Day 40: St. Regis (Trafford), Oakland Prayer Group, Catholic Men’s Fellowship (Armstrong County)

I will miss you, 40 Days for Life!

 

Today on Liberty Avenue in front of PP we watched the end of the EQT Pittsburgh 10-Miler, the finish line of which was a couple of blocks down, so our “audience” today was mainly runners.  Lots of them.  So it turned out that Pat, who subbed in as shift manager this morning for Jen for the 7-9a shift, ironically ended up stealing his own thunder by blogging yesterday about finishing up a race!!!

So we are all done.  For now.  I consider that every single 40 Days for Life campaign we participate in is invaluable to our cause.  God sees every one of us and hears every single prayer uttered on that sidewalk.  In His own time, He will see to it that our prayers for the closing of Planned Parenthood and conversions of all involved are answered.  We know this.  We just keep participating, witnessing, praying, and reaching out until that great and glorious day.

 

 

 

Back to my comment regarding missing 40 Days for Life.  I acknowledge that normally, praying in front of Planned Parenthood is not something that a person “misses.”  It’s not like it’s a coveted mode of entertainment, diversion, or relaxation in any sense at all.  I just wanted to say that I, as a year-round weekly volunteer with Sidewalk Advocates for Life at PP, will miss the wonderful company and support of my fellow 40 Days for Life participants.  It feels so much more secure to witness on the sidewalk and to reach out to abortion-minded folks when I am surrounded by my family of faithful, praying pro-life people.  It gives me so much more confidence.  Yes, until our next 40 Days vigil during Lent – if necessary (if PP is not closed before then) – I will miss you all.

To that end, here comes a commercial!  Kathy L. will be conducting a local training session for Sidewalk Advocates for Life on Sunday afternoon, November 20, from 1:00-5:30.  It is a video-based training consisting of four parts, with breaks in between for questions, conversation, and refreshments.  The cost per person is $20, payable to PCUC, who sponsors us as a member of the Sidewalk Advocates for Life national organization; the cost covers your workbook and also contributes to the cost of national membership.  I will have — or “HAD,” depending on when you are reading this — a sign-up sheet at the closing rally tonight for those interested in attending.  If you did not sign that sheet, please let Kathy or me, or Nikki (if you don’t have our contact info), know if you are interested in attending.  And if you are on the fence or unable to commit at this time, still contact us – we will be having more training sessions in the new year, so you will have further opportunities to join us.

That said, before we get to the stories and photos, I would like to thank Nikki, Patty, Diane and Tom, Marian, and the ENTIRE 40 Days planning/organizing team for yet another job extremely well done.  You folks simply amaze me – year after year, vigil after vigil, you put together a seamless campaign.  If there have ever been any quirks or issues, I sure haven’t seen them, and I’m sure I can speak for most everyone else in that regard.  May GOD BLESS YOU ALL and provide you with wonderful, blessed, relaxing, enjoyable holidays with your families!!!

 

Pat M. covered 7-9a today, and he shared this photo and these thoughts:

Vince (St. Sebastian) with Yolanda & Albert (St. Regis)
Vince (St. Sebastian) with Yolanda & Albert (St. Regis)

Today was my day to stand with my fellow parishioners and brother Knights of Columbus from St. Regis Parish in Trafford.  But as I arrived, I realized that we had been thrown a bit of a curveball.  As I came into town via Liberty (due to the closure of the Parkway East), I learned that our dear city was holding the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler this morning.  Oh joy.  So, after I moved my car from its nice (and free) spot right in front of the vigil and into a parking garage, I realized that my fellow parishioners would have trouble getting down there — which I’ve since learned was the case.  But Albert and Yolanda made it once again.  [I think they’ve been to the vigil each time our parish has signed up.]  And so was Vince from St. Sebastian in the North Hills.  It’s always a pleasure to pray with him.  

Once again, I experienced no negative comments and we did have some people who expressed their support and thanks.  

 

Mary L., Sue M., and Patty M.
Mary L., Sue M., and Patty M.

I (Sue M.) managed the 9-11a shift today, arriving to the strains of loud hip-hop dance music, which was blasting a few blocks down at the race’s finish line.  At first I was concerned that the music would be a deterrent to our focusing on prayer, but Vince P. and I, and then Mary L. and I, prayed aloud, which thankfully enabled us to concentrate.  Despite our small numbers this morning, a huge percentage of the runners looked over at our signs.  We had a few negative reactions, but mostly positive.  The foot traffic on the sidewalk seemed to consist mostly of folks who were watching the race and cheering on their friends and relatives.  No negative comments from the sidewalk traffic. 

 

Trish M. covered 11a-1p today.  She writes:

Today was much nicer than last Sunday – last Sunday it rained my entire shift and the couple with me sat in my car for half hour.

Alicia from St. Paul has been ministering to a woman who was robbed and a homeless man. The weather was nice. Liberty Avenue is closed for a race and a Houdini exhibition.

  

More stories and photos will be added as they come in.

 

May God bless ALL of you and keep you in His tender care!

For Life,

Sue M.

Day 33: People of God Covenant Community, St. Mary of the Assumption (Herman, PA), and St. John Fisher & St. Joseph Parishes (Richmond, OH)

Day 33:  Stepping Into the Beatitudes

 

A few months back, friend and fellow 40 Days-er and Sidewalk Advocate for Life, Jeff F., said, “Coming down here to witness at Planned Parenthood is stepping into the Beatitudes.”  Boom!  What a DOOZY of an e-mail title for a 40 Days blog entry!!  I knew I had to ask him if I could “steal” it.  Thankfully, he happily consented – and sent me a reflection he had written on it himself!

 

THE BEATITUDES

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

Here’s what Jeff wrote:

[40 Days for Life] offers peaceful, life-affirming support in both words and actions, and [its participants have seen] turn-aways over the months. If I may speak for the other [participants], the Beatitudes are integral to this experience since many times we have … [experienced] persecution from passersby, escorts, and women entering the clinic. In addition, every effort involves mourning in our hearts in the face of this senseless destruction of the unborn, and the wounding of the mother, father, family, and the heart of God.  Meekness (humility and dependence on God) is the approach we have taken in the midst of this tragedy, as we rest in the arms of Christ. We display mercy to all including words of encouragement and assistance as we counsel women in crisis to choose life. Finally, our hunger and thirst for righteousness continues to drive many of us to the sidewalk throughout the year.

