August To-Do List

Hard to believe that it is August, and we’re more than half way through the summer.

The 8th month of the year can serve as a time to get in much needed family vacation before school is back in session. Sadly, the pandemic has put everyone’s plans on hold. Some are still unsure due to the unprecedented times.

The good news is Voices for Life has a to-do list throughout the month that can help you channel your Covid-19 frustrations in helping to advance the pro-life message. This list is applicable for your daily pro-life conviction.

  1. See Trump Card

It should come as no surprise that Dinesh D’Sousa, an immigrant of India, is not done defending the core principles of America. For the last eight years, he has been on the New York Times bestseller’s list, been falsely convicted for fraud, and has produced documentaries that have been game changers. His latest project, “Trump Card” is slated to be released on Friday, August 7th. Due to the temporary closing of movie theaters, you can view the documentary on-demand.

He played a pivotal role in exposing Hillary Clinton’s past which helped Donald Trump become the 45th President of the United States with “Hillary’s America”.

In addition, his most recent book United States of Socialism, is out now. To make your purchase, visit here.

2. Holy Hour/Mass for Life

Many states have masses back in session (with restrictions). Some of the faithful should be encouraged to host a Holy Hour for an end to abortion. St. Teresa of Calcutta once believed that if every Catholic made a weekly Holy Hour, we would see an end to abortion. So what are you waiting for? Even if you can’t bring one to you church, make one on your accordance.

3. Take part in vigils in your community

Connect with your local pro-life coalition and find out about vigil locations and times. Pray with your family, college, or even church group. Create a sign that advertises free help with contact information.

4. Host a pro-life committee meeting in your church

Gather people in your parish or church and discuss ways you can help get the pro-life message to your community all around with another pivotal election approaching.

5. Donate to pro-life charity

Give anything you have to advance many pro-life groups making a difference. Some groups include: Generation Life, The Culture Project, St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation, Guiding Star, and Susan B Anthony List to name a few.

6. Work for Susan B Anthony List

The Susan B Anthony List is gearing up to help reach out to voters as the 2020 elections are coming very soon. They are hiring in many battleground states. To learn more, visit here.

7. Purchase Stork: Sowing Season

An indie author recently came out with an amazing book that promotes a pro-life message. To order your copy, visit here. It will make an excellent read in your backyard with a cold drink or while you’re catching rays at the beach.

8. Sign up for 40 Days for Life

The 40 Days for Life campaign begins on Wednesday, September 23rd and ends the weekend before the General Election. The spring campaign was interrupted with the pandemic. Now, with many states putting this phenomenon behind, it is time to go all in to save lives, pray for the workers, help moms choose life, and make a difference in your community.

9. Sidewalk Servants

Even though we’re a long way from the next 40 Days for Life campaign, there are babies being murdered every day. Your presence for at least an hour two during the week will make an impact on the abortion industry. Learn more about sidewalk servants here. Consider starting one in your community.

Local Speakers Featured in Virtual Conference

We may not be able to physically attend a conference, but you can attend one on your laptop or desktop computer. There is one for men and women.

Some local speakers are slated to give a virtual presentation to (as of now) 25,000 registered attendees from all over the country.

Here’s a breakdown on who is speaking:

Bill Donaghy

Guest lecturer for the Theology of the Body Institute. He will break down the four pillars of manhood.

Mark Houck

Mark is the president/founder of The King’s Men and former missionary of Generation Life. He will discuss the right ministry for men to get involved in their state of life.

Christopher West

West Chester native will break down how to find peace in troubling times. (Perfect timing for his topic of discussion).

Damon Owens

A gifted storyteller, Damon Owens will share how men are called to joy and mercy.

Women’s Conference

Samantha Kelley

Samantha Kelley is a former missionary for the Theology of the Body Institute with a passion for fitness. She will discuss how fitness can improve our well-being.

Megan Mastroianni-Mahon

Can you be healed? Megan Mastroianni-Mahon, Assistant Director of Anthem, shares her testimony on how she was healed by the love of God.

Jen Settle

Jen Settle, Director of Programs of the Theology of the Institute and a consecrated virgin (read more here).

Registration for the conference is free. It is even a perfect time to enter into Holy Week. It runs from April 3rd-April 5th.

Visit here to register now and find out how you can own every talk.

 

 

Pro-Life Spring Events

Hard to believe that spring is almost here as we look ahead to March.

There are plenty of ways you can spring into pro-life action while also supporting the Pro-Life groups in the Philadelphia area.

