Day 12: THANK YOU: Saint Colman Catholic Church, Turtle Creek; Saint Mary of the Assumption, Herman; Passionist Nuns; The Ark and the Dove; Scheduled Prayer Witnesses Bill D., Bill E., Joe, Kristy, Margie, Rose, Susan, Vince; Passionist Nuns; The Ark and the Dove; Bishop David Zubik

Thank you, Bishop Zubik, for coming to pray with us.




A perfect wife – who can find her?

She is far beyond the price of pearls.

Her husband’s heart has confidence in her.

From her he will derive no little profit.

When she opens her mouth, she does so wisely.

On her tongue is kindly instruction.

She holds out her hand to the poor.

She opens her arms to the needy.

She finds her labor well worth while.

Her lamp does not go out at night.

Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty.

The woman who is wise is the one to praise.

Book of Proverbs


How does a woman become wise?  Prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance are four parts of the map that show us our way.

In our daily struggle to be a good person, our hearts must battle with habits of sinfulness; pride, covetousness, envy, anger, gluttony, lust and sloth.

In our struggle, it is God himself who is working in us by his mysterious action.  It is a gift beyond our power to understand.  God accomplishes it in us.  Our part is to consent to it.  The struggle hollows us out and thereby increases our capacity for God.

Gregory the Great as quoted in Love of Learning and the Desire for God

Prudence helps us in all circumstances to judge correctly about what we must do or must not do.  It teaches us when and how to act in matters relating to our eternal salvation.

Justice shows us how to give people what belongs to them.  It teaches us to give what is due to God and what is due to our neighbor.

Fortitude gives us the strength to do good and to avoid evil in spite of all obstacles.

Temperance helps us control our desires and to use rightly the things which please our senses.

As we work hard to be virtuous, our failures, as well as our successes, teach us.


A mother is swamped with bad feelings when she shows up at PP for her abortion.  She blames her pregnancy for how bad she feels.  She wants to “do this.”  She wants her old life back.

Are prolife witnesses clueless annoying tiresome people?  Are we out of touch with reality?

Is abortion the solution for this woman, with her set of circumstances, at this time in her life?

Absolutely not!

We do not witness on the sidewalk only to provide her with promises of baby diapers and a crib.

God calls us to share the wisdom the Bible, Old and New Testament, shares with us.  God calls us to share the wisdom the myriad of God’s witnesses have shared since the beginning.

In each generation Wisdom passes into holy souls,

she makes them friends of God and prophets;

for God loves only the man who lives with Wisdom.

She deploys her strength from one end of the earth to the other,

ordering all things for good.

Book of Wisdom


For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.

And this is the verdict that the light came into the world.

But people preferred darkness to light because their works were evil.

But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,

so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Gospel according to John


God calls each of us.  When we turn to Him, he equips each of us according to our particular needs.

He knows what we need so much better than we do.

Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.

Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,

for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.

Gospel according to Luke






JEN 7-9

My “Shift Buddy” Vince and I enjoyed beautiful weather and a quiet street this morning.  It gave us the chance to pray through all 40 mysteries of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  We had several encouraging remarks from people walking by and only one disapproving look that I noticed.  As we were wrapping up, we were joined by Betty, Arlene, and Bill from St. Coleman in Turtle Creek as well as our own faithful Bill.  They were coming to pray with Sue and Ken for the next shift.  God bless all of you who have joined our prayers for an end to the pain and sorrow that abortion causes!

Vince, Betty, Arlene, Bill
Early Sunday Morning!


SUE M. 9-11

How fitting that our 40 Days Devotion of the day has as its theme the Humility of God, our vigil theme this fall!

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny fall morning, and I was blessed to be joined by prayer volunteers Arlene & Bill and Marc & Linda from St. Colman, along with Ken from St. Mary Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Betty (shift manager Lisa M’s mom), and “regular” Patty.

Bill H. stopped by to share a lovely wedding picture of his son and his new wife, who got married yesterday.

An older man carrying a rolled-up sleeping bag stopped to join us for a few decades of the Rosary.  Another man driving a noisy industrial cart along the sidewalk made the sign of the cross as he and his cart clattered by.  And another man passing by, who identified as a Marine, thanked us for being there.

Most of the rest of the passersby were earlybird Steelers-goers.

At one point, a city employee sweeping the sidewalk came by and swept up one of the flowers that had been left on the sidewalk by a 7-9 shift attendee, saying it was trash on the street – Arlene explained to him why they are part of the vigil and retrieved the flower.  The event was rather symbolic of why we are there.

For Life

Prayer Warriors
Ken, Marc, Patty, Arlene, Bill, Betty, Linda



Oh, if only the beautiful weather today could be so throughout our 40 days. Not only was the weather outstanding so were those who came to witness and pray with us.

Feeling grateful.

Susan B.
Witness for Life
Our Lady of Grace



It was a beautiful day (weather-wise) this afternoon during the 1-3 shift.  There were relatively few people around and relatively few comments or responses from passersby apart from the woman who passed us twice and said “Planned Parent saves women’s lives”.  I don’t think she had any interest whatsoever in discussing that.  And there some encouraging comments as well.

But, the thing that struck me was that people notice us being there.  When people pass by they see us there and wonder why we are there and figure it out.  It really raises awareness.

Sunny Day Prayer Warriors




We received your letter for 40 Days for Life and are praying to close the Pittsburgh Planned Parenthood abortion mill.

Be assured of our prayers for all of you and this very important intention.

We will pray during our daily prayers as well as offer a bi-monthly Mass.


Sr. Bernadette

Sr. Mary Gianna

The Ark and the Dove

Gibsonia PA


We are happy to join in praying with 40 Days for Life to close the abortion mills in Pittsburgh.

We pray that the life of every child will be protected and loved as God’s precious gift.

While we pray for respect for life every day, we will remember 40 Days in a special way during exposition of the

Blessed Sacrament every day from 5pm to 6:30 pm.

Thank you, for all you are doing to witness and protect life.

Devoted in Christ,

Sister Mary Ann, CP

Passionist Nuns


And God saw that it was good.








Day 11: Thanks to St. Ann/Castle Shannon, Holy Trinity/Robinson Twp., and Living Hope Church/Greensburg

“For My Dear Joseph, waiting for me in Heaven – your Mother”


I  recently returned from a trip to Columbus, Ohio which is home of the Ohio State Capitol.

There is really nothing like a trip to a State (or National) Capitol to see how strongly GOD figures into our nation.  You need only look to see the immense number of Godly references etched into the beautiful stone and marble of these monuments.   Visit the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, or our own State Capitol in Harrisburg to see that our founding fathers knew, as we do today, that all of our success finds its origin and direction in the Almighty.     FUN FACTS :      During the first meeting of the Continental Congress in September 1774, George Washington prayed alongside the other delegates, and they recited Psalm 35 together as patriots…. …. …... Lincoln’s second inaugural address is etched in his memorial.   It mentions God fourteen times and quotes the Bible twice…….. …. …… …….  The cornerstone of the Washington Monument includes a Holy Bible, along with copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.  ………. …… ……  the  Jefferson Memorial includes his words: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”

But last weekend on the grounds of the Ohio State capitol I saw an even more timely, and  relatively new memorial:

“IF YOU SAVE ONE LIFE, IT IS AS IF YOU SAVED THE WORLD”   The memorial was a tribute to a holocaust victim who, like the Catholic  St. Maximillian  Kolbe sacrificed his own life to save another from sure death in the Nazi concentration camps.  I read his story and thought about our movement.   This is true for EVERY PRO-LIFER.  The idea is PERFECT for the 40 Days for Life Movement.  JUST THINK- ONE LIFE can really change the world, so if our actions save JUST ONE LIFE, we are truly part of saving the whole world.

Abraham Lincoln famously pronounced : ” I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side.”  

By the time you read this, the honorable Judge Brett Kavanaugh is likely to be Justice Kavanaugh.  We celebrate that this man of honor, faith, and integrity will be a part of the judicial arm at the highest levels.        GOD BLESS AMERICA     – French off the Bench

7-9 Shift Report from:  Tim

Betsy and Jill : Showing Moms their Babies every day!

It was truly a blessed and joyful morning.  The faithful from St. Anne’s arrived before the vigil got underway and they were joined by Fr Tim and the Guardians for Life, the Knights of Columbus and the team from Holy Family Steubenville. Betsy and Jill brought the Choices Pregnancy Services mobile sonogram to offer alternative services. We had a strong presence and made a powerful witness and perhaps we chained a few hearts and minds. Tim B.   

Knights of Columbus: Faithful Pro-Lifers
Guardians for Life and Holy Family Steubenville,  OH REPRESENT!



9-11 Shift Report from: Sue & Sue







9-11 Shift Report from Sue:

We were blessed with many prayer warriors during the 9-11 shift today:  the Guardians for Life were there in full force along with representatives from St. Anne, Holy Trinity in Robinson, and St. James in the West End.  Also, Bernadette from St. John XXIII, along with one of her daughters and one of her little grandsons, stopped by to kneel and pray.  The foot traffic in and out of PP was about average for a Saturday morning, at least during the time I was there.  We prayed and shared information with those who would accept it.  Although the wonderful Choices ultrasound van was parked across the street for the entire shift, we unfortunately were unable to direct anyone to it.  So it was a seed-planting day spiritually –

St. Ann Castle Shannon brings the “A Team” to PRAY

praise God for all of the uncountable future plants and flowers we know He is tending!!


Prayer Warriors from Holy Trinity in Robinson Township – AMEN!!







11-1 Shift Report from: Dean


This was a fairly quiet afternoon. Thank you, prayer warriors of Holy Trinity for standing strong. The Ultrasound van was just finishing up as I arrived.

1-4  Shift Report from: Billy


Bridget from Our Lady of Grace and SM Billy

Hey its Billy   — Today’s shift was a great way for me to get back into being shift manager. I was with three members of Holy Trinity church Helen, 

Jim and Kathy. We were lead in a beautiful prayer period. It started out sunny and everything seemed great,  no problems.  All of a sudden a man came over and said to us he wants to pray to end abortion protesters and I thought on it and pondered. I didn’t feel the need to engage. They don’t want  to see the end of abortion protesters gone the same way we do— we want to end protesting only when abortion is gone!!!         It began to rain and we were praying the entire time we were praying. Then the sun came out and then we took a break from praying and   —-  began praying again and then the rain came there was some thunder but we did fine and we finished praying at 3.      Before I forget to mention a young gentleman came up and asked if he could pray with us and  I told him he could join us.    At 3 Holy Trinity church members left,  and I was joined by  Bridget of the South Hills from  Our Lady of Grace.   She was there with me for my last hour. We talked,  had a couple of people pass by and a few come and stop us for some nice comments,  and Bridget and I talked about this campaign’s theme:   Humility.      I referenced Luke 18  —-the Pharisee and Tax Collector.     

Jessica, Jackie and Kevin from Living Hope Church in Greensburg- AMEN!

Shift manager Joe came at 4 and he took our pictures.                      Its good to be back. 


4-7 Shift Report from: Joe   

You can not out give God, how true!

Authentic Christian Warriors ( those pictured, and our rock Nikki) came to inspire and spread the love of Jesus
With me.
Praise and Glory be to God.  – Joe

DAY 10: Thanks to Memorial Park Presbyterian, St. Teresa of Avila RL, St. Mary of the Assumption, Weirton Catholic Churches, Sidewalk Advocates, Shift Buddies, and Individual Volunteers


The virtue of humility is often confused with poor self-esteem or with false modesty.  As Christians, though, we know humility is really just awareness that our loving God has given us so much despite the fact that we have not earned any of it.  It’s also an awareness that He loves each of His children just as deeply as He loves me.  Humility calls us to look outside ourselves and to understand our place in relation to God and to His children.

That place is one of both honor and servitude.  We see it best in the life of Jesus Christ, Himself.  The very Son of God, present from the beginning of time, creator of all that is, deserves all honor and glory forever.  Yet He stooped to wash the dirty feet of His friends.

Jesus calls us to serve one another, just as He did.

Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant: whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.  For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mk 10:43-45

Humility lets us be aware of the needs of women and men caught up in difficult situations, of unborn children in danger of being aborted, of post-abortive sisters and brothers in need of healing.  Please join us on the sidewalk as we intercede for them in prayer and offer them help and hope.

Here is the link to see when your presence is most needed or to sign up for a particular time:  You are also welcome to just show up any time between 7 AM and 7 PM from now until November 4th.

Check below for pictures and reports from today’s vigil.  And if you missed it, go back to the Day 9 post to read Helen’s joyful report of a life saved yesterday!  


7-9 AM, Barbara and Richard:

Paul, Terri, Kathy, and Trish from Memorial Park Church
Richard, Steve, Sally, and Al


Kathy and Terri kneeling
Once again as we crossed the Veteran’s Bridge, we could see the Catholic Church far away above the Fort Pitt Bridge shining brightly.
The thin moon slice weakly but steadfastly lit a tiny part of the sky to the left.
All is right in the world!
Diane drove up and we sorted our supplies.
Kathy and Terri arrived promptly at 7.  Paul and Steve arrived soon after.
And then, Al and Sally.
The cast for prayer and witnessing was assembled and praying.  As you can see, Kathy and Terri spent time kneeling.
One young man stopped to “Praise the Lord.” The six of us joined hands and prayed the Lord’s Prayer.
It was a beautiful morning shift.

9-11 AM, Kathy:

Prayer warriors from St. Theresa parish
Sue to the rescue!
Thank you to the group from St. Theresa’s parish who came to pray during my shift.  Sue and Eileen answered the plea to come for the open last half hour.  Thank you ladies.
Many pedestrians were receptive to accepting the fetal development brochure.  Some PP patrons accepted literature but still entered clinic.  One older woman, who accompanied her daughter into PP blessed herself making the sign of the cross, turned to Sue and said, “What am I going to do, my daughter has MS?”  She entered before we could tell her about Pittsburgh Palliative and the name of a high-risk obstetrician.  Please pray for this family.