Well said, Jeff!  Jeff wrote this piece to describe specifically his participation in Sidewalk Advocates for Life, but since the content applies to 40 Days for Life as well, I replaced some of his words with my own, i.e., the words in brackets.  (The underlined words are his.)  I would like to add the following thoughts.  None of us go down to pray and witness at Planned Parenthood to BE blessed.  We do it because we see it as necessary spiritual combat against the horrendously evil scourge of abortion on our city.  We know and trust that we will be blessed in Heaven by God, as Jesus promises.  But if there are any of you 40 Days participants out there reading this who have NOT experienced some unexpected blessing each and every time you pray on the sidewalk, let me know!  God never holds back His blessings from us when we do His will, and 40 Days is no exception.  He graciously allows us a little glimpse of His much bigger future blessings.  Praise Him!!!

Jeff also wanted to share this link, a testimony by a woman named Meg Perez regarding her abortion and the forgiveness she later found in Jesus.  http://www.cmfpitt.org/#!Abortion-A-Powerful-Testimony/c1qf5/56a2487d0cf2bfd5cced8dad.

 

Jen, our earlybird Sunday shift manager, shares:

But you spare all things, because they are yours, O LORD and lover of souls,
for your imperishable spirit is in all things!
Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little,
warn them and remind them of the sins they are committing,
that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O LORD!

These lines of Scripture, taken from the book of Wisdom to nourish us today, make us aware of how blessed we are to have such a merciful God; and how He is using us on the sidewalk as *gentle* reminders to one another of the grave offense of abortion while we still have time to repent.

I was further blessed this morning by the fellowship of the People of God Covenant Community, represented by Steve & Michelle and four of their sons, Ruth, and Pat. We were also joined by Vince and Bill for a powerful morning of prayer and praise.  It was very uplifting, and I thank you all for sacrificing your time and comfort to be there on the sidewalk.  God is at work among His people!

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Jeff shared this photo of enthusiastic prayer warriors from his 5-7 shift:

The "D" and "M" families from Steubenville, OH
The “D” and “M” families from Steubenville, OH

More stories and photos will be added as they come in.

 

For the first half of this week at the vigil, we are in great need of prayer warriors for the following times:

Tuesday 11/1, 2:00 pm (Shift Manager Nancy does not have a partner)

Wednesday 11/2, 3:00-5:00 pm (Shift Manager Jeannie will be alone)

Wednesday 11/2, 5:00-7:00 pm (Shift Manager Joe K. will be alone)

Please help out our wonderful shift managers, sign up, and come down to keep them company!

 

For Life,

Sue M.

Day 26: St. Colman Catholic Church (Turtle Creek), Transfiguration Church (Russellton), and Round Hill Presbyterian Church (Elizabeth)

 

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” ……. That’s how the song goes, and although I do like the song, when I think of my favorite things ………. well, those items just don’t make my list.  (Plus I’m allergic to cats.  Love ya, Julie, but, uh, sorry….!)  But here’s my list – ready?  Scrabble, Words With Friends, people playing guitars at campfires, ‘70s music, musical theatre (“The Sound of Music” IS close to the top!), singing, non-musical theatre, our 1974 Apache popup camper, unsweetened tea, Cook Forest, my craft room, Michelob Ultra, crossword puzzles, dark chocolate, seafood, Hallmark movies, Seinfeld, candles (real or battery-op), pet hamsters, seasonal home décor, scrapbooking, antique stores, colorful fabric, watching Soul Train reruns with my husband, live jazz, square dancing to my dad’s calling, ice hockey, road trips in my rust-bucket minivan.  Yes, OK, this confirms it — I’m DEFINITELY a nerd.  But that’s my list.  I just love these things!  (And now you know me!)

Thanks for reading.  (I hope you skimmed.)  (And please share YOUR list with me sometime – really!)  Here comes the important part.  You’ve noticed that thus far this has not been a very spiritual post.  Now of course, as they say, I know that “the best things in life aren’t things.”  I agree 100%.  Not that our relationship with God, and God through other people, is not, or should not be, Number One.  My point in dragging you through my “favorite things” is simply to reflect on the fact that they represent temporal aspects of our earthly lives:  things, hobbies, and experiences that help to make life enjoyable.  EVERYONE has them.  And God created them, and gave them to us, for our enjoyment.  These are just some of the many, many “things” that we get to enjoy as part of our earthly existence.  God’s plan for children who have been aborted in the womb, although they are now surely safe and happy with Him, was for them to get to enjoy some of these things!  (Or hopefully some cooler, less-nerdy things than those on my list!)  His plan for souls is to start them out with a physical, earthly existence – in fact, His plan is to eventually make us all physically perfect again.  Each one of those aborted children was to have his or her very own unique list of a few of their favorite things in their earthly lives.  Abortion robs people of a God-intended life here on Earth, and it robs their parents and family of all those opportunities to create so many shared favorite things and memories together.  We must keep working, and especially praying and fasting, to remove this horrible scourge from our city and our land.

 

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Children… our favorites!! Thank you to families who witness together for life!

Smiling Jen started our day with the 7-9 shift.  Here she is with her morning companions:

Jen, Sue, Vince, and Judy, from four different churches!

       Jen, Sue, Vince, and Judy, from four different churches!

And Jen shares:

A peaceful morning at the vigil with three wonderful volunteers:  Judy, Susan, and Vince.  Faithful Bill stopped by, as well.  Thank you to all who came early this morning and throughout the week!  It’s time so well spent, bringing the love of Christ to all who pass by that sad place and praying for a better tomorrow.

 

Lisa M. from St. Colman graciously filled in for me (Sue) as I was out of town this weekend.  Here are some of the participants during her shift:

Dan and Bill G. in prayer, flanking the outer circle (wouldn't it be cool if the clients followed the walk instruction and kept walking past this place of sorrow and sadness)

Dan and Bill G. in prayer, flanking the outer circle (wouldn’t it be cool if the clients followed the walk instruction and kept walking past this place of sorrow and sadness)

 

Betty D, Jennifer Z, Lisa M, Sue B, Arlene & Bill G.

