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.

Day 11: Thanks to St. Ann/Castle Shannon, Holy Trinity/Robinson Twp., and Living Hope Church/Greensburg

“For My Dear Joseph, waiting for me in Heaven – your Mother”

IF YOU SAVE ONE LIFE … 

I  recently returned from a trip to Columbus, Ohio which is home of the Ohio State Capitol.

There is really nothing like a trip to a State (or National) Capitol to see how strongly GOD figures into our nation.  You need only look to see the immense number of Godly references etched into the beautiful stone and marble of these monuments.   Visit the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, or our own State Capitol in Harrisburg to see that our founding fathers knew, as we do today, that all of our success finds its origin and direction in the Almighty.     FUN FACTS :      During the first meeting of the Continental Congress in September 1774, George Washington prayed alongside the other delegates, and they recited Psalm 35 together as patriots…. …. …... Lincoln’s second inaugural address is etched in his memorial.   It mentions God fourteen times and quotes the Bible twice…….. …. …… …….  The cornerstone of the Washington Monument includes a Holy Bible, along with copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.  ………. …… ……  the  Jefferson Memorial includes his words: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”

But last weekend on the grounds of the Ohio State capitol I saw an even more timely, and  relatively new memorial:

“IF YOU SAVE ONE LIFE, IT IS AS IF YOU SAVED THE WORLD”   The memorial was a tribute to a holocaust victim who, like the Catholic  St. Maximillian  Kolbe sacrificed his own life to save another from sure death in the Nazi concentration camps.  I read his story and thought about our movement.   This is true for EVERY PRO-LIFER.  The idea is PERFECT for the 40 Days for Life Movement.  JUST THINK- ONE LIFE can really change the world, so if our actions save JUST ONE LIFE, we are truly part of saving the whole world.


Abraham Lincoln famously pronounced : ” I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side.”  

By the time you read this, the honorable Judge Brett Kavanaugh is likely to be Justice Kavanaugh.  We celebrate that this man of honor, faith, and integrity will be a part of the judicial arm at the highest levels.        GOD BLESS AMERICA     – French off the Bench


7-9 Shift Report from:  Tim

Betsy and Jill : Showing Moms their Babies every day!

It was truly a blessed and joyful morning.  The faithful from St. Anne’s arrived before the vigil got underway and they were joined by Fr Tim and the Guardians for Life, the Knights of Columbus and the team from Holy Family Steubenville. Betsy and Jill brought the Choices Pregnancy Services mobile sonogram to offer alternative services. We had a strong presence and made a powerful witness and perhaps we chained a few hearts and minds. Tim B.   

Knights of Columbus: Faithful Pro-Lifers
Guardians for Life and Holy Family Steubenville,  OH REPRESENT!

 

 

9-11 Shift Report from: Sue & Sue

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-11 Shift Report from Sue:

We were blessed with many prayer warriors during the 9-11 shift today:  the Guardians for Life were there in full force along with representatives from St. Anne, Holy Trinity in Robinson, and St. James in the West End.  Also, Bernadette from St. John XXIII, along with one of her daughters and one of her little grandsons, stopped by to kneel and pray.  The foot traffic in and out of PP was about average for a Saturday morning, at least during the time I was there.  We prayed and shared information with those who would accept it.  Although the wonderful Choices ultrasound van was parked across the street for the entire shift, we unfortunately were unable to direct anyone to it.  So it was a seed-planting day spiritually –

St. Ann Castle Shannon brings the “A Team” to PRAY

praise God for all of the uncountable future plants and flowers we know He is tending!!

 

Prayer Warriors from Holy Trinity in Robinson Township – AMEN!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-1 Shift Report from: Dean

 

This was a fairly quiet afternoon. Thank you, prayer warriors of Holy Trinity for standing strong. The Ultrasound van was just finishing up as I arrived.

