Rallying the Troops…we gather together to Kick-off the 40 days!

Thanks to everyone for a very inspiring and successful kick-off event!  Thanks especially to Diane Deely for coordinating the entire event, and to Susan Rauscher of Catholic Charities for hosting our event!  Thanks also to Fr. Tim Kruthaupt, Pastor Win Groseclose and Fr. Jason Charon for presiding over us in prayer, blessings and encouraging messages!

Our dear Barbara, who coordinates all the vigil shift manager’s schedules wrote this about the evening:

Dear Friends, What an amazing gathering.  It was a wonderful evening.  Thank you. I keep thinking about Matthew 11:7-10. “What did you go into the desert to see?” Why did all of us come downtown?  Was it for good food? fascinating people? music recital? “Then what did you go out to see?” We came to see the invisible…resolve, joy, hope, conviction… embodied. Life is good. In our beloved God, Barbara

AMEN!

Pastor Win Groseclose of St. John United Evangelical Protestant Church opened the event in prayer
Pastor Win Groseclose of St. John United Evangelical Protestant Church opened the event in prayer
Joe Bruni was our beloved Em-Cee....as he likes to say...."the voice of 40 Days for Life!"
Joe Bruni was our beloved Em-Cee….as he likes to say….”the voice of 40 Days for Life!”
Nikki spoke of our theme for this 40 Days...HOPE!  And reminded us that God is pleased when we un-ashamedly proclaim our love and trust in Him!
Nikki spoke of our theme for this 40 Days…HOPE! And reminded us that God is pleased when we un-ashamedly proclaim our love and trust in Him!

 

Mary Catherine Scanlon, of PCUC, spoke about up-coming pro life events, such as Life Chain
Mary Catherine Scanlon, of PCUC, spoke about up-coming pro life events, such as Life Chain

 

Fr. Tim Kruthaupt, from Church of the Resurrection in the Greensburg Diocese, preached about the need to shine the light on the evil practices that go on in abortion clinics!  We should not allow them to hide under a basket!
Fr. Tim Kruthaupt, from Church of the Resurrection in the Greensburg Diocese, preached about the need to shine the light on the evil practices that go on in abortion clinics! We should not allow them to hide under a basket!

 

Pastor Win Groseclose from St. John United Evangelical Protestant Church preached about the inherent dignity given by God to every human being, which is made in His image.
Pastor Win Groseclose from St. John United Evangelical Protestant Church preached about the inherent dignity given by God to every human being, which is made in His image.

 

Fr. Jason Charon, of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church gave an uplifting message of hope in the face of discouragement...and the determination of a father to rescue his son...and a son's faith in his father.
Fr. Jason Charon, of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church gave an uplifting message of hope in the face of discouragement…and the determination of a father to rescue his son…and a son’s faith in his father.

 

Kathy Laslow, Leader of Pittsburgh's Sidewalk Advocates for Life spoke of the opportunity to save lives on the sidewalk through this brand new initiative, which includes regular sidewalk training.
Kathy Laslow, Leader of Pittsburgh’s Sidewalk Advocates for Life spoke of the opportunity to save lives on the sidewalk through this brand new initiative, which includes regular sidewalk training.

 

Marian Carlino, a sidewalk advocate and 40 days shift leader spoke of her experience on the sidewalk
Marian Carlino, a sidewalk advocate and 40 days shift leader spoke of her experience on the sidewalk

 

Shift managers gather in the front to receive the blessings of all three pastors.
Shift managers gather in the front to receive the blessings of all three pastors.
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Pro-life people came from all around our city to attend our kick-off event!

 

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Fr. Tim blessing the shift managers
Fr. Tim blessing the shift managers

 

Much thanks to Susan Rauscher of Catholic Charities!
Much thanks to Susan Rauscher of Catholic Charities!

 

Diane Deely explains the Candlelit procession to Planned Parenthood
Diane Deely explains the Candlelit procession to Planned Parenthood

 

Shift Manager Bill provides guidance as we process and gather on the street and sidewalk
Shift Manager Bill provides guidance as we process and gather on the street and sidewalk

 

Everyone leaving Catholic Charities for the procession
Everyone leaving Catholic Charities for the procession
Long time pro-lifers Meredith and Frank
Long time pro-lifers Meredith and Frank

 

Nikki
Nikki

 

Praying and singing by candlelight for the unborn lives lost at this clinic
Praying and singing by candlelight for the unborn lives lost at this clinic

 

Surrounding this place with the Body of Christ...it was powerful and very moving.
Surrounding this place with the Body of Christ…it was powerful and very moving.

 

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By God’s grace we have now prepared the way for 40 Days of prayer, fasting and witness!  Thanks to everyone who came and to those who have been praying!  I hope to see you on the sidewalk soon!

Your sister in Christ,

Nikki

 

 

 

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