Day 4: St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Pleasant Hills) 7-11; Individual volunteers 11-1; St. Ferdinand RL 1-3 Aquinas Academy 3-5

Pat M. is our blogger for Saturdays.

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Nobody likes fasting And yet, some still manage to do it better than others.

Hello.  I am one of the others.

For as long as I can remember, my fasting for these 40 Days for Life campaigns have consisted of giving up something teeny-tiny the first week, and then adding another teeny-tiny fasting to it the next week, until I’ve built-up to four or five very small sacrifices which I then continue on until the end of the campaign. I knew that it wasn’t much, but, being realistic, I kind of knew that this was just about all I had the strength to give. I also knew that something is infinitely greater than nothing and that at least I was able to give God something that He could use.

I guess it was about six weeks ago that I started thinking about how I would approach my fasting for this campaign. Would I do it in the same way once again?  I think this very questioning must have left a spiritual window open. Right away I sensed God telling me that, well, perhaps I could do more this time around.  Immediately, and without any hint of anxiety (praise God), my mind came up with a handful of possible sacrifices I could offer which had a little more bite to them.  None of them huge, of course, but all clearly above the teeny-tiny level.

As the weeks went by, I continued to meditate and pray about this until I came up with something that feels right, something at the appropriate level of difficulty for where I am at this point in my life and my spiritual development. So for me…

there won’t be any watching of sports until November 6.

Pat M.

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Sue took this picture as a symbol of what it is like to have a family member missing. I asked the Rocco children to say a prayer to St. Anthony so the missing baby can be found. Without skipping a beat the youngest and his (a little older) sister started praying the prayer that many pray. ” St. Anthony look around, look around,  for something that is lost, and cannot be found.”   I heard St. Michael invoked today too!!

 

 

While you may have been sleeping, Tim took the early shift!  7 am- 9am:

What a beautiful morning. The teams from St Elizabeth of Hungary and St Anne’s arrived early while it was still a starlit night and began praying almost immediately. I’ve heard that our presence and prayers have a devastating effect inside the clinic, but now I know for sure. Shortly after our prayers began, the alarm went off inside the dark abortion center and continued for about 10 minutes. The demons of darkness were in disarray. I loved every moment.  Then the security company arrived and shut it off, but not before invigorating the prayer warriors, or at least me.
The sun came out and more joined us including a mom and her son.  How wonderful to have young people involved.
The year round Saturday morning regulars were pleased to have so many join us in prayer in witness.  I was asked about the traffic going into the abortion center and thought it might be lighter than usual.  I had read this week that “no shows” go up to 75% where pro life people are witnessing outside.  So, I have to think we had a powerful effect.
As I was being relieved as Shift Manager, two big groups were coming to continue the vigil. God bless them all and you.
Tim B.
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David, Sidewalk Advocate and Tim B, Saturday 7am to 9 am shift manager

 

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Mary Kay, Beth and Bill are early birds. 7 am – 9am shift prayer warriors. Beth wears many hats for the pro-life community in Pittsburgh. Today the women are representing St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
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Fr G and groups from St Elizabeth and St Anne
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Bill and Saturday morning Sidewalk Advocates for Life, Virginia and Joe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(not pictured)  Chuck, aged 39!, came down to do his Jericho Walk.  His daughter and son in law have been helping out the flood victims in Texas.

Sue M. works the 9 am to 11 am shift:  

 

I arrived to a packed sidewalk this morning! It  was wonderful to see so many pray-ers, especially considering the number of PP escorts today.  It seemed like the largest amount of escorts I’ve ever seen.  I am on the sidewalk most Saturday mornings year-’round (as a Sidewalk Advocate), and it seemed to me that PP was busier this morning than it has been in a long time on Saturday mornings.  But prayer was in abundance.  A group, largely from St. Elizabeth of Hungary, along with some others, prayed the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and other prayers aloud on the side in front of the yellow building ….. and a sizeable group of students from Grove City College covered the other side, as well as across the street.  Vocal prayer, silent prayer, singing. One student knelt in prayer for quite some time.   No passer-by had a doubt as to our mission.  Thank you, fellow servants, for a job well attended-to this morning, and for bringing the Holy Spirit to that dark place!

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Mom and son from Iglesias Christiana came for the 9 am hour.
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Charley came at 9:00. Staying until 10:30 when he had to go to work, Charley, a trained Sidewalk Advocate for Life helped sign people in and took lots of pictures for us.
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Mike, Mark, Denny, Gretchen, Bryan, Maria, Mary Kay and Beth

 

 

 

 

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Rick and Carol from Wheeling, WV

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Kim, Janet and Anita from Wheeling, WV.
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Marian (SA), and three talented young women from Grove City College. Escorts were watching on our side as we moved to reach out to the women coming across Smithfield and Liberty.

 

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Mary Ellen from St. Elizabeth of Hungary
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Grove City College students- students who are pro-life and chose to attend the College from other parts of the country. Charlottesville and San Francisco Bay area are represented!
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Charley took this picture of the student from Grove College praying on her knees. While others slept in, these students were taking a knee in prayer for life.

 

Marian had the 11 am to 1 pm shift:  ( cross over shifts as some witnesses stayed through parts of the 9 am- 1 pm shifts.

When emails go out, people respond.   Tracy came down to the vigil site in response to the email sent out for the 11 am to 1 pm shift.  She made the trip to town from Butler.  Mary and her husband, Frank, came in from Punxsutawney, Pa.  Mary’s birthday is today.  She actually requested to spend part of her birthday witnessing for life with us.  

Saturday is an abortion day, so the traffic in and out of PP doors are always busy.  Today was steady.  Judy, our Saturday morning Sidewalk Advocate was speaking with PP clients and offering information for help.  Sue M. stayed after shift managing the 9 am to 11 am time and put on her Sidewalk Advocate hat from 11 to 1.   The Rocco family stopped by to pray the Divine Mercy prayer.

 

You know when we get yelled at– why don’t you adopt?   Well, we know Nikki and George can answer “We did.” to that question.  Today, one of the young woman from Grove City College told us that she has an adopted sister whose biological mother found an adoption website after having received rude treatment by two abortion facilities.  The baby was the biological mother’s eighth child.   This college student’s family is waiting to hear of a second adoption.   The student gave me permission to write this on the blog and she will be sending me her testimony also about her family.

Miracles do happen.

 

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Mary and Frank came to Pittsburgh for her birthday to witness for life. How awesome is that!! Their church is Saints Cosmos and Damian.

Death does not take a holiday at 933 Liberty Avenue.  Even when their doors are shut and the lights are out, their websites and advertising campaigns are still working to deceive.  Thanks to all who came today to pray and witness to the truth. 

We know our presence is seen from the responses, positive and negative, which we receive.

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Bob said we could take the picture and get his good side! I have witnessed Bob’s good side every Saturday for the past 3 years of Sidewalk Advocacy… and during the week days. I recently heard him give sound advice and insight to a young couple going into PP. Bob has been praying daily at PP ever since they were located in the other section of town.

