The Respect Life Ministries of both Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes located in Central Bucks County, Pennsylvania will once again host their annual Rummage this August. This year the sale will take place in the Parish Center of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
Sale dates are Friday, August 20th from 9:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday, August 21st from 9:00 – 12:00 noon. Saturday is half-price day!
Volunteers needed! – If you are able to help in any way before, during or after this sale, please contact Mary @ firstname.lastname@example.org.(Please see flyer below for more information.)
All proceeds benefit Pregnancy Help Centers in and around Bucks County.
From time to time, I come across this picture of a nun chastising pro-lifers for only be ‘pro-birth’. I’m not sure if this nun is real or if she actually said what is on the meme; however, I’d like to respond.
Yes, Sister, pro-life people are pro-birth, but we are so much more! Have you ever visited a Pregnancy Help Center or one of the many Maternity Homes across the country for women who are looking for help with a crisis pregnancy? Guess who opened and maintain these places? That’s right, the very ‘pro-birth’ people who stand outside of abortion chambers praying and offering help who you criticize. And you’d be surprised at all the programs set up for these women to help them through their pregnancies, again provided and funded by pro-life warriors.
I’m sure if you called one of these places, Sister, they’d be glad to give you a tour. And maybe the next time I see a meme of you, you’ll be singing the praises of the very people you vilified.
NATIONAL HOTLINE: CALL 1-800-712-HELP OR TEXT ‘HELPLINE’ TO 313131
IN SOUTHEAST PENNA: CALL THE COMMUNITY WOMEN’S CENTER AT 215-826-8090
HELP AFTER AN ABORTION
If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available. Call Project Rachel’s national toll-free number 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visithopeafterabortion.org.
The following message is from Sandy Slater, president of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition, PA.
Already it is time to think about Mother’s Day and the Rose sale. Because of the interruption that we had from March of 2020 and ongoing, the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition that supports 7 area pregnancy care centers is falling short of funds. To date we have been able to send $2,400 to them each month. They are A Baby’s Breath, Warminster; Blessed Margaret Home, Bensalem; Legacy of Life, Bristol, Crossroads Pregnancy Care, Quakertown; Guiding Star, Philadelphia; Our Lady’s House, Jenkintown; Moms House, Downingtown. In the near future we hope to add possibly 1 more pregnancy care center.
Donations are down due to the pandemic, but Moms in crisis still need help for their unborn as the Coalition has tried to do. This message is being sent to the members of the coalition in the event that you do not have a Respect Life group in your Church but could speak to your pastor about the fund raiser, you do have a Respect Life group and the members would like to make a personal donation, as an individual you have not participated in the annual Rose sale before, or that you may have a Moms group that would like to do something to help other moms that are in need through the pregnancy care centers.
Your help in any way is greatly appreciated.
Checks may also be mailed to Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition, PO Box 7068, Penndel, PA 19047.Please see message below to Respect Life/Pro-Life Church Contacts from Christina Doherty.
Thank you and may God bless you.
Sandy Slater President Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition
To Respect Life/Pro-Life Church Contacts: If you are planning to sell live and/or wood roses, please contact me to order.
“If a business is built on misleading users, on data exploitation, on choices that are not choices at all, then it doesn’t deserve our praise, it deserves reform.”
This is a quote from Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, during a video conference on the subject of privacy. He was suggesting that regulators scrutinize social media’s privacy policies (e.g. Facebook) instead of Apple’s. When I read the words though, it reminded me of a particular organization that needs scrutiny and reform – Planned Parenthood.
We can check that box off. Planned Parenthood has the following statements on their website:
“There are fake clinics that say they have pregnancy services. These are called Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and they’re run by people who are anti-abortion and don’t believe in telling you the truth about all of your pregnancy options. They may use lies and manipulation to try to scare or shame people out of choosing abortion.”
With regard to life-affirming pregnancy centers. These centers provide information for alternatives to abortion. They don’t shame or scare anyone. This information alone is misleading.
“Both in-clinic and medicationabortions are very safe.”
Well, Planned Parenthood needs to define “very” safe. A baby’s heart is stopped so it’s not safe at all for at least one life involved in the procedure.
We can check that box off also. The Center for Medical Progress’ exposure of Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts business included the following:
“Planned Parenthood revealed private patient medical information to third party contractors at StemExpress, LLC in order to meet the company’s quotas for harvesting body parts from Planned Parenthood abortions, said a former StemExpress procurement technician, Holly O’Donnell.”
