Christmas is fast approaching. There are so many ideas for gifts to give this season. Even though you may have completed all of your shopping, and crossed items off your list, there are other people struggling, wondering what they’ll do this Christmas and what the next year will bring.
Want to give the best gift to individuals struggling this Christmas season? How about the gift of life?
Keep in mind the pregnant woman who appears distressed, worried, or unsure while walking toward the entrance of an abortion clinic. Your kindness, compassionate approach, helpful resources, and prayers could inspire this pregnant woman to give the gift of life to her unborn child. Imagine her having this newfound hope for a better future; what a joyous occasion that would be this Christmas!
Make a donation to the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia here
Eighty high school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be attending the annual March for Life on Jan. 24, 2020 and the annual conference of Students for Life the following day, thanks to the national organization’s $6,000 grant to the archdiocesan Office for Life and Family.
Students for Life aims to educate teenagers and young adults on “the violence of abortion, create new pro-lifers and transform campuses into places that support pregnant and parenting students,” according to its website.
Now a crowd funding effort by the archdiocesan office seeks to raise an additional $15,000 to send up to 200 more students for the events.
Visit the website GiveSendGo and help raise awareness of the sanctity of human life among young people by making a donation here.
Since 1981, pro-lifers from all across the greater Philadelphia area to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to recommitting to defend life from conception until natural death as a new year is just mere weeks away. On Sunday evening, 1200 pro-lifers from newborn to great grandparents gathered for a night to remember, connect with other pro-lifers, and celebrating their first inalienable right; life.
This year, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia area, used the evening to honor award recipients who have chartered authentic healthcare for women, stood tall against the hatred of a state representative, and leading by example on a college campus. Not only did they honor those who were rewarded for their amazing works, but they also took time to recognize the medical students who were in attendance, especially those at Drexel and Thomas Jefferson Universities.
In his open remarks, Fr. Christopher Walsh and Tom Stevens reminded everyone that everything State Rep. Brian Sims said in a viral video when attacking pro-lifers this past spring was all a lie. Pro-lifers continue to do the amazing work in not only caring for babies in the womb, but to also care for the mom and their baby for a lifetime in helping with home economics, job skills, and even their education endeavors.
In addition to the award recipients, the attendees had the opportunity to hear from two amazing speakers. The first was Dr. Monique Ruberu. Dr. Ruberu shared her experience while in residence at Hahnemann University Hospital of how she was forced into taking part in an abortion and she knew from that day that she will never do it again. She encouraged all in attendance to stand tall for their faith and the most vulnerable in our society with her.
The second speaker was Rachel Guy. She thanked everyone for all they do to defend the unborn child. While in the womb, doctors gave a grim diagnosis to her parents who were encouraged to abort Rachel. Her parents chose life instead. Rachel was born at 1 lb. 2 oz. and became healthy during her five-month stay in the NICU. She founded His Love and Care, a ministry that connects expectant mothers with pro-life OB/GYNs and physicians.
As 2019 draws to a close, this is one of the most amazing events that every pro-lifer from conception to senior citizens look forward to when it’s an opportunity to recommit to fighting for the good in the world and even their faith no matter what our professions are in life.
As December is only less than 3 weeks away and before you know it, everyone will be rushing through the malls figuring out what to give to family, friends, and even co-workers.
On Tuesday, December 3rd is the annual Giving Tuesday initiative. Pro-lifers are asked to give to a pro-life charity.
Here is a list of some of the recommended organizations:
The Culture Project
Since 2014, The Culture Project is an initiative of young people set out to restore culture through the experience of virtue. They currently have missionaries stationed in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toledo, and Cleveland. Please help them to continue their mission here
Generation Life began its work in the Summer of 2000 with a weekend-long Youth Leadership Conference. Their full-time classroom outreach efforts began in the Fall of 2001.
Generation Life reaches thousands of students each year. We offer educational programs for 7th – 12th-grade students and college students in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Generation Life educators focus on spreading this message to the Greater Philadelphia Area.
The energetic staff oversees Generation Life’s multiple and varied programs including school presentations, church talks, and special events such as Eighth Grade Chastity Days, weekly and monthly prayer vigils at local abortion facilities, and the South Jersey Beach Outreach.
You can donate to their organization here
St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation
The initial mission of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation is to accompany and support those wounded by divorce. Ultimately, we envision a family outreach ministry that offers supportive, educational and spiritual programs/resources across the life span. They host a monthly webinar for adults and separated and divorced Catholics.
