Day 17, St. Gregory Nazianzus Byzantine Catholic & Women’s Choice Network Hold Vigil!

I received the following photos from the vigil today from Linda of Women’s Choice Network.  These are really beautiful photos and wonderful witnesses to life!

Jen from Women's Choice, with her kids

Reg & Mallory
According to Linda from Women’s Choice Network, these little cuties got 28 honks!  In addition, they received many “honks” from pedestrians!  Children really do make the best witnesses for life, and I am so inspired by families like Jen’s! 

We also have St. Gregory’s Byzantine Catholic Church, lead by Fr. Tom Wesdock, holding vigil from 1-7pm today.  Fr. Tom has faithfully supported our 40 Days for Life vigil for 3 campaigns now.  What an inspiration he is!  Here is picture of his lovely group:

Fr. Tom (center) with members of St. Gregory's Byzantine Catholic Church

With such beautiful witnesses as these today, I don’t doubt that a life was saved.  If we don’t find out during this life, I’m sure we will in heaven.

Thanks to everyone who answered our call for vigil participants for Monday!  Thanks to you we now only have two remaining hours that are un-covered.  They are the 4:00 and 5:00 hours.  Please consider signing up during that time if you can.  Also, Thursday still looks terrible!  We have 6 hours un-covered! They are the 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am hours, and the 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00pm hours.  We are really going to have to pull together to fill up Thursday!  If you can help, go to, and click on the vigil schedule tab…or call Melissa at 724-355-4216.

I hope to see you on Sunday at the mid-point gathering at Catholic Charities.

God bless you!


One thought on “Day 17, St. Gregory Nazianzus Byzantine Catholic & Women’s Choice Network Hold Vigil!

  • October 26, 2011 at 9:51 am

    The following comment was submitted by Deacon Paul Boboige:
    40 Days for Life Participation

    A gathering of Byzantine Catholics from western Pennsylvania joined others to witness for the sanctity of life outside Planned Parenthood on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. Inside, paid medical personnel were extinguishing the lives of unborn babies who will never live to their potential.

    The experience was somber but confident prayers were offered in litanies seeking God’s mercy on those performing, seeking and encouraging the killing inside; praying for a change of hearts. People passed by, some honking horns in assent, some smiling and encouraging us, a few stating their opposing opinions, but most of them blindly passed by, trying to shut out the troublesome issue which gnaws at nation and conscience.

    One Indian immigrant praised us for standing up for life. Her father in India wanted a son as an heir. The firstborn was this girl, the next 13 pregnancies were also girls but her sisters were aborted; the fifteenth pregnancy finally gave birth to a son.

    Another man, in his 50’s was sorrowful because he had been a cause for the abortion death of two babies. He wondered how God could forgive him for his actions. He received the message of God’s mercy with gratitude. Throughout American abortion history there have been over 60 million mothers and fathers who have sought out abortion, many of them realizing weeks, years or decades later what a heartless action it was and grieving over the loss of their children. Our Archeparchy of Pittsburgh has an understanding with Rachel’s Vineyard which will counsel mothers or fathers who are experiencing this sorrow. Their toll free number is 877 HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463).

    Over 8,400 abortions were performed in Allegheny County in 2008 according to statistics from the PA Department of Health. Approximately half of them were Allegheny residents; the rest were generally from the Western Pennsylvania region.

    Your brother in Christ,
    Deacon Paul Boboige
    Coordinator, Archeparchy Pro-Life Office


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