This afternoon as 7 – 8 vigil participants prayed in front of the Community Healthcare Center of Pensacola, a young couple in a VW beetle drove into the facility parking lot.  A young man stepped out of the car smoking a cigarette, but the young woman remained in the car.  Seeing the young couple, the women 40 Days for Life participants began to speak to the young man.  They told him about the painful scar abortion had left on their friends lives and on the lives of their families.  One of the 40 Days for Life participants told the young man about the loss of a niece or nephew to abortion.  She explained to the young man that her sister has never been the same since her abortion.  As she finished telling the young man how abortion affected her family, he looked at the vigil participants, put his cigarette to the ground, and then drove away with the young woman.

We hope and pray that this young couple continues to give life a chance.  It is a good sign that they left the 9th avenue abortion facility.  We pray that God will continue to speak to them.  Please pray for this young couple that they will keep their child.

Thank you to all those that have shown up to pray for life and being a positive example for life.  Keep going.  Keep praying.  Keep fasting.  Keep witnessing to a community hungry for the truth.

If you haven’t gone to pray yet, you need to.  Now more than ever your witness is critical to changing hearts and minds.  God will use you to bring his love and mercy to those that need to hear of his LOVE for them.

Don’t wait another day.  Go.  Pray.  Fast.  Witness.  Life is depending on you.

May the peace of Christ be with you!

September 23, 2009 Dear Fathers, On this Feast of Pio of Pietrelcina, we begin the 40 Days for Life North Dakota campaign, a concerted effort of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil with the goals of educating the public about the evil of abortion, saving lives and seeking the conversion of souls. For the third consecutive year, the Catholic faithful will join many others in prayerful witness to the dignity of all human life as we pray, 24 hours per day for 40 days, on the sidewalk outside North Dakota’s only abortion facility, the Red River Women’s Clinic at 512 1st Ave. N. in Fargo. Together we will implore our Lord to pour His mercy out upon our state to bring an end to the callous act of abortion through which more than 25 unborn babies are killed in their mothers’ wombs each week in Fargo by abortion-inducing drugs and surgical procedures. As shepherds of the faithful, we are called to imitate the sacrifices of Padre Pio who died on this date 41 years ago. The Vatican Web site notes, “Like the Apostle Paul, Padre Pio da Pietrelcina placed at the centre of his life and apostolic work the Cross of his Lord as his strength, his wisdom and his glory. Inflamed by love of Jesus Christ, he became like him in the sacrifice of himself for the salvation of the world.” Most especially in the “Year for Priests” we too are called to sacrifice – to carry the cross of Christ. With Christ we stand in prayerful witness, in the cold, the rain, the snow, enduring the glances of hatred and the words of disgust from those who do not understand. In faithful hope we pray that some will come to understand, that hearts will be transformed, unborn babies will be saved from death and parents will escape the agony of later realizing that their choice ended the life of their child. I will pray on the sidewalk in front of the abortion facility on Friday, September 25, at 11 a.m. and again on Respect Life Sunday when I lead a Eucharistic procession to the abortion facility, carrying our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament to the site of death for so many of His children. I ask that each of you schedule at least one hour of prayer outside the abortion facility during these 40 days. I realize this will require great sacrifice for some of you in terms of miles traveled and time away from other pastoral duties. Yet I am confident that much fruit will come from your time spent in conversation with God at the site of this modern day, legally protected holocaust. Please also encourage your parishioners to take up the cross of Christ for the most vulnerable among us. “For Padre Pio, faith was life: he willed everything and did everything in the light of faith. He was assiduously devoted to prayer. He passed the day and a large part of the night in conversation with God. He would say: ‘In books we seek God, in prayer we find him. Prayer is the key which opens God’s heart’” (www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_20020616_padre-pio_en.html). Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila Bishop of Fargo

Tomorrow night, Monday, September 28th at 6:30 PM at St Rose of Lima Catholic Church (6451 Park Avenue, Milton) there will be an amazing pro-life event you will not want to miss! Come and join us for XLT (Exalt) a praise and worship event for LIFE. This month’s reflection will be given by, Mr. James Pinto, Pastoral Associate: Priests for Life and National Coordinator of the Lay Missionaries of the Gospel of Life. There will be Eucharistic Adoration and live music by “Out of Darkness”.

This morning, when abortions were taking place at the Community Healthcare Center of Pensacola abortion facility, there was a black suv about to enter the abortion facility.   When the couple saw the Prayer Vigil participants and the signs for 40 Days for Life they changed their mind and drove away. Praise God!   PLEASE KEEP PRAYING AND FASTING for this couple, for all couples contemplating abortion that they may choose life for their children, and for the closure of the Community Healthcare Center of Pensacola abortion facility.

Our peaceful, prayerful presence strengthened by FASTING IS MAKING AN IMPACT FOR LIFE!!!

