December to Do List

The final month of the year. It is hard to believe that we have made it to the end of 2021 and we are looking to end the year strong.

Here is the list of things to do to make it a December to remember.

  1. Host a Christmas Caroling event outside of an abortion facility. Learn more here.
  2. Participate in your local praer vigils
  3. Collect coats, hats, scarves, and even gloves for the homeless
  4. Make plans to attend the March for Life in DC on Friday, January 21st. Cant go? Hold a local rally in your community.
  5. Write cards to single moms and their families
  6. Throw a toy drive for children of single moms
  7. Collect maternity items and donate them to Pregnancy Center near you
  8. Attend the dedication of the Christmas Creche near you
  9. Participate in a pro-life orgnization’s Christmas party.
  10. Donate to a pro-life organization before the year ends
  11. Recommit to the pro-life cause by the beginning of 2022
  12. Recruit someone at your parish

Make December a month where life is worth saving and living.

Philadelphia Women’s Center Attacks Christmas

777 appletree … one of the saddest places on earth where attacks against Jesus and everything He represents are real. Over 6000 babies are murdered every year here. Most of them are black… yet the BLM sign is displayed prominently.

Here is their front window… the top shelf is Saint dolls all holding signs that make fun of the pro-lifers that stand outside faithfully.

The second shelf they have taken the manger .. hung up a pro-choice banner within it, hung condoms from the statues of the three wise men..

Please pray for a conversion of hearts here, especially Heather Loesch, the security guard who has fallen away from the faith and has belittled many pro-life men and women alike with her vulgarity and ignorance

When loving, kind, compassionate prayer warriors come together outside this place lives are saved.

Please join us for 40daysforlife 365 outside both of the downtown Philly abortion centers.

Annual Stand Up for Life Dinner Returned in Person With Sellout

After a two year hiatus, the annual Stand Up for Life Dinner returned in person. Last year’s event was virtual which saw Matt Walsh and two award recipients while also the call for donations to continue the life-saving work of the Pro Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.

On Sunday evening, 1200 strong came out to the in person event while others streamed it live. The event was a sellout and the organizers couldn’t picture a better way to be back in person. However one person attended the event, everyone was inspired to continue the fight for life from womb to tomb while also contributing to advance the great works. The room was filled with people of all walks of life from people getting their feet wet in pro-life work at grammar school level up to the seasoned peaceful demonstrators that have many stories to tell to the younger and upcoming pro-life leaders and activists.

The event also saw three recipients who were awarded for their heroic efforts to defend life.

  1. Deborah Molina received the 2021 Be Not Afraid Award for leading Sidewalk Servants so faithfully since its inception less than five years ago. Through her efforts, babies have been saved between the 40 Days for Life campaign across the Greater Philadelphia Area
  2. Regina O’Reilly, a longtime member of the Pro-Life Union’s board, received the James Kelly Pioneer Award for her years of pro-life involvement
  3. Dominic Sceski received the John and Harriet Stanton Young Leader Award for his work with Generation Life and leading more young adults in getting involved in pro-life work.

We are proud of the recipients and for all of their hard work.

The event was headlined by Patricia Sandoval. She was a former Planned Parenthood employee who promoted sex education in schools. She shared about her abortion experience and how she saw how the abortion industry operated like a chop shop. Her involvement drove her to substance and drug abuse that at one point left her without food or water for five days. Then, God transfigured and healed her. She is now a mother, wife, TV personality on EWTN, and most importantly the daughter of the king.

“ALL of this is about GOD… how can we serve HIM with the little time we have on this planet. He is so generous to us. He gives His very flesh and blood to us every single day, He loves us more than we deserve, and He is so compassionate and forgiving.” Dr. Monique Ruberu said as she reflected on a very moving evening.

Father Chris Walsh ended the evening with a plea to “give to the Pro-Life Union as we approach Giving Tuesday on November 30th”.

Even Tom Stevens used the example of one couple who changed their mind on aborting their child thanks to the witness of Mark Houck, founder of The King’s Men. That baby was born and her name is Neveah. Stevens remarked that it is those who give alms,time and talent to cultivate the life-saving and giving messages to all.

See also our gallery from the sellout event here.

BIG WINS IN VIRGINIA’S STATEWIDE ELECTIONS; LIFE, FAMILY, AND FREEDOM PREVAIL

We are recapping the results of the 2021 civic, gubernatorial, and even state elections. For results of the PA Supreme race, see this article for more information.

The motto of the state of Virginia reads, “Sic Semper Tyrannis” meaning “Thus ever unto tyrants”. For the longest time, tyrants have run Virginia, home to eight Presidents of the United States. From McAuliffe to Northam and even senate races that have had no contest let alone the ten-point win by President Joe Biden last year proved that tyranny must stop.