1-4  Shift Report from: Billy

 

Bridget from Our Lady of Grace and SM Billy

Hey its Billy   — Today’s shift was a great way for me to get back into being shift manager. I was with three members of Holy Trinity church Helen, 

Jim and Kathy. We were lead in a beautiful prayer period. It started out sunny and everything seemed great,  no problems.  All of a sudden a man came over and said to us he wants to pray to end abortion protesters and I thought on it and pondered. I didn’t feel the need to engage. They don’t want  to see the end of abortion protesters gone the same way we do— we want to end protesting only when abortion is gone!!!         It began to rain and we were praying the entire time we were praying. Then the sun came out and then we took a break from praying and   —-  began praying again and then the rain came there was some thunder but we did fine and we finished praying at 3.      Before I forget to mention a young gentleman came up and asked if he could pray with us and  I told him he could join us.    At 3 Holy Trinity church members left,  and I was joined by  Bridget of the South Hills from  Our Lady of Grace.   She was there with me for my last hour. We talked,  had a couple of people pass by and a few come and stop us for some nice comments,  and Bridget and I talked about this campaign’s theme:   Humility.      I referenced Luke 18  —-the Pharisee and Tax Collector.     

Jessica, Jackie and Kevin from Living Hope Church in Greensburg- AMEN!

Shift manager Joe came at 4 and he took our pictures.                      Its good to be back. 

 

4-7 Shift Report from: Joe   

You can not out give God, how true!

Authentic Christian Warriors ( those pictured, and our rock Nikki) came to inspire and spread the love of Jesus
With me.
Praise and Glory be to God.  – Joe

Day 5: THANKS St. Regis/Trafford, St. Mary/Herman, Park Baptist/McKeesport, Holy Trinity Ukranian

” Do I really HAVE TO DO IT?

I am back to the gym after a many month hiatus.  My “poison” of choice :  Boot Camp Class 2-3 times a week.  Burpees, Weight training, Cardio, Core Strengthening …

  • I KNOW exercise is good for me, and that I am a more balanced person when I push myself physically.
  • I KNOW that I am not expected to be the best one in my class, and that there will be many younger and more agile  folks in at the gym.
  • I KNOW, too that my time is not so completely scheduled that I can’t find a few hours a week for this.
  • I also KNOW that God gave us bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, and that I have an obligation to maintain His gift.

OK but  I HATE GOING to Class!   I especially despise those first few minutes of “warm up”.  Having sat at a desk all day, my body is shocked into physical exertion and I panic about what the next hour will require.   It takes sheer determination to do this thing that is anything but FUN!

…  Same with my 40 Daysfor Life Shift!

  • I KNOW it is good for me, and I am a more balanced person when I do it.
  • I KNOW I am not expected to be the best on the sidewalk.  (Sidewalk Advocates are amazing)
  • I KNOW that my time is not so completely scheduled that I can’t take several hours a week to be on the sidewalk.
  • I KNOW that God has blessed me with the incredibly good fortune to be ABLE to stand or kneel on my own.

Knowing all these things …..  IT IS STILL SUCH A CHALLENGE  to COMMIT 

NOT my happy place!      But where I NEED to BE…

TO MY 40 DAYS SHIFT! 

I especially dislike the initial approach to PP when I realize that my life for the next 2 hours will expose me to the deepest hurts in our city.  I hate the idea of being so close to a center of  death.  I hate watching broken women and men leave PP.  And of course, I hate being cold or wet or harassed…

SO WHY DO IT? WHY BOTHER?

At the end of my time (at exercise class or )on the sidewalk, whether I am rolling up my exercise mat, or returning my PRAY TO END ABORTION sign to the 40 Days supply bin,  I feel JOY!     In my heart, I know I did what was best — what made sense for who I am as a person.  As much as I didn’t want to be at that place for that time; and  I am changed!

AND when you involve GOD in your tough activity, the added benefit benefits can astound us:

We now know that  PRAYING TO END ABORTION

  • Saves Babies Lives
  • Gives Mothers REAL CHOICES which are not violent or regrettable
  • Converts Abortion Workers
  • Closes Clinics

So…..  We don’t need to Love or even Look Forward to our time on the Sidewalk,

We just need to SHOW UP!

INVEST AN HOUR OR TWO — No Pain, No Gain!

French off the bench

 


7-9am Shift Report  From Pat:   St. Regis/Trafford

SM Buddy  Vince, and Mike, Yolanda, and Albert from St. Regis.

I knew not to make a rookie mistake.  A rookie mistake is to see that the temperature for your two-hour shift will be in the low 50s and to interpret “low 50s” as actually meaning “low 50s.”  When you’re standing out on a cold sidewalk for a couple of hours, even in deceptively nice weather, you know the time has come for layering…and yes, gloves.  (In fact, I’d say that it was only a few degrees away from being an earmuff morning as well.)

