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

The Respect Life Office welcomes you to the Updated Clergy page.

For pro-life events and latest updates see below.

Blessing of a Child in the Womb

The “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb” was crafted to support parents awaiting the birth of their child, to encourage parish prayers for — and recognition of — the precious gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society. It may be offered within the context of the Mass as well as outside of Mass.

God, author of all life, bless, we pray, this unborn child; give constant protection and grant a healthy birth that is the sign of our rebirth one day into the eternal rejoicing of heaven… ~ excerpt from the Prayer of Blessing Rite of Blessing for a Child in the Womb / Rito de benedición de una criatura en el vientre materno

A Preachable Message -The Dynamics of Preaching Natural Family PlanningA Preachable Message: The Dynamics of Preaching Natural Family Planning(Second Edition) – designed to help clergy preach about natural family planning. This book features an introduction by Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago and offers ideas from bishops and priests throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Vatican. “Clergy often simply don’t know the words to say when talking about ‘Humanae Vitae’ and natural family planning,” said Sue Ek, executive director of the St. Paul-based association. “This book not only gives the personal experiences of clergy but adds a dozen homilies and a chapter called ‘Scriptural Opportunities’ which will assist priests in developing homilies throughout the three-year liturgical calendar,” Sue Ek added, calling it “a tangible tool that will help clergy get the word out that the church has a beautiful, courageous teaching that helps marriages.” Available In First Addition

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Pastoral Plan For Pro-Life Activities:

A Campaign In Support Of Life: In our present social context, marked by a dramatic struggle between the “culture of life” and the “culture of death,” there is need to develop a deep critical sense, capable of discerning true values and authentic needs. What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life. All together, we must build a new culture of life. – Blessed John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, no. 95

 Respect Life Parish Ministry Educational Overview Training

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This is a training for all parish members who would like to know more about Respect Life and become involved in Respect Life Ministry.

The Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Rockville Centre is inviting ALL parish members who would like to know more about Respect Life or become involved in Respect Life Ministry.

These online training sessions will help explain Parish Respect Life Ministry and will provide resources and directions to educate and support Respect Life issues.

This training will help those  interested in becoming a Respect Life Leader or for someone who wishes to become involved with an existing Respect Life Committee in a parish.

At the end of the training one will receive a certificate of completion in Respect Life Ministry and as a committee member or leader one will become directly involved with the Diocesan Respect Life Office. The Respect Life Office will provide you with important information that you can share with your parish community. This information will help educate others respectfully and responsibly on life issues in accordance with Catholic teachings and in support of building a culture for life.

The Training consists of:

  • Gospel Of Life (The basics of the Respect Life Ministry and History)
  • Questionnaire
  • Pastoral Plan for Prolife Activities in Parish Life
    • Education
    • Care and Services
    • Advocacy
    • Prayer
  • Questionnaire

Educación Formación General Del Ministerio Parroquial De Respeto a la Vida

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  • Esta formación en línea ayudará a explicar el ministerio parroquial de Respeto a la vida y proporcionará recursos y orientaciones para educar y apoyar temas relacionados con el Respeto a la Vida.
  • Esta formación en línea es para aquellos interesados en ser un líder de Respeto a la Vida o para alguien que desee formar parte de un Comité de Respeto a la Vida ya existente en una parroquia.
  • Al concluir el entrenamiento usted recibirá un certificado de finalización en el Ministerio Respeto a la Vida y como miembro o líder del comité, usted se convierte en un lazo directo con la Oficina Diocesana de Respeto a la Vida. LaOficina de Respeto a la Vida le proporcionará información importante  que usted podrá compartir con su comunidad parroquial. Esta información ayudará a educar a los demás con respeto y responsablemente sobre temas de la vida, de acuerdo con las enseñanzas católicas y en apoyo para promover la construcción de una cultura de la vida.

El entrenamiento se divide en 5 partes:

  • Evangelio de la Vida
  • Educación
  • Cuidado Pastoral y Servicios
  • Políticas Publicas
  • Oración

Be Not Afraid

A brief reflection exploring God’s assurance of being with us in times of trial and encourages us to extend his love to others who suffer.

When battered by life’s storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. Yet with words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, the Lord says to us, “Do not fear: I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10).

He speaks these words not as one who merely observes our pain, but as one who experienced immense suffering. And the very wounds that bear witness to his suffering indicate the essence of our identity and worth: we are loved by God.

Reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all things beautiful. He makes all things new.

He is always with us. Jesus promised this when he gave the disciples the same mission he gives to each of us: Go.

Go be my hands and feet to a world enslaved by fear. Go to the woman who is unexpectedly pregnant and fears the future. Go to your friend who fears reprisal at work because he takes a stand for the protection of human life. Go to your aging parent in failing health who fears being a burden. And go to others, too, for their support.

We don’t need to have everything figured out. We can simply follow the guidance of Our Blessed Mother, the first disciple: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5).

Walk with each other. Do not be afraid to embrace God’s gift of life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us.

“Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” MATTHEW 28:20

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Cuando estamos agobiados por las tormentas de Ia vida, o sumergidos en una densa niebla de sufrimiento e incertidumbre, podemos sentirnos solos e incapaces de manejar las circunstancias. Sin embargo, conestas pal a bras que resuenan a traves de miles de alios en los rincones de nuestro coraz6n el Senor nos dice: “No temas, porque yo estoy contigo” (Isaias41,10).

El habla no solo como alguien que observa nuestro dolor, sino como quien ha sufrido inmensamente. Y esas heridas indican Ia esencia de nuestra identidad y valor: somos amados por Dios.

AI reflexionar sobre las heridas sanadas del Cristo Resucitado, vemos que nuestras pruebas mas diffciles pueden ser ellugar donde Dios manifiesta su victoria. El hace
que todo sea hermosa, que todo sea nuevo.

El esta siempre con nosotros. Jesus prometi6 esto cuando dio a los discfpulos Ia misma misi6n que nos da a cad a uno de nosotros: Vayan.

Vayan como mis manos y mis pies a un mundo esclavizado por el miedo. Vayan a Ia mujer embarazada inesperadamente que teme el foturo. Vayan a su amigo que feme represalias en el trabajo porque dejiende Ia vida humana. Vayan a su madre o padre anciano que feme ser una carga. Y vayan a otros en busca del apoyo de ellos.

No tenemos que entenderlo todo. Basta seguir Ia gufa de Nuestra Santfsima Madre, Ia primera discfpula: “Hagan lo que elles diga” . (Juan 2,5)

Caminen juntos sin miedo de abrazar el don de Ia vida que nos da Dios. Sean cuales sean las pruebas que enfrentemos, no estamos solos. El esta con nosotros.

“Sepan que yo estare con ustedes todos los dias, hasta elfin del mund o”. MATEO 28,20

2017-18 Respect Life Program Materials | 2017-2018 respetar la vida Materiales del Programa

“Be Not Afraid” 2017 Respect Life Statement | “¡No temas!” Declaración Del Mes Respetemos La Vida 2017

From: Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Chairman, USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities

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How to Build a Culture of Life  (Edificar Una Cultura De Vida)

 In these challenging times when respect for life is so often   disregarded, how do we build a culture that cherishes all human life? The answer goes back to our identity and call as Christians.

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Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing (Consideraciones Católicas Para Nuestra Partida A La Otra Vida)

As Catholics, we know that death is the door through which we must pass to gain eternal life. Several considerations are provided as starting points for understanding and preparing for our earthly passing in a way that respects God’s gift of human life.

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What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion (Qué Hacer Si Una Amiga Piensa En Abortar)

 If a friend told you she was pregnant and considering abortion, would you know what to do? Learn concrete tips for loving her in a way that is life-affirming for both her and her child.

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Understanding Conscience (Comprender La Conciencia)

This brief introduction to conscience addresses what it is, why it’s important, and how to form our consciences so they lead us into deeper relationship with God and
one another
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 Top Reasons to Oppose Assisted Suicide (Principales Razones Para Oponerse Al Suicidio Asistido)

Polls indicate the public is receptive to the general concept of assisted suicide. However, when people understand the associated dangers, they are less likely to support the practice. Learn compelling reasons you can share for opposing assisted suicide.

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Death Penalty: Catholic Q & A (Pena De Muerte: Preguntas Y Respuestas Católicas)

 What does the Church say about the death penalty? Is it a pro-life topic? This brochure explores the issue of the death penalty within the context of respect for
God’s gift of human life.

