Issue 63
June 2016
In this issue: 

Life Issues Forum: Life Lived in a Petri Dish

"Every family needs a father -- a father who shares in his family's joy and pain, hands down wisdom to his children and offers them firm guidance and love" - Pope Francis

A Prayer for Fathers

God our Father,
we give you thanks and praise
for fathers young and old.
We pray for young fathers,
newly embracing their vocation;
May they find the courage and perseverance
to balance work, family, and faith in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for our own fathers
who have supported and challenged us;
May they continue to lead in strong and gentle ways.
We remember fathers around the world
whose children are lost or suffering;
May they know that the God of compassion
walks with them in their sorrow.
We pray for men who are not fathers
but still mentor and guide us
with fatherly love and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfathers,
and great-grandfathers who are no longer with us
but who live forever in our memory
and nourish us with their love.

The martyrs give voice to what we already feel and they declare what we would like to have the strength to express. ~ Fides et Ratio
What is the Fortnight for Freedom?

Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21-the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More-to July 4, Independence Day. More Information

Respect Life Parish Ministry Educational Overview Training

Training is now available online for Respect Life Parish Ministry Educational Overview Training. Please go to our website to start your Respect Life Parish Ministry Educational Overview Training and gain insightful knowledge on  Respect Life Issues or Concern's.

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. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016 (Long Island)

For more information or to register contact 
Sisters of Life at: 866.575.0075 (toll free)|
or Theresa Bonopartis: 877.586.4621 (toll free) |

For years we've asked Congress to reform federal laws on conscience rights, especially to protect individual and institutional health care providers who object to abortion-good people like Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo, R.N., who was forced to participate in a late-term abortion against her deeply-held pro-life beliefs.

That was a major violation of her conscience rights...but she currently has no recourse to protect herself from coercion in the future!

Like, Cathy, most medical professionals want nothing to do with abortion. They, too, need Congress to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828/S. 2927). Over two dozen pro-life and medical organizations have already joined the bishops in urging Congress to do so.

In the next two to three weeks, we need as many Catholics as possible around the country to see this video and contact their elected representatives urging them to support the Conscience Protection Act of 2016.

Please consider sharing the  video on your diocesan website and/or on social media.

When sharing, please consider using the hashtag: #StandWithCathy to help gain momentum!

main2Joint Letter to Congress: 26 Organizations Urge Passage of Conscience Protection Act of 2016

April 19, 2016

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined twenty-five other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations on April 19 urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828). Signatories include ten medical groups representing tens of thousands of health care professionals who object to abortion and are seeking legal protection to serve their patients in good conscience. 
"Federal laws protecting conscientious objection to abortion have been approved for decades by Congresses and Presidents of both parties. Even many 'pro-choice' Americans realize that the logic of their position requires them to respect a choice not to be involved in abortion," they wrote. "Yet it is increasingly clear that the current laws offer far less protection in practice than in theory." 

Life Lived In A Petri Dish  
May 6, 2016 | En Español
By Tommy O'Donnell

British scientists have created a substance that mimics a mother's womb, allowing human embryos to implant on the side of a petri dish and continue their development long past the previous technological limit of seven to eight days. In short, this new technology makes it possible to grow human beings in a lab. Completely removed from the context of a nurturing family, they are cultivated solely for experimentation, often under the guise of curing common problems related to pregnancy and fetal development.

Pope Francis predicts that the technological domination of nature - and its attendant "logic of . . . exploitation" (Laudato Si' 230) - will only continue ever more hastily if humanity refuses a call to conversion. But with that conversion slow in coming, how are we to counter the logic of exploitation with what the Holy Father deemed in a July 9, 2015 homily the "logic of love?"

At the moment of conception, a unique human being comes into existence - one who possesses an innate, God-given dignity worthy of protection at all stages of his or her development. That is true whether he or she was conceived in the usual way or through technological manipulation. If coerced experimentation on adults is immoral, how much more so is experimentation on a developing human who lacks the voice to give his or her consent - or to cry out for help. It is particularly egregious to create human beings solely for the purpose of experimentation. Read More
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Center for Women's Health & Fertility

Comprehensive, Cooperative: A Unique New Approach to Women's Health and Wellness
Our highly skilled team is delighted to offer an exciting approach to women's health care. We provide preventive and specialized obstetrical and gynecologic care to women, honoring their dignity and the sanctity of human life. While we are successfully able to address male infertility as well, we are uniquely qualified to care for women of all ages and at all stages of life.

Named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the Gianna of Long Island Center for Women's Health & Fertility is pleased to feature two unique women's health services-the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTECHNOLOGY™, both of which allow us to provide women with a natural, restorative, scientifically-based approach to improving health and respecting fertility.

Our mission is simple-to acknowledge dignity and to provide women with exceptional medical care. Listening and offering genuine medical advice are our goals. Treatments are holistic and include nutritional, sleep-related, weight-related, endocrinological, behavioral, spiritual and medical components.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla - Lover of Life
St. Gianna Beretta Molla - Lover of Life

New Natural and Personal Approach to Fertility and Health
New Natural and Personal Approach to Fertility and Health

Project Rachel Hope After Abortion 

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.

Post-Abortion Retreats  retreat

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, June 18, 2016 
(Long Island)

Saturday, October 29, 2016 
(Long Island)

Entering Canaan
for Men


For more information or to register contact 

 Sisters of Life 
866.575.0075 (toll free)

 Theresa Bonopartis 
877.586.4621 (toll free) 

Entering Canaan 
Contact Lumina 
877.586.4621 (toll free) 
June 3
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 4
Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. 
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word;
be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. 2 TM 4:1-3

June 24
Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
June 29
Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply,
"No. He will be called John." But they answered her, "There is no one among your relatives who has this name."
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, "John is his name,"
and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God. LK 1:57-64

For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. 
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." MT 16:17-19

Amoris Laetitia - The Joy of Love

WASHINGTON-Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia,  on love in the family. Pope Francis' "love letter to families" invites everyone to grow as members of the family of God.

More Information
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 o
ur actions can authentically reflect God's mercy.
Below are a  few different ways that you can live out that mercy every day!
For more information visit USCCB or Jubilee of Mercy Website
Suggested Summer Reading 
Relax by the pool, beach or on the patio with a good book from our reading list.
Marriage Preparation Facilitator Training : Level I Workshop
Happy Father's Day!

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 Welcoming the Order of Celebrating Matrimony

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Entering Canaan Day of Prayers and Healing for Women - Post-Abortion Retreats On Long Island
For Women experiencing abortion loss.
Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles


Word of Life - English                            
Including a Prayer for a Mother Before Childbirth and Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for an Expectant Mother 
Please include these in your Sunday Bulletin.   
Additional Respect Life Informational Websites
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

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