Feb 112017
 

Pro-life marchers on the Old Courthouse steps

At 2:30 pm on January 22, we were welcomed to Saint Agnes church by Margaret Mary Filoromo, a past president of Chester County Pro-Life Coalitiom, who served as the Master of Ceremonies. There was an opening prayer led by Rev. Thomas Gardner, the chaplain to the Newman Center at West Chester University.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, we sang America the Beautiful led by the Gies family who provided all of the music for the program.

The principal speaker was Msgr. Joseph Logrip, the Chaplain at Camilla Hall.  His talk was inspirational, calling the pro-life ministry “prophetic.” He also cited scripture verses which required that evil be confronted.

Jo Christof, another past president, gave a talk encouraging sidewalk counseling at abortion centers.  She related two moving personal experiences of babies who were saved by her counseling.

Charles Litzelman receiving the award

Following a musical interlude, the 2017 Public Witness Award was presented to Charles Litzelman, a faithful pro-life warrior, who has been active in pro-life ministry since the1970’s.

After a final prayer led by Msgr. Logrip, we assembled in front of St Agnes and processed to the old courthouse where Pastor Joseph Stigora, from Covenant Fellowship Church, led us in prayer.  We ended with a rousing version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic and then walked to the Knights of Columbus hall for refreshments and fellowship.

Pastor Stigora preaching

Many of the attendees agree that this was the best Chester County March for Life that they have participated in.

Feb 112017
 

CELEBRATE LIFE BANQUET

Special Guest Speaker 

Ryan Bomberger

The founder of Radiance Foundation which is an educational, faith-based, life affirming organization to help people understand and embrace their God-given purpose.

 

The topic will be: The Social Injustice of Abortion.”

 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Reception: 4 pm,  Dinner:  5 pm

Springfield Country Club,  Delaware County

sponsored by

Pennsylvanians for Human Life

 

The Margaret Way Hoffner Award will be presented to Michael O’Rourke

 

Call 610-696-0780 or email Pennlife@Verizon.net for additional information or to make a reservation.

Tickets: are: $75. each   $700. for a table of ten

$35. for students $350 for a table of ten

Feb 112017
 

 

 

CHESTER COUNTY’S 20TH CAMPAIGN March 1st to Aril 9th

Because of your continual support, Chester County can be one of the 325 cities in 30 Countries that is participating in this Spring 2017 International 40 Days For Life Campaign. 12,668+ babies have been saved since 2007.

 

Rachel and Dara Hayes

Rachel Hayes (adoptive mom) & Dara Hayes (adopted daughter) were inspired by the fall 2016 40 Days for Life campaign to stand together every Tuesday (abortion day) throughout the year in front of their local Planned Parenthood in West Chester, PA. Dara is an international adoptee from 90s Communist China whose birth was most likely high risk to her birth mother who chose life. Dara would like others to see her as an example of how unique and worthwhile every human life is in spite of the difficult circumstances of their conception – every child has value and purpose.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY

MARCH 1ST 7:30 PM

 

ECUMENICAL CANDLELIGHT REMEMBRANCE VIGIL

IN FRONT OF PP   8 S. WAYNE ST.

In support of the mothers, who regret their abortion and for all the babies who have lost their live through abortions, we will remember them  in a candlelight prayer vigil. Also, we will be giving thanks that the tide is turning  and we are returning back to the fundamentals that our nation was founded on.  Candles are provided and flashlights are welcome as the weather might not be candle friendly.

 

PRAYER SERVICE IN FRONT OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD

SATURDAY  MARCH 18TH   10 TO 12 NOON

Both St. Joseph and St. Patrick had dreams that they answered and changed the world. In honor of their feast days, Chris Cassidy from Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will be leading this prayer service.  The Patriot Rosary will be said and the Divine Mercy Chaplet and few hymns shared.

All men and their families are invited to make a visible stand for life.

 

PALM SUNDAY  APRIL 9TH  2:30 PM

THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

IN FRONT OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD

   

Children and teens are invited to present the Stations of the Cross to the West Chester Community passing by.  It is most effective when the simple readings are done by 15 youths.  Jesus was willing to suffer and die so that we may all have eternal life. Without Jesus’ suffering there would be no healing for the sinners and no Easter Sunday. Bring your family to participate in this service to make it possible.

Opening prayers of reflection will be led by Thomas Ackerman from Chichester Baptist Church.

 

40 Days Mailings

Because of the internet servers limiting the number of e-mail that can be sent per day, I have moved many of the e-mails that I send concerning 40 Days information to Mail Chimp. Mail Chimp may come into your spam folder. Please move my e-mails over to your mail box. Mail Chimp will include my name.

Thank you again for helping the unborn.

Paulette Matthews

610-286-5450 (H-Pa)

484-832-2746 (C)

https://www.facebook.com/Chester-County-Pro-Life-Coalition-375557839261073/

Feb 112017
 

A time for prayer and public witness

for the sanctity of all human life

GOOD FRIDAY

April 14, 2017

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

 

Please meet at Planned Parenthood

Market Street and Wayne Avenue, West Chester

9:00 a.m.—Passion according to John

The best symbol of love is not the heart but the crucifix.

Feb 112017
 

Once again, there was a strong Chester County showing at the national march with many churches sending buses filled with eager marchers.  The highlight was a speech by Vice-President Pence.

Once again, the crowd was enormous and there was very little coverage by the national media.  To get an idea of just how large the crowd was, there is a video circulating on the internet showing a time-lapse picture.  It exists in several places, one of which is:

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/01/27/amazing-time-lapse-video-shows-thousands-of-pro-life-people-marching-for-life/

It only takes about a minute and a half to watch but it is worth the time.

