Day 4: Guardians for Life, St. Vincent College, Ave Maria Church, and St. Sebastian’s hold forth

It was a cold, dry morning, and Planned Parenthood was very busy, as they have been every weekend. We were blessed with 3 sidewalk counselors this morning. There might have been a turnaround!

Our first shift was blessed with Guardians For Life of Indiana and Westmoreland County (a.k.a. “Fr. Tim’s Group”)

Guardians for Life of Indiana and Westmoreland County
Guardians for Life of Indiana and Westmoreland County

Many other local people, including Pastor Adam Stump, whose wife will be delivering their second child in the next few weeks (That’s Pastor Adam in the clerical collar and cowboy hat, over the shoulder of Fr. Tim up front).

We even had a man from Denver Colorado!

Students from St. Vincent's College
Students from St. Vincent’s College

and a nice group from St. Vincent College, praying the entire morning.

William, Pastor Adam, and Al
William, Pastor Adam, and Al
More wonderful vigilers!
More wonderful vigilers!
Join Fr. Tim in Praying the Rosary!
Join Fr. Tim in Praying the Rosary!
Shift manager Maggie with Jim, Sue and another volunteer from St. Sebastian
Shift manager Maggie with Jim, Sue and another volunteer from St. Sebastian

Second Shift Manager, Lindsay, took these photos:

Mike, Deb and John from Ave Maria in Bentleyville

Lindsay wrote:

Today was a very cold day, yet made tolerable thanks to the warm hearts of the parishioners at Ave Maria Parish which stood in prayer with me for the entire 4 hour shift!  I was deeply inspired by their faith and selflessness. They came a very long distance (probably about a 1 hour:15 minute drive or longer) to pray for the unborn, and unlike myself, they never once complained about the cold! Pictured are John, Mike, and Deb from Ave Maria.
Two other selfless men also joined us for a long time. They each drove at least 1 hour:30 minutes! Walter of St. Therese Uniontown, and Dan of Holy Family Steubenville.  I also had a nice surprise the last 20 minutes of my shift when my former priest at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (retired now) Fr. John O’Shea came by and led us in a Rosary. Fr. John was my and my husbands inspiration to step out in faith to pray outside of Pittsburgh’s abortion clinic, he very often spoke out against abortion and other intrinsic evils of our culture right from the pulpit!  He is our hero. I can’t say that anything else exciting or profound happened to our prayer group Saturday. It seemed like there were abundant groups of teen/20-ish groups walking around, as if for college orientations? They were for the most part very supportive and took various pro-life flyers from us. So it was a very good day for community outreach to Planned Parenthood’s target market of very young adults.  One final commentary…have any of you ever noticed how dirty the Planned Parenthood windows are? The display was empty and full of grime and dust. I am always amazed any girl would walk into such a dreary, filthy building for “health services”.  I’ve seen cleaner veterinary clinics! But posted on those grimy windows I did notice one small sign, Planned Parenthood showing their support to end violence against women. I had to laugh in disbelief when I saw that sign…

Can you think of anything more violent against women then abortion?  Not only against the mother, who has her cervix painfully forced open so as to diabolically remove the growing life within her. But, also brutal violence against the unborn female (and male) babies!  I can’t think of a more violent act against a growing woman than to tear her limb-for-limb from her own mother’s womb.  


 Veterinary clinics are cleaner and more inviting to enter then this “women’s health clinic”!

Lindsay Mitchem

Third shift Manager Maggie took this photo of the devoted prayer volunteers who braved the cold to witness and pray for an end to abortion:

Many prayer volunteers came from St. Sebastian!

Maggie wrote:

I had a great crew of prayer warriors from Saint Sebastian and another from Saint Joan of arc.  Sadness filled my heart and soul as I watched 3 couples leave. I noticed the boy trying to comfort the girl and she pulled away. I thought to myself their life has changed forever and they will one day need to face what they did.

I watched the workers pass by and I desperately wanted to shout out like John the Baptist ‘REPENT!’ Find a noble profession and leave this life of horror!  But God brought along some grandfathers soon who had stories to share. The first man shouted “YES” from across the street. He crossed over to let us kmow a young woman considering abortion of her twins decided to keep them and he wanted to share the good news with us and tell us to keep on witnessing.  The other man told us his daughter was having her baby shower this weekend. In October she seriously considered aborting because she found out her fiancée was two-timing on her but with encouragement from others she kept her child. He did a little jump in happiness thinking of his little grandson.  He also shared that when he was young two of his girlfriends had abortions.  One of the sidewalk counselors years back gave him the precious feet and told him to forgive himself after asking God’s forgiveness and told him to name the children. He was very thankful for that man.

