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

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.

HELP PRO-LIFE ORGANIZATIONS HIT HARD BY PANDEMIC

By now, the pandemic has hit many small businesses hard.

It is not different for pro-life non-profits and businesses. That is why we are organizing a Giving Tuesday for pro-life nonprofits and a small business Saturday for pro-life businesses.

This will help many of them who took a hit with businesses finances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is the list of pro-life organizations in need of help

Culture Project

Generation Life

Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

Guiding Star Ministries

St Raymond Nonnatus Foundation

LIFE Runners Philadelphia Chapter

Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network

Mothers’ Home

AlphaCare

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia

HOPE Pregnancy Center

Giving Tuesday will run all month long. Click on the link of each organization to learn more and to donate.

Help a local business in need

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Small Business Saturday will take place on May 2nd. Good timing to remember to get something for newly-weds, graduates, moms, dads, and even any future birthdays.

If you are aware of any pro-life businesses, please send them our way via email at defendlife@voices4life.blog.

A Pro-Life To-Do List

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For the past few years, I took time on my Facebook page to reveal some of the things I hope to accomplish or do in a given new year. It can be challenging, but at the same time, it can help you to do new or accomplish things that you’ve always wanted to cross off.

As a pro-lifer, you may be on the same boat as I am. You may be asking yourself what you can do in the New Year to be a better pro-lifer or go into the unknown. To help you get a jump start on your pro-life to-do list, I came up with 10 things you can do as a pro-lifer.

  1. Host a screening of a pro-life themed movie. Unplanned took the world by storm and there is no question that many groups want to show movies like the world phenom of 2019. Cinema is a powerful medium to convey the message of life.
  2. Take part in a 40 Days for Life campaign (February 26th thru April 5th, 2020 and again the fall from September 23rd to November 1st). Be on the lookout once registration for vigil hours become available.
  3. Have a mass or Holy Hour offered for an end to the scourge of abortion or the conversion of those involved with the diabolical industry.
  4. Brush up on apologetics. It may be one thing to think you know it all. It’s another if you educate on what to say to those who may not know the issue at hand. Some people to learn from are Stephanie Gray and Trent Horn. Using their experience, they share the dos and don’ts in conveying the pro-life message to an individual or group.
  5. Volunteer at a pregnancy resource or crisis center. Many of them are not too far from a Planned Parenthood facility. these facilities need additional help with tasks like answering calls, taking inventory, and even being a support to vulnerable women. Side note: consider helping one raise funds for an ultrasound machine.
  6. Take part in prayer vigils. Yes, this may be scary, but we have been reminded 365 times in the Bible to not be afraid. If you can muster the courage every day to be present, your reward will be heaven. Don’t know what to say or do? Here’s a blog post for that. Here’s a post on prayers to recite in front of the facilities.
  7. Donate or raise funds for pro-life organizations. A previous blog post breaks down different groups that may help you decide who you can send your donation. If you want to go towards a fundraiser route, you might want to consider having a quizzo night, have someone teach ballroom dancing, or arts and craft and sell them with proceeds going to a pro-life organization of your choosing.
  8. Attend a rally. One of the most common events you can attend is the March for Life in DC, Chicago,  or West Coast area (San Francisco or L.A. areas). You may also want to consider attending one on the state level. (Pennsylvania will host their inaugural state march on May 18th, 2020.
  9. Attend a pro-life seminar near you or on a national scale. Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richara Krajewski will be speaking at the annual National Pro-Life Summit on January 25th in Washington, DC. Secure your spot today.
  10. Recruit more people to join the pro-life cause. Visit parishes, have displays on your campus, invite a pro-life speaker to your classroom, and learn more about how you can

Help Students from Archdiocesan High Schools Attend National Conference and March for Life

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Eighty high school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be attending the annual March for Life on Jan. 24, 2020 and the annual conference of Students for Life the following day, thanks to the national organization’s $6,000 grant to the archdiocesan Office for Life and Family.

Students for Life aims to educate teenagers and young adults on “the violence of abortion, create new pro-lifers and transform campuses into places that support pregnant and parenting students,” according to its website.

Now a crowd funding effort by the archdiocesan office seeks to raise an additional $15,000 to send up to 200 more students for the events.

Visit the website GiveSendGo and help raise awareness of the sanctity of human life among young people by making a donation here.

