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:

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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.

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“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

 

 

Saturday’s Protest pp Rally Big Success

IMG_2061They came from the East. They came from the North. They came from the South and West. Over 200 of the faithful (according to local TV) came to witness, pray and protest outside of planned parenthood, our nation’s largest provider of abortions and performer of a significant number of unethical things including shielding child predators, defrauding Medicaid and harvesting human tissue for profit. By our presence we asked our government to defunds pp of taxpayer funding and those fIMG_2064unds be redirected to other Federally Qualified Health Providers, of which there are 12 who don’t perform abortions within a 5 mile radius.

Our witness was IMG_2070powerful, prayerful and peaceful with the curbs on both sides of pp being lined with dozens of the faithful of all ages holding signs and praying. The Jericho March had around 80 people walking and witnessing on the streets surrounding the abortion center. We were filmed and interviewed by KDKA, WPXI and WTAE and were featured on TV throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.

IMG_2067While there was a small group of counter protesters we were protected by St. Michael as well as the Pittsburgh Police who had a strong presence. It also appeared that the counter protesters were part of us as several pro-lifers mixed in with them with better and bolder signs.

Pastor Joe S. opened the protest in prayer and Father Jason C. closed it in prayer.

This day we stood strong for life. This day we worked in HIS vineyard and the labors were many.

In the closing remarks the large group was asked to do three things:

  1. Pray to End Abortion
  2. Contact your senators and congressman in Washington and demand pp be defunded of our tax dollars
  3. Continue to witness for life and participate in the upcoming 40 Days For Life Campaign beginning on March 1.

God bless you and God bless America!

Tim B.

Stand against evil and Join vigil to Protest planned parenthood

“The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing” E. Burke

Join us downtown Pittsburgh for one hour outside planned parenthood in a nationwide effort to pray for the end abortion and defund planned parenthood Saturday February 11 from 9 am to 10 am.

Pgh flyer R6The time has come to defund America’s abortion giant! Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion chain, killing over 300,000 babies each year nationwide and 2,300 downtown, and nearly half of their billion dollar national budget comes from our tax dollars.

But now the new 115th Congress is moving to strip Planned Parenthood of that money! On February 11, pro-lifers like you will take to the streets to demand our government stops funding an organization that specializes in killing children.

Please join us at the Planned Parenthood downtown Pittsburgh from 9 am to 10 am at 933 Liberty Ave as we protest and pray for an end to Planned Parenthood’s massive government subsidy, and an end to abortion in our country.

No need to sign up, just show up and bring a friend. Signs will be provided. You can also walk in a Jericho March.  Also see the flyer in our “About – resources” section.

Visit the Protestpp website to learn more about the nationwide effort: http://protestpp.com/#home

See you on Saturday Feb 11!

PS If you haven’t signed up yet for the upcoming 40 DFL Spring Campaign, please consider doing it now.  Visit SCHEDULE.

 

How did Jan 22, 1973 affect you?

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In January 1973 I was a senior at Bishop Canevin high school and filled with the joy and anticipation of being done with high school and the mixed excitement and fear for what was ahead. Prior to January 22, 1973 I wasn’t the least bit aware of what was taking place within the Supreme Court. And when they announced their decision in the Roe vs. Wade case, it never hit my radar.

However, I was fortunate. I had a courageous English teacher who brought it to the attention of our class and then polled the class on our positions on the decision. Sadly at that moment my knee jerk, uninformed position was a reflection of the changing popular values of the late 60’s and early 70’s. On that day, this hormone enraged teenager saw this decision as an enabler of the “unconditional love” pop culture of the “Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll” times. (Writers note: I am not confessing to sex or drugs but will admit I liked rock ‘n roll). When asked, I saw pregnancy as something like a light switch. It could be on or off and now off rather easily.

Fortunately for me, I didn’t hold this position for very long. Our teacher simply explained the facts of what pregnancy and abortion really are and talked about the physiology and spirituality of life beginning at conception. It was like being hit by a lightning bolt of truth. Just like that, my naive misunderstanding of pregnancy was shattered and my “hall pass” for uncomplicated sex was taken away within one class period.