 

Dean battled traffic and detours to make it to the 1 pm – 3 pm shift.

It was inspiring and encouraging to be back on the sidewalk. Thank you to prayer warriors Bill, Mike and John, who prayed with me this afternoon. It was fairly quiet with not much traffic at P.P.

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John, Mike and Bill S. from St. Ferdinand’s Church. Bill H. in back. Bill S. prays the Rosary on most Saturdays in front of PP year round. Tim- SM in the early am and Bill S. and Bill H. witness year round.

 

Kathy K.  wears hats as nurse, counselor, grandma, Sidewalk Advocate for Life

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Nadine ( early for the 5-7 shift) and Kathy K. Aren’t they lovely!!

 

Teachable moments!!  I happened to stop by when Kathy’s group was answering some challenging questions.  Wow… one very brave young man told it like it is and one astute young woman drew Kathy’s attention to the woman.  Do you know the question– what do you do for people—   well Kathy does it!!

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Thumbs up to great group!    Lots of energy and enthusiasm!
This shift was blessed with students from Aquinas Academy, 2 coaches and a Dad. Prayers and singing passed time quickly . Their singing was so beautiful I thought of the Sound of Music .
Challenged by a woman passing by who asked: “What were we doing to prevent men from raping a woman, leading her to abort?”
She did not like answers that were given , twisting their meaning as she repeated them. She said we make her mad.
After she left, we reflected on:
1. Holy Spirit giving right words at right moment.
2. Courage to answer
3. How people will twist what we say.
God teaches us in many ways.

 

 

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St. Thomas Aquinas would be proud of their witness!

Please note:  children must be accompanied with an adult and  their photos will not be put on the blog without verbal permission from the adult in charge of the group or parent.

 

 

 

Jeff B.  manages tonight’s shift from 5 pm to 7 pm.  

He also substitutes for shift managers.

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Callaghan family from St. Monica’s in Beaver Falls
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Joanna from St. Peter’s and Catholic Daughters

 

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Mary from St. Sylvester’s

Nadine, who is pictured with Kathy K. above,  is from Madonna De Costello parish in Swissvale.  Nadine pays attention to the emails and comes when the call is put forth for prayer warriors.  She is also a reader of The Word at her parish.

…there won’t be any watching of sports until November 6.

Pray, fast and witness instead.

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Grove City College student in prayer.

Preparing for Labor Day

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KATIE HELPS SPREAD THE JOY SHE KNOWS AS A MOTHER!

 

The Grand Totals are: 974 diapers, 230 wipes and $204!!

LABOR DAY DIAPER DRIVE

WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2017

                                   7 AM TO 7 PM                    

WHERE: LIBERTY AVE.  DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH

                              OUTSIDE PLANNED PARENTHOOD  (933 Liberty Avenue)

WHY:  Imagine if every woman who believes she is alone and has no support could see first hand the help that there is available for her and her baby.  Be a visible sign of God’s love.  Please donate and come to pray silently.

 

Bridge the gap between the pregnancy center and the women.

Per Simon and Garfunkel- be that “bridge over troubled water”

 

 

 

Donations benefit WCN and CURA.  Financial donations can be made directly to WCN, CURA, or a crisis pregnancy center of your choice.  Tell them Katie sent you!!

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Memorial Service for Aborted Children at St. Paul Cathedral

    Memorial Service for Aborted Children

 

On Saturday, September 9, pro-life Americans throughout the country gathered  at the gravesites of aborted babies and other memorial sites.  Dedicated in their honor for the fourth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

Solemn vigils were held at these sites to commemorate the more than 55 million children who have lost their lives to legal abortion since 1973, and to remind our society of the humanity of the unborn child.

Event:    National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

When:   Saturday, September 9, following the noon mass

Where: St. Paul Cathedral pro-life memorial on the front lawn

Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the corner of  Fifth Avenue and Craig Street

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Charlene reports:

We gathered today(9/9) for a beautiful service Remembering the Victims of Abortion…the babies. The service was held at St. Paul Cathedral where one of thee permanent monuments is. The service was led by Fr. Kris Stubna, Pastor of St. Paul’s. Mark Sullivan, from St. Paul’s Pro-Life group organized the event. Members from 40 Days, the Magee Project and Pro-lifers from across the Diocese were present. We hope to advertise sooner and more wide spread next year. Charlene

 

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Thanks to Charlene for reporting and contacting Father Kris.  One voice makes a difference!!!

 

 

40 Days for Life – Croatia

Nikki did such a great job that she got invited to speak in Croatia!! No kidding!!
Nikki did such a great job that she got invited to speak in Croatia!! No kidding!! July 2016

 

Last summer when Nikki spoke at the 40 Days for Life conference in Orlando, Florida, she was invited to attend the national conference for 40 Days for Life in Croatia.  Nikki and Lisa K. are attending the conference and have sent back pictures of their time thus far.  Please check in to see the updated pictures.  Look for Lisa’s reflection and Nikki’s reflection after they return.

Beth, Nikki, Petra, and Lidija trying to figure out the Uber app. It was only our third Uber reservation ever! (The first two were on Friday.) Nikki's got the hang of it now!!
July 2016: Beth, Nikki, Petra, and Lidija trying to figure out the Uber app. It was only our third Uber reservation ever! (The first two were on Friday.) Nikki’s got the hang of it now!!

 

So, Nikki and Lisa left on a jet plane…leaving the driving to the pilot.   Nikki spoke at the national conference in Croatia on Day 2.

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Dear Nikki, Please find attached some photos I took during your inspiring talk. I hope you’ll find them O.K. 🙂 Sincerely, Kruno   June 2017   Croatia  (Thanks for the pictures of Nikki speaking!!)

 

 

From the sidewalk in front of 933 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh to the sidewalks of Croatia, the message for life is spoken!!

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Katie’s picture… June 22

 

 

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Nikki and Lisa with Lidija, regional 40 Days for Life coordinator for the region of Slavonija.  In addition to overseeing many cities, she also operates the post abortive healing programs throughout all Croatia!
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Petra is the national 40 Days for Life coordinator, under Ante. She is the one who invited us to come to Croatia, and she is a powerhouse of energy, determination, and a great leader and organizer!
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Ante, National director of 40 Days for Life  in Croatia gave a motivating talk. He oversees all of the regional coordinators in Croatia

40 Days for Life- Podcast #62   Ante is interviewed in this Podcast #62.

 

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We needed our Bibles for the talk by Lidija, as it was referencing Scripture. Of course, Lisa and I were unable to read theirs so we read the verses on our phones instead
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Marija is the 40 Days for Life coordinator for the entire region of Dalmatia and Split, Croatia. She oversees many campaigns in many cities throughout Croatia! She and her wonderful husband, Davor, drove us six hours from Split to Cakovec for the conference.

