We need you to make coming to the sidewalk part of your Holy Week
Some encouraging words from a few current 40 Days for Life Spring Campaigns...
“I just found out that a young woman who had an abortion scheduled at Planned Parenthood did not go through with it,” said Nikki, the local 40 Days for Life leader in Pittsburgh.
“She didn’t want an abortion, but finally succumbed to the steady pressure of her boyfriend, made the appointment and went to Planned Parenthood,” she said.
But when this woman saw the volunteers praying, she decided not to do it.
One of the people praying was a priest, who was joined by several members of his parish. “I believe seeing clergy and religious at our vigil sends a powerful statement to reach people’s consciences,” Nikki said. “Thank you to all the pastors who have made the time in their busy schedules to witness at our vigil!”
Matt in Tucson tells of a woman who parked her car near the prayer volunteers … and got out with a huge smile on her face. At first, she just asked, “What are you doing out here?”
The volunteers said not everyone is aware of this, but the building they’re in front of is an abortion center. “We are praying for everyone going in there today … and for an end to abortion.”
“I actually just came from the clinic,” she said, “and I had a sonogram. I am about eight weeks along and my fiancé doesn’t even know I’m here.” He was very much against the abortion, she said. “I’ve changed my mind now and I’m going to keep the baby!”
The volunteers gave her information about local pregnancy resources and told her to get in touch if they can help in any way.
“This reminded us of the importance of being out there,” Matt said. “Let us continue to pray for her.”
Stories from the sidewalk
Last week. while on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood in Madison, a man stopped his truck in the middle of the street, rolled down his window and the woman with him yelled out to us, "I chose adoption." Isn't that beautiful? She loved her baby so much that she chose life for her baby and because she didn't feel ready to parent she chose adoption! Adoption is such a courageous and beautiful choice!
We need your prayerful presence on the sidewalk during this Holy Week!
Tuesday, 3/31 - Just 69% filled on this Abortion Day - 2 needed at 2p; 2 needed at 3p and 1 needed at 4p.
Wednesday, 4/1 - Only 50% filled on this Abortion Day - 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 3p; 2 needed at 4p and 1 needed at 5p.
Thursday, 4/2 - Just 56% filled on this Abortion Day - 2 needed at 9a; 2 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 3p and 2 needed at 5p.
Friday, 4/3 - 75% filled - 1 needed at 2p.
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gwen at (608)393-8545.
VIGIL CAPTAIN still needed for 2nd week of each month during 365 for Life campaign. Vigil Captain is responsible for ensuring that vigil hours are filled for assigned week. If interested in volunteering your services for this essential position, please call Gwen Finnegan at (608)393-8545.
GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS - 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 3 - sidewalk outside of Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Rd., Madison - Please join Fr. Richard Heilman and his Knights of Divine Mercy for Stations of the Cross.
Prayer for Holy Week
Jesus, my Lord and Savior, please help strengthen my courage by giving me the courage of all those people who have been "centurions" for me. Many have faced disasters and hard times with great faith and constancy. The upper hand of evil never turned them against you. They kept going. Let me be like them, my Lord Jesus. No matter what the cross, let me never stop declaring you to be "truly the Son of God", the One who died to save me from my sins, the source of all my hope, the reason why I will never quit defending life. I pray this in your Most Holy Name. Amen.