So, PP exploited personal patient data in order to work with StemExpress in gathering the requested baby body parts.
Choices that are not choices at all.We can check that box off definitively.
When Dr. Leana Wen took over as president of Planned Parenthood in 2018 she stated that the “core mission” of Planned Parenthood was “providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion.” Despite this, Wen was fired within months of joining Planned Parenthood, and according to her she was fired because she “did not prioritize abortion enough.”
From personal experience, I have never seen Planned Parenthood work with any pro-life witnesses outside their facilities to share life-affirming choices before a woman makes a decision even though we are within feet of their doors. The choices they do offer are whether to have a surgical abortion or a medical one. Opting to end a child’s heartbeat is the only choice offered. There are no referrals to pregnancy centers. There is no counseling as to the adoption process. Abortions are the key ingredient of PP’s profit margins so it would be counter-intuitive to not push the key product.
Tim Cook is known to have a liberal-leaning ideology. I may not agree with his politics, but he is a successful businessman and I can’t say I disagree with his statement as it stands for any business. So, based on this analysis why is PP praised and why is it not singled out for reform? Because once again, the primary party involved in abortion, a child, cannot speak, cannot vote and is considered just collateral damage in Planned Parenthood’s misguided and heartless message that abortion empowers women. Therefore, misleading the moms and dads, exploiting their personal information and underhandedly offering the idea of choices that really aren’t there is celebrated instead of being denigrated and targeted for reform.
The weather is dreary for many of us and we are still living under Covid-19 restrictions so we need to create our own bright spots in our days. One bright spot I recommend is joining the virtual tour of Legacy of Life on Thursday, February 18th at 7 PM EST on Zoom. You will learn first hand about the work Legacy of Life does everyday to support moms and their children. Legacy of Life offers life-changing alternatives to women who are considering abortion…alternatives that Planned Parenthood does not offer. My first tour there made realize that when I stand outside an abortion center, I can be confident in the alternative resources I offer women. I know they will be taken care of if they only make the call. Below are the details for joining the tour. I guarantee you will be uplifted after taking part in this tour and may even decide to volunteer or donate to this worthwhile mission.
You are invited to join the Legacy of Life Foundation! You will hear from our advocates about how love & mercy give a woman hope even after they have been abandoned by their family, friends, and even the father of their baby just because they are pregnant. Advocates and Ultrasound techs will share how through love and mercy truth transforms a woman’s heart from abortion-minded to saying YES to life. These stories will melt your heart and reaffirm that, yes, hope abounds through love & mercy!
Mark your calendars and join us! Share this invitation with a friend and help transform their Lenten journey! Don’t miss a special message from Archbishop Nelson Perez of the Archdiocese of PhiladelphiaThursday, February 18, 20217pm EST on Zoom
Adapting. We all do it, sometimes without even thinking about it. Stuck in traffic, we use a shortcut someone showed us 10 years ago. Power goes out, find a flashlight or light all the candles we received as Christmas presents. And now, the pandemic really has spotlighted all our adapting skills. Sports fans not allowed in stadiums during the pandemic? Fill the seats with purchased photo cardboard cutouts and donate the proceeds to charity. We just naturally want to fix something that currently isn’t working.
The Legacy of Life Foundation (Bucks County, PA) has not let any grass grow under its feet when it comes to adapting.
Legacy’s infamous Baby Bottle Drive has now undergone a makeover to allow for any Covid safety concerns of pastors, parishioners or organization leaders. Rather than distributing baby bottles to be taken home and filled up with donations, then collected at a later date, there is now the option of distributing envelopes with a baby bottle printed on the front that can then be returned the following week either in a bassinet or donation box in the back of the church. You also have the option of mailing the envelope back directly to the Foundation or contributing online.
Please consider contacting Legacy of Life to initiate a Bottle Drive at your parish, church or organization. The funding received from these drives is critical in providing supportive services to those moms who reach out to the women’s centers rather than abort their children. When the pandemic first reared its ugly head and everything was shut down, the Legacy of Life women’s centers still had a mission to support the women and children in their program. Life did not stop but a good portion of the funding did.
We urge everyone in SE Pennsylvania to attend this virtual banquet to help Chester County Women Services. Our pro-life centers and homes depend on us to keep their doors open so no women in a crisis situation is left without a support system.
