Issue 54
September 2015

Respect Life Program 2015-16

Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift. At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God's love. Our relationships on earth are meant to help us and others grow in perfect love. We are meant to depend on one another, serve each other in humility, and walk together in times of suffering.
An elderly man whose health is quickly deteriorating; an unborn baby girl whose diagnosis indicates she may not live very long; a little boy with Down syndrome; a mother facing terminal cancer-each may have great difficulties and need assistance, but each of their lives is a good and perfect gift.

Materials are available on our website.
A Brief Content Of What Is In This Issue
Bishop Murphy: Year of Mercy and Absolution for Sin of Abortion
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, with great love and care for us all, calls us to experience God's mercy especially during the Jubilee Year of Mercy which begins December 8, 2015.  Meantime he announced yesterday another concrete demonstration of his merciful care.  He grants to all priests, during the Jubilee Year, the special faculty to absolve any woman who has procured an abortion from that sin.  Any woman carrying that burden may seek release from the sin with forgiveness and reconciliation simply by going to a priest, confessing her sin and receiving, in return for her sorrow, the gift of absolution, freeing her definitively through this beautiful sacrament of God's mercy, the sacrament of penance and reconciliation. Read More


Cardinal O'Malley: Welcomes Pope's Year of Mercy Plan for Post-Abortion Healing

WASHINGTON-Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the 
Committee on 
Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded September 1 to Pope Francis' letter allowing all priests worldwide "to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it."

"Recognizing the seriousness of the sin of abortion and the implications this can have for those involved, Pope Francis is making particular outreach to women, noting that many women were under great pressure and felt that they had no choice," Cardinal O'Malley said.
"For many years in the United States, including in the Archdiocese of Boston, diocesan bishops have granted their priests the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion. As part of the outreach of the Year of Mercy, the Holy Father will now grant all priests worldwide the faculty," Cardinal O'Malley said. Read more

For more information on the Year of Mercy click here | español

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.
Prayer for the Ministry of Project Rachel
Father, source of healing and forgiveness, we pray for all parents overwhelmed by grief and sorrow at the loss of their son or daughter to abortion:
You never abandon those who hope in you; so we pray that the hearts of those wounded by their abortion might be open to your Divine Mercy that they would know the grace of repentance and so experience the embrace of the Father.
We pray that Jesus, the Good Shepherd,
so rich in love and compassion, may hear the cry and see the tears of each of these mothers and fathers so He may heal their broken hearts and restore them to life.
Give these grieving mothers and fathers the consolation of believing and trusting that her child is now living in the Lord that this may soothe the terror of their soul.
We pray that the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of all tenderness and our Mother,
may strengthen their faith in You.
We ask this through Christ our Lord,
who conquered sin and death,
and who lives with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. 

  • Bulletin Insert
  • Project Rachel Prayer - Printable Prayer 8.5 x 11Printable Prayer Card
  • A Prayer To Our Lady Of Guadalupe (En Español)
  • Post Abortion book-list resource
  • Respect Life Blog: My Thoughts Project Rachel (Español)

  • Book Resources
    • Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement, by Sarah Erdreich
    • Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, by Katha Pollitt
    • Every Third Woman in America: How Legal Abortion Transformed Our Nation by David A. Grimes M.D. with Linda G. Brandon
    Post-Abortion Retreats
    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, October 24, 2015
    Saturday, November 7, 2015
    Saturday, January '16, 2016
    Saturday, February 13, 2016
    Saturday, February 27, 2016 
    (in Spanish / Español)
    Saturday, March 19, 2016
    Saturday, April 30, 2016
    Saturday, May 28, 2016
    Saturday, June 25, 2016

    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

    October 17, 2015

    For more information or to register contact

    877.586.4621 (toll free) 

    In the Spotlight
    Every Life Is Worth Living: Love 101: Back To Basics
    Respect Life Program 2015 Articles

    Remembering Who We Are

    Like many other American children, I couldn't wait to buy The Lion King* when it was first released on video. Now, years later, there's a particular message in that movie that takes on deeper meaning as I think back on it.
    I clearly remember the scene when the spirit of Mufasa tells Simba, his self-exiled son, to remember his identity. (As the deceased king's son, Simba is the rightful king.) This reminder motivates Simba to give up his life of leisure and, like the king he is, walk the more challenging road to which he is called.
    Sometimes, we also need reminders of who we are and what we are made for. As baptized Christians, we are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. God, who isLove and who loves us beyond comprehension, wants us to live forever with Him in full and perfect love. We were created for this love, and our relationships on earth are meant to help us, and others, grow in this love.

    Growing in Love
    Do you think of chastity as "just a bunch of rules" that prevent us from expressing affection? On the contrary, we can discover true love through the practice of chastity, "the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being" (CCC no. 2337).
    Let's break that down. Read More

    The Culture project is Coming to the Diocese 
    Presentations are given to youth on human dignity and sexual integrity.

    October 25 - 31, 2015

    Religious Education Programs, High Schools, Youth Ministry, College Campuses, Parish Communities, Ministries and Catholic Schools.

    The Culture Project International is an initiative of young people set out to restore culture through the experience of virtue. Members of the team enter into a program where they live, pray in community, receive formation and are sent out on missions nationally and internationally. Presentations are given to youth on human dignity and sexual integrity.