11 AM-1 PM, Marie:

We had two St. Mary of the Assumption participants during my time and three to four other individuals who stopped to pray. Relatively peaceful day.


1-3 PM, Dave and Noreen:

Noreen, David and Beth
Anna Marie and Debbie

It was a pretty good day with lots of positive comments.


3-5 PM, Pat:


This was the most ideal weather I think I’ve ever had for a shift.  Thank you Lord.  And thank you Fran for being my faithful shift buddy once again.  For most of the shift it was just Fran on one side and me on the other.  Although John (I didn’t get where he was from) did stay for a while at the beginning of my shift and SM David came early for his, so Fran and I did have company for part of the time.

The one thought that came to me while I was praying (I’m trying to do it on my knees as much as is practicable), was that you really can’t pray AND attempt to distribute literature to those going in and out of PP or passing by at the same time.  While I find this to be frustrating, and it makes me feel divided, I also reflected that this is something to be accepted by me in humility.  It’s a reminder to me that God is God and I am not.

The highlight of the evening for me was as I was praying on my knees next to PP on the “bar” side of building and looked up to see a woman at the top of the circle about to cross the street.  She had turned towards me, but didn’t say anything.  When I made eye contact with her, she gave me a big smile, blew me a big kiss, and said good and loud:  “Thank you.”  Now this would have been good enough in and of itself, but the woman behind her waiting to cross the street was (I believe) an employee of PP who had just walked out.  I wonder what she thought of that.


5-7 PM, David:

Lori and Mary (Sacred Heart of Mary), Bridget (St. Joseph the Worker), MiMi, and Benson

Tonight I was joined by some great prayer warriors! Weirton, WV was well represented by Lori, Bridget, and Mary. I can tell you, during Lent, Sacred Heart of Mary has the very best food!
Mimi and Benson, our rocks, were there like clockwork.
As they all signed in, a young man expressed his agreement with us and told us of a girl he knew in his youth who had an abortion. We all could see how he still carried the burden of that abortion. We all huddled together with him and prayed for him, the baby, and his healing.
Nikki and Joe came. She knelt and prayed the Rosary!
It was a beautiful evening, and God brought people together and worked through us! Thanks be to God!

Check back soon for more reports from the sidewalk!

Day 9: Thank you to Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, Shift Buddies and other prayer volunteers, and a special thank you to Bishop David Zubik!

40 Days for Life

Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.

Luke 10:5-6


As most of you know, the theme for this fall’s Pittsburgh vigil is HUMILITY.  I find it a beautiful and very meaningful theme.  And from a practical perspective, it is an extremely helpful attitude to have when on the sidewalk at the vigil.

When we have humility, we will not fall into confrontation, argument, anger, rudeness, etc. with those who are passersby on the sidewalk.  MANY stories about 40 Days for Life show the facts about how CRUCIAL it is for us to be humble and loving.  It means EVERYTHING.

The passage above reminds me of that.  To paraphrase the words of Jesus, when we wish peace to all on the sidewalk, if the person we encounter there is peaceful, then our peace will rest on him.  If not, it will return to us.  We have only to remain humble before the Lord to be able to be open to that peace and hold onto it.

THANK YOU to all who came to pray at the vigil today…. a special THANK YOU to Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  It means a lot for him to have joined us today in prayer.


Bishop Zubik chats with Nikki before we pray.


A passerby stops to greet the bishop and ask for his prayers.


The bishop begins a rosary with the group.


Our group gathers with the bishop in prayer on the sidewalk.


Thank you to all who joined us in prayer.




I was very grateful to have my shift buddy Peggy this morning. It was just the two of us for the 7 to 9 shift. We both prayed on our knees the rosary, right in front of the doors, outside of the circle, after laying our flowers on the sidewalk. A funny thing happened, however.  Within a minute of laying my flowers on the circle, a young mom with her toddler came walking by. The sweet little boy saw the flower  and picked it up and they walked away happily enjoying the beautiful flower! I had to laugh, I wish I could have been fast enough to get a picture of him. He was so cute! Anyway, that got Peggy and I thinking that it would be nice if it was made more clear that these flowers are a memorial for the babies who have died. I think most people when they walk by do not really realize that babies are dying there, and so they don’t understand the significance of the flowers. Anyway, we had a very prayerful and peaceful shift.  It was a blessing as always to see Judy and Chuck, at 9 o’clock for the Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene time slot, and it was a double blessing to say that they had brought Pastor Joe Stump with them! Thanks to everyone for all you are doing to bring the light of Christ to that dark place at 933 Liberty Avenue.

Peg and Nikki starting our day off in prayer.


Our beautiful flowers to memorialize those killed at PP.


Nikki greets the next shift’s group, with Chuck, Pastor Joe, and Judy!



We had beautiful weather for our vigil today. Our Lincoln Place Nazarene group was Pastor Joe, Meredith, Chuck, and myself. We were joined briefly by Judie who stopped by to pray on her way to the dentist. She was an encouragement. We were also blessed by Bill’s presence for a while towards the end of our shift. The rain held off until near the end of our shift. That was a blessing to us.
There was a fair amount of traffic in and out of the PP doors today. We were able to intercept several people to give them information about free services at our pregnancy centers. They seemed willing to receive the information but continued through the doors. There were a couple rude people who gave us the finger gesture all the way into the building but they were not verbal. One of them kept looking at me through the door so I bowed my head and started praying.
Meredith, Judy, Chuck, and Pastor Joe. Thank you all for your prayerful presence!!


Thank you to Judie for stopping by!

Lisa K.:

Several beautiful things happened during this shift today.  While I was praying with Carolina, a young woman who went into PP walked past us several times, and three times we tried to give her a resource card.  The third time worked.  Carolina was able to convince her that she had options other than PP, and the woman took the card.

A young man began to open the door to PP, and we mentioned to him that we could direct him to free resources elsewhere.  He said he was looking for diapers.  I asked him whether he had checked with Catholic Charities, and he said, “Yeah, and they told me to come here!”  I knew that didn’t sound right!!  So after discussing things with him for a minute, I finally said, “I’ll walk down to Catholic Charities with you, and we’ll check it out.”  He took me up on it.  As we walked to CC, he filled me in on his situation a bit, and he just seemed like a confused kid, really.  We got to CC (which he said he had NOT gone to), and the woman there was as helpful as could be.  The man was helped right away, and he was so happy that when I said good bye to him and held out my hand to shake his, he smiled and said, “Can I give you a hug?”  I laughed and said, “Sure!”  He was genuinely thankful.

Lastly, a small thing.  Carolina and I prayed together for quite a while today.  She is a beautiful soul!  And she was worried that she didn’t know all of the rosary prayers in English, so I said, “I don’t care, pray them in Spanish!”  So she did, and I was able to pray the Hail Marys with her in Spanish.  That was a beautiful moment for me.  Thank you, Carolina!!



