Day 19 – St. Regis, St. Mary (Herman, PA), St. Gregory, & St. Matthias – and the “Eve” of Halfway

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.  (Phil. 4:14)  BOOM!  There it was.  I was driving home this afternoon from being out of town all weekend and beginning to think and pray about what to say on the blog tonight.  I came home, went to a later Mass, and there it was, right there in the second reading. He truly does strengthen us, doesn’t He?  Are there any of us who would be daft enough to go out there on the sidewalk and do what we do without knowing this to be true and completely relying on Jesus’ strength and grace?  I know the answer is NO!  We all know we are merely His instruments, doing what we do for Him, with Him, and by His grace.  We are almost halfway through the vigil and we know the only Way we are able to do this at all is by and with His loving help.  Yes — the Way (and the Truth and the LIFE, too!) is Him.  Thank you, Lord Jesus! Pat writes:

I had the 7-11 shift this Sunday morning with my own parish, St. Regis in Trafford.  I really appreciate 40 Day veterans Yolanda, Albert, George, Nancy, and Mike for coming down once again.

Usually this is the most quiet time of the whole week, but this morning a construction crew was putting up scaffolding in front of the PennDOT offices, so it wasn’t quite as nice as it could have been.  Of the few people who passed by, some took our literature, some made a few negative passing remarks, and a few others gave looks of disgust.  In other words, nothing too unusual.  What was nice, however, was that a young family from out of town passed our way (the husband and wife had  5 or 6 young kids with them) and took our 40 Days for Life brochure.  They were from Hershey, PA, and had heard a little bit about us before.  In fact, they thought that there might be a 40 Days vigil somewhere near them.  I was impressed that the mother suggested to the kids, after we had spoken, that they pray a St. Michael the Archangel prayer.  We joined in with them as they said it together as a family.  It was really a beautiful thing to see.
day 19, 2nd shift, roseann and rich
Pat M. and Mike C. from St. Regis
And there’s that pretty smiling girl again, in the PP ad in their window.  The question crossed my mind:  could it be possible this young lady may not even have known, when she was being photographed, that her photo would appear on a PP ad?  Could she have signed up with an ad agency, had her photo taken, and then the agency just sold it to whomever was the highest bidder?  Is she being exploited just like all of the women who have their children ripped from their wombs inside this heaven-forsaken place every day?  Would she even be able to get her photo pulled from that ad if she tried?  Does she even care?  We can pray for her, too, and so many others who would sell out on their beliefs for “blood money.”
Yolanda, Albert, Nancy, and George, from St. Regis
Yolanda, Albert, Nancy, and George, from St. Regis
Shift managers Rich & Roseann K.
              Shift managers Rich & Roseann K.
ladies from St. Gregory
                          ladies from St. Gregory
prayer warriors from St. Gregory
                prayer warriors from St. Gregory
shift managers Jim & Cathy with Trish
shift managers Jim & Cathy with Trish
more prayer warriors from St. Gregory
more prayer warriors from St. Gregory
prayer and witness
prayer and witness
THIS WEEK ……. Notes from Nikki (hey — that’s catchy!):

I am very encouraged to see that THREE INDIVIDUALS ANSWERED PAT’S EMAIL PLEA from yesterday!  Regina took three empty hours this Thursday… Laure took 2 empty hours on Thursday, and Anna Marie took 2 empty hours next Sunday! But, this week…as of right now, we do have two empty hours on Tuesday (3pm and 6pm)…so that will be one hour alone for Sheila and one hour for Jeannie…if no one signs up.  Thursday, the 6pm hour is still empty; that is Bethany’s shift.

Please consider coming out this week to support and stand with Sheila, Jeannie, and Bethany! Also, Abi, of Rachel’s Vineyard, writes that they will be sponsoring a local retreat for post-abortive women this coming weekend, October 17-19.  Rachel’s Vineyard is a healing ministry that seeks to help post-abortive women.  It’s not too late to register for this local retreat.  More information regarding this retreat and the Rachel’s Vineyard ministry can be found at http://rachelsvineyard.org/weekend/sites.aspx. Thank you and God bless you! Sincerely, Sue M.

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