He calls me forth into freedom.
He saves me because he loves me.
I bring you news of great joy,
a joy to be shared by all people.
Although we sometimes felt cold, wet, tired and maybe intimidated, I’ll bet JOY describes us best today. With our beloved Nikki leading, we took LOVE to the sidewalk downtown 12 hours a day for 40 Days. Off stage, an enormous crowd of people stood ready to share comprehensive, confidential help with abortion bound people and people wounded by abortion. Prolife is always on duty.
A “flashmob” video filmed on a sidewalk square in front of Saint Felix Cathedral, in Sabadell, Spain, shows a crowd of people who look rather a lot like we do today…singing and happy.
The Som Sabadell (We are Sabadell) flashmob performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy was conducted by Rubén Gimeno with 100 performers and a jubilant crowd of children, parents, sons and daughters. Look closely. Doesn’t that person remind you of someone you saw witnessing with us these past 40 Days? How about the little kid dressed in orange, climbing the pole?
Let us rejoice!
Responding to a request from DEE, these brothers and sisters in Consecrated Life helped sustain us these 40 Days.
Sisters of the Holy Spirit, Sister Jolenta Sredinski
School Sisters of St. Francis, Sister Frances Marie
The Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Loretto, PA, Monastery of St. Therese of Lisieux
Sisters of Charity, Seton Hill
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, North Hills: Saint Louise Convent, Coordinator, Sister Anne Kull, SCN
Carmelite Monastery, Erie, Your devoted Carmelite Nuns
Sisters of Saint Joseph, Baden: Congregational Moderator, Sister Sharon Costello, CSJ
Saints Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Rector, Father Robert and Student Representative, Deacon Nathan Adams
The Ark and the Dove, Administrators, Sisters Bernadette, Mary Gianna and Mary Justin
NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK
We had a wonderful group of prayer warriors on the sidewalk this morning, including lovely parishioners of St. Katherine Drexel who had to drive an hour to be with us. We offered up a Scriptural Rosary and a Chaplet of Divine Mercy for an end to abortion. Positive reactions from passersby outnumbered the negative ones. Vince was able to help a man whose power wheelchair battery died nearby. And sweet Sue took over just as the skies opened up and let loose a torrent of rain. Praying that she wasn’t soaked by the end of her shift!
The picture of the yellow line was actually a mistake…I accidentally take photos of the ground just about every time I turn on the camera. 😂 But I smiled when I did it this time because I think God was telling me to share something with you.
Looking at that newly-painted line on the sidewalk today, I noticed a slight wobble in it. I think it’s a sign of a slight wobble in the whole PP organization, one that will get bigger with time and eventually cause the whole thing to topple.
May God use our presence over these last 40 days to bring that about as quickly as possible!!!
Parishioners of Saint Katharine Drexel, Washington County, with Bill and Vince, Shift Buddy.
Even more Saint Katharine Drexel friends with Vince!
There’s a slight wobble in the newly-painted circle…
SUE Mc. 9-11
Within one minute before I arrived for my shift this morning, it started to pour down rain. I apologized for the unwelcome gift I’d brought!!!
Bob, Pat, Joan, and Judi from Transfiguration were there when I arrived to relieve Jen and Vince. We were joined shortly by Sheila from St. Camillus in the New Castle area. Sherry from South Hills Assembly joined us for the third week in a row. Bill H. (from “everywhere”!) stopped by. Later in the shift, Ken & Mary Ellen from Transfiguration arrived, as well as Kathy & Bill from St. John XXIII. I thank every one of you for your dedication to prayer in very soggy conditions!
Toward the end of the shift, a man came by who was on a break from selling candy at the convention center. He politely asked why we were praying at this particular location in town and we explained that it’s an abortion clinic and about 40 Days. He hadn’t realized that the building houses an abortion clinic. He told us he is “not a big fan of abortion, but I just kind of keep my head down and don’t say too much.” We invited him to join us at the next vigil. I had the feeling he walked away thinking.
It had struck me right away that the man’s quote is probably the exact thought process and M.O. of most pro-life Americans. Dear Lord, please awaken and encourage the sleeping giant of the pro-life American majority to stand up and speak up for LIFE!!!
ROSEANN AND RICH 11-1
The rain did not put a damper on the attendance or on the spirit of prayer today. What a group of faithful people who show up rain or shine!
Regulars from Transfiguration prayed with us today.
First time participants at 40 Days was a group from Oakdale Pa. (Crossroads Men’s Ministry) who call themselves The Acts Men came to witness. It was a blessing to meet, speak and pray with them.
I did not get a picture of the R. family who came and said the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with us nor of Bill H.
As our shift was ending, a group from Madonna Del Costello/ Word of God were arriving.
An awesome day.
Faithful prayer warriors from Transfiguration Parish
The Acts Men, Crossroads Men’s Ministry
Marie P. 3-5
The sidewalk was full when I arrived just before 3:00 p.m. with members from Living Hope Church in Latrobe and The Acts Men from Oakdale.
It was so nice to have such a large presence on the sidewalk today as there was a lot of foot traffic with conventioneers from the Tekko 2019 event at the Convention Center and Penguins fans. We really must pray for our young people – the people coming from the convention are certainly in to a different “reality”- dressed in costumes celebrating Japanese pop culture.
It was evident that they do not understand the reality of abortion but are quick to make passing comments as they walked by us. How sad. I pray that they wake up to what is “reality” – certainly not dressing up in cartoon-character costumes!
Thanks to Living Hope for their strong showing on both sides of Liberty Avenue…and to The Acts Men from Oakdale for their witness on the sidewalk.
I want to thank Suzanne from Living Hope for her witness to John, a young man who engaged us in “debate” today. He was wanting to argue and I assured him we were not there to argue with him.
He was a little hampered in our discussion (by alcohol) so it seemed a futile effort to convince him that we are there not to judge or “hate the women who come there for abortions” (his words).
The Acts Men from Oakdale and Jackie from Living Hope
Suzanne from Living Hope
Living Hope Church ready to depart on their bus!
Preparing for the closing, the sidewalk is becoming crowded with several prayer warriors and faithful people who have responded to God’s call to protect the lives of the innocent.
It was a privilege to fill in today at the closing time for 40 days and Joe White. Prayers for all mothers and fathers who have conceived a child and those who desire but are currently unable. God bless their decisions.
Proverbs 28:14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.
Mary, Dawn, Bridget and Gail
Jason, Kevin and Melissa
Jim and Kathy
Praying the Glorious Mysteries at the Closing
And God saw that it was good.