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

Take Action and Learn More to Oppose the Abortion Expansion Legislation (Reproductive Health Act)

New Respect Life Program! See below for more information.

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


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

The essence of our identity is that we are created in God’s image and likeness and loved by Him. Nothing can diminish the priceless worth of any human life. Every person is cherished.

God creates every person for eternal union with Himself and continually invites us to embrace a loving relationship with Him. Every person is chosen.

We are called to be messengers of God’s love, treating one another as cherished and chosen by Him. In doing so, we help build a culture that respects all human life. Every person is sent. Like St. Juan Diego, let us embrace our daily mission to help others encounter God’s transforming, life giving love.

You who are my messenger, in you I place my absolute trust. – OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Tu eres mi mensaJero, en ti he puesto mi confianza. – NUESTRA SENORA DE GUADALUPE

La esencia de nuestra identidad es que somos creados a imagen y semejanza de Dios y somos amados por El. Nada puede disminuir el valor inestimable de cada vida humana. Cada persona es atesorada.

Dios crea a cada persona para Ia union eterna con El y continuamente nos invita a tener una relaci6n amorosa con El. Cada persona es elegida.

Estamos llamados a ser embajadores del amor de Dios, tratandonos unos a otros como personas atesoradas y elegidas por el. AI hacerlo, ayudamos a construir una cultura que respete toda Ia vida humana. Cada persona es enviada.

Como san juan Diego, abracemos nuestra mision diaria de ayudar a otros a encontrar el amor de Dios, que transforma y da vida.

Ideas to aid you in helping Catholics understand, value and become engaged with building a culture that cherishes every human life.






  • Hang up the poster and explain the theme.
  • Participate in the Diocesan Respect Life Contest which explores the theme.
  • Use the articles to supplement class curriculum’s. For example, in a health or social studies class, students could read “Killing the Pain, Not the Patient: Assisted Suicide vs. Palliative Care”.


  • Coordinate a service event based on the theme.
  • Invite young adults to take part in the 9 Days for Life  prayer and action campaign, January 14-22, 2019, and to download the free mobile app. For more information visit www.9DaysforLife.com



  • Set up a display during Respect Life Month refer to www.usccb.org/prolifetools
  • Encourage students to participate in the Diocesan Respect Life Contest which explores the theme.
  • Invite parishioners to take part in the 9 Days for Life  prayer and action campaign, January 14-22, 2019. For more information visit www.9DaysforLife.com
  • Use the free, downloadable Respect Life images and articles in your bulletin, social media or website.
  • Encourage parishioners to take a reflection flyer.



  • Invite youth to take part in the 9 Days for Life  prayer and action campaign, January 14-22, 2019. Encourage the students to download the free mobile app. For more information visit www.9DaysforLife.com
  • Guide youth and students to participate in the Diocesan Respect Life Contest which explores the theme.



  • Host an event series covering the theme and article topics. Focus especially on helping attendees understand the Church’s teaching on life issues within the broader context of the Catholic Faith.

2018-19 Respect Life Program Materials | 2018-2019 respetar la vida Materiales del Programa

Another Look at Abortion

Many people don’t realize how unrestricted legal abortion is, misled by Roe’s claim that states may ban abortions after viability “except when it is necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.” (“Viability” is when the baby has a reasonable chance of survival outside the womb.) But in Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton, the Court defined “health” to include “all factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age—relevant to the wellbeing” of the mother. That seems broad enough to permit virtually any abortion post-viability. 

A Perfect Gift

Soon after the birth of my son Charlie*, who has Down syndrome, a visitor asked whether he was “mild, moderate, or severe”—referring to his level of cognitive impairment. I knew the terminology, but the question shocked me. In my arms I held my beautiful baby boy, who defied easy categorization. Clinical labels may describe some aspects of an individual’s “functioning,” but they don’t tell the whole story. Labels could not describe how Charlie’s smile lit up a room or how the sweetness of his soul had captured our hearts so completely.

