Issue 97 | May 2019
Bishop John O. Barres Easter Letter 2019

As we celebrate Holy Week, the Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday and, indeed, the entire Easter season on Long Island, we remember the power of the Risen Christ so eloquently captured in the Resurrection narratives of the four Gospels.

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At Easter the stones of sin, despair, are rolled away...

As individuals and as a church, it can be tempting to dwell on mistakes, failures and sins that block the fullness of life, but Easter is the proclamation that the Lord is victorious and his love will triumph, Pope Francis said.

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Women and families celebrated on feast day of St. Gianna
Bishop John Barres celebrated the 5 p.m. Mass Saturday, April 27th, for the feast of Saint Gianna Molla at the Cathedral of St Agnes, Rockville Centre.

St. Gianna is the patron of mothers, physicians and unborn children. The liturgy included a blessing in thanksgiving for those celebrating, hoping for and expecting the gift of a child.

After Mass there was an opportunity to venerate the relics of St. Gianna, given to the Rockville Centre Diocese by St. Gianna’s daughter, also named Gianna Molla. A reception followed in the pastoral center with resources on fertility, pregnancy support, post-abortion ministry and other related areas.
May 12, 2019
A Prayer for Mothers     

All-loving God, 
we give you thanks and praise 
for mothers young and old. 
We pray for young mothers, 
who give life and count toes and tend to our every need;

May they be blessed with patience and tenderness 
to care for their families and themselves with great joy.

We pray for our own mothers 
who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide 
in strong and gentle ways.

We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.

We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
The Virgin and Child (The Madonna of the Book)
by Sandro Botticelli (1480)
We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great -grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory 
and nourish us with their love.

 May 30, 2019
The Ascension of the Lord
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things. 
And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you;
but stay in the city
until you are clothed with power from on high."
Then he led them out as far as Bethany,
raised his hands, and blessed them.
As he blessed them he parted from them
and was taken up to heaven.
They did him homage
and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God.

Gospel LK 24:46-53
The Ascension by Benjamin West, 1801
May 31, 2019
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled."

Read Complete Gospel LK 1:39-56

Read full Gospel from USCCB Daily Reading | The Visitation Museo del Prado, 1517
Religious Freedom Week 2019: Strength in Hope
Join us, June 22 - June 29, as we pray, reflect, and take action on religious liberty, both here in this country and abroad.

In the pilgrimage of this life, hidden with Christ in God and free from enslavement to wealth, they aspire to those riches which remain forever and generously dedicate themselves wholly to the advancement of the kingdom of God and to the reform and improvement of the temporal order in a Christian spirit. Among the trials of this life they find strength in hope, convinced that "the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that will be revealed in us" (Rom. 8:18). -Apostolicam actuositatem, 4 Read More
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.
Born-Alive Legislation Deserves a Vote in the People's House
April 24, 2019

Please urge your representative to support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) by signing the discharge petition and voting to pass the bill. The discharge petition is a mechanism that allows the House minority to force a vote on a bill when the majority refuses to act. We can break the blockade. If we can get 218 Members (a simple majority) to sign the petition the
Born-Alive bill can proceed to a vote.  TAKE ACTION
Diocesan/Parish Resource Kit for Targeted Efforts to Pass Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962)
  • Sample action calendar (suggestions of what to do, when)
  • (very simple web page with links to action alert and more information—please promote this site wherever you can.) 
  • Texting option to contact your U.S. representative: Text ALIVE to 50457. (Standard messaging & data rates apply.)
  • 5- and 30-second PSA audio clips (to send to your diocesan or local radio stations, or to use in your own videos, etc.)
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.
  • 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.
  • Oppose Doctor-Assisted Suicide - They seek to make it legal for patients to receive a lethal dose of drugs that they can take home and use to kill themselves.
  • Maintain the ban on surrogacy - This would enable the buying and selling of children and the exploitation of women, and will lead to an increased reliance on IVF (in vitro fertilization) and the destruction of more human embryos.
Take action on legislative issues through the The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)
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  to begin healing after abortion loss. 

 En Español:
An Evening of Prayer for Men Suffering
Abortion Loss

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please register by Monday, June 17, 2019
All reservations and information will remain confidential.
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
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
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.
2018-19 Respect Life Youth Contest 
May 2019
Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles
I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord; Philip, whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
JN 14:6B, 9C
Are you a public school teacher or a friend or family member is one, this morning is for you and for them. Your Catholic values, touches so many young lives as an educator.
Facilitator training builds on the foundation for understanding the general principles of Bereavement Ministry.
Happy Mother's Day
You formed my inmost being; 
you knit me in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13 (NABRE)  
Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle
I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord. JN 15:16
Please join in celebration with
Bishop John O. Barres at the televised 11:00 AM Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre.
The Ascension of the Lord
Go and teach all nations, says the Lord; I am with you always, until the end of the world. MT 28:19A, 20B
Resurrection of the Lord Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.
LK 1:39-56
All scripture taken from the USCCB DailyReadings
Public Pro Life Event
Cycle Power Summit – Live On-Line
Cycle Power Summit is a free, 4-day online conference (May 2-5, 2019) that brings together the largest gathering of people who are passionate about understanding women’s reproductive health and the freedom and power of fertility awareness for managing overall health.

Cycle Power Summit was created for you because cycle charting is not just a trendy tool to know your body. It’s a way of life. It’s a vital sign. It’s freedom from the nasty side-effects of hormonal contraceptives. It’s a revolutionary way of naturally planning your family. It’s an empowering connection to your body. And it’s an essential medical diagnostic tool.
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
Allison O'Brien, Director 
Patricia Fox, Project Rachel Ministry Coordinator 
Diana Tellis, Ministry/Dept. Assistant 
Ashley Foster, Media Specialist
50 North Park Ave.
F: (516) 536-3473
Rockville Ctr., NY 11570
P: (516) 678-5800
Exts.626 & 381