Issue 59
February 2016
A Brief Content Of What Is In This Issue

Ash Wednesday

By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, Until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust you shall return. 

Lenten Season Beginning Anew!

"I desire mercy, and not sacrifice" 
(Mt 9:13).
The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee" 
Pope Francis's  Lenten message for 2016

Start the Lenten season with a renewed focus on prayer with these resources that offer suggestions for observing Lent. 

Happy Valentines Day!

On February 3, 2016 the Respect Life Office, Diocese of Rockville Centre held an Opposition to Assisted Suicide Educational Conference: This conference was designed to educate diocesan leadership on the moral, medical, legal and legislative dangers of physician assisted suicide. Newly proposed legislation on assisted suicide has recently been introduced in the New York State Legislature. For  more information on the Opposition to Assisted Suicide visit our website


Date:Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Place: Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School 
1170 Montauk Hwy, West Islip, NY 11795 (map)

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.

For more information contact the Respect Life Office or visit our website
In the Spotlight
Every Life Is Worth Living: 
Love, Sex, and Sterilization
Respect Life Program 2015 Articles

Couples sometimes find themselves considering permanent sterilization after bringing home a new baby. It's a time of dramatic change, mind-numbing exhaustion and, yes, also joy. The temptation is understandable. Many new parents want to grasp control of a seemingly chaotic situation and say, "Never again, this is simply too much." Sterilization is seen as the safe way out, the proverbial "fix" to the problem of fertility. 

But what if fertility isn't a problem in the first place? What if our capacity to conceive and bring forth new life from our marriages isn't some kind of cosmic liability, but a very real participation in the creative work of God himself? That's how the Catholic Church sees human love. That's her view of marriage: the awe-inspiring, life-altering power to share in God's own creative capacity.

Being open to life doesn't mean we are necessarily trying to conceive a new life, but it does mean we should not interfere with any sexual act's openness to the possibility of new life. 

This is where Natural Family Planning comes into play. It is 100% safe and natural, completely in line with human nature and the teachings of the Church, and recognizes that the normal, healthy way our bodies work is not a problem to be fixed. NFP can be up to 99% effective at postponing or avoiding pregnancy, and there are numerous scientifically-rigorous resources available, even from secular sources, as more women demand safe, authentically humane methods for naturally and healthily spacing their children.

To learn more about Natural Family Planning (NFP) click here
Life Issues Forum
After Marching, Acting as Islands of Mercy
By Caitlin Thomas

Know the audience you are writing to. What are they hoping to hear from you? What would they f
The annual March for Life in January in Washington, D.C. and other events like it across the country, such as the "9 Days for Life" novena, raise awareness and bring pro-life supporters together in solidarity. We join in prayer and penance in reparation for the injustices committed against the lives of our brothers and sisters, and to replace what Pope St. John Paul II called a "culture of death"-what Pope Francis terms the "throwaway culture"-with a culture of life. 

During the other 364 days of the year we continue to march in spirit, celebrating the goodness of human life and sharing the mercy that our Holy Father has brought into special focus in this Jubilee Year-the mercy that must be shown by and shown to everyone.

This year, countless people once again flooded Washington, D.C., and many cities across the nation, witnessing to the reality that all human life is precious and merits honor and protection, and reflecting the theme of the March that being pro-life means supporting women and their unborn children together. Read more


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

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 
     7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School
    For questions contact the Respect Life Office
     516-678-5800 ext. 626

    - Pro-life vigil
    Saturday, Feb. 13; 9:30-10:30AM
    Planned Parenthood - West Islip: 180 Sunrise Hwy. 

    Pro-lifers are invited to stand in peaceful vigil on the sidewalk outside this office. Rain or shine. Signs provided. 
    Sponsored by LI Coalition for Life: 631-243-1435 /

    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




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    Ash Wednesday
    "We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." 2 COR 5:20-6:2


    First Sunday of Lent
    "Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days." Luke 4:1-2

    Happy Valentines Day
    "Love never fails" 1 Corinthians 13:8


    Second Sunday of Lent
    "Jesus took Peter, John, and James 
    and went up the mountain to pray.
    While he was praying his face changed in appearance 
    and his clothing became dazzling white.
    And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah." Luke 9:28-30
    Third Sunday of Lent
    Repent, says the Lord; the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  MT 4:17

    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 

    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. 

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