Pro-Life Spring Events

Hard to believe that spring is almost here as we look ahead to March.

There are plenty of ways you can spring into pro-life action while also supporting the Pro-Life groups in the Philadelphia area.

40 Days for Life

Be sure to take part in the first 40 Days for Life Campaign of the decade. To find a vigil near you and sign up, visit here

 

March Events

3/7- The 12th Annual Man Up Philly Conference

Many of our local pro-life groups will be in attendance at this day-long event. You are asked to say hello and support them.

3/8- Second Sundays with the Culture Project

The Culture Project invites all young adults to come out to their 2nd Sunday gatherings. They will attend 6:30 PM mass at the Basilica. Following mass is fellowship at Mace’s Crossing at 7:45ish.

3/14- Newbie Saturday

There will be a gathering outside of Planned Parenthood (1144 Locust Street) from 10AM to noon.

3/15- The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March with the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. See more information here.

April Events

4/11 – APRIL “NEWBY SATURDAY” FOR SIDEWALK SERVANTS

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. “Newby Saturday” will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets. More information can also be found on our Outreach page.

Saturday, April 18, 2020.  9:30 a.m. – Noon


Event:  Morning Reflection and Mass for Adult Children of Divorce

Presented by the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith.  Reflection, prayer, Mass, and Confession.  This is a half-day mini-retreat for adult children of divorce 18 or older. Refreshments served.  (Feel free to bring a breakfast item to share.)
Location:  St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 219 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA.  Free parking on Harry Street in the lot behind the church (around the block).  Additional parking (public parking) on 1st Avenue, two blocks from the church.
Speakers include Anne DeSantis, Director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation and Chas DeFeo, Founder, Walk by Faith to Live.
To learn more:  Visit the website: www.nonnatus.org/events.  Call or Text: 215-870-9913.  Email: director.srnf@gmail.com.  Free event with an optional free-will offering.

May Events

Saturday, May 2, 2020.  9:30 a.m. – Noon.
Event:  Morning Reflection and Mass for Divorced and Separated

Presented by the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith.  Reflection, prayer, Mass, and Confession.  This is a half-day mini-retreat.  Refreshments served.  (Feel free to bring a breakfast item to share.)
Location:  St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 219 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA.  Free parking on Harry Street in the lot behind the church (around the block).  Additional parking (public parking) on 1st Avenue, two blocks from the church.
Speakers include Anne DeSantis, Director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation and Chas DeFeo, Founder, Walk by Faith to Live.
To learn more:  Visit the website: www.nonnatus.org/events.  Call or Text: 215-870-9913.  Email: director.srnf@gmail.com.  Free event with an optional free-will offering.

5/9 Newbie Saturday

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. “Newby Saturday” will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets. More information can also be found on our Outreach page.

5/10- Mother’s Day

Many parishes and churches will hand out bulletins and roses to moms to commemorate Mother’s Day.

If you are interested in doing one at your church, please contact Tom Stevens at 610-247-7002 or visit http://www.prolifeunion.org.

5/10- Second Sunday with The Culture Project

The Culture Project invites all young adults to come out to their 2nd Sunday gatherings. They will attend 6:30 PM mass at the Basilica. Following mass is fellowship at Mace’s Crossing at 7:45ish.

5/18 – PENNSYLVANIA MARCH FOR LIFE

Mark Your Calendars! Join fellow Pennsylvanians at the Pennsylvania March for Life on Monday, May 18 from 11:00am-1:00pm in Harrisburg at the State Capitol. Sponsored by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, Pennsylvania Family Council, and Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. More information can be found online at PAMarchforLife.org. View and share their Facebook event page with others!

 

 

March with the Pro-Life Union in the Annual St. Patrick’s Day

ATTENTION ALL COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL, AND PARISH RESPECT LIFE GROUPS:

Philadelphia’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Sunday, March 15th.

Once again, the Pro-Life Union will be taking part in the parade.

Everyone will meet at 16th and JFK Boulevard at 11AM. Bring a friend or two to the event.

Be sure to look for our banner in the photo shown and help spread the pro-life message along the parade route.

