Day 39: Thank you to St. Anne (Castle Shannon), St. Elizabeth of Hungary RL Group, Madonna del Castello and Word of God, Assumption (Bellevue), Catholic Men’s Fellowship, and Individual Volunteers!

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:

Gentlemen of St. Anne’s bring Prayer to 933 Liberty Avenue at DAWN!

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

Jill and Betsy arrive with the Mobile Sonogram Unit Saturday Bright and Early!

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

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parishioners and Pets!

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


Here are the Word of God church!

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

Day 32: Thanks to Knights of Columbus, Sidewalk Advocates, Guardians for Life, Holy Trinity, Bethlehem Lutheran, Stonebridge Church, and individual volunteers

In the past few weeks I have taken advantage of the winter clearance sales for women’s clothing. As I clipped off a tag from a blouse I’d wear to work that day, I stopped to read it.

40 Days for LIFE = People who LIVE 4 TRUTH

And a pair of new corduroy pants were labelled with this idea:

MADE and LOVED- Really?

Like NIKE introducing JUST DO IT, advertisers have progressed from touting the qualities that make their products special, to addressing the very real and needy human spirits of their customers. They forego enumerating the attributes of what they are selling and cleverly shift focus. The advertising is now about US and how we feel about ourselves. Somehow I am supposed to be EMPOWERED by my clothing purchases. It is nearly comical …. Will I be more truthful if I wear my new blouse? Don’t think so. Does the person who made my pants also still LOVE them??? NOPE. We are called to “LIVE 4 TRUTH” in our pro-life efforts and we continue in them because EVERY precious life is MADE and LOVED by our creator.
So, yes, I believe God is speaking to me, even in the labels of my clothing. What’s in YOUR closet?

7-9 am Shift Manager Tim Reports:

The Armour of these Knights is LOVE!

The vigil opened early with a strong presence from year-round regular Sidewalk Advocates Virginia and Joe along with Bill and Chuck (who does a Jericho march every Saturday morning).  They were joined by Beth from North Park Church, Claire from Our Lady of Grace, Tom and Charlie from the Bellevue KOC and Shift Mgr. Pat M.  Two women and a man got out of car in front of PP and accepted information and then engaged in a conversation and all agreed that adoption is a better option.  They then viewed the fetal models while still inside the yellow line and were promptly asked by an escort to step outside of it.  They then walked away.
We were joined by the strong presence and prayer of Fr Tim and the Uniontown Knights of Columbus. What a strong witness we made today.   Tim B.

PORTRAIT of JOY: Guardians for Life unite and PRAY

Sue D. Reports 9-11: We were very happy to arrive to more pray-ers than usual today and, despite the beautiful weather, fewer folks going in to PP for services.  One couple did accept info but entered PP.  Another couple, coming out of PP, also accepted the yellow card.  And another couple hurriedly coming out would not accept information – when I offered, the woman said, “No, just pray for me.”  When I told her we are here every Saturday and invited her to come back and talk to us anytime, she said again, “No, just pray for me.”  I told her I definitely would.  We did not know if she had just had an abortion or had been in there for an initial appointment and had not yet made a decision.  I told the group, who will also be praying for her.  She asked for it – she’s DEFINITELY got it – we prayed then and will continue praying!

Among our many prayer warriors today were the Guardians for Life; folks from Our Lady of the Lake in Edinboro, PA; members of the Most Holy Name Society from the Greensburg area (Ascension and Sacred Heart Parishes); and the beautiful large “S” family from St. Alexis in Wexford.  Many many thanks to all, coming from far and wide!  The prayer was abundant and continuous this morning; so wonderful.  It seemed we had an even proportion of positive and negative reactions from passersby.  In between prayers we talked about the “Unplanned” movie and the major impact it is having.

At one point, Mike from the MHN Society told me he had approached a group of the PP escorts to tell them that he and they have a lot in common, that they are all volunteers, and that he is a volunteer for Christ.  I knew by his quiet and sincere manner that he had spoken these words to them in love.  God bless you and good work, Mike – you perfectly embodied today the spirit of 40 Days for Life!

 

Most Holy Name Society, JeannettePA joins in

1-3 Shift manager Billy reports:Today I was accompanied by Holy Trinity church, Tom, Jenny , Sarah and Tom and Jenny’s children. I was accompanied around 2:30  by Melissa and Jason and Gail  from Bethlehem Lutheran church in Shaler who helped pass out Unplanned flyers. While we were there, there was a couple who walked out of planned parenthood and took one of our flyers and one woman grabbed the information before she went into planned parenthood. I saw a couple people coming out of the planned parenthood. All in all we had a good day. Here are some photos:

11-1 shift manager Dean reports: Thanks to the folks from Holy Trinity for praying with me today. There wasn’t as much traffic at P.P. during my shift.

Sharon, the coordinator from Holy Trinity, with a wonderful group of prayer warriors from her parish
Holy Trinity parish in Robinson came out in force today!


3-
5 Shift Manager Kathy Reports: On one side of the circle was colorful and enthusiastic Stonebridge Church: Charlie and Sarah wore 40 days shirts. Another Sarah brought 3 children. 
Beautiful roses were laid around circle.
Adrienne from Log Church and Kimberly from SHBC completed the group:ALL first timers!!!So blessed to pray with Bethlehem Lutheran Church from Glenshaw. Amazing testimonies of Gods love. Melissa brought flyers for Unplanned that she recieved from Pgh Christian Events group.wow!

What it looks like from the bus stop across the street— You are noticed. You make an impact!

Day 25 : Thanks to Good Samaritan, Our Lady of the Lake, St. Sebastian & St. Ferdinand Parishes, Starkdale Presbyterian Church, Aquinas Academy, St. Kilian’s That Man is You group, and individual volunteersi

As a 40 Days for Life Shift Manager I have determined that I contribute exactly, or precisely ….. (drum roll) 1/42 of the sidewalk effort! No kidding. Every Week there are 42 SIDEWALK SHIFTS. 42 slots to fill, 42 Resource Needs, 42 opportunities to witness, 42 shifts of exposure. I am responsible for JUST ONE of them — That is a whopping 2% of the Shift Staffing Effort, which is combined with our other necessary tasks :Communication, Resource Stocking, Delivery and Retrieval of Resources, Publicity, Special Event Planning , and Documentation. We even have a Fasting component and folks who cannot make it to the Sidewalk are organized into Home (and convent) Prayer warriors. … And more! This united effort creates 40 Days for LIFE Pittsburgh.

The truth is, there are TONS of us each doing a small separate part of 40 Days work in our own unique way.

I like to think of the 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh Team as a Zipper on a much needed warm jacket.

Did you every really look at a ZIPPER? EVERY SINGLE PART is NEEDED! UNZIPPED, the jacket does some good, but when the zipper closes, we achieve SO MUCH MORE. And if you look at a zipper, every tiny piece matters! There are even supporting parts — Our families, spouses, children, relatives and friends who encourage our participation. They steady us and allow us to extend out to join with the efforts of others.

Zippers are AMAZING. And so are the tremendous members of the 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh family, so Zip up and stay warm!Zippers are awesomeJeannie

Praise Report: The movie Unplanned is # 4 this weekend despite the media blackout!!!.  

7-9: Shift Manager Tim Reports: What a blessed morning it was starting with the church group from Ambridge area already praying with signs before the vigil officially began thanks to Tom who brought the materials early. The blessings continued when Jill and Betsy arrived in the Choices Pregnancy Services mobile sonogram. And then two young men came to view the fetal model and signs then made a donation. AND the local florist stopped by giving us a dozen beautiful roses and bag of red and white rose petals. Even Joggers passing by thanked us.  And then a young couple arrived with the woman in sweat pants. We talked and they accepted material. We walked with them to the mobile unit but they wouldn’t go in. Instead they went into PP. We stormed heaven with prayers, we knelt and cried. A short time later they came out circled the block and got back in their car. They accepted more information and closed the the door. I clasped my hands in prayer and mouthed I’ll pray for you. She clasped her hands and smiled. 
Please pray for them and their child whom I called Hope. Tim 

Prayer starts Early on the streets of Pittsburgh

Betsy and Jill ready to show moms their babies!!!!


9-11: Shift Manager Sue Reports:

What a huge group of prayer warriors greeted Sue D. (my co-shift-manager) and I this morning!  The weather sure was nice, too, which always comes as a blessing when we spend time at such a dark place.  Thank you so much to prayer volunteers from St. Sebastian, St. Michael, Our Lady of the Lake in Edinboro, PA, and Aquinas Academy.  For a long time, there were two ladies kneeling in prayer, one on each side of the circle up against the building.  The prayer, vocal and silent, was constant and continuous, interspersed with beautiful singing.  The Choices ultrasound van was on the scene this morning; sadly, no potential PP clients during my shift took advantage of their services.  Jim L. had arrived earlier to bring roses, and they were placed on the ground and on our signage.  Many scattered rose petals “littered” the sidewalk.  It seemed to me that the negative reactions from passersby were more pervasive today than usual — we had heads shaken at us, were called hypocrites, and were given the one-finger salute by one guy — but we also had positive reactions to counter the negatives.  The Lord is at work.  We trust Him!! For Life, Sue M.

Sue and Sue on a bright Saturday

St. Sebastian Church is REPRESENTED! 

Prayer support from Girard Missionary Alliance

Dennis, Patty, Cathy & Ronnie

11-1: Shift Manager Dean Reports:

Thanks to all the young folks from Aquinas Academy, Girard Missionary Alliance, and the family of shift buddy Patti, who were all willing to pray against abortion with me today.
Some folks said, “Absolutely
not”, to our little yellow cards; which reminds me that I used to hate broccoli but, I have since changed my mind

Aquinas Academy students and parents.

St. Ferdinand parishioners came to Pray too

1-3: Shift Manager Billy Reports:

Today at one o’clock I was two ladies today one from my church Monroeville Assembly of God,  see the picture below on the left her name was Kathy (Cathy?) and she was with her friend Ronnie (the woman on the right) from Faith Community Church today, we were also accompanied with Tom A, his wife and two of his children, and then St. Ferdinand’s church and Bill S. were with me today. I prayed a couple silent prayers, and we had a couple discussions about the unplanned movie, and we had a nice big group prayer at two o’clock led by me. When Kathy (Cathy), Ronnie, and Tom who had left at two, Bill’s group came on the right hand side with us and I took the group picture with all the remaining volunteers. We then had a group prayer and Kathy K came to join us early. She helped out a big time with all the women walking by, she was a phenomenal help. We got a couple people to take our information, one girl who took it followed her friend into Planned Parenthood and we had a couple people taking information cards. 
3-5: Shift Managers Kathy and Katie Report:

So happy to stand with Starksdale Presbyterian!!Busy Saturday sidewalk! We prayed and shared fellowship, they enriched my world . Many thank yous, one cursing outburst.  An angry man maintained that people should not have 4,5,6 babies if they cant afford them. Not happy with our answers, he walked away. He was treated with respect, Christ’s love.

Day 18: Thanks To Sidewalk Advocates and Individual Volunteers

One family’s journey to bring life into the world”…
… “In the harshest place on Earth, Love finds a Way”

Text from a pro-life video? An account of the birth of Jesus? A national 40 Days for Life Reflection? NOPE — this text is from the trailer of MARCH OF THE PENGUINS – a documentary movie showing the natural life cycle of Emperor Penguins. Turns out, we can AND SHOULD all learn a lot from this committed, loving animal.

Here’s a little summary of the emperor penguin’s life cycle:

After a long arduous walk to the mating grounds and a few weeks of engagement and courting, the female lays one single egg and passes it directly on to the male, who puts it against the “brood patch” on his feet. Then the female leaves the colony and returns back to sea to feed. The male emperor penguins have to wait more than two months– 68 days — with the precious eggs until the females return and the eggs hatch!   For 68 days this penguin Dad  protects and nurtures his offspring within the egg.

In the harsh Antarctic environment, how do penguin dads do it? Emperor penguins depend on each other for keeping warm. They stand very close together in a circle, constantly turning around, so each bird in turn has the chance to warm up in the center and alternately has to bear the cold and snowstorms on the outside of the crowd. In this way, the whole group can survive in such extreme climate and protect the eggs until the female penguins return from feeding.

Not until the female has returned (or their instinct tells them they have to leave to save their own life) will a dad emperor penguin journey back to the sea to feed. TALK ABOUT COMMITMENT TO YOUR BABY!!

