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 for their Monthly Meeting on Monday, October 4th

 See the information below provided by Sandy Slater, President of the Bucks County Pro-life Coalition on the upcoming meeting.  Come find out what the BCPLC is doing to end the evil of abortion in our community.  

Bucks County

This is a reminder of our monthly Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition Special Meeting for Monday October 4 2021 at 6:30 PM at Nativity of Our Lord Conference Center, 605 W. Street Road Warminster, PA. This is a very important meeting .

Among Topics of discussion will be:

  • Bucks County Business moving forward.
  • Legislative updates from Mike McMonagle – learn about the very important pro-life bills that have passed in PA. and the status for moving forward.
  • 40 Days for Life , Warminster –  September 22 through October 31, 2021.
  • Upcoming activities : Monthly Life chain at PP 10/1/21, 9:30-10:30. Bring baby supplies; Moving forward with pro-life activities.
  • Walking with MOMs in Need, November 6, 2021, Peace Valley Park

This will be an important meeting as we welcome new members to bring to the table thoughts and ideas for expansion of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition.

We encourage all to attend this meeting and be active

The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition is an organization that believes in the sanctity of life from the moment of conception to natural death. We provide financial and material support to area crisis pregnancy care centers that endorse the sanctity of life. To expand our mission, we provide information and education to the community.  Follow us on Facebook 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.

PENNSYLVANIA HELD INAUGURAL MARCH IN HARRISBURG; STRONG SHOWING STATEWIDE

2,000 pro-lifers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania came out to give a voice to the voiceless in the inaugural state March for Life. People from all walks of life, creed, and major cities in the Keystone State came out, a majority from the western part of the state.

The morning began with Mass at neighboring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, located only a few steps from the capitol. Bishop Ronald Gainer was the main celebrant. In his homily, he reminded everyone to boldly stand against the culture of death.

Following Mass, pro-lifers gathered in front of the steps of the capitol to hear from speakers such as Reverend Herb Lusk of greater Exodus Church in Center City Philadelphia, who opened the event with prayer.

Even state legislatures took time to address those assembled. Reminding everyone to remain involved and vigilant while promoting the culture of life.

Elena Ligouri, graduate student from University of Pittsburgh, took time to share about how her medical colleagues at her soon to be alma mater harvesting body parts from unborn children while still alive. She encouraged everyone to remain bold and not afraid to defend life.

The keynote speaker of the rally was Abby Johnson. Abby opened her talk reflecting on the 12th anniversary of her walk away campaign from the abortion industry. She saw firsthand the “science” Planned Parenthood wanted her to believe. It was that fateful day that she knew that it was a human life being terminated. God’s road to Damascus that day confirmed that she must not just helped pregnant women but also the workers of the diabolical industry.

Following the rally, the pro-lifers walked a mile around the capitol filling the streets with song, prayer, and even signs. Some of which were created by hand. Some took time to meet with their local representative to hold them accountable in their public service.

For a gallery of photos from the event, see them here.

Abortion Down In Greater Philadelphia; Much Work Still Needs To Be Done

The following report, from the 2020 Pa. Department of Health Abortion Statistics, provides a stark reminder for the ongoing need for these campaigns.

Planned Parenthood, Warminster – 885
Planned Parenthood, West Chester – 1,141
Planned Parenthood, Norristown – 822
Planned Parenthood, Northeast Philadelphia – 2,393
Planned Parenthood, Center City – 3,705
Philadelphia Women’s Center – 6,224

We will not know what played a role in the dip in numbers last year. Whether it was COVID or not, we know that it is not a time to lick our wounds and hope it continues to take a dip. We must continue to be present. Are you ready to take a stand today? Learn how here

IMPORTANT UPDATES FOR INAUGURAL PENNSYLVANIA MARCH FOR LIFE IN HARRISBURG

By now, Pennsylvanians will be gearing up for the first state March in Harrisburg. See more here.

There are two prayer vigils taking place prior to the rally.

– A Prayer and Praise Gathering for Life led by Gateway House of Prayer at the top steps of Capitol building at 9:00am

A morning mass and adoration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 9:00am

#SAVEHYDE RALLY IN PHILADELPHIA

As pro-lifers fight to Save the Hyde Amendment, Students for Life of America and Democrats for Life will tag team to hold rallies across the nation to convince elected officials to incline the life saving amendment in the new fiscal budget.

This Friday, July 9th, a rally will be held outside of Rep. Brendan Boyle’s office in Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia. Rally begins at 11:00 am.

To rsvp for the event, visit here.

Please Join the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition for their Monthly Meeting on Monday, June 28th

 See the information below provided by Sandy Slater, President of the Bucks County Pro-life Coalition on the upcoming meeting.  Come find out what the BCPLC is doing to end the evil of abortion in our community.  

Bucks County

This is a reminder of our monthly Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition Meeting for Monday June 28, 2021 at 6:30 PM at the location of A Baby’s Breath, 65 W. Street Road, Warminster, PA , Bldg. B; Suite 203.

Topics of discussion will be:

  • Debrief on the Pro-life activities this past month.
  • The pro-life bills, especially HB 118, HB 1500, HB 904
  • Pro-life petitions
  • Upcoming activities : Monthly vigil at PP 7/2/21, 9:30-10:30. Bring baby supplies; Rally at Rep. Fitzpatrick’s office, July 2, 2021, 11am , etc .

This will be an important meeting as we welcome new members to bring to the table thoughts and ideas for expansion of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition.

Mike McMonagle will speak on upcoming issues that need our participation in contacting legislators and stepped -up awareness and participation in pro-life activities in Center City and local communities. From Mike: “ I again encourage you to attend a Protest at U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s District Office at 1717 Langhorne-Newtown Road in Langhorne in the Summit Square Shopping Center on Friday, July 2, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. The purpose of this Protest is to urge him to cease his support for the “Equality Act.”

We encourage all to attend this meeting and be active.

The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition is an organization that believes in the sanctity of life from the moment of conception to natural death. We provide financial and material support to area crisis pregnancy care centers that endorse the sanctity of life. To expand our mission, we provide information and education to the community.  Follow us on Facebook here.