Issue 93 | January 2019
At the beginning of the year, we too, as Christians on our pilgrim way, feel the need to set out anew from the centre, to leave behind the burdens of the past and to start over from the things that really matter. - Pope Francis
A Prayer For Life 

Father and maker of all, 
you adorn all creation 
with splendor and beauty, 
and fashion human lives 
in your image and likeness. 
Awaken in every heart 
reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in  the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. 

Amen
Copyright © 2001, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.
Una Oración Por La Vida 

Padre y creador de todo,  que adornan toda la creación 
con el esplendor y la belleza,  y la moda vidas humanas  en su imagen y semejanza. 
Despierta en cada corazón reverencia por la obra de tus manos, y renuevas entre tu gente  una buena disposición para nutrir y sostener 
tu precioso regalo de vida. Te lo pedimos por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, tu Hijo,  que vive y reina contigo en  la unidad del Espíritu Santo, 
Dios por los siglos de los siglos.  

Amén
January 6, 2019
The Epiphany of the Lord
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod, 
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 
"Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage."
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled, 
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, 
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel." MT 2:1-12

January 13, 2019
The Baptism of the Lord 
The people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying, 
"I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

After all the people had been baptized 
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, 
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove. 
And a voice came from heaven, 
"You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased."
LK 3:15-16, 21-22

+   ADVOCACY & PUBLIC POLICY
March for Life 2019:
Friday, January 18, 2019 
"The birth of every child changes the world; let every child be born for a better world." - Diocese of Rockville Centre

  • Parishes, schools and groups, please notify the office if you will be attending the March For Life by filling out the: March For Life Information Form Online or emailing dtellis@drvc.org 
  • Diocesan Respect Life signs are available and free of charge. Please pick them up at the Respect Life Office which are available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Call (516) 678-5800 x 626, or email dtellis@drvc.org for the amount of signs requested before pickup.
Another Look at Abortion
USCCB RESPECT LIFE PROGRAM 2018-19 ARTICLE
Uniquely You

From your first moments of existence, you had all the DNA that would determine your sex, facial features, physique, and the color of your skin, hair, and eyes. At 24 days, your heart began beating. By 8 weeks, all your organs were present, and your unique fingerprints were forming. Ultrasounds show that by 18 weeks, you could swim, somersault, suck your thumb, and even cover your ears if you heard loud music. If you'd been born just 23 weeks after conception, your chance of survival would be 50-80 percent; by 25 weeks, it's over 90 percent, and that's still months before full-term birth. 1 Read more
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.
Take action on legislative issues through the The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)
See below for a list of current issues for you to learn more and to take action.
+ PRAYER & WORSHIP
9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of every human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information.

JOIN
  1. EMAIL: English / en español
  2. TEXT MESSAGE: Subscribe to receive daily messages with a new intention and link to one-page prayer & action guide each day.

RESOURCES
National Prayer Vigil for Life 
The National Prayer Vigil for Life is an all-night pro-life prayer vigil held on the eve of the March for Life each January. Over 20,000 pilgrims from across the nation pray through the night for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life. It is held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

5:30 p.m. (EST), Thursday, January 17, 2019
Watch the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, broadcast live on EWTN and CatholicTV.

Celebrant / Homilist: Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, KS and Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities

+ CARE AND SERVICES
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
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
Gianna Center of Long Island
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 
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
Life Issues Forum: Good News of Great Joy

It is amazing to contemplate that the eternal Son of God became man and experienced every stage and aspect of the human condition, except sin. He was conceived in the Virgin Mary and took the form of a human being, beginning life like every human ...

Read more
respectlife.drvc.org
+ EDUCATION
Respect Life Youth Contest!
All Catholic youth in grades 7 through 12 who live in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and/or attend Catholic elementary schools, high schools or parish programs are invited to participate. 

Contest Deadline: January 25, 2019
The two week deadline extension of February 8, 2019 has been granted for those schools and programs requesting it.

Awards Celebration
with Bishop John O. Barres
at the televised 11:00 AM Mass on
May 19th, 2019
at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. 
Respect Life Blog:
Part IV: “I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:41)
One of the fundamental principles of human dignity is the right to life. Each life is a gift from God, filled with endless potential and a worth distinguished from all other forms of creation. Through Christ, humanity is provided with a perfect example; all of us are called to reflect our creation in God’s image and our holiness as instruments through which God entered into the human experience.
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.
January 2019
1st
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
& Happy New Years
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.
HEB 1:1-2
6th
The Epiphany of the Lord
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage. MT 2:2
13th
The Baptism of the Lord 
John said: One mightier than I is coming;he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. L K 3:16
14th
9 Days For Life Begins: Prayer, Penance, And Pilgrimage 
"Our prayers matter. Every prayer matters, and if you can't start at the beginning, jump in when you can!" Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
17th
National Prayer Events for Life
A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world.
Pope Saint John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, no. 100
18th
March for Life 2019
"The birth of every child changes the world; let every child be born for a better world."
Diocese of Rockville Centre
22nd
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
And
9 Days For Life Ends: Prayer, Penance, And Pilgrimage 
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.
EPH 1:17-18
All scripture taken from the USCCB Daily Readings     http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/
Save the Date
St. Gianna Feast Day Mass
April 27, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre
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
Allison O'Brien, Director 
Patricia Fox, Project Rachel Ministry Coordinator 
Diana Tellis, Ministry/Dept. Assistant 
Ashley Foster, Media Specialist
Sr. Elizabeth A. Geraghty, Volunteer
CONTACT US
RESPECT LIFE OFFICE
50 North Park Ave.
F: (516) 536-3473
Rockville Ctr., NY 11570
P: (516) 678-5800
Exts.626 & 381
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED MISSION TO SERVE LIFE!