Life & Family Events

  • 40 Days for Life Campaign: Sept. 26 – Nov. 4
    Campaigns will be taking place all over the country and the world.
  • Cathedral Prayer Vigils:
    The Cathedral Parish will lead prayer vigils:
    ♦ Wed. October 3, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    in front of Philadelphia Women’s Center, 777 Apple (8th & Arch)

    Thurs.. Nov. 1, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    in front of Planned Parenthood on 12th and Locust.
    We assist women and men by peacefully and prayerfully interceding and offering them the hope and help they need in a critical time.  Optional: provide handouts with resources for immediate assistance: housing, financial support, mentoring, community, local pregnancy resource centers and free sonograms, among other things. Will you give one hour of your day to be the hands and feet of Jesus on the sidewalk in front of one of these abortion centers? To sign up for a 1 hour prayer vigil shift please contact Eileen or Nora at the Parish Office: – 215-561-1313.OR SIGN UP ONLINE, be sure to select the correct location:
  • Oct. 3:
  • Nov. 1:
  • Tutorials:
  • Baby Bottle Drive: Set 29 – 30 (after every Mass at the Cathedral)
    Donations to benefit the Legacy of Life Foundation.The LOLF’s mission is to fund:
    -Life Saving Services: Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasounds and 24/7 Crisis Hotline.
    -Advocacy and Counseling: Providing the mother in crisis the freedom from fear and isolation to carry her child to term – knowing she will not be alone.
    -Family Support: Assisting with basic needs – housing, clothing, food, childcare and baby supplies – with the ultimate goal of a self-sustaining family.
    -Promoting: The true treasure and gift of every pregnancy throughout the community.
  • Post Abortion Healing Retreats
    Rachel’s Vineyard is an extraordinary opportunity for any person who struggles with emotional and spiritual pain of past abortion(s). The weekend is a unique and effective process designed specifically to help you experience the mercy and compassion of God and will help your soul find a voice, and transform the pain of the past into hope. Rachel’s Vineyard is a “therapy for the soul” which combines a unique and creative process for psychological and spiritual healing.

    • October 12–14, 2018Doylestown, PA at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa    
      For more information please call Evelyn at (215) 317-5752. To donate to help in running this retreat, especially to offer scholarships to those in need, please email for more information.  May God bless you for your generosity National website:
      *** All inquiries are strictly confidential ***
  • Honor the 50th anniversary of Humane Vitae by Including Your Name in a Full Page Ad
    In the fifty years since its promulgation, many have criticized the Church’s position on contraception and question her wisdom. But, as Archbishop Charles Chaput recently noted, “Humanae Vitae remains a powerful counter-witness to the widespread sexual dysfunction of our age as other Christian communities, and even many Catholics, have collapsed in their defense of sexual integrity. Humanae Vitae has remained a testimony to the truth.” See the flyer  for the signatory registration form and add your name to an ad that will be published on July 25, 2018. For more information, go to

News: Alfie Evans
Alfie Evans died on April 28, 2018. Our prayers go to his family and those who denied him care.

Recommended article: “With the tragic government-sanctioned actions ending the lives of toddler Alfie Evans and infant Charlie Gard happening less than a year apart, it’s now a good time to restate two maxims. First, socialized medicine fails at protecting the sanctity of the dignity of all human life. Second, being pro-life and being for socialized medicine are loyalties in conflict, not in congruence…” Read in full here.


Featured Videos:

1. Gracious and respectful way of encountering people with different ideas:

“Stephanie Gray, internationally renowned speaker and author, applies the Socratic method and storytelling to the debate surrounding abortion. She invites the audience to be “pro-conversation” on a topic that can be one of the most divisive, and demonstrates that it is possible to be gracious and respectful when encountering different ideas.”

2. On what a 40 DFL Prayer Vigil is:

3. Sidewalk Advocates Training Video

Sidewalk Advocates training is an opportunity to learn how to be the hands and feet of Jesus on the sidewalk in front of abortion centers. It helps you to have the confidence that  His influence and strength will allow us to love these men and women where they are.  It teaches us how to effectively and lovingly offer alternatives to these people and engage in conversations when the moment arises.  It allows us to bring peace, prayer and love to where it is needed most.  It helps us to be the voice for the voiceless. Main tips start at min 14:51:

Other Resources:

• Marriage
Retrouvaille is not just a social gathering or series of seminars, but rather a way to rediscover and rekindle the loving relationship in your marriage.   For more information, or to register for one of our weekends, visit: or call 1-800-470-2230.  All inquiries are kept strictly confidential

•Religious Alliance Against Pornography:
RAAP’s  mission  is to create a broad interfaith effort to alert, educate, and mobilize all people to understand and combat pornography.  

Pro Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. 24/7 hotline: call or text 610-626-4006 The Pro-life Union offers emotional, material and spiritual support to women and families in need as they make the choice for life.
Community Women’s Center (Pregnancy Resource Center). 267-239-0753. Services: help with food, baby clothing and other items, housing (before birth and up to three years after),  free ultrasound, free pregnancy tests… Aid is customized to each individual. Located at 12th & Locust, 1202 Locust St. 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19107.

Abortion pill reversal. contact Dr. Monique Ruberu, OBgyn in Philadelphia at 469-231-9084 or visit