Issue 79  | October 2017
OCTOBER 1 
Is Respect Life Month
In this Issue:

ROSARY AND ADORATION FOR LIFE 
This Respect Life Month let us come together for Rosary and   Adoration for Life, in support of all life issues and concerns. We encourage you to attend  Rosary and   Adoration in your parish, a parish near you or a parish near your employment. Please see the calendar for prayer opportunities.

FOCUS ON!
How To Build A Culture Of Lifefocus
NEW USCCB RESPECT LIFE PROGRAM  2017-18 ARTICLE


The Problem

Watching the news and reading the headlines, we may feel helpless seeing the heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. How do we respond when our efforts seem small in the face of the culture of death? 

Our Christian Identity
To understand more fully how to defend and protect human life, we must first consider who we are, at the deepest level. God creates us in his image and likeness, which means we are made to be in loving relationship with him. The essence of our identity and worth, the source of our dignity, is that we are loved by God: "We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son."[1]

We are called to divine intimacy, true communion with God, and we can grow in this closeness with him through daily prayer, reading the Scriptures, and frequent participation in the sacraments, especially Confession and the Eucharist. 

Our Mission as Christians
The knowledge and realization of how deeply we are loved by God elicits a response of love that simultaneously draws us closer to God and, at the same time, impels us to share his love with others. Read more
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2017-18 
RESPECT LIFE PROGRAMS  & ACTIVITIES
There are many ways to get involved and together we can build a culture of life!
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

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.
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!



9 Days for Life 

The ideal setting for this "One Night of Prayer, Penance, and Pilgrimage" would be a youth or young adult program on or around the weekend of January 20 or 27, 2018. 

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

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.



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 
SAVE THE DATE

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


Information To Be Announced
Encouraging Update on Conscience Protection

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives approved HR 3354, Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018. It includes the full text of the Conscience Protection Act (CPA) of 2017! It also includes other provisions which we have taken action on such as the nullification of the DC law that legalized assisted suicide and the DC Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), a DC law that could force pro-life employers to hire people who disagree with their sincerely held beliefs about the sanctity of life. Read More
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide


Intentional euthanasia, sometimes called
 mercy killing, is murder.Regardless of the motives or means, euthanasia consists of putting to death those who are sick, are disabled, or are dying. It is morally unacceptable.

The emergence of physician-assisted suicide, popularized by the right-to-die movement, seeks to legalize what is an immoral act. Its advocates plan to achieve this on a state-by-state basis. Suicide is gravely sinful whether committed alone or aided by a doctor. Serious psychological disturbances, anxiety, fear of suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.

The question is often asked whether persons who have committed suicide receive eternal salvation. Although suicide is always objectively sinful, one "should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance.  Read More

Further Articles

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
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  websitecall 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
October 
1st 

17th
Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
The word of God is living and effective,
able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. HEB 4:12

1st
18th
Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist
I chose you from the world,to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord. 
JN 15:16

4th
Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi
I consider all things so much rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him. PHIL 3:8-9

19th
Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, 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 14:6

5th
21st
7th
Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.  MT 11:25
22nd

Location:  Jones Beach State Park 1 Ocean Parkway Rd - Wantagh, NY

Time: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

16th
28th
Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,  and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles... Simon who was called a Zealot,and Judas the son of James. 
LK 6:13, 15-16

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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