I was so saddened the other day when I opened Facebook to find a message from Judy’s husband, Paul, telling us that that Judy had passed away. I know she was on Facebook posting the day before, so it was truly a shock to hear.
Judy was a true pro-life warrior. I only knew Judy through Facebook, but her posts, especially her poems certainly touched me, and I felt that I knew her my whole life. If you’ve ever read any of her poems, you know she was very close to Our Lord. Below are a few of her pro-life poems. I’ve included a link to her page on Facebook, God’s poetry, here so you can read more of her work.
Some things to keep in mind when planning your trip:
Keep checking the March for Life Foundation’s website for event before, during, and after the March for Life
Plan ahead to book your hotel before all rooms are filled whether traveling alone or with a small or large group
Local pro-lifers invite to pray outside of DC Planned Parenthood the morning of the march and the next day from 9AM to noon
There are two conferences if traveling with your college or high school group. One is hosted by Students for Life of America and another to be hosted by Georgetown Right to Life. More information will be available at a later time when released.
Don’t forget to start planning to attend the annual event. More details will be passed on as it becomes available.
Another pro-life warrior has earned their wings! Below is a message from Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr., Director and Founder of L.E.A.R.N.,on the passing of Pastor Bruce Rivers. I’ve always enjoyed reading his Facebook posts and will miss seeing them. Viewing information for Pastor Rivers is listed below. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Above is a picture of my departed friend and co-laborer Pastor Bruce Rivers. Pastor, Husband, Father, Pro-life activist, and Preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am still grieving and pondering his departure. Yes, God has the final say and our heavenly Father has so profoundly let Pastor Rivers and myself know that the future would be changing, and the patterns of engagement and fellowship would not be the same.
Walk For Life San Francisco is a yearly event and unknowingly would be the last time I would fellowship with God’s resounding spokesperson. As those who know him you heard Pastor Rivers before you saw him and that commanding uproarious sound so often brought me great joy to hear. Whether through song or great exhortations in the word you were divinely drawn to Pastor Bruce Rivers and its grossly understated that I will miss him!
There In San Francisco as I have done for nearly 16 years after sharing my heart with Gods chosen vessels, I headed down Market Street to march along with the other marchers. Normally upon reaching the end of the march I and Regina quickly head to the pick-up point for a ride or we decide to walk back to the hotel where we are staying. Regina had to stay in New Jersey due to health issues (where I would join her upon my return home with the same issues). I was walking with a young pro-life activist whose first name is Thai and my newly found protégé would be my transportation back to where I was staying. This time it was different. For The Very First Time I stopped And Stayed At The Finish Line Of The March. Why? I didn’t know at the time. I felt compelled to do so. Soon I would find that God would be sharing a special message he wanted me to share with Pastor Rivers @ the Finish Line, but as it turns out it was more for me and the rest of our fellowship.
As I stood conversing and fellowshipping with the crowd the Holy Spirit repeatedly kept reminding me that I was standing at the finish line. In-between greetings and conversations I suddenly felt Gods presence and at the same time heard the voice of my committed comrade yelling my name. As I turned initially, I heard Pastor Rivers say, “that he was looking for me and that he would not travel this far to come here to San Francisco and not see me”. As Pastor Bruce said those words God then spoke to me and said, “Tell Pastor Rivers that we may not see each other when we would like to but we will see each other at The Finish Line!”
I finally got around to sharing that word. Thank God! As always Pastor Rivers had the means to tape what I just shared with you. You will also hear him say just before I finally say to him what God said to share, “I got to go home”. The portion I am referring to is at 29:10 in this link .
No, I had absolutely, positively no inkling that it would be the last time I would hear Pastor Rivers distinct voice and receive a “sugar bear” embrace!
