Issue 56
November 2015
Greetings with the approaching Jubilee Year of Mercy:
"At time we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives." -- Pope Francis
'I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: "Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful" (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy! This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy -Pope Francis (continue reading) 

A Brief Content Of What Is In This Issue

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. More information
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Life Issues Forum: Freedom To Care
Aaron Matthew Weldon

In his recent address in Philadelphia, Pope Francis noted that "various forms of modern tyranny seek to suppress religious freedom, or [...] try to reduce it to a subculture without right to a voice in the public square."  Powerful political and cultural leaders often do not oppose religious freedom outright.  Rather, they seek to relegate religion to a private sphere.  They claim that religious freedom permits us to worship, but people of faith must shed their religious convictions when they leave the sanctuary and serve the public.  This is a severely restrictive understanding of freedom.

The false notion of religion as a purely private affair has fueled a spate of threats to Catholic hospitals' freedom to care for people according to the moral teaching of the Church.  In recent years, several Catholic healthcare entities and medical professionals have been punished by people who seek to require that they provide abortions and sterilizations.  The notion seems to be that religion (or, for that matter, morality) should not interfere with the practice of medicine.  It's fine to have a little chapel and pictures of Jesus and Mary, but an increasingly influential segment of the population argues that Catholic hospitals and healthcare workers are no different from others. Opponents of truly Catholic healthcare demand that our faith not be reflected in how we practice medicine and serve others. Read more

Several bills have been introduced in the New York State legislature to legalize doctor-assisted suicide. Send a message to the Governor and your elected representatives now to let them know that directly causing death is not an acceptable answer to terminal illness, aging or disability. 

The New York State Catholic Conference also has a  Help Stop Assisted Suicide - A Training Conference for Catholics for those who wish to learn the best medical, legal and ethical arguments against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. More information

A sample letter has been provided to mail to your local Senator, download the letter here.

Please click here to take action and share this link which can be used to advertise in your local bulletin.

Thank you for taking time today to speak out in defense of life and liberty. Together we will be heard!


In early August, the United States Senate was unsuccessful in efforts to withhold federal funds from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. and affiliates, due to the organ harvesting scandal recently brought to light.

Legislation that would expand late-term abortion in New York has now passed the Assembly (A.6221/S.4432). It would allow third-trimester abortions for any reason and allow non-doctors to perform abortions.

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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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 is Love 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).

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

The has  begun all entries must be attached to the registration form, postmarked by
December 15, 2015.

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.  Amen.

  • 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

    Prayers and Blessings 

    Upcoming Events
    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

    A Post Abortion Symposium 

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015 8:00AM- 4:00PM

    Fee is $45 for the day. Students fee is $20.

    Maureen Ciardiello at 203-416-1445 or

    or Theresa Bonopartis ag 718-881-7008 or


    Join in Prayer across America to seek
    The LORD'S MERCY and restore

    DECEMBER 8/9, 2015
    9PM Tuesday to 1 AM Wednesday

    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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    Respect Life Training Back to Basics Level II
    Happy Thanksgiving
    And now, bless the God of all,
    who has done wondrous things on earth;
    Who fosters people's growth from their mother's womb, and fashions them according to his will! 
    Sirach 50:22

    Maternity Act of Kindness Program

    Bulletin Inserts - For Parish Respect Life


    Further Bulletin Inserts 

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    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 
    Coffee and Conversation

     "Coffee and Conversation" is a model for individual reflection or small group discussion where participants can explore the various topics presented in this year's Respect Life Program.

    Suggested Winter Reading 

    From The Respect Life Office 


    Stay cozy indoors and read a great book with our 

    recommended list for winter reading. 

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    Allison O'Brien, Director
    S. Elizabeth A. Geraghty, CSJ Project Rachel Ministry Coordinator
    Diana Tellis, Ministry/Dept. Assistant

    Ashley Foster, Media Specialist