40 Days for Life Update – Day 10

Every day during 40 Days for Life, the Campaign sends a national update. You can receive this too if you just go to the website and sign up – free!

Today’s update features video of the local campaign in Manassas plus an EWTN interview with one of the 40 Days for Life founders, David Bereit. Today’s update is particularly interesting in that it mentions St. Raymond’s clothing drive for the Crisis Pregnancy Center that we held last Fathers’ Day.

Never Under-Estimate the POWER of PRAYER!

The Northern Virginia Women’s Health Clinic in Fairfax was the single largest provider of abortions in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia (3,066 in 2012). Due in large part to the efforts of the 40 Days for Life Vigil keepers NOVA WHC closed its doors in July 2013. Attempts to relocate (and expand!) in Fairfax have also failed – so far.

“And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”
1 John 3:22

Number of Abortions Reduced!
St Raymond’s witnesses at the Alexandria Medical and Professional Plaza on Duke Street. Until 2012 there have been three abortion providers in that plaza. Since 2011 the number of abortions committed in those facilities has dropped by 50%. One facility (Gynecare) reported no abortions in 2012. Praise God! We can’t give up now!

“Pray without ceasing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray for Duke Street Abortionists

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…”
1 Timothy 2:1

Since Oct 2012 one mass a month has been offered for the conversion of Anthony Dunkwu. There will be 13 masses in total with the last one being in Nov 2013. Dr. Dunkwu was the founder, owner and abortionist at Gynecare. We had mass offered for him on Palm Sunday. He died on Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013. Since that time the monthly mass has been offered for the repose of his soul.

“Lead all souls to heaven especially those in most need of thy mercy.”

The present physician at Gynecare is Eteakamba Udoh. (medical degree from Nigeria) It is unclear whether or not Dr. Udoh commits abortion as none were reported in 2012 though he is listed as an abortionist at abortiondocs.org. Mass will be offered for Dr Udoh; please pray for him.

“Lead us not into temptation.”

James Jamal Aria (medical degree from Tehran) is an OB/GYN in private practice on Duke Street who also commits abortion. Starting in March 2014, we have 7 masses scheduled for Dr. Aria – that he change his heart and use his skill in the service of life.

“Have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson is a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who now champions the Pro-Life cause. She is the author of unPLANNED and will talk on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 pm at the Parish Hall.


Life Runners

Life Runners will finally be starting a chapter in the DC area (http://www.liferunners.org). First training event is at St Michael’s in Annandale, 7 a.m. Saturday morning, August 10th. The mission of Life Runners is to pray, fundraise, and run as a Team … All In Christ for Pro-Life! Please come join us as we kick off our running group. Below are additional details from Jeff Grabosky, leader of the DC Life Runners chapter.

While it only takes five people to start a chapter, I am ecstatic that we have well over 50 people signed up in the DC area already! As Life Runners, our mission is to pray, fundraise, and run as a Team … All In Christ for Pro-Life! Our vision is to pray and run as a team until we cross the finish line that ends abortion. Our values are to keep the faith, respect life from conception to natural death, and run so as to win.

My name is Jeffrey Grabosky and I am the DC chapter leader. I certainly hope the chapter expands and we can eventually break into even more groups throughout the DC metro area. At the moment, we are just getting started, so I consider myself so blessed to be involved with you all at the start of our chapter! I’ve been involved with the Life Runners since 2011 and I am so incredibly excited to be getting this area up and running, along with my wife Mary, and my new friend and fellow Life Runner Steven Rossi.

As a group, the Life Runners have a few main events we do each year. We have a 5K in our DC backyard, which is scheduled for January 22nd at the March for Life in East Potomac Park. We also put on a relay that goes all across the country and goes directly through our area. Finally, we have a group marathon / half-marathon each year in the Fall. This year we will be in South Dakota for the Crazy Horse races, and after Air Force and Long Beach, we’ll be at Marine Corps in 2015! Much more information about our organization, fundraising, and events can be found at the website http://www.liferunners.org.

Our First Event!

As a chapter, we try to have some type of event about once a month. The first thing to do if you have not already done so is to order a Life Runners shirt online so you can rock it out for events and races!

Our first DC event will be an adoration and training run! We will get it underway early in the morning to avoid the very hot temperatures and to hopefully avoid other obligations people may have that day. It will be held on Saturday morning, August 10th. We’ll meet at St. Michael’s Parish at 7401 St Michael Lane in Annandale, VA. There is perpetual adoration that you are welcome to spend time in before the run. While I will probably show up with my wife around 6:45am, feel free to show up whenever you like and we will officially meet at the Mary statue outside the Church’s entrance at 7:15am. After talking for just a few minutes about the Life Runners, we will set out on a group training run of no more than an hour (We have a route planned out we will send out before the event). We will then close in prayer back at the Church.

Keep your eyes open for the next event, where we will be gathering together as Life Runners at a local race. For now, what I ask is that you email me back to let me know if you think you will be able to make it or not. Also, please feel free to share this with your friends and family. If you have moved or no longer wish to receive these updates, please let me know as well. I can be reached at jmrodsky@gmail.com. Steven Rossi, who is helping to get this chapter going as well, can be reached at StevenRossi@yahoo.com. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!