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.

Translating the Gospel of Life into the culture

The following is from Tom Stevens, CEO and President of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. 

The last time I led the monthly Bible Study that I do for the ladies at Guiding Star Ministries Home for Single Pregnant Moms and Children, I made a handout.  It included an artistic graphic I made with a scripture verse on it.   It happened to be Ash Wednesday … so I used a simple translation of Mark 1:15, “He said, “The right time is now here.  God’s kingdom is very near. Change your hearts and lives, and believe the Good News!”  To make it attractive to the ladies I put flowers, a heart, and a butterfly on the image.  

Why?  Why are we trying to translate the Gospel of Life into something that might be relevant and attractive to residents of a maternity home, or to customers at an abortion center, or anywhere we go?  Because the Good News of the Gospel of Life changes hearts and minds when and if received. Then it changes decisions, actions, and behaviors.  Heart, mind, and behavior change is required to bring an end to abortion, euthanasia, and every attack on the Sanctity of Life. It’s up to us to do our best to bring the Gospel of Life to the culture.

How can we best translate the Gospel of Life to reach the “unreachable”?  To reach an urban culture where sex is without boundaries or covenant and single moms having babies sometimes is worn as a badge of honor, or an avenue to welfare; to a suburban culture where self, convenience, self-help, and pleasure are gods … and all where abortion is seen as a simple and quite acceptable option?  This is THE question often on my mind.  As I stand in front of an abortion center or create a social media post, or sit in a meeting … HOW CAN WE REACH the confused, broken, hardened, untouchable, churchless, and traumatized who are having abortions?  HOW CAN WE BE IN their world/culture/sphere WAY BEFORE pregnancy, abortion clinic appointment, abortion?  Be part of the answer… join a Pro-Life Union team. Complete the volunteer form at https://prolifeunion.org/volunteer/.

PRO-LIFE NECK GAITERS FOR SALE

With physical distancing protocols in full swing, what is the most awesome way to share the pro-life message at your neck grocery visit than wearing a pro-life neck gaiter as you venture out to rn, shop, and even pray outside of abortion facilities.

They sell for $20 and is made possible by Uplift by Lilly through Etsy.

Here are some of the different designs offered by the site.

 

 

New Pro-Life Book To Be Released Soon

A pro-life themed book is set to be released at the end of April.

The story of fiction is set in a futuristic 2060s that tells the story of what happens when we surrender our personal freedoms to fit a dictatorial technocracy. This regime even picks and chooses who can and cannot have children (Sound familiar?).

The book is set to be released in the coming days, but you are encouraged to order them now on Amazon.

As of today, it is available on paperback and kindle.

 

Small Rally Cut Short By Visit from Law Enforcement; Planned Parenthood Unhinged and Is Still Open

Though a small rally was planned with at least six people it was cut short.

Despite Pat’s efforts, the police department has ordered the disbandment of the less than ten people gathered for stream stations of the cross and prayer.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood continues to murder innocent children while the nation is in the middle of a pandemic.

In the meantime, the Catholic clergy is mainly silent. I can only imagine what it was like for Jesus when many of his closest friends abandoned him while he was journeying to Calvary.

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Zoom Prayer Meeting on Good Friday

The following is from an email blast sent by Dr. Monique Ruberu

Pat and I are so proud of all of you!! You guys have continued to pray and that prayer support has allowed the few out on the front lines to be so effective…

40 days officially ended on the 4th so now we are into sidewalk servant time, but since we are unable to do our usual Good Friday closing and vigil outside of PP we thought we could possibly come together online with maybe a few people coming to us from the front lines at 12th and locust…

We can have a max of 10 people with physical distancing downtown, so if you want to go there please let me know so we can be ready for you with a mask and know where you will stand.
Pat will have a cross down there and hopes to do stations of the cross.

Please email Monique for the Zoom link at roobearoo@hotmail.com. 

Annual Stand Up for Life Dinner Set for November 22nd

 

The quarantine has put our lives on hold that we are at the point where we ask ourselves “Can we look forward to something?”

The answer is yes.

The annual Stand Up for Life Dinner will take place on Sunday, November 22nd. This year’s speaker is Matt Walsh (no relation to Fr. Chris Walsh of St. Raymond’s in Mt. Airy). Walsh is a writer for Daily Wire and an influential voice for conservatives. He hopes to use it as a platform to connect with his generation and beyond. More information will be available at a later date. 

