Issue 58
January 2016
A Brief Content Of What Is In This Issue
Wishing peace and joy for a happy New Year,
The Respect Life Office 

The Epiphany of the Lord

Then Herod called the magi secretly 
and ascertained from them the time of the star's appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said,  "Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage." After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures 
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way. 
Matthew 2:7-12

A Prayer For Life

Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives
in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in 
the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.

Una Oración Por La Vida

Padre y creador de todo, 
que adornan toda la creación 
con el esplendor y la belleza, 
y la moda vidas humanas 
en su imagen y semejanza. 
Despierta en cada corazón 
reverencia por la obra de tus manos, 
y renuevas entre tu gente 
una buena disposición para nutrir y sostener 
tu precioso regalo de vida.
Te lo pedimos por nuestro Señor
Jesucristo, tu Hijo, 
que vive y reina contigo en 
la unidad del Espíritu Santo, 
Dios por los siglos de los siglos. 

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". 

For more information visit or to download map of meeting place visit our website
Newly proposed dangerous legislation on assisted suicide has recently been introduced into the New York State Legislature.

This conference is designed to educate diocesan leadership on the moral, medical, legal and legislative dangers of physician assisted suicide.

Become informed and knowledgeable on how to take action to oppose this legislation and on the Church's guidance and teaching that respects all life from the moment of conception through natural death.  

The Baptism of the Lord

The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, 
"I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

After all the people had been baptized 
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, 
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, 
"You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." 

9 Days For Life: Prayer, Penance, And Pilgrimage

On January 22 our nation will mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.  

Join thousands of Catholics across the country in prayer for a Culture of Life from Saturday, January 16, 2016 - Sunday, January 24, 2016. For more information visit

4 Ways to Join


In the Spotlight
Every Life Is Worth Living: 10 Surprising Tips For Love The Culture Won't Tell You
Respect Life Program 2015 Articles
We have a deep need for a love that will fill us to the brim. But for as much as we hear about lovein movies, songs, and TV shows, there's a lot of confusion about how to satisfy that longing within us. Could it be that we're missing something? 

Pop culture tells us love is mostly about feeling good, but true love is about wanting the absolute best for the person we love. Jesus wants the absolute best for us, and he asks us to follow his example of self-sacrificial love so we can live in union with him forever. Jesus showed us what real love looks like when he died for us on the Cross. He is the only one who can fill our hearts, and when we grow in love-becoming more like him-we become more fully the people we were created to be. 

Part of this growth includes living out the virtue (a habit of doing good) of chastity. While practicing chastity does require saying "no" to some things, it is actually a much bigger and better "yes" to love and the life God has planned for us.


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

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.

  • 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
    Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
    Merciful Like the Father
    December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016

    As we continue into this Year of Mercy, let us show to others the mercy that God has shown on us so that our actions can authentically reflect God's mercy.
    Below are a  few different ways that you can live out that mercy every day!

    Upcoming Events
    9 Days For Life: 
    Prayer, Penance, And Pilgrimage

    On January 22 our nation will mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
    Join thousands of Catholics across the country in prayer for a Culture of Life from Saturday, January 16, 2016 -  Sunday, January 24, 2016. 


    The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 21, through Friday morning, January 22, 2016. 

    The Opening Mass begins 
    Thursday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. 

    The National Rosary for Life
     begins at 9:00 p.m. 
    Night Prayer (Byzantine Rite) 
    begins at 10:00 p.m. 
    Holy Hours 
    begin at 11:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 a.m. Friday, January 22. 
    The Closing Mass 
    begins Friday at 7:30 a.m.

    For those in diocesan leadership

    February 3, 2016
    12:30 Registration | 1:00 - 4:15 PM
    Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
    440 W Neck Rd Huntington, NY 11743
    For questions contact the Respect Life Office
     516-678-5800 ext. 626
    Word of Life Palabra de Vida 

        English                                  Español


    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.   



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

    Ashley Foster, Media Specialist
    Lea Green, Respect Life Office Intern




    50 North Park Ave.

    F: (516) 536-3473

    Rockville Ctr., NY 11570

    P: (516) 678-5800

    Exts.626 & 381




     Just another way for you get more information on Respect Life issues.  

    Like us on Facebook
    Follow us on Twitter
    View our videos on YouTube
    Find us on Pinterest




     9 Days For Life Begins: Prayer, Penance, And Pilgrimage

    The National Prayer Vigil for Life 

    March For Life
    "The birth of every child changes the world: let every child be born for a better world."

    The National Prayer Vigil for Life Ends

     9 Days For Life Ends

    Bulletin Inserts - For Parish Respect Life


    Further Bulletin Inserts 

     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 New Year Winter Reading 

    From The Respect Life Office 


    Stay cozy indoors with hot coco and read a great book with our  recommended list for winter reading. 

    View List