Issue 92 | November 2018
Messengers of God's Love
By: Kimberly Baker
Since the news about numerous abuse scandals broke this summer, it has been a very difficult time for Catholics in the United States. In response, efforts for increased dialogue have been organized at many different levels: diocesan-wide events, parish meetings, and personal gatherings to talk, pray, share, and—especially important—to listen.

These efforts to listen and be attentive to others who are hurting have reminded me how each one of us can express respect for those we encounter in our daily routines. These events have also led me to reflect on my personal wounds, leading me to realize anew that even in our brokenness we can place ourselves at the service of others. It is an encouraging and beautiful experience to be a messenger of God’s love to one another, especially during difficult times.

Inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, these sentiments are reflected in the 2018-2019 Respect Life theme, “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent.” No matter how unprepared or inadequate we may feel, God’s grace can work through us to positively impact the lives around us in ways we may never fully realize. Read more
November 1
Solemnity of All Saints
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 
He began to teach them, saying:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven." MT 5:1-12A

+   ADVOCACY & PUBLIC POLICY
FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP
Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.

"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13
Prayer Before an Election

Lord God, as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country, and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.

We ask for eyes that are free from blindness so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters, one and equal in dignity, especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.

We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned,
Men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.

We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.

Oración para Antes de Unas Elecciones

Señor Dios,
a medida que se acercan las elecciones,
buscamos entender mejor los temas y preocupaciones que afronta nuestra ciudad/nuestro estado/nuestro país,
y cómo el Evangelio nos apremia a responder a estos retos como ciudadanos fieles de nuestra comunidad.

Te pedimos que nuestros ojos no sufran de ceguera
para que así podamos ver a los demás como hermanos y hermanas nuestros,
quienes gozan de una dignidad que nos une y nos hace iguales.
De manera especial te pedimos que reconozcamos como hermanos y hermanas
a quienes son víctimas de abusos y de la violencia, de los engaños y de la pobreza.

Te pedimos que nuestros oídos escuchen el llanto de los niños aún no nacidos y de quienes han sido abandonados,
que escuchemos el llanto de los hombres y mujeres que son oprimidos a causa de su raza o credo, religión o género.

Te pedimos para que nuestra mente y nuestro corazón estén abiertos a escuchar
la voz de los líderes que nos acercan cada vez más a tu Reino.

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)
March for Life 2019
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 18, 2019
at 11:15 a.m as we march for life. 
+ PRAYER & WORSHIP
Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, we thank you
for the goodness of our people
and for the spirit of justice
that fills this nation.
We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the
land and the challenge of the cities.
We thank you for our work and our rest,
for one another, and for our homes.
We thank you, Lord:
accept our thanksgiving on this day.
We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.
R: Amen.

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.
+ EDUCATION
Respect Life Blog:
Part II: Immigration “I was a stranger and you invited me in” (Matthew 25:35)
It is said that when one sense is lost, the others become stronger to make up for the lost sight, hearing, smell, etc. As a Church body, this is a concept we can relate to. In our parishes we often come together to support a member who is in need or we contribute time and money to build up the Church and community. In an era of humanitarian and environmental crisis, we are now called to better understand our role as a part of a body of global citizens.
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 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.

Caring For Loved Ones At Life's End
USCCB RESPECT LIFE PROGRAM 2018-19 ARTICLE

An old Irish proverb says, "It is in the shelter of each other that the people live." Indeed, we are created to depend upon one another and walk together in suffering. But when family members or friends approach life's end, we may not know how best to "shelter" them. Here are some concrete ways we can compassionately care for them.

+ CARE AND SERVICES
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.

WE NEED YOU! 
Please support the Maternity Advent Project providing pregnancy care to women and families across Long Island. 

Place your order today!! 

Kindly return your gifts by December 25 

Thank you for your support!

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.
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
Hope after Abortion
Upcoming Opportunities for Prayer and Healing

An Evening of Prayer for Men Suffering Abortion Loss
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Please register by Monday, November 26, 2018.
All reservations and information will remain confidential.

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 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
Join the movement!
Respect Life Programs 
November 27, 2018


Providing programs that promote and defend the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.
November 2018
1st
Solemnity of All Saints
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord. MT 11:28
2nd
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
Come, you who are blessed by my Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. MT 25:34
6th
(more information)
21st
Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
II chose you from the world,to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord. JN 15:16
22nd
Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts. PS 95:8
22nd
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Hear now, all you who fear God,
while I declare what he has done for me. PS 66:16
25th
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! MK 11:9, 10
All scripture taken from the USCCB Daily Readings     http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/
30th
Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle
Come after me, says the Lord,
and I will make you fishers of men. MT 4:19
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!