Stream or In Person? Decisions, Decisions

Just recently announced by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia is the option to live stream the annual dinner on Sunday, November 21st.

Now, you can view the dinner if you can’t make it through the Livestream here at 6PM on November 21st.

Do you still want to break a two-year-long drought and attend in person? Visit here for more information.

NOVEMBER TO DO LIST

The year continues to wind down. We are at the halfway point of autumn and we will be at a point where we do early Christmas shopping, plan for the holidays, and enjoy the fall activities that we shall enjoy while they last. There is still opportunities to defend life which brings us to ideas and events.

  1. Vote in the 2021 General Election. We have the gubernational elections in NJ and VA. We also have civic elections that must get your attention and vote.
  2. Take part in the First Friday and Saturday devotions.
  3. Raise awareness on infertility and miscarraiges. Offer your love and support for these moms who carry this heavy cross.
  4. For those in Greater Philadelphia area, attend the Stand Up for Life Dinner and Respect Life Committee at Holy Martyrs
  5. Help students attend the annual dinner
  6. Plan a Memorial Mass for all those who have died.
  7. Attend prayer vigils near you or out of your comfort zone (Sidewalk Servants start back up on November 1st and end on March 2nd) Give an hour or two of your time a week.
  8. Remember pro-life charities in the midst of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping during #GivingTuesday campaign on Tuesday, November 30th.
  9. Take time to count your blessings as we wind down 2021.
  10. Take part in the Culture Project’s fundraiser to support the Philly missionaries.
  11. Host a Holy Hour for an end to the Culture of Death.
  12. Write to your representative or call them and urge them to defend life and #SaveHyde

Make November the best month to save lives and change hearts. Never underestimate the good work you do to cultivate a culture of life through your witness.

First Missionaries of Culture Project Arrive in Greater Philadelphia area

Philadelphia has welcomed their first missionaries from the Culture Project last week. Thanks to the initiative and blessing of Archbishop Nelson Perez the City of Brotherly will welcome seven missionaries who are ready to transform the culture of Philadelphia into one that is fully alive.

Since its inception in 2014, The Culture Project is a movement of young people who speak about the message of life and love to transform every human person to be fully alive. In addition to Philadelphia, they have missionaries in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toledo, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

The Culture Project Benefit

The organization will have a fundraiser to raise fund for their missions. You are invited to attend this event

When: November 2nd 2021 7PM-8:30 PM

Where: Eakins Room at St. Charles Seminary 100 E Wynnewood Rd Wynnewood, PA 19096

Please RSVP to Maryrose Richards MRichards@thecultureproject.org or call 215-315-7814 x 712. The deadline is Friday October 15th

You may also make a donation to the Culture Project here

Local Artist Donates Painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Landscape to Raise Funds for a Pro-Life Sculpture

Many of the churches in the area in which I live (Southeast Pennsylvania) have memorials on their grounds in remembrance of all the babies lost through abortion in our country since 1973.  The Respect Life Ministry of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Buckingham Township would like to do something a little different.

We are planning to install a sculpture of Our Lady entitled, Mary Mother of the Life Within, in our prayer garden where anyone who has lost a baby due to abortion, stillbirth, miscarriage or any reason will have a place to come, pray and heal.  It is also a place where those who are trying to become pregnant can come to call upon Our Lady to intercede on their behalf. 

Just this morning I was at a doctor’s visit and was told by my doctor  that she plans to pray here for all those babies who have been conceived and born during the pandemic after their mothers received the vaccine.  Since these vaccines have not been thoroughly vetted, we don’t know the long-term effects it will have on these babies. 

One of our Respect Life Ministry members, Denise Callanan-Kline, a well-known artist in Bucks County has donated a painting of our church to be raffled to raise funds for our sculpture.  Please read the follow press release on Denise and her painting.  If you would like to help us to raise funds for our project, you can contact Denise Wilcox.  Her contact information is included in the article below. 

Hopefully, this sculpture of Mary we plan to install in our prayer garden will be a place where anyone who wishes to pray for the end of abortion or for a personal intention can come, reflect, and pray.  

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Local Artist Paints Church in Landscape
 
Doylestown artist Denise Callanan-Kline, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, is known for her landscapes of Bucks County, river scenes and the polo matches in Tinicum Park. She has now completed a painting of the Buckingham church building in its natural surroundings, as part of an effort to fund another work of art that the church has commissioned. The commissioned work is a sculpture of the Madonna and Child by sculptor Joe DeVito, which honors Mary as a mother, and Callanan-Kline is donating her framed oil on panel painting to help raise its funding.
 
