WILL THE GOD-FEARING CATHOLIC CLERGY PLEASE STAND UP? SPEAK UP

When was the last time you heard a homily that centered on why abortion, gay marriage, birth control, death penalty, unjust wars, etc are wrong?

Surprisingly, many Catholics haven’t heard it every time they attend Mass on every given Sunday. Even if the priest or bishop does, they fear facing potential backlash from someone who could walk out from a message they disagree with. Today, churches are under attack, interrupted by those who are obsessed with a series called “A Handmaid Tale”. I thought adopting an Orwellian Utopia was bad enough from 1984.

20% of Catholics attend Mass while the other 80% find lame excuses to not live out their Catholic faith. The core reason is that they refuse to acknowledge the science and humanity of the unborn child, yet they would take part in the public outcry over a police shooting without a hint of researching the facts.

Thanks to poor catechism and even understanding of church teachings two out of three Catholics got the United States into the mess we endured for nearly half a century. On top of it, the priests are frightened to share the message of truth. It needs to be done now more than ever.

The fact that four Catholics on the Supreme Court overruled Roe v Wade and Casey v Planned Parenthood that now is the time to change our culture, heal our land, and most importantly begin the real work that we’ve been training for since 1973.

A faithful Catholic can’t say that they are Catholic but… That means you are not a true Catholic. Being a faithful Catholic or Christian means you are all in to defend those who need a voice and help them in their hour of great need.

The Catholic Clergy needs to step up their game and start proclaiming the truth with charity and mercy.

Fathers, Bishops, and Cardinals, rise up! Rise up and stop fearing rejection. Jesus persevered with great faith despite being rejected by many. You can too.

ALERT: PLANNED MOTHER’S DAY PROTESTS AT ALL CATHOLIC CHURCHES ACROSS THE NATION

The following is from CatholicVote.org.

A radical abortion group calling itself “Ruth Sent Us” announced this week that it is mobilizing activists to enter Catholic churches during Mass this coming Sunday in response to reports that the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

“Whether you’re a ‘Catholic for Choice’, ex-Catholic, of other or no faith, recognize that six extremist Catholics set out to overturn Roe,” the group stated on Twitter. “Stand at or in a local Catholic Church Sun May 8.”

Ruth Sent Us included a video with the post, which showed activists dressed in Handmaid’s Tale costumes in a sacred building, disrupting worshippers with shouts of “Abortion on demand and without apology!” 

The same radical group earlier this week published the locations of pro-life Supreme Court justices’ private homes, calling on activists to show up at their houses. “We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics,” the group stated.

A Ruth Sent Us TikTok account uploaded a video of activists marching toward the doors of a Catholic Church. “Sometime a*****es need a beating,” the post stated.

Ruth Sent Us tweeted out another video of protesters interrupting Mass in another sacred building. The activists marched in and stood between the holy altar and the parishioners. “For 2,000 years the Catholic Church has been an institution for the enslavement of women,” shouted one.

“This is what Mother’s Day should look like,” tweeted Ruth Sent Us. “Catholic and Evangelical Churches nationwide.”

CatholicVote Communications Director Joshua Mercer says Catholics throughout the country should be wary and prepared when they attend Mass, especially this coming Sunday.

“In the past, we might have blown off the words of these activists as empty threats. But given the recent rash of very real attacks on Catholic statues and churches, it makes sense to be cautious,” Mercer said.

He added that Ruth Sent Us and other activists are quite explicit about their anti-Catholicism. “If they wanted, they could have just focused on the issue of abortion. But instead, they chose to highlight the Catholic faith of some of the pro-life justices,” he said, noting that the radical abortion group called the justices “extremist Catholics.”

CatholicVote has called on Catholics to pray for the justices whose addresses were published. “We’re talking about human beings, with children,” Mercer said. “And this Sunday, keep your eyes open. These are ruthless people, and they’re looking for a confrontation.”

