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“Always a blessing when a priest joins us”

Planned Parenthood, Franklin Boulevard, Sacramento, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010


News from the Trenches

(Reprinted with permission from “Blessings from the Sidewalk” published by Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, Sacramento.)

Today a small group of seven Helpers, including Father Patrick Lee, joined in prayer at the sidewalk to pray the Holy Rosary for the spiritual salvation of all those involved in the culture of death. It's always a blessing at the sidewalk when a priest joins us in prayer to witness our Catholic culture of life.

Our regular bilingual sidewalk counselor was not here today due to health reasons so I stepped up to the plate and volunteered for the assignment. My sidewalk counseling skills are novice at best but I was willing to try my best today.

While the remaining Helpers prayed the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries, I stood near the parking lot entrance to Planned Parenthood, trying my best to maintain a friendly and welcoming appearance and with a gesture that I had some information to share. I had few takers today but remained patient. Eventually, a young Hispanic couple, about to exit the parking lot, acknowledged my presence, rolled down their window and invited me to approach them, which I did.

I introduced myself as a Helper of God's Precious Infants and told them that we come to this sidewalk every Saturday morning to promote a culture of life and offer those who are entering Planned Parenthood with information about the risks of abortion and healthy alternatives in case they know someone who is considering an abortion. The male driver asked me if I was part of some church or religious organization. I replied that we are Catholics and Helpers of God's Precious Infants, and then gave him a "Before You Choose" pamphlet, and asked him to share it with anyone he knows who is considering an abortion. He acknowledged that he was supportive of what we do and so did his friend. Then I wished this young couple a Merry Christmas and said goodbye to them with a "God Bless You" greeting.

They were my only contact for the day but it felt good because there have been days when nobody was interested in having me talk to them.

Soon thereafter, the other Helpers finished the last mystery of the Glorious Mysteries. After some closing prayers, we returned to our cars as peacefully and as prayerfully as we had arrived at the sidewalk one hour earlier.

Saturday, December 18, 2010, Planned Parenthood, Franklin Boulevard, Sacramento

Today six Helpers joined at the sidewalk in prayer to pray the Holy Rosary for the spiritual salvation of all those involved in the culture of death. The weather was horribly cold and windy and the dark clouds above warned that substantial rain was imminent.

As the self-appointed leader of today's Helpers, I decided that our peaceful and prayerful presence would be brief and that we would only pray the Sorrowful Mysteries. Our presence at the sidewalk doesn't have to be all or nothing, I explained, for something is better than nothing. A little peaceful and prayerful presence in witnessing our Catholic culture of life is better than no presence at all.

Rather than kneel for the Crucifixion Mystery as we normally do, I instructed them that we would instead bow our heads and close our eyes and meditate being at the foot of the cross with Jesus. As a group, we decided that today we would all pray the Holy Rosary and that there would be no sidewalk counselor.

We prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries during the next twenty minutes and then, after some closing prayers, we returned to our cars on this last Saturday at the sidewalk for 2010.


READER COMMENTS

Posted Friday, January 21, 2011 8:47 AM By The Truth Hurts
There is always a beautiful miracle of hope that takes place when a Catholic priest prays in front of an abortion mill. In Orange County Ca, Father Vincent a Norbertine priest, who prays with Catholics in front of abortion mills, was instrumental through prayer in saving the life of a late term pregnancy. The college student who was 5 months along in her pregnancy, changed her mind due to the prayers of the priest. Another time Father Baca prayed in front of the abortion mill in Orange Ca. Father Baca led the rosary on the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima and there was a statue of Our Lady of Fatima present. A young woman who had already climbed the stairs and entered the abortion mill, turned around and she saw the priest and the statue of our Lady of Fatima. This merciful scene touched her heart to such a degree that she came out and said she would not do it. The priests are so extremely powerful because they can inspire a most merciful reflection because they are alter Christus.

Posted Friday, January 21, 2011 12:10 PM By OneoftheSheep
We are ever so grateful for the commitment of Fr. Patrick Lee, retired priest depicted in this article. Fr. Patrick Lee is so faithful to the pro life community in Sacramento whether he is celebrating mass with us, walking in the Holy Innocents commemorative walk, or helping with Catholics for Life. Did you know he does a walk a thon to raise money for the Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home every year? We love our priests.

Posted Sunday, January 23, 2011 12:41 PM By Abeca Christian
God bless this wonderful priest!

Posted Monday, January 24, 2011 2:49 AM By planetjanetamerica
Sometimes sidewalk counseling does not seem fruitful, but know that at the very least, you are standing at the foot of the cross with that baby. You are his witness, your presence brings him dignity.

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:18 PM By Jeanine
One of the Sheep, Does Fr. Patrick Lee say the Traditional Latin Mass in private now that he is retired?

Posted Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:51 PM By sidewalk counselor
Father Lee is Awesome! He comes out to the sidewalk quite regularly. If only more of our Priests stood up for life.

Posted Monday, March 21, 2011 8:42 AM By bud
Father Lee is the perfect example for many ways. His example, is way up front in this time of a few priests disgracing the rest. Some of us have lost respect for priests in general to assuage our own indifference to the evil in this world. These men have and do give much however, we forget their sacrifices and human frailty and find reasons to justify our own moral laziness.

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