Issue 92 | December 2018
Celebrating The Advent Season
The Advent season is a time of preparation directing our hearts and minds to Christ's second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas. Below is a list of things you can do to make Advent a wonderful time for all in your family or parish. 

December 8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end."
"But Mary said to the angel,
"How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?"
And the angel said to her in reply,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.

Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.
LK 1:26-38

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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.
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:
Hope after Abortion
Upcoming Opportunities for Prayer and Healing

Day of Prayer and Healing for Women
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Please register by Monday, November 26, 2018.
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
Reflections from the Sidewalk
By: Thomas Grenchik
I was praying the rosary recently on the sidewalk outside of a very busy abortion center in the Washington, D.C., area, where I live. The building, a seedy-looking structure that used to be a convenience store, is located on a busy, divided thoroughfare. Three lanes of traffic head in one direction, and three lanes run the opposite direction. With a major intersection a half block away, heavy traffic often backs up at the red light. Some drivers pretend not to notice the peaceful folks praying or offering pro-life assistance to the mothers, fathers and family members heading into the abortion facility. Some drivers give encouragement, and some will occasionally shout a profanity or give a “thumbs-down.” Read more
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 
  • 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 for the amount of signs requested before pickup.
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)
A Perfect Gift

Soon after the birth of my son Charlie*, who has Down syndrome, a visitor asked whether he was "mild, moderate, or severe"—referring to his level of cognitive impairment. I knew the terminology, but the question shocked me. In my arms I held my beautiful baby boy, who defied easy categorization. Clinical labels may describe some aspects of an individual's "functioning," but they don't tell the whole story. Labels could not describe how Charlie's smile lit up a room or how the sweetness of his soul had captured our hearts so completely.

December 12, 2018
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Virgin of Guadalupe,
Patroness of unborn children,
we implore your intercession
for every child at risk of abortion.
Help expectant parents to welcome from God
the priceless gift of their child’s life.

Console parents who have lost that gift
through abortion,
and lead them to forgiveness and healing
through the Divine Mercy of your Son.

Teach us to cherish
and to care for family and friends
until God calls them home.
Help us never to see others as burdens.

Guide our public officials
to defend each and every human life
through just laws.
Inspire us all to bring our faith into public life,
to speak for those who have no voice.

We ask this in the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ, who is Love and Mercy itself.

--- 2010 Respect Life Liturgy Guide, USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.
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 14-22, 2019
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.
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

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 III: Mental Health – “I was sick and you looked after me” (Matthew 25:35-36)
When one faces a physical ailment, usually they seek out a physician’s care to help heal their broken bone or alleviate their flu symptoms. Sickness is often associated with the physical rather than the mental, so does this mean that Jesus as the Divine Physician only heals our physical diseases? The Catholic Church would answer of course not! But, then why does our country have an apparent fear of mental ailments?
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.

I proclaim to you good news of great joy: today a Savior is born for us, Christ the Lord.
December 2018
First Sunday of Advent
Show us, Lord, your love;
and grant us your salvation.
PS 85:8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women. LK 1:28
Second Sunday of Advent
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all flesh shall see the salvation of God. L K 3:4,6
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Blessed are you, holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise; from you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God.
St John the Evangelist
c. 1675 by DOLCI, Carlo
Third Sunday of Advent
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 
because he has anointed me 
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
I S 61:1
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.May it be done to me according to your word. Lk 1:38
Fourth Week of Advent
 & Christmas Eve 
O Radiant Dawn, Splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.
The Nativity of the Lord
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to those
on whom his favor rests. LK 2:14
Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist
We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
the glorious company of Apostles praise you.
All scripture taken from the USCCB Daily 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 - 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
Sr. Elizabeth A. Geraghty, Volunteer
50 North Park Ave.
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