That day planted a seed. One that would take some time to grow and blossom but one that was firmly planted and through God’s providence and the examples of others was watered and began to grow albeit very slowly.

Although 1973 was a long time ago, I didn’t realize how profound an effect it would have on me. (I’ll skip my personal journey to the present time.) Now in the new millennium I am a “pro life activist”. Beyond the joys of my vocation as husband and father, I find meaning and purpose in my efforts to end abortion and save lives through prayer, witneTim Barrss and counseling outside of an abortion center.

My calling is to witness downtown Saturday mornings year round with my big signs. It started as one day a month, now it is every Saturday. That’s my calling. I’ll admit it’s not always easy. The lure of staying in a warm bed, having another cup of coffee or reading the sports page is always there not to mention the deterrent sometimes of foul weather. Oh well, that’s my calling.Tim selfie

 

So how did the unleashed evil of Jan. 22, 1973 affect you? Was a seed planted that is ready to grow stronger and taller? Are you being called?

OK, here comes the pitch, if you want to put your faith into action with deeds and get more involved with the pro-life movement here in Western Pennsylvania. There are lots of ways. Here are just a few to mention:

  • If you are not going to the March for Life in Washington come pray downtown either Saturday morning Jan. 21 or 28.
  • Join your churches pro life group (or form one if none exists. We can help.)
  • Participate in the upcoming 40 Days for Life spring campaign March 1- April 9 as either an individual   click HERE or with your church group: Contact Nikki at nbruni@40daysforlifepgh.com
  • Get more involved with 40 DFL and become a shift manager by committing to two hours a week for each week of the campaign: we need someone for Sunday 3-5 pm.
  • Use 40 DFL Flyers or bulletin inserts at your church to speed the word about the upcoming campaign. Visit our GET INVOLVED page.
  • Get involved with the Magee Project to end abortions there
  • Pray for the 40 DFL team, and all pro life advocates and for the end of abortion
  • Become a Sidewalk advocate and attend the training seminar (contact us for more info)
  • Stop downtown to pray at the abortion center on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday mornings (abortion days) and join others in their witness year round.
  • Send this to a friend and ask them to join you in witnessing to the TRUTH of abortion.

God bless you in your journey and may it bring you peace and joy.

Tim B.

WE’RE STILL THERE

YES WE ARE STILL PRAYING, WITNESSING AND COUNSELING

We just want to let you know that many of those who participate in 40 Days For Life still pray, witness andimg_1933 counsel outside the pp facility every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings (abortion days). The sidewalk advocates are there. Diane often brings down the fetal models and big sandwich boards and others bring signs or still use the “Pray To End Abortion” signs.

Lots of people stop by to join us. Some stay a few minutes and say just one prayer, others say a few. So if you ever “get the call in the night”, a tug on your heart or just want to do something meaningful and important on one of these days know we’ll be there and you can join us. No need to sign up. Just show up. Stay as long or as little as you like. If you can’t come down pray for us. Don’t underestimate the power of your prayer. We sure appreciate them. So thanks ahead of time.

Here is something funny that happened on Veteran’s Day that we believe reflected a little Divine intervention. This high school band set up photooutside the pp facility and used this area as a staging area for all their instruments effectively blocking off the facility to abortion bound women. Reminds me of the expression “God works in mysterious ways”.

An early Thanksgiving to and for all of you.

Day 34: North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church and St. Ann

10 Lepers Cured

The passage of the 10 lepers always makes me wonder, would I have been one of the nine who didn’t come back to thank our Lord for their healing or maybe, just maybe, would I be the one who came back.

Maybe this situation is similar to what happens and the vigil site. Are there 10 couples who change their minds as they drive by when they see us outside and don’t come back to thank us? Maybe. But we do know for certain, many do change their mind because of our presence. A few have told us.

Let me also not be like one of the nine and be remiss in thanking YOU. Thank you for your dedication and effort. For making the sacrifices to put your own wants and desires aside to come to the vigil to witness and pray. You all inspire me. Sincerely so many people have touched my soul in so many ways with your faith, your courage to reach out and your commitment to ending abortion. Thank you.

