October is: Respect Life Month
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

With many thanks for your continued support of life issues,
Respect Life Office

Maternity Advent
Act of Kindness Program

The Respect Life Office's Annual Maternity Advent Act of Kindness Program helps support young mothers in maternity homes on Long Island who have chosen life. Please order your collection boxes and advent calendars, they are free of charge. For more information visit our website.

How to order:

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.

Back to Basics  Respect Life Ministry Training 

The Back to Basics training sessions will help explain Parish Respect Life Ministry and will provide resources and directions to educate and support Respect Life issues.

By special request the Respect Life Office will be providing an additional Back to Basics training for Respect Life month.

Winter 2015
Level II - Starts November 1, 2015

Personal Ways To Celebrate
Respect Life Month

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. For more information visit our website.
Support a Maternity Residence
Provide these residences with the help they need so that they can continue to help others. For more information
Celebrate Respect Life Month
In a Group

Rosary and Adoration for Life
The Respect Life Office invites all parishioners to unite in prayer and participate in this special program for life. 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. View or Calendar 


Prayer and Blessings
Pray for Life for those in need.

European Refugee Crisis
Seven Things You Can Do to Help

As the refugee and migrant crisis grows in Europe,Catholic Relief Services and our partners like Caritas are there on the ground, providing assistance to families in need. As the difficult images fill the news, many people and parishes have asked what they can do to help. Here are seven tangible actions you can take to make a difference in the lives of people who have left their homes behind due to violent and difficult situations.

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Cardinal O'Malley: California Legalization of Assisted Suicide "a Great Tragedy for Human Life"

WASHINGTON-Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded on October 6 to Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the new California law legalizing assisted suicide. 
Cardinal O'Malley called the governor's decision "a great tragedy for human life," and a tragedy "compounded by confusion among those who supported this law." 
"A government that legalizes assisted suicide sends the terrible message Pope Francis has so eloquently warned us against, that there is such a thing as disposable people," Cardinal O'Malley said. "I am sure the Catholic Church in this country will redouble its efforts to protect innocent life at its most vulnerable stages, and to promote palliative care and other real solutions for the problems and hardships of terminally ill patients and their families."

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March for Life 2016
Come to Washington, D.C. for the 43nd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Join us to witness to life."The birth of every child changes the world; let every child be born for a better world". 

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Respect Life Month
Local Activities

27th Annual Mass For Deceased Children
Saturday, October 17th at 12:30 p.m. 
St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre

Walk to Prevent Suicide Long Island Walk
Sunday, October 25, 2015 
Jones Beach State Park
View or download flyer
Register Online | Or Call: 516-869-4215

After Respect Life Month
Respecting Life All Year Round 
Local Events 

Help Stop Assisted Suicide
A training conference for Catholics
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
St. Pius X Church Parish Hall, Loudonville, NY 
COST: $10 per person covers materials and lunch

26th National Night of Prayer For Life
December 8/9, 2015, 9 p.m. Tuesday to 1 AM Wednesday
National Hour of Unity 12 a.m. TO 1 AM (EST)

Respect Life Office| Diocese of Rockville Centre | 
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