Delaware County Church Vandalized

Notre Dame de Grace Parish in Swarthmore was vandalized over the weekend by pro-choice vandals.

The graffiti has since been cleaned up at a Delaware County church, but now the search is underway for the vandal.

On Sunday, parishioners at Notre Dame de Lourdes in Swarthmore, Pa. spotted graffiti on the front glass doors and a side brick wall that included the words, ‘You do not have the right to decide what people can do, #ProChoice.’

This is what we are up against. Unhinged and violent pro-choicers who would cry, complain, whine, and even resort to violent confrontations in order to get their point across. On the other hand, pro-lifers rely on prayer, fasting, education, and even works or mercy to build a culture of life.

People constantly put the will of God aside for things of this world, like comfort.

God did not put us here for comfort, He put us here for greatness.Notre Dame de Lourdes

Ambulance Shows Up Hours Later Outside Same Planned Parenthood Rally Took Place

Safe, legal, and rare? That’s the biggest lie of the abortion industry.

Just hours following a rally against State Rep. and his bullying, an ambulance stops to take a woman to a nearby hospital after a botched abortion attempt.

See the video here

Here’s more from Operation Rescue:

Nearly 1,000 pro-life supporters had gathered in front of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Friday, May 10, 2019, to protest the bullying of pro-life activists by State Rep. Brian Sims.  But after the protest was over and the crowd had cleared the streets, an ambulance was dispatched to that same Planned Parenthood facility.

One pro-life supporter, Antonio Calimano, captured the incident on video.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., an ambulance arrived at the Planned Parenthood facility on Locust Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Emergency responders can be seen in Calimano’s video pushing a woman in a wheelchair out to the ambulance.  She was loaded into the ambulance’s side door before being transported, apparently to a nearby hospital.

“We question whether this Planned Parenthood delayed calling an ambulance for this woman until after they thought all the pro-lifers had left for the day.  It certainly wouldn’t be the first time a Planned Parenthood delayed calling for emergency medical assistance,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which documents such emergencies at abortion facilities.

“This is another example of just how dangerous abortions really are.  Planned Parenthood tells the public that abortions are the safest ‘procedure,’ yet hundreds of documented medical emergencies at the abortion facilities themselves debunk that false narrative,” said Newman. “We pray that every abortion facility in America is closed down so women and their babies will no longer suffer from the barbaric practice of abortion.”

[This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates as we get them.]

For more on medical emergencies at abortion facilities around the nation, visit Abortion911.com. 

 

Purchase A Timely Book with Focus On Catholic Teachings

Within the pages of Ordinary Brother’s new book, Get Married and Save the World, readers will find a doctrinal and practical guide to the main elements of the Christian marriage union. It is also a call to Christians to live fully in the Holy Spirit and reject the flesh, in our families and our homes.

Get Married and Save the World will appeal to readers who know the Church has turned away from God’s Word and is soaking in carnal goals. Its readers should take away a broad and deep understanding of marriage and be confident in their own marriages to bless the world.

Marriage is a broad subject, and there are many topics within the book that can interest your readers. These include the relationship between husband and wife, the role of the homemaker, the lifelong nature of the covenant, the home liturgy, Christian education, and the importance of blessing the world with children, and raising young souls up in the faith.

While the author is not a Catholic, the book contains some teachings strongly aligned with Catholic pro-life work, including that contraception, is wicked, and that it is strongly linked to abortion. I make mention of the early Church teaching, of Humane Vitae, and list several Catholic ministries he follows in the appendices. It is not uniquely on the subject of pro-life ministry but certainly is pro-life in that it supports the family, which protects countless children from harm, and teaches clearly and at length against contraception and abortion.

Ordinary Brother earned a BA in Writing from St. Edward’s University. He lived overseas for twelve years and came to faith at age 31 in Krakow, Poland. He’s since been sharing the Gospel and held many jobs, including teacher, travel writer, and street performer.

