PRO-LIFERS, STAND FIRM. PRAY HARDER!

Like many people, I heard of the leak on the news about the possibility of Roe v Wade not making it to its 50th anniversary. (I think my sister and brother in law have a better shot at that). Even Justice Samuel Alito believes that the issue should be decided by the people, not the high court.

Since the news of the leak, pro-aborts have acted unhinged. There was a protest in Los Angeles that turned violent that law enforcement had to intervene. Even elected Karens, like Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, (I’m surprised she didn’t suffer a stroke after her agonizing rant). Wait a second, Sen. Karen of Massachusetts is angry? *Eye roll*. She is so angry that a snickers bar can’t turn her into a conservative.

Even Catholics for Choice (oxymoron name for a group) are up in arms with the leak that they are planning to protest during Catholic Masses nationwide on Mother’s Day weekend.

WHAT CAN CHRISTIANS DO

Regardless of the imminent outcome and ruling that will be casted by nine judges, pro-lifers must remain vigilant. Yes, Roe v Wade has been a controversial court decision for five decades, and there is light at the end of the tunnel for many pro-lifers to see this issue return to the states as it should have from the beginning.

The first and foremost thing to do is pray. Hold Holy Hours for an end to abortion and for the conversion of those who turned a blind eye and deaf ear to the cry of the most vulnerable of our society. Pray the rosary. Learn about the Flame of Love rosary that has been effective during several prayer vigils here.

Continue attending prayer vigils. This idea speaks for itself. The presence of pro-lifers has a powerful and profound impact on the number of people entering the facility. Your presence matters. 40 Days for Life Campaign may have came and went, but murders are still happening.

Participate in the 2022 elections. Primary season is heating up. Pennsylvania’s primary is Tuesday, May 17th. Be sure to vote with a clear conscience and in person. Visit here for all state primaries.

Speak up! This goes for laity and clergy alike. The only way hearts and minds will change in this ongoing debate to have these hard discussions. Indeed, we have seen the videos of a bunch of grown up kindergartners wanted to silence speech of people they don’t agree with. Bishops, Pastors, and Deacons, preach the message of life from the pulpits. We need more engaging homilies and sermons that pierce the hearts and minds of church-goers every given Sunday.

Laity, share the message of life on social media. Get louder on the platform if big tech tries to silence you. The truth can never be silenced or censored. The Minister of Lies can’t stop the movement that has gained momentum the last fifty years. This is our time! Let’s seize the moment!

Pray, Fast, and Give Alms!

What Can A Beloved Christmas Classic Teach Us About Life?

As everyone is celebrating Christmas liturgically, I manage to do something that others have already done and that is to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”. This may offend my mom since she was never fond of the movie, but that is okay.

Now, in its 75th year, the movie has time and time again made a central point about the message of life.

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” Clarence

In the movie, George Bailey hits a breaking point asking that he was never been born. When an angel named Clarence comes to intervene, Geroge discovers what life is when he is not around. As George watches all of the things he accomplished during his life, he sees the dark and tragic alternative when he never existed. One pivotal moment is the dream home him and his wife would live in and grow a life together as he revisits that same house that is deserted and abandoned. Another is the gravesite of his brother Harry who in his reality won the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives in the Pacific Theater of Wolrd wear II. Geroge saved his brother from drowning when they were boys.

Clarence ensures George that he has lived a wonderful life and that he must continue to live it despite his failures.

“Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.” Clarence

In the end, life is worth living and there is so much it can teach us. Never take it for granted.

While the film flopped during its initial release in 1946, the movie still has pivotal moment that all life is precious.

In the end, Clarence delivers a hand-written message to George after being sparred from a suicide attempt to

SPEND THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS WITH THE SISTERS OF LIFE

The Sisters of Life have some exciting events that will get us into the Christmas Spirit. Who loves them? I’m sure you do.

Mass in Honor of the Ordination of John Cardinal O’Connor
The sisters will have a Mass on the anniversary of the ordination of their founder, Cardinal John O’Connor. This will happen on Wednesday, December 15, at 6:30 PM at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Christmas Caroling In The City

The Sisters of Life invite you to join them in Christmas Caroling in Center City. Meet them at the Basilica at 5PM. They will go to Love Park and City Hall. There will be confessions, hot chocolate, and cookies

Epiphany Event

The Sisters of Life will have a Mass and social in thanksgiving for their co-workers for life. This will take place in St. Mary Magdalene in Media.

Please RSVP to philly@sistersoflife.org.

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

Pro-Lifers Counter “Women’s March” Nationwide

September has been a tumultuous month for the debate on abortion. It all began with the Texas heartbeat taking effect on September 1st. Even the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the law citing the 10th amendment.

Later, a radical bill was passed by the House of Representatives that would reverse all pro-life laws passed on state level making abortion federal law.

As the potential of Roe v Wade case being reversed by the Supreme Court, with a hearing and arguments taking place in DC on December 1st, the flop of an event called “Women’s March took place in several cities across the United States on Saturday, October 2nd.