GOOD FRIDAY CROSSWALK/PRAYER VIGIL/LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN CENTER CITY

Philly Youth Philly are gearing up for another Holy Week. Last year, they were in awe of the fact that the annual tradition was back in person after going virtual.

Mission Youth Philly is a group of high school, college students, and young adults that proclaim the gospel to all of the marginalized in the community. Reaching out to those on the margins at the most vulnerable stage is no different than the homeless, the drug addict, or even someone who needs to return to the faith with a contrite heart.

The event will begin with a 9AM prayer service outside of Planned Parenthood (1144 Locust Street). After the one hour of prayer in front of the devil’s layer, the youth will go around the city, carrying crosses made of real wood, sharing the message while offering to pray for those in need. Each intention the youth collect will be nailed to the cross and offered during the Good Friday service at the cathedral.

In the afternoon, the students will act out the Stations of the Cross with a procession from St. Patrick’s in Rittenhouse Square to the south lawn of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral.

There is still time to register if you’re a high school or college student for this amazing and faith filled event. You have options for one day, five day, or even the entire Holy Week depending on your availability.

It will change your life.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE PREVIEW: PLANNED PARENTHOOD CENTER CITY

You could be one of the faithful warriors standing outside of Planned Parenthood either praying, sidewalk advocating, or just being present.

As pro-lifers gear up for another 40 Days for Life campaign, Voices4Life takes this time to preview what to expect as we prepare for the Lenten Campaign outside of Planned Parenthood in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love, filled with darkness and hatred from those who claim that “#lovewins, #noplaceforhate, and my favorite #blacklivesmatter when a majority of the abortions are perpetrated on black unborn lives. Love will win when we offer compassion, love, and mercy to women in their hour of great need. Pro-lifers in the greater Philadelphia area are encouraged to make a Lenten sacrifice by giving the pro-life movement an hour or more of their time to save lives. The Lenten campaign runs from Wednesday, March 2nd, and ends on April 9th.

The 40 Days for Life Campaign will be present outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City Philadelphia for the 16th time.

During the previous campaigns, there has been much growth, many saves, and even many encounters. The main reason is because of faithful warriors stepping into the breach, whether old, young, retired, young professional, or even a student in the pursuit of knowledge gave an hour or more to help turn the tide of the abortion battle on the streets with prayer, fasting, and alms.

You too can make a difference. You are encouraged to take an hour or so during this Lenten campaign. Bring a friend or two with you.

Visit 40daysforlife.com/philadelphia to pick your hours now.

The hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays from 8AM to 5PM

PHILLY PRO-LIFERS HONOR JOHN STANTON’S LEGACY; 8 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH

If John Stanton were alive today, he would love to have stepped out in the bitter, winter cold, all bundled up, ready to save babies and prick the conscience of the workers and volunteers alike. He did it through every element. Whether he was alone or with a group, he carried a smile and a humble demeanor to every person that he would encounter.

His presence was felt this morning with 75 people stronger from all walks of life. The rally began with a rosary led by Martin Stanton.

Kim Savage of Generation Life shared about how on September 11th, she was scared about going to work when the world stood still when the events were unfolding in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. She pointed to the fact that Planned Parenthood was offering abortions to the widows of the fallen first responders. Mr. Stanton told her, “We have work to do”. Indeed, she did go to work.

Pastor Bill Devlin shared how John Stanton prayed for his son Luke who had cancer at 18 months. His fervent prayer cured him, yet he continued to pray for him for the rest of his life.

Marlene Downing took the time to promote Susan B Anthony List. Correlating how she kept fighting this one girl in her neighborhood growing up Marlene shared how we are in a constant spiritual battle. God told her that “I’ll teach you to pray first”.

After the prayer vigil, everyone gathered for Mass that was celebrated by John Stanton’s longtime friend Father Rayford Emmons. Fr. Emmons shared about his many encounters with John Stanton, especially how he met him through an encounter when talking with a woman who had two suicide attempts, which propelled John to launch the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.

