The First Sitting President to Attend the March for Life is……

“Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God.” President Donald Trump

In 2018, Vice President Mike Pence became the first VP to attend the March for Life. Those who are attending this year’s March for Life will also get to be a part of a historical feat. This was never done by Presidents, Reagan, Bush Sr or Bush Jr.

News has broken that Donald Trump will be the first President of the United States to attend the largest grassroots rally ever. He made the announcement today via https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“>Twitter.

Even Abby Johnson rejoices over the news on her public page:

“There has NEVER been a president in United States history that has done more to break down the abortion industry more than President Trump. Not Bush, not Reagan…no one Like it or not, that’s a fact.”

Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Foundation, released these words in light of the news.

“President Trump and his Administration have been consistent champions for life and their support for the March for Life has been unwavering,” she said in a statement. “We are grateful for all these pro-life accomplishments and look forward to gaining more victories for life in the future.”

“I ask every citizen of this great nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen.” Donald Trump

 

Please Join Us on Thursday, January 23rd in Center City Philly to Welcome Students from Omaha

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The following information comes from Patrick Stanton  of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia and Our Lady’s House, a maternity home located in Glenside, Pennsylvania.  Patrick along with his wife Wendy founded this home.  

On Thursday, Students from Omaha will make their annual pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, DC with a stop at the Planned Parenthood located at 12th & Locusts Streets in Center City Philadelphia.  We expect them to be at the Planned Parenthood between 8:30 – 9:30 am.

We encourage all to come out to greet these students, and pray and witness  with them at this abortuary  and wish them well as they make their way to Washington, DC for the annual March for Life.

Roe v Wade at 47. How did we get here? What Can We Do?

It should come as no surprise to many pro-lifers that Roe v Wade is in its 47th year. The question we must ask ourselves is “How did we allow this barbaric decision to make it this far?”

I can give you a myriad of answers, but sadly churches and people of goodwill have been silent. No more. No more apathy. No more silence. It is time to make noise not only from the pulpit but also in the public square.

Yes, there are risks if we cast ourselves out into the deep. However, we have a job that is bigger than ourselves. Far too often I have seen people who have their thinking clouded by radical liberals in the classrooms and college lecture halls. Our job is to be bold in our claim of being pro-life. We cannot stand by and hope people have a change of heart. We need to instruct people where their argument is wrong with love and mercy.

Love and mercy can win over those who have been poorly educated on abortion. It is what we have on our side when it comes to tools for victory and evangelizing to those who live in darkness. That is how we win the debate. Members of Congress or the state office will not help us win. Sure, they may campaign on promises, yet we have seen many not showing a backbone when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood or even preventing radical abortion laws from ever being law. Abby Johnson reminds us that this debate will be won outside of abortion facilities, college campuses, and even our own homes.

47 years of Roe v Wade has brought nothing but sorrow, agony, and emptiness to our country. I believe that our country is in need of an awakening. I believe a spiritual revival is happening all across the land. Our job has not been an easy one. The abortion lobby may have money, but pro-lifers don’t need a full bank account to combat the diabolic industry. Rather, we have an arsenal of people who are using their talents for something bigger than you and me. These 47 years have only brought a shift in the nation’s attitude on abortion. A majority of America is now pro-life, many of them are young (1/3 of my peers are missing because of his heinous, cold, calculous decision). We have God who has guided many to win many victories for the cause from cradle pro-lifers to former abortion workers.

The question remains: Are you willing to stop another million Americans from being murder due to a false agenda? 61 million Americans, black, white, Latino, Asian, and even mixed were silenced to help women get ahead in life like Michelle Williams and other celebrities. We must be pro-active and step out of our comfort zones. We may think that conveying the message on a digital medium can win everybody. However, as many apologists prove, your “presence” will make a difference to others.

Are you ready to step up to the plate and out of your digital comfort zone?

Going to the March for Life? Staying in D.C. for the Weekend? Here are some events before and after and things you can do.

In a previous post, I shared about things to do if in D.C. for the weekend.