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 Moved By Mercy

He lay helpless and alone on the roadside, half dead from the robbers’ merciless beating. Two travelers came upon the injured man, but rlp-16-cover-posterrather than offer assistance, they simply avoided him. Finally, a third passerby “was moved with compassion at the sight” of him (Luke 10:33) and went out of his way to help.

In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, wecan see ourselves in each person. Like the robbers, we have hurt others. Like the priest and the Levite, we have failed to show compassion. Like the injured traveler, we have suffered in body and spirit, feeling rejected and alone. Yet God never stops offering each of us his mercy, “a concrete reality with which he reveals his love” (MV 6). We have been treated with mercy ourselves, and Jesus tells us to “go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37), giving us the roadmap of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.

Each person “has a place in God’s heart from all eternity” (AL 168). Within this context, Pope Francis reminds us, “we are called to protect our humanity, and this means, in the first place, accepting it and respecting it as it was created” (AL 56). Like the Good Samaritan, may we always treat each person with merciful love and respect that affirms the gift of his or her life.

 

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 Movidos por la Misericordia

 

Se qued6 indefenso y solo al borde del camino, medio muerto por Ia despiadada golpiza de los ladrones. Dos viajeros pasaron junto al rlp-16-cover-poster-spahombre herido, pero en Iugar de ofrecerle ayuda, simplemente lo evitaron. Finalmente, un tercer transeunte “al verlo, se compadeci6 de el” (Lucas 10,33) y se apart6 de su camino para ayudarlo.

En Ia parabola del buen samaritano, podemos vernos en cada persona. AI igual que los ladrones, hemos herido a otros. AI igual que el sacerdote y el levita, no hemos mostrado compasi6n. AI igual que el viajero herido, hemos sufrido en cuerpo y espfritu, sintiendonos rechazados y solos. Sin embargo, Dios nunca deja de ofrecer a cada uno de nosotros su misericordia, “una realidad concreta con Ia cual El revela su amor” (MV 6). Nosotros mismos hemos sido tratados con misericordia, y Jesus nos dice: “anda y haz tu lo mismo” (Lucas 10,37), dandonos asf Ia hoja de ruta de las obras de misericordia corporales y espirituales. Cada persona “esta en el coraz6n de Dios desde siempre” (AL 168). Dentro de este contexto, el Papa Francisco nos recuerda: “somos llamados a custodiar nuestra humanidad, y eso significa ante todo aceptarla y respetarla como ha sido creada” (AL 56). Como el buen samaritano, tratemos siempre a cada persona con el amor y respeto misericordioso que afirma el don de su vida.

 

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Every Life Is Worth Living

Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift.
At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love. Our relationships on earth are meant to help us and others grow in perfect love. We are meant to depend on one another, serve each other in humility, and walk together in times of suffering.2015-16 Respect Life Program poster - English

An elderly man whose health is quickly deteriorating; an unborn baby girl whose diagnosis indicates she may not live very long; a little boy with Down syndrome; a mother facing terminal cancer-each may have great difficulties and need assistance, but each of their lives is a good and perfect gift.

Experiencing suffering-or watching another suffer-is one of the hardest human experiences. But we are not alone. Christ experienced suffering more deeply than we can comprehend, and our own suffering can be meaningful when we unite it with his. Jesus is with us every step of the way, giving us the grace we need. God invites us to embrace the lives we have been given, for as long as they are given.

Every life is worth living.


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( This story of hope and courage is a companion to a three-minute online video, “Maggie’s Story,” viewable at www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJwWKDGBS5o.)

PRAYER & PROGRAM RESOURCES

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Coda vida merece vivir

Coda vida es un regalo bueno y perfecto, dure un momenta o cien anos. En coda etapa yen coda circunstancia, el amor de Dios sostiene nuestro existencia. Nuestras relaciones en Ia Tierra tienen el fin de ayudarnos a nosotros y a otros a
crecer en el amor perfecto. Estamos hechos para depender unos de otros, servir a coda uno en humildad y caminar juntos en momentos de sufrimiento.
Un anciano cuya salud se esta deteriorando rapidamente; una bebita en el vientre materna que enfrenta un diagnstico de una corta vida; un ninito con sfndrome de Down, una madre que enfrenta un cancer terminal, coda uno puede tener grandes dificultades y necesitar ayuda, pero coda una de sus vidas es un regalo bueno y perfecto.
Sufrir, o vera otra persona sufrir, es una de las experiencias humanas mas diffciles. Sin embargo, no estamos solos. Cristo sufri6 mas intensamente que lo que podamos comprender, y nuestro propio sufrimiento puede tener sentido cuando lo unimos al suyo.
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necesitamos. Dios nos invito a abrazar Ia vida que se nos ha dado, por el tiempo que
se nos da. Coda vida vale Ia pena vivirla. Coda vida merece vivir.


