Issue 85 | April 2018
This is how we answer our missionary call. This is how we build a culture of life, a culture that joyfully proclaims the truth of God's love, purpose, and plan for each person. Changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts and includes a willingness to be instructed and a desire to be close to Jesus-the source of joy and love.  
May we all continue to build  a culture of life!
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16th Annual
Youth Awards Celebration
May 2, 2018

Please join us on this rescheduled date!
Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Presider

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7 PM
Holy Trinity Diocesan High School Auditorium*
98 Cherry Lane, Hicksville, NY 11801

* Auditorium Entrance on Newbridge Road

Registration and light refreshments at 6:30 PM
Proper Attire is required for students

Please come and join us as we recognize the talents and efforts of our youth.
"Dear brothers and sisters, Christ is risen! And we have the possibility of opening our hearts and receiving his gift of hope. Let us open our hearts to hope and go forth. May the memory of his works and his words be the bright star which directs our steps in the ways of faith towards that Easter that will have no end." -Pope Francis

"Queridos hermanos y hermanas, ¡Cristo ha resucitado! Y nosotros tenemos la posibilidad de abrirnos y de recibir su don de esperanza. Abrámonos a la esperanza y pongámonos en camino; que el recuerdo de sus obras y de sus palabras sea la luz resplandeciente que oriente nuestros pasos confiadamente hacia esa Pascua que no conocerá ocaso." -Papa Francisco
Easter 2018 Resources

The Resurrection of the Lord
April 1, 2018

When the sabbath was over, 
Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome
bought spices so that they might go and
 anoint him.
Very early when the sun had risen,
on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb.
They were saying to one another,
"Who will roll back the stone for us
from the entrance to the tomb?"
When they looked up,
they saw that the stone had been rolled back;
it was very large.
On entering the tomb they saw a young man
sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe,
and they were utterly amazed.
He said to them, "Do not be amazed!
You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.
Behold the place where they laid him.
But go and tell his disciples and Peter,
'He is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him, as he told you.'"
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
April 9, 2018

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
Celebrating Mercy During Easter

Mary McClusky
MARCH 23, 2018

Easter is a time of great joy, hope, and celebration, so why does the Churchemphasize our sinfulness and great need for mercy on the Second Sunday of Easter, "Divine Mercy Sunday"? The Gospel reading on that day and Jesus's words to St. Faustina Kowalska make it clear that the connection is quite fitting and always appropriate: Jesus suffered and died for our sins so that we might receive His mercy and the joy of eternal life.

The destruction of life through abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia are among the gravest of sins. Yet Jesus says that even those who have committed great sins can not only be forgiven, but have priority. St. Faustina, a Polish nun canonized by St. John Paul II in 2000, recorded the words of Jesus in her journal: "Let the greatest sinners place their trust in my mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy... I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to my compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in my unfathomable and inscrutable mercy" (Diary of St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, 1146).

As related in John's Gospel (Jn 20:19-31) proclaimed on the Second Sunday of Easter, the resurrected Jesus appeared to the disciples. They had been gripped by fear, but rejoiced when they saw him and received the Holy Spirit, peace, and the power to forgive sins. God invites us, like the disciples, to be moved from fear into great joy. Despite our great sinfulness, we can receive forgiveness, grace, and healing in the sacrament of reconciliation and be inspired to show mercy to others.  Read more
Saint Agnes Cathedral
Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 5:00 pm

Vigil Mass - 5th Sunday of Easter
Saint Gianna Feast Day

Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre

Part of the liturgy will include a blessing in thanksgiving for those celebrating
 the gift of a child, those planning now or in the future for a child and those 
who are expecting a child.

Mass will be televised on
After Mass there will be an opportunity to
 venerate the relics of St. Gianna.

6:00 pm
Reception at the Pastoral Center
Representatives and resources will be available in the following areas:

  • Gianna Center of Long Island (Restorative Reproductive Medicine)
  • Fertility, Infertility
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Comprehensive Services Supporting Life
  • Catholic Pregnancy Support Servcies
  • Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Loss (Emily's Gift) 
  • Difficult Diagnosis (Gabriel's Courage)
  • Diocesan Post Abortion Ministry (Project Rachel)
  • Faith Formation

RSVP by April 20, 2018

Update on Conscience Protection Act

Despite our efforts over many weeks, including your own significant efforts, the Conscience Protection Act (CPA) was not included in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Trump last week. 

Ultimately, there was no direct vote by Congress on whether to include CPA in the omnibus appropriations bill. Republican and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate, along with the White House, made the final decisions about what policies were included in the bill, including the decision about the CPA. 