40 Days for Life

Be sure to take part in the first 40 Days for Life Campaign of the decade. To find a vigil near you and sign up, visit here

 

March Events

3/7- The 12th Annual Man Up Philly Conference

Many of our local pro-life groups will be in attendance at this day-long event. You are asked to say hello and support them.

3/8- Second Sundays with the Culture Project

The Culture Project invites all young adults to come out to their 2nd Sunday gatherings. They will attend 6:30 PM mass at the Basilica. Following mass is fellowship at Mace’s Crossing at 7:45ish.

3/14- Newbie Saturday

There will be a gathering outside of Planned Parenthood (1144 Locust Street) from 10AM to noon.

3/15- The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March with the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. See more information here.

April Events

4/11 – APRIL “NEWBY SATURDAY” FOR SIDEWALK SERVANTS

Want to witness outside an abortion center when you know experienced Sidewalk Servants will also be present? The Pro-Life Union introduces “Newby Saturdays,” held the second Saturday of each month, for newer pro-lifers to learn by example, knowing they won’t be by themselves. “Newby Saturday” will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets. More information can also be found on our Outreach page.

Saturday, April 18, 2020.  9:30 a.m. – Noon


Event:  Morning Reflection and Mass for Adult Children of Divorce

Presented by the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith.  Reflection, prayer, Mass, and Confession.  This is a half-day mini-retreat for adult children of divorce 18 or older. Refreshments served.  (Feel free to bring a breakfast item to share.)
Location:  St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 219 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA.  Free parking on Harry Street in the lot behind the church (around the block).  Additional parking (public parking) on 1st Avenue, two blocks from the church.
Speakers include Anne DeSantis, Director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation and Chas DeFeo, Founder, Walk by Faith to Live.
To learn more:  Visit the website: www.nonnatus.org/events.  Call or Text: 215-870-9913.  Email: director.srnf@gmail.com.  Free event with an optional free-will offering.

May Events

Saturday, May 2, 2020.  9:30 a.m. – Noon.
Event:  Morning Reflection and Mass for Divorced and Separated

Presented by the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith.  Reflection, prayer, Mass, and Confession.  This is a half-day mini-retreat.  Refreshments served.  (Feel free to bring a breakfast item to share.)
Location:  St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 219 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA.  Free parking on Harry Street in the lot behind the church (around the block).  Additional parking (public parking) on 1st Avenue, two blocks from the church.
Speakers include Anne DeSantis, Director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation and Chas DeFeo, Founder, Walk by Faith to Live.
To learn more:  Visit the website: www.nonnatus.org/events.  Call or Text: 215-870-9913.  Email: director.srnf@gmail.com.  Free event with an optional free-will offering.

5/9 Newbie Saturday

Want to witness outside an abortion center when you know experienced Sidewalk Servants will also be present? The Pro-Life Union introduces “Newby Saturdays,” held the second Saturday of each month, for newer pro-lifers to learn by example, knowing they won’t be by themselves. “Newby Saturday” will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets. More information can also be found on our Outreach page.

5/10- Mother’s Day

Many parishes and churches will hand out bulletins and roses to moms to commemorate Mother’s Day.

If you are interested in doing one at your church, please contact Tom Stevens at 610-247-7002 or visit http://www.prolifeunion.org.

5/10- Second Sunday with The Culture Project

The Culture Project invites all young adults to come out to their 2nd Sunday gatherings. They will attend 6:30 PM mass at the Basilica. Following mass is fellowship at Mace’s Crossing at 7:45ish.

5/18 – PENNSYLVANIA MARCH FOR LIFE

Mark Your Calendars! Join fellow Pennsylvanians at the Pennsylvania March for Life on Monday, May 18 from 11:00am-1:00pm in Harrisburg at the State Capitol. Sponsored by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, Pennsylvania Family Council, and Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. More information can be found online at PAMarchforLife.org. View and share their Facebook event page with others!

 

 

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-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.

 

 

 

Local High Students Attend Summit Hosted by Students for Life of America

Through the efforts of Steve Bozza, Director of the Life and Family Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, eighty students from various archdiocesan high schools in the Philadelphia area had the opportunity to attend the largest pro-life summit in the nation held the day after the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

During the summit, students had the opportunity to meet fellow 2,920 attendees from all across the United States. It was a day filled with networking, meeting and greeting speakers, and learning how to build a culture of life in their community and their school. It was filled with seasoned members of pro-life clubs and even those looking to help their newly formed groups to be better equipped.