As always, college students and young adults assembled to counter the event. Here are some takeaways from several who were on the frontlines.

Grace Rykaczewski- Washington, DC

Students for Life had a strong showing in DC. Grace was one of the student activists present. She shared three takeaways:

  1. There was a shocking amount of aggression from pro abortion men towards pro-life women at a “WOMEN’S MARCH”. Ironic. I witnessed a man trying to grab a bull horn out of a young pro-life woman’s hands.
  2. They didn’t really call it the women’s march this year, they called it the rally for Abortion Justice which is so fitting because it has never been a “Women’s March” it’s always been a pro-abortion March. Since the very first one pro-life organizations, even pro-life feminist organizations were disinvited from the March. How can it be a women’s March if they disinvite half of women??
  3. It’s terrible that the women’s march completely ignores all other women’s issues. We didn’t see a single sign about women in Afghanistan, women being raped or the wage gap. Nothing. All abortion related signs and shirts.
  4. they held a prayer rally… the pro-aborts. Idk who they thought they were praying to but not my God…

Titus Folks

The big thing Titus witnessed while in Indianapolis is how the pro-aborts were not open to dialogue or understanding a view that is opposite to them. Him and along with seven high schools and colleges were at hand. Despite the wet weather and losing their voices from chanting, they were all present to give a voice to the voiceless.

For Mallory Finch of Charlotte, NC she was disappointed that these women have believed the lie being sold by our culture. The women of the Women’s March have boiled women’s rights down to abortion. They rebranded the Women’s March to be the Abortion Justice.

After talking to a few of the women (that actually had conversations and weren’t just yelling in my face) many of them really weren’t educated. Many of these women don’t know what abortion really is. Also many of these women aren’t aware of the other many things we do as prolifers. Some of the women were shocked when we started talking about Pregnancy Help Centers and our petitions for Paid Family Leave for Moms and Dads.

For Anna Gidish, President and Foundress of Lehigh Valley Pro-Life Future, she uses the opportunity to help pregnant women receive access to abortion alternatives. She shares:

“One woman stopped us before all the Women’s March protesters got there. (We decided to get there early and take their spot!) She angrily asked Maria and Olivia, if you have time to protest, why don’t you spend time giving real resources to women. Her tune changed after Maria and Olivia actually discussed Standing With You and our local pregnancy center. She was 5 months pregnant and her baby’s father just walked out on them recently. Maria was able to offer a blessing bag she had in her car from when she was outside Planned Parenthood the day before. The woman was so grateful for the resources. Whether she already intended to choose life before or not… I am not sure, BUT she did say that she believes it is in “providence” that she does choose life for her child! Another woman walked by and said she liked what we were doing during the counter-protest. I ran up to her and talked to her about the resources we offer in the community. She told me she was pregnant and the father wanted her to have an abortion. She said she didn’t want an abortion, though. I checked with her to see what she needed. She said she would reach out via Standing With You, if she needs help!”

Theses were just the many testimonies from the now of the pro-life movement. Some have diverse backgrounds, yet they have one goal: make abortion unthinkable because it hurts women.

To view photo galleries from Saturday’s counter demonstration around the country, click here

OCTOBER TO-DO LIST

It is the tenth month of the year. 2021 is winding down. We are seeing various displays of pumpkin spice themes, Halloween commercials, and even people flocking to the farms for apple picking and pumpkin.

As we begin a new month, let us continue to recommit ourselves to defending life from womb to tomb.

Here are events and things that can be done in October

  1. Attend the friend for life workshop.
  2. Attend the Fall Rally
  3. Participate in 40 Days for Life campaign near you
  4. Hold a Holy Hour for Life at your church
  5. Collect donations for your local pro-life group
  6. Host a screening of Roe V Wade at your church
  7. Donate $50 to ensure a student to attend the annual Stand Up for Life Dinner this coming November.
  8. Recruit new members for your group
  9. Have a pro-life display at church 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.

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.

Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign Preview: Philadelphia Women’s Center

6500 lives are murdered every year at the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in Pennsylvania. Abortion. No matter what exists well at Philadelphia Women’s Center, located a few mere blocks from Independence Hall. During recent years, pro-lifers overcame assaults from escorts that were told not to return again, stolen property, bring videotaped by a professor of engineering who covered up sexual assault at Swarthmore University, vandalize signs, and a potty mouth security guard who has a demon inside of her.

Despite everything thrown against the faithful pro-lifers that are out there from Tuesday to Saturday, there have been saves and possibly some that went unreported by the grace of God.

The facility is open from Tuesday to Saturday 7AM to 4PM. Your presence, even for just one hour, is needed. We are yet to witness one of the dedicated workers at this murder center walk away from this place. Please sign up for hours here.

Prayer for Our Nation

God Our Father, giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care.
You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your people.
Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of
human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind Your people that true happiness is
rooted in seeking and doing Your will.
Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the
culture of death. Lead us into a new millennium of life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

CALL TO ACTION: BE AN INTERRUPTER

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.