We all have our busy lives, so diverse but the same. We all love the comforts of life and some of us more than others care about what people think of us. But we put the “me” aside and made the effort. Like those at the foot of the cross, You came, you stayed. It wasn’t easy. You might have been uncomfortable. You may think you didn’t make a difference but you did. Our efforts in the Lord’s vineyard will not be in vain. You’ll never know until heaven just how big an impact you had. But trust me on this. You made a difference. For that I am grateful. Thank you.

See you in the spring or if you ever hear that voice calling in the night and want to join the few who come year-round on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday mornings know you are welcome. God bless you all and may HIS angels surround you. Peace and joy.

Tim B.

Today at the vigil we have North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church 7 – 11a ; St. Ann Catholic Church, Waynesburg 11a-3p; HOURS ARE EMPTY FROM 5-7!

Here is from Kathy 7-9 am:

“A chilly morning but it was warmed quickly by the presence of Faithful Diane, Bill Weir (Reformed Presbyterian Church of NH and old friend of mine), and Faithful Rose (St. Mary’s of Glenshaw). Bill was joined by Sam and Charles, also of RPC. We spent some of our time in silent prayer. Charles and I passed out a few bookmarks with tootsie pops to passersby while Rose handed out 40 Days brochures. A couple going into PP acknowledged us but did not want any info. PP workers also entered.

Sam and Charles
Sam and Charles

Toward the end of the second hour, Bill H. stopped by and stood with us. Please pray for Bill’s family. Another Bill, but goes by William, stopped by and asked for a coat which I gave to him. Rose left to catch her bus. The men from RPC and I devoted time to singing the Psalms from the psalter that they brought. Strong voices singing God’s strong words of victory! Thank you RPC for your witness.” Kathy L.

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From Ginny 9-11 am:

“The good folks from Presbyterian reformed church were praying with people today. Charles did an excellent job of getting people to stop and pray with him also Sam and his family and his two children were there. They were just darling and they caught everybody’s eye and they sang together was so beautifully”

From Beth 1-3:

“Welcome first-timer, the beautiful Carly from her church in Tarentum, who joined Rose, Billy, the wonderful folks from St. Ann’s in Waynesburg and myself on a semi-chilly day outside PP. Executive director, Kim Evert and her second in command came out around 1 and smiling and continued down Liberty. Maybe she was smiling because we said that we were praying for her.
Anyway, whoever has the 1-3 shift tomorrow, be ready with prayer for a woman who said she’d be back to prove to me abortion isn’t killing an innocent human being, that life only begins at birth. She questioned my every move so I asked her if she would believe an abortionist. She agreed so I gave her Anthony Levantino’s website, abortionprocedures.com for a doctor’s version of the debate. Ask her if she watched all four parts. Since Dr. Levantino performed 1200 abortions, he should know more than most. So just be ready.
As we said good-bye to the St. Ann’s group who prayed and prayed, and said hello to Francis, Carly said her very first hour at PP went quickly. Welcome, you’re joining a great group of pro-life people
See you on Sunday,”
beth
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img_4632We have a few gaps in this weeks schedule. We need prayers for the following hours:

TUESDAY –  2-4

THURSDAY 11-11:30 and 12:30-5

SUNDAY 9-11 (Don’t forget the closing rally at 6:30 at the vigil then the party at 7 PM at Catholic Charities)

Pictures and stories from today’s vigil will be posted throughout the day, so stop back.

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Day 27: St Peter and Paul and St Paul’s Seminary

“To March into Hell for a Heavenly Cause”

I just listened to Andy Williams sing “Impossible Dream” from the Broadway show “Man of La Mancha” (OK I’m showing my age) and the lyrics “To march into hell for a heavenly cause” sent a chill down my spine. I couldn’t help thinking how much it reminds me of our efforts to fight the evils of abortion. But I take inspiration from the song to fight on despite what seems hopeless at times and I take comfort in knowing God is on our side. We will not lose this fight. We will prevail sooner or later. But we must do our part. We must fight on. As Father Frank Pavone said and I’m paraphrasing “there is no Easter Sunday without Good Friday”. Maybe we have to sacrifice a little.  Sure it might be rainy or a little chilly or dark in the morning.  Oh well.  Nobody said marching into hell would be easy.