My last story is amusing. Several young people were passing out coupons for Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Two young girls came along and told them to get away from those “abortion people”. The young person pulled away said no these people have it right you shouldn’t kill your baby. After they walked away one of the prayers remarked that Ben and Jerry’s supports planned parenthood. Interesting is it not?

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DAY 4 INTENTION
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Pray that we each will daily put on the full armor
of God, so that we are strong in the Lord and the
power of His might.

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SCRIPTURE
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For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual
hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you
may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having
done all, to stand.

— Ephesians 6:12-13

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REFLECTION by Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life
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I am confounded to see how the battle over the issue
of life is perceived more often in churches today as
political rather than spiritual.

Ironically, the enemy has used this twisted perception
to silence many in the body of Christ.

We must see the battle for what it is and we must
daily “put on” the armor God has given us:

>> Gird your waist with Truth (vs. 14) — Commit your
emotions to believe truth and to speak truth,
regardless of the repercussions.

>> Put on the breastplate of Righteousness (vs. 14) —
It will protect our hearts — the innermost springs of
our beings — from all unrighteousness so evident in
this fallen world.

>> Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel
of Peace. (vs. 15) — Preparation is vital if we are
to be effective in God’s work.

>> Taking the shield of faith (vs.16) — The Accuser
will instill doubt, fear, and guilt. Faith acts as an
invisible shield that deflects such false accusations.

>> Taking the Helmet of salvation (vs.17) — A helmet
protects the head, the brain and in turn our mind and
thoughts. Satan hopes we will set aside divine
revelation for human reasoning.

>> Taking the sword of the Spirit (vs.17) — The Word
of God, the only offensive weapon in this armor, was
used by the Lord Jesus against Satan. The living Word
is powerful and effective.

Our armor is complete. We are ready to wage war, and
the next verse tells us how, “Praying always with all
prayer and supplication in the spirit.” (vs.18)

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PRAYER
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Dear Lord, as you lead us into the spiritual battle of
abortion may we be reminded that the battle is truly
Yours. Thank you for hearing our requests for
direction and protection. Thank you for the victory
that is ours because of Your Son Jesus, Amen.

Thanks for all you do for the unborn child in Pittsburgh!

Chaplain Steve

Day 21…St. Therese in Munhall and Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene

“Nothing we do to defend the human person, no matter how small, is ever unfruitful or forgotten. Our actions touch other lives and move other hearts in ways we can never fully understand in this world. Don’t ever underestimate the beauty and power of the witness you give in your pro-life work.”

~ Archbishop Charles Chaput, Politics and the Devil: Living in a World of Unbelief, South Bend, Ind., April 8, 2011

Today there was no church presence during the morning shift, but one dedicated volunteer named Pete signed up for the whole 4 hours himself!  It is so encouraging to see our 40 Days for Life community in Pittsburgh pitch in and help when we need it!  Here is a photo of this early morning prayer warrior:

Pete from St. Ferdinand in Cranberry
Bill and Lillian
Bill and Lillian

There are other extremely dedicated individuals that have been helping out as well…Vince, Sue, Jeff and Pat just to name a few.  Thank you to everyone who has helped to keep our vigil going strong during the first half of this campaign!

Sally, the morning shift manager wrote this account of this morning:

What a slow morning!  Also very chilly and windy. Only 6 of us the entire morning until the St. Therese group showed up 15 minutes early. Kathy might have had to do the Jericho march alone.  The most noteworthy event of the morning was that the abortionist, Beatrice Chen, who shows up almost every day about 9 a.m. arrived at 7:50 this morning.  Customers were going in, but very slowly.  A few people took literature.  Everybody passing by was pleasant. The restaurant man came down once to do his usual thing (scream at us to go protest in front of a “rich white abortion clinic).  One man passing by  wanted money, another wanted a meal.  One of the vigil people had bought him food before. They get to expect it.   I sent him to the Red Door down at St. Mary’s.

