Sep 102017

The blessing of one of the ultrasound units L to R: Charlie Carbo, Father Windle, Ken Hunt, and Joe Pizzino

On March 6, 2017, we lost a true Pro-Life warrior.  After many years in the trenches promoting life affirming decisions and defending the unborn, Joan Carbo was relieved of her battle with ALS and taken to be with the Lord.  Her husband, Charlie, in addition to being a very active pro-lifer, is a very active 4th degree Knight in the St. Maximilian Kolbe Council 11319 in West Chester, PA.

Some members of the council felt that it would be fitting to pursue a project in Joan’s name to recognize her efforts and to show their respect for Sir Knight Charlie and the Carbo family.

The K of C contacted Myriam Ruager, the Executive Director of CCWS Medical, and she enthusiastically accepted their offer to help their centers once again!

Chester County Women’s Services is a full-service, women’s medical center serving local communities with three separate office locations.  Each has ultrasound capabilities, which has proven to be an effective tool in helping to dissuade women from having an abortion.  However, two of the sites were limping along on ancient machines that were no longer providing acceptable imaging quality with any reliability.

Word was sent out through the Council and to folks who knew Joan and Charlie, that contributions were being requested in Joan’s memory for an ultrasound machine to serve for a cause most dear to her heart.  What happened next was quite extraordinary.  Funds started to roll in almost immediately.  There were several large contributors, such as the Chester County Pro-Life Coalition, and individuals who wished to remain anonymous but were also very dedicated to the project.  There were many, many others who gave what they were able.  The list of donors is long!  The total kept rising.  It was quickly apparent that they would be able to provide TWO new ultrasound machines for the CCWS offices in need!  (The total cost for the two machines would be $45,900.)  Once they had gathered half of the necessary funds, it was time to process the paperwork through the State Council for approval, and then on to the K of C Supreme Council to request the matching funds.

It was about that time that Myriam called to say that one of their ancient, old machines had just failed.  She said that it would cost them thousands of dollars to get it operational again.  Since the Knights had just passed their fundraising milestone, they were able to schedule an installation for CCWS in West Chester. That installation went smoothly on June 13th, just three short months after Joan passed away.  The second machine was installed in Kennett Square on June 26th.

On August 3rd, Fr. Windle, Council 11319’s worthy Chaplain, led a small group of representatives in a blessing ceremony for both machines.  It was an emotional moment for all involved.  All the pieces had fallen perfectly into place.

This project brought together key organizations, such as, the Knights of Columbus, Chester County Women’s Service, and Chester County Pro-Life Coalition. The glue holding it together was made up of individuals at all levels.  The energy that brought it all together came directly from Joan Carbo and will continue on through the vital work done with these two machines.

Sep 102017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

On Saturday, September 9th Pro-Life Americans will honor the memory of the millions of unborn victims of abortion during the National Day of Remembrance.

Noon Mass will be celebrated at St. John Fisher Church

4225 Chichester Avenue, Upper Chichester, PA, 19061

Immediately following Mass, An Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery, 1701 Market Street, Upper Chichester, PA, 19061 (For more information visit ABORTIONMEMORIALS.COM)

Sep 102017

Walk for Life
Archdiocesan Kick-off of Philadelphia 40 Days for Life

Sunday September 24th, 2017
At Sister Cities Park
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Youth Rally – 4:00 PM
General Rally – 5:00 PM
Walk for Life – 5:30 PM


Shawn Carney – the president of 40 Days for  Life
Kristan Hawkins – the President of Students for Life of America

Mass will be at 6:30 PM at the Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Charles Chaput.

Sep 102017

Chester County 40 Days

The Walk for Life will also serve as the opening for our Chester County 40 Days campaign.

In conjunction with campaigns in 715 cities in 44 nations, Chester County will begin their 21st campaign at 8 am on September 27th.  Vigils will continue from 8 am to 8 pm every day until the closing ceremony at 2:30 pm on Sunday, November 5th.  The vigils will be in front of Planned Parenthood at 8 S. Wayne Street in West Chester.     

We thank all those who have participated in our past campaigns and hope that your participation will continue so that we can keep offering our help and our prayers to the desperate mothers entering Planned Parenthood.

If you have not done so as yet, please, consider signing up on the vigil calendar at

October 7th  10 am to 2 pm
in front ofPlanned Parenthood

Chester County’s 40 Days will sponsor their annual baby shower in front of PP As a part of our 40 Days campaign.

All baby items are welcomed, new and used clothing up to size 4. Large diapers sized 4 & 5 are always needed.

We walk with strollers in front of PP hopefully filling them with your donated items.

If you are unable to join us in front of PP and are helping by collecting items within your friends and family circles, church or organization, I will be glad to pick up the items collected anytime. 484-832-2746. no deadline.

The donations are shared with CCWS in West Chester and the Birthrights in West Chester and Coatesville.

Memorial Cross WalkNovember 5th
St. Agnes Back Parking lot
233 W. Gay Street

On August 6th 1996 Planned Parenthood in West Chester joined in the killing of unborn children in America. Over 21,000 children have been added from WC to the nearly 60 million children that have been lost. To remind the community of their part in this tragedy, we will again walk in silent prayer behind a banner explaining our actions. Please, come and help carry a cross.

We will conclude with a light luncheon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 110 W. Market St., West Chester.

Because all of us have families to interact with and share our pearls of wisdom, CCWS will share a short presentation, Sex Risk Avoidance. It is an evidence based abstinence curriculum to be introduced to 6th graders and up. Education makes us more comfortable in sharing our beliefs when the opportunity arises.

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


Sep 102017

In memory of God’s Precious Children who have died through abortion.  Each week, hundreds of tiny pre-born babies are killed  by abortion in the Delaware Valley

An Ecumenical Memorial Service will be held on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.
Old Lancaster Road, Berwyn, PA
(Near the Daylesford Train Station)

Please bring a flower to place at the cemetery symbolizing each life not allowed to unfold.
(For additional information, please call Mary Dressler: 610-688-0614.)

Sep 102017

Fatima  100 Conference

Sponsored by:
The Knights of the Immaculata
The Family Life Educational Foundation

One hundred years ago, the Mother of God came to earth with a startling message from heaven. She appeared to three shepherd children six times in the little village of Fatima in central Portugal Thirty-five years ago—a year to the day after his encounter with an assassin’s bullet—St. John Paul II went to Fatima and declared that message “more urgent than ever before.”  • What is that message?  • What is its significance to you  and your family? • What is Mary asking of our generation?

Join us on Saturday, October 14, to hear some of our greatest Catholic evangelists answer those questions—and yours —at St Maximilian Kolbe parish in West Chester, PA.


Christopher West If St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body is most compelling “lens” to see and heal the world’s challenges, the individual who has most popularized this teaching is Christopher West, renowned author and co-founder of the Theology of the Body Institute. Come hear how the message of Fatima holds the key to a reclaiming of the culture.

Dr. Ralph Martin Perhaps no single layman in our time has exerted more influence on contemporary Catholicism than Ralph Martin, founder and president of Renewal Ministries. He will address Our Lady’s most prophetic statement at Fatima—that error would spread throughout the world—and its meaning for our generation.

Dr. Paul Kengor Widely considered the world’s most authoritative biographer of Ronald Reagan, Grove City College professor Paul Kengor will share the back story of how a Pope and a President forged a Fatima connection that brought down the Soviet Union.

Saturday, October 14, 2017  8:00 am – 3:00 pm
St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish
5 E. Pleasant Grove Rd.,
West Chester, PA 19382
$30 per person $20 students
Please visit to register
or for additional information.

Sep 102017

Upcoming Events

There are two events in September, at which we are scheduled to have a booth where we will proclaim the pro-life message:

Abbeyfest on the 16th and West Chester Restaurant Festival, on the 17th.  We need volunteers to man the booths to interact with the passing attendees.


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

9. Day of Remembrance **

16. AbbeyFest **

17. Restaurant Festival **

24. Walk for Life **

27. Start of 40 Days for Life **



1. Life Chains **

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

14. Fatima100 **

29. Memorial  Service**



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

15. Stand up for Life Dinner



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



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


** = See additional articles for more details.