Issue 70
January 2017
In this issue: 
The Respect Life Office wishes you a peace and joy filled New Year. 

March For Life 2017

Join us on January 27, 2017 as we come together to support Life. 

Pre-Diocesan Gathering:

Friday, January 27, 2017
at 11:15 am

(West side of the Washington Monument and 
the March will start at 15th Street NW and 
continue on Constitution Avenue.)
Post Prayer Service and Blessing:
Continuously, at 15 minute intervals
From: 2:00 pm -4:00 pm

Sr. JOSEPH'S ON CAPITOL HILL 313 2nd Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 Phone: (202) 547-1223

For more information or to download registration forms visit ou website .

If any parish has any March for Life activities please contact the 
Respect Life Office.

9 Days For Life: Prayer, Penance, And Pilgrimage
9 Days For Life

On January 22 our nation will mark the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss - often in silence.

Join thousands of Catholics across the country in prayer for a Culture of Life from Saturday, January 21, 2017 -  Sunday, January 29, 2017. 

For more information visit

4 Ways to Join

January 8, 2017
The Epiphany of the Lord
Gospel taken from the USCCB Daily Readings

The Worship Of The Wise Men

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,  in the days of King Herod, 
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,  "Where is the newborn king of the Jews?  We saw his star at its rising  and have come to do him homage."  When King Herod heard this,  he was greatly troubled, 
and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,  He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea,  for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel."
Then Herod called the magi secretly  and ascertained from them the time of the star's appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
"Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word,  that I too may go and do him homage." After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,  until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,  and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures  and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,  they departed for their country by another way. 
MT 2:1-12

View Gospel:
A Prayer For Life

Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,  and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain  your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord  Jesus Christ, your Son,  who lives and reigns with you in   the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.

Una Oración Por La Vida

Padre y creador de todo,   que adornan toda la creación 
con el esplendor y la belleza,   y la moda vidas humanas   en su imagen y semejanza. 
Despierta en cada corazón  reverencia por la obra de tus manos, y renuevas entre tu gente   una buena disposición para nutrir y sostener 
tu precioso regalo de vida.  Te lo pedimos por nuestro Señor  Jesucristo, tu Hijo,   que vive y reina contigo en   la unidad del Espíritu Santo, 
Dios por los siglos de los siglos. 


Copyright © 2001, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved. Image: Detail, Madonna and Child by Giotto (c. 1266-1337). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Used with permission. USCCB Publishing. To order Pub No. 5-486, call 800-235-8722.
January 9, 2017
The Baptism of the Lord
Gospel taken from the USCCB Daily Readings

The Baptism of Christ is a fresco by Pietro Perugino  (Sistine Chapel, Rome)

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan
to be baptized by him.
John tried to prevent him, saying, 
"I need to be baptized by you,
and yet you are coming to me?"
Jesus said to him in reply,
"Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us
to fulfill all righteousness."
Then he allowed him.
After Jesus was baptized,
he came up from the water and behold,
the heavens were opened for him, 
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
and coming upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens, saying, 
"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." 
MT 3:13-17

Pope Francis Names Diocese Of Allentown Bishop John O. Barres As Fifth Bishop Of Diocese Of Rockville Centrenew

Pope Francis today appointed Most Reverend John O. Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D., 56, to serve as the fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre. Until today, he was serving as Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, PA. He succeeds Bishop William Murphy, 76, who has led the Diocese of Rockville Centre since 2001.

  Read More
The Holy Family _James Collinson painting 1878
Good News Of A Great Joy

As we celebrate the birth of our Lord, the introduction from Pope Saint John Paul II's encyclical Evangelium Vitae  provides a rich source of reflection on God's love for human life, which He created in His image and likeness:
"At the dawn of salvation, it is the birth of a child which is proclaimed as joyful news: 'I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord' (Lk. 2:10-11). The source of this 'great joy' is the birth of the Savior; but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfillment of joy at every child born into the world (cf. Jn. 16:21)."

It is amazing to contemplate that the eternal Son of God became man and experienced every stage and aspect of the human condition, except sin. He was conceived in the Virgin Mary and took the form of a human being, beginning life like every human being-as a single-celled embryo. 

According to Scripture, after the Incarnation of our Lord, Mary went in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was six months pregnant with John the Baptist. Given that it would have taken two to three days for Mary to reach Elizabeth, it's possible that Jesus had not yet implanted in Mary's womb (implantation occurs 5-7 days after conception) when His presence caused John to stir in Elizabeth's womb: "For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy." (Luke 1:44).  Read more
The Washington, DC, City Council and the voters of Colorado both recently acted to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called for increased efforts to fight against assisted suicide, saying it must be "opposed with renewed vigor."

Read Cardinal Dolan's full statement.

