Culture of Life Initiative Opens in the Frankford Section of Philadelphia

The following information was taken from the newsletter of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. They are looking for prayer support as well as volunteers. To volunteer, contact the Pro-Life Union at mail@pro-lifeunion.org.  To make a donation to help them with this worthwhile endeavor, please use this link.  

Frankford Life Center

In October of 2021 the Frankford Family Life Center (final name still to be announced) will fully launch and we’ll have the opening ceremonies events.  The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia in an expanded partnership with Catholic Social Services are opening the first-ever Community-based Culture of Life Initiative of it’s kind.  The goal is to transform the Frankford section of Philadelphia into a Culture of Life by building a sustainable, self-sufficient, and permanent pro-life presence there.  Through compassionate service, education, community engagement, programming and material assistance, we will build an effective effort that helps many moms and families (already servicing more than 60 families) and minimizes abortion-risk in the area.  Planned services include:

  • Parenting, Child-birthing, Fatherhood, Prenatal Classes and many other types of education.
  • Providing diapers, wipes, baby supplies, feminine hygiene products, formula, food & baby/children clothing.
  • Pregnancy Fitness Classes: Fitess classed for pregnant women will be taught by a certified fitness instructor specialized in pregnancy fitness.
  • Housing Assistance
  • Car Seat and Crib Program, Newborn and Maternity Clothing resources
  • Real Alternatives information, STI?STD information, Health & Resource referrals.
  • Fatherhood Initiatives.
  • Chastity/Abstinence Programming
  • Moms’ Coffee Clubs, Toddler Play area and other family support services, seating, soft instrumental music, changing facilities.
  • Grandparent’s Corner
  • Know God, Know Yourself, Know Others
  • No cost laundromat – now in operation.  Thank you to the donors who gave new washers and dryers!

The Frankford Family Life Center is already service over 58 women and counting! Right now the center is open on Thursday’s and Friday’s as renovations and improvements of the space are taking place.  It will be staffed full-time this summer and we will be providing lunches this summer to school-aged children.  We look forward to watching this center take flight in October!

Would you Pray for Us?

We need your prayerful support!  The Frankford Family Life Center is an exciting new mission, but it will be hard work, so we need all the help we can get.  Please consider starting a prayer tream to help life up this project as we move forward!  And pray that it impacts the community and decreases abortion in the area.

Nothing Can Stop You From Doing God’s Will

The following is from a text message sent by Marlene Downing. Be sure to learn about her debut novel here. Also if you live in the Greater Philadelphia area, check out Sidewalks Servants and cover an hour or two with prayer. Need training? The Sisters of Life has you covered.

It was a traffic jam backed up all the way to Chester. I knew that God was up to something. 

When I arrived at Planned Parenthood I saw Manuel on his post  serving as he always does. I apologized for not being there sooner. I missed an hour of my shift.

There was a young lady crying in the courtyard. I told her that I would like to talk to her but I can’t come in there. I put my arm around her and walked with her. She was telling me her story and so grateful that we were there. 

I called Guiding Star Ministries and they weren’t able to do an interview right away because of an emergency. I then called Pat  for openings at Our Ladies House. He said that he would reach out and today the young lady had an interview with them for housing.

She is going to keep her baby. 

Be encouraged everyone..No matter what it looks like your presence matters. 

Canadian Rapper Trolls Toxic Culture

Tom MacDonald, a rapper from Canada, uses his music skills to bring to light a problem in our culture.

We have seen of recent young people begging for safe spaces from ideologies that are not in line with their soo called “views”. I wonder how many of them know the issue at hand even before they were brainwashed by communist and corrupted teacher’s unions that are causing more harm than good.

The rapper’s recent music video takes aim at a group that we see on college campuses that would stop at nothing to vandalize and steal off of a display all because it “hurts their feelings”.

One of the lyrics that jumps out from his song reads:

You think taking guns away will save our kids from the killings
But your pro-choice abortion kills way more children

This is how you use your God-given talents. So what are we waiting for?