For Maggie Elmers and Noah Brady, both juniors at Bishop Shanahan High School, it was a thrill of a lifetime. Both are active in their school’s pro-life club. Maggie was attending both the March and Summit for the first time. Noah attended his 3rd March in a row and hist first summit

“I’ve learned so much to advocate for life with the help of meeting like-minded people” Maggie shared.

“I threw myself out there when I was a freshman,” Noah recalled. And it has “paid off bigtime”.

For Brianna Ernst, a student at St. Hubert’s, she was thankful to be attending the events of the weekend with her sister and fellow classmates from the high school while meeting fellow students and extraordinary pro-lifers near and far.

Next year, they hope that their numbers will double in attendance at both the March for Life and the annual Summit.

If you are a high school student in the Philadelphia area and would like to get more involved in the pro-life movement, please contact Liana Hollendonner at lhollendonner@studentsforlife.org to learn how you can take that first step.

March for Life Recap

Hard to believe that January kicks off with so many things. One of them for pro-lifers is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.

Nearly 750,000 people from all across the United States and beyond borders descended upon our nation’s capital to give voice to the voiceless.

Many brought signs with well-known organizations attached to them. Others got creative using a popular hit show or even social media memes to articulate a point.

The highlight of this year’s march is the historic address given by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. He is the first to do so in the march’s history.

“Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.” 

Though there were thirty-six counter-demonstrators that tried to foil the fun, it gave the marchers more fuel to continue to give voice to the voiceless. One of them was arrested for trying to trespass. No question and surprise that there were more.

The youth and young adults that were in attendance brought vibrant energy that can easily shake capital hill with their various chants such as the famous, “Hey Hey Ho Ho Roe v Wade has got to go” or “We love babies, Yes, we do. We love babies, how about you?”

The March for Life will forever be a well-attended event. Unfortunately, the mainstream media did not give it fair coverage as it has been the same old, same old since the beginning of the march’s existence.

What to take away?

Though it happens once a year we must march for all life from the moment of conception until natural death every day. Our job is to be present for every human, born and unborn. Whether we are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, agnostic, or atheist, we have a duty to protect every life. Every life saved is worth the effort.

I long for the day that those who come to Washington every year will not march for the reversal of the Supreme Court. Rather, we offer chants, songs, and prayers in thanksgiving for the end of the scourge of our society known as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and even unjust wars. Let us make it happen by getting involved in our community today.

President Trump Delivers Historic Speech at March for Life

The following article is from Christine Flowers of Delco Times.

When Donald Trump announced this week that he was going to personally address the participants in the March for Life, the reaction from those of us in the pro-life movement was great satisfaction – and some surprise. You can’t blame us for the surprise, because in the 47 years since Roe v. Wade became law, no U.S. president has dared to step foot at the annual rally in D.C.

We didn’t expect Democrats like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama to show up. Legalized abortion is a sacrament for the Left, and it would have been surprised to see progressive executive show solidarity for those of us who fight for the rights of the unborn.

But we also didn’t hold out much hope for our so-called allies, either, the presidents like Reagan, Bush Papa and Bush Son, who talked the good talk about being anti-abortion but who did little more than phone in their good wishes.

I often think that this is because each of those men was married to a woman who was pro-choice, and therefore connubial peace was much more important than expressing support for the people who voted them into office. They had to wake up next to Nancy, Barbara, and Laura. We were just a vague concept.

So imagine the impact when Donald Trump showed up at the March on Friday and made this pronouncement:

“When we see the image of the baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation. When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world.”

This was a watershed moment. In much the same way that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about the dignity of all men on the mall in that same capital city, so did the words spoken by Donald J. Trump recall the dignity of a marginalized and nearly invisible part of society. And the messenger was the president of the United States.

It is not lost on me that the man who was giving that speech was being tried for high crimes and misdemeanors a few hundred yards away in another part of the city. That is an irony of history and underscores the unique character of the current executive. He is adored by some, who see in him a true and independent crusher of paradigms. He is loathed by many others, who see in him a fraud, a grifter, a breaker of rules and constitutional covenants.

That is likely why Trump’s appearance at the March for Life elicited criticisms as harsh as the praise heaped on him from abortion opponents. When I mentioned on social media how happy I was that he’d be there, this is a sampling of the reactions I got:

“Yeah, ask him how many abortions he paid for when he knocked up those models he was dating.”

“You know he wanted Marla to abort Tiffany, right?”

“Come on, he’s doing this so we’ll forget he’s being impeached.”

And my favorite, as an immigration lawyer who has heard this time and time again:

“He put kids in cages, so to say he cares about them is a joke.”