So get your armor of God on. The fight is underway. We must march into hell for a heavenly cause. Come or come back to the vigil. Sign up or just show up. We need you and want you.  There is still time. If you have fallen away or haven’t been to pp to pray and witness no worries. No need for excuses. You are always welcome. We’ll be there. Like the army general who values more the soldier who in battle once retreated but returned to fight valiantly more so than the one who fights but without intensity. We value your return. Join us in the fight.

Below are stories and pictures from today’s vigil. Click SCHEDULE above to sign up.

Today at the vigil we were blessed with the groups from St Peter and Paul (Steubenville) and St Paul’s Seminary.  However there is no one signed up for later today between 5 and 7 pm nor tomorrow from 7-10 or 3-7.  Come if you can and join the fight.

From Kathy 7-9 am:

“I finally arrived before 7 a.m. and was greeted by faithful Diane and Marian. Diane left after setup and Marian stayed until Tracy and Beth from St. Peter’s arrived. Each woman took a sign and their post, one on each side of the building. Marian and I conversed about our sidewalk time on Saturday, closed in prayer and Marian went off to work. While Beth, Tracy, and I were reading from the scripted prayers, a man who was passing by came close to our faces and “roared” at us. We were a bit startled but kept reading the prayers.

Overall, the atmosphere was peaceful. Many workers entered PP. Beth greeted some of them. One woman accepted the yellow business card before going inside. I noticed some passersby glancing at the fetal models and my homemade sign. I passed out a few more cards but mostly spent the time praying.”

From Ginny 9-11 am:

img_1238“The ladies from St. Peter’s Church in Steubenville Ohio witnessed and prayed today during my shift
Some young children from CAPA school were doing a fire drill they noticed the baby models and wanted to touch them I said I’ll give them one from the bin they loved it and then all the kids wanted one the teachers came over and told him they’re not allowed to have them they had to give them back they tried to take them off of them I did not see any of them give them to the teachers
Hopefully the little babies wIll spark a light of sanctity of human life”

From Beth S. 1-3 pm:

“It was an honor to be with the gentlemen from St. Paul’s Seminary , Rev. Bill and later, brother John from the Cathedral, as we prayed our way through a peaceful afternoon outside of Planned Parenthood. It was as chilly outside as it is inside that facility with the wind ripping through Liberty Avenue. Adam T., David S., Merv K., Gabriel S., and Jacob G. launched songs on that wind and sent prayers heavenward while few clients or workers went inside. May every day have as few customers as today, in fact, may everyday have no customers at PP.”

Beth and Tracy from St Peter's Steubenville
Beth and Tracy from St Peter’s Steubenville

Thanks, beth

Seminarians from St. Paul Seminary in Crafton provided a powerful prayer witness for life!
Seminarians from St. Paul Seminary in Crafton provided a powerful prayer witness for life!

From Audrey 5-7 pm:

“The Monday 5 to 7 shift was blessed with many inspiring people today. The seminarians from St. Paul’s were just finishing up their shift and it is always awe-inspiring to be with them. Rosalee and her husband John stayed for a short time with us, too.img_3726
A beautiful young woman, Kristin, shared the evening with me. We talked about life and the pro-life movement and Students for Life that her sister works for. Bill stopped by again to share prayers, stories and ideas.img_3727
The wind just started to pick up as we were loading all of our 40 Days for Life materials in Diane’s car.
God bless us all and the many babies who have been lost at 933 Liberty Avenue.”

 

 

Day 20: Memorial Park Church; St. Elizabeth of Hungary; Mt. Zion Baptist Church

They see us.

photo-2I was standing outside pp early on a Saturday morning praying with fellow shift manager Joe K. We were both holding large signs which had a big baby face with the words”LIFE” and “Choose Life” on them. A car across the street rolled down it’s window and the driver gave us the finger. Me, trying to be funny, said to Joe “oh is that a friend of yours who just waved to you?” He then looked at me with a bewildered expression then realized I was trying to be funny. (FYI my keeps telling me “you’re just not funny”, but I keep trying).

