Student for Life of America Student Retreats

For the first time ever, Students for Life of America will be offering special Leadership Retreats as an opportunity for pro-life students to grow in their skills as young leaders. These regional events have specially tailored the meet the specific needs of the students in that area – infanticide response for the D.C. area, city activism in Texas, sidewalk counseling & Gosnell visits in Philly, and campus abortion pill action in California.

These retreats are coming this summer, and though the finer details are still being worked out, we wanted to let you know about them so you can plan accordingly! Stay tuned for more details – we hope to see you there!

 

Capital Area (VA, DC, MD)

Theme: #ResistInfanticide

Dates: Early August, dates TBD

Expected Events: Apologetics Training, Activism in D.C., Door-Knocking with SBA List

Visit the website HERE to see more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Stephanie Schmitt, sschmitt@studentsforlife.org

 

Philadelphia

Theme: TBD!

Dates: June 23-29

Expected Events: See Gosnell’s facility, Sidewalk Counseling at Planned Parenthood, Apologetics Training, Educational Activism at Creation Fest Northeast

Visit the website HERE to see more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Liana Hollendonner, lhollendonner@studentsforlife.org

 

Texas

Theme: Rock the Pro-Life Movement, Shake the Abortion Industry

Pick up: Houston, Dallas or San Antonio

Dates: July 28-August 4

Expected Events: Outreach at Rock the Desert, Sidewalk Advocacy, City activism, special projects for PRCs and maternity homes, pro-life movie screening in a city park, abortion worker outreach, and hands-on training to take your pro-life leadership to the next level this upcoming school year!

Visit the website HERE for more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Sarah Zarr, szarr@studentsforlife.org

 

California

Theme: West Coast Stop Campus Abortions Mission Trip

Dates: June 23-28

Expected Events: Stop SB-24 through rallies, lobbying, and protests. Also, will be visiting a pregnancy center and sidewalk counseling

Visit the website HERE for more details and to register.

Regional Coordinators to contact for more info:

Katie Lodjic: klodjic@studentsforlife.org

Anna Bakh: abakh@studentsforlife.org

Generation Life Beach Outreach in Wildwood

Every year, crowds of recently graduated high school seniors flock to the Jersey Shore for Senior Week.

And who is there to meet them? GenLife and a team of volunteers to talk about love, life, and chastity.

Youth and young adults are invited to join us in this outreach to our peers.

Visit here for more information: Beach Outreach Sign Up

EWTN Pro-Life Weekly to Feature Cristina Barba of The Culture Project

Tune in TOMORROW to catch our very own Cristina Barba featured on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly to discuss actress Alyssa Milano’s recent call for a “sex strike” following Alabama’s passage of pro-life legislation.

The show will air Thursday (5/16) at 10 pm ET on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly. It will re-air on Sunday (5/19) at 1pm ET.

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

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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

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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

 

St. Raymond Nonnatus Bulletin Inserts for Those Affected by Divorce

The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith have on-going programs held on-line for families and individuals affected by divorce/separation.  Would you be able to place these two ads in your Church Bulletin or with any other organization you think would do this for us?  By the way, these groups are free!

Monthly On-Line Support Group.  First Tuesday of Each Month 8 – 9 p.m. EST. 

EventOn-Line Support Group for Individuals and Families Affected by Divorce/Separation

This event takes place every month and is on-going.  FREE EVENT.

This is a group for anyone needing support and healing regarding the issues related to divorce/separation in the family.  Prayer, reflection, guidance by Church teachings, attended by a Mercedarian friar from the Order of Mercy and the director.  Sharing in a safe place and guided by the facilitator.

Speakers:  A Mercedarian friar and the director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation.  This is a sharing group.  All are invited to speak during the meeting.

Location:  On-Line.  This is a “Webinar-like” sharing group with an option for laptop camera with audio or phone-in.  (GoToMeeting format).

To Learn More:  Visit the website: www.nonnatus.org.  Or social media at “Philly Nonnatus”.

To Sign-up:  Email director.srnf@gmail.com and type SUPPORT in the title to received direct link.  A sign-in link is also on the front page of the website at www.nonnatus.org.

Phone: 215-870-9913.

Monthly On-Line Support Group.  Last Thursday of Each Month 8 – 9 p.m. EST.  

EventOn-Line Support Group for the Adult Children of Divorce/Separation. 

This event takes places every month and is on-going.  FREE EVENT.

This is a group is for the adult children of divorce/separation dealing with issues of healing and spirituality.  Prayer, reflection, guidance by Church teachings, attended by a Mercedarian friar from the Order of Mercy and the director.  Sharing in a safe place and guided by the facilitator.  Must be 18 or older to participate.

Speakers:  A Mercedarian friar and the director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation.  This is a sharing group.  All are invited to speak during the meeting.

Location:  On-Line.  This is a “Webinar-like” sharing group with an option for laptop camera with audio or phone-in.  (GoToMeeting format).

To Learn More:  Visit the website: www.nonnatus.org.  Or social media at “Philly Nonnatus”.

To Sign-up:  Email director.srnf@gmail.com and type THURSDAY in the title to received direct link.  Sign-in link is also on the front page of the website at www.nonnatus.org.

Phone: 215-870-9913.

Pro-Life Censorship Hits Local Organization

It should come as no surprise that groups who are preaching the messages of truth and love are coming under attack by the mainstream media with its censorship.

Not only have liberals silenced the success of recent pro-life movies such as Gosnell,  which debuted at No. 1 in the box office and in time became a successful independent film, and soon to be released Unplanned, which tells the story of Abby Johnson and how she saw the truth behind the abortion industry after watching an unborn child being killed by an ultrasound-guided abortion.

In addition to movies with right-leaning messages, the liberal censorship has also hit many organizations that counter the toxic messages sent out by left-wing commentators, entertainment and public figures. One local organization in Philadelphia called The Culture Project has become victims or such censorship. Founded in 2014 by Cristina Barba, the organization’s mission is to “proclaim the dignity of the human person and the richness of living sexual integrity, inviting our culture to become fully alive.” (From their website). Today the organization is present in Los Angeles and San Francisco California, Toledo, OH (they will launch a group in Cleveland this coming fall), and a travel team.

One way the organization has done this is through their media initiative that was launched last year. They are present on Facebook, Instagram, and even a weekly video series on their Youtube Channel. (Subscribe to their channel here: Culture Project)

In an email that was sent out by the organization this morning, they have raised an alarming pattern. At first, they have received tremendous responses from young people and even parents. Their most viewed video was  “A Toxic LACK of Masculinity”  with 150,977 views. A missionary shared how she saw no man protect her dignity while being sexually harassed in downtown Philadelphia.

All of that began to change. Some of their newest videos struggle to reach 2,000 views. Despite paying for boosts on their Facebook outlet, they began noticing that their videos were flagged and suppressed because of their chastity and pro-life references.

The organization has asked for everyone to visit their channel, share their videos with family and friends, and most importantly pray for them.

Irony: the most popular platforms are okay with vulgar videos with raunchy content no one bats an eye, yet when a group offers a counter message, the mediums loses their minds. What has this world come to?