Good Friday rosary at Planned Parenthood offers prayers, support for pregnant women

Catholics from all over the Valley gathered at a Glendale Planned Parenthood Good Friday to pray for the unborn, their mothers and clinic workers.
Catholics from all over the Valley gathered at a Glendale Planned Parenthood Good Friday to pray for the unborn, their mothers and clinic workers.

GLENDALE — Carrying rosaries, pushing babies in strollers and bearing images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Catholics from throughout the Diocese of Phoenix gathered in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic in a Glendale neighborhood Good Friday.

Local police estimated the crowd of faithful exceeded 500.

The clinic provides medication-induced abortions up to nine weeks and surgical abortions up to 24 weeks when women are visibly pregnant and feeling the unborn child within them kick.

The Hope Ultrasound Mobile Unit was parked nearby offering free pregnancy tests and ultrasound exams for women, hoping to persuade them to choose life. Pro-life advocates have often stated that about 90 percent of women who view ultrasound images of their unborn baby decide against abortion.

Fr. Mike Straley, pastor of nearby Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, said his parishioners pray outside the abortion clinic at least monthly.

“I think it’s important on Good Friday to pray not just in our churches but to pray publicly and to take a stand for life,” Fr. Straley said.

Jennifer Blackstad of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Tempe was one of those who took a public stand. Blackstad brought her three young children, one in a stroller, to the rosary event.

“We came because it’s Good Friday and one of the best things that we can do is teach them about the sacredness of life,” Blackstad said. “Good Friday is the one of the best days of the year that we can reinforce that with them.”

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted thanked those who organize the yearly gathering as well as those who participated in the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign during Lent. The prayers, he said, are changing people’s lives.

It was important to gather for prayer at the abortion clinic on Good Friday, Bishop Olmsted said, “because the innocent are killed here every day and today, in this time in history, this is precisely where Jesus would want us to be with Him.”

Mike Phelan, director of the Office of Marriage and Respect Life for the Phoenix Diocese, helped organize the rosary gathering and was there with his family.

The killing of innocent lives is “happening here today and so we’re present like Mary the Mother of God and St. John were at the foot of the cross,” Phelan said. “This is part of the redemptive work of the Church.”

Catholics, Phelan said, need “to be present in solidarity with the babies that are being killed and the mothers and those in the clinic who work there and don’t even know why their lives are miseries.”

Kevin Barraza, SSJ, a seminarian at the Pontifical College Josephinum, led one of the rosary decades in English and Spanish.

“I came to pray in celebration of life and for an end to abortion,” Barraza said.


  1. It is well to call such facilities “abortion businesses”.

    A man whose name it is an offense to utter once said “It will be necessary to open special institutions for abortions [‘clinics’] and doctors must be able to help out there in case there is any question of this being a breach of their professional ethics.”

    It is categorically untrue that “life is a disease process for which death is the ‘cure’ “.

    So, it helps us to better hold the Truth in our minds and hearts by calling such a place of dedicated darkness, a name which, by its very definition, reminds us that it is engaged in an activity which is in no way therapeutic.

  2. Any word about the fathers who kill their unborn children by not providing food/ medical care ?

    Are fathers responsible for their unborn children? or it is only the mothers ?

    • Hi Jenny,

      Unfortunately fathers, for the most part, are equally responsible for this genocide. Currently laws don’t allow the fathers to have any say on what a mother does or does not do, but reality is that many of these women will follow the man’s lead. As someone involved in securing multiple abortions for girlfriends when I was younger and had little intelligence, I know first hand the horrors of abortion, but also the conflicting thoughts that are going through a young father and and a young mother’s head. I pray for the youth of today as wanting to engage in sexual relations is normal, but our society does not encourage marriage until one is out of college and can financially handle the responsibilities. Of course puberty hits a good decade before that and the youth of today have an immediate conflict of interests. Abortion seems the easy fix. Of course, it isn’t, as so many can attest to.

      At the end of the day, nothing justifies slaughtering the unborn. Nothing. I had a daughter when I was 23, which helped me see the light. Greatest gift a person can have. If you asked all the women who debated abortion but eventually chose life, you wouldn’t find any regrets. If you asked women who chose abortion, you see tons of regret. Re-read those last two sentences. They say a lot and hopefully young women will have the courage to stand up to their boyfriends who are demanding they slaughter their children.

      Unfortunately, many women have no qualms to slaughter the unborn and don’t need a boyfriend to encourage it. Pray for them also.

      Do you think a women should be allowed to have an abortion if the boyfriend (father) does not want her to? If you think she should be able to, then is it fair to put the father on equal footing in the abortion debate?

      God Bless.

  3. A beautiful site indeed. Surely, this is what Our Lord wants of us.

    “With enough prayer and faith, one could physically move a mountain”.

    The Blessed Virgin Mary


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