Nov 222012

The recent presidential election was a devastating blow to the Pro-Life movement.  We have re-elected the most pro-abortion president in history.  We will allow a few days to grieve and feel sorry for ourselves, but only a few.  We clearly have a lot of work to do, and we need to get to it.  One source of inspiration for us is the movie,  “Amazing Grace”.  It  tells the story of William Wilberforce who spent a lifetime working for the abolishment of the slave trade in the British Empire.  It is an inspirational film which shows that faith in God, accompanied by dogged persistence in a just cause, can lead to a great victory.   It appears that the “Culture of Death” is every bit as formidable as the forces supporting Slavery.   Chester County Pro-Life Coalition has been fighting against it for over thirty years.  We intend to keep fighting until abortion joins slavery in the dustbin of history.  We know that we will prevail only with God’s help and we pray for this help in everything we do.

We need your help to continue the battle.  We are an all-volunteer organization and have no salaries to pay, but our expenses are over $15,000 per year.  This appeal is our main source of income.  We would appreciate any help you could give us.

 Ed Taylor, President

Nov 222012

In the midst of the pre-election, overwhelming work for pro-life success at the polls, 40 Days for Life Prayer Warriors remained faithful to the unborn. God blessed our sacrifices by raising the total of babies saved nationally to 6,717 since 2007 in this the 11th 40 Days for Life Campaign. 7 of those 789 babies saved during this Fall Campaign were saved in West Chester.

Although the mothers, who chose life for their babies came from different areas, the one common denominator was you praying outside of Planned Parenthood. Some of the mothers talked with you and took the free pregnancy test/ultra sound coupon to Chester County Women Services and chose life. Other moms reported that just seeing you praying for them outside of PP, changed their minds. Your presence gave value to them and their babies.

Did we save them all, no, but to those 7 babies and their families we are 100% successful. This 11th Campaign that we have just participated in brings the total of babies saved, that we know of, in West Chester to 30.

Our commitment to the unborn is far from over. Planned Parenthood will become a stronger force in our country and abroad since this election and more deadly for the unborn with more deceit and lies being shared with our youth and young adults.

Your presence is needed, now, more than ever down in front of PP in West Chester. Continue to share your prayer filled presence as that one hour of prayer could mean a life time for a baby as it did for those 30 saved babies.

Babies die between campaigns. Again, the Holy Spirit will guide you as to when your presence is most needed in front of PP. If you need more pro-life material to offer to the potential client of PP, contact me.

Thank you in behalf of the unborn for all your support, participation and sacrifices. Without you, no babies would be saved.

Paulette Matthews

Nov 222012

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | | 11/7/12 2:00 PM

Despite a presidency that was based on attacks on Catholics, with aggressive promotion of abortion and attacks on religious liberty via the HHS mandate, President Barack Obama received the majority of Catholic votes on Tuesday.

Exit polling showed 25 percent of the electorate consisted of Catholic voters and they went for Obama by a 50-48 percentage point margin. Exit polls revealed that churchgoing Americans were more likely to vote for Romney and less frequent churchgoers sided with Obama.

The results are not surprising given that a final Gallup poll showed Catholics favoring Obama 52 to 45 percent.

That makes it appear Catholic Church leaders need to do more to engage nominal Catholics who do not attend religious services frequently and may be less disposed to the pro-life views and teachings of the Church.

“The collision course of the Obama Administration with the Catholic Church could have been averted yesterday, but now it is assured instead,” Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life responded. “Many in Church leadership failed to connect the dots between personnel and policy. They prayed and preached against the HHS mandate, but then were silent about the election, and called the police to remove citizens who leafleted the Church parking lot trying to inform voters about where the candidates stood on this issue.”

But Catholic advocate Deal Hudson says progress was made.  “Catholics, once again represented 25% of the national vote, with Catholics voting for Obama by 49%, and for Romney by 48%, which represents a 5% loss for Obama and a 3% gain for Republicans from 2008,” he noted. “We needed a bigger shift of Catholic voters. “We do not yet have the breakdown of religiously-active Catholic voters, but you can be sure it was close to 60% for Romney.”