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( This story of hope and courage is a companion to a three-minute online video, “Maggie’s Story,” viewable at www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJwWKDGBS5o.)

PRAYER & PROGRAM RESOURCES

 

For more resources click here or visit www.usccb.org

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 Respect Life Program 2014-15

“Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation,”  the new Respect Life theme by Pope Francis, is the focus of the 2014-2015 Respect Life Program.  Below are resources available  for implementing the program.

For more information visit: http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/

Respect Life Program 2013-14

“Open your hearts to life!,”  a favorite theme of Pope Francis, is the focus of the 2013-2014 Respect Life Program.  Below are resources available  for implementing the program.

For more information visit: http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/

 

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“Moved by Mercy”

God made each of us in his own image and likeness.  He desires to be united with us forever in a loving relationship.  God loves us, treats us with respect, and asks us to do the same with others.  Every person is sacred and must be treated with the dignity they deserve.  No one should ever be treated callously or carelessly—everyone should be cherished and protected!

Dios hizo a cada uno de nosotros a su imagen y semejanza. Él desea estar unido con nosotros para siempre en una relación amorosa. Dios nos ama, nos trata con respeto y nos pide hacer lo mismo con nuestros semejantes. Cada persona es sagrada y debe ser tratada con la dignidad que se merece. Nadie debe ser tratado con crueldad o negligencia ¡cada persona debería ser valorada y protegida!

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“Every Life Is Worth Living”

Christ experienced suffering more deeply than we can comprehend, and our own suffering can be meaningful when we unite it with his. Jesus is with us every step of the way, giving us the grace we need. God invites us to embrace the lives we have been given, for as long as they are given.

Every life is worth living.

Respect Life Program 2014-15

“Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation”

Pope Francis has captivated the world with his humility, warmth and compassion for each person. Vivid accounts of his tenderness for “the least of these”—the elderly, the imprisoned, those with disfiguring disabilities, the unborn, and many more— seize our attention. Why? At the heart of each of these interactions is a truth which resonates in our hearts, revealing to us something essential to understanding ourselves and our purpose. We are loved. – Respect Life Program 2014-15 Statement

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The doctors and healthcare professionals at The National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Fertility, provide general gynecological care, prenatal care, natural family planning education, and infertility services – all with a deep commitment to honoring a woman’s dignity and the sanctity of human life.* The National Gianna Center is dedicated to providing a more natural alternative to assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Comprehensive gynecologic primary care and specialized fertility and family planning techniques are used to unmask the true causes of infertility for all women, regardless of faith. We are pleased to be the first medical practice in the community to feature two new women’s health services:

  • The FertilityCare System
  • NaProTECHNOLOGY
    These two unique services allow us to provide you with a natural, restorative, scientifically based approach to monitoring your health and managing your fertility.

*The Gianna Center is committed to providing medical care that is consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services.

For more information about The Gianna Center on Long Island click here

For further information on The National Gianna Center visit website | download brochure

Related Article: Gianna Center Marks First Anniversary

 

 

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In times of death and grief the Christian turns to the Lord for consolation and strength. This is especially true when a child dies before birth.

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Resources

  • Immediate Medical Supportive Care including a sonogram for a woman or family with a Crisis Pregnancy or Unplanned Pregnancy. Please call and state “This is a crisis pregnancy referral” and provide the person’s name.
  • Mercy Medical Center: 516-705- 2991
  • Good Samaritan Hospital: 631-376-4242
  • St. Charles Hospital: 631-376-4242
  • St. Catherine of Siena: 631-376-4242

If you have suffered from abortion, you may be experiencing:
Guilt, shame, anxiety, depression, nightmares, substance abuse, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts.
These are some of the symptoms of Post-Abortion Stress. The pain is real, but you do not have to suffer alone. Our God of Mercy wants to heal you and give you the peace He desires you to have. There are people dedicated to helping you– do not be afraid to reach out for help.