Nikki, Shift Manager Barbara, and Carolina waiting for the bishop to arrive. Thank you for being there, ladies!!


Nikki placed a little doll among the flowers by the PP wall, in memory of the babies killed at PP.



The arrival of Bill and Arlene meant Carolyn was no longer alone. 

Around 4:15 the rain came, and by 4:30 every step was a slosh.

A man with a little boy came along and said what he has wanted for

a long time is a rosary. I gave him the one I was holding and he was

delighted. He immediately put it over his head and left with a big thank

you. He wants to teach his son to pray.


As 5:00 got closer, I thought most of the people exiting PP would be

employees. Wrong! A young woman approached the white car parked

in front of the book store. Bill offered her one of our yellow cards and

said, “You might get some help from these numbers.” She said,

“You have already helped me. I could not go through with it. I’ll have to

suck it up and face my problems.” Translation: “I will not have an abortion.

I will have my baby.”


A little later a young woman came out with a person I’d guess was her

father. He looked very happy. She did not. I offered her a yellow card,

and she took it and kept walking. She did not look like she was in a 

hurry to join him as he walked up the street. I’ll pray for them.


For about half an hour the rain poured. The cross walk in front of PP was a pond

about 8″ deep. Many people sloshed through, ruining their shoes. Even those who

went around those “new” barriers found more water . Whoever put up those

barriers was not thinking of pedestrians on a rainy day.

One young woman stopped and said, “Do you volunteer to be here?”


The 5:00-7:00 shift had to brave the storm, but they arrived ready to stand

and pray in the rain as the sky grew darker. 


I hope all went well while Bishop Zubik was with you.


Helen gets a shot of this little teddy bear among the flowers.


May the Lord bless you all as you continue to pray, fast, and

participate in the vigil.  He is with us! 

Let us remain HUMBLE so we can continue to do HIS will on the sidewalk!! 

Thank you all!







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

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

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

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


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


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


7-9: Charlene and Dick

Today was Day 1 on the sidewalk for Dick and I. It was the first time I saw the new barriers and I think we should thank the City for giving us a place to sit when we get tired.😂
Pat delivered our portable station and I love it! Given the “knees to the ground”, I might suggest some kneelers in there. The First Evangelical Free Church, with Pastor Kirk was there bright and early and began praying at once. Such a Holy presence. I was a little off my game and forgot to write down names for the blog…except our need to write his name.
I also forgot my flower but I did do a rosary on my knees. I felt like people reacted differently to “knees to the ground”. ..softer, not ignoring, taking note. I was happy to be back.   Charlene

9-11: Beth

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

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

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

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

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

11-1: Nancy

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

1-3: Nikki

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

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

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

Beaver Falls K of C

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

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

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

3-5: Michael

Johanna, Benson, and Lori

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

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

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

5-7: Lisa

Today we celebrate the feast of our Guardian Angels.

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

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

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

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

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

Pictured is Henrietta, Lori, Lisa & Johanna


Day 6: Clarks Mills United Methodist Church and St. Stephen


This picture was taken last Saturday.  Kenny brought his daughter Meg to pp, sat down and both pulled out their rosary beads and began to pray. They stayed for some time and prayed. It gave me hope and brought tears to my eyes.  Their presence inspired me.  Your presence outside the abortion center will inspire others and change hearts and minds.

What are the 3 best things you can do to change hearts and minds?

1. Show up
2. Pray
3. Stay

Just show up.  So simple yet at times so hard.  We make a big difference when we stand vigil. All types of people see us: the abortion bound, pp workers, passerby’s and the ambivalent.

Pray.  God hears our prayers and it will be through His power that we will end abortion.  We don’t have to do it alone. Don’t let your doubts about our effectiveness make you forget that HE is with us.

Stay awhile.  If you have 5 minutes or an hour it will make a difference.

Be not afraid.  Ask friends and family members to join you. And then just show up, pray and stay awhile. God bless you.
Tim B.

Here are reports from today at the vigil.  This will be updated throughout the day so stop back.

9-11 am:

Andy and Pastor Adam were very welcoming. Pastor Adam said a prayer before they left. It was a great first day! Mary & Tessa came from St. Stephens, Mary & Rose came from St. Boniface, Katie and another Mary but I can’t remember from which parish.

I had the pleasure of meeting Bill and heard his story of how he has been praying everyday at Planned Parenthood for 7 years. What an amazing man! Bill was there when a car pulled up to drop someone off and the guy was yelling at us to move our sign asking if we had a permit and asked if we were even allowed to be there as well as a PP worker who said the sign was not allowed to be in the flower bed. We treated them with respect. The PP worker said he was pro life and we said we would pray that God would provide him with a better job. We did move the sign by the tree on the sidewalk and then when Ginny came she said to put it back. 

There was one gentleman who thanked us and said he was there to pray yesterday and a few who said God Bless You and appreciated us being there. Another woman Joan came by and was grateful we were there and she took some pamphlets and information and one of the little babies and thanked us. A woman by the name of Michelle stopped by and talked for a long time. Katie gave her some information. Michelle had an abortion 19 years ago and regrets it but now has two daughters 8 & 6, Julia & Jade. She said they are really bad and she feels like God is punishing her. Katie & I prayed with her and will continue to pray for her. She seemed to have a lot of questions and wanted to talk a lot and I wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t stop back.

God blessed us with a beautiful day to pray and I am grateful to be a part of 40 Days For Life.
Thank you all! Blessings, Donna

11-1 pm:

Mary, Jeff , and Katie were on the sidewalk with me today.
The only small problem someone from the city came by and asked us to take our sign out of the planter.
Another lady came by and told us her story when she got pregnant years ago and her boyfriend was upset and he wanted to have an abortion but his mother and her mother didn’t want it eventually he came around and wanted to have a baby so now they are the happy parents of a nine-year-old boy.
They are still together and would like to have another baby but they haven’t been able to. Their son is a blessing from God. It might be the only child they can ever have they also said they found God and they go to church each week. Ginny

1-3 pm:

Beautiful weather and wonderful friends to pray with us. Libby from St. Sebastian and Mary from St. Monica in Beaver Falls kept us company as we prayed away abortion. People passing by were generally nice and with no real negativity. My sister, Rose, brought the last two roses from her garden, beautiful coral ones. Bill from St. Philip parish came and Francis and Rosalina took over. Thanks, Lord, for the sunshine and the Sonshine. Beth S.

3-5 pm:

This is Lauren… She thanked me for standing up… She is so grateful… She was sincere & I wanted to recognize her…


5-7 pm:

There was a lot of activity this evening. Even though only 2 “Bills” are pictured…there were 3 “Bills” there when I arrived. I did not get a picture of Benson or George, but they also came to pray and witness. It was a beautiful evening and there was a lot of traffic on the sidewalk. A lot of people from the convention were walking past.

Bill and Bill

One man who is a vendor from Atlanta stopped to accept a precious feet pin and to chat. He said that his family has always been active in the pro-life movement but he has never heard of 40 Days for Life. He will pray for us and may stop by again this week. Bill D helped a man who was stuck without a ride, find a bus route to take him out to Monroeville to meet someone who would take him back home to Bedford.Then some people from the bar came out and gave us some halloween candy!