 

 

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Our lovely translator, Dijana, made sure that Lisa and I understood all of the inspiring talks, which were all in Croatian.
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Tomislav is a faithful participant of 40 Days for Life In Croatia. Everyone is young here! Very hopeful!
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40 Days for Life family in Croatia!
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40 Days for Life- listening to the same message we receive in Pittsburgh.

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40 DFL team member Vanja telling us that we have to be close to the Lord in order to be a leader for 40 Days for Life.
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Our sweet interpreter, Dijana, and sweet Nikki

Day 2

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Lisa!

 

 

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The Bishop in Cakovec is very supportive of 40 Days for Life. He celebrated Mass and spoke a life affirming message to us this morning.
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National leaders Ante & Petra give the Bishop a gift of thanksgiving for his support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taking a break with local 40 days for life leaders, Krunoslav and Danijela.  Krunoslav leads the campaign in Krizevci and Danijela leads at Bjlevar. Although we are of different cultures and nations we are truly United in our love for the Lord and this fight for life! It is wonderful!

 

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Information to hear and take to heart.
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Participants Day 2 including Lisa and Dijana.
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Lisa and I met this wonderful group from Osijek. Sandra (On left) is the campaign director, and Bredrag and his wife Suzana are on her team.

 

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Marko is only 17 years old and lives in Herzegovina, Bosnia and he leads the 40 days for life there! He is also an artist and a really sweet guy!

 

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New friends Lidija from Nova Gradiska, Mira from Slavonski Brod and Jozo from Rijeka

 

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The participants singing, raising hands, and clapping in prayer and praise.

 

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National leaders Ante and Lidija in a fun moment.  Nikki is behind them.

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In any language, the signs for 40 Days for Life speak the same message. The signage is one way we stay united in mission. (editor’s note)

 

Day 3:

 

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Sisters, Margareta and Diana from Bjelovar.
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Krunoslav (on left )was a huge help and a blessing to us by providing much of the translation!  Pictured with Eva from Slavonski and another Krunoslav. Everyone made us feel so welcomed.

 

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Damir is the local leader for the city of Split. He spoke on how to present 40 Days for Life in churches.

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Zmonimir spoke about Chile where abortion is illegal.
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Marija and Petra

 

 

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Vlatka from Calovec

 

Closing  Day:

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Sunday was Croatia’s Independence Day, celebrated at Mass.
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Singing final song at closing of conference. So much joy, love and unity among them!  I started to cry knowing I was leaving.

 

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Ante is an amazing leader for 40 Days for Life in Croatia!

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Ivana was such a help translating!

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Hand made gifts given to us!  It reminded me of our closing rallies!

Connecting for life through the years with 40 Days for Life

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40 Days for Life Croatia 2015
Group from St. Sebastian's
Retro- 40 Days for Life -Pittburgh 2011

 Prayer and Prayer Warriors:  Daily Prayer

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Beautiful shrine!

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Djirdjica and her husband, Mladen, were kind enough to drive us to the shrine for prayer. They are a beautiful couple!
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Praying together at shrine. They really put prayer first here!

Sightseeing:

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Nikki and I stopped at a cafe for “coffee”- which we found out just means to hang out and have something, it doesn’t have to be coffee!

 

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Ivana took Nikki and me to an air conditioned cafe!

 

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Sightseeing with our wonderful and sweet guide, Ivana, along with another local leader, Krunoslav, who was kind enough to serve as our translator during the Bishop’s talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Church of St. Joseph, where we had Mass every day in Cakovec

 

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National team member Marija walking with Nikki in Split along the Adriatic Sea

 

 

 

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Katie’s picture- Pittsburgh Diaper Drive

 

 

Expect rain… hope like the little girl who prayed for rain… and brought her umbrella to the prayer meeting!!  The chalk drawings may wash away, but the message of hope and life is etched in our hearts— all over this world.

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Father’s Day Reflection 2017

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Vince wrote the reflection for this blog and invites all to pray:

 

 

Sunday, June 18 at 7 am in front of 933 Liberty Avenue.

 

When most people think about abortion, they think about the mother who carries the child and the child itself.  Forgotten many times is for every abortion, there is also a father.  The father is many times thought of as the one who may be instigating the abortion.  Though this may be true, there are many instances when it is not. 

During one of the prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood last fall, a young man approached while we were in the midst of our prayers.  He stopped directly in front of the window that featured a young woman in a poster, with a warm and inviting smile that seemed to say come on in, we will take care of all of your problems!.  This young man stood face to face with this poster for maybe a minute or two and just stared.  He finally spat on the window, turned and faced me and continued to move on.  The hurt in his eyes was overwhelming.  I do not know what his story is, but I think it is safe to say that he is hurting by something that occurred in Planned Parenthood. 

We have to realize that there are many men out there who have been impacted by abortion as well.  Perhaps, the woman they were involved with became pregnant and unequivocally chose to have an abortion, in spite of any resistance from the father.  Let’s face it, if the woman decides to go that route, the man has no say.  What can he do to stop her?  There may be other instances where a man may have no knowledge at all, that he conceived a child, if the woman decides to have an abortion without ever letting him know.

This Sunday is Father’s Day.  It is the final Sunday that we will be reciting all 20 mysteries, on behalf of the unborn, the father’s (& mothers) who lose a child and of course, the ultimate goal, the closing of Planned Parenthood at 933 Liberty Avenue.  For those of you who are fathers, come on out at 7 AM for our brothers who have lost a child through abortion.  Heck, come on out, even if you are not a father.  We would love to see you ladies too!  It takes about an hour and a half.  You will feel better for it.  You will feel even better for it when the day comes that they put the padlock on that place when it goes out of business once and for all, and you know that you had a hand in it.  It’s time to fight the good fight all of you good & faithful servants!  We hope to see you! 

Vince P

 

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September 27- November 5

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Sue D.  cares for others! Now caring for us!!

 

 

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Fall 2017 campaign to end abortion in Pittsburgh-  September 27- November 5

I was struck by the sad irony of this word carved into the sidewalk....
Pray to restore liberty for all at 933 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

Sign up to pray.  Join in with friends, a church group, or gather friends together to pray in peaceful witness in front of the abortion facility in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.   Check out the schedule.

Individual calendar for signing up to witness.   Calendar

Peaceful, prayerful and meaningful witness for life.

Kick off the campaign with us:   sept2017flyerKURT

September 24  5:00 pm at Holy Wisdom Parish,

St. Boniface Church

Kick off information is on Get Involved Too

 

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Practical and monetary gifts go a long way in helping women choose life. Please donate to our local crisis pregnancy centers.

Also, can you help?  Please read this pdf.  Witnessing for life is making a difference!!!! No more walk

WCN is making a difference and needs our help.

Those of us on the front lines in front of Planned Parenthood rely on the wonderful service that Women’s Choice Network provides, (free ultrasound, pregnancy test, and counseling and support of those facing crisis pregnancies). They now need OUR help. Click the link to the PDF to find out how you can help to make sure they are able to continue accepting walk-in clients.   No more walk  

 

 

3-2-17 40days

DIAPER DRIVE- May 13- Updated information

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Many did get behind the diaper drive effort!!

