Help defund planned parenthood with Prayer April 29

April 29 flyer 300 pxHere’s how you can help defund Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh

On the last weekend in April, pro-lifers across the country will hold rallies, marches, prayer vigils and demonstrations at Planned Parenthood facilities as part of the second annual National Day of Prayer and Protest Against Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion chain and receives over $500 million from taxpayers like you every year. But pro-life leaders in Washington are working right now to end that government subsidy.

Come out on Saturday, April 29 and join tens of thousands of pro-lifers across the country in support of this urgent campaign to defund Planned Parenthood!

Event: Prayer Vigil and Jericho March at Planned Parenthood
When: Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: 933 Liberty Ave, in downtown Pittsburgh

More Info: Contact Tim Barr at timbarr5480@gmail.com

Day 41: Thank you to ALL those who came to pray!

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The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.

Isaiah 50:7

 

We were able to close our vigil on Palm Sunday with a beautiful time of prayer, fellowship, encouragement, and sharing.  See the following photos for some scenes from our evening:

Pastor Joe leads us in prayer...
Pastor Joe leads us in prayer…

 

... and song.
… and in song.

 

 

THANK YOU so much to all who attended over the 40-day vigil, those who fasted, those who prayed from home or in religious communities, and those who helped and participated in many other ways.

 

Many of those who joined us for the vigil were also at the closing:

 

Beth, Helen, and another faithful pray-er
Beth, Helen, and another faithful pray-er

 

Chris and others in prayer
Chris and others in prayer

 

Faithful Chuck in prayer
Faithful Chuck in prayer

 

George, Audrey, and Nikki
George, Audrey, and Nikki

 

A reflective moment for Dean
A prayerful moment for Dean

 

Katie in prayer
Katie in prayer

 

Mary Catherine and Ann
Mary Catherine and Ann

 

Pastor Bryan and Richard
Pastor Bryan and Richard

 

Pastor Bryan, Richard, and Barbara
Pastor Bryan, Richard, and Barbara

 

Cathy and Jack
Cathy and Jack

 

More beautiful souls in prayer
More beautiful souls in prayer

 

Thank you to Bill for helping to keep the peace
Thank you to Bill for helping to keep the peace

 

Pastor Bryan and Bill blow the shofars to officially end our prayerful 40-day vigil
Pastor Bryan and Bill blow the shofars to officially end our prayerful 40-day vigil

 

 

We offer a big thank you to Nikki, our local campaign director, who has been an amazing inspiration as always.  Thank you also to Megan, who coordinated our fasting schedule.

 

Take a look at our time of fellowship and sharing at Catholic Charities:

 

Audrey and Sue
Audrey and Sue

 

 

Dee and Pastor Joe
Dee and Pastor Joe

 

Listening to our speakers
Listening to our speakers

 

Helen speaking about coming to pray on Good Friday at 10 AM
Helen speaking about coming to pray on Good Friday at 10 AM

 

Joe as our MC- thanks, Joe!
Joe as our MC- thanks, Joe!

 

Marian, coordinator of the blog-- thank you, Marian!
Marian, coordinator of the blog– thank you, Marian!

 

Our beautiful leader, Nikki- thank you!
Our beautiful leader, Nikki- thank you!

 

More friends listen to our speakers
More friends listen to our speakers

 

Pastor Bryan, Kim, and Helen
Pastor Bryan, Kim, and Helen

 

Rick, Jeff, and Cecilia
Rick, Jeff, and Cecilia

 

Mimi, Marian, and Barbara
Mimi, Marian, and Barbara

 

Al and Sally
Al and Sally

 

 

 

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The above Scripture passage tells us what we need to know now, as we go forward from this Lenten campaign.  We know that we must be steadfast and unashamed, as Jesus was as He faced Jerusalem… for the Lord God IS OUR HELP.  Planned Parenthood, the media, abortion advocates, etc. all claim to be of help in some way.  But those on the side of life know that the Lord God is our help.  I’d rather put my trust in HIM than in the others.

We now enter into Holy Week, as Jesus entered into Jerusalem.  This is the holiest week in the Christian year.  What will we do to observe Holy Week in a way that honors God and respects life?

  • We can pray, first and foremost.
  • We can also participate in the Good Friday prayer service on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood this Friday, April 14, at 10 AM.
  • Third, even though it will be in the Easter season, we can participate in the Magee Project, praying for the end of abortions at Magee Hospital.

 

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Information taken from Pat’s blog the other day:

Join The Magee Project (founded by our very own Meredith) for a major prayer event:

A week-long Jericho Walk around Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland.

From Sunday (4/30) through Friday (5/5) the Jericho Walk will begin at 6:30 PM.  We’ll meet at Magee – on the corner of Halket Street and The Blvd. of the Allies – to circle the hospital one time in silent prayer and meditation.  We’ll then gather briefly after walking to pray together and then and dismiss for the evening.

On Saturday, May 6th, we’ll meet at 8:30 AM and circle the hospital seven times in silence. We’ll gather at the end to make declarations about the spiritual walls we’ve asked God to topple and to declare what we are asking God to plant in place of those walls.

We’re asking individuals to make the effort to come to as many evenings as possible.  For churches and church groups (such as the Knights of Columbus), the hope is that they would adopt one evening, and then come again on Saturday morning.  Contact Meredith at TheMageeProject@gmail.com or at 412-795-3924 with any questions.

As for parking, on street parking is available on Halket St, across from the main entrance to the hospital, but is limited to one hour.  There is also a parking garage available right at Magee’s front entrance.  But don’t park in the Panera/Quality Inn parking lot.  Even if you buy a coffee there, if you walk off the lot, they’ll tow you.

And finally, be aware that a launch event for our Jericho Walk will be held on Friday, April 28, at 7 PM at Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene (Pastor Joe Stump’s church), which is at 5604 Interboro Ave. in Pittsburgh.

 

Let us pray as we go through this week, meditating on Our Lord’s Passion and Death.  We know that Easter is coming!  But we also must remember to reflect and pray through the great gift of life that the Lord has given us through His cross- the gift of ETERNAL LIFE.

 

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DAY 40: PITT NEWMAN CLUB, PITTSBURGH ORATORY; SUE AND FRIENDS; TRANSFIGURATION CHURCH, RUSSELTON; CATHOLIC MEN FELLOWSHIP ARMSTRONG COUNTY. THANK YOU!

Thank you, Catholic Charities, for sharing your warmth with us during this Spring Campaign!

 

Our Blog tries to capture the fullness of what people see at 933 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh.  Each of us sees at least slightly differently.  A lot of us agree that key words flesh out the bare bones of why we show up.

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OUR GOD IS A MIGHTY GOD.

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Now the earth was a formless void,

there was darkness over the deep, and

God’s spirit hovered over the water.

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

…God divided light from darkness.

Exodus 1:1-3, 5

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The heavens declare the glory of God;

The firmament proclaims the works of his hands.

Psalm 19:2

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Whether describing the vastness of the stars or the microscopic intricacies of the human body, large numbers are inevitable.  These numbers are so large we cannot comprehend their meaning. But trying, we can see more clearly.

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How long does it take to count to a million?  Let’s estimate 2 seconds for each number.

We’d have to count day and night without break for 23 days!

How big is a billion?   One billion is equal to 1,000 million.

How big is a trillion?  One trillion is equal to 1,000,000 million.

What is a light year? It’s how far a beam of light travels in one year – six trillion miles.

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The Andromeda Galaxy is bright enough to be seen by the naked eye on dark, moonless nights. It is about 2.5 million light years away and is about 200,000 light-years across. It is thought to contain about 400 billion stars.

There are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the Universe.

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What is an atom?  Atoms are collections of tiny bits of electricity.

What is a nanometer?  Atoms, the smallest pieces of everything, are measured in nanometers (nm), one-billionth of a meter.  A meter is about 39 inches long.

How many atoms are in a cell?

Approximately 100 trillion atoms are in a cell.

What is a cell?

A cell is the basic unit of life, the smallest unit capable of independent reproduction.

How many cells are there in a human body?

The estimate is 37.2 trillion cells in the human body.

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ABORTION KILLS BABIES

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Then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust of the ground

and blew into his nostrils the breath of life,

and the man became a living being.  Genesis 2:7

God created mankind in his image;

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

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Lennart Nilsson “Drama of Life Before Birth”

1965 Cover, Life Magazine

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ABORTION HURTS WOMEN.

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ABORTION HURTS EVERYONE ADVOCATING FOR THE ABORTION.

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Dr. Russell Sacco, 1970.  “All of a sudden, I saw these tiny feet; these perfectly formed tiny feet, with little toes, little wrinkles and creases and I held them between my fingers and took the picture. I was crying because I felt so bad – it just really got to me,” he said. “I really didn’t think the photo would be anything, but God must have taken the picture because it was perfect, and I knew that this would be one powerful way to send a message to the world, as this unborn baby was only about 10 weeks along.”

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More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy.

Who can understand it?

Jeremiah 17:9

NATIVITY,  Giotto

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So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence,

she has shown great love.

But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”

He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Luke 7:47-50

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GOD FORGIVES THE SIN OF ABORTION

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Watch out, the devil exists!

The devil exists even in the 21st century.

And we must not be naïve.

We must learn from the Gospel how to battle against him.

His Holiness Pope Francis

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Then the LORD asked Cain,

Where is your brother Abel? He answered,

“I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Genesis 4:9

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WE ARE OUR BROTHER’S KEEPERS

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NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK

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JENNIFER 7-9

The last morning of the vigil was truly beautiful.  Sunlight seemed to linger a little longer than usual in that dark corridor of Liberty Avenue.  It warmed our faces even as the prayerful fellowship of today’s vigil participants warmed our hearts.

Diane was there even before I pulled up, ready to provide the extensive resources that make a world of difference on the sidewalk (as she and her husband, Tom, have done day in and day out over so many campaigns.)

Emily and Brother Thomas from The Pittsburgh Oratory joined Sunday “regular” Vince for prayer and witness to a steadier-than-usual stream of cars and pedestrians.

Nikki and Joe, despite having done so much for the campaign already, arrived to take the second shift in place of Sue, whose own list of “having done so much for the campaign already” is truly inspiring.

We had the opportunity to offer up a number of beautiful prayers, including a Chaplet of St. Michael which Br. Thomas graciously shared with us.  There were a few negative responses from passersby, but more positive ones to encourage us.  One man even asked if he could hold a sign and stand with us for a while.  He is going through a difficult time in his life—he and his wife have a one-year-old child but nowhere to live.  Please keep S. in your prayers.

When I went to Mass after the vigil this morning, our priest asked us to reflect on times where we could identify with various people in the Gospel account of our Lord’s Passion.  Can we sometimes relate to Peter, denying that he knew Jesus at all?  Can we sometimes relate to Judas, being overcome by despair at having fallen into temptation?  In this 40 Days for Life campaign, we may have had the chance to relate to Simon, helping to carry Jesus’ cross, as we offered help to those facing an unplanned pregnancy.  We may have had the chance to relate to the faithful women, bravely following Jesus and weeping over him, as we consoled those who have been wounded by abortion.  We thank You, Lord, for these opportunities, challenging as they have been; and we ask You for the strength to continue praying and witnessing for life in other ways until we come together again in the fall as the 40 Days for Life family!

EMILY, BROTHER THOMAS ORATORY, VINCE, REGULAR WITNESS
EMILY AND BROTHER THOMAS, ORATORY;
VINCE, REGULAR WITNESS

 

NIKKI 9-11

Thanks to my wonderful husband Joe for accompanying me as we subbed for the 9 to 11 shift this morning.

And thank you, Lord, for the beautiful sunshine and the intensely blue sky! It was a beautiful morning to witness and pray on the sidewalk! Thanks everyone for participating in this 40 days for life!

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VINCE, JOE, NIKKI, JEN
VINCE, JOE, NIKKI, JEN
PAT, ST. BERNADETTE'S ROSEANN AND RICH SUNDAY SHIFT MANAGERS DUO!
PAT, ST. BERNADETTE’S, JOE
ROSEANN AND RICH
SUNDAY SHIFT MANAGERS DUO!

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MAGGIE 1-3

The shift started with antagonism. A man with his around 10 year old son told him, “These are the people who use fear and religion to get people to do what they want.” I said, “That is not true!” He continued on his way saying, “If there is a hell those are the ones who will be in it.”  I felt so very sad. This boy and so many others like him are being kept in the dark. Evil is presented as good and good as evil.

Then a man in his early 30’s started in on the other prayers. I walked up to hear him say that, “Children of degenerates do not deserve to live. When abortion first began it helped lower the crime rate by 30%.” He also said, “It’s not a baby but just 2 molecules.” My religion teacher just came out and I started to discredit everything he said, but of course he didn’t hear a word I said. It was a continuance in a way of the other conversation.

Lies continue to be propagated and there seems to be more and more people believing them. Jesus is, “the way and the truth and the life.” Let us cleave to him and trust that we are on the sidewalk for a reason and God will use us if we let him. Jesus I trust in you! Jesus, Mary and Joseph save souls!

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Certainly helping with sharing the message of God’s love, these pictures show the faithful praying people who come to share God’s message.

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What a beautiful day to complete our 40 Days of Life.

The Catholic Men’s Fellowship from St Mary Our Lady of Guadeloupe in Kittanning joined our vigil.

Mary and Jimmy prayed with us.

With the sun shining on us we felt God’s love!

Amen!

 

Catholic Men's Fellowship, St. Mary of Guadeloupe; Mary and Jimmy; Shift Manager Audrey
Catholic Men’s Fellowship, St. Mary of Guadeloupe;
Mary and Jimmy;
Shift Manager Audrey

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PRYER VIGIL FINAL DAY IN LATE AFTERNOON
PRYER VIGIL FINAL DAY IN LATE AFTERNOON

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JOE 5-7

Faith filled 40 Dayers

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Extra! Extra! Additional note for Saturday

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During the busy rush hours of traffic on Liberty Avenue, two prayerful woman went right to work in prayer. From St. Maurice Parish were Mary and Arlene. God, who sees the bigger picture, captured their faces. No photographer can actually capture the beauty of people praying but the women praying quietly were part of God’s plan yesterday. Sidewalk Advocates need the prayers on the battlefield for life. The prayers are the supply source of energy. Make no mistake about that.

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Stay tuned for more NOTES from today.

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Go out into all the world.

Proclaim the Gospel to everyone.

Mark 16:15

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DAY 39: St. Ann Catholic Church (Castle Shannon), Word of God parish (Braddock/Swissvale), St. Sebastian Catholic Church (Ross)

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INNOCENT BLOOD RUNS IN OAKLAND TOO

*  Did you know that abortions have been performed Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC even before Roe v. Wade was decided?

**  And that Magee does between 500 and 700 abortions every year?

***  And that the University of Pittsburgh offers abortion training to medical students and Associate professors at Pitt perform abortions at Magee?

 

Imagine the spiritual walls erected at Magee by decades of shedding innocent blood.  Isn’t it about time for those walls to come down and for a renewed culture of life to be restored!

 

Join The Magee Project (founded by our very own Meredith Parente) for a major prayer event:  A week-long Jericho Walk around Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland, from Sunday, April 30th, and ending on Saturday, May 6.

 

From Sunday (4/30) through Friday (5/5) the Jericho Walk will begin at 6:30 PM.  We’ll meet at Magee – on the corner of Halket Street and The Blvd. of the Allies – to circle the hospital one time in silent prayer and meditation.  We’ll then gather briefly after walking to pray together and then and dismiss for the evening.

 

On Saturday, May 6th, we’ll meet at 8:30 AM and circle the hospital seven times in silence. We’ll gather at the end to make declarations about the spiritual walls we’ve asked God to topple and to declare what we are asking God to plant in place of those walls.

 

We’re asking individuals to make the effort to come to as many evenings as possible.  For churches and church groups (such as the Knights of Columbus), the hope is that they would adopt one evening, and then come again on Saturday morning.  Contact Meredith at TheMageeProject@gmail.com or at 412-795-3924 with any questions.

  

As for parking, on street parking is available on Halket St, across from the main entrance to the hospital, but is limited to one hour.  There is also a parking garage available right at Magee’s front entrance.  But don’t park in the Panera/Quality Inn parking lot.  Even if you buy a coffee there, if you walk off the lot, they’ll tow you.

 

And finally, be aware that a launch event for our Jericho Walk will be held on Friday, April 28, at 7 PM at Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene (Pastor Joe Stump’s church), which is at 5604 Interboro Ave. in Pittsburgh.

 

AND NOW FOR PICTURES AND STORIES FROM THE SIDEWALK:

 

There was a nice sized group of prayers from St. Anne’s (Castle Shannon), a few Saturday regulars , and a parishioner from St. Joseph’s.  There were about 15 escorts and, unfortunately, 2-3 customers.  One couple took some information, but continued inside.

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It was another Saturday with a plethora of pray-ers!  I began my shift with the St. Anne’s Respect Life group in the middle of the rosary.  The man leading had a beautiful booming voice which could be heard on both sides of the circle.  I couldn’t help but think that the escorts must pay attention on some level, especially at the door with the baby models also being in full view!  Beth (SA), Joe (SA), and Joe were also present.  A short time later, a large group from Grove City College came and eagerly signed in and took signs to wear.  You can see them lining the street in the picture, their smiling faces bolstered everyone and it was a joy to have them with us!  Several rosaries, divine mercy chaplets, and many other prayers were offered.  Lots of people in costume passed by for some kind of convention.  We were able to hand out a lot of cards and offer free help to any who was simply open to accepting it! God Bless everyone who came.  Thank you!

Sue, 9-11

Pray-ers from St. Anne's in Castle Shannon w/Joe B
Pray-ers from St. Anne’s in Castle Shannon w/Joe B
Grove City College students
Grove City College students
GCC students form their line
GCC students form their line

Three large healthcare facilities offering abortion in Pittsburgh…and we wonder why a city this size worries about the future?  The healthcare giant getting federal funds is located in downtown Pittsburgh where this 40 Days for Life campaign is ending for this season.  But abortion will not stop.  Abortion may not be front and center in some lives for the next several months but babies will continue to die under the watchful eye of PP.

So today we watched and prayed.  On my particular shift, Word of God parish and Madonna del Costello parish was represented by Dave, Maryann, Mike, and Bernie.  None of them are strangers to the sidewalk for life.

An older, distinguished looking gentleman with a camera took a picture of Maryann as she was praying.  He didn’t need to ask permission, but the polite thing to do is to ask.  George was evasive of how he plans to use the pictures other than for class, but under gentle and firm persuasion he did ask Maryann’s permission.  She graciously said yes.  He accepted our brochure to let us know if the pictures he took get published.  Taking a picture of someone in prayer… the man saw something that attracted him.

I was able to reach out to several people going into PP today.  Joan and Judy were also Sidewalk Advocates keeping vigil and reaching out.  A young couple did take post abortion information from me, after the seed was planted and watered by Judy and Joan.

Another 30 something woman would not take information – offered twice.  Visibly stressed and smoking, she told me after she looked at the baby models her mind was made up.  She told me (paraphrasing) “look, there is nothing there”.  I said it is her baby.  She walked inside while telling me to shut up.  Simultaneously, an even older woman walked by and yelled at me that it was the woman’s choice.  I won’t argue that statement.  It is a legal choice, but a deadly one for baby and mother.  The mother just isn’t aware.  Please pray.

The town was full of characters from the comic convention.  Right before I left the sidewalk for the day, two men crossed over to the our side of the street.  Unsolicited, the one said  “Stay vigilant.”  I took that as a message.  God has never spoken to me from a burning bush nor have I had any visions.  But I know wisdom when I hear it.  Anyone coming to the sidewalk must remain vigilant this weekend.  The convention has many dark spirited people walking by.  God is practical.  He told us he was sending us out among wolves.  WE must remain vigilant for life all year round.

Thank you to all of those who I shared the sidewalk with today… you know who you are.

Please keep Deacon Ron from Madonna del Costello and Word of God Parish in prayer.  He usually leads his parishes in prayer at the vigil but sadly, his wife died on Thursday.  The viewing is tomorrow and the funeral will be Monday.  Please pray.

Marian, 11-1

Pray-ers from Word of God parish
Pray-ers from Word of God parish

There was a lot of traffic in and out of P.P. today.  Some of the girls who came out together may have been training as escorts.  As this campaign comes to a close, I have to say how encouraging it’s been to read all of your reports and to stand together with you in this cause.  We uplift one another when we come together in prayer.  If the people who run P.P. we’re being honest, they would place a sign in their window stating, “No Lives Matter”.  Abortion subtracts from all of us.  The abortionist preys upon those who are economically disadvantaged and plants seeds of doubt.  40 Days for Life recognizes and supports that all life is God ordained and has purpose.

Dean, 1-3

Nelson and Sue from Word of God Parish in Swissvale
Nelson and Sue from Word of God Parish in Swissvale

I was so blessed today to be able to stand in prayer and witness with my fellow parishioners from St. Sebastian.  There were lots of folks on the streets of Pittsburgh today, what with a comics convention and a Pirates game going on.  With everyone dressed for spring — and the comics convention participants dressed in many colorful ways! — it was hard to believe that it was snowing just yesterday!

I met two wonderful Spirit-filled ladies, Pat and Bernadette, who are active with a pro-life prayer ministry by the name of Preborn Jesus (www.prebornjesus.com).  And speaking of the Holy Spirit, Bill stopped by as well, as ever on his Holy-Spirit-led “beat.”

We were very encouraged that SO many of the passersby – and even some people leaving Planned Parenthood! — were open to taking the yellow resource cards.  For me personally, it had to have been a record number of cards that I was able to give out.  Praise God!!  One young gentleman and his wife stopped to shake our hands and thank us for being there.  We engaged in a few conversations with some searching souls.  There were some rude and unsupportive comments as well.  At one point, a woman exited Planned Parenthood and purposely knocked the fetal models over.  But the negativity today was far outpaced by the general openness to our message.  Please pray that all of the yellow cards handed out today, along with the conversations had, will bear much fruit!

For Life,

Sue M., 3-5

Linda, Mary Lou, Gloria, and Dot, from St. Sebastian
Linda, Mary Lou, Gloria, and Dot, from St. Sebastian
Pat and Bernadette from Preborn Jesus Ministry
Pat and Bernadette from Preborn Jesus Ministry
Mary Ann, Mary, and Guy, from St. Sebastian
Mary Ann, Mary, and Guy, from St. Sebastian
Jim, Sandy, Dot, and Gloria, from St. Sebastian
Jim, Sandy, Dot, and Gloria, from St. Sebastian

I was asked to re-post my Shift Manager report from yesterday.  Here it is:

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The highlight of my evening – heck, the highlight of the whole campaign for me – was meeting Violetta and her five children.  The first thing she said when she saw me and our signs (and our baby models) was:  “Oh you guys are just the greatest.  Thank you for being here.”  Then she explained.  She had been at the East Liberty mill seven years ago for an abortion.  As she went in there were people there who were trying to convince her not to have an abortion.  She heard what they were saying, but went in anyway.  Well, through a series of strange events – along with the voice of her conscience – she walked out and decided not to have that abortion.  Then she introduced me to Nyona, who is seven, the baby she was going to abort.  (She’s the one right in front of her mom with the purple coat and the big smile.)  It was obvious the way that she talked that she understood that it was God who ultimately saved her and her baby.  She said that she had made the mistake at 16 of having an abortion right there at PP. We talked quite a while and I have her information from “Silent No More.”  When I shook Nyona’s hand I said:  “I’m glad you’re here.”  She said:  “I’m glad I’m here too.”
 
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Day 38: Sidewalk Advocates for Life on duty; Individual 10-12; Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh 11-2 Individual 2-5p / St. Regis (Trafford) 5-7

Parental guidance for such a time as this!

some people are worth melting for

One sentence, uttered from a Jewish woman, melted my heart about life.  “We didn’t believe they were ripping babies apart.”  I was ready to hear that statement for pro-life animation.  The day after I heard that testimony on tape, I wrote my first published editorial.

When are people ready to accept a message?  I haven’t the slightest idea.  I do know one thing though “behold the turtle, it makes progress only when it sticks its neck out.” We deliver the message for life- it seems to be a slow process.  And in a city as wonderful as Pittsburgh, PP located in the heart of an entertainment district, delivers the wrong message for fun.  Do people know that 933 Liberty Avenue is a house of horror stories next to live theatre?

As a Christian group, we use Scripture to tell our stories because we are priests, prophets and kings.  How do we tell the story about life affirming choices when the person listening or reading is not Christian and has no interest in reading Scripture?  What if, in fact, Scripture is a “turn off”, the person won’t listen to scientific fact and ignores the obvious?

How do we melt those frozen hearts?

Let us entertain them….

“Frozen” includes veiled references to global warming, so I am told.  To me, the movie, a recent family favorite, is about computer animated relationships.   Parental Guidance-13 is not suggested although it has very sophisticated concepts masked in loveable characters. Laying down one’s life, betrayal, redemption, forgiveness, reconciliation and celebration are serious issues addressed in this well -loved movie.  “Frozen” is good for business.

Adults look for more sophisticated distractions, right? The Bible is the inspired Living Word of God-a good read of it could flush a face with colorful embarrassment. It would seem that God has a good grip on understanding and writing about human behavior, but what does He know?  No entertainment value in the Bible you say?  Think again.   One just has to trust that the Script is inspiring.

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Life as we know it is full of imperfections, anger, frustration, sin and everything else which is unholy.  How would your life be rated- P, PG, PG-13, R or heaven help us- X? Real life can involve scenes of sexual misbehavior, drug use, relationship discord and murder.  Jesus’ life, a real trouble maker, would be rated “R” for the violence done to him. King David, an adulterer and murderer, rates an “X”!

Mary, holy as she was, wouldn’t even get a P rating in a production.  She was pregnant and not married.  Joseph needed a message from an angel- hmm?  Have you read St. Augustine’s Confessions (for Dummies)? (I tried.) Moses?  Jeremiah? Saul/Paul?  So, those “bad asses” on Liberty Avenue think they are tough.  Get Saul and David together and their life story could be called “silence of the lambs”.  Paul and David have jaded histories!  Followers of Jesus have colorful threads in their fabrics.

I started my series of blogs this campaign with a movie about a prodigal.  Father Adam Verona, of St. Paul Cathedral,  says that prodigal means “wasteful”.  Isn’t promiscuous living a waste?

“Life as We Know It”, (not computer generated) with two popular movie stars headlining the marquee, involves two single, career driven characters, who appear to despise each other.  Thrown into a situation by the death of their best friends, they reluctantly come to a fork in the road.  Their decision to take up the cross that was left to them alters their lives and impacts the future of a young child.  The two adults have already had their hearts broken by their friends’ death and melted by the child they love.  Is the love for her strong enough for parenthood?  Do they pass her off like a basketball or throw her in an oven?

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(Tim called us bread.)

The scenes in the movie are funny, poignant, fact filled and life affirming with parental guidance-13 suggested because of scenes with non-marital sex, marijuana and special brownies.  “Life as We Know It”— never a block buster, not a new choice on IMDb but a heart-warming story for frozen hearts.  It may not have been the author’s intent, but “Life as We Know It” delivers the pro-life message of sacrificial love.  The characters take up their cross daily- falling at least three times.  Becoming a saint is a work in progress.   (It is my understanding from popular media, that both actors are parents and family oriented- although I haven’t heard them preach a sermon on it.)

No one in their right mind,

would ever suggest killing the child if the parents die first.

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http://www.americanadoptions.com/pregnant/adoption_abortion_parenting?cId=1

 

Jesus told stories on the sidewalk.  We hear stories on the sidewalk and write about them in this blog.  We don’t have room to tell them all.  There are even dogs who walk by us, one I know by name.  He is cute and adorable.  I wonder what he would tell his owner if he could talk.

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First they got rid of my human sister, now they got rid of me. At least they put me up for adoption. I am sad. Please save the human babies- do it for me.

Abba Father has long legs.  Here are our letters to Him for His children.

Life is joyful… and we must tell that story.

Pat’s heart was melted again—-5 pm to 7 pm:

Pat’s story is told with permission by the mother, pictured, of these beautiful children.

While I was supposed to have at least a few souls from my parish (St. Regis) and my brother Knights of Columbus from the parish join me this evening, that didn’t happen.  Nevertheless, several answered Nikki’s call and I wasn’t alone.  Jim came by for about 15 minutes before catching his bus (I took a picture, but it turned out fuzzy).  SM Bill stopped by for a considerable period of time, Marian came at six and stayed until the end, and Elsie – who is the best I’ve ever seen at getting people to take literature – stayed with me for my whole shift!  Thank you all.  
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The highlight of my evening – heck, the highlight of the whole campaign for me – was meeting Violetta and he five children.  The first thing she said when she saw me and our signs (and our baby models) was:  “Oh you guys are just the greatest.  Thank you for being here.”  Then she explained.  
She had been at the East Liberty mill seven years ago for an abortion.  As she went in there were people there who were trying to convince her not to have an abortion.  She heard what they were saying, but went in anyway.  Well, through a series of strange events – along with the voice of her conscience – she walked out and decided not to have that abortion.  Then she introduced me to Nyona, who is seven, the baby she was going to abort.  
It was obvious the way that she talked that she understood that it was God who ultimately saved her and her baby.  She said that she had made the mistake at 16 of having an abortion right there at PP. We talked quite a while and I have her information from “Silent No More.”  
When I shook Nyona’s hand I said:  “I’m glad you’re here.”  She said she was glad she was here too.  
Pat, 5-7

 

Barb’s report from this morning 7 am- 9 am:

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The Sidewalk Singers for Life!

 

Oh, the weather outside was frightful.
But the prayer was so delightful.
And so we decided to stay.
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
Brrrr….  Cold weather, warm hearts.
The sidewalk was warm and cozy as people crowded in. 
Over our two early hours Richard and I counted Diane, Marian, Al and Sally, Patty, Dan, Karen, Kim, Kathy and Bill. 
Patty and Dan drove in from Steubenville.
Sheila arrived from out of state to manage the next shift (what a woman!). 
Barbara 7-9 

 

Sheila sent in pictures from her shift from 9 am to 11 am:

 

There was nothing out of the ordinary this shift, except for lots of passersby dressed in various costumes!  Someone said that’s because there is a certain show in town.  Sounds like fun!  And, there were plenty of Pirates fans heading to the stadium for the noon game.  Brrrr!

Kathy (sidewalk advocate) and I talked to a 22 year old woman who was looking for help (cost to cover a moving van) to move out of a dangerous neighborhood. She is pregnant and has two other children; her husband is disabled.  She shared her story of how she came from being an atheist to a Christian who is studying to be a pastor! No doubt that the Holy Spirit is at work in this young woman…she gave such a powerful witness. She said she would like to spread the word of life to those in her community and beyond. She has numerous friends who have had multiple abortions.

 She herself considered abortion when she and her boyfriend were homeless and pregnant with their first child. She was worried about how they would survive. He told her abortion was not an option and assured her that they would find a way, because their child deserved to live.  They married shortly after that and are ‘getting by.’  Kathy and I are looking into how we can best assist this young woman.  Sheila

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11 am to 1 pm:

I would like to offer a special thanksgiving to those who stand during the 11 am- 1pm shift.  We may not know your story, but God does.  Marian

Katie holds down the 1 pm to 3 pm shift (literally)! 
It was pretty busy today, both going in and out of PP and the traffic on the sidewalk, and it was very, very windy. A few of the signs blew away but I think we were able to retrieve them all, and the sandwich board started moving too. One of the babies blew off the stand. We prayed with the priest and deacon from Du Bois then from 2-3 Pastor Brian and Elsie were there. It didn’t feel as cold knowing it was probably the last cold day till next fall!
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People praying and sending prayers for the babies.

Lisa covers the news and tells the story from the 3 pm – 5pm shift: 

Elsie must not have had “anything better to do today”— God bless those who reach out!!  Mimi is a long time prayer warrior and those girls, well, they are Lisa’s blessings!!

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Bitter day but it did not keep Mimi ( late 80’s ) from joining us in prayer! What an inspiration!!! Elsie was there before three and stayed to 7. Her kind smile to passersby touched many hearts! Thank you Esther and Nati for braving the cold😌!

 

You need to read this again!!  Joe K from Wednesday, April 5

Drifted into the 5-7 shift with a personalized version of (Ringo Starr’s version of) the “No, No Song” – Finally – No gloves, No hat, No hand warmers, No winter coat,…OK, you get the idea…
The group from Saint Bernadette’s came strong and stood strong for my entire shift – Tom, Beverly, and Mary Frances were hold-overs from the previous shift and we were joined by Lisa and Ed.  Bill H. stopped by on the way home as did Jim who stayed through most of the shift…Just a whole lot of sharing going on…  Even got to talk a little music, of course, in a religious context… about someone who knew a famous Pittsburgh musician who attended St. Bartholomew’s in Penn Hills…Was able to hand out a “Watch me grow!” brochure to a curious young women looking at the fetal models.Minimal folks exiting 933 Liberty this fine evening…  Looking at 933 (“the kingdom of rationalization”) the Dylan song “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” echoed in my head with lyrics like “He not busy being born is busy dying,” and “Money doesn’t talk, it swears,” – abortion, forgiveness, greed,… all in one uncomfortable, though tidy dark package…All comments, facial expressions, and even hand gestures from the passerby’s were ALL positive+++The usual joyous group of kids and mom passed by late but not before their usual stopping and handling of the fetal models… They never tire of this and are just awesomely amazed at the models…  Mary Frances told the littlest one that he came from his mom’s belly and it was too cute to watch him immediately turn and ask his mom for confirmation that this was indeed true. Lastly, just want to send out a BIG THANKS to all that make this happen – thanks for the opportunity and blessings with being able to serve this campaign.              God Bless!!!   Joe

To everything – turn, turn:

For those who stood in the snow this campaign, “Glinda” sent snow in response to the poppies’ sleep inducing coma spell cast by the green-faced broom rider and eventually cold, icy, snowy weather made for fun in the “Frozen” world.  My mother called snow- “nature’s fertilizer. ”  God is in charge of the weather!  He knows what is He is doing!!     He is trustworthy in big things, He is trustworthy in little things, too!)

 

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A family member told me that if pirates can figure out how to entertain the family unit and find treasure, then we can!!

God blesses the beasts, but loves the little children most of all. 

The Bible tells me so!!!free_3006643

Marian

See you during the World Series— unless through the miracle of prayer and perseverance, a new business is located at 933 Liberty Avenue where the entertainment is about life!

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Living the dream for life as we would like to know it!!
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Get in the game of life, mate!

Day 37: Thank you to St. Peter Catholic Church (Steubenville OH), St. Paul Cathedral (Oakland), and all of our individual volunteers!

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The Scripture passage from Genesis 17:1-9 tells of the many promises that the Lord God makes to Abraham, including the many blessings He will give him and his descendants.  But God gives one stipulation, and it’s a pretty big one:

 

God also said to Abraham:
“On your part, you and your descendants after you
must keep my covenant throughout the ages.”

Genesis 17:9

 

A covenant is no ordinary contract or agreement.  It is an exchange of persons.  You give yourself to me, and I give myself to you.  Incredibly, this is what Our God does all throughout Scripture at precise junctures (and with specific people) chosen by Him.

We, as members of the Church, must continue to keep God’s covenant.  We must continue to be His people, and have God be our God.

 

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But what about abortion?  Aren’t there Christians- people in the Church- who believe and teach that abortion is justifiable?  Yes.  And why?  Which part of God’s covenant is this keeping?  Well, it’s not.

Let all of us in the Church- in all of our denominations- seek to keep God’s covenant with sincere hearts- to be FULLY His people.

As a side note, those preborn persons are ALSO called to a covenantal relationship with God.  They, too, are God’s people- as we ALL once were, when we were in utero.

 

4-6-17 all are desired by God

 

 

Shift Manager Reports

 

From Nikki:

I was blessed to share the sidewalk with two angels this morning! Beth and Tracy from Saint Peter in Steubenville were there when I arrived at 7 and were staying until 11. Look at the picture of them in their rain ponchos- don’t they look like angel robes? These two dedicated souls took two days during these 40 days and drove all the way from Steubenville to witness and pray for four hours! They each stood on opposite sides of the circle and prayed silently. They have a very powerful, prayerful presence about them. We didn’t use the signs because it was raining so hard and I wondered if people would really know why we were there. It was clear that everyone who passed by understood the meaning of our presence there on the sidewalk. As one abortion worker entered the clinic, she turned and said to us angrily, “Why don’t you help that poor girl laying in the doorway instead of standing here?” There was a young couple, a man and a woman, who were sleeping in the doorway to the theater. We were aware of their presence, and in fact Beth had already given the man the resource card with all of the shelter information on it, and she was even planning on taking them across the street to get them breakfast after they woke up.  The question that was in my mind, but that I did not ask the worker was, “Why don’t YOU help that poor girl? After all, you are a medical clinic which exists for the sole purpose of helping women, right?”

So it was clear that even though we didn’t have signs, our silent prayers were louder and more obtrusive to the abortion workers than if we had huge signs and had been shouting! Actually, I had the thought occur to me as I was driving into Pittsburgh this morning that, even though we didn’t see any results during these 40 days (yet), our persistence and our daily prayers are like chipping away at a concrete wall. I even thought of the movie The Shawshank Redemption. Remember how the prisoner would chip away at the wall of his cell every day? He had the hole covered with a large poster, and every day he would take a handful of concrete that he had chipped away, and put it in his pocket, which he would discard during his daily time out in the yard. I think that is what our prayers are doing at Planned Parenthood. Even though the progress is slow and gradual, and sometimes we can’t see the difference that we are making, every prayer we pray at that clinic, is like scraping away a handful of concrete from the foundation on which Planned Parenthood rests. One of these days, the final prayer will be prayed, and that will be the one to cause the entire organization to topple. God is good in allowing us to participate with him in his work of salvation in our world! Thank you everyone for persevering in prayer for an end to abortion! God bless you!

Tracy and Beth from St. Peter in Steubenville and Peter from St. Ferdinand in Cranberry
Tracy and Beth from St. Peter in Steubenville and Peter from St. Ferdinand in Cranberry

 

Peter, Tracy, Shift Manager Bill, and Beth
Peter, Tracy, Shift Manager Bill, and Beth

 

From Marilyn:

This campaign was very different for me as Thursdays were abortion days.  I have felt a heaviness in my heart more so than in the past.   I felt fortunate today that despite the rain, many people took the resource card.  God bless everyone who came to pray during the inclement weather. Thank you.
HOWEVER….I was so happy to hear of the possible save upon arrival for my shift today!
God always has a plan.  Today, He decided to have just the right people at the vigil praying who were able to minister to a couple in need.  In the pouring rain, the lovely ladies from St. Peter in Steubenville, Tracy and Beth, counseled a young couple who were intending to abort their baby.  After much discussion and going in and out of PP, their decision for today was to leave!  Praise the Lord.  Pray for this couple, that they obtain the strength and resources they need to parent.  No matter the circumstances, if God brings you to it, He will see you through it — I remember this little saying and wish all couples with unplanned pregnancies would be so fortunate as to have somebody minister to them the way that Tracy and Beth did today!  Thank you!!
Here is Beth’s firsthand account of the situation:

During the 9-11 shift, a young couple went into the abortion mill on Liberty Avenue without speaking to us.  After some time, the two of them came out again and beckoned to us, saying they wanted to ask us some questions.  Dave and Amy (sorry, not their real names) have been living together for three years in a committed relationship, using contraception in an attempt to prevent conception.  In January they discovered that they are pregnant.  Their questions were mostly moral and theological; they were both Roman Catholics, at least in family background. Dave did most of the talking.  He expressed a clear understanding and abhorrence of abortion and of the abortion industry, horror at the fact that Planned Parenthood kills babies and throws them in the trash, but was clearly deeply frightened by the thought of fatherhood.  His own father, he told the counselors, had been both sexually abusive and an alcoholic; he himself had never had the slightest desire to be a father.  The couple had come that day to obtain an abortion, but were having second thoughts; their deep pain and obvious concern for one another was very apparent.  After perhaps thirty minutes of intense conversation with us, they withdrew to talk privately, then went back inside the abortion mill and were there about fifteen minutes, before they came out and again spoke intensely with us, asking about God’s love and forgiveness, and about our own experiences as married women and mothers.  We talked for perhaps another thirty minutes, deeply moved by the couple’s complete engagement with the fate of their baby.  It was unlike any previous experience we have had, and reminded us beyond anything of the need to reach out in unstinting love to these parents who are desperate, frightened, overwhelmed.  It was the first time we had met avowedly pro-life people seeking abortion.  After the second extended conversation, the couple left, saying they had put off the intended abortion, but were still uncertain what their final course would be.  We were very much encouraged by their decision, partly because they told us they had seen an ultrasound of their child, which calmed Dave’s fears that the baby might have obvious developmental problems, or that there might be more than one baby, and partly because they had already expressed that as the baby grew bigger (they are fourteen weeks gestational now), abortion would cease to be an option.  Please join us in storming Heaven for the calming of Dave’s fears and that they may experience peace and joy about their growing child.

What lovely people; I haven’t been able to get them out of my thoughts.  I hope they come for a visit!

Thanks for a great morning; I always love doing 40 Days with you.

xxoo

Beth

And Beth- we are so grateful to you and Tracy for being the presence of Christ to Dave and Amy.  May the Lord BLESS you both!!
Mary from St. Sylvester in Brentwood, Beth Ann from St Alexis in Wexford, and Ken from Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Mary
Mary from St. Sylvester in Brentwood, Beth Ann from St Alexis in Wexford, and Ken from Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Mary

 

From Lisa K.:

The weather seemed to be having multiple personalities during my shift.  One moment, sunny and warm- another, cold and rainy.  But other than that, it was lovely to have such good people to pray with.  Thank you to Joan, Carda, Virginia, Yolanda, and Billy.  You each added something uniquely your own to our time there.  Thank you for that, and for praying with me.  Our prayers there are very much needed- as you know.

It was nice that several passersby gave positive remarks, smiles, or words of encouragement today.  It’s beautiful to experience that.  The negatives were so small that they were almost non-existent.

 

From Dee:

Several people from the Cathedral showed up to pray and witness at PP—Yolanda, Michelle, Kim, Virginia, and Mark. In addition, Billy and Pat also supported us in prayer and presence. I was glad for their company and prayers. It was a cold, rainy day and downtown seemed noisier than ever.
Billy and Yolanda
Billy and Yolanda

 

 

Billy from Plum
Billy from Plum

 

 

Michelle from St. Paul Cathedral
Michelle from St. Paul Cathedral

 

 

Pat from St. Paul Cathedral
Pat from St. Paul Cathedral

 

 

Kim from St. Paul Cathedral
Kim from St. Paul Cathedral

 

Dee continues:

We had at least four people stop and give us encouraging words of support: Jason, Sarah, and another woman (who works with a life group) showed us a picture of a newborn baby boy—given birth by a teenage mother. This woman works in the area of Woodland Hills School District. A fourth person stopped to make a point of saying how he voted just because of the life issue.
Praise God we had a good two hours, in spite of the inclement weather.
From Rick:
A special thank you to Michelle, Kim, Diane, Marian, Mark, Sean and Joel from St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland, Dennis from St. Maurice in Forest Hills and Mary from Assumption in Bellevue for their faithful prayers and witness on behalf of unborn children and pregnant woman in need.  Thanks for praying in the cold weather and for treating the people passing by with such love and compassion.  May God bless each of you, and may all human life always be respected and protected!  God Bless!
Rick
4-6-17 the lord remembers His covenant forever

 

Day 36…St. Louise de Marillac (Upper St. Clair), St. Bernadette (Monroeville) and dedicated individuals shine on a sunny day!

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      “But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you.”

John 8:37

Today’s Gospel reminded me of the plight of an unborn child.  Jesus was unwanted and rejected…as are so many little ones living in their mother’s wombs.

Think about it; Jesus came to this Earth searching for us, to save us…a rescue mission into enemy territory…and there wasn’t even a room at the Inn for him to be born in.  A stable would have to do.  This is why I believe he is especially close to those little ones whose own mothers have no room for them …even in their wombs.

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The people he grew up with kicked him out of his own hometown, and even tried to throw him over a cliff!

Jesus at the cliff

Finally, his own people handed him over to the occupying Romans to be put to a cruel and humiliating death, just as so many parents hand their unborn children over to abortionists to be killed.  The price to have Jesus killed was 30 pieces of silver, but parents today pay between $500 – $900 to have their children killed by abortion.

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Jesus must have a place especially close to his heart, in which to welcome each aborted child when they arrive in Heaven.  These precious gifts…sent back to Heaven un-opened…because there was no room for them on Earth.

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Are we ever guilty of not having room for Jesus in our lives?  

A good way to find out is to do some simple math.  Each day we are given the same amount of time…all of us, equally, get 24 hours.  We need 8 hours to sleep and 8 hours to work, and depending upon our situation, we need time to take care of our kids and spouses or parents.  But where does God fit in?  Is he in our schedule?  Can we make room for him?

A regular prayer time, early in the morning will get our day off to a good start.  Stopping into a church during the afternoon for a little time with the Lord is also a good thing to do when running errands.  Reading his Word, a little bit each day is important.  Not enough time for prayer?  Try to identify what daily activities are not helping to draw you closer to the Lord (maybe TV or secular entertainment?)…and replace it with time with Jesus.

We are nearing the end of Lent, which is the perfect time to take stock of our lives…remove the clutter so we can find more room for God in our daily lives.  Coming to pray at Planned Parenthood is a good way to set selfish desires aside and do something meaningful…that could even save a life!

Speaking of saving a life…

I was so encouraged to read Alex’s report from the blog yesterday!  He was witnessing at Planned Parenthood from Hosanna Church, and he said that he heard a woman give her testimony about how she was pregnant and considering abortion…but because she kept seeing our signs on the sidewalk…day after day…she chose life for her baby!  We just never know how many lives are saved because of our witness!  So I encourage you to come out during these last 4 days!

I hope you can join us for the closing of our 40 day vigil by attending the prayer service, led by Pastor Joe Stump, this Sunday at 6:30 pm at Planned Parenthood..  Pot luck fun and social gathering will follow at 7 pm at Catholic Charities!

Now for the shift reports…

Sue D. managed the vigil from 7-9 this morning and wrote:

So it has been a pleasure to spend my Wednesday mornings praying with Peggy on the sidewalk! I consider her my co-shift manager, she is always early and has stayed after me to manage the shift so that I can get to work on time. Usually it is just the 2 of us after Diane and Marian head on their way. Today, we were joined by 3 men from St Louise who are  obviously veterans on the sidewalk….signing in, getting their signs and immediately starting to pray! From what we could tell, all workers entered PP including painters and flooring guys. A new medical chair was dropped off and it was just sad to think of it being used in PP. They must be renovating. About halfway through the shift, Andy’s mother came and Denny from St Louise. Katie, SA was also present. St Louise is covering the vigil up to 1pm today,  so the parishioners were coming and going to make sure their  commitment was fulfilled, we are grateful for the nice “crowd”!! Sue 😊❤

Faithful Wednesday morning prayer warrior Peggy, along with the prayerful men of St. Louise de Marillac
Faithful Wednesday morning prayer warrior Peggy, along with the prayerful men of St. Louise de Marillac

 

Cathy reports from the 9-11 shift:

Parishioners from St. Louise de Marillac were a prayerful presence today, with different people taking parts of their 4 hour shift.

It was a quiet day for the clinic.  They seemed to be closed except for staff, and  some workers who went in to do the floors.  Two young women, separately, did go in but came out right away.  Katie and Elsie were able to give them some literature and the resource list.  Hopefully they will go to one of those resources instead of coming back to PP.

Cil sent in pictures from a very busy 11 am to 1 pm shift:

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CIL’S FRIEND, PATTI, AND GUARDIANS FOR LIFE MEMBERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mark and david STOPPED IN TO PRAY.
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ALWAYS FAITHFUL, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

 

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BEAUTIFUL GROUP FROM ST. LOUISSE DE MARILACC. SEAMUS IS SECOND FROM LEFT.

 

 

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TERRI AND KATIE, TWO POWERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL SIDEWALK ADVOCATES FOR LIFE!!
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BILL AND BOB– MARCH BIRTHDAY MEN
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THE GUARDIANS FOR LIFE- THE MOST DEDICATED PRAYER GROUP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris was the shift manager from 1-3.  He writes:

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Andy, Diane and Sue

For whatever reason, maybe because it was my last shift during this campaign, I felt heightened awareness of my surroundings today.  My shift started beautifully, with a warm hug from Cecilia and the glorious sounds of prayers and hymns from the Guardians for Life.  I was joined by Andy, Diane, and Sue throughout my shift.  Thank you for being there!  As we prayed several Rosaries, we noticed that the only foot traffic into PP were workers, a good thing.  A man stopped to chat and said that although he has lived in Pittsburgh for years, he was born in Saint Kitts, an island in the Caribbean.  He said that abortion is illegal in his home country and wondered why it was legal in the United States.  I explained that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against pre-born life in 1973 and said that we were there giving prayerful witness in hopes that the law of the land would be changed.  When I pointed to PP and mentioned that over 3,000 abortions a year were performed behind their doors, he said, “There?”  I said, “Yes”.  He was shocked.

Later two women walked by and saluted me with spittle at my feet.  My reaction was to remember lyrics from the hymn “Blest Are They”— “Blest are you who suffer hate all because of me; Rejoice and be glad, yours is the Kingdom, shine for all to see”.  Positive comments and “God Bless Yous” far outnumbered today’s negative comments.  Blessed be God!

Barbara wrote from the 3-5 shift:

St. Bernadette crew
St. Bernadette crew

Downtown in front of PP was lovely this evening.

Dee, Tom, Bill, Beverly and Mary Francis from St. Bernadette Parish, Monroeville, were joined by Bill, Bill H. and Jim.

Richard and I enjoyed their witnessing with us.  We prayed, handed out information cards and greeted passers by.

The shift went quickly and Joe came early as usual.

Everyone agreed that this Spring 2017 seems to have gone quickly.

Barbara 3-5

Joe K. shares this reflection from his 5-7 shift:

Faithful prayer warriors from St. Bernadette
Faithful prayer warriors from St. Bernadette

Drifted into the 5-7 shift with a personalized version of (Ringo Starr’s version of) the “No No Song” – Finally – No gloves, No hat, No hand warmers, No winter coat,…

OK, you get the idea…

The group from Saint Bernadette’s came strong and stood strong for my entire shift – Tom, Beverly, and Mary Frances were hold-overs from the previous shift and we were joined by Lisa and Ed.  Bill H. stopped by on the way home as did Jim who stayed through most of the shift…

Just a whole lot of sharing going on…  Even got to talk a little music, of course, in a religious context… about someone who knew a famous Pittsburgh musician who attended St. Bartholomew’s in Penn Hills…

Was able to hand out a”Watch me grow!” brochure to a curious young women looking at the fetal models.

Minimal folks exiting 933 Liberty this fine evening…  Looking at 933 (“the kingdom of rationalization”) the Dylan song “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” echoed in my head with lyrics like “He not busy being born is busy dying,” and “Money doesn’t talk, it swears,” – abortion, forgiveness, greed,… all in one uncomfortable, though tidy dark package…

All comments, facial expressions, and even hand gestures from the passerby’s were ALL positive+++

The usual joyous group of kids and mom passed by late but not before their usual stopping and handling of the fetal models… They never tire of this and are just awesomely amazed at the models…  Mary Frances told the littlest one that he came from his mom’s belly and it was too cute to watch him immediately turn and ask his mom for confirmation that this was indeed true…

Lastly, just want to send out a BIG THANKS to all that make this happen – thanks for the opportunity and blessings with being able to serve this campaign.

God Bless!!!

 

Day 35: St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church (McKeesport), Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, North American Martyrs Catholic Church (Monroeville), Hosanna Church (Bellevue)

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“Time is not our own, and we must give a strict account of it” ….The time you have spent during the past 40 days are WELL accounted for!

In the “Days of our Lives” spent on the sidewalk in front of PP or Praying and Fasting, we can be assured that it is time well spent!

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Each day, every day of our lives, God presents to us the people and opportunities upon which he expects us to act. This is how the Kingdom of God has been spread from the time of Christ’s coming until now. It depends on the faith and commitment of every man, every day of his life. We are called to witness in a special way to the Power of God to Transform all things human…the good, the bad and the ugly

Thank you for your commitment to LIFE and your willingness to be open to the people and opportunities presented to us on the sidewalk!

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God has arranged for us to be present at PP so that His Kingdom will be advanced in this place and time. Maybe we have not seen any spectacular successes or miraculous conversions, or anything dramatic at all, but…….TIME WILL TELL!!

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If you have been wounded by abortion go to: http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/

Now for our Shift Manager Reports:

Charlene 7am-9am

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Sally and Alex

 

Today was the last day this campaign on the sidewalk for Dick and I. We had such good company:Bill, Fr. Brennen and Helen from St. Robert Bellarmine, Alex from Hosanna, and Sally and Al. Alex could not come with Hosanna, so he came early saying that he used to come because his church did, but now he looks forward to it. He told about a testimony he had heard at church where a lady who worked in a restaurant on Penn Avenue was pregnant and considering abortion…but everyday she saw our signs and decided to keep the baby. We never know who we are affecting and that gives us so much hope.

 

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Bill, Fr. Brennen, Helen and Al

 I have looked at the future Pittsburgh picture all campaign and that too gives me hope… there is no PP in the picture! There will be a future day when PP is gone. God bless you all!  Charlene

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Beth 9am-11am

Let’s hear it for Fr. Brennan and the ladies from St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Helen, Carolyn, Mary, Marge, Mary S., and Pat, who kept vigil today along with Chuck, the “youngster” from Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, Bill H. and Tony from North American Martyrs Church.

And thanks to those wonderful people who keep the supplies organized.  When the rain came, there were enough extra umbrellas in the box so that everyone stayed pretty dry.

The “clinic” was in full swing with the abortionist arriving after 9 a.m. and clients began leaving shortly thereafter, one poor women looking beyond sick and distressed, taking nothing that was offered.  You can only wonder at what she was told and then what she actually experienced. When the truth about abortion is acknowledged, the number of betrayed men and women will call for a country-wide healing.

Lots of employees here this morning and they were told that we’re always praying for them.  Remember that’s what Abby Johnson said that was one of the things that helped her to go from PP “Employee of the Month” to pro-life warrior.

And…..if, if, if, I’m alone as Sidewalk Advocate next week from 9-11 a.m, it would be great if someone could come stand with me!  I have signs with a pregnancy resource number but if I would have to take someone to Catholic Charities for help (yeah!), I would hate to leave my  signs unattended. Just asking.                Thanks, Beth

Regina 11am-1pm

Today, my wonderful Parish, North American Martyers in Monroeville kept vigil in front of Planned Parenthood. It was great blessing to pray the rosary with Fran and John while Al and our Pastoral Associate, Tony held down the fort on the other side. We all shared in aborhant  saddness, and fervently prayed The Divine Mercy as the Bio- Waste truck collected and loaded the boxes containing the tragically destroyed  bodies of our little brothers and sisters. We stood and prayed for them today. We have all stood and prayed for them all of these 40 Days. At 1:00, Fr. Joe was serious and focused upon arrival,  ready to take his position and pray in front of the Abortuary. Fr. Joe led the next shift Manager, Nancy and Fran-who was now going on her second shift, in all 15 decades of the rosary consecutively! It is clear that Fr. is taking ground back for God as he walks back and forth in the street immediately in front of Planned Parenthood! Thanks be to God, and to all who came out to pray this, and any of these 40 days!  With love and for life, Regina 💜💜💜

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Nancy 1pm-3pm

The 1-3 pm hours were great.   Fr. Luisi from NAM prayed the rosary for the two hours he was there.   He had a goal of seven, almost made it! Fran stayed to pray with him. Tony from St. Joan of Arc came on the T to pray.  Bill stopped by.  And Cathy and Jim arrived at 3 as the next SM.   Several people stopped to be amazed at the fetal models. One little kid told his mom “I held the baby”.  Kids can be such truth tellers.  Nancy

Jim 3pm-5pm

Jim stood in as a substitute shift manager today! Thank you Jim for covering the sidewalk and standing for LIFE!

Lisa 5pm-7pm

A pleasant evening tonight on Liberty Avenue.  The traffic was horrendous all over the city taking in the closure of the Liberty Bridge due to a traffic accident and the crowds coming in for the last home game for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Our first time to be blessed with Mimmi joining us on our time slot this 40 Days.  We prayed a loud rosary to be heard in our little circle of Johanna, Mimmi and myself.  Pastor Gary and Rick held court on the far side of the circle speaking with several passerby’s.

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The balance of Pastor Gary’s group from Hosanna Church, Breighton Heights, Erin, Bernadette and Neil persevered through the traffic to arrive and added to our petitioning the Lord to hear our prayers.

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Johanna, Pastor Gary, Erin, Bernadette and Neil

A blessing for me to share the sidewalk with all the prayer partners that joined me on Tuesday evenings.  Thank you everyone.     Lisa McCann

Day 34: St. Mary, St. Anne and St. Irenaeus

Only 7 loaves

loaf of bread R1Did you ever feel that you are just not qualified? Or don’t have enough of something, be it skills, education, time or money? Or then think, can’t somebody else do it that is better suited for the task?

Isn’t it possible that is similar in a way to how the apostles felt when they told the Lord they only had 7 loaves of bread to feed the large group of followers? When they looked at the few loaves of bread and themselves did they think “He really doesn’t have much to work with”?

How many times did our Lord tell them “Be not afraid” ? How many times does our Lord say this…to us? When we say, “what can I do to prevent or end abortion? What is the value of going to the abortion center to pray?”

When his apostles said they only had 7 loaves to feed the masses, they thought they could only make do with what they had and thought it just wasn’t enough. They didn’t take into account what God can do to magnify our efforts to proportions well beyond our wildest imaginations.

rippleR1As our Spring 40 DFL campaign comes to an end we can consider in hindsight that perhaps we are those 7 loaves of bread. He multiplied us. By our participating we fed the masses. Our unique individual efforts have fed the masses in all walks of life that we encountered downtown: the abortion bound, the passersby’s in cars and on the sidewalk and pp workers and like a ripple in the water we will affect so many more.  We are not perfect. We are all flawed. Some of us have a bit of Pharisee in us. Yet, He made use of us and we had a very big impact and affect on so many people in so many ways. Most of which we will never know.

Please, do not question the value of your being there. Know for certain you have touched and fed the souls of so many and the lives you saved will have a profound impact for the good in time to come. Because as we all know, HIS laborers do not labor in vain. So you should have no doubts about whether you made a difference.

So I close simply by saying Thank You for your prayers, fasting and witness. Thank you for stepping up despite not being perfect. Thanks for being a loaf of bread.

If you haven’t yet been to pray at the vigil you still have this last week. The Spring Campaign ends Sunday night with a short prayer vigil at 6:30 at pp followed by a closing rally and reception at 7 pm inside Catholic Charities at Liberty & 9th St. As is true in our spiritual life, it is never too late.

After this 40 DFL campaign is over, If you ever hear the call in the night with the ears of your heart to do some charitable deed to protect the unborn, know that year-round every Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday prayer warriors and sidewalk advocates are outside planned parenthood praying and trying to save lives and souls. We are usually there from 7 till 11 am. No need to sign up. Just show up.

Be not afraid, join us.

We hope to see you at the rally and again soon. I hope you have a Happy Easter.

Tim B.

Today at the vigil we were blessed with St. Mary (Glenshaw), St. Ann Catholic Church (Waynesburg) and & St. Irenaeus (Oakmont).

In thanksgiving for the blog writers whose fingers are trained for battle— and prepare the reflection before they go on leave!!

Marian adds from Saturday-  addition, not a do-over… recognizing others in the pro-life community:

In the Spirit of cooperation:  Before I head to the sidewalk on Saturday mornings, I do my “heavy lifting” in prayer.  I meet the wonderful people at The Oratory (Adoration) and St. Paul’s Cathedral for Mass on Saturday mornings.  It is not by my design.  If it were, then I would only be dreaming of them instead of meeting them in person.

Each Saturday, our younger brothers and sisters from CMU and the University of Pittsburgh, who are active in the pro-life community, meet at the Pittsburgh Oratory to drive to the abortion clinic in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh.  Although not ever having been there, I have never heard that location described with words other than with synonyms for dark and creepy- by veterans of the pro-life community. On my way, out of the door at The Oratory, I met Mark and Nicholas.  Mark and I recognized each other from Mass and Bible study.  Mark has been praying in front of the East Liberty clinic since last semester. Today, Nicholas was joining the group for the first time. Both young men have recognized for years there is something wrong with abortion. They are willing to acknowledge that in public, prayerful, peaceful witness.  The younger generation fighting for life is well represented at the Pittsburgh Oratory.

Then at the end of Mass at St. Paul Cathedral, I started talking with Yolanda.  Yolanda is a veteran of pro-life witness when the abortion clinic in downtown Pittsburgh was located closer to the shopping area. Yolanda would go to work and see the guards and another group of people.  At the time, she didn’t know the location near her work was an abortion clinic.   She recognized the Rosary beads in the hands of many who were praying, so she joined in prayer there on a regular basis. We have other veterans from that period of time too praying with us on a regular basis.  Today, Yolanda, as she usually does, joined in praying the Rosary with the usual prayerful suspects at St. Paul Cathedral.  They have been keeping us lifted in prayer daily.   Companions on the journey— visible and invisible!!

Saturday was still a gloomy day on the sidewalk but I knew there were people who had my back in prayer!

40 Days for Life – welcomes prayers from all denominations!!  Prayer works.

 

Reports from today:

Kathy L.  7 am -9 am:

Thank you to all who helped cover for me last Monday due to a family emergency.  And thank you for your prayers for my dad who is on the mend.
Peggy and I prayed through some pro-life prayers together.  I noticed several passersby glancing at our “Choose Life” signs.  The usual PP workers arrived.  Bill H. also arrived and stayed briefly.  One young woman passed by and hurled an insult toward us.  Bill may have countered her statement with a blessing. Not long after that, Ginny arrived to assume SM duty.
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Bill H and Peggy!! Several days a week the Holy Spirit schedules Bill to come and pray with the water!! Peggy makes sure on several days that she arrives early to help Diane!!

 

Ginny 9 am -11 am:

St Mary’s Pro-life group from Glenshaw
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We had a peaceful prayerful morning.

 

Johnny and Maryellen report for the 11 am  to 1:00 pm. 

People traveled from Waynesburg today.  Some faces are camera shy.

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Beth, with many hats in the pro-life movement reports for the 1 pm to 3 pm shift:

We started out in the sun and even when the rain came, I think the SON stayed with us.  Lots of good friends from St. Ann’s in Waynesburg made the 1-3 shift a wonderful, prayerful occasion. Carol, Kathy, Mary Ellen, Tilly, Jake, Mike and Kim, Elaine joined Rose and I as we kept vigil on a busy day.

Bill H., Katie and Nick stopped  by and Alice from St. Alexis came to help with the 3-5 shift. It seemed as though there was lots of employee activity, and hopefully, few clients.

Thanks, bloggers, for all you do,

Beth

Francis on the sidewalk for life from 3 pm to 5 pm: 

Francis reports that he was alone for part of the shift but Alice, from St. Alexis, did witness with him for awhile. 

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Judging wisely with the sign for life!!!

 

 

Nikki and Joe stand vigil for the 5 pm to 7 pm shift: 

We had a peaceful shift for the most part. A young man stopped to look at the fetal models. He wanted to take a picture of the five month model. He said that his pregnant girlfriend died, she was five months pregnant. So he lost her and his only child. He told me he started doing heroin when he was 15. He has been clean now for four years and has a job and plays the guitar in a worship band at a large church in Cranberry! I told him I would pray for his girlfriend and his child and him, and he even gave me his phone number in case my son ever wants to talk to him. It was very encouraging getting to talk to him!

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Nikki and Joe, representing St. Irenaeus Parish in Oakmont.

 

After that Joe and I prayed together. We thought we would finish this vigil on a positive note, and then a woman who was headed into the bar looked at Joe, who had just greeted her with a friendly hello, and she spit right on him. You could just feel the anger and the hatred seething out of her. That was a shock for Joe, but we will pray for her healing.
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Bonus report from sunny Florida per Sean’s email from Sunday for the national report:

It was Sunday. “The abortion center was closed,” said Tom in Fort Lauderdale, “but the vigil was not!”

So, on the Lord’s Day, a number of volunteers went out to pray.

“We impact a different public than we do during the week,” Tom said. “In the morning we see many churchgoers passing by and in the afternoon we see many at leisure. Most are unaware of the battle we fight every day at that center. And most are unaware of the stakes.”

He said 40 Days for Life is the ideal vehicle to bring the problem to light. “Everyone can participate. All it takes is a little time and a willingness to stand for life.”

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Thank you to all who witnessed today.     Let the “Sonshine” in our hearts!!  We get by with a little help from our friends.

 

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DAY 33: People of God Covenant Community; Saint Mary, Herman; Saint Gregory and Saint Matthias, Zelienople; Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, Carnegie

LET’S KEEP THIS PARTY GOING!

A dynamo we all know, did just that, with the big assist from the Source of Everything.

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Let me say right up front, all things considered, I am unschooled in the Bible.  Mother Angelica once said, “Read the Bible.  Let God talk to you.” I’m paraphrasing what she said, but that’s how I read and love the Bible.

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At first, this dynamo wasn’t in a party mood. Just recently he had cooperated with the Master of Ceremonies at a tremendous competion.  Winning the contest endangered his life. He ran.

Then, he prayed, “Enough Lord! Take my life….”  He fell asleep.  Suddenly a messenger touched him and said, “Get up and eat!”

He ate.  He laid down again.  The messenger touched him again and said, “Get up and eat or the journey will be too much for you!”

These are bare bones (1 Kings 18:1-46, 19:1-15) of the story of God, Jeremiah, Ahab and Jezebel.

Jeremiah accepted the invitation to keep the Celebration going.  He did not work from his couch at home. He got up, walked, endured and risked everything.

Exhausted he prayed, “Enough Lord!”

The Lord said to him: Go back!

The worthy celebration begins in eternity, continues in time and then, into eternity.

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George Weigel  in Roman Pilgrimage writes:

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 13:31).

The word – which seems almost nothing in comparison to the mighty power of the immeasurable material cosmos, like a fleeting breath against the silent grandeur of the universe – the word is more real and more lasting than the entire material world.  The word is the true, dependable reality: the solid ground on which we can stand, which holds firm even when the sun goes dark and the firmament disintegrates…. (The) word of Jesus is the true firmament beneath which we can stand and remain.

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FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE discipleship is a celebration worth enduring.

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NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK 

EXTRA!! EXTRA!!

Bill prays the Rosary in front of PP every Saturday come rain or shine. Here is his note from the sidewalk for yesterday, Saturday 3-5.

BILL S. 3-5 Saturday

The 3-5 shift today was pretty quiet which is a blessing when you are a rookie substitute shift manager. The ritual changing of the guard took place from Dean to me and off I went.

Within a few minutes of my wondering if this would be a solo mission, Mary from St Sylvester’s in Brentwood arrived and we promptly started a Rosary.

Less than a decade in and Mike from my home Parish St. Ferdinand’s in Cranberry arrived.

Less than 3 decades in and my namesake brother, Bill, arrived and the four of us were there together for the majority of the shift.
Bill’s daughter, who is 7 months pregnant, stopped by to add some joy to our time there.

Near the end of the shift Adam, arrived followed by my relief, Jeff and the baton was successfully passed forward.

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Faithful Witness Bill and his Beloved Daughter
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Mike, Mary, Bill

 

 

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NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK SUNDAY

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JEN 7-9

The blog report that Planned Parenthood was very busy yesterday sat like a stone on my heart.

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.  

Like Mary, I felt discouraged, like there was no point in going out to the sidewalk anymore.

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” 

Like Martha, I wondered why Jesus hadn’t stepped in to stop the suffering.  But in His mercy, Jesus commanded that the stone be rolled away, just as He did at Lazarus’ tomb before raising him from the dead.

 “Where have you laid him?”  They said to Him, “Sir, come and see.”  And Jesus wept.  

Like us in all things but sin, fully human even while He is fully divine, Jesus feels anguish when His beloved children suffer.  He weeps for those seeking abortions.  He weeps for those performing abortions.  And He weeps with us as we grieve over the hearts broken and the innocent lives taken so violently.

 “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Jesus didn’t mean in this context that death would be avoided.  Rather, He knew that death would not have the last word.  Neither will the current culture of death last forever.  Jesus, the Lord of Life, has defeated death!

He cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth.  So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.” 

Lord Jesus, call us out of deadly despair, untie us from our burial bands of unbelief, let us go so that we can live with You and for You!  Help us to persevere in the fight knowing that You have already won, even if we can’t yet see the way it will all play out.  Remind us:

“I am the Resurrection and the Life; whoever believes in Me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”

The People of God Covenant Community provided spirit-filled, prayerful witness on Liberty Avenue this morning.  Thank you to Pat, Ben, Pam, and Daniel for standing vigil with the ever-faithful Vince and Bill!

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People of God Covenant Community

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Oh, how spiritual our prayer was this morning, led by members of the People of God Covenant Community!!!

“Regulars” Beth S. and I were so blessed by the presence of Tom, Patty, Bill, Pat, Todd, and Matt, all from the People of God.  Under their leadership, we prayed and sang and praised and petitioned our God to end abortion there at 933 Liberty Avenue.  The sun joined in during its short time slot of shining between the buildings.  Margie from St. Mary, along with Sunday-morning “regular,” Patty, joined us toward the end of the shift.

The only negative comments during my shift came from a runner who ran by loudly expressing very rude rough hopes about us.  He reiterated this even more vehemently and angrily as he walked by us on his way back, adding that we were all racists.

In the most admirably, confidently, and respectfully gentle way I’ve seen, Bill asked him to come back and talk with us (which he refused).  I was so hoping he would come back, as I just knew that, under Bill’s leadership, it would have been a great discussion.  We prayed for the man both of the times that he passed by.

Keep praying!

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Tom, Patty, Bill, Pat;  People of God Covenant Community; BethS., Sue (Shift Manager)

 

Matt, Bill, Todd People of God Covenant Community
Matt, Bill, Todd
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I had a smorgasbord of prayers today. One from St. Bartholomew who is also a co-worker! Three from St. Gregory and Mathias in zelionople, six from St. Bernard including 2 kids and one from St. Sylvester! Thanks be to God for all who joined me today!

Somebody asked if the models were scientifically accurate. I said I didn’t know. She told me that they are not. That the arms are shorter as well as the legs and that they don’t have ears until later. She also said that the 10 week old should only be 1 inch. I didn’t know what to respond and just listened to her.

 

Diane is on top of it:  http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/fetal-development-stages-of-growth.

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Prayer witness Sunday 3-5 Smiling Faces of ProLife Witnesses

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The sun was shining on this beautiful Day of The Lord.
This beautiful family from Saint John the Baptist / Holy Trinity church, spread prayers and smiles to all who passed by. The little lady down front is from Saint Bernard / Saint Pius X. She is a good friend of the Holy Spirit. He is working through her.

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Ted, Lou and Deacon Myron from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Church in Carnegie, along with Joe from Good Shepherd in Braddock, and brother soldiers Dean and David (pictured) showed up to stand for life.

Thank you, Men for your witness this evening.

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And God saw that it was good.