Feb 112017
 

Left to right:  Jack O’Brien, Jim Schneller, David Walsh, Jerry McWilliams, Gene Epps, Phil Fredricks, Don Matthews, Joe Nordeman, Joe Pizzino.

 These men led the prayers and Christmas Carols in front of PP on the Tuesday before Christmas and one child was saved. These men projected a hopeful vision of the future.

Feb 112017
 

EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

     4     Helpers of God’s Precious Infants  (see “Monthly”)

   26     Celebrate Life  Banquet  **

EVENTS IN MARCH

    1     Ash Wednesday- Start of Spring 40 Days for Life (DFL) Campaign.  **

    4     Helpers of God’s Precious Infants  (see “Monthly”)

EVENTS IN APRIL

     1    Helpers of God’s Precious Infants (see “Monthly”)

     9    Palm Sunday- closing of Spring DFL campaign

   14    Good Friday

   16    Easter Sunday

 

WEEKLY

Prayerful Picket at Planned Parenthood

S. Wayne & Market St. West Chester

Tuesday – 8 am to 12 noon

For other days call Pat O’Brien 610-692-2122

 

Prayerful Picket at Phoenixville Hospital

Sunday 2 pm – 3pm

Holy Hour – 7:00 to 8:00 pm every Monday

at SS Simon & Jude church

 

MONTHLY

1st Saturday – Helpers of God’s Precious Infants

8:00 a.m. Mass, St. Agnes Church, 231 W . Gay St.

followed by Rosary at Planned Parenthood, S. Wayne &   W. Market Sts, West Chester

 

Do You Have Yours Yet

Pennsylvania is one of twenty one states to offer a pro-life license plate.  Your purchase of this plate provides financial help to mothers and babies and is also an advertisement for Life that will be viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.  To get your plate, go to www.pachoose-life.org or call 215-885-2919 for the required application.  It is not tied to the renewal of your car registration, so you can apply at anytime.  There is a fee of $43.  ($20 to PennDOT, $3 to PA prisons and $20 goes to a Crisis Pregnancy center in your county.)

Nov 242016
 

872 babies w40 Days line 2016ere saved world wide during this “United” 40 Days for Life 19th Campaign. This was the largest campaign ever with all 50 United States and 23 nations participating.

Locally, Covenant Fellowship Church opened our 40 Days in West Chester with a very spiritual  and informative overview of the development and accomplishments of the pro-life movement since Roe vs. Wade was passed in 1973, encouraging  everyone to participate and share their talents to save the children and their mothers.

Our baby shower in front of Planned Parenthood received 37 donations to be divided  among the three Crisis Pregnancy centers located in WC and Coatesville. The centers thank you for your generosity in helping them help the mothers who have  chosen life for their children.

WC was so fortunate to be one of the 127 cities that was chosen to have the “United” bus stop at the Planned Parenthood where we pray.   David Bereit, made a special effort to join Steven Karen to participate in our bus stop. Rita Smith, the campaign director of Norristown’s 40 Days Campaign, gave her testimony of the blessing in closing down the PP in Collegeville when she was the director there. Rita also shared her on going journey in faith and her pro-life commitment. Victoria, from Silent No More Awareness, shared her post abortive testimony and her commitment never to stop offering hope and help to other women who are abandon and feel abortion is their only option.

The attention and enthusiasm that the large group who showed up brought out the abortionist, Lee Tripp and workers who also listened to the testimonies and gave David Bereit the opportunity to pray for the first time face to face for a physician, who is still in the business of aborting children.

40 Days For Life imageThank you for coming out and welcoming the National leaders. Thank you also for bringing so many children to sign the bus and carry all our prayers from Chester County across the nation to help end abortion in America. This could be a once in a life time opportunity.

We closed this 40 Days with the carrying of the White Memorial Crosses to Planned Parenthood where we sang patriotic songs and prayed for our country to turn back to it original fundamentals of  life and liberty for everyone.  Ending our walk at the Knights of Columbus hall with our annual luncheon of thanksgiving that we were able to accomplish another 40 Days in WC because of all the sacrifices that everyone offers in behalf of the unborn and their families.

Paulette Matthews:     610-286-5450 (H-Pa)        484-832-2746 (C)

Nov 242016
 

Never in our history has the pro-life movement faced an election where the difference between the potential outcomes was so stark.  Given her commitment to appointing pro-abortion justices, a victory by Hillary Clinton would have put the demise of Roe v. Wade out of reach for decades.  All of us would have been required to witness the long march of our nation from Judeo-Christianity to secularism. More and more of us like the Little Sisters of the Poor would be pressured to participate in it.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has committed to appointing pro-life justices in the mold of Justice Scalia.  His victory, along with a Congress likely to confirm his selections, gives us hope that we will achieve a Supreme Court more accepting of, not only pro-life views, but also more respectful of the religious liberty of our citizens.

In addition to the effort of the political workers, pro-lifers and other people of Faith prayed and fasted intensely for this result.  We must not be like the nine lepers who never looked back, but we must pause and offer a huge THANK GOD.

Our goal, the end of abortion, is much closer than it would have been, but it is still a long way off.  EVERYBODY GET BACK TO WORK.

Nov 242016
 

The 26th Annual National Night of Prayer for Life will be held at Ss. Simon and Jude, Sacred Heart Chapel on Thursday, December 8 beginning at 8:00 PM and ending with Benediction at 12 Midnight.  The SS Simon and Jude Children’s Choir will prelude the Pro-Life Stations of the Cross with a candle-lit procession to each Station in the Church and back to the Chapel. We especially invite families and children to participate in this hour.  9:00 hour invites Senior citizens, 10:00 hour the K of C and the 11:00 hour adults of any age but in particular young adults.  Each hour will include communal and private prayer.