Issue 47 February 2015
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; 
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

Personal Message
The 2015 March for Life in Washington D.C. united many in the Diocese of Rockville Centre who faithfully participated either prayerfully or in presence, their witness in support of life.  This year the diocesan meeting location was well attended by many high school students, young adults, parish communities and Catholic faithful. The March for Life was seven blocks longer this year, but this in no way  hampered the energy and commitment of marchers who joined together as one voice in defense of life. Over 1800 people from the Diocese of Rockville Centre attended the March for Life this year; thank you to all who attended, and thank you to all who prayerfully supported the mission. Please see the Respect Life office website for pictures of the March for Life.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 continued efforts in support of life

The Respect Life Office

“Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn4:19).  – Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2015

Death with Dignity?A.2129, Rosenthal: In relation to legalizing physician-assisted suicide

The above-referenced bill would add a new section of the Public Health Law to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication for the express purpose of ending a patient’s life.

The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this legislation for the reasons outlined below.

We would note that the title of the legislation itself – the “death with dignity act” – is biased against those persons who allow a natural death to occur, inferring that a natural death is somehow less dignified than assisted suicide. Similarly, language used throughout the legislation references “ending life in a humane and dignified manner,” suggesting that allowing natural death to occur is “inhumane and undignified.” We find this language to be biased and insulting.

Legalizing physician-assisted suicide would:

  • Blur longstanding medical, moral and legal distinctions between withdrawing extraordinary medical assistance and taking active steps to destroy human life. One lets people die a natural death; the other is the deliberate and direct act of hastening death.
  • Undermine the physician’s role as healer, forever alter the doctor-patient relationship, and lessen the quality of care provided to patients at the end of life. Patients are best served when medical professionals, together with families and loved ones, provide support and care with dignity and respect, not lethal doses of drugs. The American Medical Association holds a policy position against physician-assisted suicide, which they say is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role” and would be “difficult or impossible to control.”
Further resources

The assisted suicide issue will soon be upon us in New York State and could have a great impact on care for those at the end of life. 

A Letter on Death with Dignity by Msgr. Hanson,

Pastor Most Holy Trinity, East Hampton, NY


You have most likely read or heard about Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old, newly married woman who was diagnosed with a malignant and inoperable brain cancer. She chose to end her life by a deliberate overdose of barbiturates prescribed by her doctor in Oregon, one of five states where assisted suicide is legal. She decided to make her choice public on social media and became part of a public campaign to influence acceptance of “death with dignity.”


Brittany’s story is a very sad one and we cannot but feel sorrow, not only for her, but for her husband and her family as well. But there are underlying values and assumptions here which need to be teased out and evaluated. Is suicide in this way really “death with dignity”? Is this an ethical decision which society should welcome and embrace? Clearly from a Catholic standpoint it is not. But why? Isn’t this just the Catholic Church standing in the way of progress and compassion once again? I think not, and here is why.


Life is a gift. It is infinitely precious and valuable. This is true whether we are born perfectly formed, incredibly talented and stunningly handsome, or whether we come into this world with some disability, whether physical, mental, or otherwise. We are God’s creation and each of us is a miracle.  Read more

In the Spotlight


Death with Dignity
Video: Death with Dignity

The Public Relations Of Death 

By Richard M. Doerflinger


En Español


A campaign to legalize assisted suicide is moving forward in New Jersey, with similar proposals to be introduced in California, Maryland and other states.The former Hemlock Society (now under the more appealing name “Compassion & Choices”) hopes to pass such bills in a dozen states this year, although its efforts produced new laws in only three states (Oregon, Washington and Vermont) in the past 25 years.


What makes C&C so optimistic?After all, its agenda is the same as always: Protecting doctors who want to prescribe a barbiturate overdose so their patients can kill themselves.


The change is in the public relations of the issue, due to an attractive 29-year-old cancer patient named Brittany Maynard.Ms. Maynard, a California resident, announced last fall that she was unwilling to face the expected suffering of her illness, and would move to Oregon so she could take her life on November 1 using its assisted suicide law.She appeared on the cover of People magazine and became a spokesperson for C&C, her interviews and video appearances carefully vetted by its media relations staff.Just before the announced date she said she didn’t feel too bad and may live longer – then went through with her suicide anyway.What encouragement she received from C&C to “get with the program” we may never know.

Ms. Maynard’s “reality TV” show provided an appealing human face for C&C’s agenda.The voices of others – including patients with similar conditions, who urged her to see meaning in her life and promote hope rather than despair – were drowned out.Now C&C wants to save others the inconvenience of traveling to another state to obtain a lethal overdose from a doctor.

This raises basic questions.Is it the government’s job to make suicide “convenient” for some people?Shouldn’t it value everyone’s life and prevent suicide without discrimination, not select which people receive a helping hand to jump off the ledge? Read More


Racing Toward A Culture Of Life

By Mary Prentis


En Español


Runners build up endurance to race in a marathon, and Olympic athletes train endlessly to compete in the Olympic Games. A great deal of hard work and perseverance is needed to achieve smaller goals that eventually lead to success in larger goals-such as winning the marathon or earning a gold medal.
Each year, on or near January 22, pro-life supporters gather in remembrance of a court decision that has affected countless lives for the past 42 years. Last week hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates flocked to our nation’s capital, banding together in our effort to protect life at all stages. Like the runners and Olympians who achieve milestones during their training, the crowds and their enthusiasm are inspirational and encouraging. Yet although the anniversary of Roe v. Wade has passed this year, our legwork is not complete and is as crucial as ever.

As pro-life advocates, we have not finished training for our race. We need to continue moving forward with love in our hearts and the desire to make a significant impact. The tide is turning as the millennial generation is emerging as the “pro-life generation.” We all have a responsibility to defend and protect all human life, from conception to natural death-how exciting to see this reflected in our youth!  Read More

Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ 

USCCB Pro-Life Activities chair says House took ‘decisive step’ toward respect for unborn human life 

‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion’ policy reflects will of the people, says Cardinal

Disclosure policy lets Americans ‘choose health coverage that reflects their values’

WASHINGTON-Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives. “By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people,” he said.Co-sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL), the pro-life bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 242-179 on January 22, the day of the annual March for Life in Washington. The House approved identical legislation a year ago by a closer margin, 227-188.  Read More


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 informationtion.


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

Respect Life Contest 2015
This years Respect Life Program theme
“Each Of Us Is A Masterpiece 
Of God’s Creation”
Awards Ceremony on March 26, 2015 at the Kellenberg Memorial High School Auditorium at 7 PM.
For more information visit:
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.


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

Diana Tellis, Ministry/Dept. Assistant


Ashley Foster, Part Time Assistant

Haylee Greenwood, Respect Life Office Volunteer




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Suggested Winter Reading 

From The Respect Life Office

This winter is a wonderful time for a leisurely read while your 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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