Issue 80  | November 2017
In this Issue:

"Building a culture of life isn't something we just do one month of the year, or with one event or initiative-it's essential to who we are. It happens through our daily actions, how we treat one another, and how we live our lives."  -Cardinal Timothy Dolan

FOCUS ON!
Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passingfocus
NEW USCCB RESPECT LIFE PROGRAM  2017-18 ARTICLE


We know earthly death is not the end, but rather the door through which we must pass to gain eternal life. Because of our belief and hope in the Resurrection, we can face death not with fear, but with preparation. Although certainly not comprehensive, the following considerations are provided as starting points for understanding and preparing for this transition, whether it is imminent or not. 

Now and at the Hour of our Death
We prepare for eternal life by choosing to love and follow God now, in our daily lives and decisions. For example, through prayer and regular reception of the sacraments, especially Confession and the Eucharist, we obtain grace to live in ever-deeper communion with God and with one another in lives of faith, charity, and justice. We ask for Our Blessed Mother's help now, and we entrust ourselves to her further as we "surrender 'the hour of our death' wholly to her care."

Forming Our Consciences
Our journey with Christ naturally includes equipping our consciences to make morally good judgments and acting accordingly. Learning about the dignity of human life and the indispensable respect for it, as well as applicable principles for medical care, is particularly important in preparing for our eventual passing.  Read more
Opposition: Opportunity For Encounter 
Render unto Caesar  1790
by Domingos Sequeira

By: Chelsy Gomez
NOVEMBER 3, 2017


In the Gospel of Matthew, the Pharisees ask Jesus if it is lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar; yet, the Pharisees are not actually interested in His answer. Rather, their objective is to trap Jesus through their inquiry. They know a simple yes or no answer would violate either Roman or Jewish law and attempt to use this knowledge to their advantage.

As voters in many states prepare to return to the polls, we're reminded of last year's presidential race, which had a particularly appalling tone and was arguably one of the more divisive campaign seasons. It's no secret that the political climate has yet to improve, and many would argue that the division has even reached new heights.

Whether it be through our social media feeds, evening television news or talk radio pundits, we are all witnesses to a political and cultural climate that similarly asks questions, not to work towards mutual understanding, but to entrap and even destroy an individual or group. Political pursuits seem to be less about achieving the common good and more about winning an argument. We need only to read the comments section of any online posting to see that dialogue and debate has devolved to little more than insults, accusations, and dismissal.  Read More

FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP
Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship 


Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.

"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful  Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship  (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.  For more information visit  our website.

TAKE ACTION
Urge Senators to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Last Updated: 10/18/2017

Your help is urgently needed to protect unborn children and women from late-term abortion. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the House on October 3. Attention now turns to the Senate. Please contact your Senators immediately and learn more about this Action Alert.

Assisted Suicide is Not Healthcare
Last Updated: 10/04/2017

Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Bishop Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development have expressed their strong support for H. Con. Res. 80, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that assisted suicide is a "deadly, discriminatory and non-compassionate practice."   Learn more about this Action Alert.

Last Updated:  09/19/2017

Now is the time to contact your members of Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience. The Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644) has been included in appropriations legislation, H.R. 3354, Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018 which was approved by the House on September 14. The Senate is also encouraged to include it in must-pass, end-of-year FY '18 appropriations legislation.  Learn more about this Action Alert

March for Life 2018


We all are God's children, made in his image and likeness, and that wherever life was threatened - violence, poverty, hunger, discrimination, abortion - God's People defend it. 

Join us in Washington D.C on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:15 a.m as we march for life.
+ CARE & SERVICES cares
As we prepare for the coming of Jesus this Advent season, we are reminded of the precious gift of the Holy Family. Many of today's young mothers face the same challenges as the Holy Family, and are in dire need of shelter, basic amenities, love, and prayer. 

WE NEED YOU! 
Please support the Maternity Advent Project providing pregnancy care to women and families across Long Island. 

METRO, PHONE, and GIFT CARDS are graciously welcomed. 

Please make your donation on line at www.respectlife.drvc.org 

Or make checks payable to: THE DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE 

Place your order today!! 

Kindly return your gifts by December 25 

Thank you for your support!

Project Rachel Hope After Abortion 
Do you know someone who is suffering abortion loss, there is hope and healing after abortion.

The Day of Prayer and Healing for Women  is an opportunity to experience the loving
mercy of God in a safe and sacred space.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 Long Island Location

More Information
For more information, visit the   Project Rachel  Hope After Abortion   website call the Respect Life Office's confidential phoneline: 1-888-456-HOPE(se habla espanol) or email  projectrachel@drvc.org to begin healing after abortion loss.

