Day 7…Thanks to Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, St. Matthias Parish, St. Matthew Parish & Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RLG…and all team members!

“I Baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

Baltimore Catechism #320

Why is Baptism necessary for the salvation of all men?

Baptism is necessary for the salvation of all men because Christ has said: “Unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

CCC …Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus’ tenderness towards children which caused him to say: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them”, allows us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism.

Fr. William Saunders in the Arlington Catholic Herald writes:  Moreover, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28, who are considered martyrs for the faith although they were neither technically baptized nor knew Christ. Surely, the victims of abortion must be considered modern martyrs, who have shed their blood just because they were created by God yet rejected by others.

So we trust in the infinite Mercy of Almighty God when we consider eternity for the unborn child who was aborted.

This reflection occurred to me during the recent Baptism of our newest granddaughter. There is such extraordinary joy in the words, blessings and abundant graces that flow during   the sacrament of Baptism. But I was struck with the sad thought that those families who abort are missing not only the graces from God and the Church but the overflowing joy of all present. Who has not attended a Baptism and was blessed to smell the sacred Chrism on the baby’s forehead. The white gown, the celebration, the sense that a new creation is among us and the sense of great hope for the future for this family, the church, and this new child of God. May all who are healing from an abortion desire Baptism for their child.  And so, we pray for Baptism for the unborn lost through abortion and trust in God’s infinite Mercy.

Prayer for the Baptism of aborted children.

 Heavenly Father, your love is eternal. In Your ocean of love, you saved the world through Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Now look at Your only Son on the Cross Who is constantly bleeding for love of His people and forgive Your world. Purify and baptize aborted children with the Precious Blood and Water from the Sacred Side of Your Son, who hung dead on the Cross for their salvation, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. May they, through the Holy Death of Jesus Christ gain everlasting life, through His Wounds be healed, and through His Precious Blood be freed. There to rejoice with the Saints in Heaven. Amen.


Be on guard if you see this man…

  Marybeth came to pray with us (Jackie, Bill, Anthony and me) this morning for the first shift of the day. And, as usual, Bill H. stopped by briefly before running errands.
  By the time Beth arrived for the next set of hours, we’d seen mostly workers enter. Possible clients were two unaccompanied girls and only one couple. Closer to nine, business picked up a little. I figured it would, since we saw the doctor go in as well as another lady who might be a doctor.
 Twice now, a young man has come by early taking photos of us and our set-up. He never says much and doesn’t respond to us when we talk to him. We don’t know what he’s up to, maybe trying to make us feel uneasy? No matter. We just take out our phones and return the favor!


Carlos joined us to pray this morning. Semi-busy with few people on the sidewalk. Good time to get some praying done(if you can, prayers for my sister, Bernice, who has another mri brain scan tomorrow, thanks)


In the latter part of our shift,  Rose and I were joined by Barb and members of the Ukrainian Church in Carnegie. 

Let’s pray for a young woman who stopped and engaged with me.  She took both abortion pills in January and has had continued bleeding since then.  But something prompted her to test for pregnancy and twice the tests have been positive.  She was heading into the clinic for an ultrasound.  She took the brochure.  I encouraged her to get a free ultrasound elsewhere but she said the cost was already covered. 

I urged her to choose life for her baby and she became tearful, telling me that she already has another child. She was made aware of all the help available to her and her children. 

Leah with her wonderful children came to pray from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church…what a wonderful pro-life witness!

Kim, Sandy and I were blessed with many souls praying today in front of PP. Parishioners from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Holy Trinity in Carnegie, Mother of Sorrows in Murrysville and some even from our parish all the way down in St Matthias of Greene county. We also had a couple who spent their lunch hour praying rosary with us, unfortunately I didn’t get their name. Sandy and another sidewalk advocate were very busy speaking with those who went in and came out of PP. Also we had a mother who’s name was Leah with her children praying rosary and handing out information to anyone walking by. Many were unable to say no to her oldest son who did very well getting brochures into the hands of passers by. God blessed us with many hands and voices in prayer today. Praise God.

Mike & Kim
Changing of the guard, Sandy and Kim, with Virginia
Wonderful crew from St. Matthews, with Shift Anchors Mike & Kim

Bill, John, John (son), and myself were the participants for these hours.
There are several pedestrians on the street, young school children (3-4th grade and up) persons leaving work, including construction workers
 walking by headed for the nearby bus stop or unknown places.  The only foot traffic exclusive to PP are the exits starting about 3:30 PM (including the
security guard who is picked up by a male driver).  One couple did leave the building, Bill approached the man, put out his hand in a masculine greet and the man responded with a like gesture.
Mostly females that leave the building (several with backpacks) totally ignore any type of vocal greeting.
John spoke with a man that asked for a rosary, he and his father talked with him for awhile.  The man was having some financial problems, he finished a rosary
With John.  Bill also had a conversation with a younger gentleman about pro-life.

Thanks to shift anchors Virginia and Bill, and St. Matthew parishioners John and John, for finishing day 7 strong!

1 thought on “Day 7…Thanks to Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, St. Matthias Parish, St. Matthew Parish & Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RLG…and all team members!”

  1. Thank you to Nikki and all the stalwart ‘regular’ and faithful volunteers! Your consistent witness is honoring our Heavenly Father! May the Lord fill you with His peace.

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