Issue 49
April 2015

The New York State Catholic Conference has just launched a new website with a video that focuses on Catholic End of Life Decision Making. Please share this valuable resource and please also read the New York State Catholic Conference Memorandum of Opposition that opposes recently introduced Physician Assisted Suicide legislation in New York State. Please do not hesitate to contact the Respect Life Office for questions or concerns you may have on Assisted Suicide Legislation or Respect Life Concerns.Many thanks for your continued efforts in support of life,The Respect Life Office

In the SpotlightAssisted Suicide Legislation
A Letter from Most Reverend William Murphy

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.


First, I ask each of you to reach out to all in your parish and entity encouraging their active involvement in this issue. I have enclosed a brief list of “talking points” that can serve as a good basis for an e-mail or notice from you to your parishioners, employees, etc. In your writing, please encourage parishioners to visit as solid information and resources can be found here. We also need Catholics throughout the Diocese to contact the Governor’s office and the Long Island delegation of assembly members and senators. This is easily done through the Catholic Action Network at The Respect Life Office has provided additional resources to assist you.
Second, please utilize the enclosed ads, or some version of them, in your parish bulletin, parish website, entity website or in any upcoming e-mail communication. Three versions of the ad have been attached for your convenience. These are general and can be placed in the bulletin any time in the next few weeks. We must make sure this information is extended as far and wide as possible in the upcoming days. We will provide additional resources in the weeks ahead.


Read or download full letter


TAKE ACTION NOW at the NYSCC Catholic Action Network to oppose assisted suicide legislation in New York State.



Further resources

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The Winners are in

Youth Awards Celebration 2015

Thank you to all the participants, parents, teachers, judges and to everyone that

made the night a success.

Visit our website to see the list of  the winners’ and their 

entries as well as the entries of all of our finalists.


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


Love is the Missing Piece


Living in a world with hatred.

Oblivious to mother nature’s graces.

Violently attacking innocent races.

Envious of others riches.

Ignorant about others choices.

Selfish towards our creator’s blessings.

Tick-tok tick-tok is what we are addressing.

Humbling ourselves is what we should be facing.

Empowering others is where we should be heading.

Mistreating others should not be our liking.

Interacting with love indeed should be our liking.

Strategizing to be a better you rather than judging, should be the solution.

Striving for success should be our reason.

Intriguing the young should be our mission.

No more hatred is why we’re crying.

God’s masterpiece is who we are, therefore let us not

Present ourselves in a shameful manner.

Instead follow God’s plans for our lives.

Enlightening our unsaved lives.

Correcting our past mistakes and,

Embracing with joy what God has created.


Poetry Level I

1st Place Winner

Willdween Fontaine

Photography Level II

1st Place Winner

Ashley Vargas

Kellenberg M. High School, Uniondale

Joy Is The Fruit Of Mercy 

By Mary McClusky


En Español


“I felt I’d committed the unforgiveable sin.”
So many women with abortion in their past have said things like this. They often feel deep shame, regret, loss, or despair. They may have a hard time accepting that God loves them, and so stay away from the spiritual and psychological help offered by the Church and the healing balm of the sacraments.

Pope Francis has a message for these suffering mothers-and all others who have been involved in an abortion: Great joy can be found in Christ’s unfailing mercy and love for us sinners. He recently called for the celebration of a Jubilee Year of Mercy from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016. In the announcement, he said, “I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time.”

In his Easter Vigil homily, Pope Francis reflected on the challenge of finding joy despite the experience of sin. He described how the women who entered Jesus’ tomb that Easter morning entered into the mystery of Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. They came face to face with the reality of death and of their own existence as sinners in need of God’s forgiveness. At the same time, they encountered His love, which is greater than the greatest of sins. The power of the Resurrection gives us the courage to face our sins, confess our mistakes, and then humbly receive God’s forgiveness and accept the joy that comes with new life in Christ.