Purchase the book here: Get Married and Save The World

Pray for the conversion of those who work in the abortion industry

Prayer is a powerful tool that must be used in the fight to end abortion. At some point in our pro-life experience, we may have found out the names of the workers. I know because it can be a powerful way to plant the seeds for their conversion. Many former abortion workers are now advocates for life.

Please add these people to the list. They work for the abortion facilities in Philadelphia as staff or escorts.

Philadelphia Women’s Center

Jennifer

Heather

Ryan

Edie

Michelle

Lynne

Elizabeth

Stephanie

Toya

Planned Parenthood

Lee Tripp

Joel Lebed

Katy

Katherine

Signe

Jennifer

Robert

Prayer to Stop Abortion (Written by Fr. Frank Pavone)

Father, all life is in your care. You have entrusted to one another that we may show our brothers and sisters the same love you have for us. We pray then for the least among us, the children in the womb. Protect them from the violence of abortion. We pray for those who are scheduled to die (Name abortion facility here). Save them from death. Give new hope to their parents that they may turn away from the desperate act of abortion. Grant conversion to the abortionist (name) and to the staff. Show us how we are to respond to the bloodshed in our midst and lead us to the day when this place of death be transformed into a haven for life. Guard us with your joy and your peace, for in you, life is victorious. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

From Judging to Loving: Reflection on 5th Sunday of Lent’s Gospel

The 5th Sunday of Lent had a timing gospel that makes us think about how we can best approach women who enter an abortion facility. But most important of all, the way we encounter the workers.

Here’s the gospel reading (Note: Some heard a different reading if your parish had candidates in the RCIA program):

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning, he arrived again in the temple area,
and all the people started coming to him,
and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman
who had been caught in adultery
and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him,
“Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say?”
They said this to test him,
so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him,
he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
“Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.”

The gospel reading is refreshing as we see once again the message of mercy. Jesus did not care what kind of a person the woman was. All he did was he showed love and mercy for her actions. He even drew on the ground while the Pharisees told him what she has done. His response? He asked them to cast the first stone. One by one they walked away and knew that they were judging.

Pro-lifers need to be more loving and less judging. Love conquers our judgments. If we show love and not care about the kind of a person he or she is, it can speak volume in our encounters. I have seen some people walk up to or shout at people and judge them as a whole, and they get judged in return. Not only does it happen to women going into the facility but also the workers. It is clear to me that we don’t deserve judgment from anyone else but God. People need love, not presumptive judgment.  Humility is the virtue we strongly need if we want to conquer our presumptions and pride. We are not perfect. At the same time, we don’t know everything and we must be willing to admit it.

Instead of casting our stones, let us cast mercy and love to the people we encounter.

Help Save a Life-Saving Highway Billboard

An article was written by Tami Quigley is a staff writer for the A.D. Times, newspaper of the Diocese of Allentown. Here, she writes an article about a pro-life billboard in Morgantown, PA that will be taken down if funds are not raised.

A decade has passed since a pro-life billboard was erected just before the Morgantown exit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The way the billboard came about and has been sustained is nothing short of a miracle, and Helen MacMinn is again looking to the Catholic faithful to help keep the billboard in place.

“I’ve been reflecting on how God ordained this mission over 10 years ago,” said MacMinn, a member of the Respect Life Committee at St. Benedict Parish in Mohnton, Diocese of Allentown, as she shared the miraculous story of the billboard.

The child’s picture on the billboard is of MacMinn’s grandson, taken when he was about 2 years old at French Creek State Park, Elverson. “He is a special miracle,” MacMinn said.

“When the picture was developed I was directly told by God that he wanted it to be used to promote life. At first, I thought it was just ‘me,’ but when the message kept coming to me daily I started to believe that I was being led spiritually.”

