Rachel’s Vineyard to Hold Retreat & Eucharistic Adoration on Oct 2-4, 2020 in Bucks County, Pa.

The following is from Evelyn Walsh, Director, Rachel’s Vineyard  in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.  This retreat is for post-abortive women who are looking for support and healing.  

 

I am pleased to announce that our Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat scheduled for the weekend of October 2 – 4, 2020 at Our Lady of Czestochowa is confirmed and will take place.  The coronavirus has upended so many lives in recent months, but I can assure you our team is taking every precaution to meet each person where they are in their concerns and fears.   

Jesus waits for us all when we visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament.  We will have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration from the beginning of our post-abortive healing retreat on Friday, October 2nd until it ends on Sunday, October 4th.  The team and participants are eternally grateful to you for taking the time to pray for our intentions as the hard work of reconciling with God and accepting His graces and forgiveness occurs during that weekend.  

If it’s possible for you to come to the Ave Maria Retreat House and spend a Holy Hour with Our Lord during our retreat, please contact Michelle Garges at 267-374-0235 or mjgarges@verizon.net.  She is looking forward to hearing from you to schedule your time.  As we get closer to the retreat she will advise you as to what the door code number to the retreat house will be.  Please keep in mind that this is not a place for small children to join you.  If the sound of a small child or baby is heard by our group, it could possibly trigger a negative emotional response for the participant.  We go to great lengths to create a very safe place for them to grieve their children and I would like to make sure that even though Our Lord loves the little ones to come to Him, this is one time we would advise against it.  If you are new to the Ave Maria Retreat House, the Adoration Chapel is on the second floor straight up the stairs or you can use the elevator.  The chapel is directly above our meeting room and I can assure you that your prayers are felt flowing down upon us.  The enemy is not pleased with the beautiful healing that occurs during this retreat.  Your prayers are an integral part of each participant feeling renewed, refreshed and healed by His love. 

You have my utmost gratitude for your prayers.  Please consider praying for the intentions of this Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat even though you may not be available to schedule time at the retreat house chapel to pray there.  Start praying even today to encourage anyone who is anxious about attending that weekend to find the courage to call me soon.  As of today, we are just about full.  It’s very common to receive registrations at the last minute due to the content and nature of this retreat.  You may even know of someone in need of post-abortive healing.  I look forward to hearing from them. 

As always, we love to receive your special treats such as cookies, brownies, (sweets of any kind really), and healthier appetizers (hummus, veggies or fruits) to offer during our breaks throughout the weekend.  If you would like to drop some goodies off, please contact me in advance as to what it is you plan to bring so that I can keep a list (so that we don’t end up with 4 dozen chocolate chip cookies ;).  And, if it’s on your heart and you have the means to donate financially to offer scholarships to those in need it would be most helpful.  May God bless you for your generosity.  

One last thing, due to Covid-19 protocols everywhere we go nowadays, please wear your mask to the retreat house.  We will have bottles of hand sanitizer everywhere throughout the building for your use as well.  Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries will take reasonable measures, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state, and local guidelines to provide a safe and sanitary environment for our Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat.  Thank you for your understanding.

For more information about this retreat, please contact Evelyn Walsh at evelynwalsh59@gmail.com

Viable – Don’t Miss This Pro-Life Production

The following is from, Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director of Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation with information on the one-act play, Viable  from Christian Creative Media.

Viable The incredible pro-life production called Viable is now available for live stream. This powerful presentation delves into the issue of abortion, reconciliation, and healing. I have just watched the production and I can tell you the writing, acting, and directing are superb.  Please be advised that parental guidance is suggested because of the sensitive subject matter.

The play will be available for viewing online for $19.95 through June 10th.  A portion of the proceeds benefits National Right to Life and the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.
To view the play, please visit their website here.

 

4 Things to Do in May

Hard to believe that we are in the month of May. Everyone here at Voices for Life hope you are all doing well during these uncertain times.

Here’s a checklist on what you can do this month

  1. Vigil participation
    1. The first amendment is still applicable to you should you decide to pray outside of abortion facilities. Be sure to bear in mind physical distancing guidelines
    2. Bring resources with you
    3. Ask someone to take a photo of your pro-life sign that promotes pregnancy crisis center/hotline and share it on social media.
    4. Learn about a Mother’s Day prayer vigil on May 9th
  2. Donate to pro-life organizations
    1. Participate in Giving Tuesday campaigns every Tuesday this month
    2. PLU will run a special fundraiser that will launch on Friday. Stay tuned for a post.
    3. Take part in the Culture Project’s Days of Giving
    4. Support organizations devastated by the pandemic
  3. Pray for moms this month
    1. Be sure to thank your mom for choosing life.
  4. Support small businesses
    1. Uplift by Lily
    2. COL1972
    3. Abbey Roast
    4. Students for Life of America
  5. Pray for those affected by the pandemic
    1. Pope Francis has asked you include these prayers at the end of your rosary for an end to the pandemic
    2. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3PM for those who have died from the pandemic

May God keep you safe. Remember to be bold. Stand Up for Life. Maintain social connections while physically distancing yourself. Fight the good fight of faith.