Despite consistently not being bright enough to schedule my parish for a day when there is not a huge Sunday morning event in downtown event (this time it was The Great Race), I had three of my faithful fellow parishioners join me for the entire two hours.  Thanks guys!  And we were all blessed to once again have SMB (Shift Manager Buddy) Vince with us to not only lead us in prayer, but to bring prayer guides with mediations on the mysteries of the rosary.  Bill H. also stopped by for a bit and asked for prayers for a recent health concern.

The most interesting thing that happened occurred when I was on the “materials side” of the sidewalk and Mike, Yolanda, and Albert were on the other side.  I noticed that a woman came to speak with them for about five minutes.  The conversation seemed peaceful so I stayed where I was.  Albert told me later that she was from out of town and, as she passed us earlier on her way to the Greyhound Bus station, we were all praying together.  She was impressed by this felt that God had told her to return in order to give us some words of encouragement and to pray for us, which she did.  Thank you so much kind stranger, and may God bless you as well.

  – Shift Manager Pat


9-11 Shift Report from Sue   

Flowers on the sidewalk, from loving prayer volunteers

My shift manager buddy Ken and I were the only folks manning the 9-11 shift this morning.  We prayed the Rosary and talked about the Life cause.  At one point a young man came by and earnestly engaged us in conversation.  He was on his way to catch a bus to his mom’s funeral in another city.  It was such a wonderful conversation due to Ken’s gentle witnessing and the genuine openness of this young man to learning about the pro-life message.  The young man left in a very appreciative and, we believe, enlightened mode.  The “R” family showed up around the middle of our shift and knelt to pray a Rosary.  Ken had brought a bunch of red roses, and the children were happy to place them around the circle.  I wanted to get a photo of them, but my phone was malfunctioning.  This family is a huge blessing to the vigil and always such an inspiration and blessing to me.  As I’ve mentioned many times, I never go to the vigil to be blessed myself, but somehow I always am — every time!  Many thanks to Ken and the R family!!!

For Life,

Sue M.

 


1-3  Shift Report: Bill and Park Baptist Church/McKeesport

SHOUT OUT TO Bill D.  who stepped up as SHIFT MANAGER.  Thanks Bill!

Sunday Sunshine and Smiles

Park Baptist Church Brings PRAYER TO THE PAVEMENT today!

  Photos of the GREAT people of Park Baptist Church in  McKeesport; OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!

 

Roseann, Mary Jean, Margie and Larry

11-1 Shift Report:  RoseAnn

Prayer and SMILES …. more to follow…

PRAYER MOB! Roseann, Rich, Margie, Larry

 


Shift Report 3-5  from Madonna

It was a beautiful day to pray and I am happy John came with me.

Patty, Nadine, John and I said the Rosary.

Nadine led the Divine Mercy chaplet.

There was a minimal amount of insults.

There were a few words of gratitude and a couple of men stopped by to say they were praying for an end to abortion, too.

Thank you and God bless you.

 


5-7 Shift Report from Joe

Holy Trinity Ukranian Church (pictured)Martha,Pat, Natali,Angie, along with Deacon Myron (not in picture) our fearless leader Nikki, joined Jim, Cathy, (my shift buddies) and I, to witness for life

Day 39: Thanks to Marathon Prayer Warriors Holy Wisdom & St. John XXIII ALL DAY

“I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS….”

Celebrating a rare  NO ABORTION SATURDAY  at PP in Pittsburgh!!!

Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Detail – Milan

I never appreciate Christianity as much as  I do at this time of year when we enter into this most holy week  —  what an incredible blessing it is to journey with Him, and to remember and reflect on the Passion of Jesus Christ.

I was blessed to be in Milan last Lent, and to see firsthand DaVinci’s larger than life Last Supper.  I wanted to share a few images with you as we journey together during this holy time!

The Last Supper was painted in a Dining Hall! It is beautiful, enormous, compelling….

On the opposite end of the Dining Hall where the Last Supper is painted is another, not quite so famous painting which would foretell what was to become of this itinerant preacher.  I was taken by the busy-ness of the crucifixion scene, and while it was embellished by the artist, the reality is that crucifixion was a public spectacle– the crosses lined major travelways and the Romans used the slow, painful torture of crucifixion as a deterrent for Jews who might challenge or disturb the Roman order in Jerusalem. I can imagine all who would turn away from these sites– mothers shielding children, sensitive folks pulling their robes over their heads, friends of the crucified unable to bear the suffering…  The Romans wanted Jews to watch these crucifixions, but just like like today, human torture tears at our hearts, and we turn away in pain.

Visitors leave roses at this panel on a door at the Milan Cathedral

It reminds me of what we do on the sidewalk each day- Even though we do not visibly show the horrific human torture of abortion, we are witnesses: visible signs of the uncomfortable truth that lives are lost in abortion, and —-some passerbys automatically turn away.

I always find it challenging to redirect someone who wrongly believes our fetal models are gorey or grotesque… This happens with adults and young people alike! It seems that the only ones who can immediately appreciate the models are toddlers and young children.  They immediately say “baby” !!

The reality is that any representation of human flesh — even the beautiful models of unborn children, touches our senses in a deep way.  When we draw attention to the living, vulnerable bodies of our brothers and sisters,a human reaction is inevitable– and so many people become strangely anxious.

As we witness to the love and hope offered by the One whose suffering we will claim as our salvation this week,  He is truly with us.  

This is one of my very favorite pictures from Milan– To me, it represents our world so well…    This was a busy, noisy, confusing intersection in the old part of the city.  I stood and watched countless pedestrians, busses, scooters, drivers for a few minutes, amazed at all the life and noise and activities in the street.

AND  THEN, I saw HIM.   There was Jesus on the cross, painted onto the left side of the second traffic arch! He had been there all the time! What a comfort it was to be reminded that Jesus is with us, that He died for us, loves us, and invites us to perfect joy with Him.   He remains at the center; the sure promise of our eternal destiny; the hope for us all.

 

 

This is an enlargement of the picture above-  Remember, amid your crazy, busy, noisy lives,  He is with you ALWAYS! Blessed Holy Week and Joyous Easter to all!


Shift Reports from TODAY on the Sidewalk with Holy Wisdom and John XXIII Prayer Warriors:

NO DEATHSCORTS = NO ABORTIONS TODAY!         Praise be to GOD!

7-9 Shift Report from Sue

Barbara, Michael, Bill and Virginia – EARLY SHIFT

The very-welcome sunshine was beaming down between the buildings when Kathy L. (Sidewalk Advocate) and I arrived.  There were no escorts this morning, a sight which always makes my heart leap, as usually this is a Saturday indicator of it being a non-abortion day. The lower-than-usual number of people going into PP seemed to confirm that theory.  We were greeted by a large group of pray-ers from many different churches, including St. Joseph Cathedral, St. Michael Cathedral in Wheeling, St. Mary in St. Clairsville, OH, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and St. Ferdinand.  Barbara, shift manager and blog writer, was there for the whole day and glowing & smiling just like it was a summer day. She reached out to a young passerby who stayed and prayed with us for awhile.

During the second half of the shift, many young people began to enter PP for what we learned was a training session.  For what, I don’t know.  We had some positive responses from passersby and some negative ones.  One man quickly walked by and said to us, “Get a life,” a comment which I always find ironic.  A 55-year-old woman came by and told me a sad story of her mother forcing her to have an abortion at age 17.  She said she knows she is forgiven after asking God, but the horror and sadness of the experience has stuck with her. We saw a few people with signs headed for the “March for Our Lives” event in Market Square.  Again, that LIFE theme …. Bill stopped by a couple of times.  All in all, it was a peaceful — yet cold! — morning on the sidewalk.                             

St. Alphonsus’ Finest: Marie, Donna, Beth

9-11  Shift Report from Tim:

Katrina and Clare with Sister Jolenta this morning
              Bill and Birthday Boy Bill!

What a brisk and blessed morning it was.  I was blessed to have Barbara and Richard join me from the beginning. They plan to pray and witness for the entire day at the vigil.  Several young men stopped to look at the fetal models and engage in conversation. One of them, Michael, joined in prayer and stayed for my entire shift. Sister Jolenta joined us and shared that she has been to Mass before arriving and offered it for all of us.  I was blessed too, with several groups of women coming to pray and many of the regular year round prayer warriors including Bill S. who was celebrating his birthday.