Think of a clutch of eggs of any of our birds- from Hummingbird to Ostrich — These new parents are presented with oblong, fragile shell- covered eggs that look NOTHING like baby birds. And YET, the bird parents will risk their lives protecting what they know instinctively to be their offspring.

And birds are not the only ones…….. the animal kingdom is full of examples of adult animals recognizing, caring and sacrificing for their offspring in the very early days of life.

So, the next time someone refers to you as a “bird brain” say “THANKS” ! -Jeannie


SIDEWALK REPORTS

Despite the fact that the vigil was officially cancelled today due to safety concerns, some dedicated witnesses manned the sidewalk this morning to pray for and offer life-affirming options to clients of PP and their children.

Tim, 7-9 AM:

I was blessed on this brisk morning to see Pat, year-round Saturday morning regular Bill H. and Michele from St. Peter’s already at the vigil when I arrived. It was a busy morning with couples going into the clinic and a full team of escorts on both sides.  One young man accompanying a woman was receptive to us and accepted material. I picked up two daffodils and placed them near the yellow line for the first two couples going in.  As I was preparing to leave, four rugged looking men were walking down the street towards us and when they got to us the first one said “Great job” and another added “Thanks for being here” and the other gave us the thumbs up.  It was so encouraging and just what I needed.

Charlie arrived to take over at 9 along with Bill S. from St. Ferdinand’s.  They were blessed with sunshine as it peeked over the building and were joined by the faithful frequent group that traveled down from Edinboro to pray and witness.

Tim
Pat, Michele, Bill
Please pray for today’s victims of PP

Charlie, 9-11:30 AM:

I filled in as a shift manager from 9 to 11:30. Tim Barrett has pictures of the group that came at 9. Then at 11, a group of seminarians and two students from St. Vincent came. We prayed a rosary but I’m sorry that I left at 11:30–I was frozen through. 

Bill, Bill, and Tim

SM Charlie and group of faithful from Edinboro
A witness from Holy Wisdom parish joined by our Seminarians and students from St. Vincent

Day 11: Thanks to the Bellevue Knights of Columbus, Guardians for Life and more…

Its not just the number of hours in a week that make you FULL TIME — what is up with 40 40 always 40 … ?


Mentioned 146 times in Scripture, the number 40 generally symbolizes a period of testing, trial or probation. Here are some of my favorite biblical 40’s:
– 40 days to build the Ark, and 40 days of the Flood Genesis 7:17
– Israelites Wandered in the wilderness for 40 years Exodus 16:35
– 40 years of Peace in Israel Judges 3:11; 5:31; 8:28
– Egypt was desolated for 40 years  Ezekiel 29:11
– 40 years for Israel to be restored Ezekiel 29:13
– 40 days of Fasting by Moses Exodus 24:18; 34:28;
– 40 days of Fasting by Elijah 1 Kings 19:8
– Nineveh overthrown after 40 days Jonah 3:4
Jesus Fasts 40 days in the Desert   Matthew 4:2
– Christ appeared 40 days after the Resurrection Acts 1:3
– 40 years later the Romans destroyed the temple Matt 24:1 – 2

Scholars suggest that the period of either 40 days or 40 years signifies a period of testing, trial and judgment. Each period of 40 years marks an epoch (generation). So if the bible in the Hebrew context talk of generations, it talks of one period of 40 years to another. For example: So Noah made the ark for a whole generation, meanwhile preaching repentance, in which God was patient for a whole generation to pass before he destroyed the earth. 


One of my favorite non-Biblical 40s The word Quarantine comes from the Italian ‘quaranta giorni’ meaning —– ‘forty days’ which was the period that ships were required to be isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore during the Black Death. I feel in a way we are QUARANTINED together as the Pittsburgh 40 Days for Life community right now to strengthen us for building the kingdom of God through the Gospel of Life.


In fact, I have always seen 40 Days for Life as an event in itself– … But last weekend at Catholic Mass, the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert was retold and I clearly heard that the 40 Days in the desert was a PREPARATION for Jesus as he accepted his public ministry. Finishing the 40 day period was the BEGINNING of His life’s work!! The devil’s temptation during that time served to strengthen Jesus for what he was about to do.

Jesus didn’t give a heavy sigh after his 40 days in the desert and think “Sheesh, I’m glad that’s over!” He strapped on his sandals, packed his gear, and headed to preach and serve and die for us. His 40 days was a beginning for sure.

CAN YOU join me in pledging that this 40 Days for Life does not signify the End of our work, but rather a NEW , refreshed BEGINNING for more Pro-Life work in Pittsburgh?   

HERE ARE TODAY’S SHIFT REPORTS FROM OUR COMMITTED, FRIGID, ST. PADDY’S DAY PARADE DAY PRAYER WARRIORS:

7-9 Shift Manager Ginny and 9-11 Shift Manager Sue

7-9 Shift Manager Ginny writes:

Tom had just about finished “setting up” when I arrived at 7AM, there was another person,
Pat who was there until 8 AM. David was also there for the shift. There was numerous escorts, about 11.  Early on one couple had tried
to get into PP, left, only to return later and entered the building (unfortunately).
Fr Tim and his “angels” came about 8 AM, a glorious sight for sure. There was light foot traffic into the clinic, only one other couple aside from the one mentioned above.
Lots of young and older folks colorfully dressed on their way to the parade.
About 8:45 the “owner” (several individuals say they own this place) of the “lounge” right next door
to PP, loudly announced his property rights and told people to get out of the doorways, etc.
He then entered the bar,  returning to set up a large crate-like item on the sidewalk, that was the last I saw him.
Sue came at 9.



9-11 Shift Manager Sue reports a hopeful story of a potential life saved: 

I arrived to a very large group from the Guardians for Life, along with Joe and AJ from the Bellevue K of C and another faithful pray-er on the opposite side who had been there from the earlier shift (I am sorry that I did not get her name). Sidewalk Advocate Terri reached out to a couple being escorted in, but they did not respond.We could see the woman in tears as the couple stood in the PP vestibule. We prayed for the couple as Terri stood within their sight line. We were very happy to see the couple come out within a much shorter time period than an abortion procedure would take. Please pray for this couple, that they will ultimately choose life for their child!!