If you have suffered from abortion, you may be experiencing:
Guilt, shame, anxiety, depression, nightmares, substance abuse, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts.
These are some of the symptoms of Post-Abortion Stress. The pain is real, but you do not have to suffer alone. Our God of Mercy wants to heal you and give you the peace He desires you to have. There are people dedicated to helping you– do not be afraid to reach out for help.

ENTERING CANAAN, is a retreat developed by the Sisters of Life and Theresa Bonopartis, to help those suffering the effects of abortion. Retreats offer participants a safe place, a way out of the pain, in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Retreats are led by an experienced team including faithful priests who have a sensitivity and a heart for those who suffer. Our Days of Prayer and Healing include: Stories of mercy, scripture sharing,  personal prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

View or download: Reigning Mercy Brochure | Flyer | Bulletin Insert | For more bulletin inserts click here

Entering Canaan
DAYS OF PRAYER & HEALING
for women

Saturday, December 9, 2017
(Long Island Location)

For more information or to register contact Sisters of Life at:

866.575.0075 (toll free)hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org | www.sistersoflife.org

or Theresa Bonopartis:

877.586.4621 (toll free)Lumina@postabortionhelp.org

Diocese of Rockville Centre Day of Prayer and Healing for Women

Saturday, June 17, 2017
(Long Island Location)

 For more information or to register:

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All reservations and information is confidential.

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Are you, or a man you know, suffering the loss of a child through abortion?

The message of abortion has been confusing for men. They are told it is a “women’s choice” and that they have no rights regarding their unborn child. In fact, it is true. Men have no legal rights in an abortion decision, yet, if a woman aborts and is then suffering, they often feel as if they have failed her by not protecting or stopping her! No Wonder it is Confusing! Some men have used abortion as a means to avoid responsibility for their actions. Others did not want abortion, and were willing to take responsibility but were unable to prevent the abortion from happening. Some men may be married to women who are suffering as a result of a past abortion and her struggles are effecting their relationship. Some men don’t recognize what they have done until they have future children.

There are countless men who are suffering just like you are.
You have a right to your feelings !

There is help available.

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Entering Canaan
DAY OF PRAYER & HEALING
for Men

Hosted by Lumina and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
October 7, 2017
Orange, New Jersey

For more information or to register contact Lumina at:

877.586.4621 (toll free) | Lumina@postabortionhelp.org

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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.

Articles

Books

  • No One Told Me I Could Cry by Connie Corso Nykiel – Connie Corso Nykiel writes from her wealth of experience as a nurse working with pregnant young women and grieving women. Hers is a message of joy and hope for those who have experienced abortion. She reveals how it is only in grieving that they can find healing and truly be reconciled to God and their child. Through the guidance of an experienced professional, they can learn to cry and find fullness of life. This books is a treasured guide to healing for those who have experienced abortion. It also provides an abundance of information for teachers, counselors, pastors, social workers, health care workers and all those who work with post abortive and/or pregnant teens.
  • Abortion & Healing: A Cry To Be Whole by Michael T. Mannion – This book is the epitome of a living and compassionate
    response to the woman who has had an abortion. As such, it will be welcomed by all pro-life people who are seeking to serve both the mother and her unborn child. Dr. Wanda Franz, Developmental Psychologist University of West Virgin

“Life is always a good. …The life which God gives man is quite different from the life of all other living creatures, inasmuch as man … is a manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory. … Man has been given a sublime dignity, based on the intimate bond which unites him to his Creator: in man there shines forth a reflection of God himself.”2

Each human being is unique, unrepeatable, and infinitely precious to God. In becoming man and by his death on the cross, Jesus showed us the incomparable value of each human life, making his human life the “instrument of the salvation of all humanity!” (The Gospel of Life, no. 33). 

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Assisted Suicide Legislation Letter

A Letter from Most Reverend William Murphy

March 3, 2015

Catholics in the State of New York, particularly those in our Diocese, should be very alarmed by
movements promoting assisted suicide legislation. As we are doing now with the Education Investment Tax Credit and have done in the past about important issues regarding life, we must work together to
educate, inform and encourage our people to engage actively in pushing back any legislation which compromises the gift of life.

While we do not expect this issue to come to the forefront until after the budget is settled, it is important to raise awareness and encourage appropriate action now.