You can contribute to them here
Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia
Hard to believe that the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia had an eventful year in 2019 from events that were normal to the fallout with State Rep. Brian Sims. Thanks to the parents of one of the doxxed teens they ran a successful fundraising campaign.
You can help them continue raising funds to reach out to vulnerable women in the Greater Philadelphia area here
HOPE Pregnancy Center Philadelphia
The HOPE Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals at risk for abortion make life-affirming reproductive health decisions. We believe all life is created by God and has infinite value. Therefore, we are committed to upholding the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.
We understand that facing an unplanned pregnancy involves many difficult decisions. Factual information, paired with thoughtful consideration, is necessary in order to make an informed, responsible choice.
HOPE is here to offer confidential and non-judgmental assistance in a caring and supportive environment. Our services are available to all women without regard to age, race, religion, marital status or financial circumstances.
Learn more and give to them here
Students for Life of America
Students for Life of America (SFLA) is one of the nation’s most active pro-life organizations and the largest youth pro-life organization. We are the only national pro-life organization dedicated to training and equipping college, high school, medical, and law school students. Our approach is uniquely effective, and the methods we have developed are a combination of time-tested techniques and cutting-edge technology.
You can find out more and donate here
Do you have plans or thinking about making a long weekend in Washington, DC during the March for Life (Friday, January 24th)?
Believe it or not, there are pro-life events happening before and after the March for Life that you should consider attending. Here are just a few of the happenings before and after the march.
Thursday, January 24th
Bryan Kemper and other pro-lifers will be leading a prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood’s Carol Whitehill Moses Center (1225 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002).
March for Life Vigil Mass
You are invited to join the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the 2020 Opening Prayer Vigil for Life on Thursday, January 23. Mass will begin at 5:30 PM in the Great Upper Church.
The Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, KS, and Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, will be the main celebrant and homilist. Mass will be broadcast live on EWTN as well as the National Shrine’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
March for Life Conference
The March for Life Conference is designed to provide marchers with in-depth education on the yearly theme. The speakers and training sessions will provide information and training tools for marchers to go back to their communities equipped to make a difference for life. Register here
9:00 a.m. Keynote Address – TBA
10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion – TBA
11:00 a.m. Capitol Hill 101 – a session designed to equip marchers to meet with their Members of Congress during their March for Life trip to advocate for the sanctity of life.
You may have noticed a previous blog post regarding a banquet hosted by Save the Storks, a pro-life organization based in Colorado Springs. Learn about their event taking place the night before the march here.
Friday, January 24th
In addition, on Friday, January 24th, The National Shrine will conclude the National Prayer Vigil for Life with Holy Mass in the Great Upper Church at 7:30 AM.
For a full schedule, visit here
March for Life Expo
Friday, January 24, 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (This event is also taking place on January 22nd from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. and 23rd from 9AM to 8PM.)
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March for Life
From the March for Life’s website:
January 24, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Musical opening
12:00 p.m. Rally Program
1:00 p.m. March up Constitution Avenue to Supreme Court and Capitol Building
3:00 p.m. After finishing marching:
- Silent No More testimonies outside U.S. Supreme Court.
- Advocate for life to your Representative or Senators.
- Visit the March for Life Expo.
The March for Life Rally will take place at noon at 12th St. on the National Mall, in between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm.
Please use the Metro to arrive at the rally site. Recommend locations: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, Metro Center. For metro info: https://www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/.(Check out our March for Life map — you can print off paper copies OR download the March for Life app.)
Have your metro card easily accessible, before you enter the station. Metro Stations are crowded during rush hour, and even more crowded on the March for Life, during rush hour. Keep in mind that in the Washington Metro system, you need to tap in and tap out of their fare gates. One way to alleviate long lines, and avoid the frustration of fellow metro riders is to have your metro card ready, in your hand, before you enter the line for the fare gate. Also, you do not need to wait for the gates to close after the person in front of you walks through, just ensure you tap your card to the SmarTrip target and proceed through the gate.
- While walking and riding the metro in D.C., please be respectful of residents and commuters. Let’s show the nation’s capital how passionate and polite and respectful pro-lifers really are!
- Do not leave trash or signs on the grounds of the National Mall, Supreme Court, or Capitol.
- This is our nation’s capital and we should treat it with dignity and respect. If trash bins are full, please carry your trash or sign with you until you find an available trash bin.
- Do not engage with counter-protesters. If they try to engage you, ignore them as best you can. However, if you are comfortable doing, so use your phone to video the situation. This is for your protection.
