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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.