Issue 77
August 2017
In this issue: 
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
August 6, 2017

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15, 2017

Assumption of the Virgin, Peter Paul Rubens
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, 
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them; 
his face shone like the sun 
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,  conversing with him.

Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, 
"Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,   one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, 
then from the cloud came a voice that said,   "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;  listen to him."
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate  and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,  "Rise, and do not be afraid."
And when the disciples raised their eyes,   they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,  Jesus charged them,
"Do not tell the vision to anyone 
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled."
And Mary said:
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever."
Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Jesus, Healer Of Wounds And Source Of Mercy
By Tom Grenchik
July 28, 2017

The recent Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America was an unprecedented gathering. Led by 155 bishops, over 3,200 Catholic leaders attended from 159 dioceses and over 200 national Catholic organizations, apostolates, and movements. Inspired by Evangelii gaudium, the Convocation equipped and re-energized leaders to share the Gospel as missionary disciples.
One special moment set the tone for honest conversations throughout the Convocation the Sunday evening of adoration and reflection: "Encountering Jesus, Healer of Wounds and Source of Mercy."
Introducing the reflection, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas shared: "We pause to pray and reflect together on both our wounds and the ways that we, as individuals and as Church, have participated in or failed to prevent the woundedness of others." Seán Cardinal O'Malley of Boston led the devotion, which included a Litany of Sorrow based on the five wounds of Christ. Five specific areas were addressed.  Read more

On May 30, 2017 the New York State Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for the case of Myers v Schneiderman. This is a case regarding the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in New York and the court's decision is expected later in June. Overall, the courts did not have an interest in defining a broad constitutional right to assisted suicide, but some of the judges did bring up the point that the State does already allow for patients in certain situations to be sedated into unconsciousness and to then die of starvation or dehydration. The statements from the judges so far fail to mention human dignity, although many of the briefs mentioned human dignity extensively. Read more
Urge Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act of 2017!
Last Updated: 07/26/2017 

Now is the time to contact Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience. To ensure that those who provide health care and health coverage can continue to do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children.  Read the full Action Alert |  TAKE ACTION

Urge Senators to Protect Life and Liberty of Conscience in Health Care Reform Bill
  Last Updated Date: 06/23/2017

Please contact your Senators immediately to remind them that taxpayer funding of abortion or plans that cover abortion should not be part of any health care reform legislation.  The Senate has introduced a bill and may consider it before the July 4th recess. Please act now!

Opposition to Doctor-Assisted Suicide 
Last Updated: 02/11/2017

Legislation to legalize doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill has now been introduced for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Please let your Senate and Assembly representatives know that you strongly oppose this dangerous proposal and urge them to vote "no" should the bill come before them for a vote. 

Last Updated: 05/1/2017

The American Medical Association (AMA) is considering changing its decades-long position against  doctor-prescribed suicide to one of "neutrality." Opposition by such national and state professional associations has been critical to preserving laws against physician-assisted suicide. The retreat from opposition to "neutrality" by the state medical association in California was a key factor in the legalization of doctor-prescribed suicide in that state. Therefore, it is critically important that the AMA be urged to maintain its opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia. 

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
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 Ce
nter based at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center offers highly specialized restorative reproductive medicine in accordance with Catholic teaching.

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 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, 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

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.

Join our Mission to Serve Life!

"You are the salt of the earth. . . You are the light of the world. . . your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father" (Matthew 5: 13, 14, 16)

The Respect Life Office helps support young mothers in maternity homes on Long Island who have chosen life.  Your generous donation will help maternity Homes on Long Island:
  • Regina Maternity Services
  • Mother of Good Counsel Home
  • Momma's House
  • Bethany house
Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;All who come to him will live for ever.

Mary is taken up to heaven;
a chorus of angels exults.
Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest
Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope

The word of the Lord remains forever;
this is the word that has been proclaimed to you.  1 PT 1:25

Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
MT 5:3

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;listen to him. 
MT 17:5C

Catholic Young Adults are invited to a  summer barbecue and Holy Hour with  Bishop Barres at the Basilica in  Southampton.
Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest

In this Bible How To workshop, Catechists and parents will learn more than simply how to find something in the Bible.
Feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr
Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life, says the Lord.

"Come here. I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. RV 21:9B-14 

Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin
Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.  JN 10:27  (NABRE)

Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr
Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist

God has called you through the Gospel to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 THES 2:14

He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
All scripture taken from the USCCB Daily Readings

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

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