March with the Pro-Life Union in the Annual St. Patrick’s Day

ATTENTION ALL COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL, AND PARISH RESPECT LIFE GROUPS:

Philadelphia’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Sunday, March 15th.

Once again, the Pro-Life Union will be taking part in the parade.

Everyone will meet at 16th and JFK Boulevard at 11AM. Bring a friend or two to the event.

Be sure to look for our banner in the photo shown and help spread the pro-life message along the parade route.

Visit here for more information.

Pro-Lifers Celebrate Life, Kick Off 40 Days One Week Out

150 pro-lifers came out to celebrate Herb Lusk, Pastor of Greater Exodus Baptist Church, and also mark one week until 40 Days on Wednesday evening. The evening was marked with speakers, singing from the church’s choir, and reflections on Herb Lusk’s life.

Matt Britton of 40 Days took time to address the crowd. He reminded them to keep praying and showing to the moms going in because one day the abortion facility will be transformed into a haven of life. He shared that if someone is praying outside of an abortion facility the show-up rate declines due to a pro-lifer’s presence. He even shared the amazing facts of how lives were saved and transformed since the campaign started in 2004 and went national in 2007.

Monique Ruberu took the time to remind people to fill up every hour and to bring love to the sidewalk.

To sign up for 40 Days, visit here

 

Pro-Life Examples Part 2: The Spiritual Work of Mercy

Here is the breakdown o the other seven works of mercy

Based on an article from the National Catholic Register, here are some ways you can exercise the seven spiritual works of mercy.

SPOILER: A majority involves prayer and spiritual reading.

The seven spiritual works of mercy are:

  1. To instruct the ignorant.
  2. To counsel the doubtful.
  3. To admonish the sinners.
  4. To bear patiently those who wrong us.
  5. To forgive offenses.
  6. To comfort the afflicted.
  7. To pray for the living and the dead

Here’s a break down on how to live out each one of them.

To instruct the ignorant

  1. Engage in pro-life apologetics
    1. We are called to be the light of Christ to those who do not know the issue well
    2. Present it in a way where you are not in their face or confrontational
  2. Read books on pro-life apologetics such as Trent Horn’s Persuasive Pro-Life or Stephanie’s Gray Love Unleashes Life
  3. Invite someone on the fence to attend a lecture given by a pro-life speaker
  4. Offer to give a pro-life talk to a respect life group or during a general assembly

To counsel the doubtful

  1. Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise” (Prov 19:20)
  2. Offer information to a pregnant mom who is struggling to find the right options
  3. Pass on pro-life literature to someone who is on the fence with the issue
  4. Accompany a pregnant mom to a pregnancy crisis center during her appointment

To admonish the sinner

Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way and correct their mistakes.  Together we can learn to walk more closely with Christ

  1. Be compassionate by loving when people are wrong
  2. Those who hope to denigrate the Church and its followers are looking for a fight. Give it to them, but do it clearly and with compassion. It’s called “tough love” for a reason — it might sound tough but it’s loving at its core.
  3. Write a letter to the editor in response to a pro-choice leaning article
  4. Write a letter to an elected official who supports abortion and challenge their stance
  5. Intervene fast and hard in situations where people are doing spiritual and moral harm to themselves or others.

To bear wrongs patiently

  1. Ask God to give you patience when people rattle you for your pro-life convictions
  2. Offer a Holy Hour or communion for those who repeatedly attack your faith

To forgive offenses

  1. Let go of grudges
  2. Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives
  3. Participate in the Sacrament of Penance
  4. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet

To comfort the afflicted

  1. Be a listening ear to those who are suffering in grief
  2. Make a meal or invite those suffering from personal or mental anguish to a social gathering
  3. Send a letter or card to those grieving the loss of a loved one
  4. Include those contemplating suicide or abortion, hurting, or suffering in your rosary or morning prayer

Pray for the living and dead

Prayer is an essential part of our spiritual lives

  1. Request a Mass intention for a friend or family member who is going through a tough time
  2. Request a mass intention for a pro-life advocate no longer with us.
  3. Keep your own book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those who you are keeping in your prayers
  4. Offer a Mass or Holy Hour for the buildup of the culture of life
  5. Ask people to pray for you and your needs

Incorporate these seven and the seven Corporal Works of Mercy into your daily lives.

 

 

 

Pro-Life Version of the Works of Mercy. Part 1

I’m sure you have obstinately heard the phrase “Pro-lifers don’t care about the moms and babies after birth.” The reality is they do. The problem with the phrase is that the apathetic people that make this claim have never been cared for by people of love.  That is why I am giving you a breakdown of the Corporal Works of Mercy. The spiritual version will come later. For now, let us do the first seven. This comes as a perfect reminder with Lent around the corner.

The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others as if they were Christ in disguise. They serve as a guide to responding to the tangible needs of our neighbors and enemies.