Thank you JESUS!!!!

….. and THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE FAITHFUL FRIENDS FOR LIFE….YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

God Bless You!

Here is an amazing story about the value of being publicly present in front of an abortion facility to pray.  This is from an e-mail received during last Fall’s 40 Days for Life campaign here in Pensacola dated Friday, October 13th, 2008. Today Members of Council 13527 prayed the Rosary at the Ninth Ave mill. While reciting the Crucifixion mystery a girl in her early 20’s parked her car next to two of our members in prayer.  She thanked them for being there. She said when she was 15 she was to abort her baby but someone was at the clinic praying and I changed my mindShe drove off with a seven year old boy next to her.  What an amazing TRUE story!  Brothers and sisters in Christ, this is why it is so important to go and publicly witness to our community in prayer.  What if that one person had not been there praying?  Would her seven year old son be here today?  Only God knows that answer.  When abortions no longer occur in our country, will you be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say that I did as much as I could have done to save the lives of the unborn?  Take a look at yourself today and ask yourself what you value in life.  If you value life and you see that abortion is wrong, then what are you doing about it?  It’s easy to say you are pro-life, but what action have you taken to change hearts and minds in your own community on the issue of abortion?  In your church?  Have you been apathetic to the fact that children are killed each week here in Pensacola.  Brothers and sisters in Christ most of us drive by Pensacola’s two abortion facilities without thinking about what is going on.  With 40 Days for Life you are given a wonderful opportunity to become involved in the pro-life movement.  40 Days for Life grounds in the right approach (PEACEFUL PRAYERFUL PUBLIC WITNESS and FASTING).  God is calling each and every one of us to do something.  How will you answer the call? To pray in front of the 9th Avenue abortion facility (near Superior furniture), go to the vigil schedule, enter your e-mail address and this will allow you enter the time and date you would like to pray in front of that abortion facility.  May the Peace of Christ be with you!

Link to the vigil schedule:  http://40daysforlifepensacola.com/scheduler.php (It can also be accessed from upper right hand corner of the home page as well)

Now you can easily volunteer to pray in front of the abortion facility.  We have lots of holes in the schedule over the next few days.  The success of 40 Days for life depends on how much you become involved.  When we are visibly present lives are saved and hearts and minds are changed!  Lives are depending on you.  Will you be a voice for the voiceless, the innocent unborn!  Women and men are coming to the abortion facility between 8 and 5:30 PM on a daily basis and are “choosing” during that visit to end the life of their child.  If you are there you will see hearts and minds change.  I have had people tell us that because you were here today we decided to keep our baby!

The Fall 2009 campaign for 40 Days for Life has begun!  40 Days of Prayer, Fasting, Peaceful Vigil, and Community Outreach begins today, September 23rd.  This is going to be a year for miracles!  God is going to bless our community!  We look forward to praying with each and every one of you.

If you haven’t already, go to our BRAND NEW, vigil scheduler (upper right hand corner of the website), and sign up for blocks of time.  When you pray in front of the abortion facility ALWAYS bring someone with you.  Please try not to pray by yourself.

If you haven’t gotten your church involved with 40 days for Life yet, in the next few weeks, consider holding a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil volunteer sign-up at your church.  Continue to talk about 40 Days for Life everywhere you go.  Share information about 40 Day for Life with everyone you know in this community as well as other churches and pro-life groups.  If you have a gift for writing, consider writing a letter to the editor about 40 Days for Life.   Consider the many ways you can share the life saving message of 40 Days for Life!  Let our community come together in support for ALL human life.  As we were united to defend the right to prayer in our schools over the past few months, let us continue with the same support when it comes to the unborn and the issue of abortion.  With that same effort, abortion in our community, will cease to exist.  We cannot afford to ignore the issue of abortion any longer.  We MUST become the voice for the voiceless!  We must reach out to the post-abortion parent with Love and Mercy.  Let us put our faith into action.  May God have mercy on us all.

Bishop Ricard will be celebrating a Mass for Life TONIGHT, September 23rd at 6:30 PM at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  The special intention of this Mass is for the success of 40 Days for Life.  This Mass is also the first Mass of a 9 day Novena of Masses offered for the closing for the Community Health Care Center of Pensacola.

Please join us!  Bring a friend with you!

We look forward to seeing you all!


Next Monday, September 28th at 6:30 PM at St Rose of Lima Catholic Church there will be an amazing pro-life event you will not want to miss!  Come and join us for XLT (Exalt) a praise and worship event for LIFE.  This month’s reflection will be given by, Mr. James Pinto, Pastoral Associate:  Priests for Life and National Coordinator of the Lay Missionaries of the Gospel of Life.  There will be Eucharistic Adoration and live music by “Out of Darkness”.