Issue 100 | August 2019
+ PRAYER & WORSHIP
August 6, 2019
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Jesus took Peter, John, and James 
and went up a mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, 
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.

Read Complete Gospel
LK 9:28B-36
Art:The Transfiguration, by Raphael
August 15 2019
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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.

Read Complete Gospel
LK 1:39-56
Art:Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Peter Paul Rubens
August 29, 2019
Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist
Herod was the one who had John the Baptist arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him. She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee.
Read Complete Gospel
MK 6:17-29
Art: The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, Caravaggio
The new school year is starting soon! Let us pray for all the students, teachers, staff and parents.
Prayer to Begin/Start School Year
Blessed are you, Lord God,
Creator of body and mind and heart;
you have sent the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge
to guide your people in all their ways.
At the beginning of this new school year (or semester/term)
we implore your mercy:
bless the students, teachers, and staff of N.,
that together we may grow in faith, hope, and love
as we learn from you and each other
how to follow your Son Jesus.
Expand the horizons of our minds,
that we may grow in wisdom,
understanding, and knowledge;
deepen our commitment to seek the truth of your ways;
and enliven our faith to reach out to those in need.
Glory and praise to you, Lord God,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever.
R/. Amen

Prayer taken from the Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, Revised Edition (Washington, DC: USCCB, 2007),300. Copyright © 2007, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.
+   ADVOCACY & PUBLIC POLICY
Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Issues Statement on the Death Penalty
July 30, 2019

WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice and Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development has issued a statement on the federal government’s decision to resume the use of the death penalty.

The full statement follows:

“In his address to Congress during his 2015 Apostolic visit to the United States, Pope Francis, echoing the views of his predecessors, called for ‘the global abolition of the death penalty.’ He further stated that, ‘[A] just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.’ As the Catechism of the Catholic Church now provides, ‘The death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.’

At their meeting in June, the Catholic Bishops of the United States voted overwhelmingly to update the Catechism for use by adults in the United States to reflect this position. This is consistent with comparable calls by the Bishops for over forty years, including in their 2005 statement, A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death.

In light of these long held and strongly maintained positions, I am deeply concerned by the announcement of the United States Justice Department that it will once again turn, after many years, to the death penalty as a form of punishment. I urge instead that Federal officials take this teaching into consideration, as well as the evidence showing its unfair and biased application, and abandon the announced plans to implement the death penalty once more.”. Read more
FOCUS ON
Respect Life Program Article
Life Matters: The Death Penalty
TAKE ACTION
Take action on public policy matters in New York State through the New York State Catholic Conference's Catholic Action Network (CAN) .
See below for a list of current issues for you to learn more and to take action.
  • Support Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers - Legislation designed to intimidate and silence pro-life pregnancy centers has passed through a Senate Committee. The bill, S.2264 would force pregnancy centers to disclose to prospective clients the services they do not provide (i.e. abortion), or face stiff penalties.
  • Sign the Petition to Repeal the Abortion Law - Express your firm opposition to New York's new abortion law by signing the petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Urge him and the legislature to repeal the radical new law in its entirety. Sign it today and share it with your friends.
  • Express your view on abortion expansion - Now that the legislature has passed and enacted the Abortion Expansion Act, we must hold our lawmakers accountable. Please use the message form below to let your elected officials know how you feel about how they voted.
Take action on legislative issues through the The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)
Information on Abortion Expansion Legislation (Reproductive Health Act)
Sign the Petition to Repeal the Abortion Law

Express your firm opposition to New York's new abortion law by the signing the petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Urge him and the legislature to repeal the radical new law in its entirety. Read More
Legislative Roll Call on Abortion Expansion Legislation
(Reproductive Health Act)
See how your legislator voted, and send a message to your elected officials about their vote.
Abortion Expansion Legislation
(Reproductive Health Act) Analysis of the Bill
View a a full analysis of the Abortion Expansion Legislation
(Reproductive Health Act)
Ways for You to Get Involved
Consider how you can give a greater witness to the truth that we are all created in God’s image.
+ EDUCATION
You are invited to a wonderful opportunity for renewal, formation, and fellowship.
For more information or to register visit: www.drvc-faith.org
+ CARE AND SERVICES
Diocesan Pregnancy Support
If you or someone you know of is pregnant, and in need of support, Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Services, can provide assistance.
Please contact: 1 (855) 301-4CHS or visit  chsli.org/pregnancy-support-services
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.
If you or someone you know of is pregnant Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Services, can provide assistance please contact
1 (855) 301-4CHS or visit 
Gianna Center Fertility Awareness Classes
Free Introductory Fertility Care Class For PreCana Couples

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings at 7:00pm
at Gianna Center for Women's Health & Fertility
661 Deer Park Avenue Babylon NY
To Register for your class: www.chsli.org/gianna-center-long-island or cal 631-376-3232
Gabriel's Courage
Catholic Health Services 
A program for families expecting a child with a life limiting illness. Gabriel's Courage is a family-centered perinatal program, offering a multidisciplinary team approach and continuum of care for families who choose to continue a pregnancy after receiving a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis. Read more
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Mother’s Circle of Hope Support Group
Coping With Depression or Anxiety During Pregnancy or After the Birth of Your Baby? Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is proud to offer to the local community a support group.
POST-ABORTION MINISTRY
Project Rachel Hope After Abortion
Do you know someone who is suffering abortion loss? Project Rachel is a ministry about finding hope and healing after abortion. 

For more information, visit the Project Rachel Hope
After Abortion   website , call the Respect Life Office's confidential phoneline: 1-888-456-HOPE(se habla espanol) 
1-516-766 2538, email   projectrachel@drvc.org  to begin healing after abortion loss. 

 En Español:   Esperanzaposaborto.org
Upcoming Opportunity for Prayer and Healing
Day of Prayer and Healing for Women

Saturday, November 9, 2019


Please register by Monday, November 4, 2019
All reservations and information will remain confidential.
An Evening of Prayer for Men Suffering
Abortion Loss

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Please register by Monday, November 11, 2019
 All reservations and information will remain confidential.
August 2019
6th
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to him.
MT 17:5C
10th
Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life, says the Lord. JN 8:12BC
14th
Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
2 COR 5:19
15th
Feast of Saint James, Apostle
Mary is taken up to heaven;
a chorus of angels exults.
24th
Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
Rabbi, you are the Son of God;
you are the King of Israel. JN 1:49B
29th
Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist
Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.. MT 5:10
All scripture taken from the USCCB Daily Readings     http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/
WORD OF LIFE | PALABRA DE VIDA
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
Additional Respect Life Informational Websites
DEUS CARITAS EST ... GOD IS LOVE
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED MISSION TO SERVE LIFE! 
CONTACT US
RESPECT LIFE OFFICE
50 North Park Ave.
F: (516) 536-3473
Rockville Ctr., NY 11570
P: (516) 678-5800
Exts.626 & 381