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Grounded and Settled Youth Group Defend Life at the West Hempstead Street Fair

God gave us a most beautiful day to host our Church’s first street fair booth. Mixed in among vendors selling pickles on sticks and Elvis CD’s, our booth was giving away pro life materials and information about our church’s many services to families and individuals. Intercessor choir music and Kelly Tanza’s “Choose Life” single joined with unseen heavenly forces to proclaim that God is pro life.
Throughout the morning and afternoon we gave away “good news” – New Testaments, choir tapes, Changed Lives at the Cathedral booklets, Intercessor invitation cards, church ministry info, and a variety of respect life materials.
I’d like to thank the many people who helped make this event so successful:
Celeste Broyles from LI Coalition for Life who provided great printed pro life materials for our table as well as fetal models showing the growing baby at various stages of development. These models were the biggest attention-getter and drew fair goers to our table. Celeste also helped by training me at the previous week’s Westbury Street Fair, where LI Coalition had a pro life table.
Fr. Joe Ciccarello and Fr. Stephen Maloney – for their active support and generous supply of materials.
Alan Melanson and Jamie LeGrand – for involving the youth group. Alan and Jamie took several youth group members to Ireland last year as part of Fr. Terry Gensemer’s annual CEC for Life pro life mission trip. While there they worked in the streets with Youth Defence, the pro life organization that’s responsible for keeping abortion illegal in Ireland.
Grounded and Settled Youth Group members – You are awesome! You did it all!
Jeanne Bifulco – Jeanne and her daughter Hayley worked at the booth for the entire day. Their knowledge of respect life issues greatly blessed all those that met them. Because they are local West Hempsteaders and know many in the community a lot of neighborhood people came to see our display (and the huge dish of candy they brought!).

Our youth group ran the booth from giving away materials to answering questions. Several, like twins Brian and Andrew Kenney, Asher Korycka and Justin Bethany, wanted to take the “good news” to the streets. They came out from behind our table and greeted passersby offering them church invitation cards, pro life information and “Smile, your mom chose life!” stickers. Our youth were quite creative in displaying their pro life beliefs. Several, including Rachel Korycka, Sara Ott and Gina Roy drew “Choose” and “Life” on the backs of their hands while Sara covered her face with the previously mentioned “Smiley” stickers.
We got along well with our neighbors. The woman on the left even asked us to mind her tea kettle booth while she grabbed a bite to eat. Our neighbor on the other side had a daughter about the same age as our youth group members. Several times I noticed her wistfully studying our young warriors in action. I wonder what kind of impressions she was left with.
Encouraging Comments from Fair Goers
“My son was born at 24 weeks. My doctor had recommended an abortion rather than deliver him prematurely. Twenty-six years later he’s doing fine.”
An 86-year old grandmother told us, “I was only 2 lbs when I was born – look at me now.”
Several stopped to encourage us, “This is a good thing you’re doing. Thank you.”

Liturgical Muscle Memory
A really funny moment occurred as we started playing the House of Prayer tape. It was queued to the point where Bp. Craig proclaims (at full volume), “The Lord is with you!” Alan turned around startled as though the bishop had just appeared and the youth group members came to attention, their body language saying, “And also with you!”

Jeanne Bifulco patiently explained God’s truths to a high school senior who held very different beliefs. She said later that he’s been to their home where she’d previously given him a New Testament and is praying for his salvation.

As I saw the week before at the Westbury Street Fair, young people are drawn to the models of the developing child. Unlike some adults, they are comfortable viewing and handling the models and asking questions. We gave away 100 actual-sized models of a 15-week old (from conception) child. Along with each model we gave people a card that described what the child could do at each of the first 15 weeks.

Also participating were: Joseph Ciccarello, Brianna Osborn, Daniel Heaphy, MacKenzie Rohde, Josiah Maloney, Abigail Tanza, and Kristen Tanza.




“Bella”, the most important movie in years is coming to DVD Tomorrow, May 6.