At the time MacMinn worked in Harrisburg and each day as she drove home on the turnpike would pass this particular billboard. The Lord would clearly speak to her that this was where he wanted the picture to be used for life. “After months of his urgings I made the call to Lamar Advertising to find out what it would take to lease the billboard,” said MacMinn.

The sales representative at Lamar informed MacMinn that the cost would include the artwork, vinyl and four months advance leasing amounting to $5,000. “Wow, I didn’t expect that at all. Since I had no funds to cover the cost I placed it in the Lord’s hands and prayed hard for an answer,” she said.

Several weeks after MacMinn spoke with Lamar she was asked to hand out pro-life literature at the Turks Head Festival in West Chester. “I was partnered with a wonderful woman who had just moved to the area. Within minutes of talking with her she mentioned that she wanted to advertise adoption as a choice for life,” said MacMinn.

“My amazement must have shown on my face because she asked me, ‘Is there anything wrong?’ Still, in shock, I proceeded to tell her about my grandson’s picture and how the Lord was leading me to use it for life on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. We planned to further discuss it over lunch several days later and to my total astonishment she presented me with a check for $5,000 — praise the Lord.

“I immediately called the Lamar sales representative and excitedly announced that we were ready to sign the contract, only to be told that the present advertiser had renewed the contract for that particular billboard. He explained that he was sorry, but that they had plenty of other billboards available and that he would send me a listing.

“I responded that the Lord had led me to that particular billboard, and that it would somehow work out. He reiterated that it was an annual renewal and that I should really consider another location, but I again refused and asked him to keep me informed of any changes. He reluctantly said OK.”

Several weeks later the sales representative called and began the conversation with, “I am going back to church.” He proceeded to inform MacMinn that the advertiser had just called to cancel the contract for the billboard.

“I responded, ‘I told you the Lord would work it out,’” said MacMinn.

“We proceeded to design the artwork and make preparations for installation. It was just such an amazing feeling to know that the Lord had accomplished such a miracle. However, once the billboard was in place I realized that within four months I would be out of funds.

“Again, the Lord led me to contact my Diocese in Allentown to request that an article be placed in the A.D. Times (newspaper of the diocese) to petition donations to keep the billboard up beyond the four months.”

The newspaper told MacMinn it would like to run the article, but they had to determine where the billboard was located and whether it was within the Diocese of Allentown.

“The coordinates were given and within days a response was received that made me understand why the Lord had directed me to this particular location. The billboard was actually located at the exact intersection of where the Allentown, Harrisburg and Philadelphia (Arch) Dioceses meet. Unbelievable, I know.”

As a result all three dioceses agreed to place an article in their respective newspapers — in Philadelphia at the time, The Catholic Standard and Times — regarding the billboard, and in response MacMinn received more than 200 donations.

“This list of donors is basically the same list we have today, and along with others who have joined our family since its inception, have faithfully kept this miracle alive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 10 years.”

MacMinn is again in need of funds to keep the billboard in place. To donate, make checks payable to St. Benedict’s Respect Life Committee and send to St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, 2020 Chestnut Hill Road, Mohnton, PA 19540.

PRO-LIFE FIRST SATURDAY MASS AND ROSARY VIGIL

Please join the Northeast Philadelphia Pro-Life Community at the 8:00 AM Mass on the First Saturday of every month to be held at St. Katherine of Siena Church. Following the Mass, we invite you to participate in a 45-minute Rosary Vigil at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility at Comly Road and the Roosevelt Boulevard.

We have selected the First Saturday of each month to pray for the end to abortion in fulfillment of the Blessed Mother’s request for acts of reparation, which she made at Fatima in 1917.

Where: St. Katherine of Siena, 9700 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia 19114

When: First Saturday of every month – 8:00 AM

Rosary Vigil: Planned Parenthood, 2751 Comly Road, Philadelphia 19154

Review of Unplanned

This past weekend, many pro-lifers and even pro-choicers flocked to the movie theaters to watch the highly anticipated pro-life movie. Despite the media blackout, the backlash from Twitter following the shutdown of the movie’s account, and even the poorly written reviews from secular media, the movie has pricked the conviction of those who support abortion.