Matt Walsh was even one of the speakers from the rally against bullying last year outside of Planned Parenthood after videos of Brian Sims harassing pro-lifers surfaced. Listen to his speech here

Knocking on Windows

This is taken from an email blast sent out by. Dr. Monique Ruberu

I was blessed to spend some time at 12th and locust this afternoon.
As I stood there praying I saw a Lyft car pull up… the girl was in the front seat. I saw her lean into the driver and saw him try to pacify her as she wept.
I approached the car and gently tapped on the window… she lowered the shutter and I introduced myself and told them that I wanted to help them…in the conversation, she shared with me that her name was N___, He was K___, she was 7 weeks pregnant and they appreciated the resources…

When she wasn’t willing to talk anymore I resumed prayer on the sidewalk. Eventually, she put on a mask and gloves and went into the abortion center. I reminded her that she could step off the table even at the last minute.
after she went in I returned to the car…
I had a great chat with the father of this child. We spoke about how his role as a father was to protect, to love. To honor…not to allow someone else to harm his child or his girlfriend.
I told him that if this child would be allowed to live… he or she could be his best friend in the future… he or she may be the one that is there when everyone else has left him… I asked him to please stand up for this child… his flesh and blood … because he is the only one that has the power to change her mind.
he agreed with everything, he even looked up the Levatino abortion procedure videos to share with her… he promised to keep me posted…

but I haven’t heard anything… so I leave this in God’s hands… I trust that Our amazing God can move hearts and change minds.
The beautiful thing about praying alone out there today was that there were no escorts… according to those who have been present daily this is the new COVID norm…

So as 40 days come to an end, there are some of you who are young and healthy… I would ask you to consider returning by yourself for an empty hour on the sidewalk. If you need a mask I will find one for you.  The killing continues, and we have the opportunity to one by one safely witness and pray.
if you are immunocompromised or older – please stay at home…

nobody should go without a mask.
the supporting prayer for those out there on the front lines is imperative. PLEASE continue to pray during your committed hours.
please let me know if you want to be added to the sidewalk servant mailing list for emails after the 40 days close.
God bless you,

please pray for N, K and baby!
dr Monique

Spiritual and Temporal Proposals for a Pro-Life Response from Philadelphia Catholics to Coronavirus Concerns

The following is from Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania.   

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An Opportunity to Repent and Renew

The Catholic Church in our area – and throughout America – has led the pro-life movement’s response to the vast Culture of Death, particularly the killing of children before birth by abortion. She has equipped and exhorted many of Her Members to save millions of lives, mitigate God’s Judgment for this unspeakable crime, and provide realistic hope of ending this deadly injustice. The current coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns offer challenges to overcome and opportunities to assist the Church efforts to build a Culture of Life.

I propose that our spiritual and temporal responses include the following actions.

  • Re-open the Churches for voluntary attendance with social distancing
  • Call for repentance, healing not normalcy, nurturing, and renewed pro-life activities
  • Urge our civil leaders to act consistently with their own directives and close the surgical abortion facilities

The efforts of most Catholics involved in the pro-life movement receive tremendous benefits from regular Mass attendance and receipt of the Eucharist. However, because of COVID-19 concerns – and despite the ease of social distancing at almost all daily and Sunday Masses – Churches are closed, even though civil authorities allow for “life sustaining” services to remain open. The Mass and the Eucharist remain an essential life-sustaining service. The COVID-19 crisis offers an opportunity for Catholic clergy to proclaim their faith in the power of the Mass and Eucharist – and for the laity to make prudential judgments about attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist.

Our spiritual responses to COVID-19 concerns also need to include a call to repentance for the continuing vast practice of killing children before  birth in our nation and Archdiocese, which is, respectively, about one million and 30,000. Our nation is witnessing heroic actions by our relatively few medical providers in an effort to save those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Yet, our nation continues to overlook – and even applaud – the intentional killing, in far greater numbers, by other medical personnel of the most vulnerable among us – those children conceived but not yet born. Perhaps God is allowing our COVID-19 concerns and hardships to awaken us from this inconsistency and apathy – and make some reparation for our Culture of Death.

For certain, Scripture teaches us that God allowed the destruction of Israel and the Babylonian Captivity because Israel sacrificed their children to the pagan god, Moloch. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that God allowed the vast death and destruction of the Civil War as a chastisement for our nation’s practice and toleration of slavery.