The best blessing of all was there were no pp escorts which we hope means they were not performing abortions and many babies were spared today.

 


11-1 Shift Report from Dean

Holy Wisdom crew joined by folks from W VA and Ohio today!

I was thankful to have the inspirational company of Barbara on the sidewalk today. Thank you for giving so much of your time.
Many people were leaving P.P  today without accepting information about the pregnancy support groups.

I continue to pray for people to change their hearts and minds on this issue.  At least we stood in witness to life and we really never know the seeds that are planted by our presence and prayer.  


1-3 Shift Report from Billy

Rose and St. John XXIII members join the group

Hi everyone today’s vigil was awesome. Today the March for Our Lives gun protest was going on & many people commented.  One said we should ‘get behind a real protest’.  lol

Around 1:30 a young girl by the name of Jessica stopped by. She is a young mother who opposes abortion and is currently fighting for of her custody daughter. She poured her heart out to Barbara and to me. 

While this was going, on a woman named Rose came to join to pray. Jessica stayed my whole shift— She was so soft spoken please pray for her! Also a man came and asked for money and I left for a second to buy him food and when I came back a lady named Mimi came to pray.   

Members of St. John XXIII stand for LIFE

Mimi, like Bill H. is an AMAZING everyday 40 Days for Life prayer warrior and we are blest to have her 3-5pmjoin us each day!

Before I left Jessica got information from Kathy to join us for 40 days again.It was an eventful day for sure!       Thanks again to all the volunteers who joined me today!

Your brother in Christ Billy 

 


3-5 Shift Report from Kathy

Prayer outside planned parenthood was in process when I arrived. Mimi was in charge!  Barbara smiled. Rose and Barbara listened. Beautiful picture!  Throughout shift, members of Barbara’s church came and prayed.

Tim, a student at Byzantine seminary, prayed and shed sunshine on Liberty Ave . 
Honored to be on sidewalk with precious people. Cant forget Jim, sidewalk advocate,, spent time passing out info to many people, his presence was greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

MORE TO COME… stay tuned!

Day 32: Thanks to Bellevue Knights of Columbus, Church of the Assumption, Guardians for LIFE

Keep Ireland Safe for Babies like Me!

Like more than a few of you, I am of Irish lineage.  My father’s ancestors traveled to the “new country” to avoid starvation and make their way in the melting pot of American society, settling first in Boston, then here in Pittsburgh.  Ireland has long been a source of pride for our family,  most especially since the majority of Irish law has supported Biblical Law- up to and including a a ban on abortion except in very exceptional circumstances.      GO IRISH!

 

to quote from a Friends of Ireland email :

‘The Catholic faith which Patrick imparted to the Irish people has defended, consistently for two millennia, the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life in all of its stages and conditions.’   

It was the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution which has long protected our irish brothers and sisters before birth.  Now, the people of Ireland are voting on a referendum that would strip protection from their tiniest citizens in the womb– those defenseless children —guilty of no crime, innocent, pure,  and certainly loved from afar.

The 8th amendment, signed into law in 1983 was groundbreaking in its recognition of AN EQUAL RIGHT TO LIFE OF THE MOTHER AND THE UNBORN CHILD.  What a beautiful message of peaceful co-existence

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TODAY TO PRAY that Ireland retains the beauty and simplicity of the 8th Amendment, drafted in the spirit of a people that knows suffering and prejudice; drafted with the love of the Irish people- even the tiny ones!

Hang a Shamrock, Have an Irish Draught, Eat a piece of Soda Bread, but above all else, PRAY for a continued PRO-LIFE IRELAND !


Today’s Shift Reports from the Irish Streets of Pittsburgh:

 

7am- 9am Tim Reports:

Bellevue Knights of Columbus hold vigil this morning– THANK YOU KNIGHTS- you are a Blessing!

Kilts and prayers. 

There was a lot of  activity on sidewalk early this morning.  The Bellevue Knights of Columbus arrived early and were planning to pray the entire day of the vigil.  These knights were joined by the Guardians of Life and their KOC team as well.  Prayers rang out and were heard by all the early people coming for the parade, some in kilts. What a powerful witness and presence we had today.

Tim B.

