Annual Mass of Remembrance for Our Deceased Pro-Life Friends to be Celebrated on Nov 25th in Newtown Square, Pa.

Towards the end of the year we have two memorial Masses in Southeast Pennsylvania.  One the end of November to remember the souls of our pro-life brothers and sisters who have preceded us in death, and one on the Feast of the Holy Innocents to remember the innocent preborn who were killed by abortion.  Below is information from Jack and Pat O’Brien, long-time leaders in the SE Pennsylvania pro-life movement on the  November Memorial Mass. 

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Memorial Mass

The Mass on November 25, at St. Anastasia Church, Newtown Square, is dedicated to members of our Pro-Life family who are at rest.

We will be celebrating their entry into the waiting arms of Our Lord and the loving arms of Our Blessed Mother.

Here at the banquet of the Eucharist, we will share the body and blood of Christ and remember His death and resurrection and the eternal gift of Life hereafter.

Let us recall that those, gone ahead, are living eternally in that joyful presence, surrounded by thousands and thousands of children. These happy children who are also there with waiting arms of jubilation, all excited to meet those who came to their defense here on earth. May all of us be so blest one day.

The names of those recently deceased will be read and a candle will be offered on their behalf.  

And  we remember…

Dr. Lori Bittner, Rita Buchy, Jean Cannon, Fran Cunnane, Betty Ann Daily, Charles Gindhart, Phil Kennedy, Kate Kurimay, Charlie Litzelman, Jerry Lynch, Jack McShea, Shane Melly, Deborah Marie Nunan, Elizabeth Parsons, Patricia Scalia, John Samoylo, Dick Schmid, Gerry Simboli, Janet Smith, Harriet Stanton, Ellie Walsh, and Frank Zinni

High School Denies Student’s Request to Start Pro-Life Club, But Allows Animal Rights Group

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It [Gulf Coast High School] recognizes the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Animal Rights Club, the Gay Straight Alliance, and Collier Students for Change, which is affiliated with the Florida Democratic Party, as school clubs.

Below is a report from Micaiah Bilger, Life News about a battle between a Florida High School and a student-led pro-life club.  

A Florida student is fighting for her legal right to begin a pro-life club at her high school this week. Gabrielle Gabbard applied to start a pro-life club, Sharks 4 Life, in August at Gulf Coast High School, but was refused, according to Alliance Defending Freedom, the pro-life legal group that is representing her. The club would be affiliated with Students for Life of America, which has more than 1,200 student clubs across the country.

On Thursday, ADF sent a letter to the Florida school explaining that Gabbard has a right to form the student organization under the federal Equal Access Act.

According to ADF, the school claimed Gabbard’s club would be too “political” and “controversial” — even though it recognizes the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Animal Rights Club, the Gay Straight Alliance, and Collier Students for Change, which is affiliated with the Florida Democratic Party, as school clubs.

“The First Amendment doesn’t permit a public school to play favorites when approving student organizations. Gulf Coast High School must recognize Sharks 4 Life, and Collier County Public Schools needs to update its policies so that this doesn’t happen again,” said ADF Legal Counsel Michael Ross.

According to the legal group, Assistant Principal Catherine Crawford-Brown refused to recognize the club during a meeting with Gabbard and one of her faculty advisors. They said Crawford-Brown also threatened to fire the advisor unless she withdrew her offer to be the club advisor.

“Crawford-Brown made these remarks even though she knew that the club needed a faculty advisor to be approved. Because of these remarks, both of the faculty advisors promptly withdrew as faculty advisors for the club,” according to ADF.

Their letter asks the school district to revise its policy by Nov. 21 to specify that its schools will consider requests for new student clubs in a timely manner and will not discriminate against the club because of its religion, politics, philosophy or other beliefs.
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Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said students increasingly are facing hostility because of their pro-life position.

“Across the country, we are seeing incredible opposition to the pro-life speech of our student leaders and volunteers as they speak for the defenseless and educate their fellow students on abortion,” Hawkins said. “But the law and the Constitution are clear on the matter: Public schools cannot single out pro-life groups for exclusion from recognition. Officials in Collier County need to do the right thing and do it quickly

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March with Seminarians from St. Charles in DC

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The following is from Steve Bozza, Director of Life and Family Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He shares information on the seminary leading the contingent from Philadelphia participating in the annual March for Life on Friday, January 24th. 

Dear Bus Captains and Pilgrims,

As you know, The March for Life will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020.
You are all invited to march together with our St. Charles Seminarians who will be leading the way! Attached to this email are information about our meeting place and planning details.

