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The Matching of Catholic Parishes with
Freestanding Abortion Mills

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Background and instructions:

Who made this project possible?

What exactly is this project?

When is the project carried out?

Where is the project carried out?

Why was this project started?

How is the project to be conducted?

How was the matching done?

How do I find out what abortion mill has been matched with my parish?

 

Who made this project possible?

The current project is sponsored by Priests for Life, and was originally designed by Fr. Frank Pavone. Through his constant visits to parishes nationwide, and his interaction with grassroots pro-life activists, Fr. Frank noticed how many parishes are invigorated when they focus pro-life activity on the local killing centers. With the help of the Priests for Life staff, he therefore matched the remaining abortion mills with the Catholic parishes nationwide.

Life Dynamics, Inc., has provided the database of freestanding abortion mills that are remaining in our nation, and keeps it up to date. Click here to see a database of the nation's existing abortion mills.

 

What exactly is this project?

This project is an application of the spiritual power of the Church against the demonic power of the abortion industry. Abortion doesn't just happen. Specific people carry it out in specific places. Likewise, the Church, which opposes abortion, has specific places where its people gather, pray, learn what is right, and find the strength to do it.

Obviously, all of us throughout the nation are responsible for praying and working for an end to abortion throughout the nation, and the closing of every mill in the nation. With this project, however, the very big effort of "the Church" ending "abortion" gets translated into a particular gathering of the Church, a parish, ending the killing at a particular abortion mill close by. This effort increases the focus by which the energy of people in the parish can be channeled. It also provides simple ways that everyone in the parish -- whether young or old, healthy or sick, mobile or homebound -- can direct their prayers for an end to abortion. The success of the project, furthermore, is quite measurable.

The project increases the sense of responsibility that the People of God have for ending abortion. In a form of "spiritual adoption," which has been carried out for a long time in reference to individual unborn children, the entire parish, as a community, "adopts" the abortion mill, all the babies who are brought there, the mothers and fathers, the employees and volunteers, and all who help the mill to function.

The spiritual battle inherent in this project should not be underestimated. One former abortion mill security guard said to a pro-life leader that the mill was "a church -- a place of worship." Ginette Paris, a pro-abortion author, actually wrote a book called "The Sacrament of Abortion," calling this procedure a sacred sacrifice to the goddess Artemis. Some have bumper stickers that say "Abortion is a woman's rite," and it is no secret that witchcraft is sometimes carried out inside abortion clinics. The lining up of the parishes with the mills is a face-off between the false church and the true Church; between the false god, who transforms suffering into violence, and the true God, who transforms violence into suffering; between the innocent blood of babies that cries out for vengeance, and the innocent Blood of Christ that cries out for mercy; between those who make a covenant with death, saying "This is my body, even if the baby dies," and those who renew the everlasting covenant of Life, saying, "This is My Body, given up for you, that you may live forever."

Our Lord told us that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. It is the Church that takes the initiative, storming the gates of sin with the power of grace, the gates of falsehood with the power of truth, and the gates of death with the power of life. And the gates will not stand.

When is the project carried out?

The matching of the abortion mills and the parishes was done in May of 2003. In some places, parishes had already "adopted" abortion mills to pray and work for their conversion and closing. To the degree that we were aware of those situations, we followed that matching in the current list.

Prayer and action on this project is now carried out by the local parishes, any time of the week and as constantly as they can. The project will be complete when every last abortion mill has closed its doors.

 

Where is the project carried out?

The two key places in the project are, of course, the parish Church and the abortion mill. In the Church, prayers and Masses are offered for the conversion and closing of the mill. At the mill itself, prayer vigils, accompanied by sidewalk counseling, street preaching, and leafleting, can be conducted by the clergy, parishioners and others in the community.

The home, of course, is a third place where the project advances by means of family prayer and discussion.

Why was this project started?

Taking the step of matching the parishes to the mills makes our prayer to end abortion much more concrete and specific. It drives home the point that the killing of children is taking place in specific places, at specifically scheduled times. In some cases, these places are within one's own parish boundaries -- an important fact, given the pastoral responsibility that priests and bishops have for all those within their parish or diocese.

Often, the members of a parish -- and even its clergy -- are not aware of the location of the nearest abortuaries. This project makes them aware, and helps to spread that awareness to the wider community as activities are planned for the purposes of converting and closing the killing center.