Feed the Hungry

  1. Give some pocket change to a homeless person who needs food
  2. Splurge on your next trip at Wendy’s Chick Fil A or wherever you’re going to lunch today and offer that extra food to the person begging at the corner
  3. Start a food can or pantry drive at your parish and give it to a homeless shelter
  4. Make food for someone going through a bereavement
  5. Offer to donate food to a baby shower for a mom who is choosing life

Give Drink to the Thirsty

  1. Give your extra bottle of water to someone who is homeless
  2. Donate a case of water
  3. Pay for the person’s cup of coffee that is behind you
  4. Offer a cold or hot beverage to your local mail carrier,/UPS Driver, Amazon deliverer, gardener, snow shoveler, etc.
  5. Donate baby formula to a local pregnancy help center

Clothe The Naked

  1. Donate old clothes you have and give them to the homeless shelter
  2. Host a clothing drive for those in need
    1. We’re still in the heart of winter
  3. Knit hats, scarves, and gloves to later be  given out to the homeless or dropped off at a nearby homeless shelter
  4. Knit blankets, crochet or sew baby blankets for your local pregnancy help center
  5. Host an event or dance and have people get admission by donating baby items to the event for a pregnancy center
  6. Collect clothes and send them to an orphanage overseas
  7. Throw a baby shower for a woman that decides to choose life but has nothing prepared for her child’s arrival

Visit the Sick

  1. Send flowers, fruit basket, and or cards to someone who is sick or in the hospital
  2. Volunteer to call Bingo at a nursing home
  3. Visit a relative or friend that is in the hospital or nursing home
  4. Offer to give someone homebound the eucharist
  5. Visit a parish member that is terminally ill

Bury The Dead

  • Pray in front of abortion facilities
  • Volunteer to help during a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat
  • Donate a dish to a funeral luncheon
  • Attend wakes/funerals of strangers, family, and even friends
  • Attend the funeral of an inmate that was executed
  • Visit a cemetery and pray for the dead
  • Help a widow or widower in need with yard work or errands

 

Help Support Quakers for Life Community Baby Shower

Quakers for Life is collaborating with Alpha Delta Pie and Alpha Omega Epsilon to help mothers in need by gifting baby items to Alpha Care, a pregnancy resource center near Penn Presbyterian Hospital. Bring a gift from this list of baby items and stop on by! The event will be held at the Penn Newman Center located at 3811 Chestnut Street.

Here is the List of items Needed

Feel free to collaborate with others to get a gift! Couldn’t get to the store, but still want to give? Venmo Theresa Dierkes at Theresa-Dierkes or bring cash the day of to donate to the cause. Stay from 2-3:30 to play games, crochet hats (bring your own supplies), eat some snacks, and learn more about Alpha Care.

Pro-Lifers Remember Legacy of John Stanton, 6 Years After His Death

On Saturday, 200 pro-lifers came together to honor the legacy of John Stanton, the founder of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. They also honored his wife, Harriet who passed away last June.

Those in attendance heard sermons, prayed, and even sang to honor his lifelong legacy.

Dr. Monique Ruberu shared how a college student prayed hard for a baby to be saved during his time outside of one of the abortion facilities in Philadelphia as she encouraged everyone to bring love to the sidewalk when praying in front of the abortion facilities as 40 Days for Life is soon upon us.

Pastor Herb Lusk reminded those in attendance to come from “a place of love”. With it, love can move mountains and work wonders. He also urged a call out to his fellow black people to come out and help defend life.

Kathy Barnette shared her testimony. She is a former commentator for Fox News. In her talk, she raised awareness on the fact that African Americans are more likely to be murdered by abortion than gun violence, AIDs, and the KKK combined as they make up more than 30% of abortion victims in the United States. She urged everyone to pray for her as she is running for Congress this election cycle. She is also a published author as her book was released on Amazon.

Prior to 1030 mass at Holy Redeemer, Dennis Stanton offered a few words on his late grandfather. He summed up his life with one word, legacy. His legacy grew on the impact, both seen and unseen, he had on others from his 12 children, 45 grandchildren, and 40 great-grandchildren to his tight grip, like a falcon, on his life and faith that he lived all through his life. That firm “grip” is now seen in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren every day.

The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition Invites Everyone to Attend the 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign in Warminster, Pa.

Spring Campaign

Warminster Planned Parenthood
610 Louis Drive
Warminster, PA.

The Spring 40 Days for Life Campaign begins on Wednesday, February 26.  The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition encourages all pro-life residents  to attend this peaceful prayer vigil.  Our hope is that through our prayers, and with God’s help we can end abortion at the Warminster Planned Parenthood and throughout the country.

To sign up in for this campaign contact Melissa Chapman, Coordinator for the Warminster 40 Days for Life Campaign at hemler.chapman@1791.com  or register on-line using this link.    This campaign also has a page on Facebook.   Use this link to ‘like’ this page and keep up-to-date on what is happening during the 40 Days for Life Campaign.

