Day 20: St. Mary of the Assumption (Glenshaw) and Holy Apostles Parish (South Hills)

Do your friends know?

Do your friends know how strongly you believe in the sanctity of life and that you are a pro-life warrior? When I first got involved in pro-life activity, I didn’t tell many, if any people let alone my friends or co-workers. Looking back I’m not sure why but I’m guessing it was a concern with “what would they think?”. Tim and PS1Would they think less of me or ridicule me? I’m guessing it was some of both. Perhaps it was that pride or vanity or fear thing. Oh, and let’s not forget how uncomfortable I was praying downtown in front of everyone passing by.

However, slowly I became emboldened. I went from “praying only” at pp, to holding a bumper sticker as a sign (wow, how’s that for bold). But slowly my signs got bigger and my prayers longer and louder and involvement in 40 DFL deeper. The little mustard seed started to grow. And I became more joyful.

Working in God’s vineyard does make me happy.

So then I started telling friends, family and co-workers and you know what? They were interested and wanted to get involved too. They just didn’t know how. Let’s be clear, they all didn’t jump at the chance. Some just politely said “oh”.

Abby Johnson said, “Abortion is a silent tragedy”. People don’t hear about it or think about it. I believe there are many good Christians out there who would stand against abortion but they don’t know how.

So now I tell people about 40 DFL, how it adds purpose and meaning to my life and then how to get involved. And you know what? They get involved. Of course not all of them but some. After this calling is not for everyone. “Some are apostles, some prophets, some evangelists…”IMG_2447

My advice to you is “BE NOT AFAID” tell your friends. Maybe forward them a good blog (like this one) or invite them to join with you when you are going next to pray at the vigil. Or sign up to go again. Or just show up. Click SCHEDULE above if you want to sign up.

Just tell them. Peace and joy.

Tim B. 

Tomorrow (Tuesday) for the last two shifts (3-5 & 5-7) we need prayer warriors, so that Michael and Lisa M. will not be there alone!  Stop by if you can even if for only a few minutes.

Today at the vigil we will or have had St. Mary of the Assumption (Glenshaw) and Holy Apostles Parish (South Hills). We will be posting pictures and stories from today’s vigil throughout the day so stop back.

Here’s from Shift Manager Sue D. 7-9 am:

“It was a really quiet morning on the sidewalk! It just didn’t seem like there were even that many people in town….I focused my time praying quietly, it is so important that I decided not to even attempt to engage passersby or hand out any information. I let the baby models speak for themselves! Several workers went into PP this morning but overall it was pretty quiet. Bill stopped by and told me a story about how someone prayed over him this weekend and he is healed from arthritis! He was feeling very limber and was trying to remember how to do the Teaberry Shuffle, LOL!! As I was finishing my shift, a person made a comment “my body, my choice”….I just glanced at the baby models and wonder if she ever considers the baby’s body? Ginny arrived for her shift right on time, it is such a blessing to meet so many faithful people!” ~Sue

Day 20 Ginny and SonFrom Ginny SM 9-11 am:

“My son was on his way to the bus station. He spotted me in front of PP and stopped to pray.”Day 20 Ginny 2

“A couple his first time at 40 Days and her second They spent an hour praying. It was a very quiet morning otherwise.”

 

 

From Beth S. 11-1 pm:

Day 20 Beth S and one“Today it was as chilly on the outside of Planned Parenthood as it must be on the inside of Planned Parenthood, considering their business. When Peg and I, from St. Elizabeth of Hungary arrived, Rose and Mary Angela from Holy Apostles were waiting. We were joined by Anna Marie, also from Holy Apostles, to continue praying until Nikki came around 3 p.m. There were a few negative comments, my favorite coming from a woman who kept asking me if I was voting for Trump. She seemed really annoyed with me when I told her the election was over.
Well, sometimes life comes at your fast.
There were also quite a few positive comments, thank yous, thumbs up, etc. All in all, a peaceful, prayerful occasion.”

From Nikki 3-5 pm:
Day 20 Nikki Lisa Bill“I had a very peaceful, prayerful shift from 3 to 5. It was great seeing Beth when I arrived along with her friend from her Parish, St. Elizabeth. Also there was Peg, from holy apostles Parish. After they left, I was joined by faithful Bill and my dear friend and fellow shift manager Lisa, who had come to make sure I wouldn’t be alone. We had many positive comments, I don’t remember any negative.

A few times, people stopped and just wanted to chat about the importance of life. One man stopped and asked, “is this an abortion clinic? I had no idea!“. One woman wanted to pray with us, which we did. Most of the shift, we just prayed silently and while I prayed, I Day 20 Nikki 1watched people‘s expressions. Many, many people look at the fetal models. I really think they make a big impact and plant many seeds, especially in young people. I think we are sowing seeds that will reap a big harvest someday, bigger than we can know! We just have to keep going, as Beth always says. Thank you shift manager Hank and Joe for Day 20 Joe and Hankfilling in for the 5 to 7 shift tonight!”

From Joe K. 5-7 pm:

“Well, today is the half-way point and this was the first day that
reminded me that we are truly into the fall season – hoodies-n-coats…

The shift transitioned from Nikki, Lisa, and Bill to Hank and I must
say that it was a little bit of a different evening… First, I was honored
and thankful to have the opportunity to share the shift with Hank.

Passerby “A” also transitioned shifts and offered support, shared some Bible verses, and also asked for prayers. One scripture passage shared was Psalm 92, the King James Version (KJV), which is one of the places that mentions a unicorn…

Not that I didn’t believe (the reference), but when I got home and looked it up – there it was in verse 10 – “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn”. I could definitely to do a better job of TRUSTING… Thanks & prayers for “A”!

One gentleman stopped by in his Range Rover to gloat over the downfall of a local leader… Another very angry young man made sure (multiple times) to express his “displeasure” with my personal participation in our vigil. This was mixed-in with occasional thanks and support from passerby’s to balance out the evening.

Hank provided many of the passerby’s with friendly hello’s!