Pat shared about how his father and several faithful prayed outside of Gosnell’s House of Horrors for many years. Additionally, he would fervently pray outside of two abortion facilities in Center City. He recalled the saves they had during his time out there through a letter Pat read after Mass.

Many of us have a story about John Stanton. Soon, each one will be told. He will also remain a powerful intercessor in heaven for all of your needs.

See our gallery of photos from today’s event.

COMING TO A HIGHWAY NEAR YOU: GENERATION LIFE BILLBOARD

Generation Life is hitting the highway; literally.

They will have their message on display the next time you are on the road whether shopping, visiting, road trip, or just cruising until you run out of gas.

This will help touch many hearts and minds.

Where You Can See Their Billboard?

Have you seen this sign on your commute? You can find them at the following: 
1-95 exit for Route 420
1-95 exit for Pattison Avenue
Route 1, Old Lincoln Highway
Walt Whitman Bridge exit 5
Route 130 exit for Airport Circle
I-276 exit 339 for Virginia Drive
Route 30 Bypass East of Route 82/Manor Road
Route 202 South at West Chester
Schuylkill Expressway (76) at West Conshohocken 

After Two Year Hiatus, March for Life Glad to Be “Back In-Person”

For hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers, they have longed to return to Washington, DC to be back in person as we slowly come out of the Draconian lockdowns and live in fear of an Orwellian reality.

Despite the efforts last year to proceed as planned, the event was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic and the plotted

That day become a reality as Jeanne Mancini, the President of the March for Life foundation, said in her opening remarks when she said, “It is good to be back in person”.

The three-quarters of a million gathered in the District of Columbia still stayed the course despite Mayor Martha Browser’s mandate for proof of vaccination for many dining and entertainment venues.

Mancini took the time to thank the lawmakers in Congress who have protected the most vulnerable on the federal level, especially longtime representative Chris Smith of New Jersey. Smith used his time to encourage those gathered to, “never give up.”

The main headliner for the March for Life was Fr. Mike Schmitz of Duluth, MN. Fr. Schmitz has a weekly Youtube video series on Ascension presents, and this time last year the No. 1 podcast titled, “Bible in a Year”. Correlating his message to a personal story involving his maternal grandmother, Fr. Mike shared how his grandmother Helen made a hard decision to walk away from a career as a nurse when her hospital participated in the evil of abortion. In his original message to his 8th-grade classmates, it was resonated again to the crowd that “every life matters.”

After hearing from dynamic speakers, the faithful who have gathered marched for a mile and a quarter from the National Mall to the Supreme Court. Along the way, the faithful would sing songs, pray the rosary or Divine Mercy chaplet, sing along to beloved hymns from TFP on the bagpipe and drums, overcome some occasional taunts from a small pro-abort counter-demonstration.

The peaceful, loving, and humble presence of the marchers continues to give people a glimpse of hope. It is the channel needed to bring equality to all unborn children in the womb because every life matters.

To view photos from the March, see our gallery here.

BISHOPS CALL FAITHFUL TO FAST, PRAY AND DO PENANCE ON ROE V WADE ANNIVERSARY

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.

Fasting

  1. Skip a meal
  2. Avoid eating snacks unless you have a medical condition
  3. Drink water
  4. Give up alcohol
  5. Spend less time on social media
  6. Skip retail therapy

Pray

  1. Offer a rosary for an end to abortion
  2. Pray the Flame of Love rosary in front of abortion facility. Tip: Dive deeper into this devotion by praying all twenty mysteries
  3. Attend a Holy Hour or coordinate one at your parish
  4. Run a prayer service or attend a rally in your community

Do an act of penance

  1. Give food or clothes to the homeless
  2. Donate maternity items to a pregnancy center in your community
  3. Visit someone who has been homebound due to physical ailment or mental illness
  4. 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.

POPE FRANCIS: HAVE CHILDREN TO END DEMOGRAPHIC WINTER; NOT CATS AND DOGS

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. 

Fall 2021 40 Days for Life Preview: Planned Parenthood

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.