(August 1, 2014) – Before celebrating his graduation from Totino-Grace High School with a party at Como Park on June 7, Isaiah Schick prayed for an hour in the rain outside the Planned Parenthood abortion center in St. Paul with about 30 others (mostly fellow students) whom he had gathered together. “I don’t really like being the center of attention,” Isaiah explained, “but a grad party is just something you do. I thought it would be a good idea to incorporate some aspect of service into the event to make a positive impact on the community, and my family began throwing out some ideas.”
Isaiah said he does his best to pray once a month outside Planned Parenthood, so the idea came up to begin the event with prayer for the preborn and everyone in his immediate family liked the idea. He was pleased with the turnout and is confident that even more would have come had the weather been a little nicer and had he picked a day with a few less graduation parties!
Isaiah began praying outside Planned Parenthood in January 2013 after participating in the March for Life in Washing-ton, DC (he’s gone every year for the past four years). He also prayed once in front of the Duluth abortion mill while on a ski trip with a local parish (St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony).
Isaiah said he’d love to see more people (especially people born after 1973) get out on the streets to protest abortion and to pray for all those who have been affected by it. “Everybody has one hour a month they can set aside to pray and work for an end to the greatest social injustice of our time (or any time, really),” he said. “Stay strong, fight the good fight, and remember that the victory is already His in the end, we just have to be conformed to His will for our lives in the meantime.”
Isaiah will be attending Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio this fall, studying philosophy, theology and catechetics. “I’m still discerning GOD’s plan for my life,” he said, “but I am excited to see what He throws my way.”
Editor’s note—Pro-Life Action Ministries is available to assist pro-life youth with resources, speakers, and help in organizing prayer and witness outside abortion centers (especially if a permit is needed for large groups). If you are a student and want to get connected with others your age in the pro-life cause, contact us.