Issue 76
July 2017
In this issue: 
"In the heart of the family, no one is rejected; 
all have the same value."  
-Pope Francis, Homily, Holy Mass for Families, July 6, 2015, Ecuador

"En el seno de la familia, nadie es
 descartado; todos valen lo mismo". 
-Papa Francisco, Homilía, Santa Misa por las Familias, Ecuador, 6 de julio de 2015

Feast of 
Saint Thomas, Apostle
July 8, 2017

Feast of 
Saint James, Apostle
July 25, 2017
St. Thomas by Peter Paul Rubens

Saint James by Guido Reni
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,  was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord."
But Thomas said to them,
"Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands  and put my finger into the nailmarks  and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."
Now a week later his disciples were again inside  and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,  and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,  and do not be unbelieving, but believe."
Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons  and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.  He said to her,  "What do you wish?"  She answered him,
"Command that these two sons of mine sit,  one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom."  Jesus said in reply,  "You do not know what you are asking.  Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?"  They said to him, "We can."  He replied,
"My chalice you will indeed drink,
but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give  but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."  When the ten heard this,
they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said,
"You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,  and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.  Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."
By Debbie Shinskie, Guest Columnist
JUNE 30, 2017

At the local abortion facility, an older man drives a car with four young women in the back into the patient parking lot. Those praying on the sidewalk are concerned, not only with the fact that they are entering an abortion facility, but also with the suspicious dynamics in this group. In a separate incident, across town at the Catholic pregnancy health care center, a woman breaks down and shares with the nurse that a man is selling her for sex and she might be pregnant.

The Archdiocese of New Orleans Respect Life Office's active engagement in a human trafficking awareness campaign helped those praying on the sidewalk and the pregnancy center staff to recognize the signs of human trafficking and make appropriate calls to report it. Through a collaborative effort with local service providers, the young woman at the health center was quickly relocated to a safe house for sex trafficking victims.

New Orleans is a known destination for human trafficking. The popular, tourist-driven economy and convenient location allow for a "market" for both buyers and sellers of these victims. Sadly, it's a microcosm of the trafficking going on across the country.  Read More

As both human beings and as Catholics, it is our duty to stand up as advocates against human trafficking. The process of advocating for the cessation of human trafficking is a multistep process - beginning with prayer for the safety of victims and the capture of perpetrators. We must also properly educate ourselves through credible sources concerning the startling facts of human trafficking worldwide. Once we come to terms with the true horrors of modern day slavery, we can turn to various federal laws and charitable organizations established in effort to combat the practice of human trafficking.

To begin with, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) is a federal law established by the United States Congress. 

It  was created in order to initiate procedures for prosecuting perpetrators, establish rules for preventing the practice of human trafficking, and generate methods for protecting the victims and survivors of trafficking. Most importantly, the TVPA establishes human trafficking and related modern day slavery offenses as federal crimes. This allows for perpetrators to receive more severe punishments for the maltreatment and forced slavery of their victims.  Read More
Bridging Borders For A Culture Of Life


In April, I was blessed to attend an amazing pro-life, pro-family gathering of the Catholic Hispanic community that spanned both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Having grown up in a Mexican Catholic family, I was particularly moved by the power of the Hispanic community to foster a culture of life and love-power which takes its strength from guarding and promoting the sanctity of marriage and family. The pro-life witness truly radiated through encounters with people who were never too busy to listen to each other's needs, serve one another, and remind each other of the great dignity of life.

Jointly billed as the fifth Hispanic Congress of the Americas for Respect Life and Evangelization, the second Binational Pro-Family, Pro-Life Congress sought to unite the local Catholic Hispanic community in defense of life, family, marriage, and religious freedom. Today more than ever, the Hispanic community has the great task of handing on our strong familial bonds. The world needs families who testify to the value of every human person by engaging in real human encounters that speak to the beautiful drama of family life.  Read more
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
This course is for anyone pursuing a Basic Religious Studies certificate. This series of courses is designed for teachers, catechists and interested adults.

In this Bible How To workshop, Catechists and parents will learn more than simply how to find something in the Bible.
This course is for anyone pursuing a Basic Religious Studies certificate. This series of courses is designed for teachers, catechists and interested adults.

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene
Tell us, Mary, what did you see on the way?  I saw the glory of the risen Christ, I saw his empty tomb.
Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot

Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents 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.

Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin

Memorial of Saint Martha
Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you,for the Spirit of God rests upon you.

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest
The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
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
Salvatore Giorlando, Respect Life Intern

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