Abortion is a local phenomenon. In this perspective, ending abortion can seem much more realistic and achievable. Having the abortion mill's staff quit working there, having mothers change their minds about aborting their babies, and causing the place to close, are very measurable, tangible results.

How is the project to be conducted?

While Priests for Life can offer many suggestions, it is up to the individual parish, under the leadership of its pastor, to fashion its unique response and activities. The number of things that can be done is practically limitless.

One simple element that can unite all the parishes in this effort is the prayer that has been composed for the closing of the abortion mill. This prayer can be distributed within the parish on special holy cards, printed in the bulletin, recited at Mass or after Mass, used in the parish school, prayed at home, and so forth.

Parishioners and clergy can likewise go to the abortion mill for prayerful vigils, perhaps conducted in collaboration with other parishes that are praying for the same mill. These vigils can take many forms, such as that carried out by the Helpers of God's Precious Infants. Parishioners can be trained as sidewalk counselors.  

Contact Helpers of God's Precious Infants:
Msgr. Philip J. Reilly, Executive Director
In Residence at:
The Monastery Of The Precious Blood 
5300 Ft. Hamilton Parkway 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 11219 
Telephone (718) 853-2789 

Parishes may want to carry out the "Prodigal Project," by which leaflets, written by former abortionists, are given to the abortion mill workers as they come to or leave the mill. This simple activity has succeeded in leading some people out of the abortion industry.

Parishes may want to start the "Gabriel Project" or some other form of pregnancy resource assistance, inviting people who are tempted to abort their child to come to the loving help of the Church rather than to the abortionists' instruments of death.

A form of "conscientious objection" can be encouraged whereby professionals in the community refuse to provide any kind of service to the abortion mill. Businesses should sever all ties with the killing centers, and in cases where service contracts are in place, individual workers can exercise their right to refuse to violate their conscience.

The United States Catholic bishops, in their Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities, ask that a petition for a Culture of Life be prayed at every Mass. The parish can therefore incorporate the prayer for the conversion and closing of the abortion mill into these daily prayers.

Another pastoral aspect of this project is the outreach of dialogue with those who work in the abortion mill and administer it. Priests for Life provides specific guidance in how to reach out to these individuals.

How was the matching done?

First of all, the matching was done only with free-standing abortion mills, of which there are slightly more than 700 in the United States. It should be noted that these are not the only places where surgical abortions are occurring. This matching does not take into account those hospitals that commit abortions (though only a small percentage of them do so), nor does it identify all the doctors' offices where abortions are done, often secretly. If parishes are aware of these additional killing centers, they are certainly urged to incorporate them into their prayers and actions as they also carry out this specific project linking them to an abortion mill.

The matching follows, for the most part, state and diocesan boundaries. With a few exceptions, abortion mills within the same diocese were chosen for the parishes in that diocese. This was done to emphasize the spiritual unity and responsibility of the local diocesan Church for what happens within its boundaries.

Within a diocese, the zip code of the abortion mill was compared to the zip codes of the nearby parishes. Most abortion mills are concentrated in large cities. This means that within the city boundaries, fewer parishes are covering more mills. The further out from the city one goes, the pattern becomes one of many parishes in the same area covering a single abortion mill, which may not necessarily be close.

In some cases, there may be an abortion mill closer to a parish than the mill that was matched to it. By all means, for this or for any other reason, a parish may indicate to us by email its desire to change the abortion mill for which it is specially assigned, and we will be happy to change that indication on this listing. It is impossible to know all the local situations which, in some instances, may indicate that such a change makes more sense.

We would like to hear from every parish, indicating a confirmation that it will pray and work for the closing of the mill that has been matched to it, or indicating a desire to change the mill to which it has been matched. Moreover, we would like to hear of the activities being conducted, and of the successes that we are confident the Lord of Life will bestow upon our efforts.

 How do I find out what abortion mill has been matched with my parish?

Open the states page by clicking here. Then click on the name of your state. You will see the names of the abortion mills in that state, with a grouping of parishes listed under each one. Use the Search and Find function on your computer to locate, on that page, the name of your parish. (Note: If your parish is in the diocese of Steubenville, OH, you need to click on Pennsylvania, since you have been matched with abortion mills in the Pittsburgh area.)

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