Day 35: THANK YOU St. Peter Catholic Church (Steubenville OH); St. Joseph Catholic Church (Cabot); and Shift Buddies!

FAQ at our 40 Days for Life Vigil

This 40 Days I have been approached several times on the sidewalk and told that Planned Parenthood does

“a lot of good”

The Planned Parenthood on Liberty Avenue reports that they do about 3000 abortions every year in Pittsburgh.

How can someone defend that statistic alone? but what is the best way to answer a “FAQ” or statement if given the opportunity?

I went to the 40 Days for Life APP…it is a really good tool to have on the sidewalk! You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play, and there is a section that has Pro-Life answers to FAQ’s. This is the response to “But Planned Parenthood does a lot of good”

Planned Parenthood does provide services beyond abortion, but no amount of cancer screenings can erase the horror of killing even one innocent baby. The taking of innocent life simply cannot be offset by any other perceived good. Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion services are meant to distract clients, community members and voters from the barbarity of abortion. Some of these other services don’t even exist. For example, while Planned Parenthood has clamored for taxpayer funding in order to provide women with mammograms, not a single Planned Parenthood facility was certified as a mammography facility [1][2]. Planned Parenthood provides fewer than two percent of manual breast exams and less than one percent of pap tests in the United States [3]. Meanwhile, the abortion giant provides nearly one third of America’s abortions [4].

[1] https://www.liveaction.org/what-we-do/investigations/mammogram-falsehoods/
[2] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/10/12/02/the-repeated-misleading-claim-that-planned-parenthood-provides-mammograms/?utm_term=.545b6f642a59
[3] http://protestpp.com/docs/DefundPPTalkingPoints.pdf
[3] https://www.liveaction.org/news/new-video-debunks-planned-parenthoods-3-percent-abortion-myth/

 

In addition to the above response, Planned Parenthood charges quite a bit for their services.  Follow this link to read an article that shows the price list for services provided by a Planned Parenthood.

https://40daysforlife.com/2018/10/27/day-32-planned-parenthoods-price-list/ 

 

Hopefully we are ready on the sidewalk with some answers to this FAQ and the phone number for FREE services at a Pregnancy Help Center  1-800-712 HELP or alternative clinics in the area that do not do abortions (getyourcare.org)

Continue reading for the updates from the sidewalk for today:

7-9: Joe

Joe sent in these photos from his shift:

Thanks to Joe B. for subbing as 7-9 shift manager and to those who stood with him!
humility
Prayer volunteer and sidewalk advocate Jackie
The bedrock of Pittsburgh’s 40 Days for Life, Al and Sally

9-11: Beth

How wonderful to see Tracy and Ashley from Steubenville along with Al, Sally, and Jackie when I arrived. Shift manager, Joe had everything under control. Ed joined us soon thereafter. Ed never met a dog he didn’t like and has become our Ambassador on Liberty Avenue, changing peoples opinion of pro-lifers from meanies, to people who even like pets. Beth Ann brought her friend from St. Alexis, Diane and Jaime. Thanks so very much for braving the chilly weather and standing as witness for the babies. Cecilia brought new pray-ers with her and another day at PP added more prayers to the “shut this place down” request line headed upward.

11-1: Nancy

St Joseph group

Regulars on way to work or lunch break

 

 

 

 

Powerful witnesses – Mom is 39 weeks pregnant! Sara from Eastbrook UMC

 

 

Powerful prayer warriors from St Raymond, St Florian and Our Lady of Grace.

 

1-3: Donna

It was a beautiful day to pray today. Thank you to my friends Karen and Sue from our church, St. Thomas Anglican Church in Gibsonia.

We handed out a lot of cards and 40 Days For Life pamphlets and had many positive comments and quite a few said “God Bless You”. One negative comment where someone said “Get away from me”. One passerby thanked us and walked up to PP and placed her hand on the building and prayed. A PP worker came out and told us to move a flower that was inside the yellow line. It wasn’t ours but we moved it and made sure our roses were outside the line. There was a lot of activity at PP today. One girl walked past PP and we gave her a pamphlet and card and she realized she passed it up and went in with our information. As she walked in she looked at the information and us and said huh. Someone came by and handed us the booklet that says Love The Jewish People and another man came by and handed us the card that says GOSPEL on it. On the other side is a business advertisement for a Flag Specialty Shop.

                                                                                   Earlier today I was in the Dollar Store and a women behind me asked to see the back of my God Loves You t shirt. She asked me where I got it and I told her I had them made and that I had them in my trunk if she wanted one. I explained to her why I had them made and why I was wearing it. Her name was Patti and she said she prays everyday for an end to abortion. Thank you Father for all your faithful prayer warriors.

 

3-5: Pat

Well, things were a bit eventful today.  We had Fr. Jason from the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Carnegie stop by for a few minutes to pray.  He said it was his first chance this campaign because he’s been so busy and he feels terrible about it.  We had a woman carefully study our fetal models for a few minutes and then say that she was very pleased to see that the people who are trying to spread God’s word finally have fetal models that accurately depict God’s biology.  We had an older couple tell us that they had just gone into PP to make a pledge to PP for us being there.  The woman then asked each of us individually if we had ever adopted a baby.  We had President Trump’s motorcade pass by only a block from us.  And we had the resulting back-up of traffic on the streets and people on the sidewalks (who were waiting for buses that couldn’t move).

But I think the highlight of it all was having a young traveler named Matthew stop and pray with us.  He’s from Minnesota and he’s worked with a pro-life group called Red Rose Rescue in the Detroit area.  He is traveling the tri-state area on bike and found us by looking for a Planned Parenthood.  He didn’t know if there would actually be a 40DFL vigil going on, but was pleased to find us.  What a nice surprise both for him and for us.

Picture of Matthew’s bike – note the 40DFL sticker.
Matthew from Minnesota has been traveling the tri-state area on his bike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I want to thank fellow SM Jeff for coming out to make sure that I wasn’t flying solo, and faithful Benson, who I was happy to be able to pray with once again.

Jeff B. made sure I was not alone on my shift. (I think the rays mean that God was smiling upon his sacrifice.)

5-7: Lisa

An evening with an international flavor.

Tonight as we spend our last Tuesday evening 5 – 7 shift for this 40 Days campaign the streets were busy!  This evening Johanna and I had more people stand with us and several very positive interactions with those passing by.  Johanna and I are very proud to be members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  My court is Court Westinghouse #759 out of the Turtle Creek valley and Johanna is with Court Allegheny #664 with members from the North Side.  We were joined by the organization’s State Regent, Peg, who is a member of Ct. St. Rene #1868 comprised of ladies in the Monroeville area.  Judi joined us again for a prayer filled evening.  Jim did his usual quick stop as he is leaving the city for the evening.  Peg knows Jim as a fellow parishioner of St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville.  Next, Peg saw a life time friend Lisa who also works downtown.
When we arrived this evening, Matthew from Minnesota was on his knees.  He was very interesting to speak with.  He advocates for Life as he free spirits along on his bicycle.  Another lady joined us for a while but I apologize that I do not remember her name.  The street was filled with a lot of people from the convention center.  Notably a young woman from Jordan and a young gentleman from Venezuela spent time with us discussing their conviction to Life in their home countries.
We had a conversation with a hurting homeless couple who recently had a baby that they were encouraged to abort because their baby boy would be born very ill.  They loving carried their child to almost term as he was born premature and lived on this earth only 8 hours.  She was able to hold him, love him and have pictures taken to have with her always.  The baby was cremated and she has kept his ashes with her.  Prayers for this sad situation.
Judi, Johanna, Peg and Lisa
One of our beautiful baby pictures reflected onto the front door of Planned Parenthood
Why we are on the sidewalk

Day 28: Thank you: Clarks Mills United Methodist Church; St. Joseph (Cabot); St. Ann Catholic Church (Waynesburg)

Thank you Shawn Carney, founder, president and CEO of 40 Days for Life for visiting our vigil last night!

Pastor Joe led us in prayer during the last hour of Mondays vigil, from 6pm-7pm and said that Grace will end abortion.

We had a reception at Catholic Charities where Shawn inspired us with excerpts from his book which included stories of babies saved, abortion facilities closed and conversion of abortionists! The stories show the Power of Prayer and that we must trust in the love, truth and mercy of Christ. Our true enemy is evil and sin…and we get to go out there and offer Hope!

Shawn talked about how the location being downtown  gives our time more power because people are walking by and accessible. Abortion survives on busyness and distractions, but we are a reminder of what is going on and they will remember that impact. Although it is harder to see results from a downtown vigil, we are standing for our Lord and we are not alone. One guarantee is we have solidarity with the babies who are losing their lives.

Nikki mentioned how this is the 17th campaign that has occured at Planned Parenthood and is requesting for all of us to fast however you can on the last day, beginning at 7pm on Saturday, 11/3 and ending at our closing rally at 7pm on 11/4!

Let’s finish strong!!!

Pastor Joe and team members prayed over Shawn and then Nikki and Jeanne presented him with a Pittsburgh gift! It was a blessed night, God is good!

 

7-9: Charlene and Dick

Dick and I were met on the sidewalk by Pat and two distinct signs…the signs seemed to me to represent the clash we witness everyday on the sidewalk…light and darkness…thank you Katie for providing the light!
A Tale of Two Cultures
We were joined by Pastor Adam, Sally and Al…3 other bright lights. We were speaking about the closing of Planned Parenthood and Pastor Adam said that he believes the devil has a tight hold on PP and he works on us thru the “3Ds”…”Doubt, Deception,Discouragement”…that sounded pretty true for me. Pastor Adam also reminded us that God is more powerful and when the Lord is ready, the Holy Spirit will prevail and down will fall PP. When in doubt…think of that!    Thank you, Pastor Adam.        Charlene

9-11: Beth

Today it was “Good Morning” to most, “good mourning.” to some. Ed, Adam, Mary Ann, Beth Ann, Teresa and I followed Shawn Carney’s advice, we stood in solidarity with the babies that lost their lives today at Planned Parenthood. Busy day, but we were there praying for miracles to happen. Please pray for a family, whose father brought his daughter to PP. He argued his case for the abortion, but Adam said he noticed the woman before and she looked like she was not running to somewhere but running from somewhere. Would abortion un-rape her or would an abortion seem like a second rape? Horrible situation, beautiful baby lost. We’ll keep praying; it’s our first resort.

11-1: Nancy

Cecelia and her group from St. Joe’s in Cabot

Patti and Joyce with Nancy in the background

1-3: Nikki

When I arrived on the sidewalk at 1 o’clock, I found Cecilia, Joyce and and a third faithful member from Saint Joe’s in Cabot who I am sorry I do not remember her name, all three were fervently praying on their knees facing the doors of Planned Parenthood. There was a fierce a spiritual battle going on today at Planned Parenthood. A young man was trying to talk his sister out of having the abortion. He said she was distressed and was crying and was not sure of what to do. He took all of the information they gave him and gave it to her. We all prayed that she would come out, but sadly she never did. As I was praying on my knees in the crosswalk, I was holding some of the roses that Barbara brought to our event for Shawn Carney last night. A young man was headed in the doors and I offered him a rose to give to his girlfriend, who was in there already. He took the rose and must have given it to her because when he left later on he did not have it. A third battle was being fought as a grandfather stood outside for a long time, as his daughter was inside for an abortion. She had received the information from Cecilia, but chose to go ahead with the abortion anyway. We do not know if any lives were saved today, but we do know that those who lost their lives, did not lose them alone. We were there as a witness to the amazing value of their lives, and we were praying for them and for their families.

Much prayer on the sidewalk during the one to 3 shift
Kim and her faithful group from St. Ann’s in Waynesburg

I was joined with the very faithful and dedicated group of prayer warriors from St. Ann in Waynesburg, led by the very dedicated Kim. She prayed on her knees for much of their shift, and their prayers were unceasing. At one point while Cecilia and her group were still there, a man stopped to pray for us. I really felt the Holy Spirit with us as he prayed for our protection and for help for us and for abortion to end. When he finished praying, we asked if we could also pray for him, which we did. One young woman stopped because of the baby model set and debated in a reasonable tone with me. It was a hard shift, but that is what it is to be God‘s instrument in this difficult and discouraging battle. Thank you to everyone who came and prayed today!

3-5: Michael

Sunny and cool today. I appreciated being with an outstanding group of folks from St. Ann’s in Waynesburg. See their picture on Nikki’s 1-3 shift. They travel to Pittsburgh every 40 DFL Campaign to give their time to pray and witness for the Lord and His babies. We were all once His babies and now we are His children and servants. It was very peaceful today and I could feel and sense onlookers’ support and wonder at our presence. People don’t have to say a word, but their body language speaks volumes. This is my last day at PP for this campaign as we are leaving to visit our son and grandchildren in
Florida. I will keep 40 DFL in my thoughts and prayers.

5-7: Lisa

Very grateful to Mike for staying a little longer tonight as the traffic getting into downtown delayed my arrival.  Thanks also to Mike for having his phone to take our photo for the evening.  Benson stayed on a little longer than usual this evening.  I know that young man is really making God happy with his conviction to this campaign and so many are in awe of his very rare dedication for a young person.  Benson you are an inspiration!
We had a couple walk by slowly and then walk back to us inquiring about what we were doing.
Ron and Marie were in town visiting Pittsburgh before going to a wedding in central PA.  They are celebrating their own wedding anniversary and we helped them with directions to some points of interest.   They live in Detroit, Michigan.  Marie took pleasure in and pictures of the fetal models.  They were happy to join us as we completed our recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  A Blessed Evening with my prayer partners, Johanna and Denise.
Lisa

 

Day 21: Thank you St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church (McKeesport); St. Joseph (Cabot); Bridge City Church (Brighton Heights)

I had a chance to see the Gosnell movie this weekend. The most striking part of the film for me was the testimony of an expert witness during his trial.  Alexandra DeSanctis from the National Review describes the scene from the movie:

In his effort to get Gosnell off the hook, the defense attorney cross-examines another abortionist, who testifies that she, unlike Gosnell, would never snip a living infant’s spine, never allow unlicensed staff members to administer anesthesia, never let a woman die on a table in her clinic. She’s a good abortionist.

She says she has performed more than 30,000 abortions, many of them in the second trimester. The defense attorney slowly walks her through the procedure used to legally terminate those pregnancies. He shows a sonogram of a 23-week-old fetus, has the abortionist explain just where she’d inject a needle to stop its heartbeat. He has her explain how she evacuates the brains of the fetus in the womb to allow for its removal, how she’d use scissors to aid in the process. And what would she do, he asks, if a fetus happened accidentally to be delivered alive?

The abortionist hesitates only a moment before saying she’d provide “comfort care,” which she describes as keeping the fetus warm and comfortable. “Eventually it will pass,” she adds.

“So basically you’d let it die?” The defense attorney finishes the thought for her. “Seems like it’d be more humane to just take a pair of scissors. …” He trails off and grins; he’s made his point. How can Gosnell be punished for doing what every abortionist does? They all ensure that unwanted fetuses are killed. The means by which they do so is a secondary concern.

The Gosnell movie is pro-life because it unflinchingly exposes the fact that all abortion necessarily involves the death of a human being.

I am reminded  of what Nikki said in her blog a couple of weeks ago: “The Lord is answering our prayers. He has removed the cover of darkness and exposed evil…making it clear. No more deception. People are now free to choose good or evil”

You can still see the movie through Wednesday 10/17 at AMC theaters in Waterfront, Mt Lebanon or Westmoreland.

 

7-9: Charlene and Dick

This morning we needed layers, gloves, and hats. But Dick and I were joined by vets: Al,Sally, and Helen from St. Robert Bellarmine…all dressed to the 9s in warm gear!
Helen, Sally and Al
I was thinking all week about the discussion at the team meeting (even though I wasn’t able to be there) about the closing of Planned Parenthood…so many others have closed…why not this one? I know God’s time is not our time. I know God will win in the end. But the human part of me wants it NOW!!! What more do we need to do? Matthew Kelly has a thought on that…”Do what is necessary ; then do what is possible; and the impossible will follow”. We are doing the necessary…praying on the sidewalk. Doing what is possible is up to each of us…we each know what one more step after necessary would be for us.Then we can keep moving forward in God’s plan and nothing will be impossible. Thank you Lord for keeping each of us on the road to the closing of Planned Parenthood!  Charlene

9-11: Beth

Fellow pro-lifers, it was cold outside PP today but absolutely soul-chilling inside, judging by those entering this morning. Charlene and Dick waited patiently as my bus took a surprising, longer route.  But I was there in time to see the abortionist and five associates walk past me in stone cold silence as we said that we would be praying for them.  Ed continued to make friends, furry and human, handing out doggie treats and literature to pets and their owners.

And today made up for a slow last Saturday.  Lots of sad-looking clients and workers in more than the usual amounts .  Beth Ann and Theresa arrived to offer warm-hearted prayers, especially for the young woman who had to be in the last trimester and came back out soon after, still mightily pregnant carrying a sheet of paper.  Who knows what that was. And to add to the frigid atmosphere, the biomedical waste truck parked down the street and three huge boxes were taken out by PP employees.

Finally, Cecilia and Joyce and Sandy and Vivian came to the rescue with warmth from friendship and prayer.

11-1: Cecilia

Cecilia and her group from Saint Joe’s in Cabot along with individual volunteers who showed up for 1 to 3 shift

The sidewalk was beautifully adorned with many flowers, thanks to this generous husband of a vigil participant from yesterday.  He brought them today!  What a blessing!  There are many good people in this world!

        

Bob
Joyce, Sandi and Vivien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-3pm Nikki

 It was a gorgeous fall afternoon to pray and witness for life today! It was nice to see Cecilia and Joyce and their group from Saint Joseph in Cabot when I arrived. They are such faithful witnesses and such wonderful sisters in the Lord! I brought my good friend and shift buddy, Carol, with me for my shift. It was a blessing to Pray and chat with her.

Nikki and shift buddy Carole

Also,  it was a nice last minute blessing to see Jeanie‘s two sisters, Claire and (I’m sorry I forget the name of the other one), they brought a beautiful homemade sign that said we love you which they held as they prayed the Psalms during their shift. Maryjane been so faithful to come just about every day, and she was there for my entire shift and was  planning to be there for another hour after I left. It was a very peaceful shift on the sidewalk. No negative comments at all, and quite a few positive ones. I love looking at the fetal models that Diane brings. They make such an impact on so many people notice them! Shift manager Mike showed up for his 3 to 5 shift, along with the pastor from Bridge city Church, Gary, and Vicky arrived to begin their time of prayer.  Others were expected to be arriving shortly, as I left the vigil in the capable hands of Mike, the next shift manager.  God is good!

Faithful Mary Jane

 

3-5: Michael

Pastor Gary, Andy, Inky, Vicky of Bridge City Church in Brighton Heights and Benson from St. Anne’s in Castle Shannon
Vickie from Bridge City Church and SM Michael

It is sunny with a chill in the air. There is something different about being at PP this campaign. I cannot put my finger on it. My gut tells me the PP staff is weakening.  Perhaps it is wishful thinking on my part, but it appears to me they are afraid to make eye contact with us when they walk by. Are they being told to do that or are they afraid if they do look us in the eye,then maybe they will weaken and become vulnerable to admitting to the reality of what they are doing is wrong??? The Lord works in mysterious ways.  If these people have a conscience and we know they do, sooner or later, reality will set in.  If one person gives in and wakes up, then others will follow. We must keep praying for His will to be done. No glory for us, Him alone.

Some devout Christian people blessed our vigil today. They are from Bridge City Church in Brighton Heights (North Side of Pittsburgh). Pastor Gary, Andy, Inky and Vicky prayed so beautifully and fervently, making my shift so very memorable and meaningful. God bless their Church and congregation. These are the kind of people our movement needs and are truly blest to have. Amen for now.

 

5-7: Lisa

A peace filled, knees to the ground, prayerful time this evening.  A blessing to have Lori, Denise and Johanna with me tonight.  We definitely felt a fall chill!

Lori, Denise, and Johanna

 

Day 14: Thanks St. Peter Catholic Church (Steubenville); St. Bernadette Catholic Church (Monroeville); St. Catherine of Sweden (Alison Park)

 The mighty activity of the Holy Angels is always dependent on what God wills.  Most importantly, the angels accept the Kingship of Jesus in a nature (Human Nature) that is lower than their own nature. Satan in his pride would not accept God’s will to take on human nature. 

But the Angels who did not rebel against the exaltation of human nature by Christ Jesus, are considered as having triumphed in a great spiritual war. Let us call on these spiritual warriors to defend us as we stand on the front lines of the battlefield of abortion.

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the Divine Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

 

7-9: Charlene and Dick

Today was an interesting day on the sidewalk. I arrived with Beth and Tracy from St. Peter Catholic Church in Steubenville.

Tracy from Steubenville
Al, Sally and Beth from Steubenville

I went to bless the building with Holy Water…a practice I learned from Bill. Since it is before 7 and I had no sign on, I Blessed the front door, for all who enter there. A young man, who I later found out was an employee, said that he objected to my doing that..he said it several times. I will say it’s so quiet that time of the morning, he startled me a little. During the morning, he kept coming out…like he was checking on us…or looking for someone. Another ironic thing, another employee entered with flowers and a Congratulations balloon. Hmmm..Sad. Sally and Al, Bill and then Beth joined us for her shift. Thanks Pat for the portable supplies and thanks Diane for the kneelers. Charlene

9-11: Beth

Nikki was so right. At the kick-off for 40 Days, she said that she would have never met so many nice people, so willing to work for a greater good, if it hadn’t been for pro-life and all it’s activities.

Ed and I met were privileged to spend time, well spent time, with two faithful ladies from St. Peter in Steubenville, Tracy and Beth.  Beth Ann from St. Alexis arrived and began praying and witnessing to those passing by.  Finally Jerry, from St. Bernadette came ready with her chair and by that time, Nancy, the next shift manager was on the scene.  I want to publically thank the ever-thoughtful Nancy who noticed me running to catch my once-an-hour bus last week.  She came early, saying she wanted to make sure I made the bus in time. See what I mean about meeting so many nice people.

11-1: Nancy

Thank you  St. Bernadette’s for standing for life today!

1-3: Nikki

When I arrived for my 1 to 3 shift I was greeted by the 11 to 1 shift manager, Nancy, who told me the wonderful news that a baby was saved during her shift! Praise God! While she was there two women came outside from Planned Parenthood and told them they changed their mind and were going to have the baby! They even had the ultrasound picture and showed it to them! They told Nancy that the young mother had felt like the Lord was giving her signs all week that she shouldn’t abort her baby! I wonder if seeing us on the sidewalk was further confirmation!
 It was nice to spend my two hour shift with Dee, who is  part of our 40 days team and is the coordinator for Saint Bernadette Church. She was spending the entire four hours on the sidewalk and had a great group of people with her. I prayed the rosary and the St. Michael’s chaplet on my knees facing the door. They were working on the door and so the doors were propped wide open, which was nice as I felt like my prayers were able to  freely enter, although I know that our prayers penetrate walls, but still it was good. The sense that I had as I was praying was one of sadness and abandonment. Many couples were leaving the clinic, I am assuming after having had abortions. It seemed to me that they were leaving their child behind, totally abandoning the very person who needed and love them the most. It occurred to me that perhaps their children’s tiny bodies were still warm, even as they casually walked away, to get on with the rest of their lives, seemingly not even giving their child another thought. I know that is not how many women feel after their abortions,  but that is how it seemed today. And, I just felt the abandonment that these children share with Jesus, as he was abandoned in his greatest time of need as well. Keep on praying and fasting everyone! This is important!
Memorial on the Sidewalk

3-5: Michael

Beautiful Indian Summer day!  Woman stopped and said she wanted to speak to just Benson, our dedicated high school junior from Mt. Lebanon H.S. and St. Anne’s Parish. She asked him what help is there for women who have had abortions and what are we doing to help women who decide to have their babies, but don’t have the resources to care for them. Some of us chimed in and told her what the pro-life movement does to help pregnant women and to continue helping them after their babies are born. This women was very angry and may have had an abortion or was close to someone who had one. She told Benson and I we should not be there talking to women because we have penises and have no idea what it is like to be pregnant. I responded by saying we don’t really need to talk to women, we are there to pray and keep vigil. Life can be interesting and challenging when we are confronted by the other side. It reminds us to stay grounded and be steadfast in our commitment to this holy and precious cause. I thought if the pro-choice people really care about women, then why do they promote killing baby girls who will become women someday. Lord have mercy on all of us.
Ladies from Saint Catherine of Sweden with 3 to 5 shift manager Mike

 

 

 

 

5-7: Lisa

Tuesday evening 5 – 7 shift was pleasant.  Benson was fortunate enough to hitch a ride home with Shift Mgr. Mike as he left at 5 pm.  Judi was a most welcome addition to the Tuesday evening team of Johanna and Lisa.  Judi came to us from Russellton and is a member of Transfiguration parish.

Judi, Lisa, Benson, Johanna

The 40 Days for Life Daily Devotion inspired all of us and we prayed the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Fabulous weather!

Day 7: THANKS First Evangelical Free Church (McKeesport); St. Alexis Catholic Church; Holy Angels Catholic Church (Hayes); Beaver Falls Knights of Columbus

Get out the Drain-O…In the spirit of HUMILTY, let us “clean out” our desires and fears, removing any obstacles, so that the grace God wants to pour through us during these 40 days…will flow freely,  right to the doors of Planned Parenthood! No, I don’t want you to drink any Drain-O….Just pray the prayer of humility below!!

Prayer of Humility-O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.

 

From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, deliver me, Jesus.

 

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should,Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

 

7-9: Charlene and Dick

Today was Day 1 on the sidewalk for Dick and I. It was the first time I saw the new barriers and I think we should thank the City for giving us a place to sit when we get tired.😂
Pat delivered our portable station and I love it! Given the “knees to the ground”, I might suggest some kneelers in there. The First Evangelical Free Church, with Pastor Kirk was there bright and early and began praying at once. Such a Holy presence. I was a little off my game and forgot to write down names for the blog…except our Dean..no need to write his name.
                                                                                                                                 
I also forgot my flower but I did do a rosary on my knees. I felt like people reacted differently to “knees to the ground”. ..softer, not ignoring, taking note. I was happy to be back.   Charlene

9-11: Beth

Sometimes the best story happens while something else is going on.  Today Charlene and Dick had everything organized and ready when I arrived at PP.  Pastor Kirk of the First Evangelical Free Church of McKeesport had his faithful crew coming in shifts for the entire 7-11 shift.  Great folk with an admirable record of 40 Days attendance.  Norbert, Dave and Dean where on duty when Patty, Tracy, Robert and Dan arrived.  We were joined by another great group, the ladies from St. Alexis, Claudia, Beth Ann, Jannine, Therese and Claudia. Ed from St. James was with us today also!

Right before Nancy came to take over as shift manager, big smiles on Patty’s face (my apologies if I have the name wrong).  She pointed out a couple with a new baby who were speaking with a man and his little daughter, and asked if I knew why that baby was here.

I’d been watching the door, the couple was down the street, something else was going on.  Patty said she heard the man say that they were here because a year or so ago, a lady took the baby’s mom to lunch and spoke with her for an hour.

***Afterwards, the mom chose life and the baby was proof***

Thank you my fellow 9-11 prayer-ers who heard the best story of the day, when something else was going on.

11-1: Nancy

***Will update as report comes in***

1-3: Nikki

Today was my first afternoon shift of this campaign. I have to say, I like mornings better. Mornings are so much more peaceful. In the afternoon there just seems to be a spirit of confusion there at Planned Parenthood. Anyway, I arrived to see the earlier shift manager, Nancy, along with deacon Dan and Mary Lou from Holy Angels church in Hayes, along with a crew from Donegal.  They were  ready to leave, but Deacon Dan and his parishioner were there for the long-haul until 3 o’clock.

Shift manager Mike shows up for the 3 to 5 shift
Deacon Dan and Mary Lou praying

I forgot my flower sitting on the Kitchen table at home, so halfway through my shift I walked over to the florist on sixth Avenue and bought some flowers to lay on the yellow circle. It just looked so depressing with the few dead and tattered remnants of previous days flowers, I thought we needed some fresh ones. Deacon Dan and Mary Lou prayed prayers out loud, while I kneeled to pray the rosary on my own, and also the Saint Michael the Archangel chaplet. A woman pastor, who calls herself a prophetess stopped to talk to me for a long time. I remained on my knees the entire time that we talked.  She was very much against any sort of organized religion, especially Catholicism, so I thought that by remaining on my knees that would keep the conversation from escalating into an argument she finally left when it was time for me to leave.

Beaver Falls K of C

I was encouraged to greet the next group as they arrived, a group of knights from Beaver Falls. They brought along a priest from Lebanon, Fr. Antwan. I hope the weather holds off for them! It looked like a storm was beginning to brew as I left.

Thank you to everyone for coming out to Pray today! I know the Lord is hearing our prayers, and I know that we are making a difference!

Also, I almost forgot, there was a young couple that I was sure was headed into Planned Parenthood. I had just stood up after praying and was able to offer them the resource card. She took it and allowed me to explain the help that was available but then she gave it back to me. She looked very sad as she looked over at the baby model set, and she said that she understood that there is help available, but that sometimes abortion just has to be done. She seems so sad and resigned, I continued to speak to her about the worth of all human life, including hers and mine and her unborn baby, I thought she was pregnant. She did not disagree and thanked me for being kind but then turned and I thought for sure she would enter Planned Parenthood, but they walked past and did not return. Who knows? Maybe a heart changed and a life saved? We will probably never know!

3-5: Michael

Johanna, Benson, and Lori

We were here with three terrific Knights of Columbus men from St. Monica Church in Beaver County and a wonderful Maronite Catholic Priest from a Mission Church in Beaver Falls. Sorry I forgot their names.

Pictured are three wonderful 40 day Lifers: Johanna of Catholic Daughters, Benson of St. Anne’s in Castle Shannon and Lori of Abby Johnson’s creation known as And Then There Were None with international locations.

Rain, thunder and wind did not dampen (pun intended) our passion for the life of the unborn. We are united in our love for the Lord and all of His creation. Amen.

5-7: Lisa

Today we celebrate the feast of our Guardian Angels.

We pray, O God, who in your unfathomable providence are pleased to send your holy Angels to guard us, hear our supplication as we cry to you, that we may always be defended by their protection and rejoice eternally in their company.

Fr. Tony Gargotta inspired me this morning with his Homily about the power and beauty of our Guardian Angels.  Each of us, at the moment of our conception, has been assigned a heavenly guide. We need to pray not just for our Guardian Angel to protect us personally but also pray for the Guardian Angels of the babies who have yet been born.

The last shift of the first week of 40 Days for Life – Pittsburgh was fore casted to have the possibility of torrential rain.  We were sure glad the weathermen were wrong.  We did not even have to open our umbrellas!

I was happy to greet my shift buddy, my dear Faithful Johanna.  We were privileged to be joined by a beautiful woman, Lori who is a card carrying member of the movement started by Abby Johnson, “And Then There Were None”.  Lori’s work as a researcher here in Pittsburgh presented her with a new assignment.  The research they wanted her to do was on fetal babies.  Yes! Right here in our own city with baby parts provided from our own woman’s hospital (I believe you will know the hospital – but I do not know if I can (legally) say it.  Lori knew without any doubt she could not do what was being asked and left her employment – of 20+ years!  This is when she discovered the work Abby was doing helping people like her get through this type of ethical challenges.  Not that Lori worked in an abortion facility, but what would have been expected of her with the new assignment would have been just as bad.  God Bless her courage.

We did have one big episode this evening.  A young woman approached us suffering severely from stomach pains.  It appeared she may have been suffering an appendicitis. Henrietta, asked that we call an ambulance for her.   The ambulance arrived – and parked right outside PP.  That did not look good for them!  Henrietta did NOT come out of PP.  She worked all day and this attack came over her as she was waiting for her bus home.  The severity of her symptoms subsided slightly and was decided by her and the ambulance workers that she could get by without an ambulance trip to the hospital but that she would get medical attention as soon as possible on her own.  We were happy to pray for and help her.

Pictured is Henrietta, Lori, Lisa & Johanna

 

Day 35: Thank you St. Peter Catholic Church (Steubenville, OH); St. Joseph Church (Cabot); St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church (Moon Twp); K of C (St. Margaret of Scotland & SS. Simon and Jude – Greentree)

God is detailed oriented…Sounds like something that should be on your resume, right?! But when you think about the detail of our fingerprints and the palms of our hands…or the detail in nature.

You can’t deny God shows attention to detail!

We are frequently challenged to “think globally” and look at the big picture. But maybe God has a plan for us to just be concerned with the detail of the task He has set right in front of us…Not to go out and save the world, not to stand at every abortion center in Pittsburgh or in the State of PA. But the detail of being called to witness to life right here locally…Focusing on the detail of one person (or 2!) entering PP at Liberty Avenue and how you may be able to help her.

I think you are imitating God when you stand on the sidewalk, showing how much you care about the detail of a person’s life. We will trust the big picture to God and wait for the glorious unfolding of His plans by being faithful to the details!

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

 

7-9: Charlene

The last week of the campaign and we are tired. The cold weather during this campaign has something to do with it. It’s times like this when we need to remember to “Trust in him at all times, you people, pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (psalm62) We don’t want to be glum and God doesn’t want that either. So
just like that, he puts a smile on our face and warmth in our heart.
1) Al was back on the sidewalk today! Sally is home and told him to join us. She is still taking it easy! Thank you Lord.
2) We had a very spirited group from St. Paul Catholic in Steubenville. They prayed together, greeted everyone, and David had a very nice way of reaching out to those entering PP. The Spirit was with them for sure!
3) I was reminded of what Fr. Kevin from St. Alphonse and Fr. John from St. Bonaventure said,”Abortion WILL end!”

 

 

God is our refuge!! And knows when and how to lift us up!!! Charlene

 

 

 

 

 

9-11: Beth

Our dear friends Tracy, Sandy, Beth and Dave from Steubenville were back for a repeat appearance at PP today along with regulars Edith and Ed from St. James.  What a wonderful group, praying, listening and handing out literature on a very busy morning.  Later, Fr. Jeremy Mohler from St. Katherine Drexel of Washington PA joined us in praying for a sad line of clients going into 933 Liberty Avenue. 

The weather went from bad (cold, windy, wet) to worse (cold, windy, wet, and snow) as we turned the duties over to Ceil and her friends from St. Joseph.  First day of Spring…..?

See you in the fall or if you can, please join us any Tuesday morning because the abortions continue all the time.

11-1: Cecilia

With my friends Joyce, Patti and JoAnn from       St Joes/St Marys
The girls praying a rosary…

 

It’s seemed like a Fall campaign where each week got colder.  We were well dressed for it this week!  Good thing because we had it all…drizzle, sleet, snow all within 2 hours.

The nice guard came out to salt the sidewalk in front of PP.  He said he didn’t want anyone to get hurt.  I told him it’s too bad that so many are getting hurt inside that building and again said that he could find a better place to work.  He said he was OK with working there.  But smiled.

It was so nice to close out my shift with my “girls” from St Joe’s/St Mary’s….Joyce, Patti and JoAnn!  We stopped by Catholic Charities on the way to drop off 2 large boxes of donations from our church beforehand.

The girls prayed and sang songs and jumped in on some conversations.  A few to note:

A beautiful young lady stopped to engage in a very thoughtful conversation.  She said that we were making girls feel bad about an already difficult decision and said that some girls who have been raped come for an abortion.  We informed her that that was a low number; that the trauma of abortion doesn’t make the raped women feel better; that abortion is often used as a way to cover up a rape situation…  And then we were quite saddened to learn that she was a rape victim who chose abortion.  She was glad that we were more peaceful and not yelling at the girls.  She thought that we were telling them they would “go to hell”, which we said was not our call to make.  She did say that we should, instead, encourage contraception esp the condom.  But I told her about the problems (health…) with contraception and the false sense of “protection” that they think they have which results in STD’s and unwanted pregnancies.  So I stressed that abstinence was the best option and what we promote.  Although she refused to take most of the literature that I offered and questioned the facts that I told her, she did, in the end, take a Rachel’s Vineyard flyer that JoAnn kept offering her and gave her a hug before leaving.

Another girl headed for PP stopped and willingly took several of the flyers that we had.  She said she was not there for an abortion and was shocked when I said they were performing them today.  So we suggested that she look for her care elsewhere.  She seemed interested but still wanted to keep her appointment.  While Joyce and I spoke with her, a man stopped and asked her to come talk with him a little.  Joyce told him we would gladly address any of his concerns as well.  But she did walk down the street with him for a very short while.  We were hoping that she would not come back, but she did.  However, we are hopeful that she may not return in the future.  She seemed disturbed with the abortion idea and seemed interested in the other resources.

A man stopped to say that, while respects our being there and that we have the right, he doesn’t agree with us.  He also said that if the California case comes to PA, he would not agree that they have the right to force CPC to promote abortion.  He thinks people should have a right to “choose”.  It’s the whole notion of “relativism” that is alive in our culture today.  We need a backbone to stick up for what is truly right and against what is truly wrong.  There are absolutes.  And abortion is absolutely wrong.  He didn’t want to stay to talk about the rights of the child, etc.  He just wanted to state his point and move on.  At least he “respects” us I guess.

Here are some of the ways we made a difference today:

Prayed 2 Rosaries

Prayed 1 Divine Mercy

Offered up Songs

Provided pregnancy resources to someone to share

Patiently deal with an Abortion Adovocate

Offered Abortion Healing for someone in need

Directed someone to other places to go besides PP

Directed the poor/needy to a location for help

Conversation with a worker

Endured the Cold and Snow and Rain

Patti’s daughter stopped to say hi. Here they are in their matching jackets.

1-3: Nikki

I had the honor of praying with the wonderfully dedicated group from Saint Margaret Mary Parish in moon township. What a selfless and dedicated group they are! They signed up to be there for four hours and are staying the entire time! The weather was terrible, I don’t know why I thought it might be fun to stand in the snow, it definitely was not. The snow was icy and wet and the wind was whipping it in our faces. It was a losing battle to try to keep the baby model set visible, it would be covered again two minutes after cleaning it off. Trying to pray the prayer intentions on the back of the baby signs was even a challenge as the words kept getting covered up from the snow. But, we made a profound witness to those who saw us although not many stopped to comment or engage us. One young man, however, did stop to talk. He asked us, “why do you care so much?“ We had the opportunity to explain to him how much God loves everyone, and since we love God, we love all of his creation, and explained that when those who are weak and unable to defend themselves are being harmed, that we need to come to their aid. I think we gave him something to think about, he was really just curious and seemed to be intrigued as to why we would stand out there in such awful weather. That is why it is so important that we do this, I believe. I was very happy to see the next shift manager, Mike when he arrived at 3 o’clock to relieve me. Here he is in the picture, along with the wonderful prayer warriors from Saint Margaret Mary Parish.

Thank you to everyone for your sacrifice in this difficult weather! I believe that God sees our sacrifices and is holding us in his heart.

3-5: Michael

Day 35  Tuesday  3 – 5

   It was cold, windy, snowy and wet today, but the thoughts of babies warmed our hearts. The ladies and gents from St. Margaret of Moon Township were six strong and wonderful to brave the nasty weather and keep the vigil for four hours. This movement and cause is all about God’s people, brothers and sisters in Christ, coming together to pray, chant, sing, fast, cry, laugh and witness to His unending and unconditional love for us imperfect humans who are created by Him and in His image and likeness. What is more important than for us to JOIN TOGETHER AND bring Glory, Honor and Worship to the Perfect Creator of ALL!!!  NOTHING!!!   


5-7: Lisa

What fun weather for our last Tuesday shift of this 40 Days campaign, the first day of spring. We knew well enough to dress in several layers and the big heavy boots. It never got too sloppy for us tonight but just as we were beginning to feel the cold Diane and her two faithful companions came a little early so all of us could get home before the predicted heavier snow.

Johanna, Fran, Diane, Penny the Pro Life puppy   and Lisa

What a great prayer partner I have had in Johanna joining me this whole campaign, my CDA sister (Catholic Daughters of the Americas.) A another big thank you to Fran a Knights of Columbus member from Greentree. Knights and Daughters two great organizations. If Fran had not joined us three of our five Tuesday nights, Johanna and I would have been praying and witnessing alone. Thank you again Fran!

 

Day 28: Thank you St. Robert Bellarmine (McKeesport), St. Joseph Church (Cabot); St. Ann Catholic Church (Waynesburg)

I recently heard about an amazing teenager, Rachel Scott…she was the first victim in the Columbine tragedy. Her life and story are beautiful as you can tell from a theory that she wrote down for a school assignment:

She says I have this theory, that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, that it will start a chain reaction of the same”

People will never know how far a little kindness can go…You may start your own chain reaction of compassion.

That’s what the many facets of the Pro-Life movement all come down to…COMPASSION. Everyone who is participating in 40 Days for Life is certainly going out of their way to show compassion. Maybe your little kindness of witnessing on the sidewalk has unknowingly directed a woman on to the next link in the chain reaction of compassion…to a Pregnancy Resource Center and into their system of Compassionate Care.  The resources on our yellow cards for material needs and housing….these are all links in the chain reaction of compassion. There is compassion for abortion workers. The Pro-Life movement is a really, really long chain reaction of compassion!!

The FALSE compassion of abortion is destructive and a BREAK in the chain reaction of compassion. But the Pro-Life movement also has  links of compassion for Post-abortive women and men.

Help can be found at  1-800-5WE-CARE

 

7-9: Charlene 

Today, I was lucky to be on the sidewalk with Fr. Brennan and Helen from St. Robert Bellamine…and of course, my other half Dick. Fr. Brennan and I have been on the sidewalk together many times and it always lifts my spirits, his warm conversation and gentle way. Today, some of my witnessing took the form of spiritual conversation with Helen and Fr. Brennan and I began to think, as a shift manager, the different ways people witness on the sidewalk…quiet prayer alone, group prayers together, signs-yes and no, walking, talking together, handing out literature…but each one is a presence. Does God have a preference? I don’t think so. God made us each different. “His love for us is impartial, but His pursuit of us is personal” (Proverbs 31 Ministries) He knows we will each approach the sidewalk differently…but He is glad we are there. Charlene

Helen (St Robert Bellermine), Charlene (SM & St Bonaventure), Fr Brennan (St Robert Bellermine)

9-11: Kathy 

A loving group from St. Robert Bellarmine parish endured the cold as they joined me on the sidewalk, along with Ed, sidewalk counselor, who comes every Tuesday. Much of our time was spent praying and offering resources to pp patrons and passersby. Some accepted. The St. Robert B group wore the provided signs. Also, passerby Robert, who stops by occassionally did so today.


Ed, sidewalk counselor; Fr. Brennan and ladies from St. Robert Bellarmine parish in Washington, PA.

11-1: Cecilia

It was probably my coldest shift this campaign.  One layer of socks was not enough.  I needed toe warmers and we did break out hand warmers.  Some of us took a quick break to thaw out at Catholic Charities.

I was concerned that I would be traveling alone with Jodi, a first timer from our church, St Joes.  But then Patti and Denny said they could come and drive us down.  And Sandi’s family was healthy enough so she could join with us too.  On the way down, we stopped at the Catholic Charities Welcome Center to drop off food donations collected from St. Joes as an almsgiving opportunity.

Denny & Patti from St Joes and Suzanne from Bellefield Presby.

 

Regulars Beth & Bill with Sandi from Holy Sep and Rick from OL of Guadeloupe.
Catholic Charities Welcome Center donations from St Joes that we dropped off prior to the shift.

Kathy filled in today for Beth who is fighting for Life in Harrisburg.  We were blessed that she took time to pray a Psalm with us before leaving.  Sandi led us in praying the litany on the back of the beautiful baby sign.  Many other prayers including Rosaries and the Divine Mercy were prayed today.  Beth came again today to pray before and after attending Mass.  It was good to see her and Suzanne on my shift again!  Lovely ladies and great prayer warriors!

Regulars Bill and Bob stopped by.  Ken from OL of Guadelupe came by as well and got to work praying the Rosary.  He is from our neck of the woods.  Several others heard the call and came to stand with Nikki so that she would not be alone from 1-2.

Before my shift was over, a man stopped asking for assistance.  Sandi took him to Tony’s for food.  Soon afterwards a couple came out of PP.  They didn’t have money for anything apparently.  She is pregnant.  They took resources that we offered but said they “had it all”.  They took my offer to pay for their lunch at Tony’s.  Please pray for them to find jobs, good housing, to stay off of drugs,….so that they can have a stable life and raise this baby.  Their other children have been taken from them.  Please pray that they do not abort this child.

Here are some of the ways we made a difference today:

Prayed at least 4 Rosaries

Prayed 1 Divine Mercy

Offered up Scripture Prayers

Offered up other Prayers

Conversation with someone leaving PP

Provided pregnancy resources to someone in need

Listened to those who stopped by to share their story

Directed someone to other places to go besides PP

Directed the poor/needy to a location for help

Endured the Cold and Snow

  1-3: Nikki 

 Seven people responded to Tim’s email  saying that I needed company for the first hour of my shift today from 1 to 2! I feel loved! Thanks to everyone who came out to pray with me!

Selfie with Vince and Joe

Faithful Joe, lovely Gwen and  Colleen from Saint Winifred, Vince from Saint Sebastian, Beth from the Latin mass at Saint Boniface, And Margorie from Saint Richard’s.   There was a lot of prayer happening on the sidewalk today, and as many prayers were prayed we had as many varieties of weather to go along with them! I think it was the strangest weather that I have ever stood in. It went from almost a blizzard and strong wind one minute to blue skies and sunshine and total calm the next!  It was beautiful actually seeing the snow falling.  At the end of my first hour, just as the sun was coming out, Kim and her lovely crew from Saint Ann in Waynesburg arrived. They prayed with me For the last hour of my shift.

 

Snow covered prayer warriors
Saint Ann’s crew from Waynesburg

Beth, Gwen, Colleen, Margorie and Anna Marie

 It was such a joy to be surrounded by so many faithful brothers and sisters in Christ! 40 days for life is truly God’s gift to us during these dark times! It is like a hug from him! We had quite a few positive comments and no negative ones that I can remember.  Shift manager Mike arrived right on time for his 3 to 5 shift  and I handed the torch over to him. Thank you everyone who came out today!

3-5: Michael 

The weather was very interesting today. The sun would come out and the wind would die down for awhile

and then the sun would disappear and it would snow and the wind would blow like crazy.  It would keep fluctuating

like that every half hour or so. I truly appreciated the fine ladies from Waynesburg, I think they from St. Ann’s parish.

They were there from 1:00 to 5:00pm and prayed continuously. What an inspiration to me and anyone who witnessed their love and devotion to the one true Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!!  I went in the bookstore where Governor Wolfe reportedly ventured into on Monday and the owner told me he did not recognize the Governor as being in his store that day.  Perhaps the Governor entered the store when the owner was in the back room and left before the owner came out of the back room. Or perhaps the owner just does not have a good idea of what Wolfe looks like. Who knows!?!


5-7: Lisa 

Manning the 5-7 shift this evening was quiet and peaceful and Johanna and I took advantage of this and  prayed a lot.  There were several “suits” going in after 5.  It must have been a meeting night.

Tonight was quite different than last week when I did experience several confrontations and I have prayed a lot this past week for those people who are confrontational with us.

Why didn’t I say this……do this…

Confrontation – I do not like it and often I do not handle it well.  Sure, after the fact I think “Why didn’t I say this…do this.  When I am on the sidewalk I smile and say hello and the majority of people do smile back, say hello.

So I spent a lot of time this past week praying for them knowing that God does not love them any more or any less than me.  I prayed that they come to the realization of why they are so angry.  Is it their own participation in an abortion?  I prayed that they realize as in Isiah 65:17 “The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind” by our Lord.  I prayed that if their memories are filled with past hurts and they are struggling to forgive themselves God will heal the memories of the wrongs we have done when we have a humble and contrite heart.

God does not hold our failures in his mind.  He sees everything through the lens of mercy.

Blessings,

Lisa

Day 21: Thank you St. John United Evangelical Protestant/Burry’s Church; St. Joseph Church (Cabot); St. Joseph (Verona);K of C (St. Margaret of Scotland & SS. Simon and Jude – Greentree)

Do you know your blood type?

I try to donate blood fairly regularly, but I can never remember my own blood type.

(No worries, I carry a card in my wallet in case of emergency!) 

Recently, I read an article that scientific testing of blood found on The Shroud of Turin (believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus),  The Cloth of Oviedo (the cloth said to have covered Jesus’ face after He was crucified) and other Eucharistic miracles show that the blood type found on these relics is AB Positive. The article anecdotally asked at the end…

“Do you know your blood type? Do you have the same as Jesus’?”

So I got my card out and did a little research to jog my memory about which blood type is the rarest, which is the universal donor,  etc, etc, etc. I had just assumed that AB + (Jesus blood type according to these miracles) would be the type that is the universal donor….a natural assumption following along the same lines  that He gave His life for us.

Well, it turns out that AB + blood is rare, the percentage of the population that has AB blood type is in the single digits. AND also, that the person with type AB + blood, is the UNIVERSAL RECIPIENT, meaning that person can RECEIVE the blood of ALL types!

Isn’t amazing how God doesn’t overlook any detail, even the TYPE of Jesus’ blood tells us:

We Are All Members of The Body of Christ and He will RECEIVE anything we give over to Him…

 

7-9: Charlene

Just arrived home from Florida where it was 87 degrees. It was not 87 on the sidewalk this morning..there was wind, but we had Pastor Win from St. John Evangelical Protestant Church and SA Jackie with Dick and I…warm, holy people.

One of my favorite songs has this line in it, “We are the light of the world…let our light shine among men…that they may see the good that we do and give Glory to God”. I thought about the song this morning as we were joined by another Pro-life group…the Christian Collegian Network. They did not sign the book. They knew the rules of peaceful vigil…they passed out literature and did a lot of talking. When they first appeared across the street, they appeared to be strategizing and I will admit, Jackie and I were wondering,”friend or foe”? Thank you Lord, “friend”. They will be back Saturday.

The reason this reminded me of my song is as we always say…we don’t know who we are reaching and how God will use us. The Christian Collegian Network knew exactly where the peaceful Pro-life Vigil was because our light shines bright!
It’s good to be back friends! Charlene

9-11: Beth and Rose

She said she knew it was wrong.  But the baby’s daddy was forcing her to do it.  But  they had no money.  But the  sonogram costs $125.

But then Jackie started to quietly explain all the help that was hers, gave her literature and said we would wait for her.

And she did come out!  Kathy called Leigh Ann at Catholic Charities and left A.’s phone number to make contact.  A. didn’t want anyone to go with her.  She just wanted to get lunch and catch her bus.

But…..she came back out!  Without an abortion!  Please pray for A.

Thanks to everyone from St. John’s Evangelical Church in New Sewickley.  We hope feeling returns to Pastor Win’s numb feet real soon.

P.S. Article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership wants to improve the atmosphere in the 900 block of Liberty Avenue.  Suggestion:  shut down the abortion facility.  Sure would improve the atmosphere for about 3000 babies and their moms every year!

11-1: Cecilia

Pastor Win, Kathy and Beth

BethAnn with Unique who stopped for a long time and shared stories of people she knows who are affected by abortion. She took resources for others and I gave her some for herself.

Suzanne was back and lifted up prayers, songs and scripture
Judy with her daughters Dominique and Christa from Pope St John XXIII Latin church. They live near us and so we sometimes see their large beautiful family at St Joes daily Mass.
Patti came down this week with her hubby, Denny. From St Joes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pam brought Barb, Joyce and I down to the vigil. Here they are across the street. We had a nice presence there today. Bob also stopped to pray on his break.

1-3: Nikki

I was very blessed to have my friends from my own parish today, Joyce and Bob with me for the 1 to 3 shift. We had beautiful weather, even sunshine for a while. We had one negative comment, a woman stopped to ask us if we also protested gun violence in schools. Other than that, we had many positive comments. We were praying as a group when one man stopped and told us that, on behalf of all the babies, he wanted to thank us for being there.

In the middle of our shift, a truck pulled up, it was a biohazard truck, and two workers carried out the biohazard boxes containing the dead bodies of the babies that had been killed. It was sobering to see how they were laughing and joking as they pushed the dolly filled with the boxes. We prayed a divine Mercy chaplet for the babies while the truck was still parked there.

No coincidence FOUR Mother of Sorrows parishioners show up at the same time the bodies were being removed

After that, a nice couple stopped by to pray. They were in town for the home and Garden show and were from Mother of Sorrows Parish in Murrysville. The four of us prayed the litany prayers printed on the back of the baby signs. When we were finished another couple stopped who were also from Mother of Sorrows. What a coincidence! The five of us prayed for a little while and then a woman named Beth arrived early for the 3 o’clock hour. She had answered the call to stand with shift manager Michael. We handed the torch to Michael when he arrived and are thankful for such a blessed time to witness and pray!

3-5: Michael

Beautiful Beth who stood with Michael today,   Thank You!

5-7: Lisa

Not the usual hustle and bustle in Downtown tonight.  It seemed like half the workers went home early.  I want to thank Fran, a parishioner of St. Margaret of Scotland & SS. Simon and Jude, Greentree.  Fran is also a Knight of Columbus and I am VERY grateful he stood with me tonight as I would have been alone without him.  Unfortunately, there were two separate interactions with two very angry men, one of which I am going to call Professor Blueberry.

This older man was extremely crude especially to any and all things religious.  He began his “conversation” saying how can we have anything against the killing of something as small as a blueberry.  This man came off as something of an intellectual but the vile things he was saying were truly horrible. I left Fran with him for a short while – pulled out my beads and after about 10 minutes used my usual tactic of asking him to pray with us – Fran & I started praying and this made Prof. Blueberry really say some very foul things but he did leave then. Truly Thank God for Fran being with me.

Day 14: Thank you First Evangelical Free Church (McKeesport)and St. Joseph Church (Cabot)

Have you heard about this Cutie Pie yet? He is Lucas Warren and was chosen as the 2018 Gerber baby.

He is a 1-year-old from Dalton, Georgia who is the first child with Down syndrome to be named a Gerber baby since the contest’s start in 2010.

 Lucas’s mom says “He’s very outgoing and never meets a stranger, he loves to play, loves to laugh and loves to make other people laugh.”

gerber_2018_baby_today_180205_03_5cc2587f5ac3c2fbe963b5ba20766d7c.today-inline-largeGerber/Cortney Warren

The winning photo of Lucas, submitted by his mom, Cortney, to the Gerber Spokesbaby contest.
The following is an excerpt from an opinion piece at Lifesite news, 
you can read the full article by clicking HERE
“Gerber’s choice sends a crucial message, that children with disabilities are just as valuable as any other child, and they often bring love into their homes, communities, and churches that’s second-to-none. So may Lucas be an ambassador, not just for Gerber, but for the joy that comes from welcoming all lives.”

“I’m more than happy to praise Gerber…but I don’t want to praise them for the wrong reason. Gerber did the right thing, but children with Down syndrome are valuable not because they’re cute or even because they often bring so much love and happiness to their families, although both of those things are true.

“Lucas, like every human being, is valuable whether he’s cute or not; both when he brings happiness and when he doesn’t. His value is intrinsic, not a utilitarian calculation that weighs the costs with the benefits.”

Sue and Pastor Kirk 7am-9am

It’s always so uplifting to see Diane for the early-morning shifts. Her faithfulness to the vigil impresses me year after year. With all the pro-life information she has in her car, she’s like a pregnancy resource center on wheels! And she’s always coming up with new innovations to make our vigil safer and more effective. God bless her! (I wish I would’ve taken her photo!)

I was greeted right away by Pastor Kirk and Bill from First Evangelical Free Church, Meg from St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and Vicky, who was beginning her day before work by praying at the vigil as she said she often does. We split up for the two sides of the circle, and prayer began immediately. Bill H. stopped by, too, partway into the hour. It was cold, but somehow after the soaking rains of late, the cold itself didn’t feel quite as oppressive, as it has had a talent for doing this winter. I don’t remember a single negative reaction, and there were many positives. Pastor Kirk graciously assumed shift manager duties at 8:00, as I had to get to work. Hopefully we served as early-spring seed planters this morning – the seeds of faith, hope, love, and conversion for all we encountered. Lord, hear our prayers!

In prayer: Pastor Kirk from FEFC, Vicky, Meg from St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and Bill from FEFC
Beth 9am-11am

Forgive me if I forget any names of the wonderful people who stood in the cold this morning praying through a very busy Tuesday. The FEFC of McKeesport brought Pastor Kirk, Youth Pastor Joel and his wife Cynthia, accompanied by three handsome, young boys, along with Timberly, Rick, Dan, Patty and Randy.  Joel did a masterful job of explaining the rules of peaceful witness to the boys, right from the sign-in sheet.

Rick, Patty, Dan and Randy from FEFC

The abortionist arrived at 9 a.m. sharp with her associate and there was a sad, continuous stream of clients.  Some took literature as Elsie and Ed worked each end of the yellow bubble.  Again, even though it is the worst place, one meets the most wonderful people witnessing there.

Some questions:  What happened to the only beautiful thing in PP, the stain glass window above the door?  Did they have it removed when the front door was remodeled?   Did someone realize that something beautiful did not belong where the purpose of the place is ugly?  And… why would anyone deliver cases of Girl Scout cookies to PP as happened today?  Don’t think I can look at a ThinMint or Samoa ever again without that memory.

Beth

Cecilia 11am-1pm

Suzanne from Bellview Suzanne from Bellview UPC and Cathy from Monroeville Assembly of God
My travel companions and friends! Sandi from Holy Sep, JoAnn from St Marys, Cil, Patti and Joyce from St Joes

 

Regular Bob on lunch break
Beth from St Alexis came back for my shift this week!

It was another sunny day but colder than we thought it would be in the ‘burgh.  Those who had them put on hats, gloves, earmuffs and scarves.  Most of the passersby greeted us warmly and some took literature.  One man kept yelling at us as he was walking away.  He said God would send us to hell, that God doesn’t like ugly women and called me a nasty name.  I assured him of God’s love for EVERYONE including him and told him that we still loved him and would pray for him.  It is sad that he is so angry and probably hurting.  But we are glad to accept the persecutions for the sake of our cause.

My friends Sandi (Holy Sep), JoAnn (St Marys), Patti & Joyce (St Joes) were my travel companions and held vigil with me today.

Beth (St Alexis) was back this week and I hope will come again next week.

Faithful Bob stopped to say prayers during his lunch break.

It was great to have Suzanne (Bellview EPC) and Cathy (Monroeville AofG) there too.  I think Suzanne was here last week for Beth’s shift and came back this week a little later in the day to stand with us.  We had some great conversations grounded in scripture.  Suzanne is awesome at sharing the Good News!

Here are some of the ways we made a difference today:

Prayed 3 Rosaries

Prayed 2 Divine Mercies

Offered up Scripture Prayers

Offered up other Prayers (2)

Sang Songs to our Lord

Conversation with someone leaving PP

Pregnancy Resources to someone who stopped

Contraception Education to someone

Gave literature to someone to share with others

Listened to at least 3 people who stopped to shared their story

Prayed with someone who stopped

Patiently dealt with an Abortion Advocate

Directed someone to other places to go besides PP

Directed the poor/needy to a location for help

Endured the Cold

Nikki 1pm-3pm
 It was a beautiful, sunny day to witness for life! Thank you to my dear friend Carole for coming with me for my first hour, pictured in the selfie picture.
I was going to be alone for the second hour but two wonderful married couples answered the call. Mary and Guy came first and then Hank and Judy arrived soon after. They  were also planning to stay for the 3 o’clock hour with the next shift manager, Pat.
 
 It was a quiet and prayerful time, very sad to see couples leaving the clinic after their abortions, most likely. I just prayed silently for them. Once Judy arrived, her joyful spirit was so inspiring! It was wonderful to watch her interact lovingly to everyone who passed by, and to see the way people responded to her natural friendliness! We all  have different gifts, and God uses us in different ways. Watching her reminded me of what a privilege it is to be part of 40 days for life and as Judy put it, to be monuments for God, witnesses for all to see! The time went quickly, I was happy to see Pat arrive, he is filling in as a shift manager from 3 to 5. We have a beautiful 40 days for life family here in Pittsburgh and I am  very grateful!
Pat 3pm-5pm

I started the shift with Hank and Judy for the first hour.  I notice that when the weather’s cold (or wet), I don’t bother with literature, but pray more.  When the weather’s nice like today, however, I feel more compelled to pass out literature – especially the 40 Days for Life, Pittsburgh flyers we have – so people that can know what we’re doing.  The downside is that I don’t feel like I’m able to pray much at all.

The second hour brought Jim from St. Monica’s, who, like Hank and Judy, had answered the call to keep me company on my shift.  I really enjoyed both talking and praying with him (by this time I had put the literature away) and we did have an interesting moment together. While praying the rosary I decided to look up to the top of the PP building (mostly to stretch my neck) and a woman asked me:  “What are you looking at?”  I immediately responded:  “A building where they kill 3,000 people a year.”  She had no idea and ended-up walking away with one of our precious feet pins.  And all because of a little pain in the neck.

Johanna joined us at about 4:45 and stayed on with Lisa for the last shift as Jim and I departed.

Jim from St. Monica’s in Chippewa and Johanna from St. Peter’s on the North Side and the Catholic Daughters of America.

Pat

Lisa 5pm-7pm
It was a good evening.  Rick joined Johanna and I this evening.  Rick takes up post on the far side of the circle and becomes our “Rock”.  So good to have you back with us Rick.
Nothing but smiles and thank yous tonight and the most endearing encounter with the young family that usually passes by every Tuesday after 6.  I wonder if other’s that stand for the last shift of the day experience the same joy these young children bring.  We did not see them last week and were thinking maybe their lives led them somewhere else in the past few months.  Johanna and I were overjoyed to see them coming toward us and we let them know it!  The little boy is so full of fun!  He is probably 5 or 6 and there are 3 older sisters & mom.  Well, our little pal was his curious self and seeing the change in the fetal models he was so adorably appalled that someone would actually steal the babies! Steal the Babies! How could someone do that! Steal the Babies!  Needless to say, he made our day!  God Bless this little sweetie and his family.

Day 7: St. Peter Catholic Church (Steubenville OH); St. Joseph Church (Cabot); K of C (St. Margaret of Scotland & SS. Simon and Jude)

IMPOSSIBLE.

With a little help, a little support,  maybe a woman can come to see her situation a little differently….help her see her situation go from

Impossible to I’m possible.

I was struck by a refrain I heard at church this past weekend:

Turn to God and He will turn to YOU in Delight            

It made me think how, if we make the slightest movement towards God, He recognizes that and turns fully around with a huge smile on His face, thrilled that we are seeking Him in the slightest way! I feel that way about the people entering PP…we just want them to make a slight movement towards any of the 40 Days for Life witnesses on the sidewalk…and We will be delighted….to talk, to empathize and to offer practical help!

1-800-712 HELP

We would love to be given the chance to help someone go from IMPOSSIBLE to I’m Possible

to her BABY is possible, a possibility and a promise! It just takes a slight movement towards LIFE!

heart-951873__340

The play on words reminded me of a song from my childhood, but I could only remember the first 3 lines, so I looked up the lyrics:

I am a promise, I am a possibility
I am a promise with a capital “P”
I can be anything, anything God wants me to be

You are a promise, You are a possibility
You are a promise with a capital “P”
You are a great big bundle of potentiality
And if you’ll listen, you’ll hear God’s voice
And if you’re trying, He’ll help you make the right choices
You’re a promise to be anything He wants you to be

You can go anywhere that He wants you to go
You can be anything that He wants you to be
You can climb the high mountain
You can cross the wide sea
You’re a great big promise you see

I am a promise, I am a possibility
I am a promise with a capital “P”
I am a great big bundle of potentiality
And I am learning to hear God’s voice
And I am trying to make the right choices
I’m a promise to be anything God wants me to be

So keep on listening, you’ll hear God’s voice
And keep on trying, He’ll help you make the right choices
You’re a promise to be anything He wants you to be
I’m a promise to be anything God wants me to be
You’re a promise to be anything He wants you to be

Words & Music : Bill & Gloria Gaither

7-9: David

The Grace of God was in abundance this morning because, prayer warriors Tracy, Beth, and Shawn from St Peter Catholic Church in Steubenville, Ohio were with me. Their church has had perpetual adoration since April 1997 !!!

Tracy, Beth and Shawn
Sally and Al

Al and Sally were here for an hour. Bill stopped by. Sidewalk advocate Jackie was here. Susan was here. Vickie was here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vicky

A young lady and her brother hesitated at the entrance of pp then, walked on by. They wouldn’t take any information. Vickie and Beth talked to them a while but, they still wouldn’t take any info. At 8:00, the same girl and two others went into pp. One was dropped off from a van. Jackie bravely spoke to her at the door of the van but, she went in. We prayed for them and their babies.
Several men who walked by took some information, two said, in no uncertain terms, they keep their babies! Thank God !

9-11: Beth and Rose

What a wonderful group of 40 Days for Life people at PP today for the 9-11 a.m. shift.  From Steubenville, Tracy, David, Beth and Shawn stood as pray-ers and witnesses for the entire morning.  Coming from Butler, Jacky was there doing a remarkable job of talking the pro-life talk with quite a few people.  And Ed from St. James is now the favorite of Oddie the dog from the Bricolage theater.  Bill H. stopped by and in spite of our tragic circumstances, lots of clients today, we enjoyed each other’s cheerful display of perseverance and enjoyed the almost tropic weather (hope that continues!).  A million thanks Cil and Company who came early so I could catch the bus on time. Laurie came with her great kids also from St. Peters in Steubenville : Aletheia, Augustine, Faith Hope, George and Charity

And….dear 40 Days family, due to the generosity of our members, People Concerned for the Unborn Child has lots of kids clothing, ages newborn to 4 or 5T.  Would you please ask your local pregnancy resource agency, or food bank or church, if they need anything and if you let me know, bsvirbel@hotmail.com  what you need (sizes) and when you’ll be at 40 Days downtown, we’ll have everything ready for you to take back home with you. Thanks from PCUC.

11-1: Cecilia

For my first shift of the campaign I was blessed with beautiful people on a beautiful day!  I’d like to say I brought the nice weather back from Myrtle Beach with me yesterday but the truth is it was colder there than it was here today.  It is good to be back to work trying to save lives and make a difference.

Thank you to my friends Joyce, Barb and Sandi from St Joes and Holy Sep who made the trip to Pittsburgh with me.  We dropped off church donations to the Catholic Charities Welcome Center before arriving.  They got right to “work” praying the Rosary:

Beth was surrounded by a nice group of people.  The “S.” children were there for a short while but could not stay because their Mom was struggling to find a place to park their large van.  Even their short stay had to make an impact.  They will try again another day.  From Beth’s shift, I got a picture of David (St Marys), Tracy, Shawn & Beth (St Peters), Ed (St James) and Suzanne (Bellefield EPC) I think!:

It was nice to meet Beth from St. Alexis who comes often to the vigil.  She lifted up many prayers on “the other side” during my shift.  Here she is with Joe:

Joe arrive early with a big smile and hug for us.  We stayed with him until Pat arrived to keep him company.  Unfortunately Nikki is still sick and could not make it.  Here they are:

Here are some of the ways we made a difference today:

Prayed 3 Rosaries and 2 Divine MerciesGave out 5 Rosaries, 1 Feet Pin, granola bars and literature

Directed 3 people “in need”… to Catholic Charities, etc…

Gave a Resource card to a girl going in with her Mom and then spoke with her Mom when she came out later to smoke.  Unfortunately the Mom said it was her daughter’s choice to make and told us to leave her alone.  We prayed that she would choose life.

Gave Chastity info to two young single girls who work at a local hospital.  They said they weren’t pregnant “yet” when I gave them the Resource card so I thought the Chastity info would be helpful.  They seemed glad to receive it.

Listened to a lady and her daughter who were from Africa and were shocked that abortion is allowed in our country.

Spoke with a young man just out of college.  He is Catholic, attended LaRoche for undergrad and Duquesne for his Masters degree.  Yet he supports abortion in some cases and campaigned for Hillary.  He gave the usual comments about life of the mother and overpopulation.  Thankfully I had flyers to give him on that.  Also he questioned if we adopted children or supported women who do choose life for their child.  We were glad to be able to share examples of the good that we do to help those in need and tell of friends that have adopted.  I hope he left thinking better of us.  We REALLY need to change public perception.  My son who is a freshman in college told me the same thing over the weekend…people think we are there to “shame” yet not “help”.

Not only are we there to help others but sometimes someone comes by and helps us.  Today I was blessed by a man maybe my age who was walking by with a friend.  They were well dressed and my guess heading back to the Convention Center.  This man stepped back to me, reached out, put his hand on my left shoulder and prayed over me for some time.  It was the greatest experience I must say and brought me to tears that he would take time to do that.  Thank you Lord Jesus for giving us strength for our journey!

1-3: Nikki

(Joe took Nikki’s shift): When I was a child, I always had thoughts of a child.  I remember the nuns telling us about the passion of Jesus, how he was tied to the posts and whipped with metal on the end of the whips.  I remember how they told us that they brought him up the mountain to nail him to the cross.  In my mind, I imagined myself going in and rescuing Jesus, so he wouldn’t have to die.  Now, here I am , 65 years old, sitting in front of the abortion clinic in downtown Pittsburgh, looking up at that 5 story building on an abortion day.  I am thinking like a child again.  In my mind, I see the abortionist aborting the babies, and I see the angels catching them, and they have wings…taking them up to heaven.

Those are just some of the thoughts that I had while I was sitting in front of the clinic.  But then a woman caught my eye, she was standing on the side of the building, in distress.  Some of the others told me that her daughter was in there having an abortion. That place is just filled with anger, hatred, sadness and grief.  That woman outside was feeling it all.  I went up to her, and I explained to her that I was with the 40 days for life, and could I do anything to help her, but she told me to get away from her, so I did.  I walked away and I felt sorry for her, that she was in such pain.

I saw Patty on the other end of the circle, she was crying as she was praying, and I felt her pain.  Many people walked by.  Some took pamphlets, most of them saying they were with us.  Some said they were against us.  But this one young man walked by, in a jovial mood, and he was saying “they shouldn’t be killing those kids up there”, kind of making a spectacle of himself, as he passed through the circle.  I told Patty that he is on our side.  She smiled.

It was a beautiful day outside, sunshine, and warm weather.  I would like to share it with everyone.

God bless,

Joe

3-5: Michael

What a beautiful day!  Almost 80 degrees and sunny. Didn’t the groundhog see his shadow?  I thought I may be alone, but instead I was pleasantly surprised by so many awesome people. Three wonderful ladies came from Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, PA: Pat, Cecilia and Renee and they met their friend Bernadette from Cranberry. They are members of the Immaculate Secular Franciscans. We were also joined by Jim from Chippewa, Beaver County. Nothing negative to report. These people are so tremendous and humbly carry their torches for the unborn and their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  They are truly an inspiration to me and I am certain to many others.

5-7: Lisa

What a day with the unusual, beautiful weather tonight. My ever faithful pal, Johanna had arrived early to stand with Mike. Jim answered the call to be with Mike and stayed for an additional hour with us. Jim and Fran, Knights of Columbus of the Greentree Council #12355 arrived and we had a very prayerful two hours.
We engaged in a short, respectful conversation with a young woman and I believe we may have changed a heart as she stated, “I never thought about it like that”!

Jim, Fran, Jim and Johanna