Here is another photo from the morning shift, taken by Sally:

Bill and Lillian add to this morning’s prayer witness

St. Therese parish, led by Fr. Terry O’Connor, held the second shift.  Dee wrote:

The 3 to 11 shift was calm today.  We had a wonderful turnout of 8 to 10 people from St. Therese parish in Munhall. Their pastor, Father Terence O’Connor, also attended.   

St. Therese provided the prayer witness this afternoon!
More folks from St. Therese in Munhall

We also had a surprise visit of 5 people showing up from West Virginia, including a priest chaplain for one of the hospitals.  

Another group comes from West Virginia to pray…including a Hospital Chaplain!

It’s wonderful that once again we had clergy witnessing on the sidewalks!  Pittsburgh is truly blessed to have such dedicated spiritual leaders!

Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene held vigil during the evening shift today…so actually we had three pastors present today!  If Sheila or Roseann send an account or photos  from the evening shift, they will be posted here.

 

 

 

Day 17…A busy day at Planned Parenthood…Prayer Witness supplied by St. Marys in Glenshaw and West Hills Baptist!

Early morning Shift Manager Sally wrote:

This Friday Planned Parenthood was very busy, probably making up for Tuesday which was very quiet.  It was extremely cold and windy. Gloves were needed.  A friend of Fr. Tim came down from Elizabeth with his son, who looked about 12. They spent about 2 hours, on their knees, praying from the “Helpers of God’s Precious Infants” prayer book that Father Tim uses. We had 2 ladies all the way from Greene County and 4 from Weirton, as well as some local people.   There was a little excitement when the large “Bomb Squad” vehicle raced by with siren screaming, followed by a large special forces vehicle, also using their siren.  Then a fire truck a bit later, also with siren.  Cortese came running out, but could see nothing. We have no idea where they were all going and why.   One unusual group went into the clinic: a very pretty young woman with a head covering, a small girl about 3 or 4 and a very elderly couple.  I thought they were lost and looking for directions, but they stayed inside.  Possibly the young woman was having an abortion, and her grandparents were there to support her.  I could see them in the waiting room while I waited for my bus.   A young girl told me she was going in for birth control.  I told her how harmful it is for women, and she came right back out, accepted my list of pregnancy help centers, and went away.   So many people smiled at us and God blessed us this morning. We thank God for them. The man up the street came by to scream at us 3 different times. He really has a problem and needs prayers.

Mary and Michelle from St. Gregory
Mary and Michelle from St. Gregory
Can you say "It's cold out there!"
Can you say “It’s cold out there!”
Jeff and his son Sam from St. Elizaberth
Jeff and his son Sam from St. Elizaberth
Lois from St. Alphonsus
Lois from St. Alphonsus

The second shift today was managed by Ginny and Marie.  They wrote the following account:

There was a young woman who came up to me on the sidewalk today and told me her story. She was pregnant last year and had scheduled an abortion, but had changed her mind when they told her it would be like a miscarriage. She said it was killing the baby. Her name is “C”.  Her baby is 9 months old, She said it was the best decision she ever made. Let us pray fro her. She is only 22 and is living with her dad, but needs to move and find a job.

Ginny took the following photos from her shift:

“C” chose life for her baby…and said it was the best decision she ever made! She needs our prayers!
St. Mary’s Respect Life group provides the prayer witness today
Bill and ladies from St. Marys

The third shift today was managed by Pat and Lisa…and West Hills Baptist provided the witness.  If they send in any stories or photos I will post them here.

DAY 17 INTENTION

May all understand more deeply that the pro-life message is rooted in the two basic truths of life:

There is a God;

He isn’t me

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.– Genesis 2:7

 

Day 15…St. Louise de Marillac and Guardians for Life stand vigil

In a morning that started chilly and wet, the day was warmed and brightened by the presence of the wonderful parishioners of St. Louise de Marillac, who were there all day.

Jeannie, Tom, Chris
Jeannie, Tom, Chris

An older lady who walks by with a cane, very slowly.  Last week said she couldn’t (not wouldn’t) talk to me when I offered her my chair.  I didn’t know that she works in Planned Parenthood.  She smiled at me as she walked by today.  Maybe she is coming to “our side” but needs the job.  As an older, disabled woman, getting another job would not be easy.  Pray that a way will come about for her to leave the clinic, and find something else.