Despite the hubbub of many people walking up Liberty toward the parade or Pens game, it seemed that overall, fewer people entered PP this morning than on a typical Saturday. The wind picked up, and poor Charlie got beaned on the head by a large piece of flying paper trash. Persecution comes in many forms! One pleasant young woman approaching PP accepted a yellow card from me, listened to my explanation of it, and told me she was “just going to her doctor’s office in the basement.” Jim L. came with two huge bundles of roses and handed them out to passersby. The companion of a woman who accepted one said to her, “You realize that rose is from a person on the other side,” and the woman replied, “I know but I don’t care!” Hopefully all of these folks discussed above will have a change of heart!

11-1 Shift Manager Dean Reports:
Thank you Knights of Columbus for standing with me on a cold, blustery day. It was a fairly quiet day, given the otherwise party atmosphere. This also meant a drop off for P.P.’s business, which was something for which we can be thankful.

KUDOS to Shift Manager Jeff who is presenting WATCH ME GROW ! on the sidewalk.
Guardians for Life IN ACTION

Shift manager Billy and Knights of Columbus

1-3 Shift Manager Billy Reports :

For my shift today I was accompanied by Charlie who has been such a good sport for being at the vigil all day. Shout out to Charlie, Kurt from Knights of Columbus, a Jim, from North Hills, and an Adam from Monroeville came down to witness with me today.  We had a crowd of people standing by us multiple times blocking the way for passerby traffic, and many entering in next door to Planned Parenthood during the shift, and the parade was going on. We had a lot of nay sayers, but we had a lot of supporters coming passed us, and one guy walking by me had his hand in the air saying He was pro-life, and he high-fived me. I had a couple of times of silent prayer. The parade though being very busy for us we were able to see that only a couple of people left the abortion clinic today, and I only saw one or two people go in. All in all a good day. Happy Saint Patrick’s day!  – Billy

3-5 (plus many earlier hours!) Shift Manager Charlie Reports:

All in all very good day. At 4pm we had a shouting match between a group of about 8 yelling at us and 2 guys defending us. Me along with the 3 other guys kept quiet . Things quieted down after a minute but noticing that things were not going to get better we decided to wrap up at 4:30.



Day 4: Thanks to St. Maria Goretti, Bloomfield and many wonderful Individual Volunteers

Like many of you, I have been involved in the pro-life movement for more than a few years. My sainted mom, God rest her soul involved the whole family in prayer and witness for the cause of life even before 1973. Several of us remain actively involved today…. 46 years later.

I always thought once the country realized the humanity of the unborn child, and therefore the injustice of Roe v Wade, laws would immediately change to respect life ….. but I was wrong. — It is 2019 and we are seeing both the most liberal and most conservative abortion laws introduced by states throughout our country…

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Why ? Because Abortion is a Civil Rights issue and like any historic struggle of this nature, when the Rights of one group of Americans need to be expanded, other groups push back in fear of losing their rights… Changing civil rights laws requires Changing Hearts, which takes time.

Consider these Civil Rights timelines:

1619 : A Dutch ship brings the first permanent African settlers to Jamestown, VA.
1651 : Rhode Island declares that an enslaved person must be freed after 10 years of service. — the first legal protection for people of color in the United States.
But, it was not until 1868: — A full 217 (two hundred and seventeen) years and a horrible war later that the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified granting human rights to Black Americans.

And :
1848: the first Women’s Rights Convention is held at Seneca Falls, NY with Pro –Life feminist heroes Elizabeth Cady Stanton  & Susan B. Anthony leading the way.

1920: ( 72 years later)  the Nineteenth Amendment giving American Women full voting rights is ratified.

And even more recently with the advantage of mass media, although 43 million Americans have physical or mental disabilities, it was only 1990 that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed prohibiting discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications!!

So here we are 46 years after Roe v. Wade and the Abortion issue continues to divide us. THANK HEAVENS!!! Abortion is still an issue because someone is being denied human rights, and it tears at the conscience of Americans. Praise be to God that the issue is NOT SETTLED.

The time for reasonable debate and dialogue about this civil rights issue is…. NOW. The abolitionists (who labored for 217 years to end slavery) and suffragists (who worked for 72 years for voting rights) would be PROUD.

-Jeannie (proud pro-life feminist)

SHIFT MANAGER REPORTS :

7- 9 am Shift Manager Virginia says:

This shift was quiet. Tom dropped off the materials, and Joe, David and myself were present.
Joe had the “baby display”  (designed by Jeff) so David was in from of the Condo/offices with that.
There were 3 couples [male-female] that went in but took no literature, and ignored any verbal greeting.
About 8:30 a fellow came (Dan) and was shortly joined by a friend, Lawrenceville parishioners.
There were many PP escorts, about 11. A fellow passing by and taking a yellow card, suggested we try and hand these cards out at AA meetings.

9-11 am Shift Manager Sue reports:

The weather was so nice this morning, I almost didn’t need hand and feet warmers inside my gloves and shoes. When I arrived, there were sidewalk advocates, a group from Erie as well as Dan and friends from St. Maria Goretti’s! Quite a few people went into PP but we did our best to offer our yellow resource card. The group from Erie spent the entire shift praying on the other side of the circle. On our side, Dan lead us in the Divine Mercy then Jared and Mary came around 10am and lead the rosary. Sue

Married couple Jared and Mary joined the prayer team advocating for Adoption!

1-3 pm Shift Manger Billy says:

I was shift manager from 1 to 3 today and I stayed with Joe and Katie until 4 in case they needed any extra help. We had a gentleman (I didn’t get his name) and Mary Jane there until 2:30, I was with Bridgette and Nadine until 3 o’clock, and Joe came a little earlier than his shift today. We prayed. I saw about 8 people total come out of planned parenthood, got a bunch of compliments and a few negative comments. Lisa K was there praying for an hour. We had also a gentleman asking about War today. It was a very eventful start and from 3 to 4 I helped Katie out for a bit.

Thanks for coming today!