Paxton Smith Turns Blind-Eye on Abortion, Pro-Life Activists Respond

If this blog can do a highlight of the week, then the valedictorian speech during high school graduation would make the list for all the wrong reasons.

A speech given by Paxton Smith that went viral has gotten many people talking. She argues where Texas has gone wrong after signing into law a heartbeat bill that recently passed. However, her logic and reasoning fell short. She used the platform as an opportunity to promote abortion and birth control. She admitted that she is afraid of bringing a child into the world if she faced an unplanned pregnancy and contraception fails (which does) due to inconvenience. The purpose of a high school valedictorian speech is to reflect on the four years of high school or college. It is not a time for propaganda. Even the board of her now alma mater were not notified about the change in her speech.

Some pro-lifers respond to her speech.

Dr. Monique Ruberu took it to her personal Facebook page to address where she is wrong:

Dear Paxton, You are a strong girl, an intelligent girl, but sadly you have bought the lie sold to so many beautiful women all over the world. You are correct that contraceptives do fail… the only way to 100% avoid pregnancy is to abstain from sex… this will help you to know that the man in your life is not using you for his sexual pleasure… it will leave you strong, confident, with the knowledge that the person you are dating is with you because of your beautiful mind, heart, and soul. If you one day marry this man and you need to abstain because of illness or a complication in pregnancy – you will have 100% confidence that he is not going to cheat on you because he is not with you just to satisfy his sexual desires… your relationship will be based on so much more, awesome conversation, dreams, trust… love and respect… If one day God forbid you are raped… the people I know who were conceived in rape are the most beautiful, loving, intelligent, life-changing people I know… to say they should have been aborted because of the sins of their father is heartless. The women who choose to give birth and keep their child or allow their child to be adopted typically do so much better than those who choose abortion… they know that although they were harmed, they are not perpetuating that harm upon another innocent person. Life doesn’t end with pregnancy… even if it is unplanned… every life is precious. You can still accomplish every dream, every goal… these moms need support and someone to tell them they are capable… instead you just told your entire class at lake highlands hs that the women are weak and if pregnant they are incapable of accomplishing great things… how many moms go to school, work, provide for their kids…. you negated all of that strength, that resilience, the very essence of being a strong woman… but it’s not your fault because you were fed a lie… so now is your chance… open your eyes… see how awesome life is… see how awesome women are … see that every life is a gift and every person is precious… see that you can choose to stop having sex … and you would have much less to fear…

To My Daughters, Please do not look up to girls like Paxton Smith. She may have the ability to string together emotionally driven words, but if they are not founded in truth it will lead to destruction. I know this so well. When mommy was a senior in high school I made a huge mistake that I will regret for the rest of my life. I believed the very lies that Ms. Smith relayed in her valedictorian speech. When I found out I was pregnant I felt that my dreams, my goals, and my aspirations were being stripped from me. Knowing what I know now, they were simply feelings. Feelings change but truth does not. As an immature teenage girl, I believed the lie that ending the life of my child would restore my dreams, my goals, and my aspirations. After consuming poisonous pills to end the life of my baby, your sibling, that is not what happened. Nothing was restored. It was all a lie. The regret settled in, but I quickly pushed it down to survive. There is nothing natural about taking the life of your own child. I do not care how empowering someone like Ms. Paxton may make it sound. The reality is I had no right to take the life of my innocent child for my own selfish gain. The last thing I would ever want for my beautiful girls is to believe that lie. What makes you a powerful woman is unapologetically being who God created you to be. It’s standing in truth even when the world is trying to convince you to live in lies. I pray Ms. Paxton will someday take her gift of intelligence and use it to protect life, not promote death.

Supporting women and their pregnancy by showering them with help, love, and mercy is pro-woman. That will in essence defeat abortion in our society.

Abortion- From the Darkness into the Healing Grace of Jesus

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June To-Do List

Happy June to everyone.

Schools will soon be out for the summer. Students will be enjoying a few long weeks of their much-anticipated summer break.