A young person from a local college working on a “project” interviewed / photographed Bill, Hank, and myself at various times… I believe we were
all open and TRUSTING. I do hope and pray that not only do they publish
the TRUTH about the issues and our movement, but that this TRUTH is self-recognized / realized.

Hank and I utilized the rest of the shift to pray and share – talking about, among
other things, Trust, Forgiveness, and Healing…”

Day 13: St. John United Evangelical Protestant Church ; Madonna del Castello & Word of God parish (Braddock/Swissvale) and EMPTY SHIFT 5-7 PM

“Yet the baby felt our love before…”

I was praying recently on a Saturday morning at planned parenthood. There was a priest praying as well (Fr. G). We were approached by a twenty-something year old woman who was inquisitive as to what we were doing and why. While we were talking with her, a couple entered pp (after rejecting information from the sidewalk advocates). The young woman upon seeing what appeared to be our lack of success asked “what’s the point of you being here? You don’t stop them from going in. Why not do some other type of social work to help those in need?”

love your babyAnd the priest said the most profound thing, and I’m paraphrasing here, “While we didn’t stop them from going in, the baby felt our love. And soon it will be in presence of God and will feel unimaginable love.”

Wow. That floored me. “The baby felt our love”. That gave a whole new meaning and purpose to why I should pray and witness outside pp. For that short remaining period of the baby’s life it felt love. Our love.

That revitalized my commitment and has me eager to go down to the vigil to pray and give my love. I’m now more confident than ever that my efforts “will not be in vain” despite an apparent lack of success.

If you have love to spare and haven’t yet signed up to pray at the vigil, sign or just show up. Stay as long as you want. Let the babies feel your love before…

Just click “Schedule” above to sign up.

Today at the vigil we have prayer warriors from St. John United Evangelical Protestant Church 7-11am ; Madonna del Castello & Word of God parish (Braddock/Swissvale) 11a – 3p ; Individual volunteer/s 3-5pm; EMPTY SHIFT 5-7 PM (if you can stop down between 5-7 it would be greatly appreciated by Sue.)

Stop back throughout the day as pictures and stories from today’s vigil will be posted.

This week we need people to share their love for the two empty hours on Tuesday… from 11-12, and from 2-3. And also Wednesday 2-3.

From Shift Manager David  7-9 am:Day 13 7-9 1

“Ron, Pastor Win, and David from
St John Evangelical Protestant Church.
On the sidewalk, in the rain, at 7am, these three men, never stopped smiling, praying, and witnessing, for God!”

Day 13 9-11 2From Shift Manager Ginny 9-11 am:

“A group from St John’s Church was at the vigil todayThere were many “Thank You’s for what we were doing “ from passer by’s .
But there were a few derogatory and hateful remarks from others
Day 13 9-11 3We just continued to pray for all.”

From Nikki 11-1 pm:

“When I arrived on the sidewalk I was blessed to see Pastor Win with two members of his (Burry’s) church. They had been there since 7am! It is so inspiring to see men of prayer AND action! We prayed together for a few minutes before they left. Already arriving for the 11-3 shift were Deacon Ron and two men from Madonna del Castello and Word of God parish in Braddock/Swissvale. Three MORE men of prayer AND action! AWESOME!!! Soon after they arrived, we were joined by two faithful ladies,Day 13 11-1 4 MaryAnne and Georgette! Ken (a new shift-manager sub) also came to pray during his lunch break. Deacon Ron had prepared prayer booklets, which he passed around and everyone prayed together for the entire time I was there! They were a beautiful, prayerful and peaceful witness!”

“A young woman named Bethany (it is her real name…she asked me to post it) stopped with her beautiful little girl in a stroller. They baby is Annaikah Grace. She told us that she was on the table to get an abortion when she discovered she was much further along than she thought…so she courageously chose life for this little beauty! She has also bravely given up two of her children for adoption and showed us photos of the “forever families” to which her babies were given. She receives regular updates about her children and is happy that she was Day 13 11-1 strollerable to bless these families who were praying for a child. She asked me to post her story so that if anyone is in a crisis pregnancy is afraid of the adoption process…she would like to reach out to them to help them. I have her contact information if anyone needs it.”

“During my shift I received equal amounts of positive and negative responses. I saw thumbs-up from cars, and many passersby expressed their thanks for us being there. On the other hand, there was an older woman (in her 60’s) who was walking with a group of people, who (with forced bravado and a forced smile) yelled out (with her fists in the air), “Yeah! Choose abortion!!!” My cheerful response was out of my mouth before I even though of it…I said, “I am glad your mom didn’t choose abortion!” She was so caught off guard by my loving reply that she didn’t know what to say, except a weak “I wish she had!” Her group all laughed rather nervously as I think they realized the silliness of her reply.”

“Later a young girl was walking with a group, and she was also trying to impress them with her bravado as she shouted “Thank God for abortion and women’s rights!” I thought about the IRONY of actually thinking you could THANK GOD for the “right” to KILL!!! But I didn’t respond to her, except for a gentle smile and an interior prayer for her.Day 13 Beth and Rose

At 1pm, the next shift manager (sister dynamic duo, Beth and Rose) arrived and I handed off the torch to them.

Thank you everyone for your beautiful prayers and witness today!”

Nikki

From Beth S. 1-3 pm:

“When Rose and I arrived, we were met by the wonderful group from Madonna del Castello with Deacon Ron leading the prayers and songs. Patricia from Ingelsia Sion Church mentioned that the traffic was very light today and it only made sense after I realized that it was Columbus Day and lots of businesses were closed. Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood was opened and I heard one of the workers say that something was being planned for tomorrow. Maybe they’re planning to close the place!

Anyway, Win, David, Jim and Ron were joined by Maryanne and Peggy from Madonna del Castello, Joan from St. Patrick’s in Canonsburg, and from North American Martyrs, Manny, (sorry if I missed one woman whose name I forgot) so we had a great group of people handing out the yellow cards and witnessing for life.

One woman and her son stopped to thank us for 40 Days. They were from Washington State, just visiting. She gave Pittsburgh high marks for just about everything especially the friendly people, friendly to the cause of life!”