Recently, I discovered events from many pro-life groups national and local. One group is Priests for Life who will have events planned in D.C. and on the West Coast to coincide with Walk for Life in San Francisco.

Here is a list of additional events happening after the March, if you plan to stay for the night or make a weekend out of the largest peaceful demonstration of the country.

  1. Vigil for Life
    1. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will have a night-long vigil for life. Here is information on adoration, night prayer, and the opening and closing masses
  2. Nellie Gray Mass
    1. A mass in the extraordinary form will be celebrated by the community of St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in downtown Washington D.C. This mass has been celebrated in memory of Nellie Gray for the last 8 years.
  3. Pro-Life Karaoke
    1. Rehumanize International and Secular Pro-Life will be hosting an epic karaoke party the night of the March for Life.
    2. This event is a fundraiser. $20 suggested donation at the door for adults. $10 suggested donation for students. $1-5 suggested donations to get on the song-request list. There will also be prizes and a raffle to win some limited edition pro-life merch! Light snacks, beer, wine, and soda will be provided! Email herb@rehumanizeintl.org  for further details.
  4. Students for Life of America Summit
    1. Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richara Krajewski are slated to speak at the annual summit in Washington, D.C. which is expecting 2,000 in attendance.

What to bring and pack

It’s January. It will be cold, so be sure to bundle up, wear layers, and keep warm as best as possible.

Also bear in mind that you will encounter some homeless people living on the streets. Here is what to do.

  1. Give them your leftovers
  2. Give them toiletries (toothbrush, hand sanitizers,
  3. Help them get to a homeless shelter
  4. Give them your pocket change
  5. Give them clothes, gloves, a hat, scarf, and even your time.
  6. Give them a gift card to a fast-food chain.

To me, being Pro-Life does not have to limit us to defending the unborn. Rather, we care about all life. That is from the unborn child in the mother’s womb to the elderly person and everyone in between.

Can’t Make the March for Life? Here’s what you can do instead

It’s March for Life week. It is predicted that it will be the biggest rally in its history with marchers from 500,000 to possibly close to 800,000 from all across the United States. In addition to the March for Life in DC, this Saturday is also the Walk for Life in San Francisco.

Now, many of us are asking, “What if I can’t go to the March for Life?” That is okay. Here are some ideas of what you can do this Friday.

  1. Treat it like a Friday in Lent
    1. Abstain from meat
    2. Fast from sugar and cream and drink your coffee black
    3. Don’t butter your toast or drown your fries in ketchup. Eat them plain
    4. Limit your screen time if necessary
  2. Attend a Holy Hour near you
    1. Can you not watch for one hour
    2. Offer it up for those involved with the pro-life movement
    3. Go to confession
  3. Pray your rosary (this should be done every day)
    1. Offer it up for an end to abortion
    2. Pray for the conversion of those who are pro-choice among your family members and friends
  4. Offer a Divine Mercy Chaplet for the conversion of those involved with abortion.
  5. Pray in front of an abortion facility near you.
    1. Take material with you and offer it to women going into the places that offer counterfeit healthcare.
  6. Attend a local event commemorating the lives lost.
  7. Engage in social media fests
    1. Tweet/Retweet about the March or why you are pro-life (be aware of hashtags to use).
    2. Share some of your past March for Life experiences
    3. Post a pro-life quote or phrase on Facebook
    4. Share testimonies of those who once worked in the abortion industry or are post-abortive
  8. Volunteer your time at a crisis pregnancy center
  9. Host a screening of Unplanned or other pro-life theme movies and documents
  10. Write a letter to your elected official
    1. Be sure to remind them of the total number of Americans killed since 1973 as a result of Roe v Wade and how Planned Parenthood is targeting Hispanics and Blacks. Ask them why they continue to be silent.
    2. Share your concern over their record on supporting abortion on demand.

These are just the many things you can do to spread the message of life. Even when the march ends, we are called to March for Life every day, not just every January 22nd. Continue making a difference today and every day in the defense of life.