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. More Information
Respect Life Website Donation Page

Join our Mission to Serve Life!
The Respect Life Office enunciates and promotes the principle that human life, at all stages from conception to natural death, is a gift from God, worthy of respect and protection. You can now make an online donation to the Respect Life Office.

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 empeza  su entrenamiento y obtenga conocimiento profundo sobre asuntos del respeto a la vida y otros asuntos.

Suggested New Year Reading   From The Respect Life Office 

Bring in the new year with a  great book from our  recommended reading list.  View List

assist Gianna of Long Island
Center for Women's Health & Fertility

Comprehensive, Cooperative: A Unique New Approach to Women's Health and Wellness
Our highly skilled team is delighted to offer an exciting approach to women's health care. We provide preventive and specialized obstetrical and gynecologic care to women, honoring their dignity and the sanctity of human life. While we are successfully able to address male infertility as well, we are uniquely qualified to care for women of all ages and at all stages of life.

Named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the Gianna of Long Island Center for Women's Health & Fertility is pleased to feature two unique women's health services-the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTECHNOLOGY™, both of which allow us to provide women with a natural, restorative, scientifically-based approach to improving health and respecting fertility.
CHS's Gianna Center and Pregnancy Support Website

Catholic Health Services (CHS) now offers a dedicated, interactive website section for the Gianna Center and its pregnancy support services. The Gianna Center based at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center offers highly specialized restorative reproductive medicine in accordance with Catholic teaching, under the medical direction of Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC. Also, assistance is available for anyone with unexpected or crisis pregnancy through a one-call outreach program connecting to community resources.

The confidential, dedicated telephone number for this program is  1 (855) 301-4CHS , supported by the availability of multilingual interpretive services. Anyone of any faith may call or refer to this support line, including representatives of parishes, colleges and crisis pregnancy centers, to facilitate safe, nonjudgmental companioning for women and couples in a crisis pregnancy. To speak to someone about pregnancy options immediately between 7:00 pm and 7:30 am Monday to Friday or on the weekend, please call  1 (800) 712-HELP (4357).

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

I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion... do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope...the Father of mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation."  (Evangelium Vitae no. 99, John Paul II)

Project Rachel Hope After Abortion website or call the Respect Life Office's confidential hotline: 1-888-456-HOPE (se habla espanol) to begin healing after abortion loss.

Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing for Women 

Prayer and Healing Retreats, help those suffering the effects of abortion. We offer a safe place, a way out of the pain, in a non-judgmental atmosphere. All retreats are  led by the Sisters of Life and women who have experienced both the suffering of abortion and the joy of healing in Christ. 

For more information visit our website
Entering Canaan
for women

Saturday, January 14, 2017 (Manhattan)
Saturday, February 4, 2017 
(in Spanish)
Sunday, March 5, 2017 
(Eastern Long Island Location)  
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017

For more information or to register contact 

 Sisters of Life 
866.575.0075 (toll free)

 Theresa Bonopartis 
877.586.4621 (toll free) 

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

Sunday, March 5, 2017 Eastern Long Island Location

Entering Canaan
for Men

Contact Lumina 
877.586.4621  (toll free) 
Happy New Year!
So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. 

Memorial of Saint Agnes
Open our hearts, O Lord,  to listen to the words of your Son. ACTS 16:14B

The Epiphany of the Lord
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death  and brought life to light through the Gospel. 2 TM 1:10

The Baptism of the Lord 
The heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered:This is my beloved Son, listen to him. MK 9:7
Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle 
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:  "Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. MK 16:15

9 Days For Life Begins: Prayer, Penance, And Pilgrimage
Training Of Volunteers In The Ministry To The Sick
9 Days For Life Ends


The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 26, through Friday morning, January 27, 2016 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC. (map)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Opening Mass begins 
Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. 

National Rosary for Life - Crypt Church
8:30 - 9:30 pm 
Most Reverend David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh

Night Prayer (Byzantine Rite) - Crypt Church
10:00 - 11:00 pm
Celebrant: Most Reverend Kurt R. Burnette, JCL, DD,
Bishop of the Byzantine Eparchy of Passaic, NJ

Holy Hours for Life - Crypt Churc
11:00 pm
Led by seminarians from across the country

Friday, January 27, 2017

Holy Hours for Life - Crypt Church
12:00 am - 6:00 am     

Morning Prayer, Benediction, Reposition - Crypt Church
6:30 am    
Closing Mass - Great Upper Church
7:30 am    
Principal Celebrant & Homilist: Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, 
Archbishop of New Orleans

For full schedule visit the

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.   
Additional Respect Life Informational Websites
Allison O'Brien, Director
Patricia Fox,  Project Rachel Ministry Coordinator
S. Elizabeth A. Geraghty
Diana Tellis, Ministry/Dept. Assistant

Ashley Foster, Media Specialist

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