PCUC New Castle Events
The New Castle Chapter of People Concerned for the Unborn Child (PCUC) announces plans to memorialize the more than 59 million unborn American baby boys and girls lost to abortion and to offer sympathy and concern for their mom’s, millions of whom are forever hurt by an abortion decision. Upcoming events include the annual “Light A Candle for Life” Prayer Vigil on Wednesday, January 20th and a bus trip to the “March for Life” on Friday, January 22nd.
“On Friday, January 22nd, our nation will mark the 43rd Anniversary of the deadly ‘Roe vs. Wade’ & Doe vs. Bolton U.S. Supreme Court abortion decisions. We invite clergy and lay people to join us as we Defend God’s Gift of Life through prayer and action. Our actions through our upcoming events include prayers by local clergy and all who attend.”, said Claudia McConnell, Vice-Chair of PCUC. “We are offering free pro-life bulletin inserts to all area churches and have requested Masses at local Catholic churches for the unborn babies lost to abortion.”, she said.
The 30th Annual “Light A Candle for Life” Prayer Vigil will begin on Wednesday, January 20th at 6pm at Kennedy Square (the diamond) with prayer and the lighting of 1,000 luminaria candles in memory of the unborn American baby boys and girls lost to abortion. Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Rev. Chad Stoecker, Pastor, First Assembly of God. Sammy Bessell, 5th grade St. Vitus student will sing “God Bless America”. Those attending will kneel in prayer as they open the white luminaria bags, add sand, then place and light the candles. “Students from St. Vitus and New Castle Christian Academy marked names on the luminaria bags ‘for babies who never got to have a name’.”, said Diane Marcella, PCUC Chapter Chair.
The Prayer Service and program will begin at 7PM inside the Marian Room at St. Mary’s Church, a block from the diamond. The Marian Room is accessed via the down ramp on the left side of St. Mary’s Church, which provides access to those with wheelchairs or walkers. Speaker will be Dr. Dan Callaghan, local Ear, Nose & Throat specialist. His talk is titled “Defending God’s Gift of Life”. Prayers will be led Pastor Randy Crum, Wayside Emmanuel Church and Rev. Father John Schmidt, St. Elias the Prophet Orthodox Church. Students from St. Vitus will sing “I’m Glad that God Made Me”, composed by Reatha Gibbs, Music Minister, Prevailing Word World Outreach Center. Those attending are requested to bring new or gently used and laundered baby items to be donated to the local Catholic Charities Pregnancy & Parenting ministry. Melissa McClymonds of Catholic Charities just informed us that there is a desperate need for baby clothes – newborn to 24 months, blankets, diapers – newborn to size 5 and formula. Refreshments of hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be served.
PCUC has reserved a 56 passenger bus to the 42nd annual “March for Life” in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 22nd. “We have people of all ages going with us to the March and there are still seats available. The cost is $40 for adults and $30 for students. We are offering a special price of $20. for individual students in a group of four or more and members of the clergy travel for free.”, said Joanne Mellott, PCUC Treasurer. For Reservations, call Diane at 724-658-8662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“This is a huge event with hundreds of thousands coming from across the nation to peacefully stand up for the value and dignity of all human life.” said Marilyn Wagner, PCUC Secretary.
“If you’ve never made the trip, please consider joining us as we “March for Life” up Capitol Hill where we have an appointed time to speak with our U.S. Senators, Pat Toomey & Bob Casey, Jr. and Congressmen, Mike Kelly & Keith Rothfus who represent Lawrence County,”, she said. The group will leave New Castle 4:45a.m., Friday, Jan. 22nd, attend the March for Life at 12 Noon, walk onto Constitution Avenue to “march” up to Capitol Hill, in front of the Supreme Court and into the office buildings of our legislators. We leave Washington at 5pm, stop for dinner and return between 12midnight and 1a.m. Saturday.