Powerful pro-life message of ‘Unplanned’ not for faint of heart – Catholic Philly

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NEW YORK (CNS) — The hard-hitting, fact-based drama “Unplanned” (Pure Flix) dares its viewers to confront the reality of what happens when a baby is aborted.

That’s an effective strategy on the part of co-writers and directors Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, not least because the peculiar institution of our day thrives on concealment, muddled thinking and Orwellian euphemisms. But it also means that this emotionally unsparing film is not for the casual moviegoer of any age.

Adapted from the eponymous 2011 memoir by Abby Johnson (Ashley Bratcher), “Unplanned” traces her steady rise to become one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the country. Yet it also shows how she gradually became uneasy about the organization’s marketing of abortion.

Her new stance is welcomed by Abby’s husband, Doug (Brooks Ryan), and parents Kathleen (Robin DeMarco) and Mike (Robert Thomason), all of them pro-life. It also brings reconciliation with some of the protesters she once considered adversaries, including 40 Days for Life activists Shawn (Jared Lotz) and Marilisa (Emma Elle Roberts).

Unsurprisingly, Abby’s ornery former superior, Cheryl (Robia Scott), views her change of heart in a different light. Once Abby’s mentor, infuriated Cheryl becomes the moving force in a lawsuit against her ex-protege as well as against Shawn. Kaiser Johnson steals this portion of the picture playing Shawn and Abby’s unflappable lawyer, Jeff.

While Cheryl is clearly the villain of the piece, the script avoids demonizing all those associated with Planned Parenthood. Nor does it present all pro-life activists in a positive light. Whether this sense of balance will give “Unplanned” any traction with supporters of legal abortion is open to question, however.

Given that the full horror of slaughtering the unborn is on display here, the parents of older teens will have to decide whether the informative value of Abby’s story outweighs its disturbing elements. Those also include a sequence showing the sufferings Abby endured after taking RU-486 in the second of her own two abortions.

The film contains gruesome images of abortion and dismembered fetuses, much medical gore, a mild oath, a few crass expressions and a vague sexual reference. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.


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March 4-Life, Bishop Knestout will be celebrating Mass at the Richmond Convention Center

Bishop Knestout will be celebrating Mass at the Richmond Convention Center at 9 a.m. the morning of the Virginia March for Life on April 3.


Join us for the Virginia March for Life on April 3!

Bishop Knestout will celebrate Mass at the Richmond Convention Center, at 9:00 a.m., prior to the rally at the Capitol.

No registration is required. All pro-life Virginians are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

Additional information is available from the Virginia Catholic Conference.


Movie Invitation – Unplanned, 3/28/19

Dear Friends and Family

I am reaching out to you to invite you to an event at Westchester Theater on March 28 at 6:00 PM. This will sell out so act now on this.

One thing we can all agree on I hope is that a late term abortion is unacceptable as well as the birth and then an abortion or now infanticide.  My friend had an abortion many years ago and is now devoting her life to helping women that have experienced an abortion. Many people have no idea how this affects women, men , families. It is lasting and heart wrenching. We now have a governor that supports infanticide. Unacceptable! Again, unacceptable!

This movie will be hard to watch but it is important for not only to support people of our faith -but also educational. Can you come? My friend will share her testimony then you will watch this movie that was just released.

Here are the details. I ask that you tell me if you can come so I can plan on who is it is not coming.  The sign up only allows two tickets.

Love,  Sylvia


Event-March 28th
Time:  6:00 PM Special Quest Speaker
Movie begins at 7:00 PM
Place: West Chester Theater. Midlothian, VA

More INFO – Please go online to Parkway Baptist Church in Moseley, VA   Then scroll down to events. Then look for the movie “Unplanned”.  The movie is free but they are kindly asking for donations.  I plan to donate a minimum of $10.00 per movie ticket for the tickets I pass on. You will be asked at the theater to kindly donate there.

This is a small window of opportunity for the unborn. Once you get your confirmation please let me know so I can check you off the list.

God bless our babies.

See you there.

Sylvia Dale Diersen
Long and Foster
Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia 

Virginia’s March For Life – April 3, 2019

Join us to stop pro-abortion extremism in Virginia!

April 3, 2019

New York may have just legalized abortion up until birth, but unfortunately, our home state of Virginia is not far behind. State Delegate Kathy Tran recently introduced legislation that would, similar to the new law in New York, allow abortion up until birth. Thankfully, the bill failed in committee, but we also learned that Governor Northam endorsed this extreme pro-abortion legislation; even going so far in a radio interview to suggest doctors could make a decision on whether to provide care for a baby that survived a botched abortion.

It’s critical that every pro-life Virginian make a stand for life at the Virginia March for Life.


