During Monday’s 40 Days for Life vigil in Pensacola, as over THIRTY folks from St. Sylvester’s parish participated in the TWELVE hour vigil (from 6 AM to 6 PM) in front of the TEMPORARILY CLOSED abortion facility, they were able to speak to a young woman looking for PLANNED PARENTHOOD.  In particular she was looking for a pregnancy test.  The vigil participants referred her to a local pregnancy resource center for a FREE pregnancy test.  They called ahead for her.  She left knowing that she truly had help.  This is our FIRST recorded turn-a-way during this fall 2018 40 Days for Life campaign.  Thank you to the sidewalk advocates that were present to inform and assist this young lady that she had EXCELLENT alternatives available to her.  Thank you St. Sylvester’s parish for your faithful participation in 40 Days for Life.
Even though the American Family Planning abortion facility remains UNLICENSED to perform abortions, the abortion facility is NOT permanently closed.  Now more than ever, WE must PRAY, FAST, and PEACEFULLY VIGIL in front of the American Family Planning abortion facility.
OUR presence really does matter.  Where would this young woman be today, if it were not for our vigil participants and advocates being there for this young lady in her time of need?
40 Days for Life continues through November 4th.  Prayerfully consider taking time to PEACEFULLY PRAY in front of the American Family Planning abortion facility.
#PrayItPermanent

Next Monday, September 10th at 7 PM, the local Coalition for Life, will be sponsoring a special pre-screening of the movie, Gosnell, before it hits theaters this fall at the AMC Bayou 15 theaters in Pensacola.  There will be an opportunity to meet the executive producer, John Sullivan, who will answer questions and discuss insights at this exclusive early showing.

Buy your tickets here (Tickets are not available at the theater)

http://events.eventzilla.net/e/gosnell-movie-pensacola-screening-2138950720


We are one month away from the 21st 40 Days for Life campaign in Pensacola!  This fall, between September 26th through November 4th, come and pray for an end to abortion in Pensacola.

The American Family Planning (AFP) abortion facility is temporarily closed. We will be holding 9 days of prayer and fasting for the permanent closure of the AFP abortion facility. In addition, nightly candlelight prayer vigils for 9 consecutive days, will take place in front of the abortion facility from Friday, June 8th to Saturday, June 16th from 7 PM to 8 PM. Please join us in daily prayer for the closure of this abortion facility.

LITANY IN RESPONSE TO ABORTION

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father, Creator of the world, RESPONSE: Have mercy on us!
God the Son, through whom all things were made,
God the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life,
Lord Jesus, the Beginning and the End,
Lord Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
Lord Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life,
Lord Jesus, Eternal Word of Life,
Lord Jesus, living in the womb of the Virgin Mary,
Lord Jesus, Lover of the poor and weak,
Lord Jesus, Defender of the helpless,
Lord Jesus, Bread of Life,
For every sin against life,
For the sin of abortion,
For the daily killing of innocent babies,
For the bloodshed throughout our land,
For the silent screams of Your children,
For the killing of Your future disciples,
For the exploitation of women by abortion,
For the silence of Your people,
For the apathy of Your people,
For the co-operation of Your people in this tragedy,

For our pre-born brothers and sisters killed by abortion, RESPONSE: Lord, hear our prayer.
For our pre-born brothers and sisters threatened by abortion,
For our brothers and sisters who have survived abortion,
For mothers who have had abortions,
For mothers tempted to have abortions,
For mothers pressured to have abortions,
For mothers who have refused to have abortions,
For the fathers of aborted babies,
For the families of aborted babies,
For the families of those tempted to have abortions
For abortionists,
For all who assist and cooperate in abortions,
For doctors and nurses, that they may nurture life,
For government leaders, that they may defend life,
For the clergy, that they may speak up for life,
For the pro-life movement,
For those who speak, write, and work to end abortion,
For those who help provide alternatives to abortion…
For those who promote adoption,
For national and local pro-life groups,
For unity in the pro-life movement,

For courage and perseverance in pro-life work,
For those who suffer ridicule and rejection for their stand for life,
For those imprisoned for defending life,
For those who have been injured and mistreated for defending life,
For legal professionals,
For courts and judges,
For police officers,
For educators,
For media professionals,

In thanksgiving for the babies saved from abortion,
In thanksgiving for the mothers saved and healed from abortion,
In thanksgiving for the former abortion providers who have become pro-life,
In thanksgiving for all those who take a stand against abortion,
In thanksgiving for the call to be part of the pro-life movement,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Let us pray

Almighty and ever-living God,
You have created all things through Your Son Jesus Christ.
He trampled the power of death by His Paschal Mystery.
May all who acknowledge You
Promote the sacredness of life
And always serve You faithfully,
Through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen.

By Fr. Frank Pavone

Would you like to learn the sidewalk counseling skills used to help save the life of this precious baby in Pensacola and numerous others?

Then join us next Saturday, April 28th for our Sidewalk Advocacy training from 9 AM to 2 PM in Milton at St. Rose of Lima parish.  Sign Up Today.

Call 850-889-1035 to register or e-mail [email protected]

6451 PARK AVE, MILTON
ST. ROSE ROOM
– LUNCH AND WORKBOOK PROVIDED-

Here are comments from two individuals who went through our February 2018 training.

I plan to attend this training again…for the second time in as many months!!  It was that good!! Seriously this is one of the best things I have ever done to equip myself to speak to those who are abortion vulnerable 🙂  Love is the only way!  AC, Milton

My wife and I attended Sidewalk Advocates training in February in preparation for the Lenten 40 Days for Life Pensacola. It was a great seminar, arming us with Christ and proven techniques on how to use Love to reach out to mothers under duress from Society and give them options.  – Jim, Navarre

 

 

On Thursday in Pensacola, this gentleman pictured, one of our Sidewalk advocates, handed a mother seeking an abortion this life-saving information as she approached the entrance to the abortion facility.

She and her friend sat in the parking lot, reviewing the Information received in the brochure.  THey  never got out of their car.

Moments later the two women began to leave.  The advocate and vigil participant approached the vehicle as they exited the lot.

The friend driving opened her window, smiled at the Advocate and said, “She didn’t do it.”

Praise the Lord!

The Sidewalk Advocate and vigil participants were overcome with joy as this mother, who a short time ago thought abortion was her only option, now chooses life.

If it were not for the 40 Days for Life vigil participants and this courageous advocate, where would this mother be?  Would she have known about the life-saving options available her in order to make an informed decision to choose life?  Would she be mourning the loss of her child at this very moment?

This is the importance of authentic advocacy on the sidewalk coupled with prayer.  When we are present lives are saved, one life at a time.

Our work is not done.  May we continue to go to the sidewalk to advocate for more mothers and their babies.

 

This past Friday, we had a great number of people show up at the vigil, bringing the light of Christ’s love to the darkest place in our area.  Families and individuals willing to give of their own time to save the life of another.  There is one more week of 40 Days for Life left.  Come and vigil, prayerfully, for the conversion of hearts and minds.  Let’s cover every hour from 7 AM to 7 PM.  Let’s finish strong.

 

On Friday morning, as many 40 Days for Life vigil participants prayed, a young lady, who had driven herself from another state, stopped to speak to the sidewalk advocates.  As she pulled up we recall seeing a sense of relief on her face as she saw us there.  You could tell she wanted to talk to us.  Unfortunately, any chance of conversing with her was quickly disrupted as there was another car behind her pushing her beyond the outlet she was looking for.

The sidewalk advocates and vigil participants encouraged her to take a moment to speak with them after she parked.  We mentioned that we had wonderful life saving information in our brochure (pictured above) and have helped hundreds of mothers, just like her.  She smiled but with hesitation continued into the abortion facility.  She kept going in and out of the facility, pacing back and forth.  We continued to pray.  Sidewalk advocates continued to offer words of encouragement.  Thankfully after some time, the young mother garnered enough courage to approach one of the sidewalk advocates who was able to give her our sidewalk literature and talk with her for a few moments.  The mother continued to go back and forth into her car then into the abortion facility.  The vigil participants continued to pray.

It was around 11 AM, nearly 2.5 hours after she arrived when the advocates and vigil participants began speaking to this young mother, when she decided to leave! When she pulled up next to one of the sidewalk advocates and rolled down her car window, with as spirit of hope and confidence told the advocate she had, “Changed her mind and didn’t go through with the procedure!”  She was truly grateful for our information and we told her we would keep her in our prayers!  It was a great blessing to all of us!

Please continue to pray for this mother and all mothers who at this moment who don’t know who to turn to or what to do or maybe they are struggling with the trauma associated with a past abortion.  May they have the courage to seek help.  May they have the courage to choose life like this mother.  May they continue to see us as a ray of hope.  May we continue to advocate for them in a spirit of love.

Abortion days in Pensacola are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays all year long.  Approximately 30 to 40 mothers are victimized by abortion and babies lose their lives each week.  We need more people, just like these advocates and 40 Days for Life participants, to come in a spirit of prayer and loving advocacy, so that mothers and workers alike are inspired to find a path to life.