3-5pm New Shift Manager Report from Katy:

My first shift as a shift manager started with being greeted by Billy, Joe, Nadine, and Bridget. Billy stayed an extra hour to pray with us, which was wonderful. Joe was a great example of Christ, saying Hi to everyone that passed us on the street. The greeting was often unreciprocated, and there was the occasional individual telling us to “get a life,” but periodically there was someone that would ask how we were, or offer encouragement. We were greeted by a Messianic Jew witness who shared with us his hopes of Roe V. Wade being overturned. There was a man who turned after already being down the road to speak to us about how “we will be living on the moon soon because the world is overpopulated,” and then continued to hop around on viewpoints, stating views such as more people should adopt, so we were ultimately unclear on his position. Despite that, I was thankful that he felt compelled to turn back around and engage with us. Lastly, there was a cute moment where a mother walked by our display model with her son and said “you were that small once,” to which the son excitedly responded “really?!”

I am so grateful to God for this opportunity to witness for life!

Shift Managers Billy and Katy and Personable Joe
Shift Managers Billy & Katy & faithful Joe


From 5-7 Shift Manager Nikki:

We arrived for our 5 to 7 shift tonight to find two very chilly prayer warriors, Katy and Joe. They had faithfully prayed and witnessed during the 3 to 5 shift. Shortly after they left, a young man from Saint Sylvester‘s parish was  walking past and he saw our signs. He stopped and told me that he had heard about 40 days for life from his men’s group at his parish. He kindly offered to get us something warm to drink. I told him I did not need anything, but invited him to stay and pray, which he did. We prayed a rosary, then he left to go to the festival of praise at Holy Apostles parish tonight. After that it was just Joe and I praying by ourselves. One  older couple stopped to talk. The husband was an obstetrician, although he is now retired. He said he has delivered 7000 babies. He is so angry about the governor of Virginia’s comments and about the terrible laws which now permit infanticide. He was so visibly angry, he said he will be speaking about it on the Christian radio station this coming week. He thanked us for being there. We got Many, Many, Many  thank you’s and positive comments. I did not hear a single negative one. In fact, at one point, somebody from the bar threw another person out, yelling and swearing at him, telling him never to come back again. Then he looked at us and saw us praying, and he apologized to us for his bad language! Isn’t that something?  Finally, a prayer volunteer named Mary, coincidentally also from Saint Sylvester Parish, came for her assigned 6 PM hour. We prayed together until faithful Diane and Tom arrived to pick up the materials. Thank you everyone for praying today! 
 – Nikki

So there was this young man Jack just passing by …… Welcome to the Prayer Team Jack
from St. Sylvester in Brentwood.

Lovely Mary joined for our last hour of prayer on the sidewalk. Blessings, Mary!

Day 39: Thanks to Guardians for Life, St. Maria Goretti, St. Ferdinand Church,

OUR MESSAGE IS being HEARD! 

Last week on the sidewalk, I watched an employee of PP walk out and pour water on the musings of my favorite street prophet which read:  “Every Human Life Saved is > any $ Amount “  The chalked message was a response to the pledge-a -picketer message PP has posted.  The PP employee took time and used paper toweling to attempt to scrub the words off the sidewalk .    She was definitely bothered by it what the message said, which means SHE READ AND UNDERSTOOD IT  and she felt she had to remove it — It GOT TO HER!    

 

Another  PP employee addressed me about the baby photo I was wearing.  She said “You know they don’t look like that, don’t you?”  (referring to the innocent ones killed in the clinic) .    I said    “Well, I know you don’t look like you did when you were 2 years old, but you are still you — it is still a child!”   She through up her hands and walked angrily away.

Many of us have experienced similar instances where folks are “acting up” in response to our presence.  It may just be showing us that convenient middle finger, or using the phrase that often accompanies that gesture,  or maybe a shake of the head or an audible “tsk”,  sometimes these poor souls even lose control of their drool  (if you know what I mean).  I  know it is easy to become upset or unsettled when folks approach us with this impolite behavior.   I react viscerally as well….  it is a bit nerve-wracking.

But …..   once things settle down (and they always do) we must realize that this behavior means that

WE ARE CHANGING THINGS ON THE SIDEWALK.  

I think we can safely say that WE Are getting under the skin of the PP employees/supporters.  They read our signs, they see our images, they witness our commitment and ……  THEY REACT.    If our message didn’t hit home, didn’t stir something within them —- if we were insignificant,  or clueless, would any of them bother with us?   I think not.

I pray that we are given the peace to react to these angry acts of PP supporters  by acknowledging them as the beginning of the conversation on abortion people in our country need to have.  

                                                 

 

Perhaps, now that we are under their skin,

we can make it to their HEARTS!   

 

SHIFT REPORTS

Shift Report from Tim, 7-9am

Thanks to Father Tim and the Guardians for Life who made such a powerful witness on the sidewalk with their prayers and presence. Liberty Ave was closed to traffic so we really stood out on the sidewalk.

The Saturday morning “regulars” mentioned they were saddened by the end of 40 DFL.  It gave a sense of being part of something so much bigger than their individual efforts. And they really liked the extra prayer warriors to give witness to life.  Never the less, this dedicated team will be back next Saturday morning and every one thereafter.  God bless them all. Tim B.

Shift Report from Sue:

I arrived this morning to the faithful Guardians for Life finishing out a Rosary, and they stayed and prayed until around 10:00.  Dan from St. Maria Goretti joined us, followed shortly afterward by Rosemary and Tom from St. George Orthodox Church in Bridgeville.  I for one am blessed every vigil by Tom and Rosemary’s lovely sung prayer, and this vigil was no exception.  SA Judy also arrived around 10:00.

PP business today was pretty “average” for a Saturday – “average” of course always being too much.  We offered cards and literature to each person going in, and we also prayed for each person going in.  For the first time in my years of coming to the PP sidewalk, I witnessed a PP escort accompanying a woman OUT of the clinic and down the street.  I am pretty certain I saw this woman go in; thus, she likely did not have an abortion, but all the same, I’ve never seen this happen.  At one point, a passerby said to us “Just adopt!” and I replied “Amen – perfect idea!”, although I believe her intention was to imply that we should do that instead of being on the sidewalk.  Judy, as she regularly does, told each PP escort that their lives are profound and have been since before they were born.  Today, one of the male escorts replied to her that he had talked to God and that He was going to forgive us.  Amen – may God forgive us and the escorts and every person who loves Him, and may he break hardened hearts by the power of His Holy Spirit!

Dan from St. Maria Goretti, with Rosemary & Tom from St. George Orthodox Church in Bridgeville

 

Shift Report from Dean:

Peaceful shift for the first hour and a half, until the last half an hour a man came to pass out tracts.  He was trying to get into an argument about differences in Christian religions.  Happily, we were able to avoid arguing with him.

