- Cathedral Parish Lenten Prayer Vigils
(Participating in The 40 Days for Life Campaign):
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.
Join Cathedral Parishioners on March 12, 8AM-5PM in front of Philadelphia Women’s Center, 777 Appletree (8th & Arch) & on April 11, 8 AM-5 PM in front of Planned Parenthood on 12th and Locust. To sign up for a 1 hour prayer vigil shift please contact Nora at the Parish Office:
firstname.lastname@example.org – 215-561-1313 OR SIGN UP ONLINE, be sure to select the correct location.
•Planned Parenthood (12th & Locust): 40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/philadelphia/
•Philadelphia Women’s Center (777 Appletree in Chinatown): 40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/philadelphia-appletree/
- Learn more about this peaceful movement: 40daysforlife.com.Learn about fetal development, abortion & racism, methods of abortion, abortion pill reversal, side effects of abortion, education opportunities, Sisters of Life, Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and more: sidewalkservantsphilly.com & prolifeunion.org/outreach/sidewalk-servant
We encourage you to participate in ongoing outreach. When 40 Days For Life campaigns are not taking place, we continue our outreach efforts at the local level with the Side Walk Servants Campaign. The commitment is simple: one hour of your time in front of an abortion center each month until lent. 12 babies would not be alive (fall 2018) if it weren’t for the people who participated this fall’s 40 DFL Campaign. Please visit the website for more information or contact Dr. Monique Ruberu, ObGyn to sign up: email@example.com • 469-231-9084. God bless you!
UNPLANNED, in theaters Friday, March 29, 2019
- Pro Life Women’s Conference: June 21 – 13, 2019, New Orleans, Louisiana
This is a three day event by women and for women to proclaim that women’s empowerment cannot be attained by the oppression of other human beings. From dynamic speakers to informative breakout sessions and panels, you will find yourself empowered to make a difference in your communities.
For more information and to register visit: http://www.prolifewomen.com/
- 40 DFL: https://vimeo.com/206339515
- Side walk servants: https://youtu.be/3TFQ4beE_58?list=PLKvQ6OiCbhztBdby-kXSTJ_Urqs_ZwJN
- Baby Bottle Drive: 2019 TBD (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. National website: www.rachelsvineyard.org
*** All inquiries are strictly confidential ***
Is Abortion Such a Big Deal?
How can we hope for peace in our communities if we allow the killing of our most innocent and defenseless human beings? If we are willing to commit sin and murder children in the womb to get our own way, to not be inconvenienced, then how can we expect peace? Likewise, are we willing to continue to overlook the strong pro-murder, anti-life agenda of many politicians and elect them into office? It is our responsibility as Christians to protect all lives, especially the most vulnerable. Our actions must be coherent with our faith.
“Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.” James 2:18
“By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. [Abortion is] really a war against the child, and I hate the killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that the mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? … Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another, but to use violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.” -Mother Teresa of Calcutta (St. Teresa of Calcutta)
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.
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:
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: www.HelpOurMarriage.com or call 1-800-470-2230. All inquiries are kept strictly confidential
♦ Pro Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. 24/7 hotline: call or text 610-626-4006 www.prolifeunion.org. 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