 

Rally and Mass to Honor Memory of Pro-Life Union Founder

Pro-lifers in the Greater Philadelphia area are welcome to attend a rally and mass in honor of John Stanton.

The rally will take place outside of Philadelphia’s Women Center (777 Appletree) at 9AM on Saturday, February 1st. There will be a prayer vigil to precede it at 6:30AM. There will be speakers and testimonies on the sidewalk to honor the father of Philadelphia’s Pro-Life movement.

Following the rally, there will be a mass at Holy Redeemer at 10:30AM with a reception/social and guest speaker.

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Northeast Philadelphia Stand Up For Life Rally to Take Place at St. Katherine Church on Sunday, January 26, 2020

If you live in Northeast Philly or the Lower Bucks County area, please try to attend this annual Rally for Life at St. Katherine’s Church next Sunday.  Below is information  on this Rally along with a flyer you can print out and distribute. 

 

NE Philly 

from Mike McMonagle, President of  the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania 

This Rally occurs from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM and is followed by hospitality in the Church Basement.

One featured speaker is Nadia Gordynsky, who is the Director of Save a Life International, which operates a crisis pregnancy center in Feasterville to serve the Russian populations in the northwest section of Northeast Philadelphia.  Nadia delivered a terrific presentation at the October 27, 2019 Bucks County and December 7, 2019 Northeast Philadelphia Pro-Life Coalition Meetings.

The other featured speaker is Emily Welfield, who is the Northeast Philadelphia Director for Rachel’s Vineyard.  Emily delivered a powerful witness at all of the Masses on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish located in Central Bucks County.

NE Philly Stand Up for Life Rally Flyer

 

 

Get Ready for the 2020 March for Life!

Whether you’re heading out to the March for Life in Washington, DC or  planning a Rally in your own community,  there is some useful information  listed below provided by EWTN for the March for Life this coming Friday, January 24th!

March for Life

Tips For The March
  • Dress in your warmest coat and winter gear
  • Have a map of the March route
  • Stay with your group and have the leader’s contact info
  • Make a great sign on why you are pro-life
  • Create a video of why you march and post it online with hashtag #WhyWeMarch
  • Use the hashtag #WhyWeMarch when posting why you are participating in this year’s March
  • Share & retweet posts to share the pro-life message. Our goal is to get #WhyWeMarch trending on the day of the March
  • Get the March for Life & EWTN apps!
Here’s How to Participate Even If You Can’t Make It To D.C. For The March!
  • Create a video of why you march and post it online with hashtag #WhyWeMarch
  • Use the hashtag #WhyWeMarch when posting on social media
  • Share & retweet posts to share the pro-life message. Our goal is to get #WhyWeMarch trending on the day of the March
  • Get the March for Life & EWTN apps!
Coverage Begins at 9am ET on Friday, January 24th. Replays at 10pm & Midnight, and 11 am Sunday Morning and on YouTube.
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Teresa Tomeo will be report live on EWTN!  Watch on CableOnlineAppYouTube & in Spanish! And Don’t Miss EWTN Pro-Life Specials. 

The Pro-life Counter-Witness to Roe v. Wade

The following is a column from the National Right to Life that was published yesterday. Originally it was written by Archbishop Charles J Chaput a week prior to the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade. 

Charles J. Chaput is the Archbishop of Philadelphia, and (as anyone who reads NRL News Today already knows) someone from whom I have learned a great deal and quote frequently. The following is excerpted from his weekly column and was written just prior to the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.


January 22 marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion on demand. Thanks to Roe, abortion has killed more than 57 million unborn children [now over 61 million] over the past four decades – the equivalent of roughly one in six living Americans; an entire generation extinguished. But alongside the killing spree, and despite the contempt of abortion activists and unfriendly media, the pro-life counter-witness of millions of Americans has also continued.

The “March for Life” this January, like every January over the past several decades, reminds the nation that killing an unborn child is never a private matter. Abortion is a uniquely intimate form of violence – but violence with bitter public consequences. Catholics eagerly join the March for Life each year because we believe in the God of life and joy; a God who creates every human being with innate dignity and rights, including above all the right to life.