“Rather than create an architectural illustration, I chose to set the church in its Bucks County surroundings, which required a little tromping down the field across the road from the church to take some photos,” explains Callanan-Kline. “When designing the painting, I was thinking of the Hudson River painters, whose goal was to represent sublime beauty in their landscapes. They would often paint a building as an integral part of the overall landscape. These artists sought to not merely to reach the intellect and emotions, but to touch the soul. When painting the sky I decided to use cerulean blue which is the color blue more closely associated with Our Lady of Guadalupe.”
 
The artist feels it is important to support the creation of true art in churches, work that encompasses original thought and dedicated craftsmanship. She has found motivation in St. John Paul the Great’s 1999 Letter to Artists, in which he describes the artist’s unique gift: “Genuine artistic intuition goes beyond what the senses perceive and, reaching beneath reality’s surface, strives to interpret its hidden mystery. The intuition itself springs from the depths of the human soul, where the desire to give meaning to one’s own life is joined by the fleeting vision of beauty and of the mysterious unity of things . . . true art has a close affinity with the world of faith, so that, even in situations where culture and the Church are far apart, art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience.” The effort Callanan-Kline invests in the time-consuming traditional steps of designing, executing and varnishing her paintings attests to St. John Paul’s statement that true art comes at a cost, but the rewards last a lifetime and longer.
 
The painting View of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church will be on display in the church on Sunday mornings until October 31, when a winning raffle ticket will be drawn. To purchase raffle tickets, or to order a high quality giclée print of the painting, contact Denise Wilcox at  denisetwilcox1@aol.com.
 
 
 
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Here is a picture of the statue of Mary, Mother of the Life Within which we plan to place in our prayer garden.  

Please Join the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition on Nov 6th for their Annual Walking with Moms in Need Event

 

 

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The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition (BCPLC) is sponsoring their second annual fundraiser entitled Walking With Moms in Need.  

This is a national initiative backed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  Nationwide, Walking With Moms in Need is an opportunity to express helping others in some way.  

The BCPLC’s event will be held on November 6, 2021 at Peace Valley Park, (Angler’s Pier) 230 Creek Road Doylestown, Pa Saturday.  Registration starts at 9:30 am am and the walk begins at 10:30 am. 

Please complete the registration form on the flyer below and mail to the address listed or bring your completed registration with you to the walk.   More information about this walk can be found on the flyer.

Sponsorships are available for this event.  See sponsorship form below for more information. 

If you are not able to attend in person, you can make an on-line donation using this link.  Proceeds from this walk go to pregnancy help centers in SE Pennsylvania to help them keep their doors open. 

 
2021 Walking with Mom participants
2021 Walking with Moms Sponsors 

Some pictures from last year’s event 

GENERATION LIFE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

For the last twenty years, Generation Life has changed the hearts and minds of half a million young people throughout the greater Philadelphia area and beyond.

On a beautiful fall evening at The Inn at Villanova, 200 supporters gathered to reminisce, celebrate, and hope to equip the organization to continue to fight for love and life.

Kim Savage opened the evening by sharing how far the organization has come since its humble beginnings on the campus of Villanova University, which later grew into sharing chastity in the classrooms, early involvements outside of abortion facilities, and in time beach outreaches.

Those gathered saw a few videos that recapped the last twenty years of the organization while also hearing from past and current staff and volunteers what the organization has done and meant to them.

Fr. Joe Zaleski, the president of the organization, has asked everyone to continue donating to the organization as an anonymous donor wishes to match every money donated to the organization in the near future.

You may do so by donating to the organization here.

Please Support A Baby’s Breath Warminster at their Annual Run for Life on October 2nd

A Baby’s Breath in Warminster, Pennsylvania is holding their annual Run for Life on October 2nd.   Our Pregnancy Help Centers rely on us to help them keep their doors open so they can assist  pregnant women who find themselves in a crisis.  Please consider joining them on October 2nd.  More information on the Run can be found on the flyer below or on their website.

Run for Life

A Baby’s Breath is a crisis pregnancy center. We help you find the direction you need in a time when being pregnant is not exactly the best time.

A Baby’s Breath Crisis Pregnancy Center in Warminster offers free pregnancy tests, free ultrasound, pregnancy counseling, pre-natal classes, parenting classes, material assistance, and job training/ tutoring, and housing at our home, . We are a 501 C3 organization and administrate our services through the help of volunteers.

A Baby’s Breath’s primary mission is to “help a mother to see her child take his/her first breath”. It is a safe place where mothers, fathers, and families can talk freely without being judged and where they can hear the truth from a voice filled with compassion and hope. Through their pregnancy counseling sessions with our volunteers, mothers learn about the life developing inside of them and are given the opportunity to discuss and focus on their life goals.