I don’t expect the reaction to this column will be any different. Most people who already hated Donald Trump are not going to change their minds because he happens to have done something exceptionally moral, decent and wholly necessary in these nihilistic times.

I am also pretty certain that there are pro-lifers out there who are Never Trumpers and would not even vote for the man if he single-handedly burned down every abortion clinic in the nation and provided free health care for every pregnant woman in America. His personality is such that some will hate him even when he is doing exactly what we begged other, more palatable “conservatives” to do for us.

But the thing is, we don’t need Donald Trump to be existentially pristine. We honestly do not need to have a man with spotless character and impeccable human rights credentials to step into the breach created back in 1973; with Roe we don’t need Sir Galahad, with that purity hanging around his neck like an albatross.

And we don’t need eloquent speakers like Reagan and Bush (OK, like Reagan) telling us all that we want to hear and then doing virtually nothing to stop the killing, the destruction of millions of babies over five tortured decades.

Sometimes, we need the flawed ones, the Sauls riding that horse on the way to Damascus and struck by lightning. We can use the intercession of the Augustines, who spent the large part of their lives creating havoc and only coming to the truth late into their adult lives. Sometimes, we need an actual human being, who screwed up and left carnage in his wake.

I am not saying that Donald Trump is the answer to our problems. He is, indeed, flawed. He has caused people of faith to denounce him, including the kind who write editorials for magazines devoted to living a Christian ideal. He very well may have paid to end the lives of unwanted children, now residing at the side of the Lord.

But for the first time ever, a president of the United States has stood with those of us who stand with the unborn. He was unapologetic and fierce. And even if it was to shift our attention from the impeachment debacle, or to make us forget about the chaos at the border, or to help his star rise as the election cycle gets underway, it doesn’t matter.

Donald J. Trump, 45th president of the United States, went to the March for Life. And that was more than enough to send a message heard ‘round the world.

Please Join Us on Thursday, January 23rd in Center City Philly to Welcome Students from Omaha

Omaha

 

The following information comes from Patrick Stanton  of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia and Our Lady’s House, a maternity home located in Glenside, Pennsylvania.  Patrick along with his wife Wendy founded this home.  

On Thursday, Students from Omaha will make their annual pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, DC with a stop at the Planned Parenthood located at 12th & Locusts Streets in Center City Philadelphia.  We expect them to be at the Planned Parenthood between 8:30 – 9:30 am.

We encourage all to come out to greet these students, and pray and witness  with them at this abortuary  and wish them well as they make their way to Washington, DC for the annual March for Life.

Going to the March for Life? Staying in D.C. for the Weekend? Here are some events before and after and things you can do.

In a previous post, I shared about things to do if in D.C. for the weekend.

Recently, I discovered events from many pro-life groups national and local. One group is Priests for Life who will have events planned in D.C. and on the West Coast to coincide with Walk for Life in San Francisco.

Here is a list of additional events happening after the March, if you plan to stay for the night or make a weekend out of the largest peaceful demonstration of the country.

  1. Vigil for Life
    1. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will have a night-long vigil for life. Here is information on adoration, night prayer, and the opening and closing masses
  2. Nellie Gray Mass
    1. A mass in the extraordinary form will be celebrated by the community of St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in downtown Washington D.C. This mass has been celebrated in memory of Nellie Gray for the last 8 years.
  3. Pro-Life Karaoke
    1. Rehumanize International and Secular Pro-Life will be hosting an epic karaoke party the night of the March for Life.
    2. This event is a fundraiser. $20 suggested donation at the door for adults. $10 suggested donation for students. $1-5 suggested donations to get on the song-request list. There will also be prizes and a raffle to win some limited edition pro-life merch! Light snacks, beer, wine, and soda will be provided! Email herb@rehumanizeintl.org  for further details.
  4. Students for Life of America Summit
    1. Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richara Krajewski are slated to speak at the annual summit in Washington, D.C. which is expecting 2,000 in attendance.

What to bring and pack

It’s January. It will be cold, so be sure to bundle up, wear layers, and keep warm as best as possible.

Also bear in mind that you will encounter some homeless people living on the streets. Here is what to do.

  1. Give them your leftovers
  2. Give them toiletries (toothbrush, hand sanitizers,
  3. Help them get to a homeless shelter
  4. Give them your pocket change
  5. Give them clothes, gloves, a hat, scarf, and even your time.
  6. Give them a gift card to a fast-food chain.

To me, being Pro-Life does not have to limit us to defending the unborn. Rather, we care about all life. That is from the unborn child in the mother’s womb to the elderly person and everyone in between.