“What held down the shift we needed? In our view, it is the growing influence of the Latino Catholic voter. Latinos represented 10% of the vote this year and went 69% for Obama, 30% for Romney,” he added. “We also could have used louder voices among our clergy and our bishops — fewer alphabetical voter guides and more insistence on the civilizational issues at stake.”

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League suggests more battles are forthcoming from a second Obama administration.  “In 2007, Barack Obama told Planned Parenthood that the first thing he would do if elected president would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). Because of opposition from many quarters, including the Catholic League, the bill never got to his desk. But it may now come back, and if it does it could mean that Catholic hospitals would be required to perform abortions lest they lose federal funding,” he told LifeNews.

“The fate of the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that would force Catholic non-profits to pay for abortion-inducing drugs is sure to reach the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “We can’t wait until FOCA and the HHS mandate are thrust upon us, so we need to act now.”

Penny Nance of Concerned Women forAmericasaid pro-life Catholics need to do more voter outreach.  “We are clearly a divided nation. Women of faith both Evangelical and Catholic voted their values but we did not have the conversation needed to convince our friends and neighbors,” she said.

Hudson, a Catholic pro-life advocate and writer, concludes: “The fight for our Church and our Country, however, remain before us, and there is simply, no giving up, none.”…“I, for one, do not concede that the Catholic Church in this nation, or any for that matter, is going to allow a government to roll over its natural, God-given, right to believe, worship, and practice the faith.  Even if it takes, not another four years, but another 20 years — God willing! — I will be in that fight.”

Nov 222012

We are preparing to celebrate a gathering of souls who have made an effort to defend the defenseless.  We are speaking about our deceased relatives and acquaintances whose names grace the scrolls in heaven.  Angels surround them in shouts of joy.

This will be a Mass in honor of the multitude of those who have passed into the arms of God since this anniversary remembrance was originated.

The following are people who have died in the past year

In Remembrance:

Patrick C. Campbell, Esq.        Len Lombardo                         Anthony Coppa
Kathleen McLaughlin              Father Eugene Cusick              Father Harry Romano
Betty Fanelli                               Rev. Ben Sheldon                     Nellie Gray
Olivia Verno                               Frances Kazmierczak               Father Norman Weslin

We will gather at St. Anastasia Church, 3301 W. Chester Pike, Newtown Square, on Monday, November 26th to celebrate the annual Memorial Mass at 8:00 p.m.  We will pray the Rosary at7:45 p.m.

For more information, contact Jack and Pat O’Brien (610-692-2122)

Nov 222012

Saturday, Dec. 8 at SS. Simon and Jude Church 8PM to Midnight

Sacred Heart Adoration Chapel

 The National Night of Prayer for Life is celebrated across every time zone – the last hour overlapping across the country as we pray together.  The evening consists of the Pro-Life Stations, Holy Rosary, special prayers and quiet meditation.  The following groups are especially invited at these times but anyone can participate any time during the evening.

  8:00 PM– Families and children –participating in the Pro-Life Stations 
  9:00 PM– Senior Citizens
 10:00 PM- Knights ofColumbus
 11:00 PM-  Young Adults
 12:00 Midnight– Benediction and closing.  Come join us.

Nov 222012

God’s plan for living happy, healthy, holy lives from beginning to end.

The Respect Life Committee of St. Peter Church, 2835 Manor Rd. (Rt. 82), West Brandywine, PA 19320, will continue its series of presentations in 2013.  All presentations will be held at St. Peter Church beginning at 7 PM, followed by refreshments.    There is no fee and no reservations are needed.  The current schedule includes

January 7, 2013 – “Women’s Health & Natural Family Planning:  Life Affirming Fertility Care”Presented by Steve Bozza, M.A., Director of the Office of Life, Family & the Laity, for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Mr. Bozza is also an adjunct professor of biomedical ethics and moral theology at Immaculata College and previously taught biomedical ethics at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center School of Nursing in Camden New Jersey.  He is particularly gifted in the ability to synthesize complex theological principles into practical pastoral application.

February 4, 2013 – “Same Sex Attraction: Fundamentals of Catholic teaching & Support the Church provides to those living with it and to those who love them.”  Presented by Father Philip Bochanski C.O.