Enjoy some of the photos from the March for Life held in Philadelphia on January 23rd.
Read the post from the event here.
Enjoy some of the photos from the March for Life held in Philadelphia on January 23rd.
Read the post from the event here.
The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition sponsored their annual Rally for Life on Friday, January 22, 2021. This date is the 48th anniversary of the infamous US Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
The event began at the VFW Hall across the street from Warminster Planned Parenthood. Pro-Life supporters from churches in Bucks County and surrounding areas started streaming in the hall before noon.
Sandy Slater, President of Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition shared pertinent information about the abortion industry in general and Warminster PP in particular. Fr. Mike Davis, Pastor of Assumption BVM opened the program with prayer.
Anne Ruegner, Acting Director of A Baby’s Breath, shared a slide presentation about their mission to mothers in a crisis pregnancy. These include free help and resources including ultrasounds, counseling, gift cards, diapers, formula, housing for up to six moms and their babies. Refreshments were provided by the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania. The program ended and attendees took pro-life signs as they exited the VFW to Planned Parenthood in silent prayer.
As the VFW group walked to the abortion site, there was a large crowd of 100 pro-life warriors that were assembled. They were praying and singing hymns. The number of people from the VFW joined with those gathered in front of Warminster PP had swelled to over 200.
Pastor Chuck Wilson of the New Hope Community Church closed the gathering in prayer. Pastor Bill Devlin, Co-Pastor of Infinity Bible Church added last words of encouragement to continue on in the battle for the sanctity of life.
Below are some pictures from Friday’s event.
A chilly Saturday couldn’t freeze the warm spirits of thousands of pro-lifers throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
The morning began with a short prayer service in the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral with the recitation of the rosary and the litanies of loreto and St. Joseph while a protestant group held a prayer service outside of the south lawn of the church.
Archbishop Nelson Perez celebrated mass with Bishop Joseph Coffey, auxiliary bishop of the military archdiocese, as the homilist. For Bishop Coffey, he saw the event as a way to recommit to the cause of life. He shared how God blessed him when Fr. Dennis Gill blessed him on Good Friday just before he was arrested during an Operation Rescue demonstration outside of Planned Parenthood. Bishop Coffey recalled that those events helped formed his call to the priesthood.
Following the mass and Protestant prayer service, everyone came together to peacefully march one mile to Independence Hall. Along the way, many stop to pray in front of the Philadelphia Women’s Center for a short prayer while Pat Stanton states the history of the facility that murders 6,500 lives annually.
Everyone finally gathered outside of the north lawn of Independence Hall to hear amazing testimony and even music from Jack Terzian who reminds people to be you and cool.
Alison Centofante of Live Action emcee the event. She shared about how she would one day meet her grandmother who chose life for her dad.
Ashley Garecht fired up the crowd by reminding them to not be scared by the bullies who want to stop you from standing up for what is right.
Dr. Monique Ruberu talked about the need of being present outside of abortion facilities in our area.
Reverend Herb Lusk III reminded everyone to keep up the fight. God is bringing about the victory over death.
Kathy Barnette shared that we must be louder in our convictions when speaking about the danger of abortion.
Ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, Archbishop Gomez of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement that abortion remains an important issue.
Read more here.
Pennsylvanians have a tough pill to swallow as Biden continues to assemble his league of doom. On Tuesday, he selected Dr. Rachel (Richard) Levine to be the assistant secretary of health.
It has been criticized for not inspecting abortion facilities during the pandemic, which led to an increase in abortions, especially in Philadelphia.
The other side to the equation in the lack of respect from the health secretary is how she moved her mother out of a nursing home while other elderly suffered and eventually died in the midst of the national lockdown.
This pick by Biden will jeopardize many life issues, particularly abortion ban after 20 weeks, conflicts with religious organization who would refuse birth control in their medical coverage, and the advancement of LGBT policies.
There is so much at stake.
Today, January 22, 2021 marks the 48th anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision declaring abortion legal throughout the nation. As we mourn the loss of over 62,000,000 babies though abortion, we should celebrate the lives of many young adults who were blessed with the gift of life.
Recently I received a copy of an essay written by a young adult who not only was blessed with the gift of life by his parents, but is an ardent advocate for the life of preborn babies who are so vulnerable. Luke Parlee is a ‘Distinguished Honors’ student at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He recently applied to Boston College and chose the following question for his essay, “If you had the opportunity to create your own college course, what enduring question or contemporary problem would you address and why?” Below is his response.
If I had the opportunity to create a college course, I would address one of society’s most controversial issues. The course would be entitled “The Truth about Abortion – Legal, Moral and Economical Implications.”
Abortion, for many, is a sensitive topic. That is why I believe the college classroom is a great place for it to be discussed. The college years are crucial to character development and the best time to expose students to societal issues like abortion. The course would reveal that Roe v. Wade is a flawed law, intended to protect the right to privacy but disregards the more fundamental right to life.
Students would learn about the philosophy of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. They would watch movies including, “Unplanned” and “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.” In a society that values science, the course would emphasize the science behind the pro-life movement, that biological fact that life begins at conception. Also, the economic implications of abortion, including lost annual tax revenue and loss of valued work by contributing members of society will be examined. Most importantly, the course would present options other than abortion. It would highlight work being done at crisis pregnancy centers that offer hope to women and support them to enable them to choose life.
The inspiration behind my course comes from growing up a practicing Catholic. As a Catholic I profess that life begins at the moment of conception and is the most sacred, fundamental right. Recently, I had an eye-opening experience while attending a prayer vigil out front of a local Planned Parenthood. Before long I realized that I was the youngest participant. In a conversation afterward with Tim Powell, the president of Bucks County Right to Life, I was made aware of how little support the push to ban abortion is from people my age. Clearly, my peers are unaware of the truth of abortion and that it is one of, if not the most critical social issue of our time. This is why if I were able to create a college course it would expose students to the truth about abortion and in keeping with the Jesuit tradition, “encourage them to use their God-given talents in the service of others to help make the world a more just and humane place.”
Besides being a ‘Distinguished Honor’ student, Luke is a three-sport varsity athlete and works at the New Britain Inn. He also loves surfing. His Mom, Terry told me that he and his siblings were honored to play their music instruments for Cardinal Sean O’Malley for the Cardinal’s birthday at a small celebration a few years ago at their former parish in Needham, MA.
Today is a solemn anniversary of Roe v Wade. It is in no way a day of rejoicing. Instead, it is a day of mourning. It should also be a day of fasting and penance.
62 million lives were lost in the name of choice. That is more than the casualties from the Second World War. A decision made by seven male judges. Yes, men can have an opinion on this so called “women’s issue”.
The good news, the tide is turning. The movement that went from blocking entrances of abortion facilities to peacefully praying outside of gates of hell and even a Jericho in their community is growing stronger.
We must continue to strive for a pro-life nation beginning from the womb and ending at the tomb. Life has value, purpose, and it is worth living.
The abortion debate will not be won in the halls of congress, state capitals, or even a Supreme Court. Rather, it will be won on the streets of your city, college campuses, and even a community near you.
Today, I ask that you fast, pray, and even offer a penance for an end to the Culture of Death.
One of the biggest weapons Satan uses is the use of lies. On top of it, he also uses division.
In a recent conversation with someone in the pro-life movement, I have made a striking claim that he is infiltrating the movement and dividing many people. Most of the division is over in person or virtual gatherings as we are trying to navigate a post-COVID world.
Take for example, the recent news from the March for Life Foundation to go 100% virtual. Since the announcement of the decision, which I am infuriated over, I took note on the numerous responses made by people.
I feel that this is one of the examples that is trying to destroy a movement that has gained so much momentum and even strength in nearly half a century.
Sadly, we heard on Inauguration Day from a self-professed “Catholic” the call to unity. Well, how are we going to be united if people are going to cause division among themselves through violence?
We need to stop bickering over each other’s differences. We need to come together and stand against a powerful pro-abortion administration and even agenda.
To every general, he calls upon his faithful soldiers to fight together in order to win the war. So too we must win the debate not in the Halls of Congress, the White House, State Capitol, or even City Hall. Rather, this debate will be won and decided outside of abortion facilities when every worker and volunteer open their eyes to the hoor of abortion while hearing its cry for help.
The call to unity, unlike the one being pushed by our soon to be 46th President of the United States is when every pro-lifers and those who are concerned over the radical abortion stand up to the radicals and the mob that has told those who stood in their way to move and respond “No, you move.”
Division can be stopped first by us.
A new year – a new time and location! The Bucks County Pro-life Coalition has changed venues. The meeting will now be held at A Baby’s Breath in Warminster. See the information below provided by Sandy Slater, President of the Bucks County Pro-life Coalition.
This is a reminder of our monthly Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition Meeting for Monday January 25, 2021 at 6:30 PM at the location of A Baby’s Breath, 65 W. Street Road, Warminster, PA , Bldg. B; Suite 203.
Topics of discussion will be:
This will be an important meeting as we welcome new members to bring to the table thoughts and ideas for expansion of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition.
We encourage all to attend this meeting and be active.
The following is from an email blast sent out by CatholicVote.org.
Joe Biden is President…
A Catholic president — who supports killing unborn children.
He’s got big plans, including restarting the attack on the Little Sisters, gutting core religious freedoms for our Church, penalizing Catholic schools, and shaming those who oppose him as “domestic terrorists.”
There is no whitewashing this: It’s a national scandal to our Church.
Of course charity and hope require that we extend our prayers for the new President. We pray for his success in all things noble and good. And yes, we also pray that his worst plans will fail miserably. As we should. Above all, we pray for his conversion. The light of baptism still flickers in his soul, despite the truly reprehensible policies he has promised. With God all things are possible!
In his inaugural address, President Biden spoke of the need for unity. He’s right, America is divided like never before. The cheap excuse offered by the media and the Left is to blame President Trump and his supporters. Yet anyone paying attention knows Joe Biden and the progressive Left have divided America based on race, gender, income, religion, and more for decades. Just ask Clarence Thomas.
All white people are racists. Defenders of life are enemies of women’s health. Biology is a form of bigotry. Religion is hate. Anyone who voted for Trump is an insurrectionist. We could go on…
Unity is a nice buzzword. But unity, grounded in truth, is the only thing worth defending.
Moments ago, we learned that USCCB President Archbishop Jose Gomez had prepared a statement to be released this morning. The statement welcomed the new President, but also warned Biden’s agenda would advance “moral evils” on several fronts — from abortion to transgender ideology to attacks on religious freedom.
Gomez’s statement was set to be released at 9am — just as Biden was attending Mass before his inauguration.
But according to media reports, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark called the Vatican to intervene. These cardinals convinced the Vatican Secretary of State’s office to stop Gomez’s statement from being released.
Thankfully, The Pillar obtained a copy of Gomez’s statement:
“[A]s pastors, the nation’s bishops are given the duty of proclaiming the Gospel in all its truth and power, in season and out of season, even when that teaching is inconvenient or when the Gospel’s truths run contrary to the directions of the wider society and culture.
“So, I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”
As I write this, the USCCB — perhaps bowing to public pressure — has now finally released the statement in full.
The Biden presidency is an open challenge to those bishops who take seriously their role of defending the Faith and teaching the Truth.
They will be tested. Please pray for them.
If you are inclined to despair, I urge you to find solace in the lives of the saints — those who embraced the call to holiness often amidst much suffering and hardship. God rules all.
Above all, I join you today in praying for fortitude. Not brashness, and not cowardice disguised as unity. Real fortitude. The kind of fortitude the Catechism explains with this passage from Scripture:
“The Lord is my strength and my song.”
“In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer…”
“I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Catholic Bishops, where are you?
Let’s be bold and stand up to these Anti-Catholic administration