Saturday Morning Prayer Warriors with Guardians for Life take up the vigil to Pray to End Abortion

 

Knights of Columbus Signs of Encouragement on the Cold Sidewalk this morning
Baby Models work in ANY WEATHER! Praise God
Gaurdians for Life brave the weather with SA Terri

Bellevue K of C and other witnesses for life filled the sidewalk this morning!

9am- 11am Sue & Sue Report:

The sidewalk was busy with a lot of people going to the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! We tried to use the opportunity to increase awareness about PP and offer alternatives to abortion and PP.  When we were just about finished with the shift, the police came and asked us to clear the sidewalk for safety due to a threat that they received. We were so grateful to have the knights with us…and for Diane’s amazing engineering skills which enabled us to take all the the vigil materials with us!!

Guardians for Life with SA Terri
Guardians for Life in active prayer
A Guardian and a Knight — a strong combo!

Editor’s Note:

At about 11:00 today, we were informed by the Pittsburgh Police that the area was to be cleared of all persons due to a suspicious material placed in a nearby trash container.  Someone called into the police worried that we might be in danger….. As of this publishing, no harm came to anyone on the sidewalk, as all were cooperative in leaving the area.

FINISH STRONG for the Little Ones Relying on us- Stop in at the Vigil this Week

THE VIGIL RESUMES AT 7am TOMORROW–  This is your very last week to be a part of this important, effective project— Please join us on the sidewalk!!

 

Day 25: Thanks to St. Maria Goretti/Bloomfield,St. Sebastian/Ross Twp,Starkdale Presbyterian/Steubenville OH,St. Therese/Munhall

OH BABY!

Have you met our 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh Babies yet? 

 I come from a beautiful big family (7 girls, 4 boys) and one of my lovely sisters had the idea that if we could just remind folks what (actually who) we LOSE in abortion, we could really make a statement for life.   “Let’s remind everyone of the joy and beauty of children” she said.  and VOILA:  We have 4 beautiful little ones who will be representing our work here. 

These are images purchased for use in communication; pictures representing little ones we know we are losing to abortion. We know that abortion takes away our children from our lives, our families, even our city  — Children whose faces we will never see, but those hearts belong to God!

You will see pictures of some of our babies today and most days on the sidewalk.  On the BACK of each picture that same wonderful sister developed a beautiful pro-life prayer litany that can be shared as a group or prayed individually.

If you have not already found it, you will appreciate that this set of intentions really covers so many of the needs of our society– for the Disabled, Lonely, Young, Poor, and Suffering…. For Medical professionals and Students, new Doctors…. For those who work in Abortion clinics and those who pray outside of them…For Judges and Legislators and Policmen and Security Guards….. and more. 

And the great part? 

Every single person we pray for was once a beautiful little baby  — like the 4 who are our witnesses on the sidewalk each day — and like those we pray to rescue from abortion. 

 


DAY 25         Reports from the SIDEWALK:

Shift Manager Report from Virginia,  7am-9am

Shout out to St. Maria Goretti Parish in Lawrenceville

Patrick from St. Vincent, Steve and Dan from St. Maria Goretti, and Dorothy from Our Lady of the Angels STORMING HEAVEN

FOR THE SECOND SATURDAY IN A ROW,  there were no  “death”scorts outside  of PP during this time.   Praise be to God.   Perhaps our presence is making a difference with these folks who surely must have hearts open to hearing the truth!!!   There were couples  that entered the building  (about 3) that did not take about literature or engage in any conversation.   But we were strong– There were prayer warriors from St. Maria Gorietta parish in Lawrenceville keeping watch and praying in HIS NAME. 

 


Shift Manager Report from Sue 9-11

Shout out to  St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township

It was the second Saturday in a row with no PP escorts– Dan and Steve from St. Maria Goretti kept us company in prayer along with Patrick from St. Vincent, Dorothy from Our Lady of the Angels & Tom and Rosemary of St. George in Bridgeville came to pray and blessed the sidewalk with their beautiful sung prayer. I spent about a half hour trying to help a man and a 16-year-old international high school student from Ecuador with their Megabus situation via my phone.  There are many needy folks on the sidewalk– please pray for this family !