Chester County Women’s Services Invites Community to Free Virtual Banquet & Silent Auction
Coatesville, PA, August 21, 2020 – Chester County Women’s Services (CCWS), a local Pregnancy Care Medical Center that focuses on providing medical, educational, and support services to those facing unplanned pregnancies, is holding their 35th Annual Virtual Banquet & Silent Auction on Monday, September 14, 2020. The event is open to the entire community. Tickets are free but registration is required to attend.
The banquet originally schedule to take place in a live format in May, has been rescheduled to virtual format due to the pandemic. The silent auction will be opening one week prior the banquet, on Monday, September 7th. The silent auction has more than 70 baskets to bid on, all from the convenience of your smart phone. Baskets include vacation packages dated for use through 2023, tickets to local attractions and gifts that support many local small businesses. The auction will close the following Monday, September 14th, at 9pm, following the virtual banquet. The silent auction is open to the entire community. Participants must download the Handbid app from their smart phone app store. Instructions can be found by visiting ccwsmedicalinfo.org/banquet.
The virtual banquet that is happening on Monday, September 14, 2020, will start promptly at 7pm. There is a fast-paced and exciting lineup, including appearances from actor Kirk Cameron, author & speaker Naomi Zacharias, and influential speaker Sean O’Hare! To register for this free event pleas visit http://www.givebutter.com/CCWS2020Banquet.
Chester County Women’s Services executive director, Myriam Ruager stated, “This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Our goal is to raise $185,000. This is more than 1/4 of our total annual budget. The funds raised help those in our community who are facing unplanned pregnancies get the medical, educational, emotional, and spiritual support that they need. And during these turbulent economic times, more and more women are finding themselves in this type of crisis. We are here to listen to their concerns, educate them about their options, and empower them to make life-affirmingchoices!”
Ruager went on to say, “Although we didn’t foresee ourselves pivoting to a virtual platform when we started planning this event, we are excited about the possibilities that moving to a virtual platform brings to our ministry. We are excited that this event has no borders. You can listen in from anywhere in the world—just imagine how far our reach could go if you were to share this event within your social circles, and those friends shared it within their social circles, and so on? I hope you and your family can join us for this family friendly event; to learn more about the lives being saved right here in your community!”
Just last year, CCWS served over 3,900 appointments throughout Chester County. The medical services include pregnancy tests, limited-ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and proof of pregnancy. Educational visits include abortion facts and alternatives, sexual integrity information, adoption guidance, post-abortion healing, anger management, homeless prevention support, parenting support up through age 16, and discipline support. CCWS also assists with community referrals and client-earned material assistance.
CCWS is a Pregnancy Care Medical Center that exists to educate and empower individuals and their families to make life-affirming choices. All services are 100% free and offered in both English and Spanish. Families are supported physically, emotionally, and financially through basic pregnancy care parenting education, peer counseling, a family advocacy program, and community referrals. Offices are located in Coatesville, Kennett Square and West Chester. CCWS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that is 90% volunteer-based. To learn more, please visit http://www.ccwsmedicalinfo.org or call 610.383.0930.
The following is from Ron Kelsey, President, Planned Parenthood Exposed located in Kansas City, Kansas. Click on the link in the post below to see what you can do to help save unborn lives.
As we continue our battle to Stop Planned Parenthood in KCK, pro-life forces have countered PP by opening Kansas City Pregnancy Clinic (KCPC) which offers life-affirming options to women at risk of choosing abortion.
You can help abortion-risk women be aware of the existence of KCPC by simply going to the KCPC website. Doing so will increase the visibility of KCPC when abortion-risk women do web searches.
Legacy of Life is an organization based in the Philadelphia area and its mission is to invest in educating, inspiring and supporting women in unplanned pregnancies to find the strength to choose life. You are invited to join a Virtual Episode with the Legacy of Life Foundation called Seeing is Believing: The Ultrasound. This episode will highlight the ultrasound appointment with women in crisis. You will learn about the role the ultrasound plays in transforming a woman’s heart from abortion-minded to saying YES to life after a woman meets her baby for the first time on an ultrasound. You’ll hear from our ultrasound technician telling the stories of hope and miracles. We will interview the Knights of Columbus about their role in making ultrasound possible at our centers and finish up with Q&A for all at the end.
Once you have registered, keep an eye out for the Zoom webinar link in your email June 18, Thursday afternoon! If you have never used Zoom before, you may want to download the app before joining the webinar.