As always, the baby models were effective in attracting people to see fetal development. Bill H had a lot of interaction with people walking by, the sign he was wearing showing the statistics of people aborted by PP is impactful. I was grateful when Nikki came to offer prayers at the front door on her knees because I found it hard to “formally” pray today with all the activity! Although I know just being there is an offering of prayer. God bless you, Sue


Day 5: THANKS St. Regis/Trafford, St. Mary/Herman, Park Baptist/McKeesport, Holy Trinity Ukranian

” Do I really HAVE TO DO IT?

I am back to the gym after a many month hiatus.  My “poison” of choice :  Boot Camp Class 2-3 times a week.  Burpees, Weight training, Cardio, Core Strengthening …

  • I KNOW exercise is good for me, and that I am a more balanced person when I push myself physically.
  • I KNOW that I am not expected to be the best one in my class, and that there will be many younger and more agile  folks in at the gym.
  • I KNOW, too that my time is not so completely scheduled that I can’t find a few hours a week for this.
  • I also KNOW that God gave us bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, and that I have an obligation to maintain His gift.

OK but  I HATE GOING to Class!   I especially despise those first few minutes of “warm up”.  Having sat at a desk all day, my body is shocked into physical exertion and I panic about what the next hour will require.   It takes sheer determination to do this thing that is anything but FUN!

…  Same with my 40 Daysfor Life Shift!

  • I KNOW it is good for me, and I am a more balanced person when I do it.
  • I KNOW I am not expected to be the best on the sidewalk.  (Sidewalk Advocates are amazing)
  • I KNOW that my time is not so completely scheduled that I can’t take several hours a week to be on the sidewalk.
  • I KNOW that God has blessed me with the incredibly good fortune to be ABLE to stand or kneel on my own.

Knowing all these things …..  IT IS STILL SUCH A CHALLENGE  to COMMIT 

NOT my happy place!      But where I NEED to BE…


I especially dislike the initial approach to PP when I realize that my life for the next 2 hours will expose me to the deepest hurts in our city.  I hate the idea of being so close to a center of  death.  I hate watching broken women and men leave PP.  And of course, I hate being cold or wet or harassed…


At the end of my time (at exercise class or )on the sidewalk, whether I am rolling up my exercise mat, or returning my PRAY TO END ABORTION sign to the 40 Days supply bin,  I feel JOY!     In my heart, I know I did what was best — what made sense for who I am as a person.  As much as I didn’t want to be at that place for that time; and  I am changed!

AND when you involve GOD in your tough activity, the added benefit benefits can astound us:


  • Saves Babies Lives
  • Gives Mothers REAL CHOICES which are not violent or regrettable
  • Converts Abortion Workers
  • Closes Clinics

So…..  We don’t need to Love or even Look Forward to our time on the Sidewalk,

We just need to SHOW UP!


French off the bench


7-9am Shift Report  From Pat:   St. Regis/Trafford

SM Buddy  Vince, and Mike, Yolanda, and Albert from St. Regis.

I knew not to make a rookie mistake.  A rookie mistake is to see that the temperature for your two-hour shift will be in the low 50s and to interpret “low 50s” as actually meaning “low 50s.”  When you’re standing out on a cold sidewalk for a couple of hours, even in deceptively nice weather, you know the time has come for layering…and yes, gloves.  (In fact, I’d say that it was only a few degrees away from being an earmuff morning as well.)

Despite consistently not being bright enough to schedule my parish for a day when there is not a huge Sunday morning event in downtown event (this time it was The Great Race), I had three of my faithful fellow parishioners join me for the entire two hours.  Thanks guys!  And we were all blessed to once again have SMB (Shift Manager Buddy) Vince with us to not only lead us in prayer, but to bring prayer guides with mediations on the mysteries of the rosary.  Bill H. also stopped by for a bit and asked for prayers for a recent health concern.

The most interesting thing that happened occurred when I was on the “materials side” of the sidewalk and Mike, Yolanda, and Albert were on the other side.  I noticed that a woman came to speak with them for about five minutes.  The conversation seemed peaceful so I stayed where I was.  Albert told me later that she was from out of town and, as she passed us earlier on her way to the Greyhound Bus station, we were all praying together.  She was impressed by this felt that God had told her to return in order to give us some words of encouragement and to pray for us, which she did.  Thank you so much kind stranger, and may God bless you as well.

  – Shift Manager Pat

9-11 Shift Report from Sue   

Flowers on the sidewalk, from loving prayer volunteers

My shift manager buddy Ken and I were the only folks manning the 9-11 shift this morning.  We prayed the Rosary and talked about the Life cause.  At one point a young man came by and earnestly engaged us in conversation.  He was on his way to catch a bus to his mom’s funeral in another city.  It was such a wonderful conversation due to Ken’s gentle witnessing and the genuine openness of this young man to learning about the pro-life message.  The young man left in a very appreciative and, we believe, enlightened mode.  The “R” family showed up around the middle of our shift and knelt to pray a Rosary.  Ken had brought a bunch of red roses, and the children were happy to place them around the circle.  I wanted to get a photo of them, but my phone was malfunctioning.  This family is a huge blessing to the vigil and always such an inspiration and blessing to me.  As I’ve mentioned many times, I never go to the vigil to be blessed myself, but somehow I always am — every time!  Many thanks to Ken and the R family!!!

For Life,

Sue M.


1-3  Shift Report: Bill and Park Baptist Church/McKeesport

SHOUT OUT TO Bill D.  who stepped up as SHIFT MANAGER.  Thanks Bill!

Sunday Sunshine and Smiles

Park Baptist Church Brings PRAYER TO THE PAVEMENT today!

  Photos of the GREAT people of Park Baptist Church in  McKeesport; OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!


Roseann, Mary Jean, Margie and Larry

11-1 Shift Report:  RoseAnn

Prayer and SMILES …. more to follow…

PRAYER MOB! Roseann, Rich, Margie, Larry


Shift Report 3-5  from Madonna

It was a beautiful day to pray and I am happy John came with me.

Patty, Nadine, John and I said the Rosary.

Nadine led the Divine Mercy chaplet.

There was a minimal amount of insults.

There were a few words of gratitude and a couple of men stopped by to say they were praying for an end to abortion, too.

Thank you and God bless you.


5-7 Shift Report from Joe

Holy Trinity Ukranian Church (pictured)Martha,Pat, Natali,Angie, along with Deacon Myron (not in picture) our fearless leader Nikki, joined Jim, Cathy, (my shift buddies) and I, to witness for life

Day 4: THANK YOU: Holy Wisdom Parish; Saint John XXIII Parish; Little Sisters of the Poor; Poor Clares of Langhorne; Religious of the Good Shepherd; Sisters of Charity of Nazareth at St. Louise Convent; Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill; Sisters of Saint Francis; We Are One Body Radio






It is this silent swerving from accuracy by an inch that is the uncanny element in everything.

