Day 11: Thanks to St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Katharine Drexel, St. Ferdinand, and Harvest Baptist Churches!

drive-863123_1920is Jesus your Life GPS?

I will admit it.  I was never any good at geography, and now, I am not sure I could accurately read a map.  I remember as a little girl being so excited to plot out a family vacation on the dining room table.  Maps were always so important!

Today, our paper maps have been replaced by GPS ( Global Positioning Systems) Devices and Applications on our phones that track us from outer space.

I use my GPS  daily– even for regular commutes.  I work 8 miles from my home  and rely on my crowd-sourced  GPS app each time I commute to work to tell me which route to take.  I may go through the Liberty Tubes one morning, the Fort Pitt Tunnel another day, or up and over the Carrick neighborhood another time. I may stay on main highways one day and exit onto back streets and neighborhoods another day.  A travel GPS  is an amazing tool !cross-3080144_640

But what about the journey of my life?  Is Jesus my “Life GPS”? Can He be for all of us?  Let’s think of Him in those terms for a minute… Why Jesus is like my GPS:

  1.  I have to turn to him — I have to switch on my GPS and listen  – I have to be open the Word of God and attentive to His direction .  He is always there– waiting for me to turn to Him, waiting for me to acknowledge that I could use a little (or a lot) of help— I just need to look toward Him; to listen to Him.
  2.  He knows the best route for my life  – The Lord’s perfect plan for me is known fully to Him. AND – Boy does He have a world view!  Like the road GPS, often, the route for my life using Jesus is not always the most direct or popular way, but  it is the best path for me.
  3.  My Jesus GPS leads me, but He doesn’t force me to go.   I don’t always listen to my Jesus GPS, just like I don’t always listen to my road travel GPS.  I have to choose to humble myself and submit to  His path.   And like our road GPS, when I ignore my Life GPS, and/or  make a  wrong turn,  Jesus can always find another way to get me to where I’m going.                                                    I travel a number of ways to and from my job on the East side of Pittsburgh.  I am surely going to travel many routes in my journey to join my heavenly father.  I must make sure I am LISTENING to my Jesus GPS to ensure I get there!

As we continue on our JOURNEY  to open hearts and minds to the beauty of Life, in downtown Pittsburgh, lets  be sure that JESUS is our GPS!

If you are still thinking about joining 40 Days for Life, PLEASE DO!  It’s not always easy, but it is always a blessing.  We welcome you to come any time between 7 AM and 7 PM from now until March 25th, but especially this Sunday from 11-1 with Rich & Roseann so that these dear shift managers will not be left standing alone.   Click here to see other times that prayer warriors are most in need.  You can let us know when you are coming by emailing

May God bless you all!  

In Christ and for Life, Jeannie

SHIFT MANAGER REPORTS from Satuday, February 24:

7-9    Shift Report from Tim:

Fr. Gruber joins St. Elizabeth members Mimi, Mary and Jim with his beautiful “Baby Faces” Quilt

As the first shift of the day got underway so did the rain but it didn’t dampen the spirits for the group from St Elizabeth’s and the regular Saturday morning Sidewalk Advocates.  Fr G. from St Ann brought a beautiful quilt that so clearly shows the beauty any joy of children. Thanks to St E’s who had a steady group of prayer warriors rotating throughout the early morning.

9-11 Shift Report From Susan:

The weather was a bit misty but certainly not cold for my shift. I doubled as Shift Manager and Sidewalk Advocate today. Just as at the foot of the original Cross at Golgotha, I was honored to witness today with three Marys at this sad modern-day Golgotha — Mary from St. Sylvester, and Mary Helen and Mary Pat from St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Beth, Sidewalk Advocate and St. Elizabeth parishioner, was also there. Bill H. stopped by, too.

Mary from St. Sylvester and Mary Pat from St. Elizabeth

The negative: Lots of traffic going into PP today. One woman jogging by yelled loudly, “My body, my choice!” One angry man on his way to the Greyhound station said, “God killed millions of babies in the flood, and then Jesus impregnated a woman with a fatherless baby.” Hmmmmmm …..?! He quickly walked away, so I had no time to respond. Another person, when I offered him/her a yellow card, stopped, looked directly and seriously at me, and said, as if reading from a script, “I am a gay, transgender, atheist, anarchist who practices witchcraft. So no, I don’t want your card.“ I pointed out that is for everyone, but he/she walked angrily away.

