January 2020
Visit our website respectlife.drvc.org
Wishing you all a very Blessed
and
Prosperous New Year!
From left to right: Bishop Barres, Sr Maryanne,
Dr. Lisa Honkanen, Donna Crean,
Fr. McCartney, Fr. Fasano
Dear Friends for Life,

As we begin a new year and a new decade, we are excited to announce a dramatically
re-structured Respect Life Office with a renewed vision. We are so grateful to Bishop Barres, Fr. McCartney, Fr. Fasano and Sr. Maryanne for the quiet but diligent preparation over the last several months that has brought Donna Crean and me to lead the Office along with the persevering Pat Fox. Read complete letter
+ IN WORD AND DEED
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)
‘LIFE EMPOWERS’: MARCHING FOR WOMEN AND THE PREBORN IN 2020
Hundreds of thousands will gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on January 24, 2020 to March for Life. 
In the midst of this great challenge surrounding the messaging about women and abortion, the March for Life team has chosen a unique theme, one designed to challenge the culture and to offer clarity and hope: “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”

Come Join Our Bishop John Barres and the Diocese of Rockville Centre along with hundreds of thousands of Catholics and others in solidarity for a pilgrimage of public witness, penance and prayer for all those affected by the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, and for the conversion of those who misguidedly perpetuate it. We look forward once again to a unified and powerful stand against the Roe v. Wade decision!

If you are unable to join us please know that your prayers and sacrifices on this day and everyday are needed and appreciated for this important mission of transforming the Culture of Death to a Culture of LIFE! 

If you are interested in going on a Diocesan bus for more information please call the Office of Human Life, Family and Bioethics at 516-678-5800 ext. 381 or 626. Or email us at respectlife@drvc.org
The Feast of the Holy Innocents & the
Reproductive Health Act


by Lisa A. Honkanen, M.D. Over the last few years there have been numerous pro-life victories at the local, state and federal levels.

Read more
www.drvc.org
40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach

Pro-Life Youth Bring Christmas Joy and Love
to Special Souls
On December 19, 2019, I had the privilege of joining Fr. Dave Atanasio, the chaplain at Saint John the Baptist High School and other members of the Gianna Club, (including Moderator Kerri MacEwen) on a trip to the Brookside Multi-care Nursing Center in Smithtown.
The Gianna Club is a club at Saint John the Baptist High School with a mission to defend and respect the lives of all human beings from conception to their natural death.  Read more
+ PRAYER & WORSHIP
Office of Human Life, Family and Bioethics 
“Respect Life!”
Opens With Consecration to the Blessed Mother
On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Thursday December 12, 2019 the Office of Human Life, Family and Bioethics team, Dr. Lisa Honkanen, Donna Crean and Pat Fox consecrated themselves, the important mission of the office and the whole Diocese to our Blessed Mother. Fr. John McCartney blessed us and the office as we pledged ourselves under Our Lady of Guadalupe’s patronage to profess courageously and at all times the truths of our Holy Catholic Faith. 

A special promise was made to Our Lady that we will do all in our power, aided by God’s grace to protect and enhance the sacredness of all human life, from the moment of natural conception to the moment of natural death, and to strive to transform the Culture of Death in which we live, into the Culture of Life which the Lord intends. We entrust all to the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that through her we will fulfill all that our Lord Jesus is calling us to do to bring about His Kingdom here on earth. In compassion and love, may we bring, Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE to those we serve and encounter so that God will be glorified in all we do. 
Spanish Pro-life group Gathers for Christmas Novena
Praying that the Christ Child, “El Nino Jesus” be the Hope and Life for all of the unborn. We also prayed to the Holy Family for parents of these children, that they would choose life for their child. 
Spiritual Adoption Program
The Purpose of the Spiritual Adoption Program is to encourage people to "spiritually adopt" an unborn baby, and to follow their baby along the path to being born.   Read More
9 Days for Life
January 21-29, 2020
9 Days for Life is a "digital pilgrimage" of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person's life.
Join to receive the novena through the 9 Days for Life app, daily emails, or daily texts. More Information
TAKE ACTION 
Take action on public policy matters in New York State through the New York State Catholic Conference's Catholic Action Network (CAN) .
Take action on legislative issues through the The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)
+ CARE AND SERVICES
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
Next Opportunity for Prayer and Healing
Day of Prayer and Healing for Women

Saturday, March 7, 2020

All reservations and information will remain confidential.
An Evening of Prayer for Men Suffering
Abortion Loss

Spring 2020

   All reservations and information will remain confidential.
Gianna Center of Long Island
Women's Health & Fertility
Comprehensive, Cooperative: A Unique New Approach to Women's Health and Wellness
The Gianna Center of Long Island for Women’s Health & Fertility offers an exciting approach to women’s health care. For more information: 1 (855) 301-4CHS or visit  chsli.org/pregnancy-support-services
Gabriel's Courage
Catholic Health Services 
Support, information & encouragement for carrying your baby to term with an adverse prenatal diagnosis. There are few things more frightening in life than finding out your baby may not be healthy. The fear of the unknown and the pressure to terminate can be intense. You are not alone.
Perinatal Mood Disorders
Catholic Health Services 
Supporting mothers who are coping with depression or anxiety during pregnancy or after the birth of her birth. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorder is the leading medical complication related to childbearing.
For more information contact
(631) 376- HOPE or email circleofhope@chsli.org
Contact Us
Lisa A. Honkanen , M.D. – Director
lhonkanen@drvc.org , 516-678-5800 Ext. 381
 
Donna Crean – Assistant Director/Program Coordinator
dcrean@drvc.org , 516 678 5800 Ext. 626

Patricia Fox – Project Rachel Coordinator
pfox@drvc.org , 516-678-5800 Ext. 222
50 North Park Ave. Rockville Ctr., NY 11570
Additional Informational Websites
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED MISSION TO SERVE LIFE!