The distortion of human sexuality and freedom into license has caused most of the manifestations of our nation’s current Culture of Death, particularly killing children before birth. The COVID-19 crisis is resulting in reduced physical contact and loss of individual freedom.

Meanwhile, leading pro-abortion public officials, such as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who champions a “right” to kill children until birth, proclaims that our COVID-19 response should be guided by the need to “protect the sanctity of all human life.” The Church clergy and laity have an opportunity to respond to such brazen inconsistency.

While our Churches are closed, abortion facilities remain open because abortion industry personnel remain committed to provide their “service” despite COVID-19 concerns. Their directive to their “escorts” to stay away indicates that they are fully aware of the risk of COVID-19 exposure from their “patients.” Catholics have an opportunity to match or exceed this commitment by publicly praying, while socially distancing, at our area’s seven abortion chambers. Our area’s April 10, 2020 Good Friday Prayer Vigils offer an opportunity to launch this renewal.

Some other pro-abortion public officials, such as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Gov. Tom Wolf, are attempting to use COVID-19 public policy responses to expand abortion. Meanwhile, most pro-life Governors,  who have ordered a halt to non-elective surgical procedures, are still allowing abortion facilities to commit surgical abortions.

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, through our actions and urging our legislators to act, we can resist Gov. Wolf’s attempts to abuse expanded Telemedicine services that could effectively eliminate Pa.’s informed consent and waiting period requirements for chemical abortions. Finally, our actions can include a massive turnout for the Pa. March For Life in Harrisburg, when it is re-scheduled.

Finally, let us pray for healing for individuals, our nation, and the Church –  and not just a “return to normalcy.” America’s normalcy had become a vast Culture of Death. The COVID-19 crisis has already closed many abortion chambers, reduced the number of abortions being committed, and caused people to re-evaluate their priorities. The COVID-19 crisis provides the Church with an excellent opportunity to promote a Culture of Life.

Denied Sacraments; Not Access to Abortion. Catholic Bishops, Speak Up

By now, many Catholic bishops have made one of the hardest decisions to ever come in the midst of the pandemic. That decision was to suspend the celebration of mass and live stream masses until the pandemic passes. Catholics are not thrilled over this decision. They are deprived of receiving the Eucharist. However, many are encouraged to make a spiritual communion. In the midst of it, one brave pastor held a Sunday service. He paid the price as he was arrested.

As Lent is drawing to a close and one of the most pivotal times of the church’s calendar approaches, it seems many pro-lifers are being challenged even more. 40 Days for Life campaigns are canceled now due to the rapid spread of the virus as we cannot have 10 people or more outside of abortion facilities in the midst of physical distancing (the correct term as opposed to social distancing). No palms this year, witnessing new Catholics coming to the faith on Easter Sunday, not even families gathering for mass together and receive the blessing of the Easter Holy Water.

Meanwhile, across many states, Planned Parenthood facilities remain open as they are deemed “essential”. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck the Schmuck Schumer were looking out for Planned Parenthood when it came to stimulus money without a care for the average American out of work. Even many doctors are up in arms about many states’ decisions to leave them open. Time and time again, the abortion industry is using events like the pandemic to put profit ahead of actual care.

At the same time, the Catholic bishops have been silent. It has helped the oppressors. Our bishops can do better. Where are they? They all come together to close the church’s door and improvise mass celebrations to the virtual world. Catholics can’t receive the sacraments. No weddings. No funerals. Churches are open for worship only. Many Catholics are seeing this as a way to forget the 3rd commandment, yet they are encouraged to view the mass on the internet. Sadly many are not doing so.

CALL TO ACTION

I am calling on all people of faith to come together, call their representative and ask their officials to close the abortion facilities.

If you are in good health and are prepared, go and be physically present outside of abortion facilities. Bring resources with you.

Offer your next Holy Hour or prayer meeting (physically or virtually) for an end to abortion.

Take a photo of your pro-life sign and tag the location of the Planned Parenthood facility on your next social media post (Facebook and Instagram).  Remind women that they are amazing, strong, and beautiful. You have help.

Post-pro-life messages on your church’s billboard and bulletin.

Use social media to spread the pro-life message. Be ready for a backlash. Respond with love.

This pandemic can bring the best and worst out of everyone. Let this bring out the best in every pro-lifer.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice”  Proverbs 31: 8-9