Beth S.

From  Shift Manager Hank 3-5 pm:Day 13 Hank pic of Billy 3-5

“It was a relatively quiet afternoon, not the usual traffic given that it is Columbus Day and many people were off. Billy was with me for the entire shift so we had both sides of the circle covered. We received a number of thumbs-up, a high-five and several thanks for being here. Most by-passers returned our greeting warmly. We did distribute many of the little feet and other materials. We did of course have time to pray for an end to this abomination.”

From Shift Manager Sue 5-7 pm:

“I was proud to take over shift manager duties from my Dad…Him and my Mom are the root of my pro-life beliefs! She was home continuing her day of fasting and praying for the all the intentions of our vigil! I was joined shortly by Anna Marie who graciously answered the call to stand with me and travelled an Day 13 Sue and Hankhour to be there, what a sacrifice! I felt so peaceful just praying together and was so happy to hear how she became such a committed pro-life witness…her heart was moved to action when partial birth abortion was explained to her by a friend in her church! The sidewalk was fairly busy and we did hand out some 10 week precious feet pins and yellow cards! We got some supportive comments and one young lady turned around, smiled and said “I choose life too”! “

~ Sue

 

Day 6: North Hills RP Church, St. Mary (Glenshaw), St. Joseph (Verona)

Begin again and again

SunriseI walk my dog* early every morning and lately have seen the most beautiful sunrises. I am reminded by them that I must begin again and again. It’s a new day. Yesterday is gone. I can’t change it. Sure I made mistakes and OK I sinned some but that’s done. Today I begin again. I need to get back on track for my journey to heaven. I need to make a few changes even if they are ever so small.

I need to begin again because I haven’t always been the best version of myself. I make mistakes. I like the comfortable life. I’m lazy sometimes. I cling to my predictable routine. But with Jesus’s helping hand I begin again and make small changes.

So it is with the Fall 40 DFL campaign which has started and I once again I need to put aside some of my “me time” and make a sacrifice to do something really important. I need to participate in something that adds a little purpose and meaning to my life. And so I’m going to witness outside of an abortion center every Saturday for the next few weeks with the hope that we might dissuade someone from going in (40 DFL recently stated that when people are praying outside “no shows” go up to 75%) and also witness to those passerbys making them aware of what we are doing.

Are you ready to begin again? If you haven’t yet signed up to pray with your group or individually there is still time. Signing up is best but if you can’t please still come. Just show and stay as long as you can. You’ll make a difference. Click SCHEDULE above to see the sign up schedule to join our campaign. AND PLEASE NOTE WE NEED SOMEONE TO JOIN THE SHIFT MANAGER ON TUESDAY FROM 3-5 PM AS MICHAEL WILL BE ALONE.

So as the sun rises today we Begin again. And again tomorrow. The journey may be hard but the destination is worth it.

I hope to see you on the streets, again.

Today at the vigil we will have the pray warriors from North Hills RP Church, St. Mary Glenshaw and St. Joseph Verona.

Stop back later today as pictures and stories will be posted Life Chain Sandy and Rosie PS1throughout the day.

Peace and joy to you.

* my dog is pro life and participated in yesterday’s Life Chain 🙂

Tim B.

Here’s 7-9 SM Pat’s report:

My day started out with lots of layers – and I needed them all. It was cold out there this morning. And then about 10 minutes into my shift I began a conversation with a passerby who didn’t know what we were doing. When I explained, he told me that he was “for abortion.” Our conversation from there went at least ½ hour. Dan (not his real name) could use your prayers. He’s an African-American man in his late 20’s who sees the world so differently than we do. I hold out some hope that some of the things I said to him will get him to adjust his thinking.

Monday Chilly groupI was blessed to stand once again with Charles from North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church. He brought along with him two others from NHRPC as well: Bill and Deb (another first-timer to the sidewalk!). Mary Ann from St. Catherine of Siena in Beechview, another veteran, was also with us.

Pat

 

Here’s from Nikki 11-1 pm:

I was blessed once again to have my friends from my church, Saint Joseph in Verona, to be with me for my shift today. The weather was beautiful, clear blue skies and Beautiful sunshine! We had lots of positive comments and thank you’s from passersby! I had a nice conversation with Eric, The bookstore owner, who is an Orthodox Jew. He told me happy new year, it is the beginning of the Jewish new year. I asked him what year they are on, and he answered they are in the year 5778! Isn’t that amazing? They literally have counted every year since the first man was created! I just think that is cool. He is a good guy!

There was a somber undertone, thinking of the tragedy that took place just a few hours before in Las Vegas. We offered prayers for the Victims in our rosary.Nikki 2 Day 6

Nikki 3 Day 6It was wonderful to see marie and Ginny, sister sidewalk duo, as we handed off the baton at the beginning of my shift, and then again at the end to see

Our other sidewalk sister duo, Beth and Rose as they took over for the 1 to 3 shift. NB pic 1 Day 6May God continue to protect us and to use us for his glory for these 40 days!

Nikki B.

From Beth S. 1-3 pm:

“Please, will someone remind me next February, when the cold, wet slush is seeping into my boots, please remind me how beautiful the weather was today.

My sister Rose and I were joined by Mary Jane from St. Pius X and Tony, from St. Joan of Arc. Busy day at Planned Parenthood with many young women leaving with those mysterious brown bags.

We had mostly positive comments, a few negatives and one very sad story from an older gentleman who said three women he knew had abortions and all they do is cry when the memory returns. Each abortion turned out to be a big mistake, getting a solution that was the opposite of the one they thought the abortion would bring. I mentioned healing resources but the gentleman just shook his head and said how wrong things can be.

What a sad story, one that we try to prevent every time we come to our shift. Does anyone return to Planned Parenthood and tell them of the harm that they do to vulnerable women when they need help the most? What compassion would they offer?

Francis and Rosalind came with the promise of prayers and their presence. We continue, we just keep going.

Submitted,  beth s”

From Rosalina and Francis 3-5 pm:

Day 6 Benson St AThis young man answer the call for empty hours from 3 to 5!