Beth and Mary Helen from St. Elizabeth of Hungary

The positive: two young boys (10 or under) passing by with a group of young men stopped to look at the babies. We explained them to them, and as they left they were saying, “Abortion is wrong!” Additionally, we had several people quietly indicate their agreement with us.

From the above account, it looks as if my shift was more negative than positive, doesn’t it? Some days sure seem like that. But we do, and we must continue to, think about it like this: Were we not there for all of those folks today? Did we not pray for them? Did we not invite them, when going in to PP, to come back out and talk to us because we have real help for them? Do we not acknowledge that we will never be aware in this life of the multitude of seeds of faith, hope, and love we’ve been privileged to plant, through God’s grace, in all the people we’ve encountered? Do we not have the actual Lord of the Universe on our side and working through us every minute we are in front of PP? God wins this battle, along with all others — praise be to Him! We just have to stick with Him!     

Two of St. Katharine Drexel Church’s BEST prayer warriors

11-1 Shift Report from Dean:

A quiet end of the morning/beginning of the afternoon as only a few folks could be seen entering P.P. Say what you want about the incessant rain but, it seems to diminish the number of people wanting to pick an argument.


3-5 Shift Report from Kathy:  Beautiful weather,beautiful people standing for life: pleasure of praying with and offering help in name of Jesus to many, made time pass quickly. 
When offered yellow card a young man said ,   ” I don’t want that one.   I have a friend who can’t talk about her abortion, she is hurting very bad”. He was given a Healing the Hurt booklet with Rachel’s Vineyard information. 

Pastor Mark, Jamie, Sylvia, Eric and Sabrina from Natrona Heights

2 girls stopped and asked to take selfie because they love life: one had 17 month old and was married!  She took a photo for us, too.

Lance and Marsha and family with our selfie Passerby who “Loves Us”









5-7 Shift Report from Jeff still to come

Day 4: Thanks to Guardians for Life and SS John & Paul Parish


I am one of the lucky ones — one of those folks who was able to travel to Washington, DC to join the 2018 March for Life. For those new to the movement, this yearly demonstration of support for Life challenges a 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalizing widescale abortion  in our country.  This year (2018) was the 45th occurrence of the January gathering. The theme this year was a beautiful one; LOVE SAVES LIVES. This is was language under which we came together… women and men, young adults, couples and singles, teens, babies in strollers, folks in wheelchairs, and those struggling to complete the 1 mile march for a variety of reasons.  there were all ages, all races, all reasons for being there.

Some of my favorites-- Handmade & heartfelt!
Some of my favorites– Handmade & heartfelt!

The day started with a rally on the National Mall with VIPs on stage showing diversity but union in our endeavor. I was delighted to see and hear a marching band from an all male high school in New Orleans (St. Augustine) playing great music in front of one of the Smithsonian museums – these young men had been on a field trip exploring the underground railroad and their teachers had planned for them to witness for the vulnerable – in this case unborn children- as part of their education in Christ!

I traveled to the 2018 March for Life by car with 3 other women. And lest you think the pro-life movement is homogenous, know this: There were 2 Democrats in the car; Our ages spanned 25 years. One woman was a single mother, another, a naturalized citizen. There were 2 empty nesters, and one woman is actively parenting grade schoolers. 2 of us work full time, one part time, and the other volunteers in the community. For one woman, it was her first trip to the March; another had been over 30 times!  We did not all know each other as we set out for Washington early Friday morning, but like what happens in the faith community on cross-1517094_640the sidewalk at PP, we have became recommitted to work together to end abortion in our country because




7-11 am  Tim and Terri

Early Morning Crew Virginia Dave & Joe take the baton from the Deeleys!
Early Morning Crew Virginia Dave & Joe take the baton from the Diane & Tom

The year round early Saturday morning sidewalk advocates Virginia, Joe and David were in place as the sun rose to help, love and offer options.  Diane and Tom were right on time to drop off all the great resources to draw attention to our witness.  Regulars Bill H. and Jericho walker Chuck offered prayers and powerful witness.  

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We were so blessed to have Betsy and Jill in the Choices Pregnancy Services mobile sonogram join us and give us a close alternative to pp


day 4-4Father Tim and the numerous Guardians for life arrived en masse and filled the street with prayer, song and hope. 