Upon receiving the first text of his condition last Friday there was the request to pray. I had just come from my prayer time and immediately called on the name of the Lord. While walking and praying with my wife the second call let me know my friend had transitioned and I was overtaken with great grief and felt ignored and distant from our Heavenly Father. I sat in the chair some time then God reminded me of the last time we were together and what the Father said to tell him and those with us. God knew then I would need His word of consolation! Truly on this day I can with all assurance say this, “That the next time I see Pastor Bruce Rivers will be @ The Finish Line and I will be there!” Make it your destiny to greet us there! Jesus makes that possible!
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:30 am (PST) to Noon (PST), Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 21372 South Reynolds Ave., Dos Palos, CA
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:30 pm (PST)
Mount Moriah Baptist Church
21372 South Reynolds Ave.
Dos Palos, CA 93620
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Mount Moriah Baptist Church
21372 South Reynolds Ave.
Dos Palos, CA 93620
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Turlock, CA 95380
Family and friends are encouraged to wear blue; this was his favorite color.
The following is from an email blast sent by Dr. Monique Ruberu. Scroll to the end of the blog to know how you can get involved with 40 Days for Life Philly.
A woman walked out of P.P. at approximately 4pm today.Gerry asked her if she would take some literature.He stated “we are here for the mom and the baby” .She replied “I know I just canceled my appointment.” As she walked away she told Gerry and mark their prayets were answered !!! BABY SAVED ON DAY 1 !! Thanks to every one who stood in the cold and prayed today.
Tomorrow is going to be a crazy cold and rainy one – we’ll check if they are open – Pat and I will be out there if so…
On Friday, the Knights of Columbus board of directors have elected, Patrick Kelly to succeed Carl Anderson as the new Supreme Knight of the largest Catholic fraternity of the world.
The Knights of Columbus, founded in 1882, started out as an organization to foster Catholic manhood while helping fatherless families who have no breadwinner present. Today, the order has nearly 2 million members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, Poland, Lithuania, France, and Ukraine.
Those who have attended the March for Life in DC or on a local level would notice the order’s signature Defend Life from the order that is proudly carried throughout the rally and even March by individuals.
Kelly was instrumental in the order’s ultrasound initiative that started in 2009 with a goal to have one ultrasound in every 50 states in the United States by 2019. It was successful that he accomplished that goal within a ten year span.
In addition to the ultrasound initiative, Kelly launched the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” program that countered the global pandemic last March.
Kelly will begin his Supreme Knight tenure on Monday, March 1st. Anderson, a twenty year leader of the organization is stepping down as he will adhere to the by-laws of the organization to step down when reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Join the Knights of Columbus
For Catholic men 18 and over in good standing you are called to be a member of the organization and be a part of an organization that will foster manhood and a stronger faith. To join, visit here and use promo code MCGIVNEY2020 for one year of free membership.
These Liberties We Hold Sacred
The outgoing Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus has recently came out with a new book that is hot off the press. It features a collection of his essays, speeches, and even articles that defends Freedom of Religion. Place your order here.
Lila Rose is about to add another title to her name… author.
In a post on Instagram, she has confirmed that she will be releasing her debut novel.
Her novel, as she recalled in the post was “15 years in the making”.
Her hope is to equip young pro-lifers with the tools they need to stand for life through all walks of their lives. She also shares her struggles during her advocacy. At the same time, her triumphs and victories.
The book will be released on May 4th of this year. You can pre-order your copy or two now here.
Today, while everyone was home due to the virtual March for Life, I was in our nation’s capital for a big weekend.
I got there early and met a couple of local regulars.
A few minutes later, 100 college students and regional coordinators from Students for Life came out and help packed the sidewalk.
I led the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. As we were transitioning into the rosary, a young man dropped off his girlfriend and taunted verbal and even hateful things at us. It was tempting to stop the praying. However, I kept going without stopping like a train on full speed to its destination. I even felt that my Guardian Angel was watching over me as that same man made threats to bring a gun and unload bullets on me and fellow pro-lifers.
Thankfully everyone kept the faith while their composure and we managed to have an eventful day on the sidewalk filling it with love, mercy, and even hope as it lies only a mile from one of the most beautiful Basilicas in the country on the grounds of Catholic University of America.