A little later a middle aged man with a camera approached us and asked if he could take our pictures and then he said “I don’t make judgements”. We said “sure, we don’t make judgements either. We’re just here to help.” Joe became a little suspicious and concerned that it would be used for negative/evil purposes against Pro-Lifers.

My take on both of these events is it’s great. It shows THEY SEE US. People in cars, on the street, escorts or those going in the clinic.  They see our witness to life. We are planting seeds. God will water them and make them grow. Even if the photographer’s pictures are used against us, those seeing our message will be exposed to the truth. We may get to plant seeds in the soil most needy. The world sees us and our message that goes against the world. It forces passerby’s to be aware that abortions are happening right here, right now. It is not an issue that can be ignored because we won’t let it.

They’ll know we are Christians by our love. By our actions. By our words.

At this half way point in the campaign we have been so blessed with so many  diverse people UNITED coming to witness to life. If you haven’t yet been to the vigil during this campaign come plant seeds and be seen with us. Come back because we need you. If you have already been there think about coming back. See below for dates and times when we really need your help.  The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few (sound familiar?). Sign up or show up at the vigil. Tell your friends and bring them. Bare the discomfort of going and praying outside and abortion center. Come and be seen. Be Not Afraid.

I hope to SEE you soon.
Tim B

 

TODAY’S CHURCHES: Memorial Park Church (Allison Park) 7-11am ; St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Pleasant Hills) 11a – 3p ; Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Butler) 3-7p

We have some hours that need to be filled this week, otherwise our dear shift managers will be standing on that sidewalk alone! They are:

Wednesday 7am, 8am, 9am, and 6pm

Saturday 7am, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm

Sunday 7am and 8am JEN WILL BE ALONE DURING THESE LONELY HOURS IF NO ONE COMES!

From Shift Manager Ginny 9-11 am:

img_1214“Memorial Park Church of Allison Park was praying and singing and witnessing to lots of passerbys
10 minutes before the end of my shift a camera crew came along and were setting up to film a commercial they didn’t want any of us in the picture but Johnny the next shift manager said he’d pay them to let him in with his signs
Kathy had a chance to inform them what was going on there that it was a Planned Parenthood doing abortions so we did do a little education.” img_1213

 

 

 

From Beth 1-3:

Repeat after me:
God is in charge.
God is in charge.
God is in charge.
If I hear one more goofy election report I may have to spend all my waking hours at Planned Parenthood praying. And we did just that today. After a damp morning, Johnny A. and his friend James L. turned today’s praying over to our friends from St. Elizabeth of Hungary parish. Mimi G., Chris and Mike S., Mary Kay D., Kathy P., Mary Ellen H., Jenny and Peg O. joined my sister and I as we did the one prayer after another. Monday regulars Rev. Bill and Bill H. along with John M. kept storming heaven as we ended our shift. After a fast four hours, Rosalind came, always good to see her, and Jenny and John M. were still there to keep her company. Remember:
God is in charge.
God is in charge.
God is in charge.

beth

From Audrey 5-7 pm:

img_3657As is typically the case on Monday evening the shift started off very slow and I was just Jim and I. A young libertarian fella named Chris stopped by and tried to debate with us on the legal ramifications of abortion. He attempted to use logic when in reality the bottom line is abortion is wrong no matter if there’s a law or not. Then the blessing of the evening was when Bill Harrison came by and shared his life stories with us.

Audrey & Bill H.
Audrey & Bill H.

Keep Bill and his brother in your prayers because his brother is recovering from an operation. As you may know Bill is a daily 40 days guy and has been doing it for years as well as one of the few only 11 people who have run all the Pittsburgh Marathons. God bless Bill! I think we should all learn to live as Bill lives with the Holy Spirit making our schedules and guiding us as to what we need to do. Amen!

Day 13: St. Mary of the Assumption, Word of God and Madonna del Castello parishes

snipimageI was watching the final episode of a TV talent show and one of the five remaining finalist talked about the dramatic change in his careers from pro football player to magician.    When asked what was the key to his success on the football field and then as a magician, he said 90 percent of his success was attributed “to just showing up”.

Isn’t that true of our efforts to end abortion? Like St. John at the foot of the cross who showed up when none of the other apostles did nor any other of the disciples, we have to just show up at the site of this modern day crucifixion site and stay despite all the emotional and physical difficulties that are present.