Grove City Students joined in
Grove City Students joined in





At the end of my shift a several car loads of Grove City College students arrived early after their long drive to offer prayer in defense

They have a prolife group on campus and it is always a blessing to see our youth stand up for life.

Terri and Judy Advocate for LIFE
Terri and Judy Advocate for LIFE


Their presence today brought a  ray of sunshine to the cold sidewalk. A group of parishioners from Saint Johns and Paul Catholic Church also came to witness with us. They have been with us on the sidewalk in the past

of life. .day 4-5 ANDWe had a great moment of hope and joy.  A young woman approached pp, accepted literature and the resource card and then went into pp.  A little while later she came out, said something to us but wouldn’t engage.  She crossed the street and encountered the loving gaze of Terri who took her by the arm into the mobile sonogram until.    From Terri: Thank God that the mobile unit was there and she allowed me to take her to it. The girls in the mobile unit were wonderful. I went back to speak to “S” after the sonogram and we saw her baby. She is eight weeks pregnant. I feel very confident that she will choose life because of something that she said to me before we parted ways. We exchanged phone numbers and I will keep in touch with her. Please pray for this beautiful woman and her child.  

SM Dean with Larry, Keith and Julie of SS John & Paul
SM Dean with Larry, Keith and Julie of SS John & Paul

Shift Report 11-1 Reported by Dean:

 There wasn’t much to report today as traffic at P.P. was light. When I arrived, the Mobile Ultra Sound van had been across the street for a few hours and that is always encouraging to see.

SM Billy with Eric

SM Billy with Eric

Billy wrote from his 1-3pm shift:

I was shift manager from 1 to 3. With me today was a man named Eric, a mother and daughter named Lisa and Greta who came to pray with us.  We also had Patty with us.  A woman came to up to Patty, who was standing on the other side and said she stands in front of planned parenthood at Miami Florida..  She said thanks for standing up for women and life. 

A gentleman came up to me and asked what we doing there, and if a clinic was near us I said yes it is planned parenthood. He noted that the advertising by them was not good.

After we prayed Lisa and Greta left us. Patti came back and we had some great conversations. Eric left at 2. A woman in a car honked at us for supporting life. A young man came up and asked to take our picture saying it was great to see people standing for life in the modern age. 

Finally before we left, a gentleman walked up and asked about the size of the babies and asked for a Picture of the baby and a fetal model, and  Patty gave them to him. 

God really blessed us. 

Shift 3-5 from Kathy:  Seven lovely women and one husband answered the call to fill this shift with me. I praise God for His faithfulness in filling our 2 hours.   Prayer and sharing testimonies made time pass fast with the snow- rain. One woman had chosen adoption and her daughter is 22 now. Another moved here in September and had 40 days experience in a different setting.   

Prayer Warriors late Saturday
Prayer Warriors late Saturday

Our hearts were touched when an elderly couple fell across the street. Two of my sisterrs ran across to help. Before they reached them, 5 young  teens helped the couple to their feet and proceeded down the street hding their arms. In our world of racial tension, the barrier was broken. The couple was white, the teens were not .  Donna and Rochelle arrivedfrom Steubenville answered the call forvthe 5-7 , which was cancelled. Standing graciouly and prayed in the snow because they heard God’s call.

Steubenville sweetie came to pray
Steubenville sweetie came to pray

With the inclement weather building, and a beautiful SAVE in our experience today, we closed our vigil at 5pm.

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Day 38: OLOA, St. Peter, St. Teresa, Holy Name, Ss J&P, Catherine, James and more see POTENTIAL!

Our Lady (ies!) of the Angels!
Our Lady (ies!) of the Angels!


First Report from Sally: 
First off, I want to tell you all that there are NO PARKING SIGNS along PP’s side of Liberty Avenue from the corner at 10th Street down to the alley. No parking from 6 a.m. Friday, 4/11/14 until midnight, 4/13/14, going into Monday morning.  There are cones along the curb lane. So people who normally park there for the vigil will not be able to do so, even on Sunday. Other blocks & streets do not seem to be affected.
On this warm, but rainy morning, PP was very busy. Three abortionists went in around 9 a.m., and PP must have had over a dozen couples as well as single girls as customers.  
We had almost a dozen pray-ers from Our Lady of the Angels in Lawrenceville, 3 from St. Catherine of Siena, two from St. Peters, others from St. Teresa, Most Holy Name, St. John & Paul, St. James, and 3 from St. Joseph in Weirton, WV
Emil paid the OLOA a visit, and we gave flowers to several people.

