Issue 71
February 2017
In this issue: 

9 Days For Life: Prayer, Penance, And Pilgrimage
Today is Day 5

Join thousands of Catholics across the country in prayer for a Culture of Life from Saturday, January 21, 2017 -  Sunday, January 29, 2017.  

While the overarching intention of the novena is the end to abortion, it also addresses topics spanning across the range of life issues. Each day's one-page prayer guide focuses on a different intention and is comprised of five short sections: Intercession Prayers Reflection Acts of Reparation One Step Further 

For more information or daily novenas visit
March For Life 2017
We hope to see you at the March!

DRVC Buses Registered to attend the March for Life Click Here

Pre-Diocesan Gathering:

Friday, January 27, 2017
at 11:15 am

(West side of the Washington Monument and 
the March will start at 15th Street NW and 
continue on Constitution Avenue.)
Post Prayer Service and Blessing:
Continuously, at 15 minute intervals
From: 2:00 pm -4:00 pm

Sr. JOSEPH'S ON CAPITOL HILL 313 2nd Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 Phone: (202) 547-1223

For more information visit ou website .
Thousands to Participate in 2017 National Prayer Vigil for Life in Advance of Friday's March for Life

January 24, 2017 

WASHINGTON-The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 26 to Friday morning, January 27, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Over 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will pray there for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life. The Vigil marks the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion nationwide. Since those decisions, over 57 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States. 

The principal celebrant and homilist at the Vigil Opening Mass will be Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities. It will be concelebrated by his fellow cardinals and many of the nation's bishops and priests in the Basilica's Great Upper Church. The Vigil continues overnight in the Crypt Church with confessions, a National Rosary for Life, Byzantine Rite Night Prayer, and holy hours led by seminarians from across the country from 11 p.m.- 6 a.m.

Date: March 27, 2017
Place: Holy Trinity D. High School - Auditorium
            98 Cherry Ln, Hicksville, NY 11801 (map)
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Respect Life Office annual contest seeks to provide students the opportunity to reflect upon respect for life as a vital foundational part of the faith. We hope that all participants use this annual event as a springboard to discuss and explore further their individual talents and communicate the message of our ministry on the sanctity and dignity of all human life.

Please come and join us as we recognize the talents and efforts of our youth.
Happy Valentines Day!

Bridges Of Mercy For 
Post-Abortion Healing

Maria* was going back to Church after her second-grader enrolled in First Communion classes. She didn't know what to say to her daughter after being asked why she didn't go to Communion. 

Maria had an abortion in her teens and felt that she couldn't go to confession because she had committed an "unforgivable sin."

Li* and his wife, Vanessa*, were attending counseling to address problems in their marriage. Li decided to finally tell Vanessa that, while in college, he had taken his former girlfriend to get an abortion. Vanessa was devastated.

Jennifer* comes from a large, pro-life family that is active in their parish. At the funeral of her devout, beloved mother, Jennifer was despondent beyond the grief of her loss. Jennifer couldn't stop thinking that her mother in heaven would now discover the secret she had kept for thirty years: the existence of a granddaughter, whom Jennifer had aborted in college because she was too ashamed to tell her parents about her pregnancy.

When Darryl* started attending a parish men's prayer group, he began to feel more connected than ever to his faith. But with his increasing engagement, he began to wonder whether God would really forgive him for encouraging and paying for the abortion of his only child. 

Maria, Vanessa, Li, Jennifer, and Darryl are among the tens of millions of Americans whose lives have been directly touched by abortion. Like so many others, they have experienced shame, regret, guilt, and unhealthy secrets. But as they have also experienced, God's healing love and mercy are always possible. 

While many Catholics want to help women and men heal from past abortions, most don't know how to begin.
  Read more
Take Action: Oppose Late-Term Abortion Expansion

New legislation has been introduced in the State Assembly that would increase late-term abortions in the state, empower non-doctors to perform abortions, eliminate protections against unwanted abortions, and even jeopardize live-born children who survive abortion attempts. The bill has been fast-tracked and can be voted on in the Assembly at any time. Please urge your Assembly representative to oppose this extreme measure. Read the full Memorandum of Opposition
USCCB Spokeswoman Welcomes House Passage of 2017 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act: 'Decisive Step toward Respect for Unborn Human Life'

January 25, 2017
WASHINGTON--Deirdre McQuade, primary spokeswoman on abortion for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed passage of the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017" (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives. "By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people," she said.  
Co-sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL), the pro-life bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 238-183 on January 24, three days before the annual March for Life in Washington. The bill codifies a permanent, government-wide policy against taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. It also requires health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act to disclose the extent of their coverage for abortion and the amount of any surcharge for that coverage to consumers.   Read More

New York's current law prohibits assisting in suicide by anyone, including doctors who prescribe lethal doses of drugs to end the lives of terminally ill patients who wish to die. This law was challenged in 1994 and upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in  Vacco vs. Quill in 1997.

Two pieces of legislation have been introduced in the New York Legislature to legalize physician-assisted suicide, and they are equally dangerous. In addition, a new lawsuit has been filed by an assisted suicide advocacy organization to overturn New York's ban. The 2014 assisted suicide death of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who moved to Oregon to secure a physician's help to commit suicide, has renewed efforts across the country to legalize this practice. 

For more information on the Opposition of Assisted Suicide  click here.

The Purpose of the Spiritual Adoption Program is threefold:
  • Encourage parishes, schools and other communities to pray for babies in danger of abortion.
  • Educate adults and children about the development of the pre-born child.
  • Provide mothers in need with assistance at a 'baby shower' of donated baby gifts, or simply celebrate with a 'birthday party' at the conclusion of the program. In some schools a crib was bought with monetary gifts and the children filled a crib with gifts for expectant Mothers.
This is done by encouraging people to "spiritually adopt" an unborn baby, and to follow their baby along the path to being born. More Information
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.

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 empeza  su entrenamiento y obtenga conocimiento profundo sobre asuntos del respeto a la vida y otros asuntos.

Suggested New Year Reading   From The Respect Life Office 

Bring in the new year with a  great book from our  recommended reading list.  View List

assist Gianna of Long Island
Center for 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.

Named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the Gianna of Long Island Center for Women's Health & Fertility is pleased to feature two unique women's health services-the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTECHNOLOGY™, both of which allow us to provide women with a natural, restorative, scientifically-based approach to improving health and respecting fertility.
CHS's Gianna Center and Pregnancy Support Website

Catholic Health Services (CHS) now offers a dedicated, interactive website section for the Gianna Center and its pregnancy support services. The Gianna Center based at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center offers highly specialized restorative reproductive medicine in accordance with Catholic teaching, under the medical direction of Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC. Also, assistance is available for anyone with unexpected or crisis pregnancy through a one-call outreach program connecting to community resources.

The confidential, dedicated telephone number for this program is  1 (855) 301-4CHS , supported by the availability of multilingual interpretive services. Anyone of any faith may call or refer to this support line, including representatives of parishes, colleges and crisis pregnancy centers, to facilitate safe, nonjudgmental companioning for women and couples in a crisis pregnancy. To speak to someone about pregnancy options immediately between 7:00 pm and 7:30 am Monday to Friday or on the weekend, please call  1 (800) 712-HELP (4357).

Do you know someone who is suffering abortion loss, their is hope and healing after abortion.

The Day of Prayer and Healing for Women
is an opportunity to experience the loving
mercy of God in a safe and sacred space.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 Eastern Long Island Location

Project Rachel Hope After Abortion 

I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion... do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope...the Father of mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation."  (Evangelium Vitae no. 99, John Paul II)

Project Rachel Hope After Abortion website or call the Respect Life Office's confidential hotline: 1-888-456-HOPE (se habla espanol) to begin healing after abortion loss.

Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing for Women 

Prayer and Healing Retreats, help those suffering the effects of abortion. We offer a safe place, a way out of the pain, in a non-judgmental atmosphere. All retreats are  led by the Sisters of Life and women who have experienced both the suffering of abortion and the joy of healing in Christ. 

For more information visit our website
Entering Canaan
for women

Saturday, February 4, 2017 
(in Spanish)
Sunday, March 5, 2017 
(Eastern Long Island Location)  
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017

For more information or to register contact 

 Sisters of Life 
866.575.0075 (toll free)

 Theresa Bonopartis 
877.586.4621 (toll free) 

Entering Canaan
for Men

Contact Lumina 
877.586.4621  (toll free) 

The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 26, through Friday morning, January 27, 2016 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC. (map)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Opening Mass begins 
Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. 

National Rosary for Life - Crypt Church
8:30 - 9:30 pm 
Most Reverend David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh

Night Prayer (Byzantine Rite) - Crypt Church
10:00 - 11:00 pm
Celebrant: Most Reverend Kurt R. Burnette, JCL, DD,
Bishop of the Byzantine Eparchy of Passaic, NJ

Holy Hours for Life - Crypt Churc
11:00 pm
Led by seminarians from across the country

Friday, January 27, 2017

Holy Hours for Life - Crypt Church
12:00 am - 6:00 am     

Morning Prayer, Benediction, Reposition - Crypt Church
6:30 am    
Closing Mass - Great Upper Church
7:30 am    
Principal Celebrant & Homilist: Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, 
Archbishop of New Orleans

For full schedule visit the

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

50 North Park Ave.
F: (516) 536-3473
Rockville Ctr., NY 11570
P: (516) 678-5800
Exts.626 & 381