The following is from an email blast sent by Tom Stevens
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of former Pro-Life Union Board President, Bill Wohlgemuth, who died peacefully in his sleep on September 22nd. Bill was a true hero for life in Chester County and throughout Pennsylvania, working with legislators on the political front, his Respect Life Committee at SS. Simon & Jude and as a member of the Chester County Pro-Life Coalition.
Bill’s Funeral Mass will take place this Thursday at 11 a.m. at Saints Simon & Jude Church, 8 Cavanaugh Court, West Chester, PA 19382. To read Bill’s full obituary, click here.
Below is a photo of Bill at the 2015 Stand Up For Life Dinner presenting the JP II “Be Not Afraid” Award to Dr. Doris Fernandes.
We will miss him. Please pray for Bill’s wife Pat and their family.
The World Series, Homecoming, Halloween, Month of the Holy Rosary, beautiful fall foliage, but most importantly, Respect Life Month are just some of the highlights set aside for the tenth month of the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
What is the most important for us in 2020 is the fact that we will be a month away from a crucial decision that puts 2020 on steroids with our vote.
Here are some general things to do during the month of October
Participate in your local 40 Days for Life campaign
Donate to a local pregnancy center/pro-life coalition
Encourage members of the clergy to be more vocal in preaching the pro-life message from the pulpit. They can no longer be silent on this issue. Silence makes them complacent in promoting the culture of death
Below is a must see video from Focus on the Family. Please share with family, friends and those who need to see the reality of this powerful online film.
Abortion is a difficult topic. Please note this premiere touches on mature themes. Parents, check out the PluggedIn review for more info: https://bit.ly/369ETVI. See the beauty some are afraid for you to see… See Life 2020 is an online event that will expose the lies and pain of abortion and celebrate the miraculous wonder of life. Watch and Share the digital premiere that includes powerful pro-life stories of hope, compelling Christian commentary, and soul-stirring music. PLUS a 4D ultrasound of a baby, offering a window into the reality of life in the womb. —
We are living in dark and sinful times, the likes of which we have never seen since the birth of our nation. The Lord’s call to the Church to pray and repent of our sins and the sins of America has brought Christians together across America.
On Saturday, September 19th, Catholics and Evangelicals from Bucks County gathered on the grounds of Plumstead Christian School, Plumsteadville, PA to answer His call for this Solemn Gathering.
“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:19-20.
The following clergy and lay leaders shared messages from the Lord: Pastor Doug Dwyer, Addisville Reformed Church, Pastor Lou Prontnicki, Maple Glenn Fellowship Church, Pastor Bill Devlin, Infinity Bible Church, Bronx, NY, Lay Leader Michael Dougherty, St. Martin’s Catholic Church, and Dr. Rob Arner, Washington Crossing UMC.
We want to acknowledge Rev. Chuck Wilson, Pastor of New Hope Community Church, for his essential help in planning the Solemn Gathering.
Todd Bunce of New Hope Community Church lead the worship team in praise and prayerful hymns following each message shared by the speakers.
Joe Simon of New Hope Community Church closed the Solemn Gatheringwith a selection of the following scriptures and prayer:
“…be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world as you hold forth the word of life.“ Philippians 2:15-16
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for Us?” And I said: “Here am I. Send me!” The Lord replied: “Go and tell this people, ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.“ Isaiah 6:8-9
Lord may we truly be humbled before you and acknowledge OUR PART in the devastation of our nation in past days, weeks, months, and years. As Your people truly humbled before you, we should be responding daily to the conviction of your Spirit and dedicate ourselves to your purpose. Convict us to dedicate ourselves to genuine prayer guided by and according to your Word, acknowledging when we truly hear your voice, hear you speaking to us, in the Word we study each day. Only by truly trusting in you can we obtain the courage and accomplish the true purpose of the mission you give us. In that way we are truly seeking your face
I pray that we are not “those who hear but do not understand”. Help us to understand the sanctifying power and purpose of your discipline, necessary for a harvest of righteousness. Convict us to shine as lights of Truth and Righteousness into the darkness of the wickedness that we see in our nation today, wickedness that WE HAVE ALLOWED by previously hiding your light under a basket of our cowardice or apathy or faithlessness. Lord we vow today to turn from these wicked ways.
Lord it is not enough to be individually accountable, convict us to be accountable and confrontational to one another in the most Holy faith.
40 Pro-lifers came from near and far to peacefully pray for an end to abortion outside of Planned Parenthood located in Center City Philadelphia.
The highlight of the evening was Mat Britton from the 40 Days for Life Council. He shared about his experience touring the country and how he was amazed at the pro-lifers that come out and peacefully be loving to those who enter the abortion facility.
Students from University of Pennsylvania led the singing of Amazing Grace, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and other Christian songs.
Those gathered also took part on a “Jericho Walk” going around the Planned Parenthood facility three times praying and singing while holding a lit candle.
A stranger even joined the procession after learning of what they were doing.
Praise God every hour was covered at both vigils today.
Planned Parenthood-Center City
We also had a beautiful candlelight vigil with Matt Briton from 40 days Leadership!
