By: Anne DeSantis
Philly March for Life
The Pro-life Union of Greater Philadelphia held the 2nd Annual March for Life in Center City Philadelphia on Saturday, March 26th, 2022. The day began with Roman Catholic Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul with Fr. Dennis Gill as the presider of the Mass.
After the Mass, an ecumenical prayer service was held on the side lawn of the Cathedral which included praise and worship. More than 1,000 people marched from the Cathedral to an abortion facility nearby to pray together for an end to abortion. The day concluded with a rally at Independence Hall in Center City where speakers such as Dr. Monique Ruberu, pro-life OB-GYN, Pastor Herb Lusk III, Michael Geer, President and CEO of the Family Institute, Pete DeMaio, President of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Fr. Christopher Walsh, Pastor of Saint Raymond of Penafort and Chairperson of the Pro-life Union, Toni McFadden, Pro-life Activist and Speaker, Sister Maeve, Sisters of Life, and headline speaker Kristan Hawkins, National Director of Students for Life. Those who attended the rally were blessed to hear awesome testimonies for life.
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation was blessed to be in attendance for the event as we are a partnering organization with the Pro-life Union of Greater Philadelphia. Anne DeSantis, Executive Director and Mickey Kelly, President of SRNF were in attendance as well as two Mercedarians, Fr. Daniel Bowen, O.deM accompanied by postulant to the priesthood Kevin who studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA.
To learn more about our Catholic pro-life non-profit, visit our website at Nonnatus.org. We offer pastoral accompaniment for families in crisis which covers an arrary of areas of concern such as marital issue, divorce/separation, job loss, sickness/health crisis, relationship challenges, pro-life issues, and more. Be sure to make a free pastoral consultation with us to speak to a Mercedarian friar who will offer you prayer, care, and the guidance of the Catholic Church. Click HERE to make your free appointment. We thank all those who support our mission through prayer and partnering with us for a donation to our cause. Be sure to help us spread the word about our work to bringing hope and healing to families in crisis.
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St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith
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By: Anne DeSantis
Who Are Families in Crisis?
Families who are facing adversities come in various forms. Some families are affected by divorce or separation, some deal with health crises and sickness. Other families deal with job loss, relationship issues, or emotional/psychological traumas. During this season of Lent, families facing hard times can grow in their relationship with Christ and the Catholic Church.
Three Ways for Families to Grow
Families who are suffering and facing adversity can grow closer to God in various ways. Below are three specific ways that you and your family can grow closer to the Lord and one another during the Lenten Season.
Prayer as a Family
Daily prayer is essential to foster a relationship with God. Taking the time to pray together as a family is the best way for growth. When prayer becomes a commitment to love and serve Christ in unison, good things will happen. Carve out time each day to pray together even if just for a short while. You will be glad you did.
Accpetance of Your Situation with God's Help
We live in a world that attempts to avoid suffering at all costs. When your family is going through trauma, perhaps the best way to unite to Christ is through acceptance of your current situation as a cross that Christ will help to carry for you. This does not mean accepting evil, bad behavior, or sin. It means accepting the circumstances in your life at the current time and trusting that God will lead you through the darkness to better times. There are no magic wands in the spiritual life. Be patient with God, and He will continue to stay close to you each day.
Almsgiving is a wonderful way to grow closer to God as a family. Although you may be suffering yourself due to your life circumstances, the Lord can use you and your family to be a blessing to others especially those who have a worse situation than you do. Monetary giving is not the only way to give to others. We can give our time, our care, and our prayers.
Make Your Free Pastoral Consultation
The Church CARES and so does the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith. Make your free pastoral consultation with a Mercedarian friar to receive the pastoral support your may need at this time. Click the link below to make your appointment, and have a blessed Lenten Season:
Free Pastoral Consulation Link