Day #4…Sacrificing for LIFE wins out over Giant Duck for St. Thomas More, St. Joseph’s (Verona), St. Ferdinand’s (Cranberry), St. Vincent College and faith-filled prayer volunteers.

Al and Sally had the morning shift.  Here’s what Sally reported:

This was a VERY light Saturday morning.  Only about 5 couples went  into PP early in the morning, and very few couples or singles after  that.  All but two of the escorts were sent home before 9 a.m. and the  others left about an hour later.

Many family groups were walking back and forth all morning.  I believe  they were all going to see the big yellow ducky down near the 6th  Street Bridge.

We only filled a little over one page of the Vigil Attendance log
completely.   But those who were with us were mighty pray-ers.  Emil  came down from his restaurant toward the end of my shift, but even he  was not as angry as usual.  He simply said, “Do you know who causes  abortions?  OLD people!”  Weird!  But a lot better than his usual wish  that all of us  die.  Maybe he is getting used to us being there.      Sally

[From my (Pat’s) observations on the 3-7 shift on Friday – also an abortion day – I can’t say that I saw a single woman come out of PP who had any of the tell-tale signs of having just had an abortion.]

LaToya and her husband, Brian

On personal note, I can say that the most powerful experience I ever had at any of the Marches for Life that I’ve attended occurred several years ago when I was on the sidewalk as the March started.  We all cheered as the huge MARCH FOR LIFE banner, and the various dignitaries associated with the March, started to move forward.  But then, as those with me on the sidewalk turned our gaze to the second group, there was at first a silence as everyone seemed to catch their breath.  This was followed shortly thereafter by a very applause of deep admiration.  As I looked, I saw what they saw – a collection of women holding signs which said:  “I regret my abortion.”  And then I saw that there were some men with them holding signs which said:  “I regret my lost fatherhood.”  As soon as my brain was able to comprehend all of this (I had never seen people carrying signs like this before), the tears started to come as I joined in on the applause.

Looking back, I think my reaction came as it did because I had never seen a group of people exhibiting such incredible bravery and such great humility, all at the same time.  So thank you LaToya for the bravery and humility you demonstrated today by not only being there, but by carrying the sign you did.

These Bearcats from St. Vincent College have their priorities in order.
Bob S., Alicia R., Joyce D., Dave G., Marylou G., Fr.Ed., Jerry D. from St. Joseph’s in Verona.

Pat

Maggie, who managed the 3-7pm shift wrote:

What a glorious day/evening it was for witnessing to the hundreds (? At least) who walked by us. I was blessed with a GREAT turnout from St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry. It was great to be with the some of the same people for at least 3 other campaigns and to meet some new faces.

St. Ferdinand in Cranberry had a great turnout!

I also had the honor of praying with a woman by the name of Mimi. She is originally from Palermo and said that she came every single day during the last (spring) 40 days for life campaign.  She was a lovely, PRAYERFUL woman who was passionate for saving souls.

Mimi came to pray every day during the last 40 days!

It was interesting when the security guards family pulled up and his adorable little boy ran into Planned Parenthood I assume to use the bathroom.  We were praying the Rosary while his wife stood next to the car with the back door open to her gorgeous little girl who looked to be around 1. I smiled and waved to her and her Mom smiled back but when the little boy returned from his restroom trip, the Dad said something disapproving to her (didn’t catch what he said just the gist of it) and off they went.  I thought about what a gift those 2 children are and how many mothers and fathers have denied themselves, or another adoptive couple,  that opportunity.
Another time we prayed the rosary a young man who had come out of PP stopped there and listened. I struggled within myself whether I should speak with him or not and decided not to. The others there saw his face, which I did not, and said he looked REALLY ANGRY, so when he left I just begged God to change his heart.
We saw a lot of workers leave. I asked the Holy Spirit to descend upon them and enlighten their minds to know they can find a job somewhere else and asked GOD to have mercy on them, echoing Christ on the cross saying, Forgive them Father for they know not what they do”.
I saw an older couple, mid twenties maybe leaving. The man tried comforting her but she didn’t want any part of him. I see that often.  It appears as if she instinctively reacts to the betrayal of her partner who wants to move on. They got into an Audi and my heavy heart said, why are you doing this, its certainly not because of a lack of money.
Well, I hope my ramblings inspire your prayers for all those involved in this tragedy.
God bless,
Maggie

Here are some more photos taken by Maggie:

Here’s what Dean wrote from his shift:

We had one woman ask the priest from St. Joseph of Verona to pray the rosary for her. I tried talking to one couple as they exited Planned Parenthood and appeared hesitant about what to do next.

Here are some of his pictures:

10 thoughts on “Day #4…Sacrificing for LIFE wins out over Giant Duck for St. Thomas More, St. Joseph’s (Verona), St. Ferdinand’s (Cranberry), St. Vincent College and faith-filled prayer volunteers.

  • September 29, 2013 at 5:20 am
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    Praise God because I did have a moment of fear. It was tough raising that sign for everyone to service. God gave me the strength to do it.

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    • September 29, 2013 at 10:41 am
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      Thank you LaToya for your courageous and selfless witness. God is using your pain to spare others theirs…like Jesus did for us.

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  • September 29, 2013 at 10:01 am
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    Thank you, LaToya and Brian. That picture is intense and powerful. Stay strong. On the Last Day when Jesus asks you if you denied him, you can hold your head up proud and say, “No Lord, I didn’t.”

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  • September 29, 2013 at 10:41 am
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    I meant to said, ” it was tough raising the sign for everyone to see.” Tess thanks for your encouragement. Encouragement keeps the post-abortive on the frontlines.

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    • September 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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      We may not meet in this life, but know that I got you spiritually. Thanks again for your witness.

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  • September 29, 2013 at 10:43 am
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    Thanks Nikki. I look forward to the glory stories of this campaign.

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  • September 29, 2013 at 4:09 pm
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    LaToya,
    You and your husband are such a wonderful witness! Thank you for being so brave. I just know that your witness will touch others, and inspire more women and men to come forward with their own witness. As Nikki said, God uses our pain to spare others pain. let’s pray He will “move” more people to bravely stand where you and your husband stood because your witness truly is powerful and truly saves lives! Thank you so much for answering God’s call and being so brave! I am so inspired! God bless you and your husband!

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  • September 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm
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    Members of St. Joan of Arc from South Park volunteered today (Sunday). Jeff from Munhall was our leader and we had some interesting conversations among ourselves about God in our lives and then also with some passers-by. There were no customers for PP as it was a Sunday but we know that God was listening to us. Thank you for letting us be a part of this, Nikki! And may God bless you for this wonderful work that you do!

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    • September 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm
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      Thank YOU Nina and all from St. Joan of Arc for witnessing at our vigil today! We couldn’t do this without dedicated church coordinators like yourself!

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  • September 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm
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    When I saw the lady from Palermo I remembered Pauline, one of our neighbors in Wilmerding. I learned that he father named her Pauline because he believed Palermo was the most beautiful city in the world.

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