… the Moms the Dads… we are INTERRUPTING Satan’s plan. We Are bringing the most powerful tool with us – PRAYER AND FASTING. We are asking for the intercession of GOD. We are invoking the HOLY SPIRIT. This is the most powerful thing we can do… and we can’t do it unless we SHOW UP.
#2 – Our work is LIFE CHANGING. Abby pointed out that three of the people who prayed her out of the abortion center were sitting with us at the Gala… their prayer their fasting, brought about a change in her heart. There was another former abortion worker there who is now starting a campaign at her old place of work- PRAISE GOD!!! The woman who prayed her best friend (another abortion worker) out was sitting next to her at the table, when her best friend left she followed soon after… The moments we spend outside of these places are never wasted… every moment, every sacrifice goes toward the greater cause of saving lives, changing lives, you NEVER know what your small sacrifice of 2 hours a week will do for another person.
#3 – Abby said that over 600 workers have left – there aren’t that many more abortion centers in the United States… She said that we likely don’t even know it but people from our clinics have likely left… and are healing with abortionworker.com. PRAISE GOD!!!
#4 Abby shared a story of a recent conversation she had… A worker called her crying and said that she had to leave… when Abby asked her why she said, “That woman outside…” Abby asked, “What did she say to you?” the worker said, ” No she didn’t say anything…” Confused, Abby said, “What do you mean?” The worker went on to say… “It was pouring rain outside… this woman was there all by herself… nobody was with her… and in the middle of this horrible storm she knelt down and continued praying..” The worker went on to say, “I was so convicted… this woman loved the babies and me so much… that she would kneel on the hard concrete in the middle of a torrential storm… to pray for us… I just can’t do this anymore… I have to leave” PRAISE GOD
Friends… we were CREATED for this time. To stand up for God, to be His soldiers in this time of persecution… We know what our enemy is… not the abortionist, not the people persecuting us, not the workers… but Satan… We have our marching orders… deep inside your gut you KNOW what HE wants you to do…
So I will ask you… Are you WITH US? Will you Sacrifice for OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR? Will you be on the WINNING TEAM so that one day we can all celebrate in the GLORY OF HEAVEN? Are you willing to Humble yourself? Are you Willing to Sacrifice? Are you willing to Worship God in one of the most difficult and rewarding ways possible? Are you willing to face Him at the end of your life without the security of knowing that you did EVERYTHING in your power to end the greatest sin of all time? When you face Him and he Asks you… will you be able to look Him in the face and know you did your part?
Friends we need you… We are not just there for 40 days of life 2 X a year… we are out there every day. Because abortions happen every day except Sunday. PLEASE. respond to this email, let us know that you are willing to commit.
Give us 2 hours a week , or 2 hours every other week and Help us to end abortion in out Philadelphia.
It is hard to believe that it is a joyous occasion marked with uncertainty let alone hope for the future.
For the pro-life movement in the Greater Philadelphia area, we are proud of our future young leaders who have done so much despite a hectic college schedule to advance the culture of life.
Case in point, the students at Temple University. These young people have done everything from praying outside of abortion facility, tabled next to Planned Parenthood during a college fair to stir some debate, and even helping out at HOPE Pregnancy Center.
We are proud of these young men and women and wish them all of the best in their future endeavors.
After a few weeks of being sidelined from an injury, I was taken off of a sling and got the hint that it was time to get back to some normal routine. It felt good to be back.
As I arrived to the front entrance of the largest non-Planned Parenthood in the Keystone State, where 6500 babies, a majority of them are African American are murdered annually, I noticed something along the window cill where Heather places her filthy signs, filled with hypocrisy.
As I got a closer look, it turned out that they were peg dolls of different saints and titles of Mary. They appear to be holding a sigN like they were protesting. This time around, the notes, written by Heather, has a different jeering message geared towards a pro-lifer or reversing everything we say to the women entering the facility. Heather, a fallen away Catholic, prompted me to say something that goes to everyone who claim to be Catholic.
YOU CANNOT SAY THAT YOU’RE CATHOLIC AND TAKE PART DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY WITH ABORTION.
This is the example of woke culture. Heather is the epitome of it. She wants to play her own God, follow her own rules, and think that she is an expert in church teachings. She even follows the crowd that want to write their own catechism. Newsflash: you cannot change teachings that have proven to be true for three millenniums.
Add Heather Loesch daily to your prayers for conversion of heart.
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!
After a one-year hiatus, Center City Philadelphia was fully alive with the sight of smiles and friendliness of high school, seminarians, and even college students from Philly’s Youth Mission Chapter. Due to the pandemic last year, the Holy Week outreach went virtual. While it was good to improvise, many felt that there was a component missing. That would soon be found through an eventful Good Friday.
About 150 youth took the city by storm during Holy Week. For Good Friday, the day in Center City Philadelphia began with a one-hour prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood. Even the police officers were thrilled to see the youth take time out of their Easter break to bring the faith and light of Christ to those on the margins.
After a one-hour vigil, which included testimonies, rosary, and Divine Mercy Chaplet, the youth broke off around the city to collect intentions for the 3PM Service at the Basilica. Some of the passerbyers took time to admire the youth’s courage and tenacity to show kindness to others.
The pivotal part of the day for the large group was the Living Stations that took place from St. Patrick’s Church in Rittenhouse Square through town to the Basilica. As I was walking in the procession, I took time to survey how everyone stopped and watched everything unfold before them as they were reminded of what Good Friday let alone Easter was all about. Despite some occasional head shaking and maybe some uncharitable taunts, the people continue onward. The most moving part was the parkway was used to signify the lord’s journey to Calvary as I was taking in the background of City Hall and the large crowd following Jesus.
These young people bring hope to a city that is in need of it. Philadelphia has 12,000-13,000 abortions annually. That is extremely more devastating than the 500 homicides that happen in our city. Even a high poverty rate was needed to be shown by many. The youth even came out of their comfort zones to fulfill works of mercy to all around them.
These young people remind us why life from womb to tomb is precious and is worthy of protection. Even Jesus, portrayed by Jack Terzian, remembered every child of his that was going to be victimized by such atrocious acts while also asking his father to forgive his perpetrator.
If you are in the Philly area and interested in getting involved with Mission Youth Philly, please visit their website here.