God’s timing was PERFECT we prayed, we processed in prayer and song around the block of PP 3 times and we collected sign ups just as a black lives matters protest began coming down the street.
We packed up and everyone made it safely home with no problems 🙂 God provides perfectly!
During the procession one passer by stopped to ask what we were doing- Mickey responded that we were praying to end abortion in our city. The gentleman said he didn’t approve of abortion either and joined the procession – The power of public witness!
Philadelphia Women’s Center
Diane spent the 1st hour at 777 from 7-8 and then moved to 12th and locust to fill a gap there from 8-9 Talk about stepping up to help fill the gaps!!! She reported that 25 women and babies entered 777 from 7-8. She was shocked to witness the gravity of the situation!
Right now our biggest holes are at 777 – please join us to fill this holes and provide alternatives, prayer and love for these women.
Below is information concerning a free virtual workshop sponsored by the Culture Project International.
Exciting news for the Gianna Center of Philadelphia! Dr. Delia Larrauri and Barbara Rose, NP, were invited to give presentations for the Restore Culture Virtual Workshops sponsored by the Culture Project International.
The Restore Culture Workshop is a FREE three-day online event. During this weekend, attendees will be invited to learn from experts on various topics related to life, love, family, and holiness, but also to hear personal testimonies and unique experiences from people of all backgrounds. This event is perfect for educators and youth mentors who work with teens and young people. It is also a great resource for parents who want help in forming their children in some of the most sensitive and important truths of the Church on what it means to be human. Topics will include chastity, pornography, dating, marriage, parenting, healing and restoration, identity, and other social, cultural and family issues.
The Gianna Philly medical staff will be speaking on the topic of cycle health and, more specifically, which biomarkers indicate a need for evaluation by a physician – preferably one who practices NaproTECHNOLOGY. This will be in English and Spanish!
Additional speakers include Archbishop Perez, Jason and Crystalina Evert, Dr. Scott Hahn, Cristina Barba, Christopher West, Alexandria DeRose, NP, Dr. Ross Bones-Castro and many more!
For additional information and registration please clickhere.
Last year, an Exorcist came to exorcise and bless our church property. Nothing creepy is going on, just felt it was way overdue.
He asked me to follow him as we walked the perimeter of the property. He instructed me to sprinkle rock salt (he felt it lasts longer) and, as I do that, to pray the Chaplet of St. Michael. WOW!! I thought to myself … “Why didn’t I think of this before?!” The Exorcist said anyone could do this at their own homes. You are calling upon St. Michael and the Nine Choirs of Angels while building a wall of protection around your home.
PRAYER CAMPAIGN BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 20
September 29 is the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel. This is also the date of the first Presidential debate. I am asking everyone to pray the Chaplet of St. Michael from September 20 to September 28. On September 29, we will make an Act of Consecration to St. Michael the Archangel.
This amazing Chaplet of St. Michael is a powerful way to call upon St. Michael the Archangel along with the Nine Choirs of Angels, especially in your acts of spiritual warfare.
ABOUT CHAPLET OF ST. MICHAEL
This amazing Chaplet of St. Michael is a powerful way to call upon St. Michael the Archangel along with the Nine Choirs of Angels, especially in your acts of spiritual warfare. Sacred Scripture distinguishes nine such groupings: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels and Angels (Isa. 6:2; Gen. 3:24; Col. 1:16; Eph. 1:21; Rom. 8:38). We are calling upon God’s mighty angels to join us in this battle.
The history of this Chaplet goes back to a devout Servant of God, Antonia d’Astonac, who had a vision of St. Michael. He told Antonia to honor him by nine salutations to the nine Choirs of Angels. St. Michael promised that whoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching Holy Communion, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life, and after death deliverance from purgatory for themselves and their relations.
If you do not have a chaplet, I highly recommend the “Combat Chaplet of St. Michael” I designed, based on the “Combat Rosary.” You can get yours HERE.
The Chaplet of St. Michael
O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.
[Say one Our Father and three Hail Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels]
1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen. 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys
2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen. 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys
3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen. 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys
4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions. Amen. 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys
5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen. 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys
6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen. 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys
7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen. 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys
8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven. Amen. 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys
9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven. Amen. 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys
Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.
O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.
Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises.
Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence. This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Conclude Chaplet with this Novena Prayer:
St. Michael the Archangel, we honor you as a powerful protector of the Church and guardian of our souls. Inspire us with your humility, courage and strength that we may reject sin and perfect our love for our Heavenly Father.
In your strength and humility, slay the evil and pride in our hearts so that nothing will keep us from God.
St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may be blessed by God with the zeal to live our lives in accordance with Christ’s teachings.
St. Michael the Archangel, you are the prince of angels but in your humility, you recognized that God is God and you are but His servant. Unlike Satan, you were not overcome with pride but were steadfast in humility. Pray that we will have this same humility.
It is in the spirit of that humility that we ask for your intercession for our petitions… (Petition: Protect our nation from unGodly liberals gaining power and control)
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen