Father’s Day Reflection 2017

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Vince wrote the reflection for this blog and invites all to pray:

 

 

Sunday, June 18 at 7 am in front of 933 Liberty Avenue.

 

When most people think about abortion, they think about the mother who carries the child and the child itself.  Forgotten many times is for every abortion, there is also a father.  The father is many times thought of as the one who may be instigating the abortion.  Though this may be true, there are many instances when it is not. 

During one of the prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood last fall, a young man approached while we were in the midst of our prayers.  He stopped directly in front of the window that featured a young woman in a poster, with a warm and inviting smile that seemed to say come on in, we will take care of all of your problems!.  This young man stood face to face with this poster for maybe a minute or two and just stared.  He finally spat on the window, turned and faced me and continued to move on.  The hurt in his eyes was overwhelming.  I do not know what his story is, but I think it is safe to say that he is hurting by something that occurred in Planned Parenthood. 

We have to realize that there are many men out there who have been impacted by abortion as well.  Perhaps, the woman they were involved with became pregnant and unequivocally chose to have an abortion, in spite of any resistance from the father.  Let’s face it, if the woman decides to go that route, the man has no say.  What can he do to stop her?  There may be other instances where a man may have no knowledge at all, that he conceived a child, if the woman decides to have an abortion without ever letting him know.

This Sunday is Father’s Day.  It is the final Sunday that we will be reciting all 20 mysteries, on behalf of the unborn, the father’s (& mothers) who lose a child and of course, the ultimate goal, the closing of Planned Parenthood at 933 Liberty Avenue.  For those of you who are fathers, come on out at 7 AM for our brothers who have lost a child through abortion.  Heck, come on out, even if you are not a father.  We would love to see you ladies too!  It takes about an hour and a half.  You will feel better for it.  You will feel even better for it when the day comes that they put the padlock on that place when it goes out of business once and for all, and you know that you had a hand in it.  It’s time to fight the good fight all of you good & faithful servants!  We hope to see you! 

Vince P

 

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September 27- November 5

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Fall 2017 campaign to end abortion in Pittsburgh-  September 27- November 5

 

Sign up to pray.  Join in with friends, a church group, or gather friends together to pray in peaceful witness in front of the abortion facility in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.   Check out the schedule.

Peaceful, prayerful and meaningful witness for life.

 

Also, can you help?  Please read this pdf.  Witnessing for life is making a difference!!!! No more walk

WCN is making a difference and needs our help.

Those of us on the front lines in front of Planned Parenthood rely on the wonderful service that Women’s Choice Network provides, (free ultrasound, pregnancy test, and counseling and support of those facing crisis pregnancies). They now need OUR help. Click the link to the PDF to find out how you can help to make sure they are able to continue accepting walk-in clients.   No more walk  

 

 

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DIAPER DRIVE- May 13- Updated information

a cause you can really get behind

Many did get behind the diaper drive effort!!

 

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Pictures and stats from this year’s diaper drive:

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Second Annual Diaper Drive

Saturday, May 13, 2017

7 am to 7 pm

933 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh, Pa.

2017:  Katie writes:

Sue saved the day with her van, and herself being there for 8 hours, and Beth came back a second time when Sue had to leave. My dad was able to stay for the last couple hours, which was fortunate because David came all the way from WV (and he had to leave to go to work in Ohio!) to donate $100 and some formula, baby snacks and Pedialyte. We left at 6:15, and I’m really sorry if anyone came by after that, I should have stayed till 7! Beth said people can bring donations down between 9 and 11 on Tuesday during her shift.

 

We collected 2,291 diapers, 2,876 wipes, a swing, 3 bouncy seats, a play mat, 2 baby carriers, several swaddlers and sleep sacks, a set of crib sheets, a car seat cover, a bag of maternity clothes, a few bags of baby clothes, a diaper bag, a high chair, a car seat (not in the picture because I have to check and make sure used is ok) an audio monitor, a few containers of formula and $536.

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In addition Katie reports:
 
The part of the day that sticks with me the most is when two girls came by, and we gave them a resource card.  Sue M. asked if they know anyone who was pregnant and the one girl said “Yeah, me.”  Sue asked if she was going to keep the baby and she said “No.” She looked sad and had her hand on her stomach. I gave her a “hopeful” gift package and told them about Nick and how I hadn’t been happy at first when I got pregnant.  I told her how women grieve after abortions.  We both gave her our numbers. I keep thinking about things I should have said and hoping we were able to get through to her and that she’ll call us for help.
 
Towards the end another woman, J, stopped and took a pregnancy test.  She said she was homeless and had two kids that lived with their dad.  I gave her a hopeful gift also in case she was pregnant, told her about Genesis and gave her my number.  She didn’t seem to be considering abortion but it’s hard to tell.  When I asked if it would be good news she said she wasn’t sure, but she seemed interested in Genesis.   I hope that’s a good sign.