Betty D., Jennifer Z., Lisa M., Sue B., Arlene & Bill G.

 

Lisa writes:

This morning was a little chilly, but we had warm hearts and hands busy praying at 933 Liberty Avenue.  This time slot is a completely different atmosphere than the time I am usually there on Tuesday evenings.  Much less hustle and bustle, and PP is closed on Sunday.  We prayed for the PP workers.  I wonder if they themselves are going into churches today praying.  We prayed for them to realize what they truly are doing – that their hearts change.  We received many positive comments from people passing by this morning.  Dan stopped by on his was to church this morning.  I am sorry, I do not remember the church’s name.

I was joined by other members of St. Colman Parish, Turtle Creek.

 

Rich and Roseann shared this photo from the 11-1 shift:

pro-lifers from Transfiguration in Russellton 

                         pro-lifers from Transfiguration in Russellton

Trish covered 1-3.  Here are her prayer companions:

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Trish shares:

A few people thanked us for our work. One man was looking for food. One man was trying to teach us the Bible, and a few people swore at us.

 

Jeff again was our faithful 5-7 man.  He shares these photos:

Steve and Denise from St. Joseph in Coraopolis

Steve and Denise from St. Joseph in Coraopolis

 

Bob, Linda, and Matt, from Round Hill Presbyterian

Bob, Linda, and Matt, from Round Hill Presbyterian

 

Lisa and Bernadette

                        Lisa and Bernadette

 

More stories and photos will be posted as they come in.

 

We are very much in need of pray-ers to come to the vigil to stand with our faithful shift managers these days and times this week:

Tuesday, October 25 – 7:00a, 8:00a, and 9:00a

Wednesday, October 26 – 2:00p

Thursday, October 27 – 7:00a, 8:00a, 4:00p, 5:00p, and 6:00p

Additionally, Nikki notes that the final week of the campaign (next week, Oct. 31 through Nov. 6) has a lot of holes in it.  Especially Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3-7pm.  If you can help, please let Nikki know, and/or sign up on the schedule as soon as possible! 

 

For Life (enjoy it!),

Sue M.

Sue

 

Day 19: Lutherans for Life; St. Gregory Catholic Church

 

 

Remember her – the persistent widow — from Luke 18?  Today’s Gospel at my church (and in the Catholic church at large) consisted of this parable.  How VERY apropos for our 40 Days vigil!  If the secular judge’s actions were brought on solely by the widow’s persistence, how much more will God hear us in our perseverance in prayers for Life, and how much happier is He to grant these prayers?!

 

persistence-dandelion

 

Now, on to our Old Testament reading from today from Isaiah 17.  (I know, I’m going backwards … )  Moses on the mountaintop with the staff of God and with his arms raised = Joshua’s Israelite army pulling ahead in their battle against Amalek and his army.  Moses with his arms down = Amalek’s army taking the lead.  It soon became apparent to Moses and his companions Aaron and Hur up there on that mountain that the only way Joshua and his troops were going to win was if they were somehow able to keep Moses’ arms raised the whole time with no breaks for rest.  So they propped him up, and each one took an arm and held it up for him.  Joshua’s troops won.  Moses (and therefore Joshua and all the good guys) got by, and won, with a little help from their friends.  Isn’t that the way it is with our 40 Days vigil?  Does anyone doubt that we could never sustain this vigil without the very real spiritual and physical-presence help (sometimes we literally do lean on each other!) of our dear friends in the Lord?

 

And finally, our second reading, from 2 Timothy:

… proclaim the word;
be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.

No need for me to say any more – the Lord laid it all out for us loud and clear today!

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Jen, the smiling face I am always greeted by on Sundays, covered 7-9:

I was so grateful to be joined this morning by prayer partner, Regina, who had kindly signed up for the early shift so that I wouldn’t be alone.  It was a happy surprise when high school senior Ben joined us as well.  Each of them made sacrifices, including a long drive into town, to take a stand for life today.  God bless you both!  

We had a few interactions with the people passing by, none negative.  One woman, pulling a suitcase, gazed at our signs for the longest time without speaking, even turning her head back to them as she walked away.  I don’t know if it was a language barrier or maybe emotions too deep for words that kept her from talking to us.  Please pray for her and for all who are so affected by seeing the vigil as they go about their daily lives.  

 

Ben, Vince, LaToya, and Brian
Ben, Vince, LaToya, and Brian

 

Jeanne and Matt from St. Bonaventure with shift manager Sue
Jeanne and Matt from St. Bonaventure with shift manager Sue

 

I covered 9-11.  Indian Summer must be here – it was warm when I arrived and it only got warmer as my shift went along.  I am 100% certain that a lot of this warmth was radiating off of the very warm company I enjoyed this morning, beginning with Ben and Regina, who had been with Jen for 9-11, then joined soon by Brian and LaToya from Johnstown, then my friend Vince from my parish.  Good prayer and conversation ensued.  A passerby introduced himself as a pastor and promoter of an organization he calls Grannies’ Gardens.  He goes to inner-city neighborhoods and helps to establish gardens that are tended by grandparents and grandchildren, with the goals both of promoting family unity and green spaces.  We wished him blessings in his ministry, and he wished us blessings in ours.  Matt and Jeanne, first-time 40 Days participants from a neighboring parish (St. Bonaventure) of mine, came by toward the very end of my shift and stayed on into Rich and Roseann’s shift.  It is always a joy to welcome new pray-ers to our vigil family!

 

Shift managers Rich, Roseann, and Sue at the "changing of the guard"
Shift managers Rich, Roseann, and Sue at the “changing of the guard”

 

Trish writes:

As you can see, we have a great turnout today.  A lot of foot traffic.  One lady walking by had small kids with her and told them not to look at the baby models.  Two men on bikes rode by yelling obscenities.  Nadine came to pray 🙏 with us.

Pictures sent in by Trish:

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Nadine and John

(Nadine, from Word of God parish comes frequently on Sundays. John advocates year round at PP. He can be seen with the Face the Truth tour veterans of the pro-life movement. Recently John made a special trip out to get roses which were distributed recently in front of PP. (He wouldn’t want you to know) that but his dedication is a great example for pro-lifers (editor’s note).

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Bill, Cindy – Lutherans for life, Tina from assumption in Ohio, Megan from Mother of Sorrows in Murrysville
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Potter family from St Bernard in Mt Lebanon, John from St John the 23rd in north side and Margie of Resurrection parish in West Mifflin and me (Trish)
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Cindy, Pastor Andrae, Leigh, Penny all from First Trinity Lutheran in Shadyside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marlene, Deacon Joe, MaryAnn, Helen, Lynn and Rosie from Good Shepherd in Braddock

 

A little note regarding today’s Subject line in the e-mail — an author named Napoleon Hill said this:

Patience, Persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.

(Note:  I just added the “prayer” at the end.  Too bad he left that most important “P” out; I’m sure it would have served the man well!)

 

As mentioned in the e-mail, here are the open hours this week — please sign up and come on down if you can, so that our shift managers do not have to stand alone!!

Wednesday 10/19:  7am, 8am, 9am, and 6pm  

Saturday 10/22:  7am, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm

Sunday 10/23:  7am and 8am (JEN WILL BE ALONE DURING THESE LONELY HOURS IF NO ONE COMES!)

 

For Life,

Sue M.

Day 12: St. Maria Goretti, St. Monica, St. Bernard, and St. Therese Catholic Churches

Come and talk with us!!

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As a child I found it fascinating when in history courses we would learn about those famous ancient philosophers doing their speaking, preaching, and teaching in the public squares of Greece and Rome.  Back then, it struck me as such an oddity – random guys in togas just standing around in the middle of the city talking about philosophy.  What?!  Of course, along with learning about their individual brands of philosophy, we were taught that the reason they did this is that there was obviously no mass media of any kind in those days.  The first newspaper only came about in 59 B.C.  If people wanted to know what each other were thinking, they had no other choice but to go right up to each other and talk face to face – or within human shouting distance, as there were no microphones or amplification of any kind, either.

Of course, I don’t have to say that things have changed on an exponential scale with regard to the development of communication technology, and many of us “older” folk are now lamenting that face-to-face interpersonal communication is now on the fast rocket off the planet.  Very skilled writers have always been able to communicate their tone along with facts and their opinions.  However, I’ve found that many times it is almost impossible to communicate subtleties of tone and meaning via texting, e-mailing, or online chatting.  TV, video, Skype, and FaceTime are all recent technological developments and are pretty impressive in these capacities, but even they still miss very subtle shades of meaning.  And despite all their nano-pixels (I think these are just on the verge of being invented, but soon!) and Surround Sound, you still can’t reach out and shake the hand of the person on the other side of the screen.  As an avid live theatre fan, I’m very aware that watching a dramatic movie on the hugest, most crystal-clear TV screen doesn’t hold a candle to sitting in one of the front rows at a professional live theatrical production, seeing the actors’ facial expressions, hearing their vocal inflections, and actually feeling the mood they are projecting.  Yes, the very best and most effective way to communicate is still the ancient face-to-face, live method.

We 40 Days participants encounter many passersby on the street each day.  Understandably, many folks are in a hurry and can’t stop to talk.  But we also know that many can, but choose not to.  Serving this past Saturday morning as Sidewalk Advocates at PP, Marian and I were interviewed by a young Pitt student for a class project.  It was a very engaging, forthright, and honest exchange.  To anyone who may be reading this who is not a 40 Days for Life participant:  please stop and and talk to us anytime.  If you’ve passed us by before, come back and talk to us.  If we are praying, we can certainly take a break to chat with you.  We would love to converse in good faith — to hear your thoughts and, rather like those ancient philosophers, to share ours.  And to shake your hand!

Before I get started, we are in URGENT NEED of folks, or at least one person, to come to stand and pray with our shift managers during these times:

Tuesday, October 11, from 3-4 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12, from 2-3 p.m.

 Can you help??  If so, please log in, sign up, and show up!!!

 

Jen began our day today at the vigil with the 7-9 a.m. shift.  She shares:

I was blessed to spend my shift praying and catching up with Dan from St. Maria Goretti parish on this chilly but pretty Sunday morning.  His amazing life story, strong faith, and commitment to the Pro-Life cause make him a wonderful vigil partner.

Dan stayed for the second shift of the vigil as faithful, joyful Sue came to take her post.  She and I spent a few happy moments imagining what we can do with the building at 933 Liberty Avenue when (not if, but WHEN) God closes this Planned Parenthood.  

 

I (Sue M.) covered 9-11 a.m. (Jen, thank you for your kind words!).  It was a very quiet shift.  As Jen mentioned, Dan stayed to pray with me for the full two hours – God bless him!  Toward the end of my shift, Patty showed up, as she often does – God bless you, too, Patty!!  The Steelers fans were beginning to come down the sidewalk in full force, along with a few brave Jets fans mixed in.  We had several comments from some of them, all positive.  One man did not respond to our “good morning” but did stop and carefully read each one of our signs.

 

Patty, Roseann, Jen, and Rich
Patty, Roseann, Jen, and Rich

 

Faithful prayer warriors from St. Monica
Faithful prayer warriors from St. Monica

 

Pittsburgh 40 Days-ers meet Philly 40 Days-ers (who are disguised as Steelers fans!)
Pittsburgh 40 Days-ers meet Philly 40 Days-ers (who are “disguised” as Steelers fans!)

Rich and Roseann came this morning with their daughter Jen to cover the 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. shift.  Roseann writes:

It was a quiet day today even though we had some Steelers traffic. We had time to get in a lot of prayers. The highlight of our shift, besides the wonderful people who came to pray and witness with us, were the three Steelers fans (a father and his two sons) who came from Philly. They stopped to say a short prayer with us. The father informed us that he was a huge supporter of 40 Days for Life in Philly. All in all, a positive day.

 

Trish M. was on for the 1-3 p.m. shift:

3 people were with me from St. Monica – Mary and Dan and Jane.  Susan from Word of God was also with me. Satan was not with us this week. A lot of foot traffic due to the game. We did a lot of praying. 🙏

 

On to Jim S., covering 3-5 p.m.:

The sun was warm and the Steelers won and everyone passing by was HAPPY.  Many prayer warriors from St. Bernard’s today.  One very pregnant woman was seeking info for ultra-sound.  Mary from St. Bernard provided her with the new cards with phone numbers.  Add Leah to your prayer list, as she has limited resources and zero help from family and friends.  Special thanks to Johnny and Mary Ellen for taking up the slack with wife Cathy on Mission of Mercy trip to Seattle.  It was also a treat to share the shift with Pat and Sue R. and their five children, who added a spark with their singing and praying and overall enthusiasm.  Sorry, no pictures; camera was in Seattle.

 

Jeff rounded out the day for the 5-7 p.m. shift:

Quiet nite tonite. I relieved Jim S., who said he must have had two dozen folks from St. Bernard’s during his 3 to 5 shift. I had a good number of Steelers fans pass by. That’s when I remembered what the head guy from 40 Days headquarters said when he first saw our vigil on Liberty Ave.  ‘What a great location you have with all this exposure to traffic and pedestrians,’ he said. I certainly feel exposed, that’s for sure. But I know that the babies killed at 933 Liberty have got my back as I remember them in prayer and fasting and faith. Faith — that this is what God wants us to do.

 

May God bless you all!

For Life,

Sue

 

Day 5: Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church

How long, O Lord …?

 

Part of the first reading today at Mass was from the book of Habakkuk.  I thought it related to how I feel so often as I stand praying in the bleak shadows of 933 Liberty Avenue.

Habakkuk cries out to the Lord:

How long, O Lord, must I cry for help

    and you do not listen?

Or cry out to you “Violence!”

    and you do not intervene?

Why do you let me see iniquity?

    why do you simply gaze at evil?

Destruction and violence are before me;

    there is strife and discord.

Although this next part wasn’t included in the Mass reading, I checked out the whole book of Habakkuk when I returned home from church.  In the book, Habakkuk is complaining to the Lord about injustices in Judean society.  But what I found applicable to our battle against abortion is that the Lord begins His answer to Habakkuk with:

Look over the nations and see!

    Be utterly amazed!

For a work is being done in your days

    that you would not believe, were it told.

Habakkuk was assured by the Lord of His victoriousness over the strife he is experiencing in the days of the Old Testament.  Christians are doubly assured of the Lord’s victory by Jesus’ Resurrection, His conquering of death itself.  Our Lord IS working.  He WILL bring the victory!!!  Our job right now is to witness, pray, believe, and be patient.  He WILL close Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh, and all abortion clinics in the world, in His perfect time!!!  And we will “look over the nations and see” and “be utterly amazed” !!!  All praise and glory to You, Lord!!!!

 

Jen shared the following from her 7-9a shift:

Here we are again … back on the sidewalk.  In spite of myself, the question creeps into my mind:  what am I doing here?  Thankfully, the Holy Spirit answers quickly.  We want the monstrous evil of abortion to end.  The only One who can accomplish this seemingly impossible task is God.  So we’re here to implore His mercy and grace, to beg Him to open all hearts and minds to His truth.  Standing on the sidewalk in the rain, getting a little uncomfortable, also gives me a small chance to show how sorry I am for all the opportunities I’ve wasted, times I have conveniently tucked the problem away in the back of my mind as I turned my attention to a thousand less important things.  And finally, by praying and doing penance right there on the sidewalk, we make ourselves — and Christ — available to everyone passing by.  Thank You, Holy Spirit, for reminding me why we do this.  And thank you to Shift Manager Pat Malley for coming back to pray again this morning to make sure I wouldn’t have to stand alone!

 

Dave and Nadine
Dave and Nadine

I (Sue M.) covered the 9-11a shift.  The rain had stopped, and the sun actually came out for a little while.  Nadine came to keep me company, and then after a little while, Dave showed up on his bicycle to pray with us.  Pat also stopped by (although she declined to be photographed)!  We had a very prayerful shift.  Lots of folks passed by, many in Steelers garb.  There were no negative comments.

 

Trish was the 1-3 shift manager, and she writes:

The 1-3 shift had a lot of foot traffic.  Damien, who calls himself Satan, was hanging around for a few hours — he showed up during Roseann and Rich’s shift and stayed for most of mine.  Sue F. and I ignored him as best we could, and he took the hint and stayed away.  Sue did a wonderful job engaging people about why we are there.  I could tell she has experience.  I am not comfortable engaging people — if they ask questions, I am happy to talk to them.  Adam showed up about 2.  We got a Rosary and other prayers said during the time when people weren’t engaging us.  A lot of people were in their Steelers gear.

Blessings Trish M.

 

George
George
Father Deacon Myron
Father Deacon Myron

Jeff covered the 5-7 shift, and he writes:

Rained off and on for my 5 to 7 shift …my first shift of this vigil. Two people, George and Father Deacon Myron from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, were with me for one hour each. This is Father Jason’s parish, and he couldn’t be with us today. I was thinking and praying for his daughter Martha, as we all have this past summer. His faith and prayer will be with me on the sidewalk this fall as a reminder of the faith needed to pray for the possible.

 

I’ve been trying to add two photos for about a half hour now, with no luck!  I’ll try again in the morning!  Also, if and when I receive any further accounts and/or photos, I’ll update this blog entry.

 

As a reminder, please, please prayerfully consider signing up and coming down to pray during the following times – if no one responds, our dear shift managers will be ALONE during these times!

Monday, October 3 – 2-7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5 – 7-8 a.m. and 9-10 a.m.

Thursday, October 6 – 7-9 a.m.

 

May God bless you all and energize and inspire you in your witness for Life!!!

 

For Life,

Sue M.

Day 40: St. Maria Goretti, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. John (Delmont), Aquinas Academy, & St. Mary (Export)

“There really are no words …..”

These are the words of Tim B. at tonight’s closing celebration at Catholic Charities downtown, when he spoke of our wonderful 40 Days leader, describing Nikki and her dedicated, comprehensive, committed, warm, and loving leadership of 40 Days for Life.  After leading two vigils per year at Pittsburgh’s Planned Parenthood since 2010, she is passing the baton for vigil leadership (although she emphasizes she will definitely continue as a shift manager and blog writer).

Nonpareil Nikki
Nonpareil Nikki

Since I started as a shift manager with 40 Days “almost” that long ago, I have been consistently blessed by and impressed with Nikki’s attention to detail and personal touch.  Every single time I have ever had an issue or a question – and this has been often — Nikki has addressed it immediately, thoroughly, and very personally, whether by text, e-mail, phone, or even in person.  One time a few years ago it was horribly cold during my shift – Nikki knew I was on a long shift and she came downtown, unannounced, and said, “Sue, it’s too cold; you go home and I’ll stand for you for the rest of your shift.”  Just this past fall I was having issues with the technicalities of my blog writing.  Nikki met with me personally over at Brueggers after her shift and we hacked it out together on my laptop.  The longest it ever took for me to receive a return call from Nikki about an issue with my shift was about a half hour – and it was because she was at Mass when I called!  Now consider that we have at least three dozen shift managers serving for 40 Days!  Yes — she treats us ALL like this!!!  And I’m sure every shift manager has similar stories.

Am I not correct when I say this kind of thing just doesn’t happen in today’s world?!  I’ve worked in lots of organizations, both professional and volunteer, and I know at least that I’ve never seen it.  Until I started with 40 Days.  Nikki B. is a truly and thoroughly outstanding Christian woman and leader, and I just wanted to shout this from the rooftops of the blogosphere and make sure all our readers realize this!  We all THANK YOU, Nikki, for every single tiny, little, medium-sized, big, and gigantic thing you have done to bring 40 Days to life and help it to grow through these past years.  May God bless Nikki and Joe and their family a hundred-thousandfold for their service to Life!!!!

Before I get to the stories and photos from today’s vigil as well as the closing rally …….. please consider coming downtown to pray this Friday (Good Friday) at 10:00 a.m., when People Concerned for the Unborn Child will host Stations of the Cross in front of Planned Parenthood.

Jen covered the early-morning 7:00-9:00 a.m. shift.  She shares:

I know we’ve entered Holy Week in preparation for Easter, but there is so much to be grateful for that today feels a little like Thanksgiving.  Thanks to Diane and Tom for being the first smiling faces at the vigil each morning and for making the job of shift manager much easier by providing everything we could possibly need on the sidewalk.  Thanks to Vince and Dan for their warm fellowship on the last cold morning of our so-called “spring” vigil.

Dan from St. Maria Goretti in Bloomfield stood for four hours, representing his parish! Thanks for your dedication to Life Dan! Pictured with Vince, from St. Sebastian
Dan from St. Maria Goretti in Bloomfield stood for four hours, representing his parish! Thanks for your dedication to Life Dan! Pictured with Vince, from St. Sebastian
Pat from St. Bernadette in Monroeville joins in for the 9-11am shift
Pat from St. Bernadette in Monroeville joins in for the 9-11am shift

Thanks to shift manager Sue and faithful pray-er Pat for arriving right on time to keep the vigil rolling through the next shift.  And THANKS to all the members of our 40 Days for Life family for your incredibly loving, generous, selfless witness that brought the light of Christ to a terribly dark place and helped to keep us all going through forty long days of this important campaign.  May God bless you all!

I (Sue M.) served for 9:00-11:00 a.m.  The shift was very quiet and peaceful.  And SNOWY!  (Mother Nature had a sense of humor on this First Day of Spring!)  Although we were cold, we could tell spring was succeeding in breaking through due to the fact that the snow wasn’t laying and our toes weren’t cold — the ground must be warming up!  Pat, Dan, and I prayed the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross, and we enjoyed some lively conversation about Life issues.  A gentleman stopped to thank us for doing what we were doing.  At one point while we were praying, a lady passed by and commented, “It’s Palm Sunday — you folks should be in church!”  We considered how odd it was that someone would think we would skip church to pray at Planned Parenthood.  Or maybe her church doesn’t offer many service or Mass times ……….. Anyway, before I realized it, Rich and Roseann had arrived for their 11-1 shift.

Roseann shared:

We had a very good presence on the sidewalk today and a lot of prayer warriors.  Fr. Gruber led us in prayer.  It was nice to have a priest present with us.  Margie donated a new pen for the clipboard.  Thanks to all who came today.

Roseann

Elly, Ron, and Margie
Elly, Ron, and Margie

 

Fr. Gruber, Mimi, Joanne, and Rosemary
Fr. Gruber, Mimi, Joanne, and Rosemary

 

Patrick, Marcia, Mary, Lance, Mark, Theresa, and Danny
Patrick, Marcia, Mary, Lance, Mark, Theresa, and Danny

Trish shared these photos from the 1:00-3:00 p.m. shift:

Karen S. from Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Lyndora, PA) with the "R" family from St. Bernard
Karen S. from Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Lyndora, PA) with the “R” family from St. Bernard

 

Peggy O. and Meg M. from St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Peggy O. and Meg M. from St. Elizabeth of Hungary

 

Faithful prayer warriors!
Faithful prayer warriors!

 

"B" and "F" families from Aquinas Academy
“B” and “F” families from Aquinas Academy

 

Aquinas Academy group photo
Aquinas Academy group photo

 

Photos and stories from the 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. will be added here when they come in.

 

Finally, we gathered at 6:30 outside Planned Parenthood to commence our closing vigil for the 2016 Lenten 40 Days for Life campaign for prayer and song:

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…….. and then made our way back over to Catholic Charities to gather for a potluck meal and some informative and inspirational speakers:

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Meredith P. began the program by inviting everyone to participate with her in another upcoming pro-life prayer vigil to begin soon.  If you are interested, please contact Nikki.

Meredith describes the upcoming "Magee Project"
Meredith describes the upcoming prayer vigil

Katie announced plans for her upcoming diaper drive outside Planned Parenthood to be held on May 7, from 7:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. to benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center of the South Hills.  Please stop down, enjoy coffee and donuts, and bring diapers (all sizes), wipes, Similac formula, new or gently used baby clothes in sizes up to 24 months and other new or gently used baby items such as bibs, bassinets, cribs, crib sheets, blankets, monitors, high chairs, etc., and/or cash gifts.

Katie invites all to contribute to her diaper drive on May 7 at PP
Katie invites all to contribute to her diaper drive on May 7 at PP

Kathy L., leader of the Pittsburgh “chapter” of Sidewalk Advocates for Life, explained a prayer partnership project and invited all to join.  Sue M. invited all to attend a Sidewalk Advocates training session on Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. through 1:45 p.m. at St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township.

Kathy L. and Sue M. from Sidewalk Advocates for Life invite all to participate in prayer and/or training
Kathy L. and Sue M. from Sidewalk Advocates for Life invite all to participate in prayer and/or training

Finally, Jenifer gave a very moving testimony about her acceptance of Jesus and conversion to Christianity after having been involved in anarchist and Buddhist groups for years and espousing a militantly pro-choice worldview.  She explained how she met Nikki after apologizing to her for her participation in a black-hooded group pro-abortion protest at Nikki’s home after the opening rally of Nikki’s first 40 Days campaign back in 2010.

Jenifer giving her testimony
Jenifer giving her testimony

 

Meredith praying with Jenifer
Meredith praying with Jenifer

 

And thus it ends!  But it will never really end until abortion ends in this city, in this state, and in this nation.  In this WORLD, indeed.  Keep fighting the good fight.  Keep praying, witnessing, educating, and speaking out.  We believe, trust, and know that our awesome God will do the rest.

A very HAPPY and BLESSED EASTER to all of you!  Jesus — The Way, The Truth, and the LIFE — Is Risen Indeed!!!

For Life,

Sue M.

Day 33: People of God Covenant Community, Parishes of S.E. Washington Counties, and St. Gregory Catholic Church (Zelienople)

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.   — Psalm 8:3-9

 

Yep – I stole this from today’s national 40 Days devotional e-mail!  GUILTY, I admit it.  Maybe I shouldn’t have done that, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day.  When you stop and think about everything God has created – and that’s a whole whole whole lot of things, living and non-living! – and we as human beings are God’s masterpieces, as Father Terry Gensemer reflects.  Here He is, the omniscient and all-powerful God of the entire universe, and he chose to make US MEN and WOMEN in His image and likeness.  YOU and ME.  It is beyond humbling.  He must have been so excited when He made Adam and Eve that He just couldn’t wait to start making infinitely more examples of this great masterpiece.  How profoundly sad He must be when He sees so many of us masterpieces purposely destroying other masterpieces-in-the-making – the very ones whom He entrusted to their parent masterpieces for their care and growth.  The whole thing boggles our limited minds.  But this is why we all take up this cause, and this is why we pray.

 

Before we get to the stories and photos, can anyone come down to stand with Rosalina from 4-5 p.m. tomorrow (Monday, March 14) and with Joe K. from 5-7 p.m.?  They will otherwise be alone for their shifts!!!  If you can help, please let Nikki know, or go to https://40daysforlife.com/login/?status=logged_out, log yourself in, and sign yourself in for the time(s) you are able to help.  Thank you!!! 

 

Jen M. covered the 7-9 a.m. shift, and she writes:

Rain couldn’t dampen our spirits on the sidewalk this morning as the People of God offered beautiful prayer and song for an end to abortion.  Thank you to Pat and his family, Brad, Ruth, Dave, Lynn, Ben, Ross, Brian, and LaToya for your faithful witness and warm fellowship!

People of God Covenant Community are faithful participants of 40 Days for Life!
People of God Covenant Community are faithful participants of 40 Days for Life!
Great group from People of God!
Great group from People of God!
Courageous LaToya, with her hubby Bryan add to the prayerful witness today!
Courageous LaToya, with her hubby Bryan add to the prayerful witness today!

 

I covered 9-11 a.m.  A very soggy shift, but my fellow vigil participants were praying and singing just like the sun was shining.  I was so inspired by the sincere and earnest leading of prayer and song by both Todd and Steve of the People of God Covenant Community.  I never attend or manage 40 Days for Life shifts with the intention of receiving a blessing myself – but it NEVER FAILS that I am blessed somehow at each and every shift!  I pray those blessings right back on our vigil attendees and, most importantly, on those for whom we pray.

 

Brian, Nikki, LaToya, and Todd
Brian, Nikki, LaToya, and Todd

 

About half of the "P" family -- Joel, Steve, Noah, and Isaac -- from People of God Covenant Community
About half of the “P” family — Joel, Steve, Noah, and Isaac — from People of God Covenant Community

 

Rich and Roseann and their always-smiling faces covered 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.:

Sundays are for the most part quiet; however, shortly after we arrived a woman passed us by and proceeded to knock over our sandwich board.  A couple of our guys immediately uprighted it.  No damage done, thankfully; only the damage the evil one perpetrates on the hearts of too many.   On a lighter note, we had a nice group from Ave Maria and regulars Pat, Sue, and their family to pray and witness with us.

Roseann

Kate, Mary, Joe, Millie, Alberta, John, Joan, and Mike
Kate, Mary, Joe, Millie, Alberta, John, Joan, and Mike

 

Trish covered 1-3 pm., and she shared this:

During my shift we did have a woman spit at the sidewalk where we were praying.  Several women called after her “bless you.”  Otherwise it was peaceful.  A man with a swollen face stopped and asked us to pray for him.  Another man wanted bus fare – his daughter is in the hospital and wanted to get there to see her.

Margie B. from Resurrection Parish in West Mifflin and Martha W. from Christ the Light of the World in Duquesne
Margie B. from Resurrection Parish in West Mifflin and Martha W. from Christ the Light of the World in Duquesne

 

Trish, Joe, Jim, and Cathy
Trish, Joe, Jim, and Cathy

 

Some photos from the 3-5 shift:

Adam, David I., Jim S., and Joe T.
Adam, David I., Jim S., and Joe T.

 

Trish and Cathy
Trish and Cathy

 

Jeff shares this for the 5-7 p.m. shift:

When I heard that St Gregory’s from Zelienople was standing 3-7, I knew that Cathy and Jim, the regular 3-5 shift managers, would be standing for the full 4 hours.  I called Cathy on Friday and asked her if it was OK if she just covered my two hours.  She said yes, so I had my late Sunday afternoon to myself.  Lo and behold, 5 o’clock came to today and what do I do – I go stand for an hour with Cathy and Jim, whom I normally only see for a few minutes a week.  It was a wonderful time to stand witness, knowing that I didn’t have to be there to fulfill a commitment, but because that is where I wanted to be – where I felt I should be.  Cathy and Jim had four or five parishioners with them, as well as fellow parishioner Trish who stands 1-3 every Sunday, and stayed till 7 today.  Thank you for your witness.  Kathy L. stopped for a while as well, unscheduled, just wanting or needing to be there.  It happens all the time on these 40-day vigils, people just show up.  Won’t you be one of them?  It will transform you.

Jeff with Bob D., who just finished his first year in the diaconate formation program
Jeff with Bob D., who just finished his first year in the diaconate formation program

 

May God bless you all!

For Life,

Sue M.

 

 

 

Day 26: St. Regis (Trafford); Transfiguration Church (Russellton); St. John Fisher (Richmond, OH), and St. Joseph (Amsterdam, OH)

St. Maximilian Kolbe was a Franciscan friar and priest who was canonized by the Catholic Church for his martyrdom at Auschwitz during World War II.  A fellow prisoner who was married and had children had been selected by the camp guards for starvation in an underground bunker in an attempt to deter further escape attempts by the prisoners. Father Kolbe volunteered to take the man’s place, and accordingly was starved, although his actual death resulted from lethal injection.

I thought I’d write a little about him today as he is the patron saint of many things, including drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement.  Pope St. John Paul II declared him “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century.”  Did you know he is the patron saint of the pro-life movement?  I hadn’t known this until very recently!  I think it’s also quite significant that he’s the patron saint of journalists.  What are all of us, each and every time we write letters to editors, compose 40 Days blog entries, post pro-life messages to social media, and publicly share the pro-life message in any way!

St. Max said this:

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And he said it back during (or before) World War II.  How relevant it is in our own time.

He also said this:

 

And sacrifice we do, for love of our fellow unborn human beings and their troubled, abortion-minded parents.  St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us and especially for the unborn and their parents!

Pat M. covered the 7:00-9:00 a.m. shift, and he writes:

My parish, St. Regis in Trafford, kicked off today’s vigil.  We had a nice mixture of prayer and good conversation, and were joined for the entire shift by Vince from St. Sebastian in the North Hills, and by Bill H. for a short while.  The streets and the sidewalk were very quiet and peaceful.

Nancy, Pat, Albert, Yolanda, and Bill
Nancy, Pat, Albert, Yolanda, and Bill

After wondering if I (Sue M.) would be alone this morning for my 9:00-11:00 a.m. shift, I was so pleasantly surprised to find Vince and Pat M. faithfully MANning the vigil.  Pat was kind enough to stay for a little while, as did Vince.  Shortly thereafter, I received a text from Marian to say she was on her way – then Nadine and Patty joined me as well!  When the call for prayer warriors goes out, you 40 Days folks faithfully answer!  Thanks to all!  We prayed a lot this morning.  The sidewalks were peaceful and not too busy.  Marian, always the active Sidewalk Advocate even during 40 Days shifts, passed out quite a bit of 40 Days for Life literature.  And the R kids arrived toward the end of my shift and just lit up the sidewalk, as they are known to do, with their smiles, songs, and cheerfulness.  What a family!

 

Sue M. & Vince P.
Sue M. & Vince P.

 

Patty, Sue, and Nadine
Patty, Sue, and Nadine

 

Rich, Roseann, Sue M., Sue R., and four of Sue R's children
Rich, Roseann, Sue M., Sue R., and four of Sue R’s children

 

Rich and Roseann arrived early as they always do for their 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. shift.  They write:

Thanks to Cole, Amy, Bob, and Pat from Transfiguration, and also Lisa from Word of God who came to pray and witness with us.

Cole, Amy, and Rich
Cole, Amy, and Rich

 

Bob and Pat
Bob and Pat

Trish M. shared these photos from her 1:00-3:00 p.m. shift, and she writes:

The weather was damp and chilly.  I had Transfiguration Church with me.  We got a lot of praying done.  Their pastor, Fr. Jim, led a lot of the prayers.  When I left, they were singing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  It was a wonderful day.

Blessings, Trish

 

Father Jim leading prayer
Father Jim leading prayer
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Fr. Jim Holland, with one of his faithful parishioners from Transfiguration…and his faithful sidekick, his pet dog at his side
Mary Ellen & Ken M. from Transfiguration
Mary Ellen & Ken M. from Transfiguration

 

Trish closes with this:

As I was pulling away a large crowd surrounded Jim and Cathy S. for their 3:00-5:00 p.m. shift — I will assume to join them to pray.  I thought it was a great sight and snapped this picture.

Pray-ers at Jim & Cathy's shift
Pray-ers at Jim & Cathy’s shift

 

Jeff closed out the day by covering 5:00-7:00 p.m.  He writes:

I would like to thank the folks from St. Joseph Church in Amsterdam, Ohio and St John Fisher in Richmond, Ohio for standing with me tonight.  Both towns are east of Steubenville, Ohio.  Those folks’ drive was longer than my shift.  The “D” family was with me from 5-6, as well as Ellen P. and her daughter Clare.  Cory and Suzanne and their five kids stayed from 6-7.  Maggie and Clare V. were with me from 5-6, and Lisa from Word of God stood from 6-7 after attending St. John’s Passion performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Kathy L. stopped to say a prayer as well.

I took the “D” family to the corner by the alley to see the faded “Jesus is Lord” sign on the side of the building of the gyro shop.  It was painted over years ago, but that only served to preserve the original “Jesus” sign, leaving Jesus to show through the attempt to cover Him up.  With His help, we can shine through the attempts to thwart His will as well.

 

The "D" family with Ellen P. and Maggie and Clare
The “D” family with Ellen P. and Maggie and Clare

 

Cory, Suzanne, Luke, Matthew, Josh, Maria, and Zachariah
Cory, Suzanne, Luke, Matthew, Josh, Maria, and Zachariah

 

This week, prayer warriors are needed to stand with shift manager Marian on Thursday, March 10, from 7-8 a.m. If you can help, please go to https://40daysforlife.com/login/, log in, and sign yourself in for that time slot – or, let Nikki know.  Other than that one time slot, I am so happy to report that the weekday hours are all full!  Praise God!  However, if you can, please do stop down to the vigil this week.  It’s predicted that we’re to enjoy record-high temperatures (record-high for this Lent 2016 vigil so far, anyway!), so why not come down and add your voice to our prayers?  Hope to see you this week on the sidewalk!

For Life,

Sue M.