Visit here for more information.

Pro-Lifers Celebrate Life, Kick Off 40 Days One Week Out

150 pro-lifers came out to celebrate Herb Lusk, Pastor of Greater Exodus Baptist Church, and also mark one week until 40 Days on Wednesday evening. The evening was marked with speakers, singing from the church’s choir, and reflections on Herb Lusk’s life.

Matt Britton of 40 Days took time to address the crowd. He reminded them to keep praying and showing to the moms going in because one day the abortion facility will be transformed into a haven of life. He shared that if someone is praying outside of an abortion facility the show-up rate declines due to a pro-lifer’s presence. He even shared the amazing facts of how lives were saved and transformed since the campaign started in 2004 and went national in 2007.

Monique Ruberu took the time to remind people to fill up every hour and to bring love to the sidewalk.

To sign up for 40 Days, visit here

 

Annual Rosary for Unborn Babies Set for May 1st – 3rd

We encourage all who pray the rosary to join with the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization in praying on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn human persons.  Details for registering and promoting this prayer event are listed below. 

The multinational ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES begins on Friday, May 1st and continues through Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.  The annual prayer event, coordinated by the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization, started about ten years ago.

Pray For The Unborn Rosary

“In 2018, over 135,000 Rosaries were registered by people living in more than 20 nations,” said Patrick Benedict, director of the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization.  “That was one of our best years with regards to participation.

“But, with hundreds of millions of Catholics throughout the world who could participate, the goal of one million Rosaries could easily be not only met but far surpassed.

“I am very much hoping persons reading this will not only register to pray at least one Rosary for an end to the killing of unborn babies, but will also let other people know about the ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES,” concluded Benedict.

The website (click here for website) has information about registering as a participant, promoting the prayer event, printing out bulletin inserts, etc.

 (Information may also be received by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: S.M.T.A.O.; P. O. Box 42141; Memphis, Tennessee 38174; U.S.A.)

 

 

Cenacles of Life to Host 40 Days for Life Campaign in Norristown, Pa

The following information is from Rita Smith, M.E.V., (Missionaries of the Gospel of Life) and coordinator of the 40 Days for Life in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Fuel Up for Lent

2020 SPRING 40 DAYS FOR LIFE – CENACLES OF LIFE

Tuesday, February 25th

2020 Spring 40 Days for Life Kickoff – Cenacles of Life Beginning on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 which is Shrove Tuesday, Our Blessed Lord also requested to Sr. Pierina that a special feast to be instituted to honor of His Holy Face on Shrove Tuesday. The Cenacles of Life devotion before the Most Blessed Sacrament will be held in Our Lady’s Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. Please see the following website www.CenaclesofLife.org for more info and will end with the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Calling to Remembrance the participation in Our Lord’s Agony in Gethsemani of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Most Blessed Sacrament, who at least thrice in her lifetime willingly accepted the violent pains that convulsed her for three hours and at times caused her to lose consciousness, as allowed by Jesus in order to offer reparation to God for infants murdered in their mothers wombs. Please see #1276 in St. Faustina’s Diary. Please call Rita Smith at 610-489-1929 for more info or email, www.providarita1@gmail.com. Sign Up Sheets will be available. All are welcome.

Use this link to sign up for hours beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 26th through April 5th, Palm Sunday.  Hours are from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm all week long with Sunday’s included.

40 Days for Life Philadelphia, Kickoff Prayer Rally To Feature Matt Britton, Chair of 40 Days for Life Campaign

We encourage everyone to come out for this Kickoff Rally on Wednesday, February 19th to hear the testimonies of these speakers  and help Rev. Lusk celebrate his birthday.  

Kickoff Rally

Please join fellow pro-lifers at the 40 Days For Life Kickoff Prayer Rally on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m.

We are excited to be hosted by Rev. Dr. Herbert Lusk II at the Greater Exodus Baptist Church located at 704 N. Broad Street, Phila., PA 19130. Free parking (entrance is on Ridge Ave.) is available behind church.