Sadly, there is still work that must be done. Here is a list of things you can do to continue being pro-life during the hot, hazy, days of summer.

  1. Pray outside of abortion facilities near you. Be sure to do it when you’re traveling.
  2. Volunteer at a local pregnancy center
  3. Collect maternity items and donate them to pro-life groups. Some may have a list through Amazon of the items they are in need of.
    1. Here’s an ongoing effort.
  4. Hand out St. Joseph prayer cards on Father’s Day to all of the fathers.
  5. Check on the elderly.
    1. Buy their groceries and offer to pick them up.
    2. Run errands for them
  6. Be sure to remember those getting married, graduating, or recently welcomed to the faith by supporting some pro-life business people and authors. See my previous blog for information.
  7. Offer to watch children if single moms have work or other things planned.
  8. Continue to share the pro-life message on social media.
  9. Read some pro-life-themed books.
  10. Attend a retreat or pro-life conference (in-person events are coming back, so you may want to take advantage of it).
  11. Hold a Holy Hour for Life at your church
  12. Recruit new people for your respect life committee at your church.
  13. Fundraise for pregnancy resource centers
    1. Host a dance party event
    2. Have a beer and beef event
    3. Host a screening of a recent pro-life movie, especially Roe v. Wade

We hope you have a great month of June. Be ready to stand for life.

Synopsis of “Life in the Womb: The Preeminent Issue” Webinar

Below is a summary from Kim Griffin on the recent webinar on the May 1st pastoral letter “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life”  by Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone’s, Archbishop of San Francisco. The video of this webinar as well as a link to Archbishop Cordileone’s letter are posted below. 

Before I formed you in the womb

Many pro-life leaders are crying out that now is the time for bolder leadership and clarity on the issue of abortion, the Catholic faith, and reception of the Holy Eucharist.

On May 28th, a group of panelists came together to discuss these topics in a webinar titled “Life in the Womb: The Preeminent Issue.”

The webinar was moderated by Helen M. Alvare, an Antonin Scalia Law School Professor and joined by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Kristan Hawkins, Lila Rose, and Kathy Folan and her son Nathan, who was placed in an open adoption.

The Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco pointed out that now is a time of urgency because the abortion industry is getting “more aggressive” and laws “more permissive.”

He authored a pastoral letter May 1st titled, “Before I Formed You in Womb I Knew You.”

The four main points of the letter address;

1.     The gravity of the evil of abortion

2.     Cooperation in moral evil

3.     The Meaning of choosing to receive the Holy Eucharist

4.     The responsibilities of Catholics in public life

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reflected that “a sense of the sacred” is being lost amongst Catholics. An example; disbelief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. He explained, “If we lose this, we lose everything as Catholics and society.” And he makes the correlation that with the loss of belief in the sacredness in God comes the loss of belief in the sacredness of human life, even;  “the sacredness of the most vulnerable human life, a little baby in the mother’s womb.”

Kristen Hawkins, President of Students for Life in America since 2006 (an organization that recruits, trains and mobilizes young adults to work to abolish abortion)

discussed three issues Students for Life are currently focusing on;

1)    The issue of censorship; Pro Life people are being silenced and some pro-life groups are being classified as “hate groups.”

2)     Rise of chemical abortions

3)    Post Roe; She pointed out the need to be ready and willing to take care of women and their babies

Addressing the issue of censorship, Helen Alvare commented she would love the time to come when both the left and the right “embrace free speech again.”

Lila Rose is the Founder of the human rights non-profit Live Action and an undercover journalist. Live Action is a global educational leader for the pro-life movement. Lila discussed three areas they are currently focused on;

1)      Exposing the truth about abortion

2)      Inspiring people to take action

3)      Activation; Getting people active in the political battles currently taking place

She pointed out that many Catholics, due to mis-education are “on the fence” when it comes to the abortion issue despite abortion being the “antithesis of our Catholic faith.”

