Day 22…Rain doesn’t stop St. Peter in Steubenville, Catholic Mommas, St. Bonaventure Parish & dedicated Individuals!

I hope I don’t sound like a broken record, but I am continually inspired by the “jewels” that God surrounds me with during my shifts at our 40 Days for Life vigil!  To think that just four years ago I didn’t know a single pro-life person and now I get to meet and pray with hundreds of the most dedicated and selfless pro-life People in Pittsburgh (and beyond!)  The most inspiring person I have met so far was a little girl named Silvana (I may have spelled that wrong.)  I think she is 8 years old.  She came to pray for the babies for four hours in the rain today.  I never heard a word of complaint from her, in fact it seemed like she really wanted to be there!  She earnestly prayed and sang along with us.  I could see she has a heart that loves Jesus. What a woman of God she is going to be someday!  Here is a photo of her with her mom and the early morning shift manager, Cathy:

Cathy, Sue and Silvana

The group that held the vigil from 7am-9am was St. Peter in Steubenville.  This was the first time they have participated in 40 Days for Life.  Thanks to them for joining us on the sidewalk!

Cathy Zuza, who managed the 7am-11am shift, wrote:

Though wet (but at least warm) the morning was a prayerful one.  Diane, after dropping off the signs, stayed for awhile (thank you!) so I wouldn’t be alone until the first group came, which they did before too long.  

Diane faithfully delivers our “sandwich-board” signs to the sidewalk every morning at 7am and picks them up every night at 7pm!

Six wonderful people came from St. Peter’s in Steubenville and got right to work, quietly praying for two hours.  


Early morning prayer-warriors from St. Peter’s in Steubenville
Members from St. Peter in Steubenville

Shortly before 9, Sue and her 8 year old daughter arrived representing the Catholic Mom’s group.  They did some quiet prayer, then joined me for some group prayer.  It was so nice to have Sue’s daughter there actively joining in!  I’m sure her presence touched people in a way that we adults cannot.   


Sue and Silvana


There were not a whole lot of people going into the clinic today.  Emil did not make his usual visit down during this shift.  The lady who thinks we should be ashamed did pass by with her usual remark.  I saw her coming.  Later, I thought… if we see her coming,  what  if we spoke first, saying something like “I’m proud to be trying to protect the women and children.”?

Catholic Mommas adopted the vigil from 9am-1pm.  Because most of the Mommas have babies, they weren’t able to stand out in the rain, so Sue and Silvana held the whole four hours by themselves (along with shift manager Cathy)!  Near the end of their shift, another Momma showed up with her beautiful young family:

Catholic Mommas don’t need pro-life signs…they ARE pro-life signs!!!

We had no church or group signed up between 1-3pm, so Rev. Bryan and Raine of Christ Church Ministries in Penn Hills came to fill the gap.

Raine and Rev. Bryan

Rev. Bryan ministered the love of Jesus to many passersby…and Raine didn’t mind the rain!  (sorry…I just couldn’t resist…)

At 3pm a large group of prayer volunteers from St. Bonaventure arrived from the north side of Pittsburgh.  This is the first-time they have participated in our 40 Days for Life.  I am so glad to see new churches joining our campaign! 

St. Bonaventure comes out in force!

Barbara and Jim managed the 3-7pm shift.  Barbara wrote:

St. Bonaventure parishioners crowded the sidewalk in front of PP this afternoon and planned to stay from 3 to 7 this evening.  The coordinator Dave was accompanied by Charlene, Anita, Moraca, Sandy and Mary Ann.  As I was leaving, Father John, their pastor, arrived.

Dave had arranged their entire prayer program for the afternoon.  So many people praying together seemed to energize the people passing by.  They seemed to smile more.   Even though these parishioners came to pray for an end to abortion, that silent scythe stealthily eviscerating our families, their sense of camaraderie was palpable. 

I remembered Romans 8:28,And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him….”

Barbara Lewis

I will post stories and photos as they send them.


7 thoughts on “Day 22…Rain doesn’t stop St. Peter in Steubenville, Catholic Mommas, St. Bonaventure Parish & dedicated Individuals!

  • October 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm


  • October 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I’m composing the PCUC newsletter. That picture with Silvana is so cheerful and bright on this grey day that it will make anyone smile. Thank you.

  • October 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm


    Thank you for your transparency.

  • October 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you Sue for bringing your daughter Silvana. She is a blessing.

  • October 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you all for welcoming Silvana and all of our children. In a world where they are often seen as unimportant or even an annoyance, it is refreshing to be members of such a beautiful family as the one at 40 Days.

    Most of all, thank you all for your dedication. It is such a gift to us that our children can see the devotion of everyone involved in 40 Days for Life. They are learning the importance of supporting and defending life by watching you!

    God bless.

  • October 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks, Nikki, for sharing your beautiful story! It takes courage to be open and honest about our shortcomings, but what a marvelous testimony you have because you surrendered to Jesus! He surely does work through you – you are a bright beacon for all of us to follow! The Scripture from St Paul comes to mind – “when I am weak, He is strong.” Thank you for all you do for LIFE and inspiring me and all of us with your zeal.

  • October 16, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story. It brings us all much hope!! God has done so much for you. I’m glad to have met you. Never be afraid to share your story with the people at the abortion clinic.
    Keep up the great work! Miracles happen!


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