Day 3: To pray for life St. John Neumann (Franklin Park); Holy Sepulcher Catholic Church, Butler;SS Peter & Paul (Beaver); Ascension Holy Name

INCLUSION BEGINS WITH THE UNBORN–  The prophets made it very clear what happens when the unborn are not protected.  Don’t take my word for it.  Take God’s WORD  for it.

they have forsaken Me and have made this an alien place and have
burned sacrifices in it to other gods, that neither they nor their
forefathers nor the kings of Judah had ever known, and because they
have filled this place with the blood of the innocent. . . .I will
cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies and by the hands
of those who seek their lives.” (Jeremiah. 19:4-7)

Those who know Jesus know the power of Jesus’ two-edged sword.  It is His Word.

3198 babies have been killed at Planned Parenthood 933 Liberty Avenue in 2015.  Open 4 days a week for abortions, that they admit to, PP has spilled the blood of the truly innocent.  Prayer and fasting is needed to rid this town of the scourge of abortion.  Witness and reaching out to the ignorant about abortion is most necessary. 



Inclusion is a catch term these days.  Planned Parenthood  includes all the pre-born as targets for abortion.  Pro-aborts, PP, do a particularly good job of targeting certain populations because their founder, Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist.   Google’s definition: Eugenics (/juːˈdʒɛnɪks/; from Greek εὐγενής eugenes “well-born” from εὖ eu, “good, well” and γένος genos, “race, stock, kin”) is a set of beliefs and practices that aims at improving the genetic quality of the human population.  Read PP’s website to see who has been awarded the Margaret Sanger Award.

Planned Parenthood also targets populations within the pre-born population.   They are playing at being God and destroying precious life.

This blog is dedicated to two populations that are huge targets of the abortion industry.  Remembering Alan, Kathleen, Conner and Abraham  whose lives have enriched mine-  are not pictured in this blog



Chloe’s Law-is giving the unborn a better  chance.

Find out about a  man who is dedicating his life to the rights of the Down’s Syndrome babies in utero.  Read about Chloe’s law.


Also read this:   an excerpt from the website  ”

“Minority women constitute only about 13% of the female population (age 15-44) in the United States, but they underwent approximately 36% of the abortions.  According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion.  On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States.”  (The Guttmacher Institute is pro-abortion and admits the statistics.)





 40 Days for Life when and where two and more are gathered in prayer, bringing the love of God to the sidewalk in front of a very busy abortion facility.  

Henry, Helen, Kim and Mike- special people who do not only work on the sidewalk for life! Helen works year round and leads PCUC!!!! Seamus sent this in from Day 2!


Barbara takes the early shift on Fridays:

Arriving at PP, I noticed that Marian and Diane were already unloading our supplies.  Just after they left, Al arrived and stayed for my shift.  He is such a gift.

“Talking about abortion is so yesterday.  The Supreme Court settled that once and for all. Move on!”

If you really believe that, come and stand with us.  Give a “long loving look” (I forget who said that first) at the faces of the people passing by.  Some don’t care or wonder who we are.  Some look angry or annoyed.  But some other people…women…look just awful!  I would say they look haunted.  They turn away as much as they can and soldier by.

…if he turns away from his sin and does what is right…none of the sins he committed shall be held against him….Ezekiel 33.

Why should someone carry the awful sin of abortion when they regret it so?  That is so yesterday!

I hope my wearing the “Silent No More” placard will help someone to dare to choose life for herself, even as she mourns the loss of the child she aborted.

Barbara, Shift Manager


Marshall reports on the 9-11  shift:

The 9 to 11 a.m. shift was blessed because Our God is so good. I wondered if I would make into the “burgh” on time from “Steubie”, but I was early which was a good start! Many came out from Steubenville, St. John Neumann Church and Holy Sepulcher in the Pittsburgh area. We joined into group prayers like the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and some private prayer as well. Prayers for the workers at the clinic!

Friends from Holy Sepulcher, Dennis and Peggy.
Roger from St John Neumann Council and Holy Family Church with Dan from Holy Family in Steubenville.
Diane, Nancy, Roger and Marshall pray from 9 to 11 at PP.


Deborah and Janet come down from Holy Sepulchre.