Sue, Sandy, Mary Lou, Maria, Libby, Mary, and Guy – Awesome St. Sebastian Prayer Warriors!
Many women and a few couples entered PP during our shift.   A man walked by and said “You Christians should be praying at home.”  If he only knew how much we would love to be praying at home.  More notably, if he only knew how important it really is for Christians to be at the foot of the modern-day cross at Calvary:  abortion clinics.  He walked by too quickly for us to engage him in conversation.  We prayed for him.   On a brighter note, we received many words of support.  At one point, a teenage girl holding a PP printout with who appeared to be her mother exited PP — they passed Sidewalk Advocate Judy, who reached out to them verbally, walked a bit …….. and then the girl turned around and came back to talk to Judy.  Although we didn’t know exactly why she’d been at PP, Judy said she told her she is pro-life and will not be going back to PP again.  Praise God!

 Shift Manager Dean Reports from 11-1

Shout out to:  St. Sebastian in Ross Township
Rosemary and Tom Unite in Prayer

Thanks also to the folks from St. Sebastian who prayed with us today.   P.P. was very busy . One woman exiting there and turning down our yellow card was heard to say, “Satan loves me, I don’t need Jesus”.  I know that a number of people try to say whatever they think will upset us the most. If only she knew how big of an enemy Satan is for HER, and how much she truly needs Jesus, she would realize that OUR battle is won already; and that Jesus died on the cross for HER,  and that He loves her more than anyone on Earth ever could! 


Shift Manager Report: 1-3 pm Billy

Shout outs to  St. Sebastian in Ross Township & Bishop William Waltersheid, Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

This afternoon was a busy afternoon for Planned Parenthood, I saw about 5 different groups of people go in today. We were all trying to talk to the women who came out and they were not really interested in our help.  I saw a couple people covering their children’s eyes while we were out, and one holding onto her daughter as they walked into the clinic.

Bishop William Waltersheid bouys up the prayer warriors today on the PP Sidewalk. Thank you BISHOP!

That’s the bad news.       However we were accompanied in prayer by a Bishop — Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid of the Diocese of Pittsburgh! I was accompanied by Mary Lou, Libby, a gentleman by the name of Vince, a woman named Maryanne, Nadine and another couple I believe the gentleman’s name was Guy! 

Despite the expected negatives, it was still such a great blessing  to share fellowship with the Body of Christ on the sidewalk!!


Shift Manager Report from  Kathy  3-5pm

Shout out to Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Steubenville, Ohio

Pastor Carl, Kimberly, Arleen, Bob, Jack and Sandy– Delightful People!

Having an adventure with a delightful bunch of people (Starkdale Presbyterian) warmed by sunshine was a Blessing today.

After Pastor Carl led us in prayer, we offered help through yellow resource cards to passersby. Two women came out of pp but did not take info… but we were there to offer!

While I was praying on the opposite side of circle: Sandy, Arleen,and Pastor Carl conversed with a tour bus driver.  The Tour bus was parked right beside us. AND– the Busdriver took cards to give to young people on his bus. You never know How our God will work!

We were joined the second hour by Kimberly, who prayed, offered more help to patrons coming out of PP and even  and invited some to come pray with us.  Blessings to ALL.


 

Day 18: Thanks to St. Ann, Holy Trinity, Good Samaritan, St. John, Beaver Valley Knights of Columbus

REMINDER –  Our official 40 Days VIGIL will become virtual at 1pm on Monday, March 5, meaning there will be no signs or materials on the sidewalk.  If you are inclined to pray on the sidewalk at this time, please do so.  Our official vigil continues at 7am on Tuesday.


Perhaps it is because our Vigil this year started on Valentine’s Day, or Because the March for Life Theme was  LOVE SAVES LIVES, or perhaps the overwhelming Gospel  message that God IS LOVE, but I have really been thinking about Love during this campaign.

and, actually in our country — WE are IN LOVE  ———    with OURSELVES!

We are allowing our self-interests and selfishness to pervade.  Even our “selfie” culture relies on self-love.  Look at the unloving way we speak to one another, our lack of concern for each other, the harsh language and criticism of anyone who is different. It is as though we have reverted to the worst traits an adolescent can show- selfish, judgemental, stubborn, mean… We all have grown through this phase in our own lives, but our culture currently calls us back to those same ugly traits.