St. Ferdinand Church Prayer Squad!

Shift Report from Billy:

Today  I was accompanied  by 2 volunteers named Maggie and Tammy. I was visited by a guy named Chuck  and while he was talking to me a lady walked  by with her son. She explained to us that she went with her friend to take her friend to the particular  clinic we were at and explained in detail and even expressed to her son this clinic was an abortion clinic.  Then we had Mimi come visit. Out of all the people who I had recognized going  6 went in and 4 came out. Out of the four the one woman definitely seemed to not be comfortable there  and seemed to work else where. All in all it was pretty quiet today.  Billy

 

Shift Report from Kathy:

Joan, Mike, Mimi, John, Bridgette:Beautiful People

Mimi arrived just as I arrived.   She commanded:  “Say Rosary.”
God provided Joan, John,and Mike from Bentleyville at just the right moment.

Mike led the Rosary and Bridgette joined us. Afterward, Mimi shared all she would do tonight and we watched as she crossed the street and zoomed down Liberty. 

Praying on her knees Bridgette was observed by many as the concert preparations were underway, touching hearts  —- including mine.
Jim joined us, too.   

Prayers continued until we were delighted to see Diane and Tom. 

Day 32: Thanks to BELLEVUE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS all day and Individual Volunteers

 

LOOK OUT – THE ABORTION FREIGHT TRAIN IS COMING!

After a trying week on the sidewalk, I think we all need to understand that those of us in the 40 Days for Life movement are attempting to rescue lives —– from in front of a moving freight train!   

That Freight Train is the well funded, Madison Avenue Scripted, Hollywood Star -Studded, Millionaire Financed BIG BUSINESS of Abortion … It is lethal , and it moves FAST.

So… IMAGINE  you are in your car and you approach a railroad crossing gate which has descended, signalling a train is imminent.

Suddenly, you notice child playing innocently on a train track unaware of the imminent danger.

WHAT do you do?

YOU shift your car into park, unbuckle your seatbelt, open your door, and  run, yelling, to help.   You search for anyone who might be able to lend a hand, you wave your arms furiously, you call out to the child….. you do whatever you possibly can to change the the course that life appears to be on for that child.   You do your best…

Unfortunately, the odds of all ending well are against us in these situations: 

MOST TIMES we are simply not able to safely make the rescue ….  We watch as the pregnant mom enters the abortion clinic.  We are too late, too unconvincing, too outnumbered …. to succeed.

SOMETIMES we ourselves will be “injured” attempting to help.   We are mimicked, ridiculed, scorned, verbally abused  —- even as we use our powerful and peaceful commitment of PRAYER!

but…

EVERY ONCE in a great WHILE, through the Grace of God & often with the help of others,  we are successful :  We can push that child off the track — and work to embrace him and (re)unite him with those who love him.  We are able to offer REAL CHOICES to women who are abortion-minded —-natural choices that do not involve violence or death.

THIS IS a pretty MIRACULOUS outcome—  we call them SAVES!

Heaven knows it is difficult, but please continue to answer God’s call to be pro-life, and to answer His call to put yourselves in the physical path of the Abortion Freight train.   We know our work results in MIRACLES called SAVES.   I am honored to stand, and kneel with the pro-life community in Pittsburgh.

 


  WITH DEEP SYMPATHY for the FAMILIES and COMMUNITY Grieving Today … 

Before I share today’s reports, Let us all take a moment to pray for the victims of today’s violence in Squirrel Hill.  With heavy hearts we have learned of the hateful acts of a man who randomly, callously and purposefully took the lives of gentle souls united in prayer at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.  

I was within one mile of the Tree of Life Synagogue this morning.  As I pulled over in my car in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood to offer a rosary, an Orthodox Jewish man and his son walked unknowingly and peacefully past my car on the sidewalk.   

It brought the heinous reality of the massacre up close-  Every living human person is beloved by God.  May God have mercy on the souls of the departed and provide aid to the injured.  May His peace flow like a river in this city of rivers….. 


Shift Manager Reports:

Sunrise Crew welcomes God into the day

 

7-9 am Shift Manager Tim reports:    

We were blessed to have Jill and Betsy in the Choices mobile sonogram, the year round Saturday morning Sidewalk Advocates and the Bellevue Knights of Columbus. Sadly it was a busy morning at PP. Yet we prayed and God heard our prayers.   Tim B

 

Good Morning Jill and Betsy!

 

9-11 am Prayer Warriors between raindrops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-11 Shift Manager Sue Reports:

Charlie and his Knights of Columbus, along with Mary Pat, were holding down the fort when I arrived.  Shortly afterwards, as Joe K. was still there after his 7-9 shift as a Sidewalk Advocate, we noticed a couple standing in the circle in front of PP, shuffling their backpacks and bags and not particularly looking as if they were preparing to go in.  Joe, however, thought he would approach them anyway to offer them information.  Before I knew it, he was leading them across the street to the mobile ultrasound unit!!!  They entered, and all indications were that they received services there, as we did not see them exit before the mobile unit left quite some time later (although we’re certain they must have left the unit at some point due to the fact that the mobile would not drive off with them inside).  Praise God for this bright spot on an otherwise very sad morning in Pittsburgh.

Shortly after Joe led the couple to the mobile, Joan showed up to pray along with Tish, Lisa, and Bo, all from St. Patrick in Canonsburg.  Mary and Arlene from St. Maurice arrived soon afterwards, along with Rose from St. John XXIII.  They did a lot of praying.  Several couples and singles entered the clinic, unfortunately not responding to our offers of help and literature.  We prayed for each one.  At 11:07, which at that point was officially Dean’s shift, I received a text from a friend who was lunching in Squirrel Hill, telling of the horrible news and asking us to pray.  We all prayed together.   Dear Lord, please send out Your Spirit, and renew the face of this city, this country, and this earth!

Tish, Lisa, Bo, and Joan from St. Patrick in Canonsburg, with Bill H.

 

11-1 Shift Manager Dean Reports:

Our prayers go out to all of those people effected by the killings at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill today. I saw many of the first responders en route as I passed through that area on my bus trip to 40DFL this morning. All killing effects all of us.