 

4 Percent of Sermons Mention Abortion, New Study Finds

“Even though he gave quotable sermons addressing abortions, my priest was urged to avoid the subject by people. Sad!”

Black Pastor Preaching

Abortion is one issue that pastors avoid including in their sermons.  Following is an article by Michael Foust of Christian Headlines on the Pew Research Center. 

About one in five churches across the United States during the spring of 2019 heard a sermon mentioning abortion, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that showed a disparity between evangelical and mainline churches on the issue.

Nineteen percent of churches heard at least one sermon mentioning abortion, with evangelical Protestant (22 percent), Catholic (19 percent) and historically black Protestant churches (18 percent) being the most likely to include a sermon on abortion during the study period and mainline churches (10 percent) the least likely.

Most sermons were in opposition to abortion, Pew said.

Overall, 4 percent of all sermons in U.S. churches mentioned abortion during the study period, including 4 percent of evangelical sermons, 5 percent of Catholic sermons and 3 percent of sermons in historically black Protestant churches. Two percent of sermons in mainline Protestant churches mentioned abortion.

The survey examined online sermons from more than 6,400 U.S. churches between April 7 and June 1, 2019. The survey period did not include what often is called Sanctity of Human Life Sunday or Pro-Life Sunday, an annual day in January when sermons on abortion are more common.

“While the database is not representative of all U.S. Christian sermons, it offers a window into what many Americans hear each week from the pulpit,” Pew’s Dennis Quinn wrote in an online analysis.

Meanwhile, sermons that mention abortion rarely dwell on the topic but instead mention it in only one segment of the sermon: “three-quarters of all sermons that mention abortion do so in just one segment,” according to Pew. (Pew divided sermons into 250-word segments.)

Churches with fewer members also were more likely to hear about abortion in a sermon. Although 21 percent of churches with fewer than 200 members heard at least one sermon mentioning abortion during the study period, that percentage fell to 17 percent among churches with more than 200 members.

The Pew data sparked a variety of responses on social media.

Christian Headlines continues here 

Blogger’s Comment: It’s extremely disappointing that pastors avoid the issue of abortion. Many are fearful of offending or losing church members. They don’t understand how many women sitting in their pews are suffering from the pain and regret of aborting their baby. A survey from 2015 indicated 70 percent of women who had abortions identify as Christians.

For women in a crisis pregnancy, their church should be the first place they turn to for help. Brochures should be available about crisis pregnancy centers. They provide counseling, ultrasounds, housing and education before and after their baby is born, some for up to two years such as Legacy of Life. Hotline numbers to access counseling and locations of care pregnancy centers should be published in church bulletins. The National Right to Life  hotline is available 24/7.

Rachel’s Vineyard ministers to post-abortive mothers and fathers, siblings and grandparents through weekend retreats.  Silent No More reaches out to those suffering grief and regret after abortion by offering after-care abortion programs. 

By remaining silent, pastors miss the opportunity to minister the love of Jesus to a teen or young woman in a crisis pregnancy. They also fail to share messages of God’s mercy, forgiveness and healing to post-abortive moms.  

Virtual Pro-Life Events

Here is a list of upcoming pro-life events taking place in the next few days.

 

Tonight, 8:00 – 10:00 pm: Students for Life, National Pro-Life Summit Follow-Up Webcast- register using this link: https://www.studentsforlife.org/summit-webcast/

Thursday, April 30th, 8:00 pm: Sisters of Life Virtual Gala – register using this link: https://sistersoflife.org/virtualgala
Friday, May 1st, Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd – One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies – we are asked to pray one additional rosary each of these days for the following intention: for an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn human persons. Register using this link: http://www.saintmichaelthearchangelorganization.org/index.cfm

Upcoming Events from Students for Life

Coronavirus cancellations have you stuck inside?

While we can’t ship you milk or toilet paper, we CAN provide you with FIVE weeks of virtual training courses! You’ll be joined by your Regional Coordinator along with 50+ other pro-life students.

Your virtual pro-life training is happening over video calls every week all the way through April 20th. Remaining sessions include:

  • Week of 3/30: “How to Dialogue Online
  • Week of 4/6: “Countering Abortion Culture
  • Week of 4/13: “Non-Violent Patient Care
  • Week of 4/20: “Preparing for 2020 Elections

Click here to find out what time & date yours are and to register!

