88 open hours this week!

The main motivation for sidewalk counseling is concern for the woman facing a problem pregnancy and her unborn child. But this ministry is also about confronting the reality of abortion—not as a philosophical concern but as a real human tragedy taking place today. When one stands in front of an abortion clinic and watches a real woman walk inside to pay an abortionist to kill the baby living and growing inside her, the issue is no longer philosophical. Those who witness this recurring scene at an abortion facility cannot help but recommit themselves to the task of trying to save lives.  – Pro Life Action League

The WCC is presently serving 180 pregnant mothers.  We don’t know how many were directed over from your witness on the sidewalk however we do know about that couple who came to the sidewalk with their 6 month old baby to thank our sidewalk counselors for directing them to the WCC in their time of crisis.  We also know that on average only 1 in 10 people return to say “Thank you”.  Now – you can imagine how many young mothers and fathers are thankful for your presence on the sidewalk.
Won’t you sign up for an hour this week?

Sunday, Oct. 22 – 1 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 5p; 1 needed at 6p; 1 needed at 7p and 1 needed at 11p.

Monday, Oct. 23 – 2 needed at 1a; 2 needed at 2a; 2 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 4a; 1 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 4p; 1 needed at 6p; 1 needed at 7p; 1 needed at 8p and 2 needed at 9p.
Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 2 needed at 3a; 2 needed at 4a; 2 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 8a; 1 needed at 10a and 1 needed at 11a.
Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 2 needed at 10a and 1 needed 11a.
Thursday, Oct. 26 – 1 needed at 8a and 2 needed at 9a.
Friday, Oct. 27 – 1 needed at 12a; 2 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 5a; 2 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 8a; 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 1p; 1 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 5p and 2 needed at 9p.
Saturday, Oct. 28 – 2 needed at 1a; 1 needed at 2a; 1 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 6a; 1 needed at 4p; 2 needed at 5p; 2 needed at 7p; 2 needed at 8p and 2 needed at 9p.
Sunday, Oct. 29 – 1 needed at 1a; 2 needed at 2a; 2 needed at 3a; 2 needed at 4a; 2 needed at 5a; 2 needed at 7a; 2 needed at 8a; 2 needed at 5p; 2 needed at 6p; 2 needed at 7p and 2 needed at 11p.
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call Gwen at (608)393-8545.
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Introducing Jan Hess – Vigil for Life’s new Exec. Director in charge of outreach

Jan has been with Vigil for Life for almost 2 months now.  Vigil for Life is thrilled to announce her as our first Executive Director.  You may have heard from Jan as she is charged with outreach and fills in as a vigil captain.  Please welcome Jan Hess!

Below is the official announcement/press release of her hiring:

Vigil for Life of Madison, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Dane County affiliate, plans to greatly expand the peaceful, prayerful presence in front of Madison’s only abortion center by hiring a new, part-time executive director. “With this executive director in place, we expect to see more prayer volunteers on the sidewalk and, therefore, more women finding alternatives to abortion,” said Gwen Finnegan, Vigil for Life’s Volunteer Director. “This is our way of defunding Planned Parenthood, depriving it of the abortion income, and truly helping women facing crisis pregnancies.”

Since 2011, Vigil for Life has scheduled for peaceful, prayerful volunteers to be present in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Orin Road on Madison’s east side. For more than a year, this location has only offered abortions; no other services are provided. Volunteers pray for an end to abortion 30 hours per week. With this new executive director position in place, Vigil for Life has set a goal of expanding the volunteer presence to cover every hour that Planned Parenthood is open.

Peer-reviewed research shows that nearly 80% of women who have had abortions indicated that they were not informed of alternatives to abortion. “Knowing their options other than abortion may very well have led these women away from abortion. Our prayer volunteers are able to offer real alternatives to these women in crisis pregnancies, but we must be present on the sidewalk at the time a woman walks into Planned Parenthood if we want to help her,” explained Finnegan.

The new executive director, Jan Hess, will build Vigil for Life’s network of prayer volunteers by reaching out to pro-lifeand church groups all over southern Wisconsin. Hess brings to the table her professional experience –a master’s degree in Education and 33 years of service in the public school system—and decades of involvement in the pro-lifemovement from fundraising for pregnancy help centers to assisting with retreats for post-abortive women seeking healing.

But, it is Jan Hess’s own brush with abortion that motivates her in this new position. When a prenatal screening revealed that her third child would have spina bifida, Hess and her husband Mike were advised by their doctor and strongly pressured by close friends to have an abortion. Yet, they chose life, and Hess gave birth to a very healthy baby boy with only minor medical issues. Jan Hess said, “Abortion is a choice that is often made when a young mother and father feel that is their only option. As a community and culture, we need to surround these young parents with support and give them alternative choices to abortion if they are unable to care for their child. We need them to hear the message that we are here for them as a community…”

With this new executive director position, Vigil for Life will be sending out that supportive message to more young women and men and defunding Planned Parenthood one lost abortion sale at a time. “The ultimate goal to close the abortion facility here in Madison,” stated Hess.

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78 open hours this week!