Everywhere in things there is this element of the quiet and incalculable.



One summer evening, as dusk became night, I watched as our yellow forsythia “became” black forsythia.

Google tells me that our living room couch, fluffy and reliably cozy, is composed of constantly careening whirling infinitesimal items.


Everything around us is made up of atoms, one of the basic units of matter.

Atoms are a million times smaller than the thickest human hair.

One of the four basic forces in nature holds the nucleus together.

The electrons, thousands of times lighter, whirl around the nucleus at speeds approaching that of light.


I checked this out and discovered that the color inexactitude of my forsythia is reasonable.  My couch has enough exactitude to feel fluffy and cozy to me


According to a March, 2018 press release, the Government Accountability Office  reported on the taxpayer funding levels of three abortion providers: Planned Parenthood Federation of America , Marie Stopes International , and International Planned Parenthood Federation.

In short, more than $1.5 billion in tax dollars went to abortion providers over a three-year period between 2013 and 2015.






Who is this who darkens counsel with words of ignorance?

Gird up your loins now, like a man;

I will question you, and you tell me the answers!

Where were you when I founded the earth?

Into what were its pedestals sunk, and who laid its cornerstone,

while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?



Since the first coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign took place in 2007 through the end of 2017, local campaign leaders have reported these blessings — God’s answers to their prayers:

5,605 total campaigns

769 cities

50 countries

750,000 individual participants

19,000 churches

14,643 lives saved from abortion

177 abortion workers quit their jobs

96 abortion facilities closed

We don’t know what surprises the Lord has in store in the future … but we’ve certainly seen His hand at work thus far in response to your prayers.

Shawn Carney










TIM 7-9

When I arrived at the vigil under a beautiful moonlit morning, I saw a woman from Holy Wisdom Parish already kneeling in prayer outside of pp.  What an inspiration to start my day.  A little later three women were across the street walking together toward the convention center. One of them broke away from the group, cut across the street and headed directly toward us.  She approached us and said “I really appreciate what you are doing.  Thank you for being here.”  What a great gift her words were to us.

Bill, Tim, Sue
Early Saturday
Saturday Morning Super Stars
Chris, Sue D, Bill S., Bill H., Tim


SUE D 9-11

I showed up with a rose cut from my yard and placed it on the yellow line. Later on a passerby walking by with an arrangement of “greens” picked it up and was so happy to have found a flower. I don’t think she realized the significance, but maybe she will understand if she continues to walk by in the next 40 days. There were people from Barbara’s parish praying when I got there and the number of people continued to increase as the shift went on. Students from Grove City came and were a wonderful witness standing with pro-life signs across from the doors of Planned Parenthood. Many prayers and literature were offered to the many people entering today. My buddy shift managers Sue and Barbara were there when I left with a very large group praying outside the circle. Thank you to everyone who came out today!

Alisa, Paige, Jonathan, Elissa
Grove City Students


SUE M 9-11

Faithful Pro Life Family
Saints Peter and Paul Parish


DEAN 11-1

Hello all. While it was comforting to see many familiar 40DFL faces, it is still sad, gathering together, once again at Planned Parenthood.

A band was playing a few doors up from where we were. This lightened the mood, and also discouraged would-be debaters.

I didn’t get any photos. Barbara was the shutterbug today. Kudos to her and the people from Holy Wisdom and Saint John XXIII for standing strong in prayer.

Rose, Al, Sally
Saint John XXIII
Latin Mass Community




Saint John XXIII Parish
Super Stars
Latin Mass Community


Latin Mass




Good music, serious silent prayer, and delightful company accompanied 2 hours on sidewalk.

First encounter: a couple who looked like models stopped, the man smiled and remembered coming to pray as a boy. Appreciated that we were making a stand.

Second encounter: mother showing six year old daughter the beauty of developing baby. Beside her stopped woman who talked about miscarriage then whipped out her phone to show 6 year and 8 year old son and daughter.

Greatly appreciated Barbara and Nina.

Kathy, Shift Manager and Nina, Saint John XXIII Parish





Mother Mary Vincent at the Little Sisters of the Poor received your letter about the 40 Days for Life.  Thank you for sharing this.  All of the Little Sisters here in Pittsburgh will join you in prayer to protect mothers and their children from abortion. While we physically cannot be by your side for the vigils we will be with you spiritually.  Thank you!



Thank you for your prayer request for 40 Days for Life beginning on September 26 through November 4th.

Your request will be posted on our bulletin board near our chapel and will serve as a constant reminder as we come together for daily Mass, prayer and adoration throughout the day.

We thank God for the many team members who will be holding Vigil for the closure of Planned Parenthood Abortion Mills.  We pray that many hearts will be touched and converted to recognize and celebrate the new life God brings to expectant mothers and fathers.  We especially pray that women will also receive the ongoing multi-faceted support they need (before and after the birth of the child.)

Thank you for your devotion and efforts to uphold LIFE!

May God bless you and all the Team members!

United in prayer,

Your Poor Clare Sisters – Langhorne



We will be praying for Pittsburgh 40 Days although we will be out of state at that time.



We will offer our community Rosary for the intentions of ending abortions and the closing of the Planned Parenthood Abortion Mill on Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. for the 40 days.

Blessings on your efforts!

Sister Anne Kull, SCN. Coordinator, St. Louise Convent



We will participate during morning hours from 7 am to 11am on specified weekdays during the 40 Days for Life Campaign.



Each Sister has been asked to pray and fast if possible.


And God saw that it was good.








DAY 3: Thank you to Friends from St. Joseph, St. Ferdinand Respect Life Group, North American Martyrs, Ascension Holy Name Society, a Shift Buddy and Individual Volunteers!

SPECIAL NOTE:  A few Pittsburgh streets will be closed part of Saturday and Sunday for the Great Race and the Junior Great Race.  Please see the list below before coming out to pray this weekend.  

That’s such an encouraging quote for us, since the Holy Spirit has led Nikki to name “humility” as the theme of Pittsburgh’s 40 Days for Life campaign this fall!  And truly, we are fighting the devil himself when we stand against abortion.

Humility is a powerful thing.  When someone approaches us prepared to engage in an argument, our humility can surprise them and calm them enough to discuss the issue with civility.  Even if that fails, our humility will be noticed by others witnessing the encounter and will make it more likely for them to consider what we have said with an open mind.  Most importantly, our humility makes us approachable to women and men who are caught in a difficult situation and are looking for an alternative to ending their child’s life.

No one could ever pass through the doors of Planned Parenthood with the intention of having an abortion if they were aware of how deeply they and their unborn child are loved by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  When we are present there in humility, we let God shine the light of that truth through us so that all might see.  We fight against the evil of abortion because we are aware of God’s immeasurable love for each of us, and we can increase our humility by remembering that we have only come to that knowledge through His grace and not through our own power.  Please join us on the sidewalk as, in humility, we pray and witness to the love God bears for each and every one of His children!  Click here to sign up for a specific time, or just show up any time between 7 AM and 7 PM from now until November 4th.

