All my nothingness is drowned in the sea of your mercy. With the confidence of a child, I throw myself into your arms, O Father of mercy, to make up for the unbelief of so many souls who are afraid to trust in you. —St. Faustina Kowalska (from Franciscan Media at http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Minute/default.aspx?date=9/28/2012).
It was a rainy morning, but that didn’t ;stop the many prayer participants that showed up from First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport. They made a powerful witness for Life on a procedure day for the abortion providers at Planned Parenthood. We pray that someone’s heart will have been changed by their witness, and babies will be saved. Here are some pictures:
This morning was wet, but I have been out in a lot worse weather. It was not very cold and it even stopped raining twice. We had a spectacular number of people from the First Evangelical Free Church. They came in 3 shifts, with their pastor. Planned Parenthood was not at all busy. They did not start until 8 a.m. and probably no more than a dozen went in up till 11 a.m. Two very militant black women refused all offers of help and did not want anyone to talk with them. They are so sure they are doing the right thing.
The restaurant owner is getting more and more agitated. He came down twice to holler at us. He was right in the face of one of the First Evangelical Free men. Fortunately he did not seem to bother anybody.
One older black woman stood in the circle for a while. She may have been inside because she later told me that “they would not help me”.
One woman, “V” is 4 months pregnant with a change-of- life baby and does not want an abortion. She was thrilled when I gave her a flyer and one of Shelia’s help sheets. She’s going to go to Women’s Choice Network for a sonogram and see what help they can offer her. She was very vocal against UPMC’s family clinic in her neighborhood. They want to “help her” in a way that she doesn’t want.
This afternoon’s shift was filled by St. Margaret Mary Church in Moon Township. Shift Manager Charlotte sent this picture:
I thought I heard the Security Guard say that they are doing abortions on Thursday to a women who previously got upset when I tried to give the young women with her a baby model. I think the girl was going to take it and the women actually hit my arm down when trying to hand it over. The security called the circle the zone and was having a cigarette with her inside it. And she said something like “Here I was smoking outside the zone.” I can’t remember what they named the “zone”?
We have several times coming up with few or no vigil participants signed up. If you are able to help us with any of these, please contact Nikki or Chaplain Steve. Here is a list of open times:
10/08 Monday from 4pm-7pm 10/15 Monday from 7am-11am and from 3pm-7pm 10/17 Wednesday from 7am-11am and 4pm-7pm
And speaking of babies, Congratulations to Nikki on the birth of her granddaughter this morning! We expect pictures, Madame Director!
(NIKKI)…here she is!
Thanks for all you do on behalf of the unborn child through 40 Days For Life!
The last shift today was held by Shift Manager Sheila (3pm-5pm and Roseann 5pm-7pm). Here is a photo of two prayer volunteers who came to fill in needed hours: