PLEASE NOTE: Saturday’s vigil will end at 6pm due to the cold weather. It will go from 7am-6pm. Shift manager Joe needs some company during the 5pm hour. Please come out to pray with him if you can!
Today began with temperatures near zero…but that didn’t stop our 40 Days for Life witness on the sidewalk on a busy abortion day! I am so inspired by the commitment shown during these first 10 days by our wonderful 40 Days for Life family!
The first shift manager of the day, Al, was there at 7am. Early morning vigil participant Rose wrote:
Faithful Al was already witnessing for nearly an hour when I arrived at 7:50 a.m. WE prayed the rosary and were thanked for being there by a few men. Al called out to several young women who hastily entered the clinic.
He mentioned how hungry he gets as he stands there. I responded with “we hunger for justice, and for those innocent victims to have their LIFE”. Pete from St. Ferdinand’s arrived around 8:30 and was pointed out by Al where Some signs, hand warmers, and pads to stand on where available in the doorway. He had brought his own BIG sign “ABORTION KILLS CHILDREN” and promptly donned it as a breastplate. I prayed another rosary for LIFE with him, as Al ,nearly frozen, left to catch the next bus around 8:50 a.m. By the time we finished praying the rosary, I too needed to get the 9:15 bus and off to a funeral at 10 a.m. By the time I had crossed the street, two women arrived to vigil with Jim. What heroes !
Sally managed the vigil from 9-11am and wrote:
Diane was already waiting for Al when he got off his bus around 7 a.m. She left the bag and signs. He was alone for a while, and later joined by Peter, a regular from North Hills, & Marian, one of the sidewalk advocates. Because they were there, he was able to catch a bus for home before I arrived at PP a little after 9. Early in the morning, Al saw 4 couples entering PP in a 10 minute period. No one else went in except workers. Only one interesting note: A man walked by, gave a very condescending sneer and didn’t say a word. Probably assumed that we are too worthless for a smile or conversation.
Shortly after I arrived we were joined by Terry from St. Bonaventure and, a wonderful surprise, Pastor Adam & Jana. Terry and Marian had to leave for work, but the others stayed until almost 11 a.m. I saw possibly 2 couples and a few single girls going into PP.
Only one incident of note: A woman went by and yelled “Yunz are EVIL”. Pastor Adam noted that today so many people think evil is good and good is evil, just as the Bible says. We can often see examples that on TV and in our everyday dealings with people.
Regina took over the 11am-1pm shift, which happened to be her church’s scheduled time on the sidewalk. Here is a photo of her along with the dedicated group of prayer warriors from North American Martyrs in Monroeville:
Friday’s 11-1 shift flew by due to the gift of prayer and fellowship. Regina, Vicky and Peggie , the Sidewalk advocate created shared warmth by praying the rosary together to the left of the entrance to PP, while Susie and Pat manned the rt. Side. There did not seem to be as many people as usual either entering or exiting the building (thanks
be to God), nor quite as much foot traffic in general. In spite of the seemingly lighter foot traffic, a number of people offered comments both positive and negative. Regardless of the nature of the comments, we were grateful for the opportunity to share our love, prayers and witness with everyone who passed by, or entered and exited the clinic.
Onward Christian Soldiers!
With faith hope and love, Regina
I (Nikki) arrived for my 1-3pm shift with the second half of the North American Martyrs gang, and I had the privilege of praying non-stop with them for the entire two hours…led by Fr. Joe Luisi.
The clinic was busy, mostly with clients leaving after their abortions. Many of them looking very sad. I never know what to say to them…I feel that they are still too raw to approach them with Rachel’s Vineyard material…so I just prayed. It was very cold, but the sun was shining. We had some negative comments and some positive ones. I was blessed to be there and am grateful for everyone’s sacrifice in the extreme cold today! Before I knew it, it was 3:00 and the next shift manager, Marie, had arrived to take over. Joining her was my dear friend from SS. Peter & Paul in Beaver, Lisa. I left them to argue…debate….whatever you want to call it…with a young man that was insisting that we believe women who have abortions should go to prison. It looked as if he could go on for quite a while and I was cold…so I went home. I hope they had a peaceful shift. If Marie sends in a report from her shift, I will post it here.
Shift manager Barbara came to the sidewalk at 4pm (on her “day off!), in order to shorten Marie’s shift on a bitter cold day. Thank you dear Barbara! She wrote:
Persevere in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
Our 1 hour shift sported freezing cold temperatures. Our praying together warmed our hearts.
Lisa is the mother of 10. She had been second in a family of 6 children. We said the Rosary counting on our fingers, It was too cold to hold a Rosary. A woman parishioner of the newly established Saint John XXIII Parish joined us for the Glorious Mysteries. A woman from St. Bernard parish double parked, prayed with us for the Sorrowful Mysteries and then left as the traffic police stopped by.
Why didn’t we four women gather to say these prayers at home or at church? People perform abortions at PP. “Send me, Lord.”
Pat closed out the vigil tonight, which ended at 6pm because of the cold. He wrote:
I can’t lie. There wasn’t an ounce of disappointment in me when I read yesterday’s blog and learned that, due the extreme weather, we would end the vigil at 6 instead of 7. It was very cold out there, but with the good company I had this evening, the time went by fairly quickly. I’m grateful to have been able to talk with – and pray with – Pheilene from St. Bernard’s, Judy from The Church of the Nazarene in Lincoln (and Pastor Adam’s mom!), and our faithful Amy from the South Hills (and soon to be a member of St. Bernard’s, I believe).
While I didn’t have much success at first, towards the end of the hour I had a good number of people taking the terrific card that PCUC put together. It creatively contrasts the number of all U.S. combat deaths in all of our major wars, starting with the Revolutionary War, with the number of lives lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade in 1973. It’s really a stunning contrast. So thanks for putting that together PCUC!
Thank you everyone for your continued prayers, fasting and witness for the next 30 days!
Also, click HERE to watch the trailer for the new pro-life movie called “The Drop Box”. It looks very good!
Your sister in Christ,