Bob & Joan
Bob & Joan

A young man came up to Kathy and me asking about the father’s rights.  He and his girlfriend just found out they are pregnant.  The girlfriend, probably scared about bringing a child into the world, and being influenced by the psychology she is studying in college – that everyone is “dysfunctional” in some way, is talking about abortion, or even having her girlfriends push her down some steps!  The father does want the child and is willing to marry her and/or raise him/her.  We prayed with him and encouraged him to continue praying with her, and to remind her that God does love her and will help them through this.  We also directed him to Women’s Choice Network, and gave him the resource sheet.  Please pray for M and B and their unborn child.

Tom, Jeannie, Dan, Juanita, and Joe
Tom, Jeannie, Dan, Juanita, and Joe

Fr. Tim’s ever-faithful group also came to pray, in spoken and beautifully sung words.  The Guardians for Life of Indiana and Westmoreland County are always a blessing.

Guardians For Life Prayer Circle
Guardians For Life Prayer Circle

Kathy, who is a regular prayer volunteer on Wednesday afternoons wrote an account of her time today:

Today, Wednesday, October 10,  vigil shift manager Kathy and I had the opportunity to talk to a young man regarding his girlfriend’s pregnancy.  This young man named Billy was needing guidance about his right as a father to prevent the young lady from aborting the child.  He actually asked us for help and we were able to direct him to seek counsel from the Women’s Choice Network or elsewhere from the printed resource sheet that Kathy had.  He also allowed us to pray for him, his girlfriend, and the unborn child.  Please keep them in your prayers.

While standing to the side of the clinic, I was holding a beautiful picture of a mother’s bare pregnant belly and an ultrasound picture of her unborn child in front of it and two small children, one on each side of the mother.  Many glances were exchanged.  As I said “hello” to a young woman exiting the clinic, she turned and asked how many “crack” babies I’ve adopted.  I didn’t respond but thought adopting “crack” babies would probably send a strong message to others as well.

I would like to invite all to join me in a “march” one time around the “clinic” at 9:00 a.m. starting October 14th-October 19th.   This precedes the Jericho March on October 20th.  Hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Kathy

DAY 15 INTENTION

 May God’s people awaken to the fact that we are our brothers’ keepers.

Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.  Genesis 4:8-10

On Thursday’s schedule our vigil gets a little thin at 2:00 – our shift manager and one volunteer.  If you have an opportunity to join them, I’m sure they’d love some company from 2-3.

Thanks again for all you do for the unborn child!

Chaplain Steve

Day … Living Word and Catholic Moms hold vigil

The Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)

Pastor Shawn from Living Word chose this passage as today’s scripture to underscore the loving, peaceful witness we all want to be, especially when praying to end abortion in front of Planned Parenthood.

Charles, Renee and Ellis from Living Word
Charles, Renee and Ellis from Living Word

These three wonderful witnesses were bundled up against the new weather that arrived over the weekend.  They were soon joined by Pastor Shawn and his daughter Joy:

The Crew from Living Word
The Crew from Living Word

And then joined by fellow parishioners Linda and Develle:

Linda and Develle from Living Word
Linda and Develle from Living Word

When the second shift began, Sue and her beautiful children arrived from Catholic Moms Group of Pittsburgh:

Sue and children from Catholic Moms Group of Pittsburgh
Sue and children from Catholic Moms Group of Pittsburgh

Many children were witnessing today during the second shift! Shift managers Joyce and Cecelia brought their kids too!

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these (Matthew 19:14)
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these (Matthew 19:14)

Can you see the “tear” on this baby’s cheek? Joy’s hot cider dripped on her sign and looked just like a tear drop!

Can you see the tear on this child's face?
Can you see the tear on this child’s face?

Can you tell what’s wrong with this picture?

Planned Parenthood Supporls LGBT?
Planned Parenthood Supporls LGBT?

Answer?…the CROSS!  (No cross on the T in the word SUPPORT!)

Let’s keep the Cross at the center of what we do.  God loved the world so much that if any one of us were the only one, He still would have sent His only son Jesus to the Cross to die for us.  Let’s lift high that Cross in our witness for Him.

God Bless You, and thanks for all you do on behalf of the unborn child!

Chaplain Steve

 

Day 11…Holy Wisdom, Guardians for Life, and Washington Alliance Church

The morning began at 7:00 a.m. with Holy Wisdom Parish, joined shortly by Guardians for Life of Indiana and Westmoreland County.  Shift Manager Sally wrote:

Almost 40 pro-life people showed up to pray on this cold, somewhat rainy morning.  They came with Father Tim from Holy Wisdom (St.Boniface), Ford City, and a number of Pittsburgh areas and churches.  Planned Parenthood was not doing much business.

