Day 26: THANK YOU, Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish; Saint Gregory Parish; Shift Buddies Vince P., Ken B., Marie P., Melissa D., Jim and Cathy S.; Individual Volunteers Thao N., Susanna A., Maia M.; FUEL Sister Mary Ann, CP, Passionist Nuns and all the people who came to witness with us today!




OCTOBER 20, 2019



When an afternoon talk show on KDKA in 1972 presented the views of a woman from Pittsburgh who was bragging about her abortion in Colorado, I called the Diocese and asked what they were doing to stop abortion.  The person who answered said, “a lady in the South Hills, Mary Winter,” had been speaking out since 1969.  She formed a group called “Women concerned for the Unborn Child.”

Program notes, Pro-Life Directory And Resource Guide, PCUC 2019


A soldier is a citizen trained for battle. His/her assignments may be as tough as hand-to-hand combat or as gentle as caring for the children of refugees fleeing the battle. My son recently completed a 12-year stint with the U.S. Army. During that time he worked every day to be the fastest, strongest, fittest member of his brigade. His reports inspired me to strive to do my best in the Army of Life where I fight for the babies.

Helen Cindrich, Executive Director, People Concerned for the Unborn Child (PCUC): Editor of the PCUC Newsletter


For me it’s someone who fights the good fight to the end, a person who wears out while others rust out.

Beth Svirbel, PCUC President

Elizabeth Svirbel, PCUC President



Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life in America was the banquet speaker. Hawkins was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation.  Since then, she has built up a small organization made up of a few dozen student groups scattered around the country to a coordinated national team serving more than 1200 Students for Life chapters in all fifty states. 

BULLET POINTS for prolife soldiers from her talk!

There’s nothing I can do.  It is in God’s hands. NO!  You are God’s hands.
You are kidding yourself if you think a billion dollar industry will go quietly in the night.
They are going to do everything they can to stop us.
We believe in a God who spoke our world into existence.  He can abolish abortion through us.  Act like you believe this!
What are you going to do?

Pope Benedict XV’s Maximum Illud, 100 years old next month, reminds soldiers that God is a winner!  Benedict begins:

Go into the whole world and preach the Gospel to all creation
Mark 16:15
Even in the first three centuries, when persecution after persecution, inspired by Hell, fell upon the infant Church in a raging attempt to crush her, even when the whole of civilization was deluged with Christian blood, out on the far frontiers of the Roman empire the heralds of the Gospel journeyed, announcing their tidings. 


Out of uniform a soldier looks like anyone.   Looking closer, you see that a soldier’s heart gives him away.

They are rich only in the faith and prayer that keeps them rooted in the personal relationship of love with Jesus, the master who sends them.

Pontifical Mission Societies, “The Church On Mission,” Magnificat 21, no.8 (2019) 300.

Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.

Matthew 10:16

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, sung by Angelina, (EWTN).



Dear Dolores,

Thank you for sending us the information about “40 Days for Life”.  The flier is hanging on our prayer board and we pray throughout the day that the abortion mill will soon be closed and the evil of abortion and the taking of life will be ended.  

This is our special intention during Vespers and the Holy Hour every day from 5 am until 6:30 pm.

We also ask the Angels to keep all the participants in the Prayer Vigils safe from all harm. Thank you for your witness to the sanctity of life.

Sister Mary Ann, CP, Passionist Nuns



The sidewalk was incredibly peaceful and prayerful this morning from 7-9 AM.  Thank you to my shift buddy, Vince, and the wonderful company we had from our 40DFL community and the Most Precious Blood of Jesus parish.  We offered all the mysteries of the Rosary as well as a Divine Mercy Chaplet for an end to the misery and sorrow caused by abortion.  

Vince, Bill, Suki, Drew, Tom, Jen, Thao…early Sunday morning Witnesses for Life!

Most Precious Blood Parishioners, Phil, John, Nikki, Cynthia, Bob, Drew, Suki


I had forgotten how much I enjoy praying on the sidewalk on Sunday mornings! It is so different from weekdays! So quiet and peaceful and even Sacred! There was a wonderful showing from my own parish, Most Precious Blood Of Jesus Parish. It was great to pray with so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ! Roseann and Rich were the shift managers after me, and they’re becoming members of our parish also! The third picture was of them with a few people from our parish. Thanks to everyone who came out for most precious blood parish! 

Latin Mass Community Sunday Morning Prayer Witnesses with Joe on the far end!

Outstanding Parishioner Outcome for Sunday Witnessing

Outstanding Prayer Witnesses including Roseann and Rick, 11-1 Shift Managers


God bless all of those who came to pray and witness with us today.  Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish was signed up to witness and during our shift Chris, Dan and Rose came to stand with us. The faithful R. family from Elizabeth Ann Seton and Bridget from Our Lady of Grace also came. Jim who lives in downtown stopped by.
For the most part everything was calm today. An older lady passing by made it known that she supported abortion.  A family from Portland, Oregon who were pregnant with their third child thanked us for our presence there. 

Dan, Rose, Chris Parishioners of the Latin Mass Community, Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish

Faithful Flourishing Sunday Worshipers R. Family

Bridget on her knees in prayer


Today God blessed the 40 Days for Life vigil in a special way. We actually had so many people praying the rosary we had two rosaries going at once! Me and my shift buddy Marie were honored to have the opportunity to pray with Pittsburgh’s Latin Mass Community of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish with many “on fire” devout families and young adults,  and their priest Rev. Canon William Avis.
As I was settling into the vigil, a woman walked quickly past and yelled: “What you people are doing is wrong, and I hope your God forgives you!” I really can’t even comment on that, because it’s such a perplexing thing that she said! But it just shows how upside down and twisted Satan has made the issue of the RIGHT to LIFE.
Later, as I was reading Luke, I was still contemplating the woman’s convoluted comments. A portion of Zechariah’s Prophecy stood out to me: “For you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God the dawn from on high will break up on us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace”.  I pray God sheds light upon those who are spiritually blind and think protecting the unborn is wrong.
I also pray that the “extra five steps” given the sidewalk counselors to continue speaking to abortion bound women bears much fruit (see link to attached article).

Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parishioners

Most Precious Blood of Jesus blessed downtown PP with their prayerful witness


The campaign is past the half way point and gaining momentum. The shift starts with gratitude to God for the near perfect weather. Then Catholic guilt tries to sneak in. Who am I to get such great weather? But that is fended off with humility and the shift goes on.
And prayers were offered to our dearly departed Sally and Al made a surprise visit after the PCUC Banquet.
It would be his 62nd anniversary today and this is where Al wanted to remember his wife.
Truly, I think she was there before Al got there, and will be there after he left. Let us turn to her to intercede to close that murder mill. Al says they put in 28 years of faithful prayer. Imagine the faith it takes to do that. Beyond me, I will tell you. Death does not separate us. Hebrews 12:1 applies. It just makes the departed prayers more powerful as she is closer to Jesus!

Saint Gregory Parishioners join Most Precious Blood Of Jesus parishioners to cover the sidewalk in prayer.


And God saw that it was good.

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