Anyone who knows me has heard me say “IF you want to meet the MOST WONDERFUL people in the City of Pittsburgh, go to the Vigil in Front of Planned Parenthood.” I stand by this statement! My only “complaint” about 40 Days Pittsburgh is that we rarely get to be TOGETHER as a prayer community. BUT Sunday will be different. After our shared 40 Day journey completes its course, we will gather to celebrate and REJOICE as we plan the work ahead. IF YOU HAVE NOT done so before, CONSIDER attending the closing Prayer Service and the gathering which follows.
THE ONLY downside of the work we do at 40 Days for Life is that we shift managers often only get to know the shift managers who we relieve or those we relieve us. In my case I am overly thankful for Chris and Joe who are the “bookends” for my shift. Chris passes the baton to me and Joe shows up like an angel to take over a few hours later.
BUT there are scores of us who make up we at 40 Days for LIFE are SO MUCH MORE.
7-9am Shift Manager Tim Reports:
We made a strong witness this morning starting with the group from St Ann’s who arrived before the vigil even started. Then the Choices mobile sonogram with Jill and Betsy arrived allowing us to offer an alternative to PP.
The streets were active this morning with hundreds running (in preparation for the upcoming marathon I think). Two separate women, one from Somerset County, stopped by with both saying they had seen the movie “Unplanned” and had to come and pray. Many of the runners said nice things to us, and some not so much. Regardless we were very visible to so many. It was a blessed morning. Tim
Shift Report From Sue, 9-11 AM:
Just wow – what a beautiful day and a shift just PACKED with pray-ers! We were blessed by: Father Dan and his faithful squad from Our Lady of the Lake in Edinboro, PA; Bob, Peggy, Kathy, and John from St. Anne; Nathan, Carol, Janet, Anita, Mike, and Kim from St. Michael, along with Kim’s daughter Yvette and her family including adorable baby Baxter; members of the Little Flower Household from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Donna from Holy Family in Steubenville; Jeannette from Blessed Sacrament; Ted from Holy Sepulcher; Therese & Eileen from St. Elizabeth; the “S” family from SS. John & Paul; regulars Bill H. and Charlie; and Sidewalk Advocates Sue D., Judy, Jeff, and Marian. The prayer was abundant and continuous and included folks kneeling.
There were not many people going in to Planned Parenthood during the first half hour or so of the shift, but the number unfortunately definitely picked up toward the end. A young post-abortive woman and her mother accepted a Rachel’s Vineyard post-abortive healing flyer after hesitating. We were able to give out some literature to folks going in, but several would not accept any. We prayed for them all.
A woman and her husband from Cleveland, who were walking down to the convention center to attend the Steel City Con, stopped by to talk. She said she had just seen “Unplanned” and hadn’t been aware in advance of our vigil at 933 Liberty. When she stopped, she exclaimed, “I feel like I just walked right into that movie!” We had a nice talk, and she said they are going to look up the contact info to attend the Cleveland 40 Days vigil in October. God is working!!Sue
Shift Report From Dean, 11 AM-1 PM:
Persistent. I hope that is the impression we leave on all the people we have encountered on the sidewalk. I pray for God to change hearts and minds regarding abortion. And He will, in His own time.
Today had such a strange vibe to it. Maybe because of all the folks headed to the Steel City Comic-Con. Most of them didn’t want the information about support groups.
I won’t be at the closing tomorrow but, I would like to wish all of you a blessed Easter. He is Risen Indeed! Dean
Shift Report From Billy, 1-3 PM:
I met with Beth a sidewalk advocate today and it started out with a discussion with a gentleman named Bob (I have known this man before I came to 40 days.) Bob brought friends and began talking theology with us and thankfully the priest had asked me to assist with a person who was one of the fellow convention partakers. After this we had prayers. A woman walked by and said I agree with you pray to end abortion! A gentleman came over and said thank you for being here. I was praying with the Word of God Parish/Madonna Del Castello Church. We had a lot of comments today and I witnessed about four people entering Planned parenthood and a moment later a few more. Then while we were praying I noticed a young girl recording the prayer on her phone but she then stopped when convention passersby came to us. Around 2:30 I walked over with one of our volunteers so one side wasn’t empty because people had left and i didn’t want anything to be stolen. A man by the name of Tom stopped by to pray with us and then before my shift ended a man came up to me and he asked me about everything in Planned Parenthood and what goes on in there. He said that God is on our side and they have power but not God. I had an eventful day. I wasn’t expecting it at all. Billy
Shift Report From Rick and Mary, 3-5 PM:
The 3-5 PM Shift was peaceful, prayerful and was very well attended. Special thanks to Amy and Vince from Warrendale, who came to the prayer vigil for the first time after seeing the Unplanned movie. Their faithful prayers and witness were a true blessing. It was obvious that Amy wants to be more involved in the 40 Days for Life Campaign.
Special thanks also to Dan, Luisa, Anna, Jim and Kolbe from Assumption Church in Bellevue, Tom from St. Fidelis, Sue from St. Mary of the Assumption, Bennett from St. Alexis, Donna from St. Kilian, Jane from St. Alphonsus and Carol from Aquinas Academy for their prayers (Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, etc.) and witness on behalf of unborn children and pregnant mothers in need. Thanks also to Nikki Bruni and so many others for organizing such a successful 40 Days for Life Campaign which saved the lives of unborn children and provided assistance and love to pregnant mothers in need. Mary