A Columbus Day parade was scheduled, as well as an African American tribute outside the August Wilson Center (across Liberty Avenue from Planned Parenthood),  so there was no street parking.  Buses and traffic were rerouted, and loud music from a live band playing just up the street began about 10 a.m.. Praying was a challenge, but we just raised our voices.

A girl showed up to “observe us”, so I talked with her for a few minutes and gave her 3 pieces of literature.  I’m told that she has been here before.

My hero for the day is Barbara who is spending the entire 8 hours that Holy Wisdom is here for the prayer vigil.  That’s dedication!!  Yay, Barbara!

Sally from Immaculate Heart and Carla from Holy Wisdom
Sally from Immaculate Heart and Carla from Holy Wisdom
Liz from Holy Wisdom, Al and Val from Bradford Woods
Liz from Holy Wisdom, Al and Val from Bradford Woods
More vigilers from Holy Wisdom
More vigilers from Holy Wisdom
Bernadette and her 5 kids, plus Liz (in the hat)
Bernadette and her 5 kids, plus Liz (in the hat)
Mary and others from Fr. Tim's group
Mary and others from Fr. Tim’s group
Timothy, who managed the second shift today writes:

Today’s mid-day shift was excellent. We had vigil participants from several churches, such as Ascension in Ingram, First Presbyterian, the St. Boniface Latin Mass community, St. Pio, Holy Wisdom, the Pittsburgh Oratory, and Washington Alliance. There was a large parade going by, which gave us an opportunity to witness the parade participants, along with, of course, those going into and out of Planned Parenthood. As usual, some of the people going into/out of the clinic took our literature, and some didn’t, and we prayed for all of them. I had the good fortune to participate in an extended conversation with a gentleman whose girlfriend was in the facility having what he called a “checkup.” He graciously accepted the literature that I gave to him describing honorable organizations in town that would provide the same kind of “checkup” services for free and which are life giving. He also accepted the eye opening colorful flyer describing what exactly abortion is.  Please continue to pray for him and his girlfriend.

Below are some pictures from the afternoon shift:

Champions for Life
Great Group from the Pittsburgh Oratory
Sharing the Gospel of Life
Susan

The third shift was managed by Lindsay, who took photos and wrote an account of her time at the vigil today:

“933 Liberty Avenue”. For some reason, yesterday the numbers 9-3-3 struck me as profound. Wasn’t Jesus around 9+3 when He became separated from Mary and Joseph so He could go spend quality time with His Father in the Lord’s Temple? And, of course, many of us believe that Jesus was 33 years old when He liberated our sinful humanity from death and darkness. And then there is the number “3” – God in 3 persons, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Jesus preached the Good News for approximately 3 years, and 9 is 3 raised to the power of 3. So, now I find the number 933 rather comforting, full of Hope that Jesus Christ will liberate this building – 933 Liberty Avenue – from death and darkness.                        

Yesterday was full of Hope in Jesus, as I had the joy of praying for an end to abortion with Washington Alliance Church, who covered the entire shift from 3-7pm. One special surprise was when I was approached by a beaming, young, good looking couple Travis and Amy, who had taken it upon themselves to successfully petition Washington Alliance Church to cover this entire 4 hour prayer shift, despite the long drive from Washington to Pittsburgh. I didn’t recognize them at first, but Travis and Amy had purchased our lovely rural home in Washington 3 years ago, when they got married!

Pictured: Amy and Travis,during their extended 1.5 hour prayer shift.

For the hour prior to Amy & Travis’ “shift”, I had the great joy of praying for life with Polly and June as well as with the lovely family: David, Jeannie, Victoria, Luke, Brianna, Jace

. The photogenic group of Polly, June (Right), and the Lloyd family (Left) is pictured below.

Finally, the decidedly colder and darker hour of this lovely Fall day was made warm and brilliant with the Love of Christ thanks to Nichole and Bette sharing the remaining 1.5 hour with me, so that I never had to stand in prayer alone. Unfortunately, I did not get a photograph of the decidedly photogenic Nicole and Betty.