I can honestly say this is in my top 5 movies of all time, you must see this movie. We are not receiving anything for putting this message out, this is not a paid advertisement. We feel so strongly in the message and passion of this movie we feel compelled to do everything we can to promote it.

Two years ago at the March for Life in Washington DC, we had the privilege of hosting an advanced screening of the movie Bella. I was some what anxious as the packed theatre had to wait until almost midnight before we could start the movie. Everyone was cold and tired as we had been out on the streets most of the day at prayer vigils and other pro-life events. I hoped that the mostly younger crowd would appreciate what they were about to experience.

When the movie was over I was trying to wipe the tears from my eyes before anyone could notice I had been crying. I knew I was going to enjoy the movie from the previews I had seen, but I never knew it would move me this much. I have seen the movie at least 20 times now, and I have been just as inspired each time.

This is not your typical cheesy Christian movie. They do not get the point across with preaching and judgment. The movie shows how the love of God and family can change the world. This movie shows us how we can love someone and share the hope of Christ with out shoving religion down their throats. This movie embodies love like almost no other movie I have seen.

If you just buy one movie this year, it has to be “Bella” – Bella will be in stores on DVD Tomorrow, May 6th

Watch the trailer below or at

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper
Stand True Ministries

Pro-Life T-Shirt Day

This past Tuesday, April 29th, was the 6th Annual Pro-Life T-shirt day hosted by Rock for Life and ALL.  This was a simple way people to let people know their stance on life.  This is the type of creativity we are looking for in the CEC for Life 2008 Contest.

So, how many you participated in this?  How many of you knew this was even happening?  Fr. Terry has been doing broadcasts off and on of the last 2 months and we are trying to get these type of events out there.  Let us know if this is working.





National Mother’s Day Baby Shower

Alright…I know it has been a really long time since I posted something here, so let me first apologize to Sarah since I was getting on to her about posting things. With that out of the way, I just wanted to let everyone know of a great pro-life event that is sponsored by Stand True Ministries. They are organizing a National Mother’s Day Baby Shower. I would encourage everyone to get involved. Here at Intercessor, we are supporting a local ministry called Momma’s House, which provides housing and care for young women that have no where else to turn. The idea of this event is to contact a local crisis pregnancy center, like Birthright International, and find out what needs they have and then collect those items. It’s a simple idea, but can have a great impact on your local community. Check out the website to find out how to sign up.


Alan M.

Orphans…(Pt. 2)

So last week I began chewing on the definition of “orphan.”  How do we minister to these to them?  This past weekend my church went to Planned Parenthood and prayed the Liturgy at Time of Death for the Pre-born.  During this service there is a time of releasing the murdered children into the arms of God.  For me, this is the greatest way we can minister to these orphans.  What are some ways you think we can minister to these orphans?  Leave a comment below.



The CEC for Life 2008 contest is now officially underway!
This year’s contest purpose is aimed to tap into the creativity of youth today to release the gifts of the Holy Spirit each one is given through their ideas.
We are asking that each participant submit an original idea to protest abortion and draw others into a pro-life worldview. You may express your ideas through a DVD/movie presentation, Website, etc. You must also include how you would draw others to participate in your idea and promote it (i.e. How would you promote your website, What ways of communication would you use?).
You must also include who your audience will be for your idea. (i.e. Is your idea intended only for youth, or for the young at heart as well?).
Here are some ideas that have ignited passion in the heart of the pro-life movement especially through youth.
1.Silent Siege
2.Silent Day of Awareness
3. Pro-life t-shirt day
4. Crosses matched to number of abortions
5. Stand True Ministries
 We are asking you to present an original idea that would be helpful to ignite another passionate drive in the hearts and minds of youth today.
We will select three winners who will receive their airfare and hotel expenses (w/roommate) paid for to attend the International Convocation, July 30- Aug. 1, 2008. For international entries we will provide a $550 scholarship towards your trip.
All entries must be submitted by April 15th and winners will be announced April 18th 2008.
Please send your entries to:

CEC for Life
4614 Carnegie Ave.

Fairfield, AL 35064