Campaign Opening Mass

We invite everyone to a  Mass for Life to kick off the 40 Days for Life Campaign in Warminster, Pennsylvania  on Tuesday night, February 25th at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 605 West Street Road in Warminster, Pa.   After the Mass we will gather at the Planned Parenthood on Louis Drive for a short prayer vigil. (see more information on the flyer below).  

40DFL Kickoff Mass Flyer

Midway Life Chain

This year, as part of the 40 Days for Life Campaign, we will have a Life Chain in Warminster on Sunday, March 22nd from 2:30 – 3:30 pm, beginning at Louis Drive on Street Road and going west towards Old York Road. (see more information on the flyer below)

Life Chain Flyer

 

Take Part In 40 Days for Life Vigils in Center City and Chinatown

Hard to believe that we are days away from another 40 Days for Life campaign (February 26th to April 4th).

Sadly the majority of abortions in Pennsylvania happen in the City of Brotherly Love at three facilities. Two of them account for a combined 11,000 murders a year.

Philadelphia Women’s Center

center city philly

Less than a 1/4 of a mile from Independence Hall is the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in Pennsylvania. 6400 babies are murdered here every year. Your help is needed. The hours of the facility are from Tuesday to Saturday from 8AM to 4PM. The facility is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

You may sign up for vigil hours here

PC PP 1

In the heart of Philadelphia, near the gay section of Center City, lies a Planned Parenthood. It has been the subject of a bullying campaign from State Rep. Brian Sims. The facility failed state inspections. It has also murdered more than 4,000 babies.

Sign up for campaign hours here. The hours are Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM. Saturday from 8AM to 3PM. This facility is closed on Sundays. Abortions take place from Wednesday through Saturday.

Reminders

Visit here about what to do and say when you’re out on the sidewalk

Pro-lifers are asked to bring materials with them to hand out to women going into the facility, During recent campaigns, signs and even a box full of literature have been stolen by Heather (security guard at Philadelphia Women’s Center) and her pro-abort posse. The Pro-Life Union has some easy guides to create your own blessing bags.

Don’t know what to pray when outside of an abortion facility by yourself or as a group? Here’s a post that gives you a general breakdown for Catholics.

Pro-Lifers Experienced Sexual Assaults and Death Threats during March for Life

The following is an article written by a Live-Action Correspondent regarding the events surrounding last week’s March for Life. 

The 2020 March for Life was largely a success; as many as 225,000 people came to show their support for the sanctity and protection of human life. In remembrance of the 60 million lives lost since Roe v. Wade, the theme for this year’s march was “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.” Yet the event was not without controversy; as expected, pro-abortion protesters were there, and some of them were violent.

Selene Cerankosky is a 20-year-old junior at Robert Morris University, a program assistant with Students for Life of America, the president of Students for Life at Robert Morris University, and the Pennsylvania captain for Students for Life Action. She told the Daily Caller she had just finished walking in the march when she was approached while standing in a crowd outside of the Supreme Court. The protester, she said, was wearing a dark sweatshirt and white pants with “caked blood on them on the crotch area.” Cerankowsky explained that she believes the protester was female and could have been with Reproduction or Abortion Access Front, two groups who had been protesting outside the Supreme Court during the march. And the protester immediately became aggressive.

“She got very close to me,” she recalled. “We were probably within 3 inches of each other’s space as she was being rather aggressive trying to get me out of the way and I just kind of stood still. And then she told me to back up.” When Cerankosky wouldn’t move, the exchange turned violent. “Her exact words were ‘back up or I will,’ and then an expletive, ‘slit your throat,’” Cerankosky said. “So I said, ‘Did you just say that?’ and she repeated her ultimatum like, really, ‘I swear to God. Back up. Back up. Back up,’” Still, she refused to move away.

“I was standing my ground to make a point,” Ceranosky explained. “I think if you submit to their demands they’re going to realize it works and keep doing that. And I wouldn’t want that to happen to somebody very new to doing pro-life work and be absolutely terrified.”

READ: The media’s glaring failure to report pro-abortion violence

Meanwhile, Students for Life Regional Coordinator Stephanie Stone got the police involved, and the protester was arrested. “The pro-life generation is here in a joyful, peaceful and loving manner today, and yet we have seen unprecedented threats of violence,” Stone said in a Students for Life press release.

But unfortunately, that wasn’t the only violent incident there in front of the Supreme Court.

Bryan Kemper, the founder of Stand True and youth director of Priests for Life, was likewise confronted by a group of abortion activists at the Supreme Court. A group of women with Silent No More were giving their testimonies, and Kemper and several others placed themselves between the women and the activists, in an attempt to keep them safe. Yet the group quickly became hostile. Calling themselves “Team Abortion,” the six women were there to protest with Abortion Access Front.

According to Kemper, he was sexually assaulted.

Kemper