- Once again, please be respectful of all people and stay focused on the cause of promoting and celebrating life, lovingly and graciously.
38th Annual Rose Dinner
The Rose Dinner is an evening of inspiration and fellowship to conclude the March for Life activities.
This year’s speakers are Sister Bethany Madonna of the Sisters of Life and Dr. William Hogan.
Sister Bethany Madonna (Keynote Speaker)
Sister Bethany Madonna entered the Sisters of Life in 2007. While attending the University of Central Florida, she had a profound encounter with the Lord, which drew her heart toward the vulnerable unborn and their mothers. After her graduation in 2006, she worked for the Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Orlando before joining her religious community. She made her final vows in 2015 and currently lives at the community’s Motherhouse, serving as the Vocation Director. She loves sharing the message of life and love.
Dr. William Hogan (Guest of Honor)
Dr. Bill Hogan began his medical career as an OBGYN in the 1960s, placing the loving care for expectant mothers and babies at the heart of everything he did, both inside and out of his practice. From serving women with crisis pregnancies in his medical practice to defending the Human Life Amendment before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dr. Hogan has fully exemplified the spirit of the pro-life movement. For this reason, the March for Life is honored to present Dr. William Hogan with the inaugural Pro-Life Legacy Award.
Learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Bill Hogan.
Note: Tickets for the Rose Dinner are sold out and registration is closed.
Please reach out to Mary Lembke at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about sponsorships or to be added to the waiting list. A small number of tickets may be available in January.
There are several pro-life events happening around DC, including two conferences in downtown DC and at Georgetown University.
Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood Carol Whitehill Moses Center
Pro-lifers are welcome to pray outside of Planned Parenthood and offer life-saving alternatives. (1225 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002) From 8AM-12PM. There will be a Jericho Walk around the perimeter of the building.
Students for Life of America Conference
This year’s theme is History Maker: Casting a Vision for a Post-Roe America.
The Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, handed down by our Supreme Court on January 22, 1973, have shaped our nation for the last 46 years. We are drawing a line in the sand to say, “no more!”
Pro-lifers are poised on the edge of a pro-life wave that has brought us two decades of advancement in pro-life legislation, the most pro-life Presidential administration in history, more pro-life judges being appointed across the nation and to the Supreme Court, and public opinion shifting ever more to rejecting abortion. Now, we must prepare for that wave to come crashing down on the Supreme Court decision that started it all.
If we really want to see Roe reversed and if we really want to see abortion become unthinkable, then now is the time to prepare for a post-Roe nation.
Register for the conference here
Click here to learn about this year’s lineup for speakers.
Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life
The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life strives to promote intellectually rigorous discourse on the dignity of human life. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, the Conference is named in the honor of His Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor, the late Archbishop of New York and a Georgetown University alumnus, who principally committed himself to care for the defenseless and eloquently advancing the pro-life argument. We aim to encourage discussion among men and women of all faiths and backgrounds, including students, professionals, academics, and clergy. Attendees will leave the Conference equipped with the arguments and information necessary to better promote a consistent ethic of life in their own communities.
Traditionally held on the day before or after the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the Conference was founded by Georgetown University undergraduate students in January 2000 and later named in honor of John Cardinal O’Connor. Cardinal O’Connor was renowned as a champion of the unborn and the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life seeks to continue his mission. Each year, our attendees have the opportunity to hear from the nation’s leading advocates in the pro-life movement, participate in small group discussions, meet other collegiate leaders, and experience the momentum that the movement brings to our nation’s capital each year during the March for Life.
Originally created for college and high school students, the Conference now attracts students, academics, clergy, and activists from around the country to reflect on a variety of pro-life topics. The Conference has grown to be the largest collegiate pro-life conference in the United States and to host many prominent pro-life speakers, including Helen Alvaré, Dr. Robert George, Margaret Colin, Dr. Michael Pakaluk, Deirdre McQuade, Archbishop Burke, Cardinal O’Malley, Dr. Charles Camosy, Ross Douthat, Jennifer O’Neill, Mother Agnes of the Sisters for Life, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Serrin Foster, Rep. Chris Smith, Dr. Wanda Franz, Dr. Mildred Jefferson, Dr. Alveda C. King, Rep. Henry Hyde, Richard Doerflinger, Jeanne Mancini, George Weigel, and Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
To register, visit the site here.
Also, click here to learn about the myriad of speakers lined up for the conference.
More events will become available at another time. Start making your plans, network with fellow pro-lifers, and stand for life.