Also attached is registration information to obtain your parking permits for your bus to park at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

If you choose, you can register on line for the permits and send the parking permit fee separately. I hope that this will be helpful.  If you have any questions, please call the Office for Life and Family at 215-587-0500 or email us at cdoughty@archphila.org.

Thanks so much and I look forward to marching together with you and our seminarians.

Blessings,
Steve Bozza

In the Forest…

Another moving poem by my Facebook friend, Judy Alciatore.  For more of Judy’s beautiful poetry, please visit her Facebook page, God’s Poetry by clicking here. 

Mother and aborted child

by Judy Alciatore

IN THE FOREST
IN THE DISTANCE
SITS A GIRL
FROM LONG AGO

CROONING SOFTLY
TO AN INFANT
WHO WILL NEVER
THRIVE OR GROW

FOR THE KILLERS
CAME TO VANQUISH
ALL THE HOPE
FROM THIS SAD WORLD

AND HER LONGING
IN THE MOONLIGHT
SHATTERED DREAMS
OF THIS POOR GIRL

ALL THE LIES
THE KILLERS TOLD HER
ALL THE FALSEHOODS
THEY ONCE SHARED

MADE HER THINK
THAT THEY REGARDED
THAT THEY KINDLED
HOPE AND CARE

OH, IF ONLY
SHE COULD REACH OUT
THROUGH THE
BARRIER OF TIME

SHE WOULD WARN
AND SHE’D ADMONISH
CAN YOU NOT HEAR
THE BELL THAT CHIMES

KEEP AWAY FROM
THE KILLERS
KEEP AWAY
FROM THOSE WHO LIE

FOR THEY’LL KILL
THE LIFE INSIDE YOU
AND YOUR HOPE
WILL SURELY DIE

LET THE LIFE
THAT GROWS
INSIDE YOU
LET IT SEE
THE LIGHT
OF DAY

THEN YOU’LL FIND
A PEACE SO LASTING
AS YOU WORSHIP
AS YOU PRAY

OH, IF ONLY
I COULD TOUCH YOU
FROM THIS PLACE
OF LONG AGO

I WOULD SHOW YOU
I WOULD COMFORT
I WOULD HOLD YOU
YOU WOULD KNOW

THAT THE KILLERS
COME IN SECRET
WITH THEIR SMILES
AND PHONY CHARM

FOR THEIR GOAL
IS TO PREVENT YOU
HOLDING LOVE
WITHIN YOUR ARMS

BUT HERE I SIT
IN THE FOREST
IN A TIME OF
DAYS GONE BY

AND I HEAR
A SOUND SO LONELY
FROM AFAR
MY BABY’S CRY

THANK YOU, LORD

OH, MY…IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE THE LORD HAS SENT ME A PRO-LIFE POEM…THIS ONE IS HAUNTING IN ITS SORROW…THE FOREST SYMBOLIZES THE GIRL’S TANGLED THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS…LONG AGO COULD BE ONLY MOMENTS AGO…OR YEARS AGO…IT’S HER PAST…HER ABORTION SHE IS GRIEVING…

 

HELP AFTER AN ABORTION

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available.  Call Project Rachel’s national toll-free number 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visit hopeafterabortion.org

Know What to Say Outside Abortion Clinics

The following is from an email I received from Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.  While this specifically pertains to the SE Pennsylvania area, others areas across the country may want to incorporate this idea of a ‘Newby Saturday as well.  

Newby Saturday

11/9 ‘Newby Saturday’ in Philadelphia!

DATE: Saturday, November 9

TIME: from 10:00am-12:00pm

LOCATION: Outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets in Philadelphia*

*Fact: There were 4,231 unborn lives lost at this particular Planned Parenthood location in 2018.

HOW NEWBY SATURDAY WORKS: “Newby Saturdays” are designed to answer the following questions for a first-time or newer witness:

  • Is there a brochure I can hand to women?
  • Do I have to/can I talk to anyone?
  • Where can I stand?
  • What are the yellow vested ‘escorts’ doing?
  • Is there anything I should or shouldn’t do?
  • Some people are praying the rosary, but I don’t do that; what else can I do?
  • Is everybody going inside the building getting an abortion?
  • Is there a way to tell if a woman has arrived for an abortion?
  • What are those brown bags women are carrying out?

OTHER DETAILS: We’ll have a seasoned person there: Tom Stevens (Pro-Life Union President and CEO), Patrick Stanton (Pro-Life Union Board Member; Leader of Philadelphia 40 Days for Life), Dr. Monique Ruberu (Pro-Life Union Board Member; Leader of Philadelphia 40 Days for Life), or another designee to help answer common questions about Sidewalk Servants.