A few of the regulars who "Show Up" on Saturdays year round
A few of the regulars who “Show Up” on Saturdays year round

While the turn out for the campaign has been great, we still need more people to increase our impact.  There are a few open slots plus adding to the current sign ups makes a powerful witness to those passing by as well as those going into the clinic whether they are clients or workers.

So come to the vigil site downtown. Sign up or just show. Stay as long as you want.  “Just Show Up”. And bring a friend or family member.  Give them the opportunity to participate. Be a modern day evangelist. And as your reward you will receive free peace and joy.

Today we have St Mary of the Assumption and Word of God & Madonna del Castello parishes.  Looking ahead, no one is signed up to fill the Tuesday 3 pm hour and Wednesday 2 pm hour. This Sunday we have a challenge with the 7-9 am time period.  Can you help, even if just for a little while?

So again, “Just Show Up”. I hope to see you there.  Peace and joy.

Tim B.

Stop back to this site throughout the day as it will be updated with Stories and pictures from todays vigil.

From Kathy L. 7-9 am:

“God works in mysterious ways” Marian said to William, a happy recipient of one of the coats kept in the Forty Days bin. When I arrived, Marian and Diane were talking to William who appeared to be shivering from the chilly morning air and was waiting eagerly while Diane reached into the bin to give him a coat. As we were praying for William, Judy V. arrived and realized that William is also one of her drumming students. William’s face beamed when Judy said his name and he recognized her. A happy start to the morning:) 

William and Judy
William and Judy

Judy V. and Henry C. came to fill in the gaps from 7-9. Last week I mentioned that Henry was an old friend of mine and this week I learned that Judy and Henry were classmates at Duquesne University years ago. Blessed be the tie that binds!

Henry & Judy
Henry & Judy

Most of our time was spent praying the written prayers on the keyring. Before I knew it, it was nine o’clock and Ginny and friends arrived for the next shift. 

From Beth 1-3 pm:

“We’re not planning a CD anytime soon, but Deacon Ron, Bernie, Mike, Madeline, Mary Ann, Rose and I filled the sidewalk at 933 Liberty Avenue with prayer and song in a pretty good fashion. Probably due to Columbus Day and the DMV being closed, there seemed to be less foot traffic for our shift. A few PP employees came out and returned. Kim, the executive director of PP walked quickly past as we told her of our prayers for her and the others. Many well-wishers, only one real confrontation about rape victims (the man seemed really angry so who knows how the he had been hurt). Only saw one “client” go into PP. Of course, that’s one too many.
A million thanks to all our prayer warriors.”
beth

Marie and St. Mary's Group
Marie and St. Mary’s Group

FROM AUDREY 5-7 PM:

Today started out slow. Francis finished up the earlier shift and Jim and I thought we would be alone for our 5 to 7 Monday night shift. We were blessed to have Denise and Stephen from St. Joseph’s in Coraopolis join us. They prayed fervently and devoutly the Rosary. They said they usually come in the morning, but we were happy to have them join our evening shift. With less than half an hour to go before Diane was to pick up the materials, Jaynet suddenly appeared. She was looking at the display and we began a conversation that brightened our entire shift. She was a soft spoken older  woman with a sad, regretful past of having an abortion. She spoke of how God had forgiven her of her mistake, but it is hard to forgive yourself. We both said we are all “works-in-progress” with God’s grace showing us the way. She spoke of how her sister (who recently passed away) had given up her son for adoption, and how as she was dying she thought loving of that son she was never able to find. Jaynet was proud that she raised her children to be pro-life and when her daughters found themselves to be pregnant at an early age, they both kept their babies. Sadly her two little granddaughters were taken from her, but we both believe that they will be waiting for her in heaven. She was happy she had other grandchildren and felt so blessed with her family and the joy God had given her throughout her life. We welcomed her to join us in prayer and we held hands and prayed. We invited her to join our prayerful, peaceful vigil any day and she promised she would be back. Her beautiful smile radiated God’s love in her heart and soul. We will continue to pray for her and her children, those she lost and those still with her.img_3595-copyimg_3592-copy

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