A Baby’s Breath 2021 Flyer

AUGUST 2021 TO DO LIST

We are over a third into the dog days of summer. By now, we have seen advertisements for back-to-school, last-minute summer getaways, and even some early Christmas deals. Before you know it, the summer is over and it is back to reality for many people. Here are some things you can do this month to advance the culture of life:

  1. Take part in prayer vigils
  2. Sign up for 40 Days for Life
  3. Read a pro-life book or two with our list here.
  4. Volunteer at a local pregnancy resource center
  5. Sponsor a Holy Hour for Life at your parish
  6. Collect diapers and material items for moms in need
  7. Take part in National Pro-Life Chaslk Day on August 7th. Find out more here.
  8. Take part in the First Saturday and First Friday devotions
  9. Make plans to attend your state’s March for Life. For Pennsylvania, visit here. For California, visit here. For Virginia, visit here.
  10. Heading back to school? Form a pro-life group (if there isn’t one), Recruit new members during activities fair on your campus.
  11. Start planning your trip to the 49th annual March for Life in DC on Friday, January 21st 2022. Learn more from our previous blogpost here.

Support Pro-Life Charities this #GivingTuesday December 1st

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner as many organizations are always asking people to make a contribution to their organizations before the year draws to a close.

In the midst of the busy shopping season, let us not forget our local and national groups that promote the culture of life near us and beyond. Here are just a few organizations to support:

  1. Pro-Life Unmion of Greater Philadelphia

Since its inception in 1971, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia has reached millions in the City of Brotherly Love and its surrounding suburbs. They hope to continue its work laid out by its late founder, John Stanton. You may donate to them here

2. Generation Life

Celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, Generation Life has been preaching the pro-life and chastity messages to hundreds of thousand young people nationwide. Despite the plandemic, the small group has continue to give talks on chastity and pro-life messages on the virtual realm. Donate to them here.

3. Hope Pregnancy Center

Located 2/3 of a mile from Temple University, Hope Pregnancy, led by Marlene Downing, continues to help the vulnerable in the heart of our city. They have seen an increase in clients and hope to meet the needs of the recurring and new clients in the heart of Philadelphia. Make your donation here.

4. The Culture Project

Founded in 2014, the Culture Project has reached the masses at every corner in the United States and beyond through in person presentations and event virtually during the plandemic. They currently have missionaries in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Toledo, and Pittsburgh. Make a donation here.

5. Legacy of Life

Legacy of Life has two centers across from Planned Parenthood facilities and has seen an uptick in clients because of women choosing life through the presence of pro-lifers. Donate to their cause here.

6. Alpha Pregnancy Center

Alpha Pregnancy has been in Philadelphia area for 40 years. They recently opened a center next door to the former House of Horrors in the Manuta section of Philadelphia. Learn how you can support them here.

7. Guiding Star Ministries

A program adopted by the PLU of Greater Philadelphia, Guiding Star Ministries helps pregnant moms develop life skills that will help them through their life. Donate today to help them reach women in their time of great need.

8. St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation

Located in Overbrook, the foundation promotes the pro-life message while also helping Catholics heal from spiritual and mental trauma brought about from divorce. If you are a Catholic who went through this life-changing experience and in need of healing, visit them here.

Legacy of Life Virtual Fundraiser

This is an invitation to take part in the Legacy of Life’s Home for the Holidays virtual fundraiser.  The fundraiser started Thursday evening and continues through Sunday, 11/15 at midnight.  You can donate online and thanks to generous supporters, gifts will be doubled up to $40,000.  Access the virtual video through the website or through Legacy of Life’s Facebook page.

If you are not familiar with Legacy of Life, this non-profit organization invests in educating, inspiring and supporting women in unplanned pregnancies to find the strength to choose Life.  It provides Hope when pregnant women and their families are in despair and may turn to abortion.  This organization provides assistance to two pregnancy centers in the Philadelphia area, one in Center City Philadelphia and one in suburban Bucks County, PA.

Please view their website and learn additional details about the work that they do.  Watch the videos on the site – you will see pure joy in the face of the moms and their children who have been assisted through the Legacy of Life. You can also learn about volunteer opportunities and donations. I have personally taken a tour of one of their facilities and can attest to the warm and caring environment they have created for women who are unsure about which way to turn.

With the Covid 19 virus curtailing our social schedules, and with the holidays upon us and our Black Friday shopping on hold, perhaps you have a little wiggle room in your budget to offer a donation to a worthy cause. Help make a happy holiday season for a woman, her child and her family!


Click HERE to join the Virtual Fundraiser
 
 Help a Mom Bring Her Baby   Home for the Holidays  
Virtual Fundraiser will also be on Facebook.
Click HERE to join our Facebook Page.     
Help save women and babies right now? Make your financial gift today!   Click HERE to Donate!   Thanks to generous supporters, your gift will be
DOUBLED up to $40,000
Help raise $100,000 at this fundraiser!    Questions? Call us 215-788-4051