 

2016:

Last year we collected 4,949 diapers, 4,862 wipes, $693, a stroller, a high chair, a hobby horse, a swing, two diaper bags, a couple bags of maternity clothes and a ton of baby clothes, a few containers of formula, several bottles of baby soap, powder, etc. for the clients of CURO and Women’s Choice Network.  Monetary donations can also be made.    Katie

 

Our own Katie, Shift Manager and Sidewalk Advocate, hosted this second annual event!

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Sue not only lent a hand, She lent a van!!! Sue is the coordinator of Sidewalk Advocates for Life- the year round peaceful, prayerful and outreach ministry to the clients of PP.

Sidewalk Advocates were on their shifts and supported Katie (also a Sidewalk Advocate) with a cause we could all get behind!!!

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Jim, Joe and Sue- year round advocates for life! Jim stood in the pouring rain on Thursday morning also to reach out to the abortion bound and other clients of PP. Jim is relatively new to Pittsburgh. It is great to have young people donate their time to ending abortion in Pittsburgh – changing one heart at a time.

 

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Jim, Katie and Joe

 

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Virginia, Saturday morning Sidewalk Advocate, looks at the food goodies and the information.

 

 

 

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Katie and Jeff. Jeff stopped by on his way to a training class. Jeff and his wife are members of a church in North Park. Their church helps to support Bethany House ministries. Jeff donated to the cause. And in addition learned where PP is located. He said he was surprised at the amount of customers they have.

 

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Ken and Darlene stopped by to support the cause. Pictured here with 4 of their 10 children, Ken and Darlene are living proof that raising a large family successfully is possible and joy filled. Lots of diapers and graduations later… Ken and Darlene and their children bless others through 4H fairs and ministry work (the adult children). The children pictured here are the four youngest. Ken is a year round prayer warrior in front of PP. He can testify that family works!!! Thanks Ken and Darlene for your youthful witness!!

Rick, Thursday 5-7 shift manager, and his wife did a “drive by drop off”.

Diane D., with a new sign showing help for women, stood for several hours on the opposite side of the street, supporting the drive and directing attention to practical help. 

Beth, long time Sidewalk Advocate and President of PCUC, came down in the morning and then came back in the afternoon to stay with Katie so she wouldn’t have to stand alone.  Judy, (SA) Sue D. (shift manager, SA and blog writer for 40 Days for Life) and Marian (SA) also supported Katie during the drive.

Tim B and Bill H manned their spots, as usual, early on Saturday.  Bill H came back later to check to see if Katie needed someone to stand with her.   Judy and Hank, shift managers (and Sue D’s parents) for 40 Days for Life also stopped to donate.

A special thank you to Katie’s mom and dad for donating their time, talent and treasure.  And to Nick, Katie’s son, who gracefully shares his mommy!! 

Happy Mother’s Day!

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God smiled on our Prayer Vigil to defund planned parenthood

IMG_2190The rain held off and the sun even tried to peak out over the Prayer Vigil and Jericho March to protest planned parenthood,  ask for God’s help to defund pp and ultimately end abortion.  Several dozen came out on this Saturday morning despite the forecast and early sprinkles. KDKA TV covered the event and interviewed Jeannie F. who emphasized that tax dollars are not to be taken away from women in need rather that should be redirected away from pp to Federally Qualified Health Centers of which there are 12 within a 5 mile radius of pp. She emphasized that solution to dealing with women in crisis is to deal with the crisis be it material needs,  pressure or perceived lack of options and not abort the child. She also brought a carload of great signs that boldly and clearly witnessed to our purpose.IMG_2197

In closing those participating were asked to continue to Pray to End Abortion and to contact their U.S. Senators and Congressmen and ask that they pass legislation to defund planned parenthood.

My Thanks to all who came out despite the weather and concerns over counter protests.  Thanks also to those who couldn’t come but prayed for us.

Tim B.

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

 

Editors addition: Please note that  40 Days for Life Pittsburgh is part of 40 Days for Life.  The group does not endorse candidates nor will include any information on the websites which appears to have a party affiliation.  40 Days for Life is not a political movement.  Please read the mission statements on the About page and on 40 Days for Life- the national website.  Any use of these websites to endorse candidates or political parties will be removed and reported to 40 Days for Life- national.

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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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

 

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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
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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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

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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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Information about The Magee Project and reports from 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!

Each night pray-ers for life meet at Magee Women’s Hospital to pray to end abortion.  Pat took these two pictures on May 2, 2017.  Join in prayer!

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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.

Virginia, 7-9

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.”
 
Pat, 5-7 (Friday)

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.

 

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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