According to Forbes, the movie has performed well enough to make the top five in the box office as it sits at number four on opening weekend. That’s impressive considering it is released on the same weekend as Disney’s Dumbo and Captain Marvel. At the same time, Unplanned received more positive reviews than the number one movie in the box office.

Based on a memoir written by Abby Johnson, the movie brings the book to life in an astonishing way while articulating the two bold messages of the film; mercy and hope.

The movie has given an accurate account on what happens inside of a Planned Parenthood facility that the media and even the organization itself try to deny that their number one product is abortion. There is no surprise that what goes on inside the facilities are as accurate as it is portrayed in the film.

In the movie, Abby (portrayed by Ashley Bratcher) starts out as a young college junior who is figuring out where to go after she finishes college at Texas A&M. One day she stumbles upon a table for Planned Parenthood. Conflicted because of her family’s pro-life convictions, she was hesitant. However, she reluctantly became part of the largest abortion provider in the world.

Within eight years, Abby went from clinic escort to director of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan, TX aborting 20,000 babies. During that time, she met many of the workers who were employees of the facility. In addition to her co-workers and colleagues at the abortion center, she also interacted with a group of pro-lifers who were quietly praying and sidewalk counseling on the other side of the facility’s fence. Two of them were Shawn and Marilisa Carney (played by Jared Lotz and Emma Elle Roberts), founders of 40 Days for Life.

Not only did Shawn and Marilisa open dialogue with Abby about her work, but she also received opposition from her parents and husband, Doug (played by Brooks Ryan). Upon watching the film, I remember seeing a scene where Doug challenge how much Abby changed after she received Planned Parenthood’s employee of the year award.

In 2009, she was asked to assist in an ultrasound-guided abortion. What she saw became her road to Damascus moment as her eyes were open to see that what doctor killed was a human being in the mother’s womb. She found refuge in the 40 Days coalition that was down the road from the facility. She walked away from the abortion and knew that she had to protect the lives of the precious unborn children. Soon, the facility she once worked for, would sue her. After a one-hour court session, the lawsuit against her and the Carneys was dismissed.

Takeaways

The theme of mercy is clearly seen after Abby walked away. She was in so much agony over the many babies that were killed under her watch. When asked how can she ask for forgiveness, her husband told her to go seek it.

I have also seen the theme of hope in the movie when Abby’s family and friends on the other side of the fence were hoping that one day she would walk away from the abortion facility. They never gave up hope in her quitting a gruesome job.

The pro-life movement is built on hope, love, and mercy. All three of them combined unleashed life and our culture can become fully alive.

Hope is the antidote in the culture of despair. We need to have that when we confront abortion as we plant the seeds to those who work in the abortion industry. There are times we walk away from a prayer vigil in our community with no one listening to your prayers or your offer to help. However, we have a God who is giving us hope to continue fighting the good fight.

When Marilisa first approached Abby after her first day, she did not yell, curse, or even judged her. Rather, she approached her with love. She would constantly remind Abby that she is praying for her. One scene that jumped out to me was when both were pregnant and Marilisa made Abby think how much of a joy she would be when Christmas approaches. Another example of love is the times that Doug held Abby close during her times of despair. He reminded her how much he loved her.

Mercy is the bridge to healing. When Abby saw a file on an abortion she had at the same facility, she knew that she wanted to be forgiven. To me, mercy can go a long way when we encounter someone who is post-abortive or is expecting a child, even in the direst of circumstances.

Unplanned is a must-see movie. Take your family, church or prayer groups, or even invite someone who is on the fence with the issue.

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Abortion Facility Hours in Greater Philadelphia Area

It is no question that half the abortions that happen in Pennsylvania are in Philadelphia. You are needed to pray in front of these “chop shops”.