Help us celebrate with prayer and song and hear the testimonies of Author and Commentator Kathy Barnette, Chairman of 40 Days Matt Britton and OB/Gyn Physician and Pro-Life Union Board Member Monique Ruberu.

 

Black History Month: Meet Angela Minter

In honor of Black History Month we are spotlighting Angela Minter the founder and president of an organization called  Sisters for Life.  Below is some information and a short video about Ms. Minter and her organization sent by  Walter B. Hoye II, President and Founder of Issues4Life Foundation.

 

Angela Minter, President and Founder is a born again Christian and the wife of her high school sweetheart, Parnell. Together they have enjoyed over two (2) decades of marriage and are blessed with three (3) wonderful children. Angela and Parnell also lost two (2) pre-born babies to abortion while in their teens. They bear the scars of abortion which only heightens Angela’s commitment to preborn babies, their parents and families.

Sisters For Life believes in and is committed to …
 
➊ Supporting Women of all ethnicities
➋ Advocate for Families and Family Values and
➌ Stand for truth according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Lori and I have known and work with Angela Minter for years. We highly recommend supporting Sisters For Life.

About Sisters For Life
Sisters For Life is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit organization inspired by God and dedicated to defending the sanctity of life at every stage from conception to mature adulthood. To learn more about Sisters For Life click here.

Pro-Life Examples Part 2: The Spiritual Work of Mercy

Here is the breakdown o the other seven works of mercy

Based on an article from the National Catholic Register, here are some ways you can exercise the seven spiritual works of mercy.

SPOILER: A majority involves prayer and spiritual reading.

The seven spiritual works of mercy are:

  1. To instruct the ignorant.
  2. To counsel the doubtful.
  3. To admonish the sinners.
  4. To bear patiently those who wrong us.
  5. To forgive offenses.
  6. To comfort the afflicted.
  7. To pray for the living and the dead

Here’s a break down on how to live out each one of them.

To instruct the ignorant

  1. Engage in pro-life apologetics
    1. We are called to be the light of Christ to those who do not know the issue well
    2. Present it in a way where you are not in their face or confrontational
  2. Read books on pro-life apologetics such as Trent Horn’s Persuasive Pro-Life or Stephanie’s Gray Love Unleashes Life
  3. Invite someone on the fence to attend a lecture given by a pro-life speaker
  4. Offer to give a pro-life talk to a respect life group or during a general assembly

To counsel the doubtful

  1. Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise” (Prov 19:20)
  2. Offer information to a pregnant mom who is struggling to find the right options
  3. Pass on pro-life literature to someone who is on the fence with the issue
  4. Accompany a pregnant mom to a pregnancy crisis center during her appointment

To admonish the sinner

Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way and correct their mistakes.  Together we can learn to walk more closely with Christ

  1. Be compassionate by loving when people are wrong
  2. Those who hope to denigrate the Church and its followers are looking for a fight. Give it to them, but do it clearly and with compassion. It’s called “tough love” for a reason — it might sound tough but it’s loving at its core.
  3. Write a letter to the editor in response to a pro-choice leaning article
  4. Write a letter to an elected official who supports abortion and challenge their stance
  5. Intervene fast and hard in situations where people are doing spiritual and moral harm to themselves or others.

To bear wrongs patiently

  1. Ask God to give you patience when people rattle you for your pro-life convictions
  2. Offer a Holy Hour or communion for those who repeatedly attack your faith

To forgive offenses

  1. Let go of grudges
  2. Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives
  3. Participate in the Sacrament of Penance
  4. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet

To comfort the afflicted

  1. Be a listening ear to those who are suffering in grief
  2. Make a meal or invite those suffering from personal or mental anguish to a social gathering
  3. Send a letter or card to those grieving the loss of a loved one
  4. Include those contemplating suicide or abortion, hurting, or suffering in your rosary or morning prayer

Pray for the living and dead

Prayer is an essential part of our spiritual lives

  1. Request a Mass intention for a friend or family member who is going through a tough time
  2. Request a mass intention for a pro-life advocate no longer with us.
  3. Keep your own book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those who you are keeping in your prayers
  4. Offer a Mass or Holy Hour for the buildup of the culture of life
  5. Ask people to pray for you and your needs

Incorporate these seven and the seven Corporal Works of Mercy into your daily lives.

