Issue 73
April 2017
In this issue: 
And the winners are?
Respect Life Contest 2017 Winners
The Diocese of Rockville Centre's Respect Life Office held its annual Youth Awards Ceremony to honor participants in the Respect Life Contest at Holy Trinity High School on March 22. Students from across Long Island in grades 7-8 (Level One) and grades 9-12 (Level Two) created entries on the theme  "Moved by Mercy"


Bookmark Level I
1st Place:  Our Lady of Lourdes School, West Islip

Merciful Murals Level I
1st Place: St. Dominic School, Oyster Bay

Photography Level II
1st Place: Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale

Photomontage Level II
1st Place: Our Lady of Mercy RCC, Hicksville


Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla 

brings life-affirming message  

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian pediatrician, was pregnant with her fourth child in 1961 when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening tumor on her uterus. Putting the life of her child before her own, she rejected the doctor-recommended options of an abortion or hysterectomy and chose a riskier surgery to remove the tumor. St. Gianna died seven days after giving birth.

Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter whose life was saved, addressed a standing-room only audience at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception here on Sunday, April 2. She spoke of how the gift of life she received from her mother has turned into a mission of evangelization on the value of life. It was one of two talks she gave in the diocese this weekend. The other was at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, Smithtown, on Friday. 
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Feast of Saint  St. Gianna Beretta Molla
April 28, 2017

She is the patron of mothers, physicians, and unborn children.
Beatified By: April 24, 1994 by Pope John Paul II
Canonized By: May 16, 2004 by Pope John Paul II

Saint Gianna Prayer

God our Father we praise You and we bless you because in
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla you have given us one who
witnessed to the Gospel as a young women, as a wife, as a
mother, and as a doctor. We thank you because through
the gift of her life we can learn to welcome and honor
every human person.

You, Lord Jesus, were for Gianna a splendid example.
She learned to recognize you in the beauty of nature.
As she was questioning her choice of vocation she went
in search of you and the best way to serve you.
Through her married love she became a sign of
your love for the Church and for humanity.
Like you, the Good Samaritan, she cared for everyone
who was sick, small or weak. Following your example,
out of love she gave herself entirely,
generating new life.

Holy Spirit, Source of every perfection, give us wisdom,
intelligence, and courage so that, following the example of
Saint Gianna and through her intercession, we may know
how to place ourselves at the service of each person we
meet in our personal, family and professional lives, and thus
grow in love and holiness. Amen.

Providing highly specialized medical treatment, the Gianna Center of Long Island for Women's Health & Fertility will celebrate its first anniversary in June. 

The program's Medical Director Paul Carpentier, MD, collaborates with Fertility Care Coordinators Jamey Hutchinson, RN, and Barbara Meier, RN, in offering restorative reproductive medicine. 

They employ the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTECHNOLOGY™, offering a natural, scientifically based approach to improving health and respecting fertility. Named after St. Gianna Molla, who gave her own life to save her unborn child, the practice has already assisted in the safe delivery of three babies to date. This fall, the practice will relocate to a newly constructed space, with a blessing and ribbon cutting at that time. 

For information, please call (631) 376-3232. More Information on the Gianna Center

Seven Considerations While Navigating Infertility

We often assume parenthood happens easily after "I do," but for many married couples, it does not. For some, the joy of conception never happens. Others suffer repeated miscarriages. Still others experience secondary infertility: after giving birth to one or more children, they are unable to have another.

The pain can become overwhelming. Social media posts of pregnancies, baby announcements, or pictures of newborns may intensify feelings of being alone in the ache for a child. Attending baby showers and being around children or pregnant women can be excruciating.

If you experience difficulty bringing a child into your family, know that you are not alone. God is with you, and his Church desires to walk with you. The following suggestions may be helpful to you on this journey.   Read more
The Resurrection 
of the Lord
April 16, 2017

Annunciation by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
And behold, there was a great earthquake; 
for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, 
approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
His appearance was like lightning
and his clothing was white as snow.
The guards were shaken with fear of him
and became like dead men.
Then the angel said to the women in reply,
"Do not be afraid!
I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
'He has been raised from the dead, 
and he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him.'
Behold, I have told you."
Then they went away quickly from the tomb, 
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce this to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me."

We Follow One Who Wept

By Anne McGuire

"Remember: You are dust, and to dust you shall return."

aaaaa"We follow One who wept..." In C.S. Lewis's The Four Loves, we recall that, in addition to physical anguish, Jesus also experienced heartbreak. How consoling it is that He doesn't simply know about our pain, as if He were merely observing it from a distance. Jesus chose to enter fully into our humanity in every way (except sin), including the experience of immense suffering. Through this, we see that His love is characterized by deep compassion-a word rooted in the Latin for "suffer with." Out of love, Jesus suffers with us. 

In times of trial, we see more clearly our need for God and each other. And although society often views dependence negatively, in His humanity, Jesus shows us this need as something to embrace. During his agony in the garden of Gethsemane, He turned to His friends for support: "My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me" (Matthew 26:38).  Read more

New legislation has been introduced in the State Assembly that would increase late-term abortions in the state, empower non-doctors to perform abortions.  Read the full Action Alert
Opposition to  Doctor-Assisted Suicide

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.  Read More

Urge Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act of 2017!

Now is the time to contact Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience.  Read the full Action Alert
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.

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, June 17, 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.

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, April 8, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
 Saturday, June 17, 2017
(Long Island Location)

For more information or to register contact 

 Sisters of Life 
866.575.0075 (toll free)

 Theresa Bonopartis 
877.586.4621 (toll free) 

Entering Canaan
for Men

Contact Lumina 
877.586.4621  (toll free) 
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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.
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
PHIL 2:8-9 
Facilitator training builds on the foundation for understanding the general principles of Bereavement Ministry.

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:  "Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. MK 16:15

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion 
Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Because of the this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name.

A foundation for understanding the general principles of the Order of Christian Funerals.
Holy Saturday 

The Resurrection of the Lord
For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.  JN 20:9  (NABRE)
Feast of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
"Love the Virgin Mary. She is our tender confidant in difficulty. Mary is the mother who cannot ignore our requests." - St. Gianna Beretta Molla
All scripture taken from the USCCB Daily Readings
Bring in the spring season with our recommended reading list.

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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