Thousands Gathered to Celebrate Life, Honor Courageous Witnesses and Pioneers

Since 1981, pro-lifers from all across the greater Philadelphia area to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to recommitting to defend life from conception until natural death as a new year is just mere weeks away. On Sunday evening, 1200 pro-lifers from newborn to great grandparents gathered for a night to remember, connect with other pro-lifers, and celebrating their first inalienable right; life.

This year, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia area, used the evening to honor award recipients who have chartered authentic healthcare for women, stood tall against the hatred of a state representative, and leading by example on a college campus. Not only did they honor those who were rewarded for their amazing works, but they also took time to recognize the medical students who were in attendance, especially those at Drexel and Thomas Jefferson Universities.

In his open remarks, Fr. Christopher Walsh and Tom Stevens reminded everyone that everything State Rep. Brian Sims said in a viral video when attacking pro-lifers this past spring was all a lie. Pro-lifers continue to do the amazing work in not only caring for babies in the womb, but to also care for the mom and their baby for a lifetime in helping with home economics, job skills, and even their education endeavors.

In addition to the award recipients, the attendees had the opportunity to hear from two amazing speakers. The first was Dr. Monique Ruberu. Dr. Ruberu shared her experience while in residence at Hahnemann University Hospital of how she was forced into taking part in an abortion and she knew from that day that she will never do it again. She encouraged all in attendance to stand tall for their faith and the most vulnerable in our society with her.

The second speaker was Rachel Guy. She thanked everyone for all they do to defend the unborn child.  While in the womb, doctors gave a grim diagnosis to her parents who were encouraged to abort Rachel. Her parents chose life instead. Rachel was born at 1 lb. 2 oz. and became healthy during her five-month stay in the NICU. She founded His Love and Care, a ministry that connects expectant mothers with pro-life OB/GYNs and physicians.

As 2019 draws to a close, this is one of the most amazing events that every pro-lifer from conception to senior citizens look forward to when it’s an opportunity to recommit to fighting for the good in the world and even their faith no matter what our professions are in life.

 

 

Remember Pro-Life Organizations On Giving Tuesday

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As December is only less than 3 weeks away and before you know it, everyone will be rushing through the malls figuring out what to give to family, friends, and even co-workers.

On Tuesday, December 3rd is the annual Giving Tuesday initiative. Pro-lifers are asked to give to a pro-life charity.

Here is a list of some of the recommended organizations:

The Culture Project

Since 2014, The Culture Project is an initiative of young people set out to restore culture through the experience of virtue. They currently have missionaries stationed in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toledo, and Cleveland. Please help them to continue their mission here

Generation Life

Generation Life began its work in the Summer of 2000 with a weekend-long Youth Leadership Conference. Their full-time classroom outreach efforts began in the Fall of 2001.

Generation Life reaches thousands of students each year. We offer educational programs for 7th – 12th-grade students and college students in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Generation Life educators focus on spreading this message to the Greater Philadelphia Area.

The energetic staff oversees Generation Life’s multiple and varied programs including school presentations, church talks, and special events such as Eighth Grade Chastity Days, weekly and monthly prayer vigils at local abortion facilities, and the South Jersey Beach Outreach. 

You can donate to their organization here

St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation

The initial mission of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation is to accompany and support those wounded by divorce. Ultimately, we envision a family outreach ministry that offers supportive, educational and spiritual programs/resources across the life span. They host a monthly webinar for adults and separated and divorced Catholics.

You can contribute to them here

Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

Hard to believe that the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia had an eventful year in 2019 from events that were normal to the fallout with State Rep. Brian Sims. Thanks to the parents of one of the doxxed teens they ran a successful fundraising campaign.

You can help them continue raising funds to reach out to vulnerable women in the Greater Philadelphia area here

HOPE Pregnancy Center Philadelphia

The HOPE Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals at risk for abortion make life-affirming reproductive health decisions. We believe all life is created by God and has infinite value. Therefore, we are committed to upholding the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

We understand that facing an unplanned pregnancy involves many difficult decisions. Factual information, paired with thoughtful consideration, is necessary in order to make an informed, responsible choice.

HOPE is here to offer confidential and non-judgmental assistance in a caring and supportive environment. Our services are available to all women without regard to age, race, religion, marital status or financial circumstances.

Learn more and give to them here

Students for Life of America

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is one of the nation’s most active pro-life organizations and the largest youth pro-life organization. We are the only national pro-life organization dedicated to training and equipping college, high school, medical, and law school students. Our approach is uniquely effective, and the methods we have developed are a combination of time-tested techniques and cutting-edge technology.

You can find out more and donate here