 

 

 

Pro-Life Version of the Works of Mercy. Part 1

I’m sure you have obstinately heard the phrase “Pro-lifers don’t care about the moms and babies after birth.” The reality is they do. The problem with the phrase is that the apathetic people that make this claim have never been cared for by people of love.  That is why I am giving you a breakdown of the Corporal Works of Mercy. The spiritual version will come later. For now, let us do the first seven. This comes as a perfect reminder with Lent around the corner.

The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others as if they were Christ in disguise. They serve as a guide to responding to the tangible needs of our neighbors and enemies.

Feed the Hungry

  1. Give some pocket change to a homeless person who needs food
  2. Splurge on your next trip at Wendy’s Chick Fil A or wherever you’re going to lunch today and offer that extra food to the person begging at the corner
  3. Start a food can or pantry drive at your parish and give it to a homeless shelter
  4. Make food for someone going through a bereavement
  5. Offer to donate food to a baby shower for a mom who is choosing life

Give Drink to the Thirsty

  1. Give your extra bottle of water to someone who is homeless
  2. Donate a case of water
  3. Pay for the person’s cup of coffee that is behind you
  4. Offer a cold or hot beverage to your local mail carrier,/UPS Driver, Amazon deliverer, gardener, snow shoveler, etc.
  5. Donate baby formula to a local pregnancy help center

Clothe The Naked

  1. Donate old clothes you have and give them to the homeless shelter
  2. Host a clothing drive for those in need
    1. We’re still in the heart of winter
  3. Knit hats, scarves, and gloves to later be  given out to the homeless or dropped off at a nearby homeless shelter
  4. Knit blankets, crochet or sew baby blankets for your local pregnancy help center
  5. Host an event or dance and have people get admission by donating baby items to the event for a pregnancy center
  6. Collect clothes and send them to an orphanage overseas
  7. Throw a baby shower for a woman that decides to choose life but has nothing prepared for her child’s arrival

Visit the Sick

  1. Send flowers, fruit basket, and or cards to someone who is sick or in the hospital
  2. Volunteer to call Bingo at a nursing home
  3. Visit a relative or friend that is in the hospital or nursing home
  4. Offer to give someone homebound the eucharist
  5. Visit a parish member that is terminally ill

Bury The Dead

  • Pray in front of abortion facilities
  • Volunteer to help during a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat
  • Donate a dish to a funeral luncheon
  • Attend wakes/funerals of strangers, family, and even friends
  • Attend the funeral of an inmate that was executed
  • Visit a cemetery and pray for the dead
  • Help a widow or widower in need with yard work or errands

 

Please Join Us for a Mass for Life to Kickoff the 40 Days for Life in Warminster, Pennsylvania

Opening Mass - Copy

The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition  would like to invite everyone to a  Mass for Life to kick off the 40 Days for Life Campaign in Warminster, Pennsylvania  on Tuesday night, February 25th at Nativity of Our Lord Church.  After the Mass we will gather at the Planned Parenthood on Louis Drive for a short prayer vigil.

Below is information from Melissa Chapman, coordinator for the Warminster Campaign.

I hope everything is going well with each of you.  We’re less than two weeks away from the start of this upcoming campaign and will be one of 507 local campaigns around the world – the largest spring campaign in the history of 40 DFL.

I understand Warminster is hard, and I want to thank all of you who have been part of this for years or who have recently joined us.  This may already be known, however, we have stumbled across some interesting information that suggests when we show up and pray outside of Warminster, yes just Warminster, each of you are making an impact on abortion around our state in addition to our community…and all we have to do is continue to show up and pray and leave the rest to the One who created each of us. I know it’s close, however, if you’re on the fence about joining us, I ask that you take this into consideration to help us fill as much of this campaign from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm as possible.

You can sign up by emailing me at  hemler.chapman@1791.com or using the online calendar  using this link.  

40DFL Kickoff Mass Flyer