May 212016
 

The following table shows the deaths that have taken place at the West Chester Planned Parenthood facility since they began committing abortions in 1996.

 

Year Number of abortions
1996 185
1997 728
1998 785
1999 812
2000 847
2001 964
2002 880
2003 1,076
2004 1,138
2005 1,079
2006 1,008
2007 961
2008 992
2009 1,126
2010 1,192
2011 1,035
2012 1,058
2013 1,079
2014 945
2015 1,013
TOTAL 18,903

(Source:  Pa. Dept of Health)

It has been said that, “one man’s death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” As the number of tragedies increases, at some point, our minds become saturated and we have difficulty comprehending.  The 57 million babies who have been killed since the Roe v. Wade decision fall into that category.

Even when thinking about it locally, it is overwhelming. The above table shows, year-by-year, the number of babies that have been killed at the West Chester office of Planned Parenthood.  The number, 18,903, still boggles the mind.

If we consider a single average week, 19 babies are killed at the West Chester Planned Parenthood. That is the equivalent of the Sandy Hook classroom shooting happening every Tuesday morning. John Donne famously said, “Every man’s death diminishes me.”  We are all diminished by these 19 deaths – every week.  They are 19 holes in the fabric of our lives – every week.  What is an appropriate response?

We pray for the babies, their parents and our community We ask God for the grace of repentance and healing for all of us.  The following are two responses to the deaths:

Helpers of God’s Precious Infants

One response to the killings is provided by the Helpers of God’ Precious Infants.  On the First Saturday of each month at St. Agnes Church, West Chester. The 8:00 a.m. Mass is dedicated to the Pro-Life cause.  It is followed by a Rosary Pilgrimage to Planned Parenthood.  After which, there is a short meeting in the school cafeteria.

Helpers praying in front of PP in May 2016

Helpers praying in front of Planned Parenthood  in May

40 Days For Life image

Another response to the killing is provided by the Forty Days for Life group. They organize two campaigns a year where they maintain a prayerful presence in front of Planned Parenthood for twelve hours each day for 40 days.  Their fall camaign will be starting on September 28.

Part of the campaign will include a baby shower to collect baby clothes for Birthright and Chester County Women’s services. Please start collecting what you can.

May 212016
 

Need Your Help - Adoption billboard

Need Your Help!

Dearest Friends,

The National Council for Adoption estimates 1.3 million couples are waiting to adopt a child. Yet each year, while 1.3 million children are being killed by abortion, less than 50,000 new children are made available for adoption. This means that for every new adoptable child, thirty others are killed and for every couple that adopts, another forty wait in line.

The good news is…TOGETHER…pro-lifers have made a concerted effort over the last 8 years to overcome the negative spin on adoption. I hope you will agree that our positive message on the PA Turnpike portrays adoption as a courageous choice, one that will give life to a child and to a family.

We know that pro-choice ends up meaning NO CHOICE but adoption offers a choice that is compassionate and in everyone’s best interest.

I believe that this Billboard has touched lives and moved hearts in ways we will never fully understand in this world. That’s why it is so important to support this project for LIFE!

Let me assure you that every single penny donated to this effort is deposited into a separate billboard account and the monies used exclusively for the monthly contract obligation.

God Bless ALL,

Helen MacMinn
St. Benedict’s Respect Life (Make checks payable to)
2020 Chestnut Hill Road
Mohnton, PA 19540

May 212016
 

Forty two years ago a baby was born in Sonoma California with Down syndrome.  He was named David and he was loved and welcomed by his birth family.  David had some health problems and so did his birth family.  They very reluctantly decided that they were not able to care for him and placed him for adoption.

He was adopted by a West Chester family who also loved and welcomed him.  Last year, his adoptive mother, Mary, through her interest in genealogy and her familiarity with online records, was able to locate David’s birth mother, Karen.  She reached out to her and Karen was delighted.

David’s birth family consisted of a father, mother, sister, brother, grandmother, and four nieces, all of whom were thrilled. Through the internet, a communication was developed between the two families.

Recently Mary and David’s sister, Maria, took him to Sonoma to meet his birth family.  They spent a long weekend meeting all of David’s relatives.

An Adoption Story - David with his parents

David with his birth parents

The following are quotes from two of the participants:

From David’s sister, Maria:

My brother, David, is adopted. Recently, my amazing mother contacted David’s birth mother to thank her and let her know he is loved and happy. As it turns out David is even more loved. His birth family has loved him and wondered about him. This past year has been a wonderful journey, helping David to get to know his birth family on the internet. This past weekend he was able to physically reunite with his biological family in California. He is one completely loved guy! A big thank you to David’s first family and now our extended family!!

From David’s birth sister, Stephanie

To all those involved in the reunion that took place this past week in Sonoma and, most importantly, to the amazing and generous family that adopted my brother David: thank you so very much for what you have done for our family, Mary and Maria. You personally gave me such a gift that I never thought I’d ever get. A lifelong void was filled and I owe it all to you. It was more amazing than I could have ever imagined! Seeing my mom and my dad SoOOooOoo happy to see David again was something that I like to believe mended and healed. Above all, watching my Grama with David was so huge and we owe it all to you. I love love love you.

David’s two families look forward to growing together united in their love for him

May 212016
 

The women’s health science, known as Natural Procreative Technology, is helping women who are struggling with infertility and other women’s health issues.

Dr. Monique Ruberu, OB/GYN is the only NaPro trained physician currently in the Philadelphia area.

The film, “NaPro: A Quiet Revolution”, a documentary produced by Black Friars Media, is a wealth of information on this new science for women’s health care.  It explains that there is a far superior treatment for infertility than in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and a viable alternative to birth control to treat women’s health problems.  This film can be viewed by going to:

www.blackfriarsmedia.vhx.tv/packages/napro-a-quiet-revolution-deluxe-package

It can be rented for $3.99 or purchased for $15.99.   For even more information contact Friends of Fertility Care Philadelphia at www.fertilitycarefriends.org or 267-342-2512

May 212016
 

Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.

An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.

Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans.

Sadly, this fact was discovered by scientists during the process of in vitro fertilization.  They were fertilizing eggs, one of which was to be implanted but most of which were to be discarded (killed).

What we see as a sign from God, they use as an aid to their selection process – the brighter the flash, the “better” the embryo.

For the complete article, see:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/04/26/bright-flash-of-light-marks-incredible-moment-life-begins-when-s/

May 212016
 

Friday, July 8th at 7:30 PM

SS. Simon & Jude Church

Rts 3 &352, West Chester

Upon their return from their European concert tour, the Chester County Voices Abroad, under the direction of Marge Campbell, will be performing for the benefit of the Chester County Pro-Life Coalition.  Admission is free.  A free will offering will be taken.

May 212016
 

This is a community event which will be held on June 5 in downtown West Chester from 12 to 5 pm . The Chester County Pro-life Coalition will have a booth which will enable us to get the pro-life message to a wider audience.  There is a need for volunteers to support this effort.  For info call David Walsh 610-304-2851 – Cell

May 212016
 

                                 EVENTS IN JUNE

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

    5      Super Sunday **

 

                           EVENTS IN JULY

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

     8      Chester County Voices Abroad Concert  **

 

                          EVENTS IN AUGUST

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

 

            ** See articles above for more information

 

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.