Day 34…Thanks to St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Faithful Team-members & Volunteers!

Let it be.

While standing outside the abortion center on a snowy morning, I looked down at the street name in the stone and it seemed to be “BE AVENUE”.  And the words of the Beatles song “Let it be” came to mind:

“When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me speaking words of wisdom, let it be”

Was Mother Mary talking to me? Okay, that’s stretch.   Yet when I think about “Let it be” I have to believe that is our message and our prayers on the sidewalk really are ‘Let it be” or said a little differently “Let it Live”.

The next time you are downtown, look at the sidewalk and see what message is being sent you.  Maybe it will be “BE AVENUE”, or maybe “LIBERTY AVENUE”, and that’s OK too. We are also saying by our presence, prayers and our interactions,  “Your child is entitled to Life, LIBERTY and the pursuit of happiness. So let it BE!”

If you have participated in this Spring (a misnomer) campaign, and found the true joy that comes from living your faith through deeds and you are a little sad that the opportunity to save lives and souls is over till the Fall 40 DFL Campaign, know that other dedicated pro-lifers, both Sidewalk Advocates and 40 DFL 365 Prayer Warriors are still on the sidewalk every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year.  

So if you are being called to help witness to life and truth, and to sing our message of “Let it BE” contact Jen at to get on the schedule. Fyi my singing voice is not so good, so please come and drown me out 😆

Let me know what God or Mother Mary speaks to you the next time you are on BE AVENUE.  God bless you and I hope to sing with you on the sidewalk again soon. GBY Tim

Keep reading to find out what happened on Day 34 of our 40 Days for Life in Pittsburgh!

A chilly day (I think the coldest Monday morning) as we enter the last week of campaign. We believe PP was open for abortions, as many young women entered before 9:00. It was a joy and blessing to have Susan join Michael and I this morning. We were able to hand out a few brochures, and make offer free assistance, but no conversations. In addition, Susan consistently mentioned as staff and volunteers entered. We were relieved by Conrad, Santa Claus ( I hope Conrad got a picture) and 2 other prayer warriors (sorry about not remembering names)


Conrad reports the wonderful news that a couple exited PP during his shift, happily waving their ultrasound picture and exclaiming they decided to keep the baby! Praise God!

This wonderful group, led by Mary Bea, comes every campaign all the way from St. Mary’s PA in Elk County!

It was cold and windy from 9 to 11 in front of PP. The 7-9 shift reported that several abortion minded women had gone into PP. We saw the same probably about four to five an hour.

   I was joined by Carolyn who is fresh from SA training on Saturday. She definitely hit the ground running, reaching out to a woman going into PP who rewarded her efforts with an expletive.

  Carolyn and Marcia both reached out to 2 women leaving PP. One of the two women held up an  ultrasound, saying  ‘There is the little bean. She’s keeping the baby’.  They then crossed Liberty avenue.

   Not long after that Carolyn approached a  woman entering PP . The guard yelled at her saying ‘you’re not allowed inside the bubble’.  

   Carolyn responded. ‘Yes I am.’ The guard threatened to call the police.  Carolyn said ‘go right ahead’. She definitely learned a lot from her training under Greg on Saturday.

  Finally, we were joined around 930 by the faithful and prayerful ladies from Saint Marys. One woman was not even wearing a hat, despite the cold temperatures and wind.

  It is a 3 1/2 hour drive at least from Saint Mary’s to Pittsburgh plus their shift was four hours . They have to drive another three hours to get home.  

  Was their prayerful witness in the cold and wind rewarded this day by an innocent life being saved?



A group from Elk County, St. Mary’s Church, traveled 3 hours to pray with us today. We did all the mysteries of the Rosary.


The last Monday of this Lenten 40DFL campaign was BRISK – that is weatherwise!

There were some women exiting PP throughout the shift but not that many.

I had to chuckle at the PP worker who came from the gyro shop carrying her food bag with a mask that had “Bans Off Our Bodies” on it. 

I thought ‘what about the violence inflicted on the body of the unborn baby during an abortion?’ She wouldn’t have the slightest idea how to answer that question.

A big shout out to the team of seven ladies from Elk County RLG that were with us for our first hour! What troopers they are to make the 3-hour drive to pray with us.

Also, thanks to Billy for being with us again this week and for Walt, who showed up to help cover the 2:00 hour.

Prayers for all who have prayed with us and for a successful finish to this campaign.

Marie P

Cold but bearable today . A couple women walked out of PP with the brown bags , Walt told them we could help them but they wouldn’t even look our way . We said a prayer for them .


2 thoughts on “Day 34…Thanks to St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Faithful Team-members & Volunteers!”

  1. Thank you to Our Lady of Guadalupe & to Our (hidden, unborn) LORD of Guadalupe for the inestimably joyous news that a mother chose Life today. How beautiful that the good news was received during the shift managed by Conrad, such a faithful spiritual son of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

  2. Wow, what a blessing for Marcia and Carolyn. God is so good and richly blesses when we answer His call. Wonderful reports and pictures today. God Bless all of you.

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