Knights of Columbus Bellevue and Verona

 

 

1-3 Shift Manager Billy Reports:

 

Tom and Jenny

I was shift lead today with 2 knights  of Columbus AJ and then Kurt, along with Tom  and Jenny.  Tom began reading  the passion of Jesus. I also noticed  there was  a rainbow flag around the tree with our choose life sign and what came to my mind was Noah finding mercy from God. I was thinking  we are being the merciful choice for the babies. We were accompanied by a sidewalk ad vocate. We also got visits from Mimi  and Rick who prayed the rosary for us.

I noticed  we had seen people accidentally mistake planned parenthood for another place, and also a few women were having issues with the door.   Our  side walk advocate gave a  would -be client information and that person  went on !!  Other than that we did not have any issues

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3-5 Shift Manager Kathy Reports:  

Quiet rainy prayerful shift: grateful to Ken, Jim, Rick, sidewalk advocate Marian .

Prayer Warriors

Day 25: Thanks to Guardians for Life, Holy Child (Bridgeville), St. John & Good Samaritan in Ambridge, and others

“KIDS TODAY!” — SHEESH

It is true that  pro-life activism and in particular, 40 Days for Life does not lend itself easily into the lives of young adults.  They are busy with school and  school activities, sports, arts, jobs and job pursuits.  BUT just because we do not see scores of young people at the 40 Days for Life Vigil, make NO MISTAKE about their ability to carry the pro-life message forward.  They are the FUTURE of this critical movement.  And… “KIDS TODAY” are actually doing some really great things:

For those of you who don’t know it yet, Pittsburgh is home to the very vibrant and effective  REHUMANIZE INTERNATIONAL organization, founded by our very own CMU-educated Aimee B. Murphy, who has long joined us on the sidewalk.   From their mission statement:    …. We work to ensure that each and every human being’s life is respected, valued, and protected.  As such, we oppose all forms of aggressive violence, including but not limited to:   abortion, unjust war, capital

… from the ReHumanize International Website. Lots more edgy graphics are available for download

punishment, euthanasia, torture, embryonic stem cell research, assis

PRO -LIFE Duquesne University Students

ted suicide, abuse, human trafficking, police brutality, etc…  

I recently attended the annual REHUMANIZE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE held at Duquesne University and hosted by  the Duquesne University CEL- Consistent Ethic of Life  Club.

I heard there that EVERYONE matters – every human being– yes, the guy with mental issues, the senior with Alzheimer’s , the baby conceived in date rape, the prisoner being mistreated by guards or cellmates, the wheelchair bound young woman who relies on intermittent oxygen for life….EVERYBODY matters!

 

One of the most moving parts of the conference was the ARTS component– several young people entered visual art entries on the theme of respeoct for human life.. it was

So whenever you worry that the next generation is not “getting it” over abortion, YOU are getting it WRONG!!!

 

Shift Reports from today:

Irene and Terri– Guardians for Life!

Shift notes from Tim 7-9 am:

Guardians for Life takes it to the street!

Thanks to the Guardians for Life, including long time prayer warrior Irene, who made a strong presence with a witness, prayers and songs. Several couples went into pp but thankfully, a few of them accepted literature .   Thank you so much Pat M. and Kathy L. for giving up part of your Saturday to stand and pray with me today.

When I arrived there were lot of young women going in and out of P.P. I couldn’t tell if they were conducting some sort of training session…One young woman waited until she was ready to cross the street and hurriedly kicked at our 40DFL sign, knocking it on it’s side. (down,  but not out)  —-dedicated Sidewalk Advocates Virginia, Joe, David and Terri. Let’s hope we planted a few seeds. 

 

 

Shift Notes from Susan, 9-11:

 

Knights of Columbus continues an AWESOME commitment to the unborn!

This morning presented yet more evidence that the 40 Days folks are truly family.  This morning, I slept in for the first time in I cannot remember how long.  Something went wrong with my alarm, and for some reason my body didn’t wake itself up like it usually does despite the alarm working or not working.  I woke up less than 10 minutes before the start time of my shift!  Appalled at myself and embarrassed, I called Tim, and he just chuckled and said not to worry.  I arrived to find Joe K. covering for me.  God bless these men!!!  

When I finally arrived, the Guardians for Life were just packing it in for the morning, and I was joined by Tina and Brigitte, two lovely prayer warriors who had made the trip all the way from St. Clairsville, Ohio.  There were a lot of people entering PP today, both for services and for what we could tell was some kind of training session, making for a heart-rending morning.  We reached out to all of them, with very little response.  One passerby, a pretty, statuesque young woman, made it a point to pose right next to the window bearing the Planned Parenthood logo to have her companion take her photo while saying what a good organization PP is.  Most of the folks we were able to hand literature to were passersby, not even going to PP.  Judy, my SA partner, was able to get several brochures, including one for Rachel’s Vineyard, into the hands of a grandmother who had come out to the sidewalk to have a smoke while her daughter was inside having an abortion.  She said she herself has six children.  We prayed for her.  We got a lot of prayer in this morning, thanks to Tina and Brigitte, who knelt to pray for a good portion of the time.  There was a lot to pray about.

Notes from Dean, 11-1 shift :

Thank you so much Pat M. and Kathy L. for giving up part of your Saturday to stand and pray with me today.
When I arrived there were a lot of young women going in and out of P.P.    I couldn’t tell if they were conducting some sort of training session, or what was going on. One young woman waited until she was ready to cross the street and hurriedly kicked at our 40DFL sign, knocking it on it’s side.   (down,  but not out   😉 )  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes from Kathy, 3-5 shift :

Prayer Warriors Christine, Beverly, Mindy and Joe

Beverly and Minda from Good Samaritan in Ambridge prayed on one side of circle as I prayed on other side. We prayed together as we were joined by first timer Christine from Zion Christian in Carrick. 
Christine brought a poem she had written:”When you were born!”
We were grateful that she shared it and prayed with us. Gave her 40 Days brochure to share at her church. 
Shared diaper info with 2 moms-to-be:  First one greeted us by pulling up her coat and rubbing her belly. “I am having my baby ,” she beamed.  She is due in February. 
Second one.:   “I am due any day,”she glowed. Penelope will be her name.
Both were glad we were there. Many positive comments. 

 

 

Notes from Billy:

Good afternoon I was with Holy Child – St. Barbara Parrish in Bridgeville today. 
We had a huge turn out today of pro-lifers which was incredible, I got to meet some lovely people.
There was a Terese, there was a Nancy and Bill, Audrey, Vince, and Shelly just to name a few, and we prayed, we discussed  about the Gosnell movie —– if you haven’t seen it you have to!  It  will be playing until Tuesday now to my knowledge. It was humbling, and reinforced to me why I am down here with you all ——  we are here to fight for babies and their right to be born!  We are fighting for babies not blobs, but  actual babies.  We had a passerby watch us as we were reading from stations of the cross, and two pro-life girls walking by us that encouraged us as well.  A couple people went in and out of Planned Parenthood, and this week the door was open but we didn’t have a lot of issues today! It was a good day!

Day 18: Thanks to St. Elizabeth of Hungary /Pleasant Hills, St Sebastian /Ross. Twp. Mt. Zion Baptist/Butler

“IN THE EVENT OF A CABIN EMERGENCY, SECURE YOUR OXYGEN MASK FIRST BEFORE TENDING TO YOUR CHILD’s”

I  may be one of the vast MINORITY of  airline passengers who listens to the safety instructions given by the cabin steward/s.  I guess part of me thinks its rude not to look when someone’s speaking.  I always count the number of seats I’d have to pass before my exits, and look around to see others on the flight who made need a bit of help.  It has been years since I travelled with a minor, but one direction I am sure I know is this:  IN THE EVENT OF A CABIN EMERGENCY, SECURE YOUR OXYGEN MASK FIRST BEFORE TENDING TO YOUR CHILD’s.      I’ll admit to hearing that for the first time and thinking “this is backwards– children are in the most danger in risky situations, they need to be aided first” …  After thinking it through I eventually realized that the direction given by the cabin steward was most certainly correct.  You must stabilize your own well-being IN ORDER to help someone else.

Same with Abortion!   If we want to provide assistance to an unborn child who is threatened by abortion, we must ensure HER MOTHER is OK–

For years the pro-life movement has been relaying the stunning development of a fetus.  We know so much about these innocent little  beings– how truly unique they are, even showing left or right handedness in the first trimester.   We have rallied around the FACT that an individual growing human life exists before birth.  It is important information.

EXCEPT…. This beautiful child lives within her mom.  A Crisis Pregnancy is not a Pregnancy in Crisis— It is a pregnant MOM with a Crisis.   

The baby is NOT the crisis. He or she is naturally, wonderfully, developing within mom without any special assistance from anyone! I’d suggest that the baby is VERY self-sufficient in utero.  Moms don’t even have to feed unborn babies- they help themselves!   The womb is often seen as a symbol of warmth and peace and comfort.  Indeed it is.

It is the outside world that generates the  crisis— A woman  not be capable of providing for a child, the father of the child not supportive or even violent,  the woman’s work environment will not support her pregnancy,  the woman still needs to finish her education……. !

As we move forward in this important mission of LIFE, we must commit every resource possible to ELIMINATE the Crisis from a Pregnant woman’s life instead of eliminating her Child.  As we stand outside the Abortion Center, we must remember that the  VERY BEST WAY to give hope to children threatened by abortion is to GIVE HELP and HOPE and LOVE to their mothers.

Be that person who everyone knows will love and not judge, will be generous to a fault, will listen and understand.

Let’s  “Secure Mom’s Oxygen Mask” so SHE can in turn be able to care for her child.

SHIFT REPORTS:

7-9 Report from Tim

It was a brisk yet very blessed morning. There were no pp escorts which we took to mean no abortions were being performed and lives were saved today. While the group from St Elizabeth’s  was standing vigil a young woman walked by and erupted into the pro abort rhetoric   However, we starting in a lower tone talking with her and she opened up for a back and forth discussion. She voiced her concern with the possible abuse that could occur with adoption and then shared with us that she had an abortion. After several group hugs she apologized for her harsh words and accepted the Rachel’s Vineyard pamphlet.  Please pray for her healing.  Tim

Morning Joy

9-11 Shift report from Sue:

There were no escorts at PP when I arrived this morning! Very few people entered during the first hour, so we are hoping that PP did not do abortions today. Although in the last half hour it seemed to get busier with several couples and women who were alone entering their doors. I was joined by a nice sized group from St. Michaels in Wheeling. It was one of their participants first time on the sidewalk and he led the Rosary and Divine Mercy. Mike prayed on his knees on the sidewalk. Dean and St. Bonaventure’s showed up for the next shift with bouquets of flowers in memorial for the aborted children. Thank you for remembering and thank you to all who came to pray today! Sue

 

11-1 Shift Report from Dean

There was a strong show of support for 40DFL by St. Sebastian of North Hills and St. Michael’s of Wheeling, WVA when I arrived this morning. 
A young woman talking with one of the faithful from St. Michael’s, tried in vain to prove her point that a baby isn’t a person until the baby is outside of the womb.
God has a destination and a purpose for all the lives that He has created.

St. Sebastian prayer Warriors

Praying from St. Michael’s West Virginia

Shift report from Billy

Today, I was accompanied by a man named Tom and his family and Libby and Vince from St. Sebastian . We ended up having a conversation about the catholic teachings of life and we ended by seeing two adorable children walk by. I was also accompanied by Mary Jane. Tom was reciting Psalm 51 by memory and it was word for word because I was following along with my Bible ! A gentleman stopped and told us it was beautiful.

Another gentleman stopped to talk about an abortion. Mary Jane and he had quite a conversation. The next group arrived early from Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and Tom repeated Psalm 51 I read Isaiah 53 l

I forgot to mention this last week planned parenthood‘s door was not working properly , and it still today so praise God for that.

Shift manager Marshall 3 to 5:

The weather has turned but we strive to grow in the grace of our Lord. Today from 3 to 5, it was so wonderful to see men at the clinic.

Generally, it is mostly ladies which is a good motherly witness and presence, but we do need men to stand for life as well. Thanks to the men of Zion Baptist whom stood with me and others. Also, we met a mother of a Franciscan University student. She stopped by from her hotel to pray. She sat a the closed door of PP as an independent silent witness. It was beautiful. God bless!

In the photo. Larry, Tim from Zion Baptist in with Marshall (SM) and Bill is hiding in the back.