Dean Martin wrote and sang a song in the 1950’s that rings a bit more than true:

“You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You”
You’re nobody ’til somebody loves you
You’re nobody ’til somebody cares
You may be king, you may possess the world and it’s gold
But gold won’t bring you happiness when you’re growing old
The world still is the same, you never change it
As sure as the stars shine above
You’re nobody ’til somebody loves you
So find yourself somebody to love

The great news is that for Christians, we  KNOW WE ARE LOVED every minute every day!  Not Because we deserve it.  Not because we earned it, but simply because WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD!!

What we are doing on that Sidewalk is ALL ABOUT LOVE

LOVE for the Mothers and Fathers who find themselves in a Crisis Pregnancy …

LOVE for the children who will be taken from their mother’s wombs …

and yes, even LOVE for those who are involved in providing abortions–

We LOVE because each human being is a BELOVED CHILD OF GOD- worthy of care and compassion and kindness!

Imagine what a difference LOVE would have made to the Parkland, Florida school shooter, or to a mother whose boyfriend tells her to abort his child, or to a racist who hurls evil words at the disadvantaged… 

What the world needs now is LOVE-  Let’s continue to give it to all we meet ( and the little ones we can’t meet personally) every day!

With love and in Life, Jeannie

 

 

 


Shift Manager Report from Sue on 9-11 Shift

I arrived on Saturday to Fr. Tim and the Guardians for Life reciting the Stations of the Cross. St. Anne’s group was also there and stayed until 11am. There were no “escorts” today, but still women and men were going into PP so not sure if they were or were not doing abortions. It was covered with prayer regardless.

We offered resource cards to anyone going or coming out of PP and the people passing by. We want to let them know that there are many clinics in the area that are federally funded, provide the same services, but do not do abortions. One guy yelled from his car to “keep up the good work”. It was so nice to have Mary from St. Sylvester’s show up to say the rosary.   It was heartwarming to meet and greet so many beautiful pro-life people on this sunny, but cold Saturday! ~Sue


Shift Manager Report from Dean 11am-1pm

HOLY TRINITY, Robinson Twp, Prayer Warriors

Please break my heart God for what breaks Yours.

When I say that, I realize I can’t even begin to feel the sorrow that God must feel at seeing His most precious gift, life, be thrown away so callously.  Only a few women exited PP during my shift today, &  sadly, they each refused our yellow cards of assistance.

Thanks Holy Trinity parishioners, who came today to pray.   – Dean


Shift  Manager Report from 1pm-3pm  – Billy

We had twelve people today total, and even more people coming to the Vigil, it was a fantastic shift. I had Helen and her crew from Holy Trinity Church out in Robinson Twp. 

I had Diane come and pray with us, and Tom from Washington D.C., who moved to Washington PA with his wife and three children. He came and was passing out gospel tracts along with “pray to end abortion” cards, he his wife and his son Eli are in the picture below. Then before the end of my show a lady named Maggie and her daughter Clair came to pray with us. For the time I was there we had lots of comments some bad ( that we brushed off), and many people in support.  We even had a person say they were going to pray for us. Our  prayers continued for an hour and a half when Mimi came to pray and  it was wonderful.   

I would love to give a shout-out for Maggie for ministering to a woman who walked into Planned Parenthood  & walked right out.  Sadly, we learned that this woman was grieved from her abortion 20 years ago.  Maggie and our Holy Trinity church friends, surrounded her with love and compassion.

Then… Maggie walked this woman to Catholic Charities to help her find resources and free clinics. Please say a prayer for this woman, I could only imagine what being haunted for 20 years over that choice would be like. Normally when I have shifts things don’t get this personal, this real, this big —  God bless you all!  -Billy


Shift  Manager Report from Kathy  3pm-5pm 

Cold mixed with sunshine is still cold!! The warm continual prayers were surrendered to our God by Brenda, Jan, and Beverly from Baden. Claire and Maggie from Steubenville were a sweet Mother /Daughter team, echoing the prayers . Amidst the prayers we handed out cards and invited passerbys to come pray with us.  -Kathy

 


Shift  Manager Report from Jeff 5pm-7pm

4 great guys from the Knights  of Columbus in Beaver Valley — Number 604  faithfully stood from 5 to 7 with me to witness and pray for Life!  God Bless you gentlemen, and your families, too! – Jeff