Francis writes: We need more like this young man! Benson from St. Ann’s in Mt. Lebanon. This is Benson’s 6th day. He’s coming all 40 days. Arrives after school each day about 3:30 and stays ’till 5!!!!!

From Sue D. 5-7 pm:

“Evening shifts are a new thing for me…I have always been on the 7am-9am shift! The crowds are pretty similar, they just go in the other direction! I had the delight of meeting Benson before he went home, he is one of our devoted young persons who has been there several times already in the 1st 6 days. We have such reason for hope.…The pro-life generation in action! Judy answered the call to stand with me and I was so happy to meet her, we prayed together as best we could over the traffic and people. We also worked the “community outreach” piece of this campaign and gave away a fair amount of the 10 week Precious Feet pins. I was thinking about guardian angels all day today and when I got in my car to go home, the first song that came on was “ The God of Angel Armies, Is Always by my Side” I heard it from beginning to end! What a gift, thank you God!”

Sue

 

God smiled on our Prayer Vigil to defund planned parenthood

IMG_2190The rain held off and the sun even tried to peak out over the Prayer Vigil and Jericho March to protest planned parenthood,  ask for God’s help to defund pp and ultimately end abortion.  Several dozen came out on this Saturday morning despite the forecast and early sprinkles. KDKA TV covered the event and interviewed Jeannie F. who emphasized that tax dollars are not to be taken away from women in need rather that should be redirected away from pp to Federally Qualified Health Centers of which there are 12 within a 5 mile radius of pp. She emphasized that solution to dealing with women in crisis is to deal with the crisis be it material needs,  pressure or perceived lack of options and not abort the child. She also brought a carload of great signs that boldly and clearly witnessed to our purpose.IMG_2197

In closing those participating were asked to continue to Pray to End Abortion and to contact their U.S. Senators and Congressmen and ask that they pass legislation to defund planned parenthood.

My Thanks to all who came out despite the weather and concerns over counter protests.  Thanks also to those who couldn’t come but prayed for us.

Tim B.

Help defund planned parenthood with Prayer April 29

April 29 flyer 300 pxHere’s how you can help defund Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh

On the last weekend in April, pro-lifers across the country will hold rallies, marches, prayer vigils and demonstrations at Planned Parenthood facilities as part of the second annual National Day of Prayer and Protest Against Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion chain and receives over $500 million from taxpayers like you every year. But pro-life leaders in Washington are working right now to end that government subsidy.

Come out on Saturday, April 29 and join tens of thousands of pro-lifers across the country in support of this urgent campaign to defund Planned Parenthood!

Event: Prayer Vigil and Jericho March at Planned Parenthood
When: Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: 933 Liberty Ave, in downtown Pittsburgh

More Info: Contact Tim Barr at timbarr5480@gmail.com

 

Editors addition: Please note that  40 Days for Life Pittsburgh is part of 40 Days for Life.  The group does not endorse candidates nor will include any information on the websites which appears to have a party affiliation.  40 Days for Life is not a political movement.  Please read the mission statements on the About page and on 40 Days for Life- the national website.  Any use of these websites to endorse candidates or political parties will be removed and reported to 40 Days for Life- national.

Day 34: St. Mary, St. Anne and St. Irenaeus

Only 7 loaves

Did you ever feel that you are just not qualified? Or don’t have enough of something, be it skills, education, time or money? Or then think, can’t somebody else do it that is better suited for the task?

Isn’t it possible that is similar in a way to how the apostles felt when they told the Lord they only had 7 loaves of bread to feed the large group of followers? When they looked at the few loaves of bread and themselves did they think “He really doesn’t have much to work with”?

How many times did our Lord tell them “Be not afraid” ? How many times does our Lord say this…to us? When we say, “what can I do to prevent or end abortion? What is the value of going to the abortion center to pray?”

When his apostles said they only had 7 loaves to feed the masses, they thought they could only make do with what they had and thought it just wasn’t enough. They didn’t take into account what God can do to magnify our efforts to proportions well beyond our wildest imaginations.

As our Spring 40 DFL campaign comes to an end we can consider in hindsight that perhaps we are those 7 loaves of bread. He multiplied us. By our participating we fed the masses. Our unique individual efforts have fed the masses in all walks of life that we encountered downtown: the abortion bound, the passersby’s in cars and on the sidewalk and pp workers and like a ripple in the water we will affect so many more.  We are not perfect. We are all flawed. Some of us have a bit of Pharisee in us. Yet, He made use of us and we had a very big impact and affect on so many people in so many ways. Most of which we will never know.

Please, do not question the value of your being there. Know for certain you have touched and fed the souls of so many and the lives you saved will have a profound impact for the good in time to come. Because as we all know, HIS laborers do not labor in vain. So you should have no doubts about whether you made a difference.

So I close simply by saying Thank You for your prayers, fasting and witness. Thank you for stepping up despite not being perfect. Thanks for being a loaf of bread.

If you haven’t yet been to pray at the vigil you still have this last week. The Spring Campaign ends Sunday night with a short prayer vigil at 6:30 at pp followed by a closing rally and reception at 7 pm inside Catholic Charities at Liberty & 9th St. As is true in our spiritual life, it is never too late.

After this 40 DFL campaign is over, If you ever hear the call in the night with the ears of your heart to do some charitable deed to protect the unborn, know that year-round every Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday prayer warriors and sidewalk advocates are outside planned parenthood praying and trying to save lives and souls. We are usually there from 7 till 11 am. No need to sign up. Just show up.

Be not afraid, join us.

We hope to see you at the rally and again soon. I hope you have a Happy Easter.

Tim B.

Today at the vigil we were blessed with St. Mary (Glenshaw), St. Ann Catholic Church (Waynesburg) and & St. Irenaeus (Oakmont).

In thanksgiving for the blog writers whose fingers are trained for battle— and prepare the reflection before they go on leave!!

