Issue 78  | September 2017
In this Issue:

Bishop Barres Authorizes Special Collection to Aid those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

  ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. - August 28, 2017 

The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, today asked for prayers and a special collection be taken in the parishes of the Diocese of Rockville Centre during the weekend of September 2-3, 2017 or September 16-17, 2017, to assist those in the Gulf Coast region suffering from the after affects of Hurricane Harvey. 

"We join in prayer and solidarity with all those who have been and continue to be impacted by Hurricane Harvey," said Bishop Barres. We pray for the victims and their families during this tragic time. We also pray for the heroic first responders and rescue personnel, some now coming from our own diocese to aid and assist, that our mother Mary wraps them in her mantle and protects them as they save others. We also ask the parishioners of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, still feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy, if they are able, to help our brothers and sisters in Christ down south." 

To contribute to the Diocese of Rockville Centre's Hurricane Harvey Fund, parishioners are asked to contact their local parish or they can send a donation to the Finance Office, Diocese of Rockville Centre, P.O. Box 9023, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023. Checks should be made out to the Diocese of Rockville Centre. "Hurricane Harvey" should be marked on the memo section of the check. For more information call 516-678-5800, ext. 221.

CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan Director of Communications (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625 (c) 516-510-0473 E-mail:
" The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvelous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live." - Pope Francis
A brief reflection exploring God's assurance of being with us in times of trial and encourages us to extend his love to others who suffer.

When battered by life's storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. Yet with words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, the Lord says to us, "Do not fear: I am with you" (Isaiah 41:10). Read More

There are many ways to get involved and together we can build a culture of life!

Rosary & Adoration 
For Life
A Diocesan pray campaign
October 1st through October 31st

The Respect Life Office invites all parishes in the Di ocese to  unite in prayer and participate in this special program in support of life.

The program consists of having three parishes - on the same day, in each Vicariate offer Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary for Life. beginning
on October 1st through October 31st. View or download flyer
9 Days for Life

The ideal setting for this "One Night of Prayer, Penance, and Pilgrimage" would be a youth or young adult program on or around the weekend of January 20 or 27, 2018.

The goal of the program is to introduce young people to the 9 Days for Life novena. A short guide that suggests ideas for youth or young adult ministries seeking to incorporate the novena into their parish
programming in January 2018.  More information

Spiritual Adoption Program

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

April 28, 2018
St. Gianna Mass For Women and Families

Information To Be Announced
March for Life 2018

We all are God's children, made in his image and likeness, and that wherever life was threatened - violence, poverty, hunger, discrimination, abortion - God's People defend it. 

Join us in Washington D.C on  Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:15 a.m as we march for life.

Online registration coming soon
Continue to Take Action

Take action on legislative and other issues in New York State. See below for information and alerts on issues.

For public policy matters in New York State, the state's bishops have set up the   Catholic Action Network, New York State Catholic Conference (CAN). Register  here to receive information and alerts on legislation and other issues.

The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment is dedicated to pursuing this vision. The organization's objectives include educating citizens, developing pro-life legislative networks, and offering programs in support of pro-life legislation. View or register to receive action alerts  here.

2018 Respect Life Youth Contest!
Introducing a New Category, 
the Student/Senior Video Interview!
Contest Theme 
" BE NOT Afraid "
 for  Level ONE - grades 7-8 &  Level TWO -grades 9-12

We welcome all Catholic youth in grades 7 - 12 who live in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and/or attend Catholic elementary schools, high schools or parish programs including religious education, youth groups and youth choirs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to participate. We also encourage children with special needs to participate.

Respect Life Parish Ministry Educational Overview Training 

Now available online for Respect Life Parish Ministry Educational Overview Training. Please go to our website to start your training and gain insightful knowledge on Respect Life Issues or Concern's. 

Educación en línea  construyendo una cultura de vida, Educación y Formación General Para el Ministerio Parroquial de  Respeto a la Vida

El entrenamiento en línea de Educación y formación general para el Ministerio Parroquial del Respeto a la Vida, está ahora disponible. Por favor, vaya a nuestra página del internet para empezar su entrenamiento y obtenga conocimiento profundo sobre asuntos del respeto a la vida y otros asuntos.

Para mayor información ó dar inicio al entrenamientoar
Maternity Advent Project

This campaign raises funds to support maternity residences in our diocese. The economic requirements of this ministry are substantial and your active assistance would be greatly appreciated.

The Respect Life Office's annual Advent program helps support young mothers in maternity homes on Long Island who have chosen life.

  More information
Project Rachel Hope After Abortion 
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

More Information
For more information, visit the 
Project Rachel  Hope After Abortion  websitecall the Respect Life Office's confidential phoneline: 1-888-456-HOPE(se habla espanol) or email to begin healing after abortion loss.

 En Español:
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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