Maria stood as shift manager for life from 11:30 -1:30:

Hi! shift went well – Parishioners from Holy Sepulcher  Church were with me for the entire shift (Regina took pictures  ).  One woman accused use of harassing Planned Parenthood customers and was very angry. Another women came and told us she was 12 weeks pregnant and even though her pregnancy was unplanned she was keeping the baby.  We provided her with fetal development and resource literature.  Marie H.


Regina R.  reports from 1:30- 3

Friday September 30th shift 1:30-3:00

It was so nice to be greeted by the familiar faces of Robert, Gretchen  and Rick from Holy Seplucher in Butler, as they returned to participate In yet another (sadly necessary) 4O Days For Life Campaign!

Shift Manager, Marie’s kind smile and warm spirit encouraged me to take up the cross for life once again as I donned my badge and sign to begin my shift.

My dear friend and courageous warrior for Life, Pastor Bryan, whom God sent our way, as he generously, stood for 4 hours at 933 Liberty Ave. The love and joy, which he emanates, stands in vivid contrast to the dark happenings going on at this location, just one of his many Mission fields.

After catching up with Pastor, Gretchen and I we are graced with the opportunity to join him as he prayed and sang beautiful blessings over a lovely pregnant woman named Serena. Her glowing smile spoke to her joyful anticipation of her daughter who is due in December. We told her what a wonderful witness to the joy of motherhood she was and encouraged her to bring her baby to see us during our Lenten Campaign (should the sad need for it still remain)


Gretchen and I prayed a meditative rosary before being joined by Ann, and Pro-Life veteran teenagers, Nate and Esther from Saints Peter and Paul in Beaver. Once Joe B. arrived to fill in as shift Manager for Nikki, we all prayed The Divine Mercy Chaplet together for the closing of 933 Liberty Ave.



Thanks everyone for your prayerful witness to the sanctity and value of every human life!







Nikki our Coordinator takes her place  3- 5

I had a very hectic day today and knew I would be late for my 3 to 5 shift, so my wonderful husband Joe graciously agreed to fill in for me for the 3 PM hour. It was nice to see him praying with the group from Beaver and a man from Indiana when I arrived.

Since we, as a team, are praying for the closure of this Planned Parenthood and for the conversion of the staff, and this is day eight of our nine-day prayer, I got on my knees and prayed to the divine mercy of Jesus. I am trusting God, that his Will be done. We have seen such wonderful blessings these first three days already! God is good! I had a soggy, but wonderful, shift praying with these wonderful people. Thank you everyone for your sacrifice on the sidewalk today! As I was driving home after my shift, there was the most beautiful, humongous, brilliant rainbow arced all the way across the sky! Jesus I trust in You!                   Nikki

Joe filled and for the first time ever as shift manager for the first hour of my shift!
Ann with Nati and Esther from Saints Peter and Paul in Beaver, along with shift manager Joe and Don from Indiana


Rick stops after work to pray a rosary. Thank you Diane for the loaded van, as I forgot my umbrella! The rain poncho was a blessing!

Pat closes the Friday vigil from 5 pm to 7 pm!

The evening was quiet without any real trouble at all.  Paul, Ed, and Theresa, are regulars at each campaign and I typically have the privilege of standing with them.  It was nice to catch-up and we had a good mix of prayer and conversation.
The only odd event of the evening occurred when I stood on the other side of the circle to pray silently.  A woman of about 40 stopped to read the sign I was wearing (about there being over 3,200 babies killed here.  She didn’t say anything, but when she walked over to the other side of the circle she looked at the fetal models and shook her head.  I went over to her to see if I could help her in some way.  She looked mildly distraught.  
The gist of the conversation that followed was that she thought it was wrong for us to have those fetal models out there because her daughter (who was not with her) thinks they’re real.  When I found out that her daughter was 13, I told her that, by that age, she certainly should be able to distinguish between a model and reality.
 She just kept shaking her head and quietly telling us that it wasn’t right and that we needed to take it down.  Pray for her.  My hunch is that she may have reacted the way she did because she has had an abortion.
Pat, 5-7
Dom from Indiana County belongs to the Ancient Order of Hiberians (AOH), an Irish-Catholic organization and Pat
Paul, from St. Paul’s in Greensburg (and also a part of that AOH group), Ed, from the Holy Name Society of Ascension parish in Jeanette, and his daughter Theresa from St. Bernadette’s parish in Monroeville.

The 5 PM shift started with a deluge-type rain, which gave way to normal rain for about the next hour.  Towards the end, however, we had some sun with the rain which resulted in a nice rainbow over the federal building.  