Overall, the day was full of supportive comments from passersby, including Pastor Walter S. Moss, who I believe said he was leading the 40 Days for Life in Canton, Ohio, and handed us copies of his booklet “Why I Am a Black Pro-Life Pastor”. I am very grateful to Washington Alliance Church for their dedication to 40 Days for Life, and for never letting me stand alone in prayer. I am also very grateful to God that He graced them to Hear His Call to step out of their comfort zones and to take time from their busy lives to come downtown to Pray to End Abortion.

From the National 40 Days For Life daily email:

DAY 11 INTENTION

Pray that when those representing Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups see volunteers for 40 Days for Life, they see ambassadors of Christ, and may each volunteer be consciously aware at all times we represent Him.

I…beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness, and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love.  — Ephesians 4:1-2

And, of course, continue to pray for our vigil in Pittsburgh, especially that unborn lives would be saved, and other lives would be impacted for the Kingdom of God!

By the way, Monday’s afternoon shift is better staffed, but our Shift Manager is currently scheduled to stand vigil alone for the last hour.  If you can come out for 6 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and swell the ranks, I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for all you do for the unborn child!

Chaplain Steve

 

 

Day 7… First Evangelical Free Church and St. Margaret Mary standing vigil

All my nothingness is drowned in the sea of your mercy. With the confidence of a child, I throw myself into your arms, O Father of mercy, to make up for the unbelief of so many souls who are afraid to trust in you. —St. Faustina Kowalska (from Franciscan Media at http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Minute/default.aspx?date=9/28/2012).

It was a rainy morning, but that didn’t ;stop the many prayer participants that showed up from First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport.  They made a powerful witness for Life on a procedure day for the abortion providers at Planned Parenthood.  We pray that someone’s heart will have been changed by their witness, and babies will be saved.  Here are some pictures:

A great group from First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport
A great group from First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport
Karen from First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport
Karen from First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport
Traci. Carol and Bill from First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport
Traci. Carol and Bill from First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport
2 more witnesses from First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport
2 more witnesses from First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport

This morning was wet, but I have been out in a lot worse weather. It was not very cold and it even stopped raining twice. We had a spectacular number of people from the First Evangelical Free Church.  They came in 3 shifts, with their pastor.  Planned Parenthood was not at all busy.  They did not start until 8 a.m. and probably no more than a dozen went in up till 11 a.m.  Two very militant black women refused all offers of help and did not want anyone to talk with them.  They are so sure they are doing the right thing.

The restaurant owner is getting more and more agitated. He came down twice to holler at us.  He was right in the face of one of the First Evangelical Free men.  Fortunately he did not seem to bother anybody.

One older black woman stood in the circle for a while.  She may have been inside because she later told me that “they would not help me”.

One woman, “V” is 4 months pregnant with a change-of- life baby and does not want an abortion.  She was thrilled when I gave her a flyer and one of Shelia’s help sheets.  She’s going to go to Women’s Choice Network for a sonogram and see what help they can offer her.  She was very vocal against UPMC’s family clinic in her neighborhood.  They want to “help her” in a way that she doesn’t want.

This afternoon’s shift was filled by St. Margaret Mary Church in Moon Township.  Shift Manager Charlotte sent this picture:

The wonderful witnesses from St. Margaret Mary Church in Moon Township
The wonderful witnesses from St. Margaret Mary Church in Moon Township

Charlotte wrote:

I thought I heard the Security Guard say that they are doing abortions on Thursday to a women who previously got upset when I tried to give the young women with her a baby model. I think the girl was going to take it and the women actually hit my arm down when trying to hand it over. The security called the circle the zone and was having a cigarette with her inside it. And she said something like “Here I was smoking outside the zone.” I can’t remember what they named the “zone”?

We have several times coming up with few or no vigil participants signed up.  If you are able to help us with any of these, please contact Nikki or Chaplain Steve.  Here is a list of open times:

10/08 Monday from 4pm-7pm
10/15 Monday from 7am-11am and from 3pm-7pm
10/17 Wednesday from 7am-11am and 4pm-7pm

And speaking of babies, Congratulations to Nikki on the birth of her granddaughter this morning!  We expect pictures, Madame Director!

(NIKKI)…here she is!

Brooklyn is born today! Nikki is a proud grandma again!

Thanks for all you do on behalf of the unborn child through 40 Days For Life!

Chaplain Steve

The last shift today was held by Shift Manager Sheila (3pm-5pm and Roseann 5pm-7pm).  Here is a photo of two prayer volunteers who came to fill in needed hours:

Mary Ann and Jill