25 open hours this week!

Praise God that this past Friday our sidewalk counselors were able to send a young couple over to the Women’s Care Center and they were also able to witness to some members of a street maintenance crew that were working on the street in front of PP as they asked our sidewalk counselors what they were doing there.

Please sign up for an hour this week!

OPEN HOURS

Monday, 11/13 – 1 needed at 12p and 1 needed at 1p.
Tuesday, 11/14 – 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 11a and 1 needed at 2p.
Wednesday, 11/15 – 1 needed at 1p; 2 needed at 2p; 2 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 4p and 2 needed at 5p.
Thursday, 11/16 – 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 11a and 1 needed at 12p.
Friday, 11/17 – 2 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.
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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Father and maker of all,
You adorn all creation with splendour and beauty,
and fashion human lives in Your image and likeness.Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of Your hands,
and renew among Your people a readiness to nurture and sustain
Your precious gift of life.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever,
Amen.

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26 open hours this week!

Thank you to all who took part in this year’s 40 Days for Life campaign!  You are all answers to prayers that have been prayed before this 40 Days for Life  campaign and all of the way through it.  Thank you for listening to God speaking in your hearts and for coming to the sidewalk to take part in this 40 Days for Life campaign.

For this 2017 fall 40 Days for Life campaign, there were around 375 locations and around 25 countries that took part.  Since the start of it, there have been 480 babies and their mothers saved from abortion (that we know of).  On October 31st, a call was received from one of our sidewalk counselors to let us know that a sidewalk counselor visiting from out of town was able to reach out to a young mother and father who were considering abortion.  She was able to send them over to the Women’s Care Center and they reported back that they chose LIFE for their baby!  Part of this scenario most likely happens so much more than we know.  Most often we do not get any feedback from the mothers who we send, through God’s grace, over to the Women’s Care Center.  We do know that more women who go to the Women’s Care Center choose life for their babies than not.  Right now, the Women’s Care Center is serving around 180 pregnant mothers.

I would like to give special recognition to people without whom this 40 Days for Life would have fallen flat:

Mary Markielewski, our Vigil Captain coordinator.  If an hour was not filled and we couldn’t find anyone to fill it, Mary did.  At last count, Mary was at around 75 hours on the sidewalk during this campaign.  God bless you Mary!

John Bohn, our sign in sheet coordinator and organization guru.  He made sure the sign in sheets were well organized and out for all to sign.  John also stepped up to fill  a lot of open hours and helps us to see humor in all situations.

All of our Vigil Day Captains who made endless calls to “rally the troops” for getting out to pray and witness and foroften getting out to the sidewalk to fill hours themselves: Olivia Bohn, Jan Hess, Ken Pientka, Bette Weisshaar, Katie Mueller and Kathleen Terry.

Bryan Kust, Vern Acker and Huan Hoang were real Godsends as they filled lots of our unfilled overnight hours!

Others high up in hours were: Joe Nicosia, Karen Wagner, Don Hudzinski, Judy Hoffman and Alan Mahinski.

We had 13 parishes that committed to weekly hours during this campaign and 6 K of C Councils that did the same.

Thank you all so much for the gift or your prayers and time.  We also want to thank all of the spouses and families fortheir sacrifices of having one or more family members giving so much time to 40 Days for Life.

Of course, we will never really know how much difference our prayers and presence have made until we get to Heaven.  We are assured on earth of the difference it makes when we hear the beautiful stories of the mothers and fathers who have chosen life for their babies like we heard about during this campaign. Vigil for Life is so grateful to God for all of you!

Although 40 Days for Life has ended, we still have our 365 for Life presence to keep on the sidewalk.  Please sign upfor an hour this week:

Monday, Nov. 6th – 2 needed at 9a; 2 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 2 needed at 2p.

Tuesday, Nov. 7th – 1 needed at 9a and 1 needed at 2p.

Wednesday, Nov. 8th – 2 needed at 1p; 1 needed at 4p and 2 needed at 5p.

Thursday, Nov. 9th – 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 12p and 1 needed at 1p.

Friday, Nov. 10th – 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 10a; 2 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p and 1 needed at 2p.

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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Mother, Father and Baby SPARED from abortion TODAY

Received a call earlier today from the sidewalk.  A sidewalk counselor visiting from out of town was able to reach out to a young mother and father who were considering abortion.  She was able to send them over to the Women’s Care Center and they reported back that they chose LIFE for their baby!  Please keep them all in your prayers!

Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!

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40 Days for Life Closing Prayer Vigil and celebratory meal

40 Days for Life Closing Prayer Vigil with Eucharistic Procession

Join fellow 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers and sidewalk counselors as we all close out this year’s 40 Days for Lifecampaign with a Eucharistic Procession led by Fr. Richard Heilman.  We are all excited to end the campaign with a Eucharistic Procession as it is so important to have the REAL PRESENCE of Christ on the sidewalk.  This Eucharistic Procession will take place on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Rd., Madison, WI at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 5th.
After the prayer vigil, please come and celebrate with a meal at St. Dennis Parish Center, 413 Dempsey Road, Madison, WI.  Vigil for Life will provide the entree, please bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.
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75 open hours this week!

One week to go for this year’s 40 Days for Life campaign!  Thus far in this campaign (that is happening simultaneously in 375 cities in 25 different countries) there have been a reported 366 babies lives saved from abortion.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  While we have not heard of any direct saves in our Madison campaign, our witness during this 40 Days for Life campaign has sent numerous young mothers over to the Women’s Care Center where we know more young mothers choose life for their babies than not!

Let’s have a STRONG finish to this year’s campaign.  Please sign up for an hour (or two) this week!

Monday, 10/30 – 1 needed at 2a; 1 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 4a; 1 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 6p; 1 needed at 7p; 1 needed at 8p and 2 needed at 9p.

Tuesday, 10/31 – 1 needed at 12a; 2 needed at 3a; 2 needed at 4a; 2 needed at 8a and 1 needed at 11p.
Wednesday, 11/1 – 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 11a and 1 needed at 2p.
Thursday, 11/2 – 2 needed at 7a; 2 needed at 8a; 2 needed at 9a and 1 needed at 10a.
Friday, 11/3 – 1 needed at 12a; 2 needed at 1a; 2 needed at 2a; 2 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 4a; 1 needed at 5a; 2 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 9a; 2 needed at 12p and 2 needed at 9p.
Saturday, 11/4 – 2 needed at 1a; 1 needed at 2a; 1 needed at 3a; 1 needed at 4a; 2 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, 11/5 – 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 and 2 needed at 4p.
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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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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