The devil is real and he knows that his time is short. His weapons are vices and principalities. Ours are prayers, works of service and mercy, and even the Eucharist.
The Philadelphia March for Life was a testimony to the commitment of so many people to protect and pray for the lives of the precious unborn. And, praise God, these past weeks have been blessed in a very special way with mothers choosing life for their babies, and again this past week at 12th & Locust with a mother and father choosing to keep their child!
This would not have been possible if there weren’t Sidewalk Servants present providing them with the information and loving help that they needed!
So, please, please help fill the hours that still need coverage this week. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about how to be a Sidewalk Servant by joining some long time Sidewalk Servants, please let them know about Newby Saturdays (more information below).
More about the couple who chose life:
Sidewalk Servant, Mark, was praying outside 12th & Locust and saw a couple walk into the courtyard and up to the doors. He spoke to them saying that he had something very important for them and if they could please just give him a few moments of their time. And they turned around and went to speak to him!! He gave them information and told them about the incredible life the mom was carrying inside her. He let them know about all the support and help available from the pro-life community of incredible people who are there to walk with them and help them with whatever they might need. And, they listened and chose Life for their child! Mark got them all the contact information they needed and was able to spend time with them to continue to answer questions and support this couple and their baby. What a blessing!! Thank you to all of you who are present every day to provide hope and help to these babies and their parents. May God bless you!
NEWBY SATURDAY (Every Second Saturday)10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets. 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.
SIDEWALK SERVANTS- General Information:
1) Take a look at the Sidewalk Servants website and videos for more helpful information and resources:
A chilly Saturday couldn’t freeze the warm spirits of thousands of pro-lifers throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
The morning began with a short prayer service in the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral with the recitation of the rosary and the litanies of loreto and St. Joseph while a protestant group held a prayer service outside of the south lawn of the church.
Archbishop Nelson Perez celebrated mass with Bishop Joseph Coffey, auxiliary bishop of the military archdiocese, as the homilist. For Bishop Coffey, he saw the event as a way to recommit to the cause of life. He shared how God blessed him when Fr. Dennis Gill blessed him on Good Friday just before he was arrested during an Operation Rescue demonstration outside of Planned Parenthood. Bishop Coffey recalled that those events helped formed his call to the priesthood.
Following the mass and Protestant prayer service, everyone came together to peacefully march one mile to Independence Hall. Along the way, many stop to pray in front of the Philadelphia Women’s Center for a short prayer while Pat Stanton states the history of the facility that murders 6,500 lives annually.
Everyone finally gathered outside of the north lawn of Independence Hall to hear amazing testimony and even music from Jack Terzian who reminds people to be you and cool.
Alison Centofante of Live Action emcee the event. She shared about how she would one day meet her grandmother who chose life for her dad.
Ashley Garecht fired up the crowd by reminding them to not be scared by the bullies who want to stop you from standing up for what is right.
Dr. Monique Ruberu talked about the need of being present outside of abortion facilities in our area.
Reverend Herb Lusk III reminded everyone to keep up the fight. God is bringing about the victory over death.
Kathy Barnette shared that we must be louder in our convictions when speaking about the danger of abortion.
On January 8th 2011, a young man stood outside of one of the largest abortion facilities in Pennsylvania. He was nervous that even the bitter cold morning did not keep him from hiding it. Later, a seasoned pro-lifer (the late John Stanton) pulled up as he helped him place a sign on the corner that floored him about the number of abortions committed at this location alone. Before he can blinked, his neighbors showed up and were thrilled to see him. His presence gave them hope.
Since that bitter cold morning of January 2011, he continued to get more and more involved with the pro-life movement that included regular participation in prayer vigils, at large events, and recruiting new people from time to time. He was jeered, assaulted, and even taunted all because he wanted to do “what God wants him to do.”
That young man is me and I am not done until we end abortion on the streets of Philadelphia and every major city across the United States and throughout the world.