11:00 a.m. Rally at the State Capitol  – Capitol Square

12:00 p.m. March for Life Around Capitol Square*

For a map of the march route, click HERE.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for information about parking, buses, etc.



Fr. Brian W. Capuano debuts his own beer

Local priest debuts his own beer at Trapezium Tuesday night

PETERSBURG — It’s not every day that you hear of your local priest blessing his own beer, but that’s exactly what happened Tuesday night at Trapezium Brewing Company, located in Old Towne.

For the past year, Fr. Brian W. Capuano has been working with Trapezium Brewing Company to brew his own beer. The bourbon barrel brown ale was released during a special event on Fat Tuesday.

Fr. Capuano won a Brewer for a Day contest in 2018 that Trapezium held, and so he got to make his own beer. “James Frazer, the brewmaster, was like ’Well, let’s just start with this, what’s your favorite beer on the menu? Which is the brown,” he explained.

The beer called “Father Brian’s” was a smooth brown ale, described on the bottle as “Aged in Jim Beam barrels with glorious amounts of Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans. This brew boasts notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, oak, tobacco and black walnut.”

The afternoon kicked off with Fr. Capuano tapping the firkin at 5 p.m. Then, at 6 p.m., he began the blessing of the beer. After the blessing, the church choir performed a serenade. “Beer was traditionally brewed as an alternative to water. And also as a replacement food. So, the monks in the early days would often drink beer or ales as a way of fasting,” said Fr. Capuano, explaining some of the reasoning behind having the beer release on Fat Tuesday.

The blessing of the beer took place alongside a prayer. As Fr. Capuano began his blessing, he encouraged everyone to drink responsibly and reminded the crowd that he would be hosting confessions the next morning.

“Father Brian’s” beer was sold on draft and in 22 ounce bombers to go. A portion of all proceeds went to St. Joseph Catholic Church to help their stained glass window restoration project.

Fr. Capuano was raised Catholic in Chester. “I started getting active in the trade [priesthood] when I was in college. I did a lot of mission work and I kept being involved in things and I talked to some of our priests.”

His visits to Trapezium didn’t stop after college. Fr. Capuano said it’s not uncommon for him to hold meetings with people at the brewery. “They’d much rather go to a brewery and sit down and talk than come to my office and talk. It’s a little less imposing and nerve wracking.”

And now Fr. Capuano is trying to start holding more events at the brewery. “We’re working right now with Trapezium on hosting a monthly event for the community.”

For more information on Trapezium Brewing Company, visit www.trapeziumbrewing.com.

Lindsey Lanham may be reached at 804-722-5155 or llanham@progress-index.com.

Richmond Catholic Theatre Performance 3/8-10

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Subject: Richmond Catholic Theatre Performance

Dear Theater Lover:

It’s been months of preparation, organization and rehearsal, and now we’re just about there! This weekend — March 8-10 — Richmond Catholic Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of Black Bottle Man, by famed Canadian novelist Craig Russell.

There’s a lot to be excited about! First, it’s another milestone for our still young (four years old) company.

It’s also more international recognition for us, coming after our remarkable Vatican invitation to perform Saint Pope John Paul II’s play, The Jeweler’s Shop, in his hometown of Krakow, Poland during the 2016 World Youth Day.

Our production of Black Bottle Man also is part of Richmond’s Acts of Faith Festival, the longest running theatrical festival dedicated to works of faith in the country. It’s our fourth year in Acts of Faith and we’re as honored to be selected to participate in this prestigious celebration of stage as we were in our first year.

But it’s also the first weekend of Lent. Just as we learn of Satan’s temptation of Jesus during the beginning of the Lenten Season, Black Bottle Man explores man’s weakness and capitulation to evil, but how Christ’s saving grace manifested by a caring community of believers can save one from self-destruction. It’s a spellbinding journey through time and space, over 90 years until the present day.

The performances are at the Dogtown Dance Theater at 109 West 15th Street in the city’s Old Manchester District, this Friday and Saturday night at 7:30, Saturday afternoon at 2:00 and Sunday evening at 5:00.

Those attending Friday night will experience a special treat — a post performance Q&A with the actors, director and the playwright himself, Craig Russell!

You want to know something even more exciting?

If you reply to this e-mail, you will receive two free tickets to the performance of your choice!

It’s that simple. We want to thank you for your support, which has been a large part of our many successes so early in our existence. So, feel to reply to this e-mail and let us take care of the rest!

Yours In Christ,


Christine Arena


Black Bottle Man

Co-Founder, Richmond Catholic Theatre

P.S. Check out my interview this past Tuesday on WNTW’s Good News RVA show!