Please note the following road closures if you will be joining us this weekend:

Road closures for the Junior Great Race on Saturday 9/29/18 starting at 10 AM

  • The city side of Fort Duquesne Boulevard from Commonwealth Place to 7th Street will be closed until 12 p.m., but the other side will remain open to vehicles.
  • Stanwix Street, Cecil Place and 6th Street will be closed between Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Penn Avenue until 12 p.m. 
  • Commonwealth Place will not reopen until 1 p.m. 

Road closures for the Great Race on Sunday 9/30/18 starting at 6:30 AM

  •  Beechwood Blvd to Forbes Ave & Morewood Ave will be closed from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Forbes & Morewood Ave to Fifth Ave & Bigelow Blvd will be closed from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Fifth Ave & Bigelow Blvd to Fifth Ave & ramp to Blvd of the Allies will be closed from 6:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
  • Fifth Ave & ramp to Blvd of the Allies to Commonwealth Place & Liberty Ave will be closed from 6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Here are pictures and reports from today’s vigil!

7-9 AM:  Richard & Barbara

Bill and Richard
Bob, Joyce, and Tim from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Verona
Sally, Al, and Chris
As Richard and I approached downtown this morning, we noticed the Church lit up on Mount Washington.  What a heartening sight.
Diane, Marian and Pat greeted us as we all set up for the first shift this morning.
At 7 AM sharp, Bob, Joyce and Tim arrived to pray from St. Joseph Church in Verona.  Tim had his Mother’s Rosary.
We prayed the Sorrowful and Joyful Mysteries over the next two hours.
Sally and Al arrived just as everybody else did.
A little later, Chris stopped to look at the fetal models.
After we talked awhile, he said that he had formerly stopped to talk with 40 Days volunteers.
He would do all he could to make them feel silly or uncomfortable.  When he read the Bible he would look for inconsistencies.
Today he is Pastor of Browns Hill Bible Chapel.
Chris led Sally, Al and me in saying the Lord’s Prayer.
9-11 AM:  Kathy
Kay, Linda, and Pam from St. Ferdinand’s Respect Life Group
Kay, Linda, and Pam from St. Ferdinand’s came to pray and each wore a baby picture sign.  While they spent time in prayer, I handed out many “Your Biography” sheets to passersby  that describe the development of the unborn child.  Most thanked me.
One woman,  accompanied by her grandmother, accepted resources but still went in to PP  for a pregnancy test.  She came out later and announced that she was parenting.  Around the same time, a group of toddlers from the local daycare walked by with their teachers.  Jesus loves the little children!
Several couples and individuals entered PP.  Some accepted literature upon exiting the building.
11 AM – 1 PM:  Marie

There were two men from North American Martyrs praying during the shift plus other unscheduled individuals who stopped to pray.  One man stopped for info and to pray.  Has a friend who is recently pregnant and also a drug addict and contemplating an abortion.  I provided him with info/literature.  He is going to try and bring this woman to meet and talk with 40 days staff on Saturday.  Pastor Bryan also provided information to this individual.  No untoward happenings.  No pictures – my camera needs to be recharged – hopefully next week.


1 – 3 PM:  Noreen

Dave, Albin, Bernadette and Fr. Joe
Dave, Albin, Fr. Joe and Nick

Lots of anger today on the sidewalk.  At the end a lovely woman came up and thanked us for being there witnessing and praying.  I guess it all evens out in the end.


3-5 PM:  Pat

Ted, John, and Eleanor
Ivy and her mother, Alyssa. Alyssa’s mother is the Campaign Director for the Columbia, MO, 40DFL campaign!

Well the first thing that hit me was the noise.  I had forgotten how loud this part of Liberty Ave. can be on a Friday afternoon.  But, you adapt, and “offer it up.”

Given our campaign’s emphasis on humility, our “Knees on the Ground” signs, and Nikki’s reflection from Thursday, I decided to start my shift by kneeling and saying a rosary.  I knelt next to the electrical post to shade myself from a surprisingly strong sun.  After praying a while and watching people go back and forth – and in and out of PP – it occurred to me as I saw a young woman coming out of PP, that I should offer my prayer time for her conversion.  She didn’t look like someone who had just had an abortion, but looked to be someone who was just visiting PP, perhaps for birth control.  I figured she would walk away as she left, but she was one of the rare PP visitors who stopped to look at our fetal models.  In fact, she looked at them long enough that I decided to get up, walk around the barrier, and let her know that, if she wanted, I could get her some literature on that and what we were doing.  Diane has things so well organized in the literature box that it only took me 30 seconds to get everything I wanted – including info on birth control.  I gave them to her and she accepted them, along with one of the soft fetal models we have.  She seemed to really like that (thanks, Jeannie’s friend!)  With prayer and good information, who knows how her life might now be forever altered.

I’d like to thank Ted for being with me for the first hour and John and Eleanor for both hours.  And also for Philene who prayed with me during my last 1/2 hour.  But I especially want to thank my shift buddy, Fran, who was there when I got to the vigil and then agreed to stay with 5-7 SM David until either his shift buddy showed or the scheduled church group showed up.


5-7 PM:  David

Charlene and Ed from Ascension Church, Benson, Theresa from St Bernadette, and Paul from St Joe’s
Beautiful flowers left in memory of the precious lives ended at Planned Parenthood.
Joining me in prayer and witness was Benson.  This is his third year and he comes every day. Charlene and Ed from Ascension Church, Theresa from St Bernadette, and Paul from St Joe’s also came. It was a beautiful warm sunny day.

Day 2: Thank you to Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, St. Patrick Catholic Church (McKeesport), SS. Simon & Jude Parish, and all of our other volunteers!


40 Days for Life



What has been, that will be;
what has been done, that will be done.
Nothing is new under the sun.
Even the thing of which we say, “See, this is new!”
has already existed in the ages that preceded us.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10


Ever since time began, there have been the joys, celebrations, wars, marriages, sins, and repentances of life.  One of those joys, for many, is getting married, then getting pregnant and having a child.

One of the sorrows of life, for many, is when someone close to us dies.

These basic joys and sorrows of life– birth and death– have never changed.  Scripture tells us in the passage above that there is “nothing new under the sun.”

If this is true, then why do we think that NOW– in present-day 2018– we NOW have the answers to all of life’s problems?


Unhappy in your marriage?  Get divorced.

Want to enter into a sexual relationship with someone other than your spouse?  Have an affair.

Not feeling fulfilled as a stay-at-home parent?  Leave your family and start over.

Don’t feel like being a parent yet?  Use contraception.

Don’t want the baby already conceived in the womb?  Have an abortion.

SOME people claim that these are basic assumptions of the modern world…. this is the way things work in 2018…. we have to keep up with the times….

But didn’t we just read in Scripture that there is “nothing new under the sun” and that when we THINK that something is “new,” it has really already existed in all the ages that went before us?

One would THINK that something that claims to be “new” would also be “improved.”  And yet, have ANY of the above cases improved our lives?  Is the general quality of life in our culture made inherently BETTER because of divorce, adultery, abandonment, contraception, or abortion?  I think that most of us reading this would say NO.

So, if these things are not new… and definitely not improvements… then WHY DO THEM?


If THIS is what we all want:

…then why are we continually using the WRONG means to get there??


If we want to be truly happy and free, then we must follow God and His will.  There are no other options.  And some things He made a certain way, to have a certain PURPOSE.  This includes sex.  And when we decide that we are taking matters into our own hands….. that sex can be what I want it to be…. that I can create my own reality….. then the TRUE meaning and purpose of sex does not get lived out, and we are no longer following God’s will, and therefore…. we will not be happy or free.  We will NOT live “happily ever after.”

But ACCEPTING the truth of God’s plan for life and love that God has created…. well, that will clearly bring us the happiness and freedom that we seek.  It is not in trying to be “new,” “trendy,” or “modern” that our true happiness lies.  God is MUCH smarter than we are.  He KNOWS that nothing is new under the sun.  He just wants US to figure that out.

May we HUMBLE ourselves, and live according to HIS will.  And we will be truly happy and free.


Shift Manager Reports


It was an honor to witness and pray today with Peggy and Mary Ann. The sidewalk was quiet and peaceful this morning. At the beginning of our shift, a man named Charles stopped to encourage us and asked to pray with us. He prayed a wonderful prayer for God to be with us.  Peggy brought a bouquet of roses and we laid them on the painted line in memory of the children lost there.  Mary Ann brought homemade cookies,  and let me tell you, she bakes a mean cookie! Thank you Mary Ann!
 I decided to take advantage of the space directly in front of the doors to Planned Parenthood, since the walkway is now protected by the new planters, we can safely stand there without having to worry about being hit by a car. I felt like I should kneel, especially since I was wearing a sign that says “Knees on the Ground.” I ended up kneeling on the bricks for the entire rosary, and I have to say it felt right. In fact, I feel like something inside of me changed while I was praying. I can’t explain it, and maybe it is not even right to tell you, but whatever it was that happened, I think it is a good thing. I just feel like I have been given a grace from God that is a new and fresh Resolve. I know how important 40 Days for Life is, and how God is using it in such a powerful way, but I think I was taking it for granted and not really appreciating the magnitude of the greatness of this gift that God is giving us! As I prayed, I felt like this is the most important thing we can do right now! I felt like all the cover of darkness has been removed, and evil is being exposed in all sectors of our world, both in the Church and in our government. People now are free to choose good or evil, there is no more deception. There is nothing left to do for us now, the work has been done already! Now, we simply must pray and fast. Offer our sufferings to be joined with the Lord’s sufferings, and in reparation for sin. I think God whispered to me that he would like me to come to the vigil every day during the 40 days to simply pray the rosary on my knees. I want to try my best to do that. Thank you everyone for joining us in this worldwide movement of God!  It was wonderful to see Meredith and Jessie come for the 9 to 11 shift and to see the beautiful red roses that they brought to honor the babies.
Wonderful Pat was there to bring the materials, as he will be doing every Tuesday and Thursday morning in place of Diane, while she babysits her grandbaby. And faithful Peggy who comes every Wednesday and Thursday morning!


Flowers lining the circle, symbolizing the beautiful and fragile lives lost here.


Charles was a passerby who stop to encourage us and thank us for being there. (Pictured here with Mary Ann and Peggy.)


Jessie and Meredith from Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene brought beautiful roses to lay on the sidewalk.



I hadn’t been down to Planned Parenthood since last 40 Days for Life, so the new sidewalk arrangement was very interesting! Traffic in and out of PP included what seemed likely to be abortion-bound couples, and lots of contraception appointments. Had some good times of prayer, and I brought a friend from church with me who had never been down before but wants to be more involved. This year, a neighbor is able to help get her son off to school, so she plans to come for our church shift every week. What a blessing! The flowers on the sidewalk are very moving! They were definitely noticed by passers-by. One young black man made a point of stopping to encourage us to keep up the good work and he appreciated the significance of the flowers. Keep up the good work church and don’t lose heart!


Lisa K.:

It was a really good time of prayer on the sidewalk today.  I praise God for that.  Unfortunately, it seemed rather busy at PP.  But praying and talking with Rita was especially nice.

One young woman stopped by to look at the baby models, and shared that she had had a miscarriage at 6 weeks.  We offered our sympathy.  She said with a smile that they are trying again.  We offered a prayer for her.

Thank you to all who came and prayed with us!

Thank you to Rita and Fr. Tom from St. Patrick in McKeesport!


Thank you to Nancy and Donna from SS. Simon and Jude!


Thank you to Dan, who is a Ph.D. theology student, and took time out of his busy day to come and pray with us!



It was a very good day.  Some healthcare workers stopped to talk with Nancy, one of our prayer volunteers.

A woman came out of PP with a small child, saying that she was there to receive emotional support.  I told her that WE could provide her with that.

Bill had left, but came back to pray with us some more.

A very difficult woman began talking to the group.  She was very pro-abortion and wanted to argue.  I knew that the way to talk to her was through loving, not arguing.  

All in all, a very good day on the sidewalk.



I was glad to know Carolyn was not alone from 2:30-3:00. Almost as soon as I got there, a very attractive, well-groomed, well-dressed lady came along and told us how much she disagreed with all we do.  She sees the developing baby at any stage as “a blob of cells,” and believes women are free to do as they choose.

Carolyn is the teacher for the youngest children at her parish, and she did a beautiful job of showing how God’s love is evident in creation of a baby. The lady was not interested in facts or morality, just choice.  But she thanked us for being kind to her. She said she was “wasting her time,” but we were glad she stopped.

Anita came with two lovely ladies from Butler. We prayed four rosaries, each of us leading a group of mysteries. A tall, red-haired young man from Mt. Lebanon joined us, and another man just came along and led a rosary for several decades.

The usual waiting line for the bus stop did not come as far as PP, but many people looked and slowed to peek at the “babies.” It’s worth the trip just for those who are seeing for the first time the miracle of “how babies grow.”  What a revelation! as another young man (in his 20s) learned why we are there, how the babies grow, and what they do at PP. His reaction was worth the whole day.

As we finished the rosaries, the 5:00-7:00 group arrived.  Seeing a husband and his wife at the vigil was beautiful! I noted that he is a member of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship.  As the 5:00 group came, it was noticeably cooler, and the rain changed from drops to a regular sprinkle. I did not see any umbrellas. Maybe the rain did not stay.

Lori came to pray with us.  She talked a bit about meeting Abby Johnson and how Abby helped her. I was wearing a St. Vincent College sweatshirt. She asked me if I went to St. Vincent. I told her it was my son’s school. She said she went to Seton Hill. Yes, she knows Sr. Anne I., who has brought Seton Hill students to our Pittsburgh affairs. We should all get to know Lori.


A wonderful group, led in prayer by Anita!


Faithful volunteers in prayer



Flowers on the sidewalk, from loving prayer volunteers


Thank you all. 

We appreciate your prayers, faithfulness, and HUMILITY. 

God bless you.