"How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love." - BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA

 

Issue 46 January 2015

NEW DRVC MEETING LOCATION
MARCH FOR LIFE 2015
Diocese Rockville Centre
For more information on the March for Life and for materials visit  respectlife.drvc.org
If you need individual transportation to the March for Life please contact  Respect Life Office – Diana Tellis: (516) 678-5800 x 626, dtellis@drvc.org
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Do you need a ride to the March for Life?
 
Saint Barnabas Parish, in Bellmore has space available on their bus, call 516-781-7846 to contact Vincent. For other questions or more information contact the Respect Life Office.
PRAY WITH THE BISHOPS TO END ABORTION
JANUARY 17-25, 2015
On January 22 our nation will mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.  Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life”! For further reading, view the USCCB article on 9 days for Life.
For more information visit usccb.org or view flyer

 

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“God sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not
that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10
Prayer for the New Year – On New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the household gathers at the table or at the Christmas tree or manger scene. Many people make New Year’s Day a day of prayer for peace. Printable Download
Prayer and Devotions, Mary And The Saints – As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us.

Respect Life Contest 2015
This year’s Respect Life Program theme
“Each Of Us Is A Masterpiece 
Of God’s Creation”
Deadline January 26
Awards Ceremony on March 26, 2015 at the Kellenberg Memorial High School Auditorium at 7 PM.
To view the winners of last years Respect Life Contest or for more information visit: www.respectlife.drvc.org

In the Spotlight

Life Matters: Healing Within Marriage From An Abortion
When Susan’s* husband, Juan, told her about the abortion he was involved in when he was in college, she finally understood why he was so depressed and had trouble bonding with their children. However, she wanted him to just get over it, without seeking help from a post-abortion healing ministry. It bothered her to think of him dealing with this in relation to another woman and child.
Now married and participating in a post-abortion healing ministry, Steve notes, “It is one of the questions you never think to ask during premarital preparation.”During Steve’s premarital preparation with his (now) wife, the topic of her past abortion never arose. Now married and participating in a post-abortion healing ministry, Steve notes, “It is one of the questions you never think to ask during premarital preparation.”
With an estimate of over 56 million abortions in our country since the infamous Roe vs.Wade decision of 1973, there’s little doubt that countless marriages are suffering from one or both spouses’ involvement in an abortion.
Although many of the same struggles may arise when only one spouse was involved in a previous abortion, couples who a
aborted their own child before marriage may experience their own unique difficulties, as Tina shares:

…I didn’t think it bothered me until after we were married for a year and our son was born. I was so resentful that my husband hadn’t protected me and our baby when I became pregnant before we were married. …I began to resent and hate him. It was like a great divide between us. I couldn’t and wouldn’t let go of the anger and resentment, because if I did, it would be like saying the abortion was ok, and it wasn’t. (Our baby died,) I was hurt, and he could just go on like nothing happened.

Read More or Download Pamphlet (En Español)

 

Carrying Christmas Into The New Year

 

By Anne McGuire

En Español

When we witness suffering in the world around us, we know that many did not have a carefree, merry Christmas this year. This Christmas Eve Mass, one song, “O, Holy Night,” particularly stood out to me:

 

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

‘Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

The world is broken. There is suffering. And God Himself comes into that suffering to be with us. This is the true nature of compassion – to suffer with. But awareness of the brokenhearted and God’s great gift of Himself could easily become just another insight that comes and goes. So in the New Year, how do we carry the message of Christmas in our hearts? How do we live its truth in our lives, rather than pack it away with the ornaments?

 

We are called to love one another as Christ has loved us, to enter compassionately into the suffering of others, and to share Jesus’ love with them. One important way we can do this is through prayer.

 

A specific invitation to prayer surrounds January 22, when our nation will mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the U.S. throughout the nine months of pregnancy. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many women and men experience – often in silence – deep and lasting suffering due to their involvement. Read More

 

Register Now for Level I – Session I

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 ending on March 2nd

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            For more information visit our website respectlife.drvc.org

Letting Mercy Himself  flow through and heal our hurting souls.

Days of Prayer and Healing

from abortion. for those suffering

Please e-mail the Sisters of Life at hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org or call toll-free at 866-575-0075 for more informationtion.

 

January 17, 2015

February 14, 2015

March 21, 2015

May 2, 2015

June 6, 2015

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
Word of Life Palabra de VidaEnglish                                   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”

Please include these in your Sunday Bulletin.

DEUS CARITAS EST  GOD IS LOVE

OUR OFFICE

 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED MISSION TO SERVE LIFE! 

 

Allison O’Brien, Director

S. Elizabeth A. Geraghty, CSJ Project Rachel Ministry Coordinator

Diana Tellis, Ministry/Dept. Assistant

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Ashley Foster, Part Time Assistant

Haylee Greenwood, Respect Life Office Volunteer

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RESPECT LIFE OFFICE

50 North Park Ave.

F: (516) 536-3473

Rockville Ctr., NY 11570

P: (516) 678-5800

Exts. 626 & 381

 


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CALENDAR
JANUARY
 
1
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 
6
Feast of the Epiphany
9 Days for Life
18
A Women’s Afternoon of Prayer and Reflection at St Ursula Chapel, Blue Point
21
Prayer Service at the Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus & Mary, Southampton 7 PM
22
March For Life – We all are God’s children, made in his image and likeness, and that wherever life was threatened – violence, poverty, hunger, discrimination, abortion – God’s People defend it.

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Sister Elizabeth A. Geraghty, CSJ, updated weekly click here to read this weeks post.

Suggested Winter Reading 

From The Respect Life Office

This winter is a wonderful time for a leisurely read. While you’re relaxing indoors, by the fireplace, or in a cozy bed, check out our recommended list for great winter reading. View List

 

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