Kathy Folan offered her personal story about being the victim of rape during her junior year of college. When she found out she was pregnant she was filled with fear; of what people would think, a lack of resources to care for the baby, and disappointing her parents. But despite all the fears she also knew that the life inside of her was a gift from God, entrusted to her. She knew she had to choose life.

To Kathy’s surprise the community and her parents were supportive. Kathy had planned to keep her rape and pregnancy secret, except for a few friends. But an intuitive professor noticed something was wrong and reached out to her. When she shared her story, he encouraged her to be open and share it with others, to be a pro-life example.

She took his advice and to her surprise found the support and love of the community. Her fears were unfounded. She chose to place her son Nathan in an open adoption. When she met his adoptive parents for the first time they all “clicked.” She even spent her spring break with them. Seeing the love the adoptive mother and father extended to her son and to her affirmed her in her choice.

Her son Nathan, now an engineer participated in the webinar and offered his rare perspective; “You’ve heard it before: ‘I am pro-life EXCEPT in cases of rape.’ I want everyone to realize, especially the EXCEPTers, that you are talking about me. Life is life, no exceptions.”

Archbishop Cordileone suggested a three-step approach for Catholics wishing to change the culture of death we are living in; pray the rosary daily, commit to one hour of adoration of the blessed sacrament weekly, and to fast on Friday’s.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jeremiah 1:5)

Re-discover Catholic teaching on the Eucharist by attending the virtual Eucharistic Conference June 4-6.  Find out more information here

Watch the webinar; “Life in the Womb; the Preeminent Issue below.

Read Archbishop’s Salvatore Cordileone’s Pastoral Letter in its entirety for free here

Tom Wolf Stripped of Emergency Powers By State Voters

If voters from the Keystone State were at the polls during the primary, they may have noticed the first question on whether the governor should have limited executive power. It was common sense. Now one was above the law.

By a 7-point margin (53%-46%), voters said yes to limiting the governor’s power. This came during the advent of the pandemic that took place last year. He closed churches [which should have been opened to encourage people to pray for the end of COVID-19] and businesses, yet he let abortion facilities like Planned Parenthood continue having abortions.

Despites the state’s efforts to pass bills ending the pandemic, Wolf vetoed every measure. That send the message for the people to decide at the polls and the convincing victory showed.

This shows that accountable is still alive in Pennsylvania as 2022 is around the corner.

Pennsylvania is just the first state to do so. Many others are looking to follow suit.

It’s time for We the People to stand up to tyrants like Commie Tommy Wolf and take our states back. Wolf’s legacy lied in his response to the scamdemic that happened and how he radically promoted abortion in the heat of the lockdowns where pro-lifers were not permitted to be peacefully demonstrating outside of abortion facilities like Planned Parenthood.

WOKE CATHOLICISM OR TRADITIONAL FAITH? REFLECTION FROM THE SIDEWALKS

After a few weeks of being sidelined from an injury, I was taken off of a sling and got the hint that it was time to get back to some normal routine. It felt good to be back.

As I arrived to the front entrance of the largest non-Planned Parenthood in the Keystone State, where 6500 babies, a majority of them are African American are murdered annually, I noticed something along the window cill where Heather places her filthy signs, filled with hypocrisy.

As I got a closer look, it turned out that they were peg dolls of different saints and titles of Mary. They appear to be holding a sigN like they were protesting. This time around, the notes, written by Heather, has a different jeering message geared towards a pro-lifer or reversing everything we say to the women entering the facility. Heather, a fallen away Catholic, prompted me to say something that goes to everyone who claim to be Catholic.

YOU CANNOT SAY THAT YOU’RE CATHOLIC AND TAKE PART DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY WITH ABORTION.

This is the example of woke culture. Heather is the epitome of it. She wants to play her own God, follow her own rules, and think that she is an expert in church teachings. She even follows the crowd that want to write their own catechism. Newsflash: you cannot change teachings that have proven to be true for three millenniums.

Add Heather Loesch daily to your prayers for conversion of heart.