Where 2 or more are gathered in My Name...
Where 2 or more are gathered in My Name…
I was also able to give the information sheets from Sheila to a lady with a baby in stroller  who had gone into PP looking for a pregnancy test. Evidently they were too busy to take her, and she came out a short time later. She was thrilled to receive the information, especially when I pointed out Choices, which is not far from where she lives. A young African American girl came by and we were able to give her the information sheet and a flower. She was so happy to receive both. She said, “Thank you. You guys made my day.”


This 4-7 shift was probably one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever had.  I’m sure the good weather was a part of the reason – along with the fact that this would be my last shift for the campaign.  But there was more to it than just that.  Right away when I got there I noticed that we had yet another sign.  [Should have taken a picture of it.]  Someone of our 40 Days family had decided to blow-up to a very large size the FREE RESOURCES FOR WOMEN sheet we hand out and put it on what looked to be a large cork board.  Amazing.  It just made me smile.  And then I got my first look at our Rolls Royce-like new plastic tub/container-thingy.  I just shook my head and smiled again.  Also making me smile was seeing once again the good group of people from the Ascension Holy Name Society.  What fantastic pray-ers they are.  And it’s always such a powerful site for people to see a priest (and a not so young one at that) out there leading the prayers.


The one prayer request I have is for a middle-aged man (I didn’t get his name) who stopped to say that while he agrees that abortion is murder, didn’t quite understand why I felt that our being there really did anything.  While my answer was not as good as it could have been, I took him through the principals of 40 Days for life, a bit of it’s history and growth, and the rough numbers of lives saved, abortion workers converted, and abortion mills closed.

The point I was hoping to get across was that these things didn’t just happen by accident.  In response he explained to me that he is now a Buddhist, after being raised as a Christian.  He basically thinks that, if there is a God, it’s a waste of time to think about him or pray to him b/c God is not knowable or reachable.  He also mentioned his having trouble seeing how God could exist or be real if there was evil in the world.  Before we could finish our conversation he had to leave.  Again, please pray for him.

Men of GOD--- Holy Name and Fr. Joe pray today
Men of GOD— Holy Name and Fr. Joe pray today


It’s funny how diametrically opposed my thoughts and feelings were to this man’s.  I spent so much of my shift this evening with the sense in my heart what we were doing was so truly and completely worth doing.


Pat Malley

Third shift heroes: marian, rachel and theresa
Third shift heroes: marian, rachel and theresa
Recognizing that ALL LIFE has potential!

Day 31: Thanks to St. Louise and Friday Friends all Praying in the Rain!

Clinic Worker Signs
Clinic Worker Signs

I saw Christ in Wind and Thunder … . Joy is tried by Storm!  

Today was a lot like life:   A little sun, a lotta rain, and a wide cast of Characters — we had it all today and more! MANY MANY THANKS for the faithful gang from St. Louise de Marillac in Upper St. Clair  (THIRTY TWO  -32- wet & wonderful strong , including Sr. Mary Faith Balawejder )  who anchored this “leg” of the 40  Days Marathon.

The STL crew was pleasantly joined by many Friday  Friends from other places, including Beth, Kim and Meaghan from Wexford and points north, ever loyal guardians Bill Harrison and John Mihm, Paul  (& his OL Guadalupe picture) from St. Gerard, Anita and little Erin from St. Winifred  Off duty Shift Manager Ginny  and granddaughter Brooklynne joined us, too as did Alana from St. Felix, LaVerne from Incarnation, Lisa and Terry.

We used the CLINIC WORKERS sign (above ) at the beginning and end of the day — and saw several staffers reading it.  It even got a cheery umbrella today.  Keep praying!

It was a character day at CAPA and the students were dressed in a wild array of costumes from Star Wars characters to Furries to Fantasy figures….Wonder Woman even made an appearance!   

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Gina , Liz, Kwi, (STL) Beth (St. Alphonsus)

Aside from some kind of conference at PP, the abortion traffic was blessedly slow……  rain does NOT stop pro-lifers!

We had a few nasty interactions with passersby– mostly challenges from a handful of students who apparently  loved spectacle.   A young man actually spit at our main 40 Days Sign as he walked by…  I am convinced God stepped up the rain just after that to wash this evil away!