Accepting God’s mercy brought happiness to “Sophia”* in her healing journey from abortion. “As the mystery of God’s way unfolded, I recovered peace. That sense of peace has brought with it for me real joy and new hope for the future,” she said.

Pope Francis’ focus on mercy challenges us to not only accept Christ’s mercy ourselves like “Sophia” did, but also to be merciful to others. A beautiful way to answer his call is to be aware of and address the particular needs of those who suffer from abortion. Offer your attentive listening and non-judgmental attitude to someone you know who is suffering after abortion. Pray that you will see Christ in the mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, and others who have been affected by abortion, and tell them about God’s mercy with love and tenderness. Offer them hope for relief of their pain and suffering, and provide information on nearby help. Project Rachel, the diocesan-based post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church in the United States, offers confidential, non-judgmental help: see the “Find Help” map at  (en español: websites include prayers, abortion stories, research, and other helpful information. Read More

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.

Easter Resources
Easter is the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church.There are 50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost.It is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death, expressed most fully in the great resounding cry of the Christian:  Alleluia! All faith flows from faith in the resurrection:”If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith.” (1 Cor 15:14)




Marguerite d’Youville 
Fertility Care 
FertilityCare Practitioner
Become part of a team providing Natural Procreative Choice for:
  • Achieving Pregnancy
  • Avoiding Pregnancy
  • Procreative Wellness
The CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCare System works cooperatively with a woman’s cycle to monitor normal and naturally occurring biological markers that identify the fertile and infertile days in her cycle. The couple uses this information to plan or avoid a pregnancy and to monitor a woman’s health. The system is based on respect for the couple, the family and human life from the moment of conception. The effectiveness to avoid pregnancy is 99% and it is extremely effective in helping couples achieve pregnancy.
The program was developed according to basic education principles utilized in allied health courses and consists of:
* Education Phase I
* Supervised Practicum I
* Education Phase II
* Supervised Practicum II
* On Site Visit scheduled during Supervised Practicum II
* National Standardized Final Exam
For more Information
Kathy Rivet, BS, CFCP, CFCE, Education Program Director
Marguerite d’Youville FertilityCare
83 Reed St. Manchester, NH 03102
603-232-3141 |

Brochure Fertility Care Practitioner Program

FertilityCare Practitioner Program May 2015 Application 

Respect Life 
Art Sale

The Respect Life Office Art Sale is selling donated art work from Justine Jannace Lomenzo, a Long Island artist. The proceeds will be used to help maternity residences and other Respect Life needs.

 For more information or to view paintings please visit our website

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 or call toll-free at 866-575-0075 for more information.


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





3rd Annual Walk/Run to Benefit Child Life Program

Sunday, April 19, 2015
In case of inclement weather, please call 631-465-6350
TIME 9:30 am
LOCATION Parking Lot Across from, St. Charles (Old Crayon Building)
200 Belle Terre Road, Port Jefferson

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Word of Life Palabra de Vida

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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.

Bulletin Inserts – For Parish Respect Life
Citas para el boletín


Allison O’Brien, Director

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

Diana Tellis, Ministry/Dept. Assistant


Ashley Foster, Media Specialist





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Happy Easter – The Resurrection of the Lord 
“On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.”
John 20:1-2,9
Second Sunday of Easter

“Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, inasmuch as you are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.

Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:7-8


 Divorce Beyond Support Group
Myers Briggs Workshop
Third Sunday of Easter
“He said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,”Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
Luke 24:44-47
Happy Earth Day
“As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family.” – Pope Francis, January 18, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Easter
“Jesus said:
“I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.”
John 10:11-15

Suggested Spring Reading 

From The Respect Life Office

Winter is finally over and this spring is a blessing. Enjoy this wonderful time by reading while your relaxing outside or indoors. Check out our recommended list for great spring reading.

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A new blog by
Sister Elizabeth A. Geraghty, CSJ, updated weekly click here to read this week’s post.