Marian adds from Saturday-  addition, not a do-over… recognizing others in the pro-life community:

In the Spirit of cooperation:  Before I head to the sidewalk on Saturday mornings, I do my “heavy lifting” in prayer.  I meet the wonderful people at The Oratory (Adoration) and St. Paul’s Cathedral for Mass on Saturday mornings.  It is not by my design.  If it were, then I would only be dreaming of them instead of meeting them in person.

Each Saturday, our younger brothers and sisters from CMU and the University of Pittsburgh, who are active in the pro-life community, meet at the Pittsburgh Oratory to drive to the abortion clinic in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh.  Although not ever having been there, I have never heard that location described with words other than with synonyms for dark and creepy- by veterans of the pro-life community. On my way, out of the door at The Oratory, I met Mark and Nicholas.  Mark and I recognized each other from Mass and Bible study.  Mark has been praying in front of the East Liberty clinic since last semester. Today, Nicholas was joining the group for the first time. Both young men have recognized for years there is something wrong with abortion. They are willing to acknowledge that in public, prayerful, peaceful witness.  The younger generation fighting for life is well represented at the Pittsburgh Oratory.

Then at the end of Mass at St. Paul Cathedral, I started talking with Yolanda.  Yolanda is a veteran of pro-life witness when the abortion clinic in downtown Pittsburgh was located closer to the shopping area. Yolanda would go to work and see the guards and another group of people.  At the time, she didn’t know the location near her work was an abortion clinic.   She recognized the Rosary beads in the hands of many who were praying, so she joined in prayer there on a regular basis. We have other veterans from that period of time too praying with us on a regular basis.  Today, Yolanda, as she usually does, joined in praying the Rosary with the usual prayerful suspects at St. Paul Cathedral.  They have been keeping us lifted in prayer daily.   Companions on the journey— visible and invisible!!

Saturday was still a gloomy day on the sidewalk but I knew there were people who had my back in prayer!

40 Days for Life – welcomes prayers from all denominations!!  Prayer works.

 

Reports from today:

Kathy L.  7 am -9 am:

Thank you to all who helped cover for me last Monday due to a family emergency.  And thank you for your prayers for my dad who is on the mend.
Peggy and I prayed through some pro-life prayers together.  I noticed several passersby glancing at our “Choose Life” signs.  The usual PP workers arrived.  Bill H. also arrived and stayed briefly.  One young woman passed by and hurled an insult toward us.  Bill may have countered her statement with a blessing. Not long after that, Ginny arrived to assume SM duty.
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Bill H and Peggy!! Several days a week the Holy Spirit schedules Bill to come and pray with the water!! Peggy makes sure on several days that she arrives early to help Diane!!

 

Ginny 9 am -11 am:

St Mary’s Pro-life group from Glenshaw
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Elaine ,Ginny ,Vince
We had a peaceful prayerful morning.

 

Johnny and Maryellen report for the 11 am  to 1:00 pm. 

People traveled from Waynesburg today.  Some faces are camera shy.

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Beth, with many hats in the pro-life movement reports for the 1 pm to 3 pm shift:

We started out in the sun and even when the rain came, I think the SON stayed with us.  Lots of good friends from St. Ann’s in Waynesburg made the 1-3 shift a wonderful, prayerful occasion. Carol, Kathy, Mary Ellen, Tilly, Jake, Mike and Kim, Elaine joined Rose and I as we kept vigil on a busy day.

Bill H., Katie and Nick stopped  by and Alice from St. Alexis came to help with the 3-5 shift. It seemed as though there was lots of employee activity, and hopefully, few clients.

Thanks, bloggers, for all you do,

Beth

Francis on the sidewalk for life from 3 pm to 5 pm: 

Francis reports that he was alone for part of the shift but Alice, from St. Alexis, did witness with him for awhile. 

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Judging wisely with the sign for life!!!

 

 

Nikki and Joe stand vigil for the 5 pm to 7 pm shift: 

We had a peaceful shift for the most part. A young man stopped to look at the fetal models. He wanted to take a picture of the five month model. He said that his pregnant girlfriend died, she was five months pregnant. So he lost her and his only child. He told me he started doing heroin when he was 15. He has been clean now for four years and has a job and plays the guitar in a worship band at a large church in Cranberry! I told him I would pray for his girlfriend and his child and him, and he even gave me his phone number in case my son ever wants to talk to him. It was very encouraging getting to talk to him!

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Nikki and Joe, representing St. Irenaeus Parish in Oakmont.

 

After that Joe and I prayed together. We thought we would finish this vigil on a positive note, and then a woman who was headed into the bar looked at Joe, who had just greeted her with a friendly hello, and she spit right on him. You could just feel the anger and the hatred seething out of her. That was a shock for Joe, but we will pray for her healing.
Nikki

 

Bonus report from sunny Florida per Sean’s email from Sunday for the national report:

It was Sunday. “The abortion center was closed,” said Tom in Fort Lauderdale, “but the vigil was not!”

So, on the Lord’s Day, a number of volunteers went out to pray.

“We impact a different public than we do during the week,” Tom said. “In the morning we see many churchgoers passing by and in the afternoon we see many at leisure. Most are unaware of the battle we fight every day at that center. And most are unaware of the stakes.”

He said 40 Days for Life is the ideal vehicle to bring the problem to light. “Everyone can participate. All it takes is a little time and a willingness to stand for life.”

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Thank you to all who witnessed today.     Let the “Sonshine” in our hearts!!  We get by with a little help from our friends.

 

Tim                    

 

Day 27: St Mary of the Assumption and Holy Apostles Parish

 

Early this past Saturday morning at the vigil, one of the prayerful remarked “it is still a little cold here despite the temperature being so much higher than it has been throughout the vigil” and then went on to say “but it’s always cold here in the shadow of evil”. Another then attempted to quote Psalm 23 “yea though I walk thru the valley of death…” And we all agreed, praying outside the abortion center is like being in the valley of death. Figuratively and literally. It’s not easy and certainly not fun. Maybe we are little uncomfortable for whatever reason, Fear of confrontation, Fear of what people will thing of us or Fear of being inadequate. There is no doubt, we would all be more comfortable somewhere else. Yet we hear the call in the silence of the night. We hear “Be Not Afraid”.