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Further resources

 

Assisted Suicide Videos

Maggie’s Story

Maggie was diagnosed with brain cancer and strongly opposes assisted suicide. Hear this story of a strong woman with much left to give to her family and society. She has a powerful story of hope and courage – and that no doctor can put a timetable on anyone’s life.

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Man of Steel

JJ’s family motto is “You can’t hurt steel.” When he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most aggresive form of brain cancer, he fights for his wife, his son, and his life.

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Physician Assisted Suicide – The Real Effects

Insurance companies are denying treatment & access to patients who want it. Dr. Callister’s first hand experience with his patients is disturbingThis is yet another example of the dangerous failures of assisted suicide from the patient’s and medical community’s perspective.

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Health care in the United States is marked by extraordinary challenges, both medical and moral. In the revised Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, the bishops reaffirm the Church’s commitment to health care ministry and to the ethical standards that flow from the Church’s teaching on the dignity of the human person. Booklets can be ordered here. Also available in Spanish.

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The Need for the Conscience Protection Act of 2017 Questions and Answers

 

The Conscience Protection Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Diane Black (R-TN) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) on January 24, 2017 (H.R. 644) and in the Senate by
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) on February 3 (S. 301). An identical bill, the Conscience Protection Act of 2016, passed the House on July 13, 2016 on a bi-partisan vote of 245-182 but was not considered by the Senate. Every year since 2013 such language has also been included in the House’s proposed Labor/HHS appropriations bill. The Conscience Protection Act would make more effective and permanent the protections of the

Hyde/Weldon conscience amendment, approved by Congress as part of this appropriations act every year since 2004. It would also ensure that victims of discrimination under that policy, and under the Church amendment of 1973, have a right of action to protect their rights in court. Answers to possible questions follow.

  1. Is this a solution in search of a problem?
    Has anyone actually been discriminated against for refusing to do abortions? There are many such cases of discrimination. Cathy DeCarlo, a nurse at Mt. Sinai Hospital in
    New York, was forced to take part in the gruesome dismemberment of a 22-week-old unborn child in 2009, and saw no resolution of her complaint to the HHS Office of Civil Rights (HHS/OCR) until 2013. Nurses have been told by Vanderbilt University and by a state-run medical center in New York that they must assist in abortions against their consciences. On June 21, 2016, the HHS/OCR declared that the State of California may continue forcing all health plans under its jurisdiction to cover elective abortions—in violation of the plain text of the Hyde/Weldon amendment. Violations of Hyde/Weldon are also taking place in bother states, such as New York and Washington. And in 2011, a major Catholic organization providing exemplary service for victims of human trafficking was denied a federal grant to continue its work, in large part because it would not pledge to send these victims only to health care providers willing to help provide abortions.
  2. Why isn’t the Hyde/Weldon conscience clause sufficient?
    Efforts to invoke this clause to protect conscience rights have uncovered limitations and loopholes that must be addressed. The clause has no “right of action” allowing victims to go to court, leaving their protection entirely in the hands of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – which, as mentioned previously, has failed to fully enforce Hyde/Weldon, has been the perpetrator of the discrimination, and in other cases has given this issue a low priority. Nurse DeCarlo, for example, had to wait almost four years for a response after being forced to take part in a late-term abortion under threat of losing her job. Moreover, the agency in the California case cited above claims it is not covered by Hyde/Weldon because this particular agency does not directly receive federal funds. And because that amendment is written as a “limitation of funds” rider, its only stated remedy for violations is a cutoff of all federal Labor/HHS/Education funds to an entire federal agency or state government. Some say such a massive penalty will never be applied in practice, and at least two lawsuits (dismissed at present for lack of a specific controversy) have claimed that it is unconstitutionally overbroad.

Holy Hour for Life and Liberty – [The following Holy Hour is a model based on the ritual book Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass, which should be followed in all respects. The Scripture passages below are the Mass readings for October 20, 2012. This Holy Hour may be used throughout the year by substituting the Mass Readings of the day. A resource by the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship entitled Thirty-One Questions on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament may also be helpful in planning.]

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Faithful Citizenship and Political Responsibility Information

“An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. ‘The just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,’ the Church ‘cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.’ All Christians, their pastors included, are called to show concern for the building of a better world.” –Evangelii Gaudium no. 183

 


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