On Friday, Oct. 6th, a man and woman came out of the Women’s Care Center with their baby.  They approached our sidewalk counselors on the sidewalk outside of Planned Parenthood to say, “Thank you.” This couple had been contemplating abortion however were directed over to the Women’s Care Center by one of our sidewalk counselors and chose life for their baby who is now 6 months old.  All glory to God!

YOUR PRESENCE ON THE SIDEWALK MATTERS!
OPEN HOURS
Monday, 10/16 – 1 needed at 1a; 1 needed at 2a; 1 needed at 3a and 1 needed at 11a.
Wednesday, 10/18 – 1 needed at 10a and 1 needed at 12p.
Thursday, 10/19 – 2 needed at 6a; 2 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 9a and 2 needed at 10a.
Friday, 10/20 – 1 needed at 12a; 1 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 5a; 1 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 8a; 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 1p; 1 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 5p; 1 needed at 7p and 2 needed at 9a.
Saturday, 10/21 – 2 needed at 1a; 2 needed at 4p; 1 needed at 5p; 1 needed at 7p; 2 needed at 8p and 2 needed at 9p.
Sunday, 10/22 – 1 needed at 1a; 2 needed at 2a; 2 needed at 3a; 2 needed at 4a; 2 needed at 5a; 1 needed at 6a; 2 needed at 7a; 2 needed at 8a; 1 needed at 5p; 2 needed at 6p; 2 needed at 7p and 1 needed at 11p.
Monday, 10/23 – 2 needed at 12a; 2 needed at 1a; 2 needed at 2a; 2 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 4a; 1 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 10a; 2 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 4p; 1 needed at 6p; 1 needed at 7p; 1 needed at 8p and 2 needed at 9p.
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call Gwen at (608)393-8545.
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Candlelight Prayer Vigil with Fr. John Sasse

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 17th at 7:15 p.m. for our 40 Days for Life mid-point candlelight prayer vigil.  We will be lead in prayer by Fr. John Sasse, pastor of St. Christopher Parish in Verona/Paoli. We will come together in prayer to share stories and encourage one another to finish strong as we pray for an end to abortion in Madison and the surrounding area.

We are so thankful for all those who have made great personal sacrifices thus far in this 40 Days for Life campaign to make it happen and to keep the hours filled with personal witness and prayer.  We know that we still have a long way to go in our collective effort to demonstrate the harm abortion has done – and continues to do – in Madison and the surrounding area.
For the remainder of this 40 days of prayer, fasting and community outreach, we intend to gather for continuous prayer on the sidewalk outside of Planned Parenthood on Orin Rd. in Madison.  We look forward to bringing this 40 Days forLife campaign to an energetic and life-saving conclusion.
Thankfully, our presence on the sidewalk will not end when this 40 Days for Lifecampaign comes to a close.  We will continue our prayerful presence in the same location with our 365 for Life campaign.
For more information, contact Gwen at (608)393-8545.
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Peter Weinkotz obituary

Please open the link for Peter Weinkotz’s obituary.  In this life, Peter was a very kind man who spent many years witnessing for life in Madison.  He is missed!  Eternal rest grant unto Peter, O Lord.  May perpetual light shine upon him.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

www.ryanfuneralservice.com/notices/Peter-Weinkoetz

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83 open hours this week!

40 Days for Life in Raleigh, North Carolina – “Prayer works!” said Eileen in Raleigh. And keep praying, because Saturdays are usually one of the busiest days of the week at the abortion facility there. However, she said, this past Saturday was slow. “One car drove up and then drove off. Then another couple went into the clinic and came back out!” Mothers having second thoughts? The Raleigh volunteers don’t know for sure … but they’re certainly hoping and praying that is the case. “Remember that 40 Days for life is occurring all over the world,” Eileen said, “so every second of every minute of every hour of every day, there are hundreds, sometimes thousands of prayer warriors out there calling on God’s grace and mercy to change hearts and minds. “While you or I may not think being there is making a difference,” she added, “God never lets prayer go to waste!”

OPEN HOURS

 
Sunday, 10/8 -1 needed at 1a; 1 needed at 2a; 1 needed at 3a; 2 needed at 4a; 2 needed at 5a; 1 needed at 5p; 1 needed at 7p and 1 needed at 11p.
 
Monday, 10/9 – 1 needed at 1a; 1 needed at 2a; 2 needed at 3a; 1 needed ta 4a; 1 needed at 6a; 1 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 4p; 1 needed at 6p; 1 needed at 8p and 1 needed at 9p.
 
Tuesday, 10/10 – 2 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 4a and 1 needed at 8a.
 
Thursday, 10/12 – 2 needed at 6a; 2 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 10a and 1 needed at 2p.
 
Friday, 10/13 (100th Anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima to the the shepherd children) 1 needed at 12a; 2 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 1p; 1 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 5p; 1 needed at 6p and 1 needed at 7p.
 
Saturday, 10/14 – 1 needed at 12a; 1 needed at 1a; 2 needed at 6a; 2 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 10a; 2 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 2p; 2 needed at 3p; 1 needed at 4p; 2 needed at 5p; 2 needed at 7p; 2 needed at 8p; and 2 needed at 9p.
 