We should fear no evil. He is with us. We are HIS hands and feet when we are on the street. We are doing something meaningful with purpose. We are doing HIS will. He will lead us to peaceful waters and hopefully all those we save as well. We should fear no evil.

And then HE confirmed HIS presence as one us raised his hands up, looked to the sky and said; “yet I fear no evil for He is with us”. And to my astonishment, there in the sky between the two buildings across the street was a white cross in the early blue sky. God smiled at us and reminded us to carry our crosses for Him, joyfully. Look closely at the pic and you should be able to see the cross.

What we do in our witness is important. It makes a difference whether you see it immediately or not. So, if you hear HIS call to come back to the vigil in the valley of death, Be Not Afraid. Come back. Don’t resist. HE will be there with us.

There are only two weeks remaining. Bring a friend or family member. Share the joy.

I hope you find true joy on the street in the valley of death.

Tim B.

Stop back throughout the day to see pictures and read stories from the today’s vigil.  And if you have time Tuesday from 3-5 and Wednesday 2-3 pm we don’t have many prayer warriors and could use the support, and who knows you might see a sign the HE is smiling on you.

Here is from SM Ginny 9-11:

“The good people from St. Mary’s of the Assumption prayed and witnessed today. We had IMG_1369very positive comments from passerby’s. There was this darling nun dressed in her beautiful blue and white habit with a white vail. She gave us all a hug.”

Johnny 11-1:

” We had a big crowd at our shift today; (4) people from Holy Apostles and (12) from St. Raymond Parish, which included their Priest!
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From Beth 1-3 pm:

“Today, it was one great group after another. Arriving on Johnny’s shift, Rachel and her friends from St. Raymond of the Mountains in Donegal, PA were already in operation, praying and filling the sidewalk with hope for an abortion-free future. These pro-life warriors know how to get things done and are a great example of putting faith into action.

Saint Raymond's faithful
Saint Raymond’s faithful

And also from St. Raymond’s, Father Ricky, the parochial vicar came with his friends, Gilda, Henna, Anna Maria who have a prayer group and they said they’ll try to come and pray at PP soon. Another new group from Holy Apostles parish, Rose, Donna, Anna Marie, Mary Angela, Rich and Rosanne filled their time slot admirably. Good work first timers!
And finally, who shows up but Father Jason and our girl, his little girl, Martha. Father Ricky led us all in a powerful exorcism prayer and we all

St Raymond's
St Raymond’s

know how powerful that can be. Finally as Rosalinda took the shift manager’s tag, Luther, who has been here before came to pray with us. As said before, one great group after another today. Deo Gratias!”

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From Nikki and Joe 5-7:

“Joe and I had a very peaceful shift. The weather was wonderful! we just prayed together for

Joe with Francis and John who did the 3 to 5 shift along with Bill
Joe with Francis and John who did the 3 to 5 shift along with Bill

a while. After that Joe enjoyed passing out the precious feet pins and talking to whoever wanted to talk as they passed by. A woman named Dahlia came because she got the email saying that I needed volunteers. She belongs to Saint Mary of Mercy downtown. It was very nice to have her there with us! It was a peaceful and uneventful shift.”

 

Day 20: St Mary Glenshaw, CMU/Pitt Newman Club and St Irenaeus (Oakmont)

God gave me a “do over”

I was praying outside the clinic early one morning during the vigil and spotted a woman walking briskly from the parking garage at Liberty & 9th St. She had her arms crossed over her abdomen and was crying. A young man walked a few steps behind but couldn’t keep up with her. As she neared the clinic she was approached and offered help and resources but she wouldn’t hear of it. She stopped outside the clinic door still crying and trying to finish her cigarette. We again offered help and she called out something like “I’ve already paid. I have made the decision that is best for me” and then she entered.

I have seen so many women enter the clinic and have offered to help and was ignored but this one seemed different. She was tormented by her decision and I’m guessing she didn’t think she had viable options. I really thought we could help her and save her baby.

I was deeply saddened by her pain and decision and couldn’t help but to think “what if…”.  I thought maybe had I said something else or been more sensitive to her needs. I prayed intensely for her.

Well God gave me a “do over”. She left the facility, went to the garage but then she returned. This time I tried again with all the words I wished I had said the first time. But it didn’t work. She went into the building anyway. This isn’t the way I expected it to work out. Why the do over? Why wasn’t I successful?

I was very upset over the encounter, yet took comfort in the words of Shawn Carney, with the National 40 Days For Life team:

“By praying on the sidewalk, you’re the last sign of Christ’s hope for the women going into the abortion facility — and the first sign of His mercy for them when they come out.”

I’m certain God didn’t want her to go into the clinic, yet HE permitted it. I don’t know why but that is not for me to know. I didn’t give in to discouragement or despair. I accepted it. Sure I’ll rethink it and try to figure out how to be better the next time. And I’ll pray for her. I don’t know her name, yet I refer to her as “Hope”. I ask you to pray as well for her. And who knows, she might have changed her mind and came out later after I had left. Perhaps she named her daughter Hope.

I share this sad story because I want you to know that I am not discouraged. I trust in God and HIS plan for this couple. God can turn evil into good, in His time and way. My role is to be there and offer the love of God and hope and be the last lifeline offering other options to these women in distress. So I will return and try again and again. I’m confident we’ll be successful with someone else. So I suggest to you, do not get discouraged if or when it happens to you, and try, try, try again.

Tim B.

Today witnessing at the vigil will be St Mary (Glenshaw), CMU/Pitt Newman Club and St (Irenaeus). Here are the recaps:

From Kathy L. 7-9 am:

“Quiet morning. Mary Ann M., a dear woman with a heart for the unborn, joined me on the sidewalk. We both wore signs while she sat in her wheelchair praying and I sat on the bin doing the same. Several passersby greeted us with “good morning” and “thank you for being here.” After some time passed, Mary Ann and I read some of the printed prayers together. A man named Arthur stopped by to share his view that life begins at conception and inform us of the abortion practice in Iceland that he read about that terminates pregnancies because the baby has an extra chromosome. That practice occurs here in the U.S. as well. Very sad.