QUESTIONS? Call our office at 215-885-8150 the Friday before “Newby Saturday” to find out who will be there, or if you have other questions.

SPREAD THE WORD: Click here to view our Facebook event and share it with friends and family on social media.

Continue to pray for the unborn and the vulnerable. Your prayers and compassionate outreach can save lives and restore faith in the lives of others.

Philadelphia Women’s Center 40 Days Recap

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The sixth 40 Days for Life Campaign concluded last Saturday at the largest non-Planned Parenthood facility in Philadelphia.

Two confirmed saves and God only knows if there were even more. Despite the number of signs stolen, a potty-mouth, man-hating, security guard, and the need to fill last-minute vacancies, pro-life were able to be present in front of the facility from Tuesday to Saturday. The sad irony is the fact many were present to see children who attend the daycare.

Take Away

Pro-lifers in the Philadelphia area are getting stronger and bolder every single day.  With their loving and peaceful presence, the hearts and minds of abortion-minded women are being changed.

Is it Over?

The answer is no. Harrisburg released a statement that 45,000 babies have been murdered at this location since 2011. We need to be bolder and vigilant for the protection of the most vulnerable in our society.

You can do that by participating in the Sidewalk Servant Campaign today. Give an hour or more a week to help moms know that there is a better way.

Stop Planned Parenthood in KCK campaign

 

Stop PP in KCK

Your witness and voice are crucial to our success!!!!!

 
Please take 2 minutes to call Mayor David Alvey’s office and respectfully ask that he publicly state that he is opposed to Planned Parenthood opening a center in KCK. A similar statement by the mayor in 2006 kept a strip club from opening in WyCo. 

 

Remember how effective your calls and emails were to Larkin & Garcia Funeral Care that resulted in canceling the lease that they had with PP on their building located at 1854 Minnesota Ave!!!!!!!

 

 

How to contact Mayor David Alvey
1. Call and leave message with his assistant at (913) 573-5010  or

2. Email Mayor Alvey at dalvey@wycokck.org .

 

Message: 

 

Mayor David Alvey,

Respectfully, I urge you to publicly state that you are opposed to Planned Parenthood opening a center in KCK.
 

I would like to ask that you email me at ronkelsey10@gmail.com with any contact efforts that you make so that I can measure the size and effectiveness of our Call to Action.

______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Approximately 40 individuals participated in our Oct 26 prayer rally at the UG municipal building.

November Events

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It’s November. 40 Days for Life campaign has concluded. There are a few events abound for the month.

See the latest on the November Elections here. There are also some takeaways on how to fight harder for the culture of life and to unseat radical pro-abortion incumbents.

Pro-Life Union will continue it’s Newby Saturday on November 9th at 12th and Locust. Learn more here. Note: this event will occur every 2nd Saturday of the month.

The Culture Project will be hosting their Second Sunday gathering on November 10th. It starts with Sunday mass at the Basilica at 6:30 PM. After mass everyone will gather for food and drinks at Mace’s Crossing. Adults 21 and over are encouraged to attend.

The Super Bowl 52 rematch will take place on Sunday, November 17th. But a group is hosting a discussion on Theology of the Body. All fathers are encouraged to attend with their sons.

The annual Stand Up for Life Dinner will take place on Sunday, November 24th. Learn more about it here.

We hope many of you can join us any or all of the events mentioned above. Remember to pray for the faithful departed during the month of All Souls, especially of our pro-life warriors who were called home recently.

Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon. May their souls and the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 

 

A LIFE SAVED in Chester County!

The following is from Rachel Hayes, Chester County Leader for 40 Days for Life.  Many babies lives have been saved through this campaign.  

If you have never participated in a 40 Days for Life Campaign, please consider joining the Spring 2020 Campaign which begins on Ash Wednesday.  Use this link for more information on 40 Days for Life.

Chester County

What wonderful news we have to end our fall 40 Days for Life campaign in Chester County. For those unable to attend our closing rally this past Saturday, you might not be aware that we have confirmation of a mother choosing life and a baby saved from abortion. PTL! This was a beautiful story of a young woman in need of hope and support. Upon exiting the abortion facility because she felt unsettled being there, she was met by 40 Days volunteers who let her know that help was nearby at CCWS medical center and that they would show her the way. How grateful I am that our prayers were answered and that God used our presence to be part of this unfolding story! For this young woman, instead of a day of hopelessness filled with tears of sorrow and a lifetime of regret, it was a hope filled day of joy and thankfulness as her mother’s heart was overwhelmed with wonder at seeing her 10 week old baby via ultrasound for the first time and being cared for and loved by the center’s staff.

To sumarize a bit of encouragement from National Headquarters Campaign Director Steve Karlen at our rally: our hour(s) of vigil over the course of the 40 days will most likeley be unremarkable, and we might be tempted toward discouragement or even laziness in not getting out to pray and hold vigil. Don’t be discouraged because the seemingly mundane and unremarkable are bearing fruit. Though we don’t always get the tangible news above, we know that abortion numbers go down when we are present and praying, abortion-vulnerable women are changing their minds, babies are being saved, clinic workers are having a change of heart, and abortion facilities are closing. It’s happening in cities across the US and globally. Your prayers and your vigil presence do make a difference. Thank you for fasting & praying, and taking an hour or more of your time to stand in the gap for the many babies at risk! 

Though our fall campaign has come to a close, please be mindful and continue to pray throughout the year because abortions occur at WC PP each Friday. For those able, we can be a prayerful presence year round. If not, pray for those who can and prepare for another 40 Days in the spring. What else can you do until then? Support your local pregnancy center and other life-affirming ministries. Vote this Tuesday, Nov. 5, for candidates who support protections for the unborn. Contact your PA House reps and senators in support of the PA Heartbeat Bill. Get involved with or start a pro-life ministry at your church. Make plans now to attend the DC National March for Life on January 24, ’20. Mark your calendars for the first ever PA March for Life on May 18, ’20.

I hope you are encouraged to persevere and not give up hope, because our God is working in and through us to bring an end to abortion in WC.

“Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up,” and “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”! 

The Elections Came and Went. Is it Over?

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Like many anxious voters, I have seen many results that either advance or setback the pro-life cause. Here is a break down of the Philadelphia area, statewide, and even national landscape.  Elections have consequences and we need to do more to get a pro-life voice on every level of government.

Pennsylvania

For the Superior Court, Megan McCarthy-King overcame a late smear campaign for a last-minute derailment of her campaign as she won a seat on the state superior court. This helps give a pro-life voice in the state court, where pro-life legislation has been instrumental in the debate since the Gov. Casey years.

Joe Gale won his bid for re-election as Commissioner of Montco.

The Bad News

The city of Brotherly Love has re-elected a Catholic in Name Only mayor by the name of Jim Kenney for another four years. Kenney has done little to defend life from the womb to the tomb. 

In some of the surrounding counties of Philadelphia, the abortion lobby has made some gains. Take for example Delaware County went from red to blue for the first time since the Civil War era. George Soro puppet Jack Stollsteimer wins the DA race in that same county.

Here are more results from the Keystone State here

New Jersey

Mike Testa wins a crucial seat in the Garden State’s 1st senate district seat. This will help challenge Gov. Murphy and his radical abortion agenda.

Kentucky

Narrowly Matt Bevin was defeated by his opponent. However, he plans to challenge it before the state legislative.

The state’s first African American Attorney General was elected.

Virginia

Virginia has flipped more seats in senate and state house blue. It was one of the states that tried to pass a late-term abortion law similar to New York’s but it failed to gain enough votes. We know that Virginia will stop it nothing to be like New York in its abortion agenda.

What Went Wrong?

I have seen very little commercials attacking the policies and ideas of those that were running on a radical left agenda that included abortion on demand. If candidates in any given party want votes, they need to conquer and harness the art of persuasion through debates, town hall meetings, and even rallies.

What Do We Do?

Is it frustrating? Yes, but we cannot lose hope or see this as a defeat. My mother once told me that every defeat will lead you closer to a big victory. We must learn from why we lost and fight harder for the pro-life cause.

The fact of the matter is that we cannot rely on a candidate to do it for us. The abortion debate will not end in the halls of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Oval Office, or even our state capital. Rather, this debate will be decided on the public sidewalks when every pro-lifer, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and secular band together and tell the abortion lobby that enough is enough.

As the 2020 elections are looming in less than a year, we need to support men and women of character. I do not just mean vote straight Republican (that party has just as many flaws as the Democrats do). Rather, we need to support those that are willing to put the people first and their self-interests in the back burner. Candidates must also be not afraid to attack the ideas of their opponents even to the point of exposing their lies and holding them accountable for their poor track record.

I believe our country is in need of a new great awakening, a spiritual revival if we want to defeat the left-wing machine in all levels of government. Prayer can begin this new awakening. Even acts of service.

The good news is you can channel your frustration by participating in peaceful demonstrations through the Sidewalk Servant Campaign. Learn how to pray, approach women entering the facility, what to say to those people passing by you and even the escorts.

Do not let the pro-life losses in your county, state, or city discourage you. Instead, let those losses channel you to work and fight harder for the defense of life.