Strong Presence of Youth In Center City

After a one-year hiatus, Center City Philadelphia was fully alive with the sight of smiles and friendliness of high school, seminarians, and even college students from Philly’s Youth Mission Chapter. Due to the pandemic last year, the Holy Week outreach went virtual. While it was good to improvise, many felt that there was a component missing. That would soon be found through an eventful Good Friday.

About 150 youth took the city by storm during Holy Week. For Good Friday, the day in Center City Philadelphia began with a one-hour prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood. Even the police officers were thrilled to see the youth take time out of their Easter break to bring the faith and light of Christ to those on the margins.

After a one-hour vigil, which included testimonies, rosary, and Divine Mercy Chaplet, the youth broke off around the city to collect intentions for the 3PM Service at the Basilica. Some of the passerbyers took time to admire the youth’s courage and tenacity to show kindness to others.

The pivotal part of the day for the large group was the Living Stations that took place from St. Patrick’s Church in Rittenhouse Square through town to the Basilica. As I was walking in the procession, I took time to survey how everyone stopped and watched everything unfold before them as they were reminded of what Good Friday let alone Easter was all about. Despite some occasional head shaking and maybe some uncharitable taunts, the people continue onward. The most moving part was the parkway was used to signify the lord’s journey to Calvary as I was taking in the background of City Hall and the large crowd following Jesus.

These young people bring hope to a city that is in need of it. Philadelphia has 12,000-13,000 abortions annually. That is extremely more devastating than the 500 homicides that happen in our city. Even a high poverty rate was needed to be shown by many. The youth even came out of their comfort zones to fulfill works of mercy to all around them.

These young people remind us why life from womb to tomb is precious and is worthy of protection. Even Jesus, portrayed by Jack Terzian, remembered every child of his that was going to be victimized by such atrocious acts while also asking his father to forgive his perpetrator.

If you are in the Philly area and interested in getting involved with Mission Youth Philly, please visit their website here.

Holy Week Vigils in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Below are a list of Holy Week observances outside of abortion facilities in the Greater Philadelphia. You are welcome to particiapte in all or one of the ones listed.

Prayer Vigils serve as:

  • an appeal to expectant mothers
    entering abortion chambers to give
    birth to their child
  • an act of reparation for the killing of
    children in the womb by abortion
  • a public witness to the deadly
    injustice of abortion

Holy Thursday, April 1st
Planned Parenthood, 1221 Powell Street (at Wood Street), Norristown, 19401
11:00 AM-12:00 Noon


Good Friday, April 2nd

Planned Parenthood, 610 Louis Drive, Warminster, 18974 9:30 AM, procession from Nativity of Our Lord parking lot to Planned Parenthood – 10:00-11:00 AM Prayer Vigil


Planned Parenthood, Wayne & Market Streets, West Chester, 19380
9:00-10:00 AM


Planned Parenthood, 216 West State Street, Media, 19063 10:00-11:00 AM


Planned Parenthood, 2751 Comly Road (at Roosevelt Boulevard),
Northeast Philadelphia, 19154 9:00-10:00 AM


Planned Parenthood, 1144 Locust Street, Center City Philadelphia, 19107
9:00-10:00 AM. At 1:00 PM, Living Stations of the Cross commences at
St. Patrick Church, at 20th and Locust Streets. The procession will go from 20th and Locust around the city to the Basilica before the 3PM service. The Living Stations of the Cross will be performed by high school and college students from Philly Youth Missions.

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

The St. Peter Respect Life Committee in Elverson, PA is excited to announce the 4th Annual Theology of the Body Retreat for High School Girls.  Previous retreats have been extremely well received by both those who attended and their parents.  Please see information from Jo Christof below on this retreat and print out and share the flyer.

 

RETREAT LEADER: Samantha Kelley of FIERCEAthlete.org

SPEAKER:  Marie DiCecco – “Women’s Health in conformity with Theology of the Body”

CLERGY:

  • Fr. Timothy Danaher, O.P.
  • Fr. Reuben Nuxoll, Legionaries of Christ

WHEN: Friday, February 5 – Arrive 7:00 pm to Sunday, February 7 – Depart 11:30 AM

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served Saturday & Breakfast served Sunday

WHERE:  St. Mary Of Providence Center, Elverson, 227 Isabella Road, Elverson, PA 19520

COST:  $125 per person (scholarships available)

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! 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.

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.

The Sisters of Life will be attending, speaking and leading small groups.

This retreat is sponsored by St. Peter Respect Life Committee

For More Information, TEXT Eileen Christian @ 610-716-1840 or email @ eileenchristian@usa.net

Register online here. 

*Please note proper safety protocols to protect all participants will be taken- please contact Eileen with any concerns.

Wonderfully Made flyer.Feb 2021

Virtual Holy Week Mission Sign Ups

Though Holy Week Missions are canceled, high school and college students are still asked to participate through an online platform.

The breakdown is this:

  1. It begins on Palm Sunday
  2.  A Mission Pack sent to your door (packed and sanitized carefully in a quarantine environment by the Legionary fathers) with all of the tools you need to be a missionary at home: a prayer booklet to follow along with group prayers, holy water, missionary cross and more. (ONLY AVAILABLE TO THE FIRST 80 FAMILIES WHO SIGN-UP).
  3. Access to all of the events for Online Holy Week including prayers, guided Gospel meditations, Passion of the Christ screening, prayer groups, streaming Mass and other Holy Week services, and more (some schedule items subject to change according to circumstances).
  4. One email each morning with a schedule, links & details
  5. For those in the PHILLY area: opportunities for a drive through confessions at St. Mary Magdalene and possibly a Eucharistic procession through your own neighborhood.
  6. An opportunity to be connected to a mission outside of your home with people from different places and to KEEP HOLY WEEK HOLY!

If you are interested in participating, please visit here and sign up today.

Philly Youth Missions Holy Week Outreach Canceled

With the pandemic of the Coronavirus taking longer to contain, The Legionaire of Christ has made the decision to cancel this year’s Holy Week outreach in Philadelphia.

This decision is for the betterment of everyone’s health and to ensure that they are not compromised by any potential carriers of the virus.

“It is heartbreaking to see this not happening.” Pat Stanton remarked. “These kids look forward to it, but in the end, we must make sure everyone stays safe. I encourage everyone to pray for an end to the pandemic and do their part to slow its spread.

Here’s a blogpost from their event last year.