Many analysts and even Vice President Kamal Harris predicted in her own words that this election would, “determine what could happen in 2022, 2024, and so on”. Well, election night 2021 proved that the tyrannical actions of the Biden Administration had to be put to a halt. Glenn Youngkin, despite being behind in many early polls, came out triumphant to replace Ralph Northam by defeating former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe.

Not only was abortion a pivotal issue of the race but also what Terry McAullife said on the trail about entrusting children to the state when it comes to education while pushing critical race theory and parents were not allowed to have a say. The parents have spoken. Life has triumphed over death. It was a miracle. A pro-life majority will also have possession of Virginia house by one seat. On top of it, the race shows that every voice matters when it comes to our three inalienable rights given to us by God.

As we look ahead to 2022, let us remember those God-given rights when he put forth strong men and women of character and morals, no matter what party we affiliate with.

We have just begun. Let us carry this with us in the midterm election year let alone your own state’s races.

“Remember vote for life. It may be your own.” Mother Angelica

Susan B Anthony Hit Ground Running, A Year Ahead of Critical Mid-Term Elections; Set Record

The Susan B Anthony List knows that they have much work to do if they want to secure a pro-life majority during the 2022 mid-term elections let alone flip Harrisburg from pro-abortion to pro-life.

Thanks to the help of 30 students from Benedictine College, who took time out of their fall break, had the opportunity to knock on doors around the Greater Philadelphia area.

They wore the blue shirt with the name of the organization emblazoned on the left side of their shirt.

In the span of just three days, the small but might group set a record of 25,305 doors knocked during the course of the weekend. They had good and bad encounters. Their message was clear: abortion, at any stage, is wrong.

To learn more about how to get involved with the Susan b Anthony List, see my previous blogpost on working for them. Also, learn of the facts about this beloved pro-life feminist.

A Tribute to a Long-time Pro-life Warrior and Activist

This year we’ve had some ups and downs in the pro-life movement.  According to a LifeNews article of May 3, 2021, thirteen states have passed pro-life laws this year.  On the downside, we have the most pro-abortion president ever in our country, an administration who has made substantive policy changes to advance abortion.

Watching this president take down or do his best to take down all our pro-life advances, I thought we could use a little encouragement by publishing a very upbeat article by a long-time pro-life warrior on the milestones in his life.

I’ve known Jack Martin since the early 80’s through the Rescue Movement.  He has always been very committed to his faith and to the pro-life movement in SE Pennsylvania.  Jack actually met his wife at one of our Rescues, and they have been happily married for 25 years!  Please take a minute to read Jack’s narrative below.  He has lived through the highs and lows of the pro-life movement and his commitment to his faith and to the unborn has never wavered.  I think each of us could benefit by applying Jack’s GED philosophy to our own lives.

Jack and Ellen

Words of Wisdom from a Pro-Life Warrior

2021 marks special events in my life.

July 28, with the grace of God, I celebrated my 90th birthday in very good health. My lifestyle is based on GED.

G – Genes, a gift I inherited.

E – Equals exercise, both spiritual and physical. The spiritual includes both prayer, meditation, and spiritual reading.

D – Diet and Discipline – Eating healthy food and avoiding what I know is not healthy. Moderation in everything. Discipline is the key.

January 6, I celebrated my 60th year as a Secular Carmelite, which includes being a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The Secular Carmelites are composed of men and women who desire to deepen their spiritual life while performing their duties of their state in life. The practice of spiritual mediation is a requirement. Meditation changed my life. Next to Mass and the Sacraments, meditation had the most profound effect on my spiritual journey. Daily Mass and daily Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament are an important part of my life.

January 6 was also the 25th year of meeting my wife, Ellen at Planned Parenthood on Comly Road in Northeast Philly.  We just celebrated our 25th wedding Anniversary on October 13. We chose that date in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

2021 marks 50 years of being part of the Pro Life Movement which includes many of the very finest people. They fulfilled the greatest commandment of love of God and love of neighbor.

I will close by giving tribute to the man who brought me into the Pro Life movement, John Stanton. I believe that John was a saint who gave his all to save babies’ lives.

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.  

OLG

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.
 
 
 
Mary
 
Here is a picture of the statue of Mary, Mother of the Life Within which we plan to place in our prayer garden.  

Day 18 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/9/21)

Jeremiah 1:4-5

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Let Us Pray

Lord God, we confess that in You we live and move and have our being. Because You are, we are. May we find grace from You to affirm the being of every human and may we labor to make this truth known to the world around us. Amen. 

Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh