Day 34: Thanks to St. Thomas Anglican Church, Holy Apostles Parish, and all who came to pray at the vigil!

Did you ever hear the expression “keep it simple” or the K-I-S-S version?  I really think it applies to us and our efforts outside the abortion center.  We need to keep it simple starting with “just show up”.  Get downtown to 933 Liberty Ave. Sounds easy, but as we all know, it’s not always easy for either internal reasons or external ones.  Next “just stay awhile”.  It doesn’t have to be long but long enough for you open your heart to God in prayer so HE knows why you are there and what you want. 

Sounds a little like the Crucifixion. There weren’t many followers who showed up for whatever their reasons.

And lastly, let God’s love shine through you.  Smile. There is still time this week to come to vigil if you haven’t been able to make it so far.  If you can’t come this week, know there are year-round sidewalk advocates and prayer warriors outside the clinic every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. So uncomplicate your life.  Do something really meaningful.  It’s SIMPLE come back to 933 Liberty Ave to pray and demonstrate the gospel of life… maybe save a life and a soul and, oh yeah, find Joy. 

-Tim

Here are reports from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:

Mary, Peggy and Thao

It was an interesting morning. There were a lot of emergency vehicles heading down towards the convention center. We learned from passersby that a bus had fell front-end first into a sink hole. Everyone was talking about the emergency and we did hear that no one was hurt….Rose remarked that the bus/sink hole is a one time tragedy while all the lives being lost at planned parenthood (over 3000 per year) is an on-going tragedy. We hope to make the people passing by aware of this tragedy…We also had a young man with his son tell us that he supports us, he is for life! It was a pleasure to stand with Peggy who volunteers at Women’s Choice Network and Family Links. She was telling me about the WCN banquet theme, ” father factor” and how when a woman has a supportive man in her life, the chances of her choosing life go way up!! Thank you! – Sue

From Ginny 9-11 am:

There was a lot of excitement up the street with the bus in the sinkhole , very quiet in front of Planned Parenthood.
Except when  charter school had their fire drill on our sidewalk walk. The kids were interested in looking at the fetal models.

Here’s from Donna 11-1:

“It was an interesting Monday to say the least; a bus in a sinkhole, the sidewalks full of Steeler & Dolphin fans, lots of foot traffic. Thanks to Marti & Ron, from our church, St. Thomas Anglican in Gibsonia, joining Diane and I today. Bill stopped by briefly as he told us he was on jury duty. Praise God there were many more positive comments than negative today. So many God bless you’s and thank you’s. Someone came up to me and said “May the Lord bless you and keep you” and then he walked over to Marti and said the same thing. Another man walked by and then came back and handed me a donation for 40 Days For Life. I thanked him and said God bless you. We did have one person early on say “Roe v Wade forever” as he walked by. I said “God bless you” and then he said “go to he..”. We prayed for all who walked by that Jesus would touch their hearts in some way and open their eyes to His truth. Jesus said we would be persecuted for our faith. In a small way we are with the jeers, eye rolls, laughter, mean comments and angry stares. Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Blessings For Life, Donna

From Beth 1-3: A big “thumbs up” to God for the best weather of this 40 days 
Lots of people walking by this afternoon and most of the comments were positive 

Thanks to Marie my shift relief for always coming early so we could leave before rush hour. Steeler fans, Dolphin fans, and people just wanting to see a bus stuck in the sink hole made for a crowded Liberty Avenue. Here’s from Marie 3-5:

“Lots of traffic on the street. Some very positive responses. Two different men had very positive comments. Pete and I were accompanied by Beth from North Park Church, Mary Jane from St Thomas More, Theo from Catholic Charities and Bill”. -Marie Here’s from Peter also with Marie 3-5 pm: “It’s hard to believe this was our 5th and final Monday of this campaign.  We have been blessed with wonderful weather on our shifts and today was no different.  There were many more pedestrians than normal because foot traffic (mostly for the Steeler game) had to be redirected our way due to the sinkhole that swallowed the bus. Even though there wasn’t much conversation with those who walked by, we hope our presence and prayers gave them pause.  God Bless. -Peter”  


Day 27: Thanks to St. Joseph Parish and all the individual Prayer Warriors

Just beneath the surface

Did you ever wonder what is going on just beneath the surface of all the people around the vigil site? 

Oh BTW, the picture is a “thermal feature” at Yellowstone National Park. The water in this pictures is lethal hot since this is an outlet for the heated water just beneath the surface caused by an underlying volcano.

Speaking of beneath the surface: What is beneath the surface of the people passing by the vigil? What are they thinking and feeling when they see us praying, holding signs and offering help?  Some are oblivious to us, some see us and are ambivalent,  some are feeling anger and resentment and some see our evangelization and share our joy and hope. ·         

What are we and the vigil prayer warriors feeling beneath our surface: Hope, love, frustration and an eagerness to share our compassion and real help.        

What are the women going to pp feeling:  fear, confusion, pressure,  hopelessness, no options, extreme stress? But, do they also feel our love and compassion?  

I believe most people when they see us with the eyes of their hearts see our love and compassion… whether they admit it or not. We are life preservers, we offer hope and options, we are the last chance for those who really don’t want to go into the clinic.

So as we go forward let’s not be shy in sharing what we have under our surface with those most in need of those virtues.  You are a life preserver.  All we need to is just show up. And share our love. See you on the streets. Peace and joy. Tim

Here are reports from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:

Rose and I were joined by faithful, cheerful Thao who prayed on the opposite side of the circle for the first hour so that both sides were covered. It was great to see Charles again who I know from many previous campaigns! We were talking about how he took someone to Women’s Choice Network last spring and how beautiful their facility is and how much time they spent with her! We said many prayers, Rose handed out lots of pamphlets and Charles engaged everyone who entered PP. The fog was lifting by the end of our shift. Hoping and praying that abortion will follow suit! Thanks, Sue

From Ginny 9-11 am: We had a very busy morning.  Charles and Christopher from North Hills Reformed  Presbyterian Church were there at 9. Then Charles wife Phoebe and their 3 kids arrived. They all sang the most beautiful inspiring hymns in the most angelic voices. 
Later their were 2 different women who were not sure but thought they might be pregnant. Both of them accepted information for help from Phoebe.
Please pray for them to make the right decision. Another lady was there from St Paul’s quietly praying the rosary the entire time 

Here’s from Donna 11-1 pm: It was an interesting day today. I thank God for providing wonderful prayer warriors today to join Diane & I. Ken, from St. Germaine,  Arlene from St. Maurice, Steve from St. Thomas More and Joan joined us on her lunch hour. We had an interesting day. Two gentlemen wanted Ken’s rosary and he offered them one from the box and they refused. They spoke to Diane and said we should be handing out condoms. Don’t think so. Then someone came by and told me we weren’t helping anyone just judging them and that abortion is not in the Bible. It may not be said in the Bible but one of the commandments is “Thou shall not kill”. That pretty much covers it. We had another gentleman thank us and had a thumbs up. A man by the name of Chris came by and thanked us and said a beautiful prayer. Another gentleman pulled up in a car and thanked us and said “God bless you” and gave a donation for 40 Days For Life. As Joan said to me that was the Holy Spirit sending them to us to reaffirm why we do this. God is working hard behind the scenes to right the wrongs of abortion and He will not be mocked! Thank you to whoever put the 26 week old baby model at the vigil. 40 Days For Life is truly the depiction of what the body of Christ should look like. Blessings For Life, Donna

Here’s from Beth 1-3 pm: It could have been a lonely place but instead I had wonderful prayer partners on the sidewalk today Joan  and Joe were there when I arrived. Katie and Arleen also showed up to hand out literature and pray. And as Joan returned to work Roseann stopped to pray just on her lunchtime. 

Not many entering pp but lots of people passing and the fetal models really caught some attention Finally near the end of my shift, Linda,Ann and Desiree from St. Joseph and St. Michael’s church in Lucinda and Freyboug Pa appearedAnn explained that they just picked the time at random not knowing that they were here just when they were really needed. The ladies from Clarion County ask for prayers for miracles for Karen and Donna their friends. God hears our prayers so we will ask. Beth



Day 20: Thanks to St. Bonaventure, Glenshaw, Monroeville/Penn Hills Parishes and Catholic Group #216

Did you ever have the dreaded D’s?  Doubt, Disappointment and Discouragement.

Recently the Choices pregnancy services mobile unit came downtown and one of regular sidewalk advocates mentioned his disappointment that no one had allowed us to escort them to mobile unit nor gone in for some time vs going into pp.

Don’t we all wonder if we are making a difference?  Do people see us?  Does God hear our prayers?

Well the advocate’s disappointment didn’t last long as a couple stopped to talk and the went into the mobile unit. Then later a woman walking towards pp with the intention to go in stopped to talk with the same sidewalk advocate.  She wanted real help. After talking with her and telling her about all the help and support available she agreed to go into the mobile unit.  Along the way she told the advocate that God has sent them to be there for her when she was so in need.

Later we chuckled as we have had several experiences over the years when doubt, disappointment and discouragement had crept in.  And then God steps in to show us HE is there for us.  And while not being disrespectful, we joking look up and say “show off”.  And one of us is always quick to say “Oh ye of little faith”.

Have faith.  TRUST is greater than the 3 D’s. We get noticed.  We make a difference.  We with God’s help save lives and souls.  Peace and joy. Tim

Here are reports from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:

“It was freeeeezing! I didn’t think I would need my parka, so I just wore a light jacket and brought a hat….but decided to leave the hat in the car cause I thought I was over-doing it a little. ‘couda used the hat!!! oh yeah, I cracked open a package of hand warmers too! The first picture is shift Buddy Rose and I with our hoods up because the wind tunnel was active! Second picture is Sandy, Thao and Dean with Rose in the distant background on the other side of the circle! It was a chilly morning for sure, but first shift that it has not rained! Diane and Tom met us with all the materials, can’t wait to see what Diane has thought up for the next time it rains…she said it inspired by an idea Rose mentioned last week!! Rose and I stood on one side of the circle and Thao on the other. We prayed and Rose handed out many 40 DFL brochures. Shout out to Dean and Sandy who responded to the request for additional help…it was fairly quiet with the usual foot traffic and workers entering planned parenthood. As Fr. Chris said at the kickoff mass, I remembered to offer my time and prayers for the soul that has been entrusted to me for these 40 days. Thank you, Sue ”

From Rose S. also 7-9:

I just came from the morning and read the quote that Sally had

said last year when she was pushed over, “I felt like a feather falling…”

During our prayer this morning I saw a small feather fall right into the

circle and thought of Sally…what a Sign !

From Ginny 9-11: Fr. John and Saint Bonaventure parish was praying together today. It was very quiet and no problems. It was the best weather for this shift this campaign. We said a rosary and a Divine Mercy Chaplet

From Donna 11-1: It was a chilly day today. We thought it would be quiet because of Columbus Day but there were a lot of people out and about. Some prayer warriors prayed the rosary and others prayed quietly and handed out pamphlets and cards and greeted those who walked by. Some positive and negative comments. The usual head shaking and eye rolls, sad but a lot of people seem so angry. We had some thumbs up too and others share that they are pro life too. 
Lord we pray that you would bind the enemy and remove the stronghold he has on our city. We boldly pray that this modern day holocaust of abortion will end in our city our country and our world.  Empower and fill us with your Spirit and give us Your strength to persevere. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Blessings For Life,
Donna

Here is from Peter 3-5 pm: Steve from St Thomas More joined Marie and myself for our first hour on this beautiful day.  We prayed the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Jim, a regular, also stopped down.  Katie and her son Nick joined us for most of the 2nd hour as they created a colorful sidewalk statement.  It’s a true blessing each of us is gifted in different ways to communicate with others. Overall the shift was fairly peaceful with some positive comments and smiles, especially for the artwork. -Pete

Day 13: Thanks to St. Raymond of the Mountain and St. Teresa of Avila and lots of others

Who knew…

… that one could find true joy by witnessing outside the abortion center? Did you ever recognize that deep feeling in your heart as you were leaving and probably driving over one of our bridges? Knowing you did God’s will by praying and witnessing to those going by and those going in?

We are like the disciples when they returned to Jesus from their mission with great joy. Sure it requires dealing with the inconvenience of going downtown and being uncomfortable holding a sign and praying in public. However, if we do our part to end abortion through our prayer, fasting and witnessing, God will hear our prayers and through His power will end abortion in HIS time and way.

Don’t be stingy with the joy. Feel free to share it and ask your family and friends to join you. Peace and joy to you. Tim
Here are today’s stories from the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:

Rose and I were joined by regular pray-er Thao and a new guy, John …this was John’s second time standing at the vigil. We chatted a little and John told us his beautiful story of conversion. You do meet the most wonderful people during 40 days for Life! It was a steady downpour during our time, but we had many positive comments, a high five and a woman who stopped to tell us about her daughter who chose life and adoption about 12 years ago for her grandchild! Many employees entered PP and we offered our time and prayers to God for the end to abortion at PP. Thank you! Sue

From Ginny 9-11 am: It was very quiet on the sidewalk.
One lady came by and asked us how late in a pregnancy Planned Parenthood does abortions. When she heard 22 weeks, she was surprised
She said she had trouble in one of her pregnancy at 24 weeks and needed a lot medical attention. She was blessed to carry her baby to term.
She asked us for a set of rosary beads, to pray for the babies and mothers. Which we gladly gave her.

Beverly prayed with Maryannne, my shift buddy, and me today.

Here’s from Rachel 11-1:

Prayer Warriors from St. Raymond of the Mountain

We had 5 of us. Ed, Joe, and me were St Raymonds. Andrea and Janie Our Lady of Grace. Almost all positive, thumbs up, God Bless you, and only two people rolled their eyes. 

From Beth S. 1-3 pm:

Needless to say, this was not a day to work on keeping your tan at 933 Liberty Avenue.  All the forecasters that said the rain would clear out by noon should sharpen their pencils and try again.  Someone asked me how many times I would use the word “wet” in my report.  Yes, it rained and rained which is a whole lot better than “it snowed and snowed.”  And I was honored to be with the 40 Days for Life version of “pro-pro-lifers.”First, everyone came prepared with umbrellas, some boots, some rain hats and ponchos.  Congrats to Diane and Co. for having the umbrellas already there in the set-up, an insurance policy.  Second, the choir of angels from St. Teresa of Avila Church, Diane, Mary Lou, Marge, Ken, Ruth, Sandy, Ed, Bobby, Libby, and Maggie, kept beautiful prayers floating upward while angel Margie from Christian Bible Fellowship and I manned the other side of the infamous circle. Everyone knew the rules, keeping the sidewalk open and maintaining a prayerful demeanor. And as one of the gentlemen remarked, it was just a wonderful group of wonderful, wet people.Perfect timing, as they were leaving, Vicky and Kevin came to meet Marie as the next shift began.  PP didn’t have many clients, mostly staff going in and out.  We pray for each staff member and those that pass us whether they are with us or against us.  There is no place where God’s grace cannot go, in every heart and  storefront on Liberty Avenue.

From Marie 3-5: It was a cool rainy shift with Pete.  No activity at Planned Parenthood.  Rev. Van Hayger from Buffalo joined us for a rosary and Thao from Catholic Charities came for the last part of the shift.

Day 6: Thanks to St. Alexis, St. Sebastian, St. Bernard, St. Ann and St. Alphonsus parishes and all individuals

Did you ever wonder why you get the call inside your heart to protect the unborn from abortion? Why you are drawn to go down to the abortion mill to help save lives through you prayer and presence?

It’s not for everyone. And it’s not easy. As the expression goes “if it were easy God wouldn’t need you”.

We all have our unique talents and calling. I’m guessing that since you are reading this, you were chosen to be a witness for life and to stand up for the unborn. You were called to be an evangelist. This is God’s will for you. And the bonus for you (us) is that when we answer the call and do his will, we find true peace and joy. Real happiness.

As St Paul said “ He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists…”

So if you are being called to be an evangelist, it’s time to do HIS will for you. Come back to the vigil if you haven’t already signed up, consider coming down more than once if you can and perhaps reach out to a friend or family member who might also be hearing the call but doesn’t know how to answer it. Share the joy.

Sign up or just show up and revel in true peace and joy.

Tim B.

Here are reports from today’s Vigil:

From Sue 7-9 am:

7am-9am shift was a downpour. 1st time I have had a shift with pouring down rain, Rose made reference to each rain drop being a baptism! Myself, Rose, Larry and first time vigil participant Brendan said all 4 mysteries of the rosary as well as a Divine Mercy. Thao stood on the other side and prayed. We really didn’t engage any people passing by becuase of the weather. It was nice to kind of draw into my poncho and concentrate on praying without interruption! It slowed down after about an hour as Diane said it would and pretty much stopped when the 9am shift came! Thanks, Sue

Here is from Ginny 9-11 am:

The rush-hour traffic with all the rain slowed me down and I felt bad I was 10 minutes late but Maryanne was there taking care of things thank God

There were over a dozen people from Saint Alexis and Saint Alphonsus Church 
What a blessing to have so many people praying with us today

Brandon had moved to the Pittsburgh area just a month ago he belongs to Saint Paul Parish and he came over to join our 40 days
Another blessing God has sent us

From Donna 11-1 pm:

Diane and I got there for our first shift this campaign and thankfully the rain had stopped. Thank you to all the prayer warriors that came from St. Sebastian, St. Alexis, St. Alphonsus, St. Anne’s and St. Bernard’s; Vince, Dick, Claudia, Beth Ann, Keith, Bob, Carol & Dave. And I apologize for any names I may have missed and for not taking more pictures! The good comments outweighed the bad today. Thanks be to God! We had a few “thank you’s, thank you for your service, God bless you” and a bus driver stopped, beeped and gave us a thumbs up! We had two homeless veterans stop by and we tried to direct them where they could get help, the VA hospital, Shepherds Heart, Catholic Charities. The one gentlemen was wanting to complain. I told him we would pray for him, so Vince, Diane and I did. Things seemed to quiet down and Ingrid joined us from St. Anne’s in Castle Shannon. She prayed the rosary. Sheila from St Bernard’s came early for her shift and joined Ingrid. There were two women that came out of PP and I offered them a card and they handed me a brochure on Stigma-free affordable Therapy. Interesting!
One of our prayers today was, “God help us to be faithful”. It’s not easy to stand, pray and witness but God will use our obedience for His good and His glory.
May all who walk by us at Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh be blessed and may they come to know the love of our Heavenly Father. In Jesus name I pray. Amen. Blessings For Life, Donna

From Beth S. 1-3 pm

Three amigos, Shelia, my sister Rose and I kept the vigil going today amid warm breezes and, for the most part, friendly Steeler fans. PP had people going in and coming out but we didn’t discern many abortion-minded women or couples. Not much in the way of conversations or questioning, just lots of football fans crowding the sidewalk. May all our vigil shifts be as peaceful.

From Marie 3-5 pm:

This was a quiet shift so Pete and had a lot if time to pray. At the end someone from Catholic Charities joined us. 

Croatian film director and producer to screen “40 Days…” film in Pittsburgh four times.

The film “40 Days for Life…” which documents the significant growth and impact of the pro-life movement resulting from the participation and witness in the 40 Days for Life Campaigns will be shown 4 times in Pittsburgh. The producer and director, ANTE ČALJKUŠIĆ, also President of 40 Days for Life – Croatia along with KRUNOSLAV PUŠKAR Regional Coordinator of 40 Days for Life – Croatia will be present at all of the screening.
The film includes Pope Francis who appears in the film met with Ante and was given a copy.
The film powerfully shows the pain and sorrow of abortion and along with the joy and triumph of the Croatian 40 DFL community. 40 DFL is the same organization shown in recently released film “Unplanned”
The film team truly believes 40 DFL worldwide will bring about the end to abortion.

There will be four free screenings in Pittsburgh:  CLICK HERE for a downloadable flyer with all the details of the screenings!


First Screening

Saturday, July 27 after 5:00 PM Mass

St. Nicholas Croatian Church

24 Maryland Ave; Pittsburgh, PA 15209

412-821-3438


Second Screening

Sunday, July 28 at 1:00 PM

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, Parish Hall (basement of church)

730 Washington Ave; Carnegie, PA 15106
412-279-4652

Reservation required–please call or email holytrinitycarnegie@gmail.com.
Sunday morning Divine Liturgy (all English) is at 11 AM followed by refreshments and a screening of “40 Days…” in the parish hall. All are welcome!


Third Screening

Tuesday, July 30 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh

212 Ninth St; Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412-456-6999

 Seminar includes showing of the film.


Fourth Screening

Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 PM

Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene

5604 Interboro Ave; Pittsburgh, PA 15207

412-977-4091 (ask for Judy)

Join us for a potluck at 6 PM (please bring food to share) before the screening at 7 PM, followed by a question & answer session.

Day 34: Thanks to Holy Family, St. Peter’s, and Triumph of the Cross Parishes from Steubenville (all day!)

“While all sorts of setbacks are encountered as difficult by those who do not love: those who do love, on the contrary, find them trivial and easily manageable. There is no suffering, however cruel or violent it may be, which is not made bearable or even reduced to nothing by love.”

He who loves either does not feel the difficulty or he loves the very difficulty  itself… The works of those who love are never distressing.” St Augustine

“Cheerfulness, maintained even in the midst of difficulties, is the clearest sign that the love of God informs all our actions.”  Fr. F. Fernandez

You all inspire me with your sacrifices, dedication and LOVE. Thank you.

If you haven’t yet been able to make it to the vigil, make time this last week of the vigil even if only for a prayer or two. Forward this on to your friends and family and let them experience the joy of true love.

And if you can’t come while this 40 DFL Spring Campaign is underway, know that there are faithful Sidewalk Advocates and prayer warriors outside of pp every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings usually from 7 -11 am. Come join us and Love. Tim B.

Here are today’s stories from street:

Sue and Rose, 7-9 AM

Rose and I were so blessed to have some beautiful people and families from Steubenville join us this morning! Also blessed to have so many passersby thank us for being there! It was a really uplifting shift!

Sue

Laura and her 4 children praying on the sidewalk. Laura organized her church (Holy Family) to cover the entire day,  7am-7pm!

Beth and her husband and another lady from Holy Family…I apologize, I didn’t get her name!

Deacon Dwayne came with his parents, his wife and 2 of his 5 daughters!
We are ALL the Pro-Life Generation!

These girls got up at 5am to be on the sidewalk this morning! Their presence was a wonderful witness!

A cute little origami baby my Mom gave me….I placed a card in one of the folds and gave it away!

Donna and Diane, 9-11 AM

It was a glorious day to pray today.  The sun was shining this morning and we arrived to see Laura and her beautiful children praying on the sidewalk.  Thank you to my friend Marti from church who joined me today.  There were so many faithful prayer warriors from the Steubenville Catholic Churches. We were joined by Lynnette, Dan, Bob, Veronica, Ted, Sophia, Anna, Laura, Richard, Joey, Nancy, Nathaniel, Catherine, Emma, Sara, Anna Mae, Rusty, Ben, Judy, Brooke, Cindy, Kate, Barry and many middle school and home school students.Thank you all for being with us today and for your beautiful singing and witness on the sidewalk and streets of Pittsburgh.  

Donna

Ginny, Bev, and Mark, 11 AM-1 PM

One wonderful group after another came to pray at 40 Days today. They came from various churches in the Steubenville area and from Franciscan University. One lady  brought her five children to pray. Her very good and beautiful baby girl was four months old. Another young woman sang the Divine Mercy with the voice of an angel. We got very many positive comments and no negatives. It was very uplifting for my last vigil for this campaign.

Ginny

Rose, 1-3 PM

Just a thank you to my sister Rose for taking my shift. She reported that all the people from Steubenville and Franciscan U. were wonderful, as was Bishop William Waltersheid who said a rosary with them.

Beth

Marie and Pete, 3-5 PM

Shift was peaceful and prayerful. Stubenville Holy Family parishioners Tracey, Kimberly, and William joined Gloria from St Mary’s Glenshaw and prayer buddy Pete during this shift. Frequent positive reactions from people passing by. 

Marie

George and Bill, 5-7 PM…check back soon!


SO grateful to the Catholic community from Steubenville who covered all 12 hours of today’s vigil with fervent prayer and joyful fellowship!!!

Day 27: Thanks to North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church, St. Patrick, Canonsburg, St. Thomas Anglican Church, Eastbrook and Volant United Methodist Churches

Standing at the foot of the cross

Did you ever Wonder if you would have had the courage to stand at the foot of the cross? I’m guessing the answer is yes. If you have the courage to stand at the vigil downtown in that sometimes hostile environment you would have stood at the foot of the cross.

Hum… Did it ever seem to you that when we are are praying outside pp IT IS as if we are praying at the crucifixion? When I think about the actual crucification I can barely comprehend the love and mercy the HE showed for us. As St. Paul said “he did it for me”. That’s the love and mercy I hope I show and offer to all those we encounter on the street at the vigil and for the unborn, the defenseless.

So I keep telling myself, be like Saint John. Simply show up. Stay a while. Pray, offer love and understanding.

Want to be at the crucifixion? Come back to the vigil. Get your group or a few friends to come back to witness, pray outside pp and perhaps save a live and a few souls. Sign up or just show up. Show your LOVE.

Here’s are the stories and pics from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am. Stop back throughout the day as the blog will updated.

7-9 am: Rose and some members of NH Reformed Presbyterian Church

From Sue 7-9 am: It was a great shift! Shift buddy Rose and I were so happy to have the men from North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church with us! They always pick a Monday morning shift and so we got to reconnect! We were reminiscing how in the fall Charles re-directed a woman to WCN for free pregnancy services and that she is most likely due to have her baby very soon!! A little later Sam’s wife came with their youngest child to witness and we also had Sean from St. Paul’s cathedral come to pray for about an hour before he went to work. There were many people passing by, a lot of regulars that we recognize and some workers entered PP. The sun started shining as we finished our shift and it seemed to get about 10 degrees warmer! Thanks, Sue

Sean and Rose, and Bill and Charles 7-9 am

From Beth 9-11 am: In the theater on Saturday night, 40 Days for Life seemed wonderful and effective, which it is. On this Monday morning, the rest of the reality showed up in the form of a wind chill factor that had us all moving to stay warm and one woman dropping obscenities like snowflakes. Well, Unplanned must be making some people very angry; it shows the truth and for some, that’s not good especially when we know the truth always wins in the end.
How about the little children who spot the fetal models. One little boy walked across Liberty smiling and shouting, “I love those babies.” A mom with her beautiful daughter stopped and showed her that she was once just that small. Now if three year olds can recognize a human baby, don’t you think adults should be able to do the same?
Congratulations to all the wonderful people standing in the cold from the North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church. Bill W.
Kevin K., Sam, Meg and especially brave, Greta S. brought the sunshine with prayers and witnessing. Charles H, pastor stayed for almost four hours and even surprised us later with special guest stars, our best marketing tool: his three beautiful children, Miriam, Michal (sp?) and Esther.
As Ginny assumed the shift manager duties, Rosemary and Letitia from Canonsburg were already taking up the task of praying for all the Unplanned babies that come our way.

From Ginny 11-1 pm: We had only positive comments and good job’s
With the home opener of the Pirates, it was hard to find a place to park.
It was extremely cold. There was a little bit of sunshine towards the end of the shift that we were very grateful to God for.
Fr. Tom did not dress warm enough, but was very brave offering it up for the babies. There was a young man who had just moved to Pittsburgh who stopped by on his lunch hour to pray, with us.

Carol from St Mary’s and ladies from St. Patrick’s, Cannonsberg, with Fr. Tom

From Donna 1-3: It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in Pittsburgh. Thank you to my faithful shift buddy, Diane and my friends from St. Thomas; Kathy, Karen and Diana who joined in prayer today. We handed a few things out today. We heard a few God Bless you’s and keep up the good work ladies and one gentleman said “God Bless you and what you’re doing is working”. There was one particular gentlemen who was not very nice. He told us to find something better to do and to get a life.

A couple by the name of Sam and Sherrie stopped by and placed the beautiful roses that you see.

From Marie 3-5: Very positive day. Several positive comments from individuals. One woman and her daughter had seen “Unplanned” which moved them and they ask about joining with us during 40 days. Sara, Loren and their 2 daughters from Eastbrook and Volant United Methodist church spent time in prayer and witness

Did you hear about Closing Candlelight Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood?

Join your fellow pro-lifers on Sunday April 14, 6-7 pm at PP downtown to end our vigil and pray together for an end to abortion. Did you know PP is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing 36% of all abortions in our nation—over 330,000 each year. In 2018 they performed 3,019 downtown Pgh at our vigil site.

This vigil will be one of more than 100 taking place across the country during the Nationwide Pro-Life Candlelight Vigil. It will also serve as the closing ceremony for our local 40 DFL campaign. Given the time we may not have candles but instead lighted balloons.

This vigil will be followed by our 40 DFL Closing Celebration at Catholic Charities at 9th and Liberty.  It’s pot luck so bring a treat to share. All are welcome.

Day 20: Thanks to St.Irenaeus, St.Januarius, St.John the Baptist, St.Joseph and Our Lady of Joy

Recently I passed this sign in the window in one of those contemporary home stores and it stopped me in my tracks. WOW. I thought that’s what we are trying to do downtown, yet said so simply. I’m not known for my brevity, hence why this sign really struck me. We are at the vigil site TO CHANGE LIVES and we do!

We don’t know the impact we are having but I am certain we are having a big one. Remember the equation for changing hearts and minds is: Us + GOD = Kaboom! Most often we only see the Us part.

Additionally while we are changing their lives, I believe by our participation, prayer, and fasting we are changing our own lives as well. I admit when I leave the vigil I have a sense of both peace and joy. I feel like I’ve done something meaningful. I hope you do too.

We are halfway thru so if you haven’t been to the vigil yet, call a friend, co-worker or family member and sign up or just show. Someone will be there. Stay as long as you want. If you’ve already been there come on back, the weather hopefully will be better than when you were there. If you can’t make it, pray for us.

Come change lives and experience peace and joy. It’s free to all. Tim B.

Here are reports and pics from today at the vigil. Stop back throughout the day as it will be updated as reports come in. Here is the 7-9 am report from Sue.

It was a typical Monday with people going to work and school. Rose and I both noticed that it is day 20…! That first half seemed to go by quickly! St. John the Baptist parish is scheduled for the full day at the vigil. Joe from the parish came before he had to go to work and John was still there at the end of my shift. The men prayed on one side and Rose and I on the other side. A handful of employees entered PP this morning. Rose gave out a lot of info and there were many glances at the baby models. Rose took the picture of John and I. Thank you! Sue

From Donna 9-11 am: Thank you to our friends from St John the Baptist; Jack, Erin, Walter and Frank. It was great to have them join us today. There were two things that happened today. First, a gentleman by the name of Alvin came to shake all of our hands and thank us for being there. He had his son at the Driver’s License Center taking his driver test and saw us standing there. We thank God for him and knowing God sent him to strengthen us and help us to persevere in prayer to end abortion where we live. The second thing was a man riding by us on the street on his bike yelled to us “you should find something better to do with your time”. Diane responded “God bless you”. We know God has called us to be there for such a time as this.
To God Be The Glory. Donna

Part of the team from St. John’s

From Ginny 11- 1 pm: We had a bit of excitement when the protesters for the Rose trial came down Liberty Ave . There were 6 policemen on horseback, loads of police, cars, and several hundred protesters. Many were friendly One gave us the finger, others said they were not protesting us today
Some young students asked about our display and were quite surprised by the number of abortions done at PP in a year.
Another student was 7 weeks pregnant I gave her the brochure for the developmental stages of a baby She was very grateful for it.
We also got many thank you’s from passerby’s for being there. Praise God

From Beth 1-3 pm: Rose and I have seldom seen such a steady downpour. Luckily it wasn’t too cold, just enough to add the misery of wet weather to the misery that goes on inside PP every day. Lots of staff coming and going but few clients. Lianne joined us with her beautiful praying and fellowship. Just the three of us keep the prayers going and in spite of the rain, we received some encouraging words from those passing by. Overall a quiet shift.

From Marie 3-5 pm: Pete, Gloria and Marie spent a quiet and prayerful 2 hours in front of the clinic, One woman stopped and thanked us for our witness.

From George 5-7 pm:

Today shows how important our 40 Days email system is: I had to leave my shift 1/2 hour early to serve as cantor for today’s holy day. Email alert went out that Bill would be by himself, and we ended up having a total of, get this, nine people.

We did some praying, a lot of singing, and got a handful of “I support what you are doing!”

Day 13: Thank you St. Thomas Anglican Church and Holy Apostles Parish

I was just thinking how special we all are. If you are getting this note, then you have been called and you are special.

Did you get the call in the middle of the night? Did you say “Here I am Lord”?

I know it’s not easy to be pro-life in these times of ours. And if it were easy we wouldn’t need you.

Not everybody gets the call. God calls us each to do different jobs in HIS vineyard, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”. And some are called like John the Baptist to stand up and speak out against the greatest evil of our times – for us it’s abortion. We witness for Life and truth outside the abortion center. We offer LOVE.

So if God is calling you, take the call. Be not afraid, He is with you always. I look forward to seeing you in the vineyard, aka on the street. Bring your church group, your family or your friends. It doesn’t matter if you come alone or bring somebody. If you already been there come again. If you haven’t come yet, just come. Remember someone is always there from 7 am – 7 pm. Sign up or just show up. Stay as long as you want.

Remember, take the call when HE calls. Peace and joy to all. Tim B.

See the stories and pics below from today on the street. Stop back to see updates throughout the day. Let’s start with Sue’s report below from 7-9 am:

My shift buddy Rose and I had a beautiful shift. We got to talk with Tom for a little while when he dropped off the materials and than Rose and I continued sharing stories about St. Rita, Saint of the Impossible. We both have a devotion to her. Rose has visited her Actual Shrine in Cascia, Italy and I have been to her National Shrine in Philadelphia! St. Rita, Saint of the Impossible, pray for us! We did get down to saying the Rosary, Divine Mercy and Holy Face Chaplet, all while Rose handed out so many “Watch me Grow” pamphlets! It was a quiet shift but busy with people on their way to work and school. A few workers and one client did go into PP while we were there. Donna and Diane came a little early to take over. Thanks, Sue

From Donna 9-11 am: It was a quiet peaceful day today. Thank you to Carol and Bill for joining us today. Carol is our church administrator at St. Thomas Anglican Church. We updated the information on our sign with the current statistics from 2018. We had many positive comments and a few blank stares. One lady said “God Bless you and keep up the good work”. Another gentlemen thanked us twice and said “God bless you”. Someone else gave us a thumbs up and another gentlemen told us he was raised Roman Catholic and is a staunch believer and his parents had 10 children. Praise God for providing prayer warriors today!
Blessings For Life, Donna

From Ginny 11-1: We had a very peaceful vigil today.
There were a lot of people who gave us positive reinforcement some told how they were so happy they didn’t have an abortion and how happy they were for the children that they had and others came by and said good work it was very uplifting. Others thanked us for the job we were doing. Rose and Beverly were with me to pray to witness to the unborn today. I’m thankful to God for having them there
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FROM Beth 1-3 pm: Quiet afternoon for Rose and me. Helen joined us for prayers and fellowship.
PP seemed slow today. Hope it’s very slow tomorrow. So slow they just call it quits.

FROM Marie 3-5 pm: The 3-5 shift was covered with Pete and Gloria from St. Mary of the Assumption. The last hour was spent in discussion with a young man who wanted to talk about abortion. He was joined by a friend. During that time two others strangers joined in to support the value of life.

FROM George 5-7 pm: Bill and I had a somewhat uneventful shift yesterday Monday from 5 PM to 7 PM at Planned Parenthood Abortuary. Jim (Flaherty) was with us there also. One middle-aged, very agitated male pedestrian tried to somehow equate my support of an American citizen’s Second Amendment right to defend himself/herself as being hypocritical to our wanting to save babies!? (I equated aspirin to both saving and killing, as well as a scalpel/knife…). Of course, he would not accept that analogy.

A young man with a New York state license plate delivered what appeared to be medical supplies to the abortuary. The yellow plastic boxes showed that they are produced by “McKesson pharmaceuticals”. Do any of us hold stock in McKesson pharmaceuticals? Is there anyway that we could push back on McKesson? If McKesson would not deliver the solutions and medical supplies to perform abortions, I would assume that that could cause PPA to “hurt“, right?

And Tom came a little before 7 PM to pick up all of our materials and signs. What a good soldier for Life he is! … to schedule each day around being there at our start, and at our finish!

To LIFE!

PS: why do we continue to call that evil place “Planned Parenthood”? Those two words are so “clean-sounding”. Why not call it what it is: the “Planned Parenthood Abortuary”?