There was a beautiful double rainbow surrounding Pittsburgh early this evening like the one in this picture.  God uses the rainbow to remind  us of His promise.  He is not exclusive.   But we have to remember that it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.  Those who did not believe God’s messenger perished.  Each life is precious because He made each living person.  He gives us all a chance to get into His boat!



We stand UNITED  for life.  Check out the 40 Days for Life national website to learn more about the thousands of people across America and around the world who are also praying, fasting and reaching out to their communities to end abortion.  

Day 1: St. Louise de Marillac Church- All Day!

Today is just Day 1.  We are engaged in a spiritual battle but there is wonderful news so read the whole blog!  And keep our 40 Days for Life leadership, local, national and international in constant prayer.  The enemy will work overtime in this  fight.  He, she, it- hasn’t learned who the Victor is yet.  But we know!

Tonight’s blog is dedicated to our Sidewalk Advocates.



And to 3198 babies who died at 933 Liberty Avenue in 2015.

We know God is love so we know they are in His Hands.

We are all responding to the call to be Sidewalk Prophets.  So, in honor of that knowledge, a Christian singing group  The Sidewalk Prophets have songs you may like to listen to.  The stories from today tell us these people who come to the sidewalk want to LIVE LIKE THAT!  And God will Help Us Find It.


Thank you to all who came out today to witness for life!


A Save!!!!!

And a new life for the baby and the mommy!

Terri reports:  Terri is a sidewalk advocate!

I was working with Katie and Elsie this morning. A young woman was outside smoking. Katie tried to talk with her and so did Elsie. She didn’t want to listen and seemed to have her mind made up about having the abortion. I walked over to her. She was upset and crying. I spoke to her for a good twenty minutes. She kept telling me why she should have the abortion and why she shouldn’t be a mother.

I just talked about the help that there is available and that people cared. I told her that she needs to look in the mirror and realize that she is special because God chose her to be the mother of this child, and that her child will change her life for the better. She is 15 weeks pregnant. She had paid PP $671.

A PP worker came out to get her for the abortion. I hugged her and told her that she could change her mind and that I would wait for her outside. Those of us who were there prayed. I thought that I would be giving her information about post abortive healing. After about 15 minutes she came out with a male friend who had driven her there. She changed her mind! She told me that the fact that I wouldn’t give up and kept talking to her made a difference. While we were on the street later talking, she pulled out a 5 by 5 inch photocopy of her sonogram that she asked PP for.  Let us keep this young woman and prayer.   From Sidewalk Advocate  Terri


Susan D. has the early shift on Wednesdays and was there to greet and help Diane set up.  Diane delivers  the supplies every day. Susan also writes the blog for Tuesdays during this campaign.

Chris and Jim from St Louise de Marillac with Katie, a Sidewalk Advocate.


Denny from St Louise de Marillac with Sue and Walt


Diane was already setting up the signs and trunk when I arrived! Katie was there as well and brought some new big PINK signs offering help to women passing by or going into Planned Parenthood. Shortly thereafter, Chris and Jim from St Louise de Marillac arrived and started praying on the opposite side of the circle. Katie was passing out pieces of candy that has cards with fetal development and available help attached. You can see her holding the box in the picture above. She was able to give out a lot of information!

Denny from St Louise arrived and we prayed the Divine Mercy while Katie continued to hand out information. There were a lot of people passing by and one man stopped to say how his girlfriend chose LIFE for their daughter because he supported her! His daughter is now 17 years old and an outstanding athlete. He was super proud of his daughter and so happy they chose LIFE! It was such a contrast to the  young couple who looked so very sad going into Planned Parenthood. But they did take a pro-life resource card… (and from Terry’s report we know they left PP).

Walt and Bill arrived to pray and stand vigil as well. The sidewalk was very busy, so thank you to everyone who showed up today and for St Louise de Marillac for covering the entire day!


Cathy reports from the 9:00 to 11:00 shift.  Cecilia took pictures so you can see them below.

When I arrived, Katie was talking to a young woman near the door.  She later told me that the young woman was crying.  She did go inside, but a good while later she and a guy came out (maybe he had gone in before I got there).  Terry went over to talk to them, and they talked for quite awhile, before going back inside.  Terry said they were going to get their money back.  After another while  they came out, without having the abortion!  Terry took them across the street, presumably to talk and get connected with some help.  Thank you God for saving these three children of yours, the baby, the mom and the dad!

Note to Katie:  Without your being there and talking with the woman before she went in the first time, Terry may not have had the chance to do what she did.  We are all in this together!

Thank you also, to the faithful members of St. Louise who were praying while all this was happening.


Cecilia reports from 11:00- 1:00


A nice group from St Louise de Marillac was praying the rosary when we arrived.  Prayers and songs continued my whole shift!


Joyce and Pete joined Fr Tim with the Guardians for Life group who filled the sidewalk with prayers and songs.  What a wonderful turnout!



It is so nice to have the Knights of Columbus join with us each campaign! Their support and presence is so appreciated.



I was thankful that my friends Joyce and Pete could join me today for the ride to the vigil. Here they are with Sidewalk Advocate, Terri.


Sidewalk Advocate,  Katie and Walt, also a Sidewalk Advocate,  with the group from St Louise. It’s so nice to have Seamus back with us! And it’s a blessing  that I had at least one pastor there my whole shift.




Everyone reports on the young woman and baby!  Immediately after our arrival a girl came out of Planned Parenthood with her friend and were greeted by Terri , Elsie and Katie. They had spoken with her earlier. She changed her mind about the abortion. And really seem to bond with Terri. . Praise God for this save on our first vigil day

Chris K.  stood  watch during the 1:00 to 3:00 shift:

Chris is also a board member of a local pregnancy center.

Sue, Seamus, Sister Faith, Mary, Guy, and Dana

What a beautiful day God gave us to start our Fall Campaign!  The shift went well, with nary a harsh word directed at us.  One man even gave us $20!  The traffic in and out of Planned Parenthood was intermittent, with only several couples going in.  One couple parked their car where we were for an hour or so and walked across the street to the DMV office.  When they got back into their car, she seemed upset and her husband gave her a kiss.  I was standing near her car window and mouthed “Do you need help?”.  She rolled down her window and said that they had two children and were pro-life, but that she had two friends who needed help.  We gave her three of the yellow “Help” cards and she thanked us.  Those cards are such a great idea, especially with the attached candies.

We had children stop by and look at the fetal models, with one mother explaining to the young boy with her that his aunt was four months pregnant and that’s what the child looked like inside his mom’s tummy.  I was joined by faithful prayer warriors from St. Louise de Marillac church.  Such a blessing!

Angela and me.

Barb L. 3:00- 5:00  not feeling any love coming from PP:

Out of the car and onto the sidewalk.  The giant whirring sound blasts of the buses and trucks.  Sunshine and blue skies.  Planned Parenthood doors and windows darkly reflecting daylight, refusing an easy glance into its first floor.

“Do I find pleasure in the death of the wicked – oracle of the Lord GOD?  Do I not rejoice when they turn from their evil way and live?

Ezekial is not concerned about appearing politically incorrect.  He calls some things evil.

The passers by who stopped to talk were not politically correct either.  So many adults, teens, preteens and one little 2 year old who could not stop waving and smiling as his dad chose a piece of candy for him from our box.  The fetal models were the stars of the show.   “How could someone kill such a little baby?” Yep. That is a baby. Yep. That is killing.

Witnesses  came to pray with us; Mary Ann, Brad and Hank.  How wonderful to have such beautiful opportunity to bring Jesus to the sidewalk on this sunny September afternoon.

Brad, Mary Ann; St. Louise de Marilac Richard Lewis, shift manager 3-5

Shift manager Barbara


Joe Krol, 5-7 Shift Manager


Joe with Hank and and St. Louise de Marilac

What a joyous evening to kick-off 40 DFL to pray, share, and witness for the end of the evil that permeates 933 Liberty Ave. The sunshine and gentle breeze sure makes one appreciate the day even more when you think of being down here in February…

Started the evening greeting / talking Brad from St. Louise and Henry from St. Valentine’s and was shortly joined by Dave from St. Thomas and Andy who is also from St. Louise.  There was some strong praying and opinionated sharing going on…

Foot traffic was a bit slow / quieter than nornal this evening…  Though most of the comments were positive, I did have to chuckle at the one individual who expressed a deep, deep concern about my employment status (Get a job!) – this comment seems to be an oldie but goodie for me, but know what, we are working for God – so I guess I do have a job and an important one at that!.

