Pro-Lifers Close Out Another Successful 40 Days Campaign; 18 Saves

A beautiful spring Saturday dawned upon the 150 pro-lifers that came out to celebrate outside of the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in the State of Pennsylvania.

Fr. Matthew Bierdrycki of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral delivered the opening prayer for all in attendance.

Those who attendant heard from speakers that ranges from seasoned veterans to young leaders on college campuses and just added to the fold a high school senior.

One in particular was Emily Jones. Jones, a senior at Mount St. Joseph’s Academy in Flourtown, spoke about how the inaugural Philadelphia March for Life inspired her to do more for the pro-life cause. Despite backlash, threats, and even the loss of friendships she endured, she kept the faith and helped revitalize her school’s pro-life group. She even signed up for vigil hours.

Two prominent college women spoke to the crowd, Karly Brown of Temple and Kassidy Johnson.

Johnson, a junior at University of Pennsylvania and member of Quakers for Life, shared how she was moved from her experience in Philadelphia. Coming from North Dakota which has only one abortion facility, Johnson shared how she knew that more had to be done to protect life.

For Karly Brown, she is no stranger to pro-life activism in Philadelphia area. Every Friday, her and Sean Garvey, both students at Temple would pray outside of Warminster Planned Parenthood. They both are now engaged. Congratulations Karly and Sean.

Pat Stanton goes on to share why our world should not tolerate the evil of abortion. Using examples of historical figures, he reminded everyone that each of them fought against the injustices of their time. He asked that we do the same when it comes to abortion.

New Book from Brendan Lyons

Brendan Lyons, author of Single Candles, has released a new book. This time, Lyons release a children’s book that shares what a child hears while in the womb of his or her mother.

Pro-life groups can order the book from me for a 50% discount if they buy 5 or more. For more information, contact the author at lyonforlife87@gmail.com and we can work out an order.

You can also purchase this book as a shower, birthday, and even just a general gift to families with small children here.

Despite Bitter Cold, First Save in Philly

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…

come fill in remaining hours : 

Friday 2/19:

12th: 2-4, 4

777: 7-9,9-11, 11-1

tuesday 2/23:

12th: 8-10,12-2, 2

777: 9,10-12,2

Visit here to sign up for PWC

Visit here to sign up for PP

Lent 2021 Preview: Planned Parenthood (Center City Campaign)

For seven straight years, the 40 Days for Life campaign has been present outside of the largest Planned Parenthood in the heart of Philadelphia.

Their numbers have dropped because of our presence for a while until the lockdown last March, which saw an increase in abortions plus ceasing the campaign early.

The hypocrisy is businesses in PA had to suffer while Planned Parenthood, thanks to their friend Gov. Tom Wolf, profit off a questionable pandemic. At the same time, churches were only to be open for prayer but no masses or services. We got a preview of communism through the Wolf Administration, particularly from his closest ally, Dr. Richard “Rachel” Levine.

This time we will have a full campaign during Lent as it will run from Ash Wednesday (February 17th) to March 27th. The hours are: Monday through Saturday 8AM to 4PM.

To sign up for this campaign, visit here.

Photo Gallery from Planned Parenthood Outreach in DC

Enjoy some of the photos from yesterday’s event. Nearly 200 people came out to give witness to life, many were from Students for Life, sporting a purple knit hat that read: “Pro Life Generation” across their foreheads.

For the blog post about the event, read about it here.

In addition to the day outside of Planned Parenthood, learn why I still made the trip to DC for the March for Life, despite the restrictions and the switch to virtual.

Praying Outside of Planned Parenthood; Protected By My Guardian Angel

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. 

We must step up our game to crush Satan. 

Why I Went to the March for Life Anyway?

Hard to believe that many of us had to enjoy a streaming of the March for Life from the comfort of our own home. At least those that were watching didn’t have to endure the bitter cold conditions like I did.

Then, there were those, like me, that still made the trek to our nation’s capital to keep the tradition alive.

I’m Never Alone

I remember God planting the seeds for this once in a lifetime moment to send a message to others. When I got to the National Mall, I remember looking around and thinking back to the past National Marches that have taken place. Then, as I was snapped back to reality thanks to a trio of cheerful women from Cincinnati, I knew that I wasn’t the only person that still made it to DC to keep it alive.

As I ventured around the rest of the mall, we bumped into people from Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and even South Carolina. People of all walks of life that felt compelled to keep their annual pilgrimage going.

WHY ARE WE HERE?

As we all regrouped, we gathered at the mall. One by one, everyone shared their stories of why they are pro-life. There were two that stood out.

The first was a student from Penn State who shared how his best friend who has such a deep faith recently celebrated his 19th birthday. He later learned that his friend would not be alive if it weren’t for her mother’s “yes” to be here. Because of the example of his friend, he became Catholic after searching for the right answers.

The other story was how a woman shared that his brother with down syndrome who celebrated his 50th birthday and how she is disgusted at how 90% with the same condition are aborted.

Following the sharing of testimonies we all stopped along a familiar place during the march. We waited for our chance and we prayed more.

After 30 minutes and thanks to those who were able to watch the livestream, we all made our way to the national leaders on 3rd Street and processed over to Massachusetts Avenue and onto Second Avenue to the back of the Supreme Court.

In the midst of bumping into amazing friends and making new ones, one thing was clear and that was how extraordinary God provided through my out of the ordinary experience with this year’s March for Life. I even told those that were with me on the National Mall that this whole virtual apparatus will not settle the debate. Rather, it creates a dichotomy that can only be filled by being the foot soldiers we need to be present.

If we are going to win the abortion debate, we need to step away from the screen and be willing to go out into the public square, our community, and even the nearest abortion facility in your community to change hearts and minds.

Today, do your part to make your real presence known.

Couple Chose Life/ Help Needed

What an incredible week!

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:

Sidewalk Servants Video Series

     sidewalkservantsphilly.com 

2) Remember to wear a mask when you go to pray. If you can please bring a sign that says:

“LOVE, Financial and Emotional HELP:  Call: 610-626-4006 or Text: 484-451-8104”

And/Or: 

 abortionpillreversal.com – It’s not too late to change your mind”

Help still needed this week:

Thursday 1/28:

12th:      8,9,2,3,4

777:       1,2

Friday 1/29:

12th:      3,4

777:      12,1,2

Saturday 1/30:

12th:         8,9,12,1,2,3,4

777:         2

Philly Held Inaugural March for Life; Strong Showing of Greater Community

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.

“RIGHT TO BIRTH” Mass and Rally

To conclude the Fall 202 40 Days for Life Campaign, the Pro-Life Union invites all to the Right to Birth mass and rally on Saturday, October 31st.

Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Dennis Gill at 8AM.

A procession to Planned Parenthood will immediately follow and Clenard Childress will be the main highlight.