 In a statement issued Thursday, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, chair of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty, reacted with deep disappointment to the news saying:  

"Those inside and outside of Congress who worked to defeat the CPA have placed themselves squarely into the category of extremists who insist that all Americans must be forced to participate in the violent act of abortion. We call on Congress not to give up until this critical legislation is enacted." 

You can read their full statement here

We urge you to send a similar message to your lawmakers here.

Oppose Abortion Expansion in State Budget
Last Updated: 03/1/2018

In his recent Executive Budget proposal, Governor Andrew Cuomo included a radical bill that would expand late-term abortions in New York State. The language of this proposal is similar to past attempts, but goes even further by legalizing infanticide when a baby is born alive during an attempted abortion.  Take Action!

Support the Conscience Protection Regulation
Last Updated:  02/28/2018

On January 26, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published in the Federal Register (Vol. 83, pp. 3880 et seq.)a proposed rule to enforce 25 existing statutory conscience protections for Americans involved in HHS-funded programs, which protect people from being coerced into participating in activities that violate their consciences, such as abortion, sterilization, or assisted suicide.
Learn more about this Action Alert.

Maintain the Ban on Surrogacy
Last Updated: 2/1/2018 

Legislation which would undo New York's longstanding ban on surrogate motherhood for profit just got a boost with a new government report recommending the practice. This would enable the buying and selling of children, exploit women and undermine their dignity, intentionally divide families by separating children from at least one of their biological parents, and lead to an increased reliance on IVF (in vitro fertilization) and the destruction of more human embryos. Please let your elected officials know that you oppose this bill because it would do much more harm than good. Take action now.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to reinstate DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
Last Updated: 1/24/2018 

Since the announcement that the Trump Administration is rescinding the Obama-era Executive Order known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the issue has become a political football, with the future of nearly 800,000 beneficiaries of the program (including an estimated 42,000 of our fellow New Yorkers) hanging in the balance. While the federal government has the right and duty to protect and secure our borders, the individuals who benefitted from DACA have done nothing wrong. The Dreamers were brought to this country as children by their parents; for many, they have known no other home. Take Action Today! 

Last Updated: 10/04/2017 

Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Bishop Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development have expressed their strong support for H. Con. Res. 80, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that assisted suicide is a "deadly, discriminatory and non-compassionate practice."  Learn more about this Action Alert
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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. While we are successfully able to address male infertility as well, we are uniquely qualified to care for women of all ages and at all stages of life.
View the Gianna Center of Long Island Video
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. A program of Catholic Health Services (CHS) and Good Shepherd Hospice, Gabriel's Courage works in collaboration with the Diocese of Rockville Centre's peer ministry initiative to provide care to families. 
More information on Gabriel's Courage Catholic Health Services
Project Rachel Hope After Abortion
Do you know someone who is suffering abortion loss, there is hope and healing after abortion.
Diocese of Rockville Centre Day of Prayer and Healing for Women

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, June 9, 2018 
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) or email to begin healing after abortion loss. 

 En Español:
Respect Life Website Donation Page

Join our Mission to Serve Life!
The Respect Life Office enunciates and promotes the principle that human life, at all stages from conception to natural death, is a gift from God, worthy of respect and protection. You can now make an online donation to the Respect Life Office.

OCTOBER 13, 2018
8:30AM- 4:30 PM

The Mirenda Center for Sport,
Spirituality and Character Development

One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014

50 YEARS AGO Blessed Paul VI prophesied to the  world that marriages and the society would suffer  if the use  of contraception became widespread.   He said that  infidelity, moral decline, loss of  respect for women and  abuse of power by  governments would increase  exponentially. This conference will highlight the fulfillment of these  prophecies in the world today and offer a reflection as to  how selflessness, love, self- mastery and moral responsibility can reverse this trend.
Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of the Lord
Facilitator training builds on the foundation for understanding the general principles of Bereavement Ministry.

Respect Life Deanery Coordinator Meeting
10 am - 12 noon
Pastoral Center Offices

Memorial of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr
God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.  JN 3:16

Dirigido a las personas que desean ser o son miembros del equipo de RICA
A foundation for understanding the general principles of the Order of Christian Funerals.
Divine Mercy Sunday
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
Blessed are those who have not seen me, but still believe! JN 20:29
Feast of Saint Mark, evangelist
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:"Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. 
MK 16:15

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us;
and we saw his glory. JN 1:14AB

Feast of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla 
"Love the Virgin Mary. She is our tender confidant in difficulty. Mary is the mother who cannot ignore our requests." - St. Gianna Beretta Molla 

All scripture taken from the USCCB Daily Readings
Long Island Coalition  for Life

  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
Bridget Lynn, Respect Life Intern

50 North Park Ave.
F: (516) 536-3473
Rockville Ctr., NY 11570
P: (516) 678-5800
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