Issue 48 March 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 continued efforts in support of lifeThe Respect Life Office


The love of God breaks through that fatal withdrawal into ourselves which is indifference. The Church offers us this love of God by her teaching and especially by her witness. But we can only bear witness to what we ourselves have experienced. Christians are those who let God clothe them with goodness and mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants of God and others. Only those who have first allowed Jesus to wash their own feet can then offer this service to others. Only they have “a part” with him (Jn 13:8) and thus can serve others. – Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2015
Lenten resources

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


Further resources



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


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The Annunciation of the Lord-March 25

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
LK 1:26-38

A Well-Earned Rest 

By Deirdre A. McQuade


En Español


Those of us who seek to build a culture of life stand on the shoulders of gentle giants.  They are ordinary people who-even before Roe v. Wade made abortion on demand legal-responded with extraordinary generosity to defend our most defenseless brothers and sisters.

John (“Jack”) C. Willke, M.D., was one of those giants.  He passed away on February 20, 2015, at the age of 89, having lost his wife of nearly 65 years, Barbara, two years ago.  They raised their family of six children in Ohio, and have 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

An inseparable team, Jack and Barbara worked with urgency for over 40 years to show the wonder of human life developing in the womb and to tell the truth about the brutality of abortion.  Dr. Willke retired from his family practice to do full-time pro-life work in 1988.  Barbara also had a medical background, having been a nurse.  Their educational resources, speaking engagements, and media appearances raised public awareness and cultivated a whole generation to fight abortion.  Their reach also extended internationally.  They spoke jointly in 64 countries; and The Handbook on Abortion (just one of twelve books they authored) was translated into over thirty languages, selling approximately 1.5 million copies worldwide.


In 1997, just two years after St. John Paul II’s beautiful encyclical, Evangelium Vitae(“The Gospel of Life”), the Willkes co-authored Why Can’t We Love Them Both. It fostered a more charitable tone in pro-life work. They wrote: “Why can’t we all stand with the pregnant woman? Why can’t we tell her that we share the agony of her decision? That we really know of no ‘convenience’ abortions? Why can’t we tell her that we stand with her, not against her? … In the coming years, the hallmark of the pro-life movement at least, should not be just to save the baby, but to love them both.”

Today, their gentle, non-judgmental approach extends to all who have been involved in abortion.  Coupled with God’s unlimited mercy, it invites women and men alike to seek integrated healing of body, mind, and soul. Read More

Palm Sunday
When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,  he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately on entering it,  you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone should say to you,’Why are you doing this?’ reply,’The Master has need of it and will send it back here at once.'”So they went off and found a colt tethered at a gate outside on the street,
and they untied it. Some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”They answered them just as Jesus had told them to, and they permitted them to do it.So they brought the colt to Jesus and put their cloaks over it. And he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!
Hosanna in the highest!”
MK 11:1-10

Pope Francis To the Pontifical Academy for Life:

Abandonment is the worst affliction for the elderly


Vatican City, 5 March 2015 (VIS) – “Palliative care expresses the typically human attitude of caring for each other, especially for those who suffer. It is the demonstration that the human person always remains precious, even when elderly or afflicted by illness. Indeed, the person is in any circumstance valuable to himself and to others, and loved by God. Therefore, when life becomes very fragile and the end of earthly life comes close, we feel the responsibility to look after and accompany the person in the best way possible”, said the Pope this morning, as he received in audience the members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, on the occasion of their general assembly on the theme “Assisting the elderly and palliative care”.


“The biblical commandment to honour our parents reminds us in a broader sense of our duty to honour all elderly people. God links a dual promise to this commandment: ‘so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you’. Obedience to this commandment ensures not only the gift of the land, but above all the possibility of making use of it. … The precept reveals to us the fundamental pedagogic relationship between parents and children, between the elderly and the young, with reference to the stewardship and transmission of religious teaching and wisdom to future generations. Honour this teaching, and those who transmit it are a source of life and blessing. On the contrary, the Bible severely admonishes those who neglect or mistreat their parents”.


“The Word of God is always living and we can see clearly how the commandment proves to be relevant to contemporary society, in which the logic of utility often takes precedence over that of solidarity and gratuitousness, even within families”, he continued. “‘To honour’ may be translated as the duty to have extreme respect and take care of those who, on account of their physical or social condition, could be left – or made – to die. Medicine has a special role within society as testimony to the honour due to an elderly person and to every human being. Evidence and efficiency cannot be the only criteria governing the work of doctors, and nor can the rules of healthcare systems and economic profit. A State cannot expect to profit from medicine”. Read More

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
MT 1:16, 18-21, 24A  View or Download A Prayer for Fathers

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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.


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


The Long Island Coalition for Life Presents


 April 3rd, 2015, 10:30AM-NOON

In front of Nassau University Medical Center

(2201 Hempstead Tpke. East Meadow)

Pro-life women, men and children are asked to take part

in this peaceful silent vigil for the protection of unborn children.

Signs provided.

Sponsor: Long Island Coalition for Life


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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THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED MISSION TO SERVE LIFE! Allison O’Brien, DirectorS. Elizabeth A. Geraghty, CSJ, Project Rachel Ministry CoordinatorDiana Tellis, Ministry/Dept. Assistant


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Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man” 
Matthew 1:16, 18-19
The Annunciation of the Lord
“The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David,  and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said  and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.  Then the angel said to her, 
“Do not be afraid, Mary, 
for you have found favor with God. 
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.” Luke 1:26-32
Respect Life Contest 2015
Awards Ceremony on March 26, 2015 at the Kellenberg Memorial High School Auditorium at 7 PM.
Palm Sunday
“When the great crowd that had come to the feast heard  that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out:
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.” JN 12:12-14

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.
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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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