The usual workers arrived. One of them reciprocated with a wave before entering the building. Marie and Bill H. arrived for the next shift.”

From Ginny 9-11:

St. Mary's Pro-Life Group, from Glenshaw: Vince, Ree and Elaine
St. Mary’s Pro-Life Group, from Glenshaw: Vince, Ree and Elaine

We prayed most of the time. I had very nicely dressed young homeless man stop by to talk to us. He was very supportive.

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Ryan Catholic Newman Club 11-3 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shift Manager Johnny with the group's first to arrive
Shift Manager Johnny with the group’s first to arrive

 

 

I arrived for my 5 to 7 shift to see Rosalina. She had Mimi and Andy with her. Thank you Andy and Jeff for answering the call and coming to make sure Rosalina wasn't alone! Here's a picture of Rosalina clowning around for the camera
I arrived for my 5 to 7 shift to see Rosalina. She had Mimi and Andy with her. Thank you Andy and Jeff for answering the call and coming to make sure Rosalina wasn’t alone! Here’s a picture of Rosalina clowning around for the camera

 

 

 

 

From Rosalina 3-5 pm:

Mimi and Andy
Mimi and Andy

 

Luther and David
Luther and David

From Nikki 5-7 pm:

“I was blessed to have many people with me during my shift tonight! Even though he is sick, my husband decided to come with me and it was good to have him there. Mimi and Andy were there for a while after I got there and after they left Jeff from Saint Irenaeus church in Oakmont came because it was our scheduled time. It was great to see him and to have him

I was so happy to see Jeff from Saint Irenaeus! I had reserved my shift today for Saint Irenaeus to provide the witness and had put it in the bulletin but really didn't push to get volunteers, so I wasn't expecting anyone to come. It was a blessing to have Jeff come and stand with us today!
I was so happy to see Jeff from Saint Irenaeus! I had reserved my shift today for Saint Irenaeus to provide the witness and had put it in the bulletin but really didn’t push to get volunteers, so I wasn’t expecting anyone to come. It was a blessing to have Jeff come and stand with us today!

stay and witness with us! Soon after he got there a young man named Luther came by and asked if he could sit a while and rest. He also wanted to hold a sign. He stayed for at least an hour. It turns out that he is being evicted from his rented room tomorrow and needs to find shelter. We gave him a card that has a list of all the shelters in Pittsburgh. David, an off duty shift manager, came to be with me for the 6 to 7 hour since he had seen that there was a chance I would be alone. When Luther was leaving we said a prayer for him to help him to find housing. When David heard that Luther was going to be homeless, he reached out to Luther in a way that was an honor to witness. He very generously helped him and also told him how much God loves him and with so much love told him about Jesus’ mercy. I was really touched at the way that David was Jesus for Luther tonight. Really, Jesus was on that sidewalk ministering to Luther tonight and I was very privileged to witness it! Many people stopped and thanked us for being there, we had a few nasty comments but more positive than negative. All in all it was a good shift and I am glad that we have this opportunity to be Jesus on the sidewalk for 40 days. We were all very happy to see Tom when he came to pick pick up the materials. Thank you everyone for coming today! You made Jesus smile!”

Day 13: St. Teresa of Avila and St. Paul Seminary

“On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.”

Adlai E. Stevenson

Our 40 DFL campaign is well underway and doing great. Participation is at an all time high despite the winter weather. But we can’t rest yet. We can do more. We can be stronger and bolder. So if you are looking for “charitable deeds” do as penance during this lent come back to the vigil if you have been there already or if you haven’t yet been able to be there, come. Bring a friend or family member. Share the joy of doing something meaningful. We have an opportunity to witness to life at a critical and pivotal time in the history of our county, and hopefully to save lives and souls.  Remember “Be Not Afraid”.

If you can come back, remember someone is always there between 7 am till 7 pm so you don’t need your barbarachurch group to come back. If you want to be kind to a 40 DFL shift manager look at the schedule and see where the shift manager will be either alone or with just one companion.

This TUESDAY (tomorrow) there is NO ONE signed up to stand with shift manager Charlene (7-9). Stop by if you can. Even if only for a few minutes. It will be greatly appreciated.

Click HERE to see the schedule of those churches and individuals signed up.

We are at the dawn of victory. Do not lie down and if you do, rest for just a little while and then come back. You will make a difference and have an impact no matter how imperceptible and I am confident you will find peace and joy, if not while you are there certainly on the way home as you know you have just done something important.

Stop back throughout the day to see pictures and stories from today’s vigil.

From Kathy L. 7-9 am:

Very cold morning. A few comments Peggy and I received from passersby were equally as

Shift Manager Ginny
Shift Manager Ginny

cold but not long afterwards our hearts were warmed by the kind act of a young lady named Savanah who saw us from the bus, waved to Peggy, and brought each of us a cup of hot coffee. We thanked her, offered a prayer for the unborn together, and off she went to work. God bless Savanah.

The PP workers arrived and a two young women entered the building but ignored any offer for help. A man  stopped by to let us know that the CC warming center closed last Friday (March 10th). I stopped by CC after my shift and it is correct that the center closed Friday. The receptionist said that they may open for two hours on Wed due to the snowstorm.

From Ginny 9-11 am:

St Teresa of Avila team
St Teresa of Avila team

The faithful from St Teresa of Avila braved the weather to witness to life.  They prayed all 4 sets of mysteries of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

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Riverside Church witnessing for LIFE

The ladies from Riverside Church stood for Life.

 

Everyone was very cold but offered up their suffering for the unborn babies and their mothers
It was a very prayerful morning.