Are You a Pro-Life Artist?
Students for Life has added a brand-new program to our family of fellowships: The Hildegard Art Fellowship. And this one’s just for pro-life artists! The Hildegard Art Fellowship is about engaging young artists to use their artistry to change hearts and minds on abortion by becoming artist-activists. Click here (or the button below) to apply by May 1st!

Here’s who can apply:

  • Any incoming undergraduate, graduate, law, and med students.
  • Artists of all kinds: visual, word, and performing.
  • Must be a current leader or member of a campus pro-life organization.
  • Must be interested in pursuing a full-time career in the pro-life movement.
  • Must be able to attend the kick-off weekend, Friday, June 26th– Tuesday, June 30th.*
    *pending the safety of travel at that time due to COVID-19.

BUY PRO-LIFE GEAR

It’s spring cleaning time at the Students for Life warehouse! All merch & apparel are on sale through March 31st or until supplies last.

Some of our most popular items are up to 40% off! It is the BEST time to stock up on our trendy, thought-provoking gear.

Shop to find discounts on our pro-life hoodies, crew neck sweaters, tees, cropped tops, tanks, stickers, and pins with some of our favorite designs.

Don’t miss out – it won’t last long!

Top 8 Pro-Life Things To Do During COVID-19
While we’re all in virtual quarantine, Students for Life decided to go ahead and create a plan for the Pro-Life Generation to go 100% digital. Check out how you can take advantage of all that time you’ll now be spending at home and continue to be a voice for Life!

The Top 8 List:

  • Sign up for the Regional Pro-Life Trainings.
  • Tune in to the SFLA Facebook Lives with special guests.
  • Subscribe to and catch up on the Explicitly Pro-Life podcast.
  • Check out our re-vamped Students for Life HQ.
  • Log conversations and earn prizes with the T.A.L.K. Challenge. Read more here.
  • Write thank you’s to your pro-life legislators (check their track records here).
  • Update your group’s materials so you’re ready to go next fall.
  • Promote an online diaper bank to support families in need at this time.

 

Bonus Training: Should Women be Jailed for Aborting?

As you saw, Students for Life is hosting our own pro-life trainings for the next 5 weeks.

But there’s also a Bonus Training by Equal Rights Institute this Tuesday at 9pm EST!

The topic is a question that comes up often in conversations about abortion: “Do you think women should go to jail for having an abortion when it becomes illegal?”

In this webinar, Josh Brahm (the president of the Equal Rights Institute) will discuss that difficult question and offer several practical suggestions for how to respond to it. Afterward, Josh will take YOUR questions!

Make sure to REGISTER HERE or you won’t be able to join us live. Plus, the replay of the webinar will only be available for 48-hours. If you can’t join us live but you want to receive the replay link afterward, click HERE to register now.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Scheduled for April 3 – 5, 2020 has been Canceled

The following is from Evelyn Walsh, Director of Rachel’s Vineyard in Doylestown, Pennsylvania regarding the cancellation of their April retreat as well as the cancellation of retreats around the world due to the coronavirus. 

Rachaels Vineyard

I’ve reached out to many of you already, but I thought I should contact the rest of the group to tell you that COVID-19 is responsible for cancelling our Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat this April 3rd to the 5th.  As a matter of fact, the National Rachel’s Vineyard office cancelled ALL retreats around the world for the months of March and April.  As much as this breaks my heart to cancel, I can’t help but to think that even through this difficult and uncertain time, God has a plan in all of this for us.

Through the blessing of our connectivity through the internet, we are able to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, pray the rosary with others, and meet and talk with friends and family on so many other web platforms.  After the rosary last night with Meghan Cokeley, Vince and I met with other Archdiocesan Choir members on Zoom to sing Evening Prayers.  How oddly fun that was!  It made my heart smile.  Tonight the Charismatic Prayer group at the Shrine will have another Zoom meeting at 7:00pm.  We are definitely a resourceful bunch!  If anything, we do have so much more time now to pray and get closer to God in a multitude of ways.  (Surely, the old-fashioned way is still the best. 😉

I had hoped to reschedule this spring retreat to another weekend, but unfortunately the Ave Maria Retreat House is booked solid for this year and the next.  We do have our fall retreat booked for the weekend of October 2 – 4, 2020 and God-willing I look forward to your prayers and support then.  Please do pray that those suffering and wounded souls looking forward to this April retreat and all retreats in the future will be comforted by our prayers and intentions for them.

God bless you.  Stay safe and healthy and be at peace.