Day 25: Holy Family, Guardians for Life, and Saint Sebastian Catholic Church, Ross Twp.

“Even now, I know that God will grant you whatever you ask of Him.”      – John 11:22

REFLECTION:  Lazarus was in the tomb four four days, but Martha and Mary expressed to Jesus the hope that he could raise him.  Even now.

That should be our theme as we fight the evil of abortion.  Some will say it has gone on so long it cannot be changed.  But despite the culture of death, we are called to hope in the God Who has not changed and in His power to defeat abortion.  Even now.

PRAYER:  Lord, we are people of hope.  Grant us perseverance and victory in the battle for life.

– from Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day by Fr. Frank Pavone.

And now for the reports from our shift managers:

We were blessed to have many prayer warriors this Saturday morning from Steubenville and Indiana, despite a brief rain shower and gusting winds.  As usual the less then perfect weather made the group all the more cheerful and increased the sense of camaraderie as we all braved the elements together in prayer.  We also had the strong presence of three regular sidewalk counselors  Meredith, Virginia and David each positioned in one of the three approaching directions.  As usual Bill Harrison arrived before 7 AM to greet Dianne and Tom (God bless these two for their efforts and cheerfulness in the wee hours of the night) and help set up the signs and displays.
Getting set up
Getting set up
Dedicated Diane!
Dedicated Diane!
There was an abundance of planned parenthood escorts presumably and hopefully because we are having an influence on their business.  Some of them were new, so lets pray that our presence will have them rethink their new venture and abandon it.  We also had Daniel Montgomery (“Monty”), originally from New Orleans and now living with his wife in Ambridge, shooting some video of the 40 Days Campaign.
day 25, 1st shift, monty from OLSH
Deacon Myron in his cassock and George from Holy Trinity in Carnegie are continuing their regular Saturday presence. George’s singing sets the perfect tone and atmosphere for our vigil.
day 25, 1st shift, holy trinity Ukrainian, george and deacon myron
We were blessed again to have Fr Tim, who brought his faithful group along with several Sisters.
day 25, 1st shift, fr. tim and guardians
I know we had an impact today.  I know heaven heard our prayers.
Tim B.
Prayer Warriors from Holy Family in Steubenville
Prayer Warriors from Holy Family in Steubenville
Maggie managed the vigil from 11am-1pm and wrote:

Was a good 2 hours. Sadly there were a lot of people that went into the clinic. Also they brought in 2 large pizzas so I’m wondering if there was a training. I had a group from Steuben ville start out with me and a group from St. Alexis to finish with me. Bill Harrison stopped by and I had sidewalk counselor (can’t remember her name, was it Cathy?) There as well. We continue to do our best to pray, to engage those who are willing and to diffuse any situations that may come up. God is good and he loves all of us, the patients, the workers, the 40 days participants and the passersby. Hopefully I can be an instrument of his grace to someone today even if its just with a smile or a word of encouragement.


Wonderful witnesses from St. Sebastian in Ross Twp.
Wonderful witnesses from St. Sebastian in Ross Twp.
More selfless prayer warriors from St. Sebastian
More selfless prayer warriors from St. Sebastian

day 25, 3rd shift, st. sebastian fr. john

Noelle with her young family from Grandview Church of God, along with Marshall from Steubeville
Noelle with her young family from Grandview Church of God, along with Marshall from Steubeville

Jeff was there from 1-4:

The 1-4 shift went quicker today than any of my 3 other shifts this 
vigil.  I was expecting to sit down for some of the third hours, but I 
was feeling strong and had a lot of company.

Maura from St. Bonaventure came out in response to the plea for help for 
3-7.  So did Tony, who stops by regularly throughout the vigil. Thanks 
to the folks from St. Sebastian for pulling a 4 hour shift today.  Noelle 
and Matt brought baby Elizabeth with them, as well as a lull in rain.  
Lots of comin and goin  at PP;  seemed some sort of meeting was going on 
because they were going in after 1.

With all our paraphenalia on the sidewalk, it looked a little like an 
army encamped just outside the foe’s stronghold.  Our army is called to 
be faithful first, and successful when He deems it so.
We are all the stronger for it.

  Hope to see you on the sidewalk tomorrow.

Joe managed the vigil from 4-7pm and wrote:

My attempt this past week to evangelize about Forty Days For Life and recruit disciples amongst my friends was met with polite “I have plans”, I”‘m too busies”, and condescending “maybes”. I was left  pondering on what my role is in this movement. Lord what is it you gave me that I’m supposed to give back, and how should I do it.


I showed up at my shift today and was warmly welcomed by Marshall from Steubenville, Noelle, her husband Matt and baby Elizabeth. Noelle shared her experiences this week trying to recruit her disciples, and they sounded very similar to mine. How delightful it was for me to learn how this amazing family was living their faith. Also, how uplifting it is to see the next generation getting involved for life.


Shift Manager Joe with beautiful family from Grandview Church of God
Shift Manager Joe with beautiful family from Grandview Church of God
Marshall and Pat
Marshall and Pat

A little later on Pat M. showed up to join Marshall and I and we prayed and we bonded. I don’t know where God is leading me, but I do know that he is blessing me with some of his finest creations to walk with and guide me in this journey.

I also know, that God wins. He will end this travesty in his time and his way, How grateful I am he put this sinner on this winning team.


Am I weak enough to an answer the Lords call to give praise for his greatness, and to protect his innocents.



With Prayer and Love,

Joe W

Thanks to everyone.


2 thoughts on “Day 25: Holy Family, Guardians for Life, and Saint Sebastian Catholic Church, Ross Twp.

  • October 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Pat, you are now officially an EXPERT blog writer! Thank you for the reminder to “Pay God a compliment” by praying “BIG”! That does it! For the rest of 2014 I am praying for PP in Pittsburgh to CLOSE…Cecile Richards and Obama to CONVERT! THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITH PAT! IT is contagious!!!

  • October 20, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Hello Joe,

    Not sure if we have met or not, but I found myself smiling a little when you related your failed attempt to “recruit disciples”for 40 Days. Not many people are willing to do this. I’m not exactly sure why. But obviously, there are enough people throughout this fallen world to make a difference, as seen by the successes (seen and unseen) of 40 D. To encourage you more, look at the inspiration of the veterans who have been coming week after week, year after year, since the abomination of abortion became legal. Even in small numbers, they are mighty. I’ll leave you with the story of Elisha and his servant when the king of Syria came looking for him personally, because he prophetically had been warning the king of Israel about the Syrian army’s movements:

    2 Kings14 Therefore sent he there horses, and chariots, and a great army: and they came by night, and surrounded the city. 15 When the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an army with horses and chariots was round about the city. His servant said to him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 He answered, Don’t be afraid; for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. 17 Elisha prayed, and said, Yahweh, Please open his eyes, that he may see. Yahweh opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 18 When they came down to him, Elisha prayed to Yahweh, and said, Please smite this people with blindness. He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

    Pauline Donnelly (PS Will be bringing my own new recruit this Saturday. Please pray that she continues in boldness).


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