What we really believe, we conform our lives to. And if we don’t at least try to conform our lives to what we claim to believe, then we’re fooling only ourselves, because God cannot be fooled. When we claim to be “Catholic” but then don’t advance our beliefs about the sanctity of the human person as the basis of law, it means one of two things.

We’re either very confused, or we’re very evasive.

All law involves the imposition of somebody’s beliefs about the nature of truth, charity, and justice on everyone else. That’s the reason we have marches, debates, elections, and Congress–to peacefully turn the struggle of ideas and moral convictions into laws that guide our common life. …

There’s a very old Christian expression that goes like this: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”

Are we troubled enough about what’s wrong with the world — the killing of millions of unborn children through abortion; the neglect of the poor, the disabled and the elderly? Do we really have the courage of our convictions to change those things?

The opposite of hope is cynicism, and cynicism also has two daughters. Their names are indifference and cowardice. In renewing ourselves in our faith, what Catholics need to change most urgently is the lack of courage we find in our own personal lives, in our national political life, and sometimes even within the Church herself.

Every year in these weeks between the end of Christmas and the beginning of Lent, I reflect on what the Church means when she talks about the season of “ordinary time.” Ordinary time is where we spend most of our lives — raising families, doing our jobs, helping others, making the daily choices that shape the world around us. Ordinary time is the space God gives us to make a difference with our lives. What we do with that ordinary time — in our personal choices and in our public actions — matters eternally.

As Alexander Solzhenitsyn once wrote [in “The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956”], “the line separating good and evil runs not through states, nor between classes, nor even between political parties, but right through the center of each human heart, and every human heart.” That includes you and me.

Next week hundreds of thousands of good people will march for life in Washington. It’s an opportunity to prove the strength of our convictions; to show to the world what we really believe about the sanctity of human life. I’ll be there. And I ask you to join me.

Blogger’s Note: If you are planning to be in DC next week and decide to stay for the weekend, here is a post that breaks down a few worthwhile events and additional ones hosted by Priest for Life that are in DC and West Coast. 

Announcing: Wonderfully Made – A Theology of the Body Retreat for High School Girls

Once again Saint Peter’s Respect Life Committee in  Elverson, Pennsylvania will host a Theology of the Body Retreat for High School Girls on February 8th & 9th.  Information for this retreat can be found below.  

Wonderfully Made

from Jo Christof, St. Peter Respect Life Committee

The St. Peter Respect Life Committee is excited to announce another Theology of the Body Retreat for High School Girls to be held Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9th.

We will talk about what it means to be a young, dynamic, Catholic woman in today’s world. The retreat will introduce you to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and what it means for your life! This retreat will include talks, small groups, Mass, adoration and time for confession.

The Retreat is led by Samantha Kelley, the Founder and President of FIERCE Athlete (fierceathlete.org).  Sam is a young Catholic woman, trained in teaching the Theology of the Body. She holds a Master’s degree in Catholic Psychology, is a former Division 1 soccer player, and now rows competitively!

Marie DiCecco has been a high school health educator for the past 35 years and has recently completed an Allied Health program in women’s health care. She is passionate about educating young females on the beauty of their femininity. Marie believes that the foundation of the “feminine genius” – as described by Pope St. John Paul II – lies in her capacity to know that she is endowed with specific feminine gifts that encourage her to become the woman she is called by God to be.

 

 Saturday, February 8 (Arrive 9:00 AM) to Sunday, February 9 (Depart 11:30 AM)

Lunch and Dinner served Saturday and Breakfast served Sunday

St. Mary of Providence Center, 227 Isabella Road, Elverson, PA 19520 (map)

Cost: $75 per person (scholarships available)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, TEXT Eileen Christian @ 610-716-1840 or email @
eileenchristian@usa.net.   

Additional information  for this Retreat can be found below.

This event is sponsored by St. Peter Respect Life Committee

 

TOB Retreat Girls February Flyer