Philadelphia Women’s Center

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6,000 babies are killed at the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in the city of Philadelphia. This facility is located at 777 Appletree between Chinatown and Old City. The facility itself sits on the 7th floor of the eight-story pictured above. The sad part is that five floors below it is a daycare center. The facility is open from 6:30 AM to 5:00PM (Tuesday through Saturday). They only do surgical and chemical abortions. A weekly vigil is Saturday from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.

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Peter Rawson from A Baby’s Breath prays outside of the gates of hell during 40 Days

Planned Parenthood has two facilities in Philadelphia. One is in the heart of Center City on the corner of 12th and Locust Street. 3,500 babies were killed last year, making it the second most in Philadelphia. Their hours are 7:30AM to 5PM Mondays through Saturdays. Mondays and Tuesdays are counseling days. Abortions are done between Wednesdays and Saturdays. There’s a 3rd Saturday vigil with Helper’s of God’s Precious Infants on the 3rd Saturday of every month with 7:45 AM mass at St. John the Evangelist located on 13th Street below Market Street.

Northeast PP

In the far northeast of Philadelphia, there’s another Planned Parenthood on the edge of the facility. Lowly maintained. It is located at 2751 Comly Road. Their hours are:

Mon Closed Tues 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wed 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Thurs Closed Fri 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sat 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sun Closed.

There’s a 1st Saturday mass at ST. Katharine of Siena on Frankford Avenue near Holy Family University at 8AM. Vigil at the facility immediately follows it.

West Chester PP

In West Chester, PA, a forty-minute ride from Philadelphia, Planned Parenthood does abortion. Location is 8 South Wayne Street. The hours are:

Mon 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wed 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Planned Parenthood Northeast Philadelphia- Castor Avenue

PP Castor Avenue

Another Planned Parenthood is in the Northeast section of Philadelphia. This is a referral center. Their hours are:

Mon 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tues 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sat 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sun Closed

Warminster, PA (Bucks County)

Mon 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tues 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wed 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fri by appointment only

Warminster PP

Planned Parenthood-Upper Darby 7200 Chestnut Street Upper Darby, PA 19082

Upper Darby PP

Mon 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fri 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sat 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sun Closed

Planned Parenthood Media

PP Media

Mon 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fri 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

 

Unplanned Screening: Where to See It?

As Unplanned is less than 48 hours from hitting theaters, Pro-Lifers are ready for the most anticipated Pro-Life movie since Bella and Gosnell combined. In an email sent out by Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia President Tom Stevens, he notes many theaters are hosting a screening in the days leading up to its March 29th release.

Here is the message:

The movie Unplanned is coming to a theater near you starting March 28th!  See below to reserve tickets.  If you’re already working with one of these teams, please continue to do so since all teams have put tremendous effort, time and money into their theater showing(s).  Please share this email so that we can fill the theaters!The Unplannedmovie is based on Abby Johnson’s true story.  It has been rated ‘R’.  Please see the attached letter from Abby regarding this.  To see an R-rated movie a person must be 17 or older or be accompanied by a parent/guardian.MOST OF THE BELOW ARE PRIVATE SHOWINGS: (Public showings can be found atunplannedtickets.com, search by zip code) EDGMONT / NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA — DELAWARE COUTY – Thanks to the Respect Life teams at St. John Neumann, St. Pius X and parishioners:

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Thanks to Respect Life teams at St. John Neumann and parishioners:

DOWNINGTOWN, PA — CHESTER COUNTY – Thanks to St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus, Deacon Libbi and parishioners:

NESHAMINY, PA — BUCKS COUNTY — Thanks to Dr. Monique Ruberu:


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Thanks to Generation Life.

https://www.generationlife.org/unplanned?utm_campaign=2861c8b9-f46a-4cdc-8516-dd5194f4bb6d&utm_source=so Note: Some of the theaters may be sold out, so please call the rally captain closest to you. If it is sold out, go at your own convenience. 

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