PHILLY YOUTH MISSIONS WITNESSED OUTSIDE OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD ON GOOD FRIDAY; BROUGHT CHRIST TO POOR, MARGINALIZED, AND THOSE IN NEED

In its 10th year, Philly Youth Mission continued its annual Good Friday in Center City.

The morning began with a faithful witness outside of Planned Parenthood with 300 strong in attendance from all walks of life and different denominations.

Testimonies from Maria Liney and Monique Ruberu preceded the rosary.

Dr. Liney, a counselor by profession, shared how she was hesitant to take a group to pray outside of an abortion facility out of fear. However, after much prayer, she took the leap of faith and was instrumental in helping spread the message to women in their hour of great need.

Dr. Ruberu shared a recap on the recent success of the recent 40 Days campaign at both locations in Philadelphia. She even shared that two women, both of whom were pregnant weeks apart, came to her office to discuss keeping their babies. She closed to encourage those gathered to be present every day outside of the modern-day concentration camps in our communities and cities.

During the rosary, powerful meditations on the sorrowful mysteries were so poignant to the jeers, ridicule, and even mockery the faithful witnesses have endured, yet they kept the faith and no question prayed for everyone’s conversion.

After everyone gathered outside for an hour of prayer, the young missionaries, a majority from three Catholic High Schools in Philadelphia, broke off carrying heavy wooden cross (made of actual wood) around the city collecting prayer intentions.

After collecting intentions from passerbyers and those in need, they acted out the stations of the cross on the streets of Center City from Rittenhouse Square to the Basilica and everywhere in between.

Their witness gave the city a spark of hope and a gesture of love and mercy. Even Christ would have joined these young missionaries who are taking time out of their Easter break to bring the gospel and faith to the street.

See a gallery from yesterday’s witness here.

To learn more about Youth Missions Philly, visit here

GOOD FRIDAY CROSSWALK/PRAYER VIGIL/LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN CENTER CITY

Philly Youth Philly are gearing up for another Holy Week. Last year, they were in awe of the fact that the annual tradition was back in person after going virtual.

Mission Youth Philly is a group of high school, college students, and young adults that proclaim the gospel to all of the marginalized in the community. Reaching out to those on the margins at the most vulnerable stage is no different than the homeless, the drug addict, or even someone who needs to return to the faith with a contrite heart.

The event will begin with a 9AM prayer service outside of Planned Parenthood (1144 Locust Street). After the one hour of prayer in front of the devil’s layer, the youth will go around the city, carrying crosses made of real wood, sharing the message while offering to pray for those in need. Each intention the youth collect will be nailed to the cross and offered during the Good Friday service at the cathedral.

In the afternoon, the students will act out the Stations of the Cross with a procession from St. Patrick’s in Rittenhouse Square to the south lawn of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral.

There is still time to register if you’re a high school or college student for this amazing and faith filled event. You have options for one day, five day, or even the entire Holy Week depending on your availability.

It will change your life.

Theology of the Body Retreat for 7th, 8th & 9th Grade Girls to Take Place in Elverson, PA in February

Please see information from St. Peter’s Parish Respect Life Committee below on this retreat geared toward middle school girls. Below are files with all the information you’ll need to promote this event. Please print out and share this information.

The Respect Life Committee of St. Peter Parish has been sponsoring Theology of the Body Retreats for High School Girls for three years now.  The leaders of the retreat have recognized that middle school girls would greatly benefit from this type of retreat, but with the information presented more at their level.  
 
We are pleased to announce the first retreat that will be geared to 7th, 8th & 9th grade girls.   It will be held on February 4 – 6, 2022.  (See flyer and an Announcement with the details below.) 
 
In past retreats we have given the girls an evaluation form to fill out.  Their responses are amazing.  The vast majority gave rave reviews to the experience they had.  I am attaching a sample of the evaluations.   
   
 Any help you can give in publicizing this retreat will be greatly appreciated as usual.
 
   If you have any questions, let me know or you can text Eileen Christian at 610-716-1840.   She is the coordinator of the retreat.  
 
Feb. Retreat – flier
 
Sample of comments from girls’ Evaluations for February retreat
 
Wonderfully Made – Announcement Feb. 2022
 

Full Sidewalks in Center City

It was the Saturday before Christmas and the sidewalks of both abortion facilities saw a sidewalk full of peaceful, loving prayer warriors covering both denominations

Philadelphia Women’s Center

Regular vigil participants were graced with the [presence of 75 high school and college students from Philly Mission Youth who started their morning outside of the biggest murder center in Philadelphia that is not affiliate with Planned Parenthood.

They prayed the rosary, offered free help for women during their hour of great need, and sung some Christmas carols.

Meanwhile, the Helpers’ of God’s Precious Infants were able to be present outside of Planned Parenthood in Center City. They offered their vigil in memory of Sandy Slater and Kevin Andre, two pro-life activists who died this month.

The Helpers were graced by Sidewalk Servants and Abolish Abortion groups alike. They were met with some jeers and even escorts mocking pro-lifers, yet they kept the faith.

One sidewalk advocate from Abolish Abortion offered help to a couple that went inside the facility while another held a conversation with people who were curious at their presence.

Sadly, lives were scheduled to die at both places. We can only hope that the presence of these peaceful, loving people stir the conscience of patients, volunteers, and workers of both places that life in the womb has value and is worthy of protecting.

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.