Help Support Gianna Center of Philadelphia with End of Year Fundraiser

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia has a tremendous opportunity here to make up for the less than expected revenue from our fundraiser as we have a generous donor willing to match funds up to 25,000 but ONLY until Dec. 27.
Find out more here

Pro-Life Novena by Archbishop Fulton Sheen

 

Recently, the Vatican has approved a pro-life miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton J Sheen.

He wrote a very powerful novena that is to be prayed for a successful nine months straight

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby [baby’s name] that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion. Amen.

Spiritually adopting a baby in danger of abortion has been a way to remind our family that 2,899 babies die every day by surgical abortion—a number that doesn’t even reflect chemical abortions—and most never receive a name.

Help Students from Archdiocesan High Schools Attend National Conference and March for Life

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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.

Empty Creche Christmas Caroling

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As we enter December, many pro-lifers will take part in the empty Creche Christmas Caroling. We will pray the rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Angelus, aas well as a litany. The caroling will soon follow. 

Pro-Lifers in Philadelphia will be doing just that in December. Here are the details.

Saturday December 28th

777 Appletree Street

Regular prayer vigil starts at 6:30 AM. Caroling will start at 7:30 PM.

All pro-lifers are welcome to come with their families. You do not need to have the best voice in the world.

Thankful for Life: A Thanksgiving Reflection

For many of us who look at the calendar, we realize that there is a holiday that is often times overlooked because of Christmas commercials and even decorations at many retailers.

The holiday in America has had its origins since 1565 when Spaniards settling in St. Augustine, FL celebrated mass on September 8th 1565 and it later followed with a feast with Seminole tribe. Evidently they even ate alligators.

Under George Washington, he designated a day of thanks. It was only until  Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursday of November as a national holiday during the American Civil War.

Thanksgiving may be a time to gobble up on turkey and watch football. However,  the holiday has a deeper meaning than that.

The holiday gives us an opportunity to give thanks for what we have, especially the gifts bestowed upon each of us.

Have you taken that opportunity to thank God for family, friends, our faith, and even the gift of life?

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so many things, but the most important thing is the gift of life. Without this precious gift, I would not be here. I have a purpose in life and I thrive to find out that purpose as I continue to make a difference.

Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. May God bless you and your loved ones.

“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

Thousands Gathered to Celebrate Life, Honor Courageous Witnesses and Pioneers

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.

 

 

Eat More Chicken? Or Political Correctness

In nearly two decades, Chick Fil A has been rising to be one of the top fast-food chains in the United States. What sets them apart from other chains like McDonald’s and Burger King is their Christian values such as being closed on Sunday.

In 2012, we will never forget how the organization came out against gay marriage. Some thought it would have the franchise drop from grace. However, it only fueled their profits steadily.

Recently, Chick Fil A announced that it is withdrawing funds from the Salvation Army over controversial issues. Many people thought it was a smack in the face to their loyal customers. However, according to Catholic Stand, Salvation Army has been connected to Planned Parenthood. This is a true controversy as we also approach #GivingTuesday in less than two weeks’ time. Learn about pro-life organizations that are worth giving here

So the question is, do we criticize Chick Fil A for chickening out, or do we hold charities, like the Salvation Army, accountable for supporting a notorious and demonic organization? The choice is yours.

And as a former employee of Chick Fil A who offered you a different take on the news, my pleasure.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is on January 19th, 2020!

Just a reminder that Human Life Sunday is on January 19th, the Sunday before the March for Life in Washington, DC. and you might want to start planning now for any events you may be planning that weekend.  Cathy Wilson of the Hope Center has some practical ideas in the post below along with materials you may use.  

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During this season of thanksgiving, we are grateful that God is blessing our efforts for life! A Hope Center is privileged to spread the gospel with you by nurturing those experiencing unplanned pregnancy.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is January 19, 2020. There are several ways that A Hope Center can support you in the education and encouragement of your congregation:
  • Sanctity of Human Life bulletin inserts (click here to preview)
  • Speakers who share the biblical perspective with a motivating call to action
  • Opportunity for involvement through the Baby Bottle campaign (an easy fundraiser to benefit A Hope Center)
  • Free client testimony video to introduce your congregation to A Hope Center

I hope that you will prayerfully consider having us join you during this beautiful celebration of the Sanctity of Human Life. Please contact me by December 16 at cathywilson@ahcfriends.org.

Remember Pro-Life Organizations On Giving Tuesday

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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

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

 

Christmas Shopping: Voices for Life Edition

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Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Before you know it, we have family, friends, and at times, clergy or co-workers to give a Christmas present to as many will flock the malls while others will shop from the comfort of their home to avoid the hustle and bustle. Keep in mind that Small Business Saturday is the day after Black Friday. Support some of our businesses that promote morality.

We are posting a list of businesses to support as you do your Christmas shopping. We have something for everyone. Many are small businesses in the Philadelphia area while others are either nationally or globally known. I have also included well-known pro-life groups that have amazing t-shirts you can wear and initiate a loving, peaceful conversation with someone who is pro-choice of on the fence.

For Pro-Life Gear

Stand True has an amazing selection of t-shirts that range from abortion is murder to adoption. They have shirts in English and Spanish. See some of the selections here.

Pro-Life Etsy Store

Etsy.com has some amazing selection of pro-life stickers, shirts, and even other forms of clothing.

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If you may recall, Voices for Life interviewed a new clothing line dedicated to the promotion of the culture of life. Learn more about them here. They are headquartered in West Chester, PA area. They have modest clothing for both men and women along with amazing accessories. Catch: They are counter-cultural with their proceeds going to pro-life charities as many of the regular clothing lines are supporting Planned Parenthood.

Uplift By Lily

Craig Glantz founded a store that was born from prayer and one single thought. “How can we provide a positive shopping experience that does not pollute.

Why is this important to us? There are so many stores that sell what I call “skull-fashion”. Skulls on shirts, skulls on backpacks, skulls on socks, skulls, skulls, skulls and other apparel glorifying the culture of death. While I know we all have to face our impending death, let’s not glorify it now. Let’s remain positive and strive to build each other up!
The name of our store was born out of the death (ironic as it may sound) of our second daughter, Lily Gianna Glantz, whom we lost to anencephaly in 2012.
We believe, however, that she remains always with us through intercessory prayer and is guiding us, uplifting us if you will, towards Heaven. Thus the impetus for our name and our store!
Well, that’s us in a very small nutshell and we hope you enjoy our designs and if you want to design your own product, just ask!! We can help you do that too! If we don’t currently have an item you want chances are we can obtain it! Just ask! Uplift By Lily
You can learn more about our littlest Saint Lily Gianna Glantz here: https://www.upliftbylily.com/blogs/news
You may visit the store website here
For all Catholics, here is a list of stores you can visit.
Proceeds of any purchases you make with go to Rachel’s Vineyard and Legacy of Life.
Visual Grace
Visual Grace creates artistic avenues to bring to life the true, the good, and the beautiful. With the aim of combining the mission of cultural restoration and the arts, Visual Grace promotes truth, beauty, and goodness in a way that inspires others to respond to the unique call of grace in their own lives.
Check out her amazing selections of prints and paintings here
Here are some gift ideas for a family member or loved one
Here are several book recommendations that I posted during the summer that can make amazing stocking stuffers
For those who love to put their pro-life message in their formal wear, check out my interview with Angelique Clark and Life Dress
You have plenty of gift ideas for your loved ones, pollyanna, co-workers, and even friends this Christmas.
Time to start making that giving list.