    Chyva's Corner-Words to the Youth

    What does chastity mean to you?  Is it a loss of freedom or is it the gift of authentic love? How you define chastity is how you will see its purpose in your life. Chastity is defined by Webster's dictionary as "the state of not having sex with anyone". In comparison, the USCCB cites the Catechism of the Catholic Church definition as, "chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being"[1] (no. 2337). Read More

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    Respect Life Upcoming Events

    14th Annual Youth Respect Life Contest this years theme
    "Every Life is Worth Living" 

    The Diocesan Respect Life Office is excited to announce the 14th Annual Youth Respect Life Contest for grades 7-8 Level ONE, and grades 9-12 Level TWO. We welcome all Catholic youth in the Rockville Centre Diocese attending Catholic Elementary, High Schools or parish programs including religious education, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth groups, youth choirs to participate. We encourage children with special needs to also participate.

    The Respect Life Office invites all parishioners to unite in prayer and participate in this special program for life.  During respect life month in support of all life  join us in prayer for like. All life is sacred and deserving of respect.
    The program consists of having three parishes each day - one in each vicariate - offer Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary for Life beginning on 
    October 1st through October 31st.

    Back to Basics  Respect Life Ministry Training - Fall 2015

    September's Back to Basics Training has began, however by special request the Respect Life Office will be providing an additional Back to Basics training for Respect Life month.

    New Dates:

    Fall 2015
    Level I - Starts October 1, 2015
    Level II - Starts October 1, 2015
    Winter 2015
    Level I - Starts November 1, 2015

    The Culture project is Coming to the Diocese. 
    Presentations are given to youth on human dignity and sexual integrity.

    October 25 - 31, 2015

    Religious Education Programs, High Schools, Youth Ministry, College Campuses, Parish Communities, Ministries and Catholic Schools.

    The Culture Project International is an initiative of young people set out to restore culture through the experience of virtue. Members of the team enter into a program where they live, pray in community, receive formation and are sent out on missions nationally and internationally. Presentations are given to youth on human dignity and sexual integrity.

    Marguerite d'Youville
    Practitioner Program 

    The Creighton ModelFertilityCareSystem works cooperatively with a woman's cycle to monitor normal and naturally occurring biological markers that identify the fertile and infertile days in her cycle.  The couple uses this information to plan or avoid a pregnancy and to monitor a woman's health. 

    Become part of a team providing Natural Procreative Choice for:
    • Achieving Pregnancy
    • Avoiding Pregnancy
    • Procreative Wellness
    Education Phase Schedule:
    Education Phase I October 3-10, 2015
    Education Phase II October 5 to 10, 2015

    For more information or for an application please contact:
    Kathy Rivet, BS, CFCP, CFCE
    Education Program Director
    603-232-3141 | E-mail

    27th Annual Mass 
    For Deceased Children

    Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for
    of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:14

    The Annual Mass for Deceased Children will be on Saturday, October 17th at 12:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. Refreshments following Mass in the Parish Centre.

    All are welcome. Come early to inscribe your child's name in the "Book of Families."

    Long Island Walk

    When: Sunday, October 25, 2015 
    Where: Jones Beach State Park

    Or Call: 516-869-4215

    A training conference for Catholics

    Saturday, November 7, 2015, 
    10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    St. Pius X Church Parish Hall, 
    23 Crumitie Road, Loudonville, NY 12211

    COST: $10 per person covers materials and lunch

    Learn the best medical, legal and ethical arguments against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. Be inspired by a young father battling cancer. Be enlightened by those who care for the aged and infirm. Arm yourself with the facts about dangerous legislation.

    Contact: Cindy Miller at 518-434-6195, or

    Spiritual Adoption Program

    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. read more


    Word of Life Palabra de Vida 

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    Liturgical Prayers for Life 


    Including a Prayer for a Mother Before Childbirth and Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for an Expectant Mother 


    "Blessing for a Child in the Womb" to buy (click here)

    Please include these in your Sunday Bulletin.   




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    Fall Respect Life Training Back to Basics
    Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
    Jesus said to Nicodemus:
    "No one has gone up to heaven
    except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
    And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
    so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
    so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life." John 3:13-16

    Bulletin Inserts - For Parish Respect Life


    Further Bulletin Inserts 

    Project Rachel

    Post Abortion Retreats

    Gospel of Life Prayer


     For more Bulletin Inserts visit our website

    Please add these to your bulletin announcements. 


    Gabriel's Courage Information for Bulletin Announcements
    If you would like more information on Gabriel's Courage visit our website,

    Now and at the Hour of Our DeathCatholic Guidance for End-of-Life Decision MakingBulletin Announcements
    For more information on Now and at the Hour of Our Death Catholic Guidance for End-of-Life Decision Making visit or 

    Suggested Summer Reading 

    From The Respect Life Office 


    Summer has come and we are blessed with this warmth and wonderful weather.  Enjoy this time by reading while your relaxing by the beach, pool or outdoors

    Check out our recommended list for 

    great summer reading. 

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    S. Elizabeth A. Geraghty, CSJ Project Rachel Ministry Coordinator

    Diana Tellis, Ministry/Dept. Assistant



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