Sr. Faith Balawejder beautifully counseled a post-abortive mom who tearfully talked of an abortion she had SIX YEARS BEFORE.  This poor woman named her son and grieves for him today.  Sister spent time with her, we gave her post-abortion materials and a beautiful rose, &  prayed as a group with her.

Brooklynne & Paul head the outreach effort

Young Brooklynne was a standout and passing out rosary beads and flowers—who can resist a beautiful little girl all dressed in pink?   She trained her new friend Erin well, too, and they both were unmoved by the downpour.   Ah… Children!

A young couple from First Church of God stopped by and showed us a sonogram of their  24 week old baby   with great joy.

Sr. Faith & Dan from STL just before our post-abortive woman appeared!

A young student named Rachel asked   “I see you out here on the street all the time…why would you be here & make women so uncomfortable at this difficult time in their lives?”….   She stayed and talked with us for about 30 minutes, surprised at the development of the unborn child (we gave her a “little one” to take) and open to learning about how abortion REALLY affects women.  We pray that her inquisitive spirit continues to lead her down the path of the truth.   She is one heart who had been reached SOLELY BECAUSE of 40 Days…..She said she had stopped to talk to someone from our group before and was surprised to learn something each time she stops….

On a side note, there where many acts of kindness —-“Friday Friend”  Meghan gave away her umbrella to a homeless man (and her rosary beads to another) in the course of her several hours with us…. a woman dropped her change purse and 3 of us stooped down to collect the coins… A mother had trouble getting into her car and Paul lent a hand….     

STL SIDEWALK FIRST TIMERS CLUB:   Sally, Gennie, Rick, Lindsay,Gina, Baby Mozes, Marie (returning to sidewalk after long absence)   THANK YOU faithful and Faith-Filled  pro-lifers.


day 31, st. louise
Randy, Meaghan,Kim and RAIN

I am hopeful that after this wet day on the streets, all the wonderful pro-lifers I had the pleasure of joining on the sidewalk today are warm and dry tonight! 





Your humbled shift manager, Jeannie

Day 24: Thanks to YWAM, North Hills Church of Christ, St. Mary in Glenshaw and SS. Peter & Paul in Beaver

Believing that God has called us as he called NOAH to speak the truth, our brave Noahs stood today in defense of life:

Early morning shift manager Sally wrote:


Morning sun, but then mostly cloudy. Warm, but with such wind gusts that it felt much colder. The wind gusts were so strong that, when  PP’s door was opened, it would not close. The guard had to keep
pulling it shut.  Thankfully, no rain during our morning shifts.

We had a wonderful turnout from Youth With a Mission, also City Reach Church, St. James, St. Alphonsus, Holy Sepulchre & North Hills Church of Christ.

Group from Youth with a Mission (YWAM)
Group from Youth with a Mission (YWAM)


Jen with Ann and their children from North Hills Church of Christ
Jen with Ann and their children from North Hills Church of Christ


PP was busy, with at least 10 couples and many single girls entering.    Two abortionists, unknown to us, went in about 9 a.m.

One of the pray-ers was visibly shaken when she saw a mother escorting her young daughter into PP to kill her grandchild.  That is one of the things that always causes sadness for those who stand vigil outside.
We can never understand how a parent can cause their child so much pain and suffering by participating in the death of his or her own grandchild.

One young girl and her mother came out while awaiting their turn.  The girl seemed so comfortable with what was about to happen inside, that she could not have really understood. 

Jan was there to pray, and pass out cards advertising WCN’s coming Diaper Derby. Jackie was passing out flyers advertising help that Catholic Charities offers.

A good group from St. Mary of the Assumption parish had arrived before my shift ended.    May God bless all who stood vigil today.

Shift Manager Sally


Pat managed the 4-7pm shift and took these photos:

the wonderful Cahill family from SS. Peter & Paul in Beaver

As the shift wore on and things became less busy on the streets and on the sidewalk, I had the chance to pray by myself while the rest of the group was on the other side of the circle.  I thought about what Lisa had written in the blog yesterday and tried to capture the proper somberness of the moment.  After all, this was not just an abortion day, it was also a Friday during the season of Lent.  That day were we especially contemplate the cross and the suffering of Christ.  Standing there I did a lot of looking up at the building and thought about the parallels between those who were at the foot of the cross then to where I was in the moment – at the foot of the building were many perfectly innocent lives were also brutally taken away.  Not to make to much of it, but as I was looking up I noticed for the first time that the facade of the building seemed to have a giant cross in the center.  Maybe others have noticed this before, but I never had.    

Lisa C. and her beautiful kids spent their 3rd and final Friday evening of this campaign in front of PP.  Every campaign they sign themselves up for whatever Friday evenings need filled.  What a witness.  Thanks guys.
Pat, 4-7 shift
Pat writes, "Does anyone else see a cross on this building?"
Pat writes, “Does anyone else see a cross on this building?”

 WOW!  I SEE IT!  Could this be a sign?



Day 17: FOUR SEASONS; One Day! Thx to OLG, Pgh Oratory, St. Eliz., Trinity Cathedral, St. Alphonsus, City Reformed…

Four students from the Pittsburgh Oratory!
Fantastic FOUR from Pittsburgh Oratory!


FOUR SEASONS, ONE DAY.  You’ve Got to  LOVE Pittsburgh!

Many people came to pray this morning. About 8 college students from Pitt & CMU, as well as 2 ladies, and 2 beautiful little children, from City Reformed Church in Oakland, and people from St. Alphonsus, Our

Lady of Grace, St. Elizabeth and Trinity Cathedral.  PP got a late  start. Customers did not start going in until 8:30, but they were busy.

One couple came out too early to have had an abortion. The girl was  carrying a white paper. They refused literature, got in their car, and  left.  Two ladies were fascinated by our fetal models and took literature.  One of them took a small fetal model and card because her daughter had just given birth to a baby at 36 weeks.

A lady went by in a car yelling a standard pro-abort question: “How many have YOU adopted?” Standard answer, if they hang around to hear it, is: “As many as you have.”  Which should make them stop and think.

Our status, whether we are old or young, male or female, have no children, or have born children, or have adopted children, has nothing to do with praying and offering women and men alternatives to abortion.  

We were “treated” to a really heavy snow fall just before Ginny showed  up for her shift.  Fortunately, it melted as fast as it fell.    Sally

Joe W and Johnny AJoe W and Johnny A

I (Pat) had the 4-7 shift.  I admit to having a little concern as I walked down from my office to PP knowing that from 5-7 it was very possible that I would be standing alone.  But, as Shift Manager Al B. has told me in the past (and don’t forget that Al and his wife Sally stand in front of PP year-round):  “Even when nobody’s here, I’m not alone.  God is right here with me.”  So, with that thought in my mind, I put the matter in God’s hands and trusted that however things worked out, all would be well.

One thing I did notice during my shift, and which I’d never seen before, was that a large number of young women (25-35) exiting PP b/t about 4:30 and 5:15.  They were primarily African-American, looked to be around college-age, and were dressed in a manner that you might see in an office setting on a casual Friday.  While I attempted to give literature to many of them, all of them declined in polite manner.  Were they attending some sort of PP seminar?  Even a woman who passed by as a large group were coming out looked at me in a kind of horror.  As we spoke it was clear that she understood well what goes on at PP and knew that this kind of a thing was a cause for concern.

I want to thank Joe W. (who was with me for about 2 hours), fellow Shift Managers Jim F. and Bill H., and Mimi, who showed up at 6:45 to pray the rosary.  [I was glad to join her despite knowing that my participation was not really optional.]  Inthe end, I was alone for a total of only 10 minutes, so thanks for all of you who were praying for me.

Jim F and Bill H
Jim F and Bill H

Finally, I want to send out a special thanks to Joe W. whose witness tonight to those who approach us – and in particular to a man named James this evening – was just fantastic.  Joe, your passion for the faith and for the cause of the unborn is a beautiful thing to see.  And you really inspired me as I listened to you say just the things James really needed to hear. 

Pat M.    


Talk on Life with Dr. Alveda King

When: Saturday, March 22 2014, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: David Lawrence
Category: Global and Cultural Awareness

Come join us for this incredible opportunity as Dr. Alveda King (the niece of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) comes to Pitt to talk to us about civil rights, life and the family. Admission is free!


Day 10: St. Philip, Guardian Angels, SS John & Paul, St. Bernadette, Madonna del Castello and more…

Lord of All Hopefulness, Lord of all Joy, Whose trust, ever CHILD LIKE, no cares can destroy…

Friday Morning Musings by early morning shift manager Sally:   It was cold, but at least the sun was shining and it was dry!  PP did not seem to be doing abortions. 2 couples went in early, but one came out after about 15 minutes carrying a small bag that the man shoved into his pocket. Other than that, just a few workers went in & a few single girls. A tall woman went in with a bag.  We had seen her before.  Perhaps  she is an abortionist or staff member.  David, Terry & Maggie were there to pray from St. Philip and Guardian  Angels.

day 10, first shift, holy innocents and Guardian Angels

David Poliziani had a wonderful book of prayers & we used that through most of the morning.When Terry was ready to leave,  I asked  the three to stand together for a photo.  As we were getting arranged, a woman ran up Liberty Avenue and nearly ran straight into Maggie, who had her back turned.  None of us saw this woman coming.  She went into PP after screaming something nasty at us (and we said “God bless you”).  A few minutes later the guard came out, very apologetic, and asked  that we not block the sidewalk. We explained that nobody had seen the woman coming, and Maggie asked the guard to convey her apology.   The guard thanked us and went back inside. He was friendlier than he has been in months. Everybody else was very friendly and we were able to give flowers to a few women. Several passed the flowers on to their children, who were thrilled with them and with the baby models.    Sally Brunnfrom WV with Love...

from WV with Love…
Be there at our LABORS,...
Be there at our Labors,….









Be there at our waking, and give us we pray, your strength in our hearts Lord, at the noon of the day…..

Day 10, second shift, ginny starts out alone...but not for long!

day 10, second shift, Patty from SS John & Paul and Kathy from Memorial Park Church

Nikki wrote:  When I arrived at 11:15, Ginny was by herself…but she wasn’t alone for long.  Throughout the afternoon, many prayer warriors came from many different churches to pray!  The weather was beautiful and it didn’t appear any abortions were being done.  Although we did see one couple walk in…they came back out five minutes later.  The girl was in tears…so I don’t know what that meant.  I’m hoping maybe a changed heart.   Joining us on the sidewalk today were Patty from SS John and Paul in Wexford.  Not long after Patty arrived, we were joined by Kathy (one of our shift managers)…holding an awesomely huge sign that she made, which was our pregnancy resource sheet hat she had enlarged!  (see photo)   Three more ladies stopped by during their lunch hour…two from St. Bernadette in Monroeville and Denise from St. John Neumann.  The seven of us prayed and sang together for a while.  Then a woman came from North Park Church in Wexford and she and Kathy decided to stand on the other side to pass out literature and engage folks that were willing to talk

Prayer warrior-ettes
Prayer warrior-ettes

…Your Hands swift to Welcome, your your Arms to Embrace…..

day 10, second shift, Brittany and AZ...Keepin' their baby!
Brittany , AZ & THEIR BABY!

About that time, a young couple exited the clinic.  I heard the woman saying to the man, “I am not having an abortion!”  I walked over to them and offered information.  They told me they were going to keep their baby, but didn’t have anywhere to live.  They didn’t even have cell phones.  I gave them my phone number and told them if I get any information that can help them, I will let them know if they call me.  They were excited to be given a fetal model, rosaries and flowers…along with the literature.  They were happy to have their photo taken.  They need prayer.  Please pray for Brittany and “A-Z”.  They told us they are in the process of recovery, but it appeared that they very much need prayer for deliverance from addiction.

Before I left, Sheila arrived with a group from Weirton, and Pastor Bryan was there to stay until 4…so the next Shift Manager Marie had plenty of company!  Thanks to all who witnessed and prayed today!  God bless you all!  Nikki B. 

 …Be there at our Homing, and Give Us We Pray, your Peace in our hearts, Lord, at the CLOSE of the Day….

And Closing out the day:

SS Peter & Paul with LOVE in our hearts...
SS Peter & Paul with LOVE in our hearts…

While the wind was pretty rough out there for the bulk of the shift, I kept a thankful attitude that I was managing a shift today and not yesterday.  The activity on the streets was lighter than normal for a Friday night.  Some of us surmised that a good number of people stayed away from the bars because they were “saving themselves” for revelry tomorrow.   (REMEMBER that our vigil ENDS AT 5pm tomorrow)     As for the activity at PP, all I witnessed were employees coming out and a couple of women – none of whom appeared to have shown the signs of just having had an abortion.    

day 10, third shift, many prayer warriors
I’m so thankful to regularly be able to pray and witness with this wonderful family from Saints Peter & Paul in Beaver: Nadi C., Esther C., Lisa C., Daniel C., and John C.

day 10, third shift, johnRegular John Mimms was there to pray and make a powerful witness at the beginning of my shift.  Then, at different times, shift managers Jim Flaherty and Bill Harrison also came by to pray.  I then had the pleasure of meeting Nadine and Bonnie from Madonna del Castello.  It was Bonnie’s first time there so it was real a privilege to be able to be there to orient her and pray with her.  And my Friday evening regulars, the Cahill family, although delayed by traffic for a long period of time, stuck it out with me again until the end.  So a special thanks to them.      Pat M. (4-7)

Day 3: St. John Neumann, Guardians for Life, South Hills Assembly and SS Peter & Paul in Beaver

Saturday Greetings all Faith-filled Friends!

Please be sure to check out the Vigil Schedule.  We have IMMEDIATE NEEDS for a few days upcoming:

Sunday at 10am, Monday at 10am, 3pm & 6pm, Wednesday from 12pm to 7pm and Thursday from 9-11am.  We  especially need help on St. Patrick’s Day!  The entire 12 hours are empty! MONDAY March 17th.  ALL you irish eyes—- join us on MONDAY for a tribute to St. Paddy and the joy of Irish Life!

Notes for Friday, March 7 in Pittsburgh

Friday at the 40 ushers in the SONSHINE and a bit of Spring Fever, too:


Babies go on a “field trip” to CAPA:

What a shock this morning when two young teen boys came down Liberty Avenue,  passed the fetal model display, and turned  quickly and each grabbed one of the larger models & took off down the alley!  We called the police and asked the guards to look in the garbage cans for our little ones who teach so many about life before birth.    We were lucky to give a very good description of the boys, and ultimately the babies were turned over to the police by the principal at CAPA  who had confiscated them.

We are sure these models would NEVER make their way in to our high schools today.  Maybe, just maybe God knew exactly who needed to see those little ones.   Have you ever picked up the models?  They have a unique and special feel– certainly memorable!    Let us pray that those who carried and held our babies on this adventure will be touched by the experience.

We had many opportunities for PRAYER this morning, for sure!- —Thanks to Shift Manager Sally Brunn for her report

Friday Morning Prayer Warriors from St. John Neumann brave the cold!

SECOND TO NONE-  Shift #2 

The 2nd shift today was marvelous. Fr. Tim had a crew of at least 10 people  with him. He brought chairs kneeling pads,  and blankets for his elderly people. They had their own prayer books. We prayed and sang many songs. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of being with him, Fr. Tim has the most marvelous of voices. It was like being with the apostles. I felt like I could have stayed for ever, with spiritual holiness in his group.- Ginny Dougherty, 2nd shift Manager. 


We had many warm exchanges with fellow Pittsburghers today while standing in the sunshine in 50 degree weather! Lots of pedestrians – men and women, young and old — gave us smiles, thumbs up, and encouraging words that they are ‘with us’.  People were extremely receptive to the 40daysoflife brochure and seemed genuinely glad that someone cares enough to pray and intervene.

It was sobering to see two younger ladies, very professional looking, go inside together with such a cavalier attitude— we wondered how the human race can be so desensitized?  At one point, a 40 Days participant crossed through the “boundary bubble”  to avoid a melty ice puddle and immediately a PP employee stuck his head out the door and asked her not violate the boundary line.

A young couple went in and out a few times. We offered them the brochure with all the information about resources, hope, help, and facts about the terrible effects of abortion, but they refused.  They left and smoked awhile on the corner.  Eventually, they returned to PP and our hearts sank.  We can hope that our prayers for the path of Life for these two will be answered in some way .

— Special  thanks to  Susan Bluemling  for her thoughts… 



1.       A girl named Nicole is scheduled for an abortion at PP Saturday March 8th!  Her mom asked us to pray for her.

2.       And a  girl named Sarah is also scheduled for an abortion at PP Saturday.  Her co-worker has been trying to talk her out of it…she has been to the pregnancy resource center twice, seen her ultrasound…was going to have the baby and changed her mind. Cancelled one abortion appointment last Tuesday because she had to work.

 Please keep these young women and all those facing a pregnancy in fear, in your hearts and PRAYERS!

40 Days Pittsburgh Family Prayer:

Create a clean heart in us, dear God.  Make love the only reason for our witness as we stand here on the sidewalk.   Sustain us as we explain that abortion is never a solution.   Strengthen us to faithfully supply real solutions.    

Barbara Lewis, Shift Manager