Thank you to all who joined us for Christmas caroling!

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Christmas caroling, in front of an abortion facility?  Why?  Well, an article was written last year (2016) in the National Catholic Register to explain why.  Below, I have included some excerpts from that article:

 

The Christmas caroling, organized in San Bernardino, was part of a wider movement of caroling in front of abortion businesses during this Advent season called “Peace in the Womb.”

Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, which began the singing event in Chicago [15] years ago, told the Register that the inspiration for the caroling came from a friend who had studied St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body catechesis. Scheidler said she had suggested this perspective: For women facing the trauma of aborting their children at the holidays, hearing Christmas carols might connect them “to God’s healing and mercy.”

“So there was a double purpose: to plant a seed for future healing, so that Christmas becomes a channel for them to overcome the abortions they’re having at Christmastime,” he said, “and on the other side of it, inspiring people with the Christmas story so they don’t go through with those abortions.”

Scheidler said that they have seen both of those things happen.

One Spanish-speaking couple they met said the carols had drawn them outside the abortion center. They opted to go to the local pregnancy center.

The songs resonate with many, helping them to change their minds about abortion. And the carols don’t just reach Christians. [In 2014], another couple that opted not to have an abortion was Muslim, but had admired the Christmas singing, changed their minds — and ultimately left the abortion center’s waiting room.

The singers want people to know that their unborn children are “Christmas babies” and that Jesus came into the world “to give life, that we may have it more abundantly.”

The carolers have touched hearts beyond the women and their family members going into the abortion centers. In Sarasota, Florida, he said, one of the abortion escorts complimented the “Peace in the Womb” carolers on their singing.

Another group in Tempe, Arizona, he added, had 120 people turn out, including a group called “Dancers for Jesus” from nearby St. Margaret Catholic Church.

Overall, the response has been positive.

In San Bernardino, a pro-life ministry saw a total of three women during their carols cancel their appointments and tell the carolers that they chose to keep their unborn children. [One of the participants said that] in pro-life ministry “you struggle to have the right words to say” sometimes to women seeking abortions.

But at this time of the year, approaching the feast of Jesus’s birth, caroling made it “so simple.”

She said, “We didn’t really do anything, other than to sing and pray.”

And that has made a blessed difference for babies and parents alike.

 

Our group participated here in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning, Dec. 16, from 9-10 AM.  We had a nice-sized group.  We were happy to have Randy accompanying us on accordion, and Jeannie and Julie provided us with hot chocolate and donuts.  Thank you to them, and to all who came!  And thanks be to God Who provided us with a bit of “warmer” weather (around 30 degrees)!

 

Here are some photos we wanted to share from our time:

 

Welcoming sign at the donut table!
Welcoming sign at the donut table!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sign on the side of the table also speaks the truth!
Sign on the side of the table also speaks the truth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Randy, for making the caroling a lot easier!
Thank you, Randy, for making the caroling a lot easier!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Jeannie, for the donuts! They were a welcome addition!
Thank you, Jeannie, for the donuts! They were a welcome addition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our group of carolers was joined by Fr. Fred! Thank you, Father!
Our group of carolers was joined by Fr. Fred! Thank you, Father!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you all for your beautiful singing!

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Tim, on other side of the circle, holds signs of hope
Tim, on other side of the circle, holds signs of hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill with another sign across the street
Bill with another sign across the street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Sidewalk Advocate, Sue, ready to help women and men in need
Sweet Sidewalk Advocate, Sue, ready to help women and men in need

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So glad that Sally and Al joined us!
So glad that Sally and Al joined us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you, gentlemen, for your pro-life witness!
Thank you, gentlemen, for your pro-life witness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recovering Jeannie was in great form for singing, along with Julie and Randy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie's skillful playing of the bells!
Julie’s skillful playing of the bells!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two women were just passing by- and both pregnant, and stopped by to join us in song!
The two women were just passing by- and both pregnant- and stopped by to join us in song!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Julie praising the Lord!
Julie praising the Lord!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a wonderful group!! Thank you all!!
What a wonderful group!! Thank you all!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the Lord bless you all,

and may you have a holy and peaceful Christmas.

 

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One thought on “Thank you to all who joined us for Christmas caroling!

  • December 19, 2017 at 8:51 am
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    Beautiful..sorry I couldn’t be there to Carol…

    I can be a companion during 40 days on most Sundays 7-9 a.m.
    and when not Sunday,, Mondays 7-9 a.m. I’ll check the dates and let you know.

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