 

 

Pictures and stats from this year’s diaper drive:

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Second Annual Diaper Drive

Saturday, May 13, 2017

7 am to 7 pm

933 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh, Pa.

2017:  Katie writes:

Sue saved the day with her van, and herself being there for 8 hours, and Beth came back a second time when Sue had to leave. My dad was able to stay for the last couple hours, which was fortunate because David came all the way from WV (and he had to leave to go to work in Ohio!) to donate $100 and some formula, baby snacks and Pedialyte. We left at 6:15, and I’m really sorry if anyone came by after that, I should have stayed till 7! Beth said people can bring donations down between 9 and 11 on Tuesday during her shift.

 

We collected 2,291 diapers, 2,876 wipes, a swing, 3 bouncy seats, a play mat, 2 baby carriers, several swaddlers and sleep sacks, a set of crib sheets, a car seat cover, a bag of maternity clothes, a few bags of baby clothes, a diaper bag, a high chair, a car seat (not in the picture because I have to check and make sure used is ok) an audio monitor, a few containers of formula and $536.

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In addition Katie reports:
 
The part of the day that sticks with me the most is when two girls came by, and we gave them a resource card.  Sue M. asked if they know anyone who was pregnant and the one girl said “Yeah, me.”  Sue asked if she was going to keep the baby and she said “No.” She looked sad and had her hand on her stomach. I gave her a “hopeful” gift package and told them about Nick and how I hadn’t been happy at first when I got pregnant.  I told her how women grieve after abortions.  We both gave her our numbers. I keep thinking about things I should have said and hoping we were able to get through to her and that she’ll call us for help.
 
Towards the end another woman, J, stopped and took a pregnancy test.  She said she was homeless and had two kids that lived with their dad.  I gave her a hopeful gift also in case she was pregnant, told her about Genesis and gave her my number.  She didn’t seem to be considering abortion but it’s hard to tell.  When I asked if it would be good news she said she wasn’t sure, but she seemed interested in Genesis.   I hope that’s a good sign.

 

2016:

Last year we collected 4,949 diapers, 4,862 wipes, $693, a stroller, a high chair, a hobby horse, a swing, two diaper bags, a couple bags of maternity clothes and a ton of baby clothes, a few containers of formula, several bottles of baby soap, powder, etc. for the clients of CURO and Women’s Choice Network.  Monetary donations can also be made.    Katie

 

Our own Katie, Shift Manager and Sidewalk Advocate, hosted this second annual event!

 

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Sue not only lent a hand, She lent a van!!! Sue is the coordinator of Sidewalk Advocates for Life- the year round peaceful, prayerful and outreach ministry to the clients of PP.

Sidewalk Advocates were on their shifts and supported Katie (also a Sidewalk Advocate) with a cause we could all get behind!!!

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Jim, Joe and Sue- year round advocates for life! Jim stood in the pouring rain on Thursday morning also to reach out to the abortion bound and other clients of PP. Jim is relatively new to Pittsburgh. It is great to have young people donate their time to ending abortion in Pittsburgh – changing one heart at a time.

 

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Jim, Katie and Joe

 

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Virginia, Saturday morning Sidewalk Advocate, looks at the food goodies and the information.

 

 

 

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Katie and Jeff. Jeff stopped by on his way to a training class. Jeff and his wife are members of a church in North Park. Their church helps to support Bethany House ministries. Jeff donated to the cause. And in addition learned where PP is located. He said he was surprised at the amount of customers they have.

 

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Ken and Darlene stopped by to support the cause. Pictured here with 4 of their 10 children, Ken and Darlene are living proof that raising a large family successfully is possible and joy filled. Lots of diapers and graduations later… Ken and Darlene and their children bless others through 4H fairs and ministry work (the adult children). The children pictured here are the four youngest. Ken is a year round prayer warrior in front of PP. He can testify that family works!!! Thanks Ken and Darlene for your youthful witness!!

Rick, Thursday 5-7 shift manager, and his wife did a “drive by drop off”.

Diane D., with a new sign showing help for women, stood for several hours on the opposite side of the street, supporting the drive and directing attention to practical help. 

Beth, long time Sidewalk Advocate and President of PCUC, came down in the morning and then came back in the afternoon to stay with Katie so she wouldn’t have to stand alone.  Judy, (SA) Sue D. (shift manager, SA and blog writer for 40 Days for Life) and Marian (SA) also supported Katie during the drive.

Tim B and Bill H manned their spots, as usual, early on Saturday.  Bill H came back later to check to see if Katie needed someone to stand with her.   Judy and Hank, shift managers (and Sue D’s parents) for 40 Days for Life also stopped to donate.

A special thank you to Katie’s mom and dad for donating their time, talent and treasure.  And to Nick, Katie’s son, who gracefully shares his mommy!! 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

 

Day 38: Sidewalk Advocates for Life on duty; Individual 10-12; Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh 11-2 Individual 2-5p / St. Regis (Trafford) 5-7

Parental guidance for such a time as this!

 

One sentence, uttered from a Jewish woman, melted my heart about life.  “We didn’t believe they were ripping babies apart.”  I was ready to hear that statement for pro-life animation.  The day after I heard that testimony on tape, I wrote my first published editorial.

When are people ready to accept a message?  I haven’t the slightest idea.  I do know one thing though “behold the turtle, it makes progress only when it sticks its neck out.” We deliver the message for life- it seems to be a slow process.  And in a city as wonderful as Pittsburgh, PP located in the heart of an entertainment district, delivers the wrong message for fun.  Do people know that 933 Liberty Avenue is a house of horror stories next to live theatre?

As a Christian group, we use Scripture to tell our stories because we are priests, prophets and kings.  How do we tell the story about life affirming choices when the person listening or reading is not Christian and has no interest in reading Scripture?  What if, in fact, Scripture is a “turn off”, the person won’t listen to scientific fact and ignores the obvious?

How do we melt those frozen hearts?

Let us entertain them….

“Frozen” includes veiled references to global warming, so I am told.  To me, the movie, a recent family favorite, is about computer animated relationships.   Parental Guidance-13 is not suggested although it has very sophisticated concepts masked in loveable characters. Laying down one’s life, betrayal, redemption, forgiveness, reconciliation and celebration are serious issues addressed in this well -loved movie.  “Frozen” is good for business.

Adults look for more sophisticated distractions, right? The Bible is the inspired Living Word of God-a good read of it could flush a face with colorful embarrassment. It would seem that God has a good grip on understanding and writing about human behavior, but what does He know?  No entertainment value in the Bible you say?  Think again.   One just has to trust that the Script is inspiring.

 

Life as we know it is full of imperfections, anger, frustration, sin and everything else which is unholy.  How would your life be rated- P, PG, PG-13, R or heaven help us- X? Real life can involve scenes of sexual misbehavior, drug use, relationship discord and murder.  Jesus’ life, a real trouble maker, would be rated “R” for the violence done to him. King David, an adulterer and murderer, rates an “X”!

Mary, holy as she was, wouldn’t even get a P rating in a production.  She was pregnant and not married.  Joseph needed a message from an angel- hmm?  Have you read St. Augustine’s Confessions (for Dummies)? (I tried.) Moses?  Jeremiah? Saul/Paul?  So, those “bad asses” on Liberty Avenue think they are tough.  Get Saul and David together and their life story could be called “silence of the lambs”.  Paul and David have jaded histories!  Followers of Jesus have colorful threads in their fabrics.

I started my series of blogs this campaign with a movie about a prodigal.  Father Adam Verona, of St. Paul Cathedral,  says that prodigal means “wasteful”.  Isn’t promiscuous living a waste?

“Life as We Know It”, (not computer generated) with two popular movie stars headlining the marquee, involves two single, career driven characters, who appear to despise each other.  Thrown into a situation by the death of their best friends, they reluctantly come to a fork in the road.  Their decision to take up the cross that was left to them alters their lives and impacts the future of a young child.  The two adults have already had their hearts broken by their friends’ death and melted by the child they love.  Is the love for her strong enough for parenthood?  Do they pass her off like a basketball or throw her in an oven?

 

 

The scenes in the movie are funny, poignant, fact filled and life affirming with parental guidance-13 suggested because of scenes with non-marital sex, marijuana and special brownies.  “Life as We Know It”— never a block buster, not a new choice on IMDb but a heart-warming story for frozen hearts.  It may not have been the author’s intent, but “Life as We Know It” delivers the pro-life message of sacrificial love.  The characters take up their cross daily- falling at least three times.  Becoming a saint is a work in progress.   (It is my understanding from popular media, that both actors are parents and family oriented- although I haven’t heard them preach a sermon on it.)

No one in their right mind,

would ever suggest killing the child if the parents die first.

 

 

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Jesus told stories on the sidewalk.  We hear stories on the sidewalk and write about them in this blog.  We don’t have room to tell them all.  There are even dogs who walk by us, one I know by name.  He is cute and adorable.  I wonder what he would tell his owner if he could talk.

Abba Father has long legs.  Here are our letters to Him for His children.

Life is joyful… and we must tell that story.

Pat’s heart was melted again—-5 pm to 7 pm:

Pat’s story is told with permission by the mother, pictured, of these beautiful children.

While I was supposed to have at least a few souls from my parish (St. Regis) and my brother Knights of Columbus from the parish join me this evening, that didn’t happen.  Nevertheless, several answered Nikki’s call and I wasn’t alone.  Jim came by for about 15 minutes before catching his bus (I took a picture, but it turned out fuzzy).  SM Bill stopped by for a considerable period of time, Marian came at six and stayed until the end, and Elsie – who is the best I’ve ever seen at getting people to take literature – stayed with me for my whole shift!  Thank you all.  
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The highlight of my evening – heck, the highlight of the whole campaign for me – was meeting Violetta and he five children.  The first thing she said when she saw me and our signs (and our baby models) was:  “Oh you guys are just the greatest.  Thank you for being here.”  Then she explained.  
She had been at the East Liberty mill seven years ago for an abortion.  As she went in there were people there who were trying to convince her not to have an abortion.  She heard what they were saying, but went in anyway.  Well, through a series of strange events – along with the voice of her conscience – she walked out and decided not to have that abortion.  Then she introduced me to Nyona, who is seven, the baby she was going to abort.  
It was obvious the way that she talked that she understood that it was God who ultimately saved her and her baby.  She said that she had made the mistake at 16 of having an abortion right there at PP. We talked quite a while and I have her information from “Silent No More.”  
When I shook Nyona’s hand I said:  “I’m glad you’re here.”  She said she was glad she was here too.  
Pat, 5-7

 

Barb’s report from this morning 7 am- 9 am:

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The Sidewalk Singers for Life!

 

Oh, the weather outside was frightful.
But the prayer was so delightful.
And so we decided to stay.
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
Brrrr….  Cold weather, warm hearts.
The sidewalk was warm and cozy as people crowded in. 
Over our two early hours Richard and I counted Diane, Marian, Al and Sally, Patty, Dan, Karen, Kim, Kathy and Bill. 
Patty and Dan drove in from Steubenville.
Sheila arrived from out of state to manage the next shift (what a woman!). 
Barbara 7-9 

 

Sheila sent in pictures from her shift from 9 am to 11 am:

 

There was nothing out of the ordinary this shift, except for lots of passersby dressed in various costumes!  Someone said that’s because there is a certain show in town.  Sounds like fun!  And, there were plenty of Pirates fans heading to the stadium for the noon game.  Brrrr!

Kathy (sidewalk advocate) and I talked to a 22 year old woman who was looking for help (cost to cover a moving van) to move out of a dangerous neighborhood. She is pregnant and has two other children; her husband is disabled.  She shared her story of how she came from being an atheist to a Christian who is studying to be a pastor! No doubt that the Holy Spirit is at work in this young woman…she gave such a powerful witness. She said she would like to spread the word of life to those in her community and beyond. She has numerous friends who have had multiple abortions.

 She herself considered abortion when she and her boyfriend were homeless and pregnant with their first child. She was worried about how they would survive. He told her abortion was not an option and assured her that they would find a way, because their child deserved to live.  They married shortly after that and are ‘getting by.’  Kathy and I are looking into how we can best assist this young woman.  Sheila

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11 am to 1 pm:

I would like to offer a special thanksgiving to those who stand during the 11 am- 1pm shift.  We may not know your story, but God does.  Marian

Katie holds down the 1 pm to 3 pm shift (literally)! 
It was pretty busy today, both going in and out of PP and the traffic on the sidewalk, and it was very, very windy. A few of the signs blew away but I think we were able to retrieve them all, and the sandwich board started moving too. One of the babies blew off the stand. We prayed with the priest and deacon from Du Bois then from 2-3 Pastor Brian and Elsie were there. It didn’t feel as cold knowing it was probably the last cold day till next fall!
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People praying and sending prayers for the babies.

Lisa covers the news and tells the story from the 3 pm – 5pm shift: 

Elsie must not have had “anything better to do today”— God bless those who reach out!!  Mimi is a long time prayer warrior and those girls, well, they are Lisa’s blessings!!

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Bitter day but it did not keep Mimi ( late 80’s ) from joining us in prayer! What an inspiration!!! Elsie was there before three and stayed to 7. Her kind smile to passersby touched many hearts! Thank you Esther and Nati for braving the cold😌!

 

You need to read this again!!  Joe K from Wednesday, April 5

Drifted into the 5-7 shift with a personalized version of (Ringo Starr’s version of) the “No, No Song” – Finally – No gloves, No hat, No hand warmers, No winter coat,…OK, you get the idea…
The group from Saint Bernadette’s came strong and stood strong for my entire shift – Tom, Beverly, and Mary Frances were hold-overs from the previous shift and we were joined by Lisa and Ed.  Bill H. stopped by on the way home as did Jim who stayed through most of the shift…Just a whole lot of sharing going on…  Even got to talk a little music, of course, in a religious context… about someone who knew a famous Pittsburgh musician who attended St. Bartholomew’s in Penn Hills…Was able to hand out a “Watch me grow!” brochure to a curious young women looking at the fetal models.Minimal folks exiting 933 Liberty this fine evening…  Looking at 933 (“the kingdom of rationalization”) the Dylan song “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” echoed in my head with lyrics like “He not busy being born is busy dying,” and “Money doesn’t talk, it swears,” – abortion, forgiveness, greed,… all in one uncomfortable, though tidy dark package…All comments, facial expressions, and even hand gestures from the passerby’s were ALL positive+++The usual joyous group of kids and mom passed by late but not before their usual stopping and handling of the fetal models… They never tire of this and are just awesomely amazed at the models…  Mary Frances told the littlest one that he came from his mom’s belly and it was too cute to watch him immediately turn and ask his mom for confirmation that this was indeed true. Lastly, just want to send out a BIG THANKS to all that make this happen – thanks for the opportunity and blessings with being able to serve this campaign.              God Bless!!!   Joe

To everything – turn, turn:

For those who stood in the snow this campaign, “Glinda” sent snow in response to the poppies’ sleep inducing coma spell cast by the green-faced broom rider and eventually cold, icy, snowy weather made for fun in the “Frozen” world.  My mother called snow- “nature’s fertilizer. ”  God is in charge of the weather!  He knows what is He is doing!!     He is trustworthy in big things, He is trustworthy in little things, too!)

 

 

A family member told me that if pirates can figure out how to entertain the family unit and find treasure, then we can!!

God blesses the beasts, but loves the little children most of all. 

The Bible tells me so!!!

Marian

See you during the World Series— unless through the miracle of prayer and perseverance, a new business is located at 933 Liberty Avenue where the entertainment is about life!

Day 31: Sidewalk Advocates for Life on duty 7-11; Holy Sepulchre Catholic Church, Butler; Individual 3-5p / Ascension Holy Name Society 5-7

“Surrender Dorothy!!”  I know this is a foolish question, but has anyone not seen the Wizard of Oz?  The author of the classic line of stories was a devout Methodist according to the internet.  So, I would think he knew something about Scripture.   I also think L Frank Baum lifted some ideas from the Bible.   But don’t tell anyone because then people may not read the books or continue to watch the movies.

Isaiah 54:17   “No weapon fashioned against you shall prevail; every tongue you shall prove false that launches an accusation against you.  This is the lot of the servants of the Lord, their vindication from me, says the Lord.”

I hated to watch the Wizard of Oz on the annual night of viewing when I was a kid.  But then I married into a family who had a tradition of celebrating the once a year special television event, so I watched.  I hated, hated those monkeys.  They frightened me more than the wicked witch herself.

wizard of ozWhen my daughter was little, the movie became a family favorite of the next generation.  I was beginning to pay attention.  I had to, my kids liked the movie.  The story was the theme for her 4-year old birthday party.  Invited guests came as characters.  The wicked witch was already melted- black hat and a cape in the corner.  A special woman named Dorothy was our Dorothy!  Does it figure that I was “Auntie Em”?” 

About 7 years after that party, God used the story to teach me a lesson.

How does God take a popular story and make one pay attention to the lesson that it teaches?  He asks you to listen and to surrender.  And that is exactly what I did.  I surrendered to His will (still hoping I wasn’t surrendering to the other side!  Surrender… didn’t the witch want Dorothy to surrender to her?)

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The ruby red slippers were the key.  What did Dorothy learn in her adventures?  She learned “there is no place like home.” So, after a turbulent time in my life, I surrendered to God’s will.   It took me two years to actually figure it out.  I kept getting clues.  Then something clicked in my brain while I was standing in a gift store in front of a pair of those red shoes.  I started appreciating my role as a stay at home mom and my new role as an advocate.  I admire Pope Benedict XVI-  he knew something about red shoes too! 

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 I kept listening!  God keeps talking!

Did Dorothy have a great imaginative adventure or nightmare? Depending on how you view the violence she experienced, Dorothy could have been having a great ride or truly been in the valley of death.  Not sure?   It is always easier to tolerate violence when you are not the victim or eye witness.

Dorothy was protecting something she loved.  Like the rest of us, she found out she couldn’t do that on her own.  Dorothy had to trust the wisdom of the Good Witch. We have to trust the wisdom and inspirations of God.

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I love the story-  Dorothy and her not so perfect and fearful friends liquidated the evil.  It was a cup of water that brought down the witch.  Reminds me of Baptism.  The evil spirit fled.

“Let the wicked depart from here.”

Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked leave behind his way.  And the unrighteous man his thoughts.  And let him return to the Lord, and He will have (compassion) mercy on him. And to our God for He will abundantly pardon.”

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When the slaves recognize their feared leader is up in smoke, they shout, “Hail to Dorothy, the wicked witch is dead.” A bratty teenager, a lion with no courage, a scarecrow without a brain and a heartless tinman win freedom for the captives.   L Frank Baum used the foolish characters to shame the wise.

I think Dorothy had an excellent spiritual adventure.

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Conquering evil on the sidewalk- with friends, God’s Word and water!  We pray that the slaves to abortion will surrender their lives to the will of God.     

 

David D. already has the broom.

Barb’s early report for the  7am to 9 am shift:

Barbara has a heart for the women and the unborn.  Don’t you wish there was a guard at the door of PP to say: “Come back, tomorrow”?  Then the woman in Barb’s report may have had a change in her own heart.

Thanks Barb… and I want you to know that after I left this morning, God blessed me with meeting newborn twins- boy and girl.  The grandmother and the mother and I had a chance to talk.  I held the baby boy!!  Many blessing and thanks be to God for the signs of life he gives to us.

Now for Barb’s report with the usual suspects present (Al, Sally and Katie as SA):

Rain challenged, faithful people greeted Richard me as we arrived soon after dawn.
Diane and Marian come to the sidewalk daily, confidently intending, as do all the other 40 Days for Life volunteers, to push the pendulum toward life.
It hurt so much to see the young woman struggle and finally get that PP door open. She  had ignored our offers for help “today, right now,” looked away, and hurried to the door. She was alone and dressed in the clothes pregnant women wear so they can be “comfortable” after an abortion. She had chosen abortion for the baby growing so near to where her heart was beating …two hearts beating so close to each other were about to be separated. One would continue to beat. The other heart and little baby body would be discarded as medical waste.
Barbara 7-9

 

I think Katie had two roles today— double casted as a Sidewalk Advocate then one as Shift Manager:

Katie’s report from 1 pm to 3 pm:

Amy, Rob, Gretchen and Rick from Holy Sepulchre Parish had already been there 2 hours when I got there and they stayed till the end of my shift. Several people going in took literature, and there was at least one woman who really looked like she was there for an abortion, but it seems late to just be getting there so that was confusing. The man who delivers products to a local eating establishment asked if they really do abortions in there; he said he always thought they only did referrals but we told him they do abortions up to 18 weeks at that location. He said he’s against abortion except in cases of rape.   (Please see information on our resource page about “in cases of rape)- 0.3%.

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Holy Sepulchre parishioners

Pictures of Women and Man of valor

from Sheila and Marie:  (9-11 and 11-1)

 

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Sidewalk Advocates Kim and Katie being “coached” by our favorite football coach!!
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Beautiful women standing in the rain for life. Water seems to play a significant role in our lives on the street- frozen and wet! Peg on the front left is a Sidewalk Advocate for Life.
Sheila’s report from the sidewalk today— influencing with signs and conversation and learning what abortion workers think… Please read!!

Due to the rain, traffic on the sidewalk was minimal. And so was the traffic into PP. But I had an interesting encounter with a male PP employee (I had never seen him before).  This young man was leaving the clinic then returned to speak to me.  He asked, “Don’t you think there are enough people in this world? Don’t you know that very soon all our resources will be depleted?”  I respectfully replied that I did NOT believe that and gave my reasons why.  He went on to share his belief that abortion is a necessary evil.  He said , “I know it sounds harsh, but they’re only babies after all.”  OUCH!  Our spirited conversation continued from there then ended in a respectful manner.  He walked away, laughing and shaking his head at our signs.    Sheila

 

 Lisa’s report was in but hiding in spam.  So here it is:

Quiet and rainy in front of Planned Parenthood with little exchange positive or negative huddled under our umbrellas. John braved the rain without an umbrella as another sacrifice as we all consistently prayed during the time. 

   “ When we pray, God works!” Our greatest power lies in prayer!!!!

Lisa C.

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Pat ends the Friday shift from 5pm – 7pm then heads home to write his report in time for the email then prepares for the Saturday reports… Pat is good fruit!!

 

I began my shift with Fran from St. Joseph’s in Verona.  Turns out we know a few people in common.  She had been there since 3 so once the group from Jeanette came, I told her she could go home.  Thanks for being there with me, Fran, so I wouldn’t be alone.
It was great to see Ed from Ascension parish in Jeanette and Paul from St. Paul’s in Greensburg once again.  They are brother Knights and it’s always a privilege to pray with them.  And of course I always enjoy talking a little bit about St. Vincent College with Ed since he and I are both alums and many (if not all?) of his kids went there.  
There were a number of hostile (but brief, thankfully) encounters and only one passerby who was encouraging.  I had a somewhat bizarre encounter with a woman named A. who, after coming out of PP, wanted to talk to me and I think wanted me to say it was OK that she’d had an abortion in the past.  I prayed for her on the way home.  
Pat, 5-7
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Faithful men of prayer on the 5 pm to 7 pm shift.

 

 

Please access the website for Sidewalk Advocates for Life–  continued peaceful, prayerful witness and outreach all year round.    Get trained. A good follower of Jesus does not go to the sidewalk unprepared for spiritual battle.  It isn’t the protest and potential for incited violence that is going to end the violence of abortion.  It is the peaceful, prayerful, educational witness and follow up that is working. 

 

Marian

 

 

Day 24: Thanks to Sidewalk Advocates for Life on duty 7-11; St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (Glenshaw) 11 am- 3 pm West Hills Baptist Church 4-7

 

“Are you listening?” asked Lisa.  Again her question reminded me of a friend’s favorite verse (Father Joe from Somers Point, NJ) always loved-

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”  

Psalm 95 

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Why do you follow Jesus?  Is it because of what He did or didn’t do?

I was raised in time when political leadership challenged us to “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.”  The man credited with those words was killed in 1963- martyred or assassinated- has never been determined.  I was in fourth grade at the time.  Five years later, in 1968, a man with a dream was martyred.  He was killed for his faith and action. I was in ninth grade. Both of these men fit into the category of Jesus followers who were “tax collectors and sinners” like the rest of us.

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In 1973, when I was a sophomore in college, 7 out of 9 leaders (5-4 in 1992), with no right to make law, decided it was legal to kill the truly innocent.   Our pro-life ministry is founded on the babies’ blood.  Sometimes we call this large group of dead babies (59 million and counting), the Holy Innocents.  They are born dead at the hands of men, woman and other.  It is comforting and romantic to believe that these dead babies are held in the lap and arms of God.  But there is no romance in how they were killed…only violence.

On March 24, 1998 I was a teacher in a second- grade class dealing with a violent child (red hair and freckles).  March 24, 1998 was a particularly difficult day with the child.  I left school that day at a fork in the road of decision.  Arriving home to take care of my own family, I turned on the news.  Does the name Shannon Wright evoke a memory for you?  Today is the anniversary of her death which happened on March 24, 1998 in a middle school in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Her death was a watershed event for me.  I remember her daily because on that day, March 24, 1998 she became Jesus to a child in need.

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“I asked Jesus, how much do you love me?  Then he stretched out His arms and died for me.”

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“While schoolmates were conspicuous in their attendance of the children’s funerals, a huge contingent of teachers was among the 600 who attended Wright’s service at Bono Church of Christ. Leaning on each other, hugging each other, the educators said Wright’s death resonated in a personal way.”

She is but for the grace of God, go I.

Romans 5: 5-8 “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our heart through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  For Christ, while we were still helpless, died at the appointed time for the ungodly.  Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die.  But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

                                                                                         

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Unlike police and fire fighters, teachers do not travel across the country to attend funerals so I was not among the huge contingent of teachers attending her funeral (I lived in southern NJ at the time).  But God gave me the opportunity, a few years later, in a laundry room at a Disney World hotel to speak with and listen to a school counselor who worked at a school in Jonesboro.  The words I remember most from her testimony was “It was like a war zone that day.”  Other schools were impacted- not just the site of the massacre- 4 or more killed at one time for one purpose.

March 24 is also the anniversary of the martyred death of Bishop Oscar A. Romero as he was doing his work.

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“We have never preached violence, except the violence of love, which left Christ nailed to a cross, the violence that we must each do to ourselves to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood, the violence that wills to beat weapons into sickles for work.”Oscar A. Romero, The Violence of Love

He is but for the grace of God go I. 

We are not all called to be killed for our work or faith, but someone just may set the bar so high, that we have to challenge ourselves to do better.  Shannon Wright’s death challenged me to be a better teacher.  Priests and ministers are not killed for their faith in America as much now as in the past, but in other nations- while doing their work- clergy of all ranks and denominations are martyred.  What events are watershed events for clergy?

On April 20,1999, there was a watershed event that touched every school in America.  Principal’s learned on that day they better listen to the messengers otherwise their schools will be in utter confusion from death and destruction.  So, the nation has had to learn the lesson over and over and over again my friend.  The schools who ignored the warning signs on the eve, faced destruction in the morning. Schools had to learn to take better care of the children under their charge. It is an ongoing commitment.  Why do children kill children?

I do not remember a time in my life when we have not had violence of some sort, and I am “39 in Jack Benny years”.  Violence is never the solution. I wish we could say that WWII rid the world of the philosophy of Nazism violence but it didn’t.  We adopted their philosophy, (using Margaret Sanger’s take on the sanctity of life) as Constitutional law on January 22, 1973.  “It was the education among them who decided who lived and who died.” (Holocaust survivor). There is not a faith denomination around that has not had its fair share of false teachers on the morality of abortion.  The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers (collectively) are pro-choice.

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So, who do we follow- the world?  Most readers of this blog know that is a rhetorical question for them.  But maybe, just maybe somebody is reading this blog and needs to be challenged to answer that question? 

How do we know babies are killed if it is just tissue or a parasite?  Begin getting the answers by asking the surviving parents.  Read pro-life news because the secular media doesn’t report the truth about abortion. “On January 13, 1987, the remains of thirteen aborted babies were found in a dumpster behind an abortion clinic in a town in Minnesota-as reported in the Pro-life Action Ministry news (http://plam.org/)”.  Finding those babies in a dumpster was a watershed event, laws changed in Minnesota regarding the care of the dead aborted babies. 

Dean had food for thought last Saturday. “Food for thought when refuting the abortion argument: The abortionist sells the concept that the unborn baby is an nonviable mass of tissue.  But, they know the harvest potential from selling these babies organs.”

40 Days for Life was founded, on the blood of these baby martyrs, by a few people sitting around a table.  The founders were not just “spit-balling” theory.  They formed an action plan of which we are all part.

“Nothing would be done at all if a man waited till he could do it so well that no one could find fault with it”- Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman from the National Institute of Newman Studies (Thanks to The Oratory).

Gloried and romanticized from conception to unnatural death, violence is still a sin. (Nikki wrote about the Ten Commandments and sin this week too.  We don’t discuss our themes with each other.)

Father Stubna said at Mass in his homily last Sunday, March 19:

“The devil doesn’t want us to recognize our sins.  He doesn’t want us to turn to Jesus for mercy.”   I saw Father after Mass and told him I literally wrote those words down.  He gave me permission to use the words for this blog.

Then on Sunday, March 19- W.O.R.D radio once again, during “Through the Bible”, presented a program about the Scriptural response to abortion.  Psalm 139 is a Scriptural passage identified as God’s word about abortion. The preacher during the 7:00 pm hour said that abortion is a sin and someone needs to tell the person it is a sin.

We are kind and gentle on the sidewalk, so we offer life affirming alternatives, but let us never forget that abortion is a violent sinful act. Let us never forget the devil doesn’t want us to understand this because “it doesn’t want people to turn to Jesus for mercy.”

With God, there is forgiveness and redemption when we confess our sins and seek His mercy. Our nation needs to seek the mercy of God- collectively and individually.  We cannot undo the killing that has happened but we can set the bar higher for life for the children of the future.

Following are the reports from the sidewalk today from 40 Days for Life volunteers who stand in front of one (of two) of the most violent places in Pittsburgh.  We offer life affirming choices and peaceful solutions to the abortion minded and the abortion workers.  Keep your eyes on winning this fight to change the hearts and minds-. one starfish at a time! 

It is just a matter of time and there is no limit to the things we can do with your witness and the Grace of God. 

(Reports are in reverse chronological order!)

Pat reports from the 5 pm to 7 pm shift and heeds Tim’s advice!!

I told David and Pastor Larry when I got to the sidewalk (they had been there since 4 I believe) that when I heard about how good the weather was going to be for this evening that I was almost as happy for them as I was for me because their church – West Hills Baptist – is so dedicated to being here each campaign.  David and Pastor Larry are always so good about passing out our literature to those who pass by.  This enabled me to feel comfortable enough to go to the other side of the circle and simply pray.  
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David and Pastor Larry
In my one conversation of the evening I failed to follow my own advice from last week’s blog.  But at least I stopped the conversation when I realized this and the man (Curtis, who needs many prayers) moved on to David and Pastor Larry.  Oh well, I’m sure I’ll get a “do over” next week.  
Pat

 

Lisa C reports for the 3 pm – 5 pm shift:

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We had a super team of prayer warriors who stepped forward when they heard that from 3 to 5 today coverage would be sparse!!! Thank you for your smiles, prayers, and witness in face of a few hostile remarks!

As Jesus opened not His mouth except in love so Tony, Katie, Dave, Larry, Jim ( who brought at least 2 dozen roses to share with passersby), Jen (whose birthday was today), Ethan, Alex, Mark as well as Esther, Nati, and Daniel showed Christ’s love in front of PP!!!

Lisa C

 

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Say it with flowers!!

Charlene sent this wonderful picture in for the 1 pm – 3 pm shift:

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St. Bonaventure and friends Friday 1-3 Shift

Katie was our shift manager during the 1 pm to 3 pm shift:

It was such a beautiful day, especially compared to last week! People seemed more willing to take literature today. I was able to talk with a man who went in with a girl and seemed interested in the resources but she didn’t come back out for about 2 1/2 hours. We got some negative comments and some positive ones but nothing out of the ordinary.

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9 am to 11 am:  Sheila engages in conversation which can make a huge difference!

There was steady abortion day traffic during my shift.  One young couple entered the clinic, refusing any resources. They exited about five minutes later, and  the young man took a resource sheet from me. He insisted that they were just there to get information about PP for a paper they’re working on at college.  Hmmm, never heard that one before, but you never know!

One bright spot was when a young  man passed by and then returned to engage us.  Bill H. had just arrived. The young man said he had a terrible problem with the fact that men can get away with impregnating women and  walking away, while we’re “telling women they have to carry that baby no matter what.”  Bill shared his personal experiences with the young man, who then walked away with a better understanding of the issue. The young man said he would do his part to talk with his peers to promote life

Peace,

Sheila

Kathy and Kim
Sidewalk Advocates for Life- Kathy and Kim
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Mike and Emily. Emily had the day off!

 7 am- 9 am Barbara and “the usual suspects”:

Friday at 6:50 am felt cold and wet downtown.  We kept lids closed and everyone put on the 40 Days signs.  They survive the weather. The rain continued.  Al and Sally came followed by Kim and Kathy.  Our layers of winter clothes kept the rain out.  It feels so nice to be in the rain without an umbrella.  

Planned Parenthood says bad things about planning parenthood. 

Staff hurries in, voices low, no smiles.  When you look in the front windows, you see beige flat walls and black trim, closed doors and hard floors.  There are no pictures, no wall paper, no potted plants.  You do not hear people talking and calling to each other.  No sound of music escapes from the closed windows. 

The sidewalk counselors kept close watch to offer their many alternatives to a person who thinks abortion is a solution for their pregnancy.    Barbara, 7-9

 

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The death of the unborn is personal to our Creator. 

What makes abortion personal to you?

What was the watershed event for you when it came to speaking up for the unborn?

 

Marian