Sunday, 10/15 – 1 needed at 1a; 2 needed at 2a; 2 needed at 3a; 2 needed at 4a; 2 needed at 5a; 2 needed at 7a; 2 needed at 8a; 1 needed at 4p; 1 needed at 7p and 2 needed at 11p.
 
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mailinfo@vigilforlife.org or call Gwen at (608)393-8545.
 

I beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness, and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.

— Ephesians 4:1b-2

Dear Heavenly Father, we are humbled that you have called us and appointed us to be ambassadors of Christ in a world that is not our home. We pray that your Holy Spirit will empower us to walk worthy of the calling. We pray that Your unconditional love will flow through us to those who desperately need Your saving grace. We ask all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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92 open hours this coming week!

Dear Friends of Vigil for Life –

I ran across this quote the other day and thought it applies to many of us.
“We should love and feel compassion for those who unjustly oppose us, since they harm themselves and do us good, for they adorn us with crowns of everlasting glory.  St Anthony Mary Zaccaria

 

 Please come to the sidewalk to pray for an end to abortion.  Come to receive a crown of everlasting glory!  St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, pray for us!

 

 

OPEN HOURS

Sunday, 10/1 – 1 needed at 1a; 1 needed at 2a; 1 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 4a; 1 needed at 9a; 2 needed at 6p; 2 needed at 7p and 1 needed at 11p.
Monday, 10/2 – 1 needed at 2a; 1 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 4a; 1 needed at 6a; 1 needed at 4p; 1 needed at 6p and 1 needed at 7p.
Tuesday, 10/3 – 2 needed at 3a; 2 needed at 4a; 2 needed at 7a and 1 needed at  8a.
Wednesday, 10/4 – 1 needed at 10a.
Thursday, 10/5 – 2 needed at 1a; 2 needed at 7a; 2 needed at 8a; 2 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 10a and 1 needed at 2p.
Friday, 10/6 – 1 needed at 12a; 1 needed at 1a; 2 needed at 2a; 2 needed at 3a; 2 needed at 7a; 2 needed at 8a; 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 5p; 1 needed at 6p and 1 needed at 7p.
Saturday, 10/7 – 2 needed at 12a; 2 needed at 1a; 1 needed at 4a; 2 needed at 6a; 2 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 4p; 2 needed at 5p 2 needed at 6p; 2 needed at 7p; 2 needed at 8p and 2 needed at 9p.
Sunday, 10/8 – 2 needed at 1a; 2 needed at 2a; 2 needed at 3a; 2 needed at 4a; 2 needed at 5a; 2 needed at 7a; 2 needed at 8a; 2 needed at 5p; 2 needed at 6p; 2 needed at 7p and 1 needed at 11p.
To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call Gwen at (608)393-8545.
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2017 40 Days for Life Rules of the Road & Madison Field Guide

Dear Friends of LIFE,

Thank you for your witness, dedication to standing for LIFE and to giving a voice to the voiceless.

If you are new to 40 Days for Life this year or if it’s been a few years since you’ve been to the sidewalk to pray for an end to abortion, please review our Rules of the Road and Madison Field Guide documents. These documents will help familiarize you with our mission and with how we work during 40 Days for Life.

Here are the links for them:

vigilforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/40-DFL-Rules-of-The-Road-FINAL-15-SEPT-2017.pdf

 

vigilforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-Field-Guide-WCC-Highlights.pdf

Many blessings,

The Team at Vigil for Life

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Calling ALL Pro Life MEN

Dear Pro Life Men –

Please join us during this year’s 40 Days for Life campaign.  It started yesterday (9/27) at noon and ends on Sunday, 11/5 at 5 p.m. We are in need of your stand for LIFE mostly in the overnight hours (8 p.m. – 8 a.m.)
Currently we have overnight hours on this coming Saturday, Sunday and Mondaythat need to be filled:
Saturday, 9/30 – 1 needed at 4a; 1 needed at 6a; 1 needed at 8p and 1 needed at 9p.
Sunday, 10/1 – 1 needed at 1a; 1 needed at 2a; 1 needed at 3a and 1 needed at 4a.
Monday, 10/2 – 1 needed at 1a; 1 needed at 2a; 1 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 4a and 1 needed at 6a.
To sign up for an hour or two go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call Gwen at (608)393-8545.
 For some motivation go to: www.youtube.com/watch
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Prayer Countdown: 40 Days for Life starts TODAY at noon!

Let us prepare ourselves in prayer for the start of 40 Days for Life TODAY, asking for the Holy Spirit to inspire and strengthen us!

Let us pray,

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

You, on those who evermore You confess and You Adore, in Your sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with You on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen. 

We ask the Holy Spirit to guide and animate this fall’s 40 Days for Life from start to finish. May it be only for God’s glory. May it be an act of love toward our neighbors. May our prayer, fasting and witness please our Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

To be a part of this life-saving campaign, go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or e-mail info@vigilforlife.org or call Gwen at (608)393-8545.

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