Pam & Gregg from St Teresa
Pam & Gregg from St Teresa
A courageous lady from fourth Presbyterian Church
A courageous lady from fourth Presbyterian Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Jim 11-1:

“All went well on the shift today. no major announcements I relieved Ginny and found an old friend at the vigil from St Alphonsus in Springdale; pleasant surprise. Limited clients going in to PP and many exiting quickly. Cold but bearable, hope the snow misses us tomorrow. Another new experience was praying with (9) nine men in front of the abortion facility. Several walk up guys and several seminarians attending Duquesne for classes. I have to believe God and the many pedestrians were taken aback by this sight of men praying in public. “
Jim S

From Nikki and Joe 5-7:

Joe and Francis
Joe and Francis

“When Joe and I arrived for our 5 to 7 shift we found poor shift manager Francis standing there all alone. Rosalina had felt sick and so she had gone home about half an hour before we got there. It was nice to see Francis and talk for a bit. After he left Joe and I got right down to praying. We brought chairs, which made it nice. There were many people going into Planned Parenthood, including people bringing pizzas. Must have been some sort of training/meeting.
Nothing really happened worth reporting. Three little girls stopped and were looking at our fetal models and wanted to know if we had any they could have, so I gave them each a little 12 week model. A few people thanked us for being there, we got no negative comments tonight. It was a cold but good shift.”

Day 6: Weirton Catholic Churches, Memorial Park Church and Individual Prayer Warriors

“ A ship in the harbor is safe… but that is not what it was made for”

Battleship Red

As our 40 DFL campaign gets underway it is time for us to head out into open waters. It is time for us to put our faith and courage to the test. It is time to confront evil with gentleness, strength and truth. And fear not for we have God on our side. Sure we will face some adversity and maybe some harsh weather in this spiritual battle. But we are ships built and prepared to take it all on. We will have some smooth sailing and maybe some rough waters. But “Be not afraid” sail on.

Stop back to this site throughout the day to read stories and see pictures from the vigil.

From Kathy L. 7-9 am:

Quiet morning. Light rain and cold. PP workers started arriving around 7:30 . Peggy DPeggy D. was my prayer partner during this time. One man stopped and asked for something to eat, but all I offered was a shelter/warming station resource card as is our policy now. Two passersby thanked me for being there. One young woman entered PP but I wasn’t sure if she was a worker or patron.

Here is the Shift Manager report from Ginny 9-11 am:IMG_1321

“These are the ladies from St. Joseph the worker church in Weirton West Virginia One of the ladies prayed eight rosaries, another lady passed out information . It was a very peaceful morning God was with us” 

Jeff subbed from 11 to 1. He filled in at the last minute and really save the day! We put out a plea for folks to join him and he reported that three people came to stand with him during his shift. God bless you all for answering HIS call.

Beth S. the shift manager from 1-3 reminded us of this:

This day in History: on this date in history, 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Dred Scott v. Sanford, ruled that blacks were not human beings, but property and therefore had to be returned to their owners. In 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Roe v. Wade that preborn children were not human beings and therefore could be disposed of as seen fit by their “owners.” Therefore, the next time someone walks past and says that abortion is legal, the Supreme Court said so, remind them that the Supreme Court has been WRONG more than once, very WRONG.

It’s so nice to have a partner-shift manager as I do with my sister, Rose. Maybe some day we’ll have enough shift managers to double up, no one ever being alone. Today was grey, gloomy and very quiet. A few employees came and went, but it seemed like no clients. Who would guess that you can have quiet time for prayer on a downtown street.
Some nice compliments from those passing by, thanking us for our work.

Beth, thanks for sharing this perspective.

Rosilina the 3-5 Shift manager reported this:

An older woman was parked at the curb… She put her window down & offered me a drink… I thanked her and said I was fine… Then she got out of her car .. She told me she was pregnant (her third child), her husband was an alcoholic… She asked her father for the money to have the abortion … He said “No”…Meanwhile her middle son appears and asked her for money.. Her handbag was in the car.. I gave him a dollar…So she had her youngest child and told me she was very opposed to abortion … I told her she had a wonderful story and that she should think about coming down at 3:00 on Mondays … She said she may… That was what happened …

Isn’t wonderful how God puts us where HE wants us, when HE wants us? And then HE takes over and provides the “why”.  We just need to say “yes”.

Nikki and Joe had the 5-7 last shift of the day:

Joe and I had an eventful shift from 5 to 7. We arrived early and were able to catch up a little bit with the 3 to 5 shift manager Francis, who was there alone when we arrived. He said that his wife, Rosalina had been with him earlier. It was nice to encourage each other in our conversation. After he left, Joe and I began to pray the rosary. Soon Marian and Bill stopped by. Marian stayed for quite a while and we finished the rosary. While we were praying, a young man stopped by and asked us to pray for him. He explained that he lost his little boy in a boating accident a few years ago and said that it destroyed his marriage and he has had mental problems since. He is now homeless and trying to get his life back together. Marian gave him the card with all of the resources for the homeless on it and we prayed for him, with him, there on the sidewalk. Please pray for this man that he is able to get the help he needs. After Marian left it was just Joe and I, witnessing silently in the rain.

A woman came out of the bar and was smoking and so Joe, being the friendly guy that he is, started a conversation with her. I could tell she did not like us, but that did not stop Joe, and I believe that it was his innocent friendliness that began to break down the walls that she had put up against us. She ended up telling us that she had had an abortion when she was 20. She is in her 40s now. She said she is pro-choice and that it angers and upsets her that we are there, although she understands that we are as passionate for our cause as she is passionately against us. We talked about Nikki and Joe and ...Jesus and about how merciful he is, I asked if she had received forgiveness in the sacrament of confession, because she said she is a Catholic. She said she did, but she seems to be a very hurting soul, so please pray for her. She went back in the bar and when she came back out about Half an hour later, she was very drunk. After the woman went back into the bar Joe and I prayed a divine Mercy chaplet for her. So I am guessing that she was upset after our conversation, and so she went in and began drinking heavily.

While we were talking to her, there was another bar patron who stopped to yell at us. He was screaming that we hae already won so what are we still doing here? He said, “you have already won! I am upset that you have won, but you have already won, so why are you still here?” Soon after that Diane and Tom came to pick up the materialMarian Joe and Bill a little early and we got to talk a bit. All in all, it was a worthwhile shift and I believe that our witness is not going unnoticed!

Thank you to everyone who came out today