 En Español:  Esperanzaposaborto.org
LIFE AND DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
A discussion guide from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services

Catholic social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of today's world.

Read More
9 Days For Life: January 18-26, 2018 

The ideal setting for this "One Night of Prayer, Penance, and Pilgrimage" would be a youth or young adult program.

The goal of the program is to introduce young people to the 9 Days for Life novena. A short guide that suggests ideas for youth or young adult ministries seeking to incorporate the novena into their parish 
programming in January 2018.   More information

Spiritual Adoption Program

The Purpose of the Spiritual Adoption Program is threefold:
  • Encourage parishes, schools and other communities to pray for babies in danger of abortion.
  • Educate adults and children about the development of the pre-born child.
  • Provide mothers in need with assistance at a 'baby shower' of donated baby gifts, or simply celebrate with a 'birthday party' at the conclusion of the program. In some schools a crib was bought with monetary gifts and the children filled a crib with gifts for expectant Mothers.
This is done by encouraging people to "spiritually adopt" an unborn baby, and to follow their baby along the path to being born.   Read More
SAVE THE DATE

April 28, 2018
St. Gianna Mass For Women and Families

Information To Be Announced
Seven Themes Of Catholic Social Teaching

The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of  papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. In these brief reflections, we highlight several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching.   Read More
2018 Respect Life Youth Contest!
Introducing a New Category, 
the Student/Senior Video Interview!
 
Contest Theme 
" BE NOT Afraid "
 for  Level ONE - grades 7-8 &  Level TWO -grades 9-12
DEADLINE DECEMBER 15, 2017
We welcome all Catholic youth in grades 7 - 12 who live in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and/or attend Catholic elementary schools, high schools or parish programs including religious education, youth groups and youth choirs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to participate. We also encourage children with special needs to participate.




Respect Life Parish Ministry Educational Overview Training 

Now available online for Respect Life Parish Ministry Educational Overview Training. Please go to our website to start your training and gain insightful knowledge on Respect Life Issues or Concern's. 


Educación en línea  construyendo una cultura de vida, Educación y Formación General Para el Ministerio Parroquial de  Respeto a la Vida

El entrenamiento en línea de Educación y formación general para el Ministerio Parroquial del Respeto a la Vida, está ahora disponible. Por favor, vaya a nuestra página del internet para empezar su entrenamiento y obtenga conocimiento profundo sobre asuntos del respeto a la vida y otros asuntos.

 
Para mayor información ó dar inicio al entrenamientoar 
November 
1st 
Solemnity of All Saints
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,  And I will give you rest, says the Lord. MT 11:28
21st
Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
God loved us, and sent his Son
as expiation for our sins.  
1 JN 4:10B

2nd
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
Come, you who are blessed by my Father;
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. MT 25:34

22nd
Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
I chose you from the world,
to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
JN 15:16

6th

Part 2 builds on the foundation for understanding the general principles of the Order of Christian Funerals learned in Part 1.
 

24th
Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;no one comes to the Father except through me.  JN 10:27

6th
For individuals wishing to be members of an RCIA team in a parish.

24th
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.  JN 10:27

8th
 
Date: Wednesday,  November 8, 2017
Time:  8 PM St. Joseph School Auditorium
Location:450 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY

26th
  The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! 
MK 11:9, 10

8th
A free workshop for those who are grieving, offering support, education and strategies to cope with loss of a loved one during the holiday season.
30th
Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle
Come after me, says the Lord,
and I will make you fishers of men.

All scripture taken from the USCCB Daily Readings  http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/
WORD OF LIFE | PALABRA DE VIDA 
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Word of Life -English                
                                  
 
Including a Prayer for a Mother Before Childbirth and Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for an Expectant Mother 
Please include these in your Sunday Bulletin.   
BULLETIN INSERTS - FOR PARISH RESPECT LIFE INSERTS
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Additional Respect Life Informational Websites

DEUS CARITAS EST ...  GOD IS LOVE

Allison O'Brien, Director 
Patricia Fox,  Project Rachel Ministry Coordinator
S. Elizabeth A. Geraghty 
Diana Tellis, Ministry/Dept. Assistant 
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Ashley Foster, Media Specialist

CONTACT US
RESPECT LIFE OFFICE
50 North Park Ave.
F: (516) 536-3473
Rockville Ctr., NY 11570
P: (516) 678-5800
Exts. 626 & 381

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