We were joined later in the evening by Andy’s mother, Clair.  A young woman and her beautiful  baby Miujiza (Swahili for miracle), who I had the pleasure of seeing her make smiley faces at her mom, stopped by on their way home.  The mother thinks she may be pregnant (child #5).  I was able to talk to her and give her resource info for her and her family and witnessed Clair also offer help beyond and above…  Please pray for this mom, her situation, and her children.

Towards the end of the evening a young man passed by and expressed regret that he was born.
It was a joy to witness both Andy and Clair talk to this young man the rest of the evening and ultimately
he left us in a much frame of mind – Andy & Clair – what beautiful souls!!!
The evening closed by packing up things with that dynamic duo – Diane & Tom.  Thank you so much for your untiring dedication to making sure that the supplies are always there for us!!!
Henry, Dave, and Tom.


Thank you to all who helped and prayed today on the sidewalk for life!


Day Infinity and Beyond

Make a joyful sound unto the Lord, a baby was saved this morning in front of PP!! Pray-ers from Steubenville, Virginia, a Sidewalk Advocate,  and Diane with the baby models were there when a woman who changed her mind came out of PP and took resource information for LIFE!!

Day:  Holy Saturday  To Infinity and Beyond….


Buzz Lightyear goes “to infinity and beyond”, Superman dives in for the rescue and Star Trek heroes went where “no man has ever gone before”…. well- what do you know!  Their hero must be Jesus.



Jesus loves us “to infinity and beyond” starting from before birth.  He died to rescue. Jesus came from where no man has ever come before.

So for this singer, I suggest learning about Jesus…. from “infinity and beyond” He loves us!  Anyone who needs a hero, needs Jesus!



We all hold out for heroes.  Woman who are seeking abortions need real heroes in their lives.  Most women seek abortions out of fear, despair, loss and abandonment.  To bring heroes to life,  we need real people to pray, to offer tangible support, to educate in order to get the message out that there are life affirming alternatives!  Thank you sidewalk prayers and advocates for doing just that.

The following Scripture passage (partially quoted here) describes the desperate need of a woman.  She looks to the leader of her time for help. Thankfully, he had asked for wisdom to guide his people.  He is her hero!

Solomon is faced with a difficult decision

1 Kings 3: 16-28

21 In the morning when I got up to feed my son, I saw that he was dead. But when I looked at him in the light, I knew he wasn’t my son.

22 “No!” the other woman shouted. “He was your son. My baby is alive!”

“The dead baby is yours,” the first woman yelled. “Mine is alive!”

They argued back and forth in front of Solomon, 23 until finally he said, “Both of you say this live baby is yours. 24 Someone bring me a sword.”

A sword was brought, and Solomon ordered, 25 “Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.”

26 “Please don’t kill my son,” the baby’s mother screamed. “Your Majesty, I love him very much, but give him to her. Just don’t kill him.”

The other woman shouted, “Go ahead and cut him in half. Then neither of us will have the baby.”

27 Solomon said, “Don’t kill the baby.” Then he pointed to the first woman, “She is his real mother. Give the baby to her.”

We can learn from Jesus.  But you have to open Scripture to read about Him… and then establish a relationship with Him and His writings.  Prayer and listening leads to action.

Has Jesus, because you asked Him for direction, ever given you a clear answer.  He did for me: (and re-read the opening above for the woman this morning at PP)

On March 24, 1998, I had a true experience of  an example of Jesus.  He showed me through a teacher in Jonesboro, Arkansas the lengths one woman went to in order to save another. She stood between a bullet and a child in a school shooting.  Shannon Wright died saving that student.  My life changed the moment I learned of her death.  I was seeking direction about a violent child in my class.  Why do people have to die to save others? The violent will take the world through violence.  So, one person at a time, we try to stop the violence.   Abortion is a violent choice of action.

Why do mothers think they have to kill their children in order to live themselves?

I asked Jesus:   “How much do you love me?”

Jesus responded by stretching out his arms to take me and hold me in that moment on the Cross when he was feeling most abandoned.


                                                         All is forgiven!

Take action:  Help woman demonstate the love of Jesus for their babies. Jesus would like that.  Yes, He does!!  It is good for your soul!

May the Jesus who died for us on Good Friday and the same Jesus who rose from the dead on Easter Sunday hold you in his loving arms from now -to infinity and beyond.  Repent and believe in the Lamb of God!


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Marian Carlino