Fifty people prayed and sang on the sidewalk in front of Detroit’s Cass Avenue Planned Parenthood Center on the cool, clear Saturday evening of April 13 as part of a Prayer Vigil (#protestPP) at 142 locations nationwide.
Pedestrian and car traffic was brisk. One heckler was persistent, but valiantly ignored as everyone focused on praying the Rosary and the intercessory prayers led by Deacon Richard Bloomfield from Our Lady of the Scapular in Wyandotte.
As the shadows lengthened with the evening sun and after singing a few hymns, candles were distributed and lit, but most were extinguished by the wind, much like the babies who entered this place in their mothers’ wombs.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet was prayed, and people were asked to contact legislators and write letters to editors, or take other pro-life actions. The Deacon gave his blessing, a group photo was taken, and the group dispersed to their homes.
Participants came from Downriver and Detroit Parishes, Upper Downriver Right to Life, Central Wayne County Right to Life, Southern Downriver Right to Life, St. Joseph Oratory, Holy Redeemer Parish, Grosse Ile, and more.
Photos by Richard Evich.
COME OUT AND PRAY FOR AN END TO ABORTION, SATURDAY, APRIL 13!
Join pro-lifers coast to coast in the solemn prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood facilities coast to coast on Saturday, April 13.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing 36% of all abortions in our nation – over 330,000 each year!
Join the effort at the Planned Parenthood center in our community, in solidarity with over 100 other vigils coast to coast on April 13.
WHEN: Saturday, April 13.
WHERE: Planned Parenthood, 4229 Cass Avenue in Detroit
ADDITIONAL INFO: For those coming from Downriver, we will carpool from Our Lady of the Scapular, departing at 6:15 P.M. Deacon Bloomfield will lead a prayer service that begins at 7:00 P.M. We will light candles in memory of the victims of abortion. We have also invited a speaker from “Silent No More”.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT, OR TO FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU, PLEASE CLICK ON http://protestpp.com/locations/
Jewish Pro-Life Foundation says: ” As the first speaker at the rally, Ben Shapiro’s impassioned, heartfelt, and religious sentiments about protecting the unborn reflected the feelings and attitudes of everyone in attendance. We were so happy to have personally witnessed this Jewish expression of righteousness, intelligence, and compassion.
Our experience at the 46th annual March For Life inspired and strengthened us to continue working to promote a culture of life in the Jewish community. During his hour long podcast aired from the stage, Ben Shapiro fired up the massive crowd with his pointed arguments debunking the illogical and deceitful reasons given for abortion.
To view the longer version where Ben Shapiro tears apart the ten (10) most known pro-choice arguments can be seen here:
Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators marched in the nation’s capitol Friday to protest abortion in the United States. Among the protesters are more than 500 Michigan people, mainly students, from West Michigan, and as the video shows three buses from the downriver area.
We took the bus organized by Joe Connors of Southern Downriver Right to Life. Students from Gabriel Richard High School and St. Frances Cabrini High School along with some adults filled three buses. We drove overnight Thursday and met others, including the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist at the Ohio Turnpike rest stop. Some of us attended the 7:30 am Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The students and teachers attended the Youth Rally and Mass at the Capital One Arena while others attended the Pro-Life Exhibition at the Renaissance Hotel. Everyone then attended the March for Life Rally on the National Mall which was followed by the two hour March for Life up Constitution Avenue, around the Capitol building and finishing at the Supreme Court. Estimates were that 400,000 peaceful, joyful, prayerful people of all ages participated to bring attention to the need to end the killing of children in the womb to protect the babies and the mothers. Following the March, many women at a podium in front of the Supreme Court were Silent No More and woman after woman told the story of her personal tragedy and recovery after abortion declaring that she wants no more babies to die and mothers to suffer, so she is “Silent No More!”
Chris Gast, communications and education director for Right to Life Michigan, told 24 Hour News 8, “We have 18 buses from all around Michigan going to the March for Life in Washington D.C.”
According to Focus on the Family:
“One of the big reasons people are turning toward a more pro-life perspective can be summed up in a single word: Technology…
Recent polls indicate people across generations want to see fewer abortions. Among those in the 18-29 age range, one such poll said the view that abortion should be “illegal in all circumstances” has gone up 9 percentage points — from 14 to 23 percent — since the early ’90s….
Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of Students for Life of America, says as ultrasound technology becomes more widely available, it’s making a difference in how young people view the issue of life. In fact, the younger generation has never been as pro-life as it is today.”
Please join us at one or all of the following events. We will commemorate the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in the entire U.S. for all nine months of pregnancy. We pray that that decision will be overturned and that life will be respected and protected from conception to natural death.
- 12 Noon Mass – intention To End Abortion – at Our Lady of the Scapular, Tenth Street and Superior Blvd., Wyandotte
- 1:15 pm – Rosary Procession from Our Lady of the Scapular to Mt. Carmel Cemetery (Northline and Ninth Street, Wyandotte)
- 1:45 pm – Prayer Service at indoor chapel, Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Wyandotte
- 2:30 – 3:30 pm OPEN HOUSE – Right to Life of Michigan Resource Center, 2010 Eureka, Wyandotte; 734-282-6100
- Light Luminary Candles outdoors on the evening of January 21 to remember the victims of abortion. Luminary Candles are available at the Right to Life of Michigan Resource Center.
JOIN US IN THE PARADE THIS YEAR
DATE: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Parade begins @ 10:00 a.m.
- UPPER DOWNRIVER RIGHT TO LIFE IS UNIT #39. WE ARE LOCATED IN SECTION 3. We’ll line up on Biddle between Spruce and Cedar. Remember, parade units line up in chronological order so we’re always easy to find!
- Anna Danyko will be there just after 9:30 a.m. PLEASE be there by 10:00 a.m. YOU’LL BE BACK HOME AGAIN BY NOON.
- Look for Rosalie’s brand new shiny red car. She’ll be driving again in our unit.
- SOMETHING NEW FOR US: Music – We now have a new portable car P.A. Sound System and will be playing many Christmas carols as we stroll down Biddle Avenue. More fun!
- WE ALSO, acquired many, large JINGLE BELLS which we will be using in sync with our music.
- DRESS WARM! You never know what kind of weather we’ll have. Wear layers.
- REMEMBER: The parade goes on rain, snow, or shine. Don’t wimp out on me!
- INVITE YOUR FRIENDS to join us. The more the merrier! Need children to pass out cards and candy for our unit.
- DON’T FORGET: If you need a ride back to your car, we can help you out at the end of the parade.
SEE YOU AT THE PARADE!
Every year the Downriver and Dearborn area hold the annual Life Chain. The pictures that are included are some of the people from the following churches:
First Baptist Church of Lincoln Park
Calvary Lutheran of Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park Church of Christ
St. Frances Cabrini
Our Lady of the Scapular, Wyandotte
St. Vincent Pallotti, Wyandotte
St. Pius X, Southgate
First Baptist of Wyandotte
Christ the King Lutheran, Southgate
St. Cyprian, Riverview
After the Life Chain there was an open house for everyone who participated. Please feel free to join us in any of our activities which you can find on the “Event” page of our Facebook account. Don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/upperdownriverrighttolife/
Join us on Saturday, October 13 – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Walk at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, 18303 Allen Road (just south of Pennsylvania).
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month was first declared by President Ronald Reagan on October 15, 1988. On that day he said:
“When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.
Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.”
President Ronald Reagan