Killing the Pain, Not the Patient: Palliative Care vs. Assisted Suicide

Assisted suicide is in the news and on lawmakers’ agendas. Supporters call it “aid in dying” and claim it is just another option for ending intolerable pain as part of end-of-life care. But assisted suicide is radically different from end-of-life care and the practice of palliative care, the healing art of relieving pain and other distressing symptoms for patients who are seriously ill. In fact, these two agendas are at war with each other.

Caring For Loved Ones At Life’s End

An old Irish proverb says, “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” Indeed, we are created to depend upon one another and walk together in suffering. But when family members or friends approach life’s end, we may not know how best to “shelter” them. Here are some concrete ways we can compassionately care for them.

Another Look at Contraception

To some, the Catholic Church’s consistent teaching against birth control may seem outdated. Yet with each passing year, evidence of contraception’s negative consequences keeps piling up, revealing profound repercussions on women, children, families, and society.

Bridges Of Mercy For Healing After Abortion

Mercy is a “bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.”  —Pope Francis

While many Catholics want to help women and men heal from past abortions, most don’t know how to begin. Here are a few ways that Catholics of different backgrounds can assist friends, family members, fellow parishioners, clients—or perhaps even themselves

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Otra mirada al aborto

Muchas personas no se dan cuenta de cuán irrestricto es el aborto legal, engañadas por la afirmación de Roe de que los estados pueden prohibir los abortos después de la viabilidad “excepto cuando es necesario para preservar la vida o la salud de la madre”. (“Viabilidad” es cuando el bebé tiene posibilidades razonables de sobrevivir fuera del útero.) Pero en el caso complementario de Roe, Doe vs. Bolton, la Corte Suprema definió “salud” de modo de incluir “todos los factores —físicos, emocionales, psicológicos, familiares, y la edad de la mujer— relevantes para el bienestar” de la madre. Esto parece tan amplio como para permitir prácticamente cualquier aborto después de la viabilidad.

Un regalo perfecto

Poco después del nacimiento de mi hijo Charlie,* que tiene síndrome de Down, una persona que nos visitó preguntó si era “leve, moderado o severo”, refiriéndose a su nivel de impedimento cognitivo. Yo conocía la terminología, pero la pregunta me sorprendió. En mis brazos yo tenía a mi hermoso bebé, a quien no se podía clasificar fácilmente. Las etiquetas clínicas pueden describir algunos aspectos del “funcionamiento” de un individuo, pero no cuentan toda la historia. Las etiquetas no podrían describir cómo la sonrisa de Charlie iluminaba una habitación o cómo la dulzura de su alma había conquistado nuestros corazones tan completamente.

Matar el dolor, no al paciente: Cuidado paliativo versus suicidio asistido

El suicidio asistido está en las noticias y en las agendas de los legisladores. Los partidarios lo llaman “ayuda para morir” y afirman que es sólo otra opción para terminar con el dolor intolerable como parte de la atención al final de la vida. Pero el suicidio asistido es radicalmente diferente de la atención al final de la vida y la práctica de los cuidados paliativos, el arte curativo de aliviar el dolor y otros síntomas angustiantes para los pacientes que están gravemente enfermos. De hecho, estas dos agendas están en guerra entre ellas.

Cuidado de los seres queridos al final de la vida

Un proverbio irlandés dice: “En el refugio del otro vive cada uno”. En verdad, hemos sido creados para depender unos de otros y caminar juntos en el sufrimiento. Pero cuando familiares o amigos se acercan al final de la vida, puede que no sepamos la mejor manera de darles “refugio”. He aquí algunas maneras concretas en que podemos cuidar compasivamente de ellos.

Otra mirada a la anticoncepción

Para algunos, la enseñanza constante de la Iglesia Católica contra el control de la natalidad puede parecer obsoleta. Sin embargo, con cada año que pasa, las pruebas de las consecuencias negativas de la anticoncepción siguen acumulándose, y revelando profundas repercusiones en las mujeres, los niños, las familias y la sociedad.

Vías de misericordia para la sanación después del aborto

La misericordia es “la vía que une Dios y el hombre, porque abre el corazón a la esperanza de ser amados para siempre no obstante el límite de nuestro pecado”. —Papa Francisco

Aunque muchos católicos quieren ayudar a mujeres y hombres a sanar de abortos pasados, la mayoría no sabe cómo empezar. Aquí ofrecemos algunas maneras en que católicos de diferentes entornos pueden ayudar a amigos, familiares, otros feligreses, clientes —o quizás incluso a sí mismo.

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

N0 Temas

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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 Respect Life Program 2016-17

 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.
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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.



( 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.)


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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.


( 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.)



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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.

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“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


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
    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.

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Catholic Health Services Maternity Services Flyer – Updated 2018

Catholic Health Services (CHS) is a leading provider of quality obstetric/gynecologic care, in accordance with the Ethical & Religious Directives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The system offers a wide range of clinical expertise to women and their families.
These programs include highly skilled obstetrical services, maternal fetal care, prenatal care, labor and delivery, and other life-affirming services.

Maternity services are available at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown and St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson. Also, CHS has an array of physician practices and clinics in Nassau and Suffolk, such as the highly specialized Gianna Center of Long Island for Women’s Health & Fertility and the Bishop McHugh Health Centers in Babylon and Hicksville. In addition, Gabriel’s Courage assists families who have received a diagnosis of anencephaly, inoperable cardiac abnormalities or other life-limiting perinatal conditions.

Good Samaritan’s BirthPlace offers private rooms at no extra cost. A robust perinatal education program includes classes for expectant parents and families. Good Sam’s award-winning breastfeeding program is staffed by certified breastfeeding counselors and board certified lactation consultants. The Levell II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is only facility on Long Island to feature NICVIEW cameras, allowing loved ones to watch live-streaming video of their newborn. The hospital also hosts the free, 10-week, postpartum Mother’s Circle of Hope (also offered at St. Catherine), among other support groups.

St. Catherine is the first Baby-Friendly® Designated hospital in Suffolk, with staff encouraging breastfeeding as the optimal source of nourishment for newborns. The rooming-in option is supported, and certified breastfeeding counselors offer complimentary lactation services. The hospital’s Labor & Delivery Unit has five birthing rooms, two operating rooms and a recovery room, and the NICU provides specialized care for newborns. The Newborn Nursery was renovated, as was the Postpartum Unit, and includes private rooms.

Mercy’s Mother Baby Unit offers private rooms, free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast every morning, with certified breastfeeding coaches and lactation specialists on staff. The hospital has the only Levell II NICU on the south shore of Nassau, where advanced care is provided by a team of specialists, such as neonatologists, pediatricians and respiratory therapists. Childbirth preparation, baby/child CPR and other classes are available, as well as tours of the Maternity Wing and Labor/Delivery/Recovery, plus a free breastfeeding support group. Also, Mercy is home to the Family Care Center, a full-service outpatient OB/GYN and pediatric clinic.

St. Charles earned the 2018 Women’s Choice Award for obstetrics. Its Obstetrical Unit has six modern birthing rooms and two state-of-the-art operating rooms. A neonatologist, neonatal nurse practitioners and other specialists make up the NICU’s interdisciplinary team. Private rooms are available, with bath, phone, TV and wireless connection. A complimentary, three-course “dinner for two” is served the night before discharge. In addition to new mother support groups, classes include breastfeeding, Lamaze, prenatal/postnatal exercise, breastfeeding and infant CPR.

In collaboration with Catholic Charities, help is available for an unexpected or crisis pregnancy.

Please call 1 (855) 301-4CHS or after hours/weekends 1 (800) 712-HELP (4357). All six CHS hospitals are Safe Haven sites, where babies can be safely relinquished. Under the sponsorship of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, CHS is committed to upholding the sanctity of life.

For more information about CHS, please call 1-855-CHS-4500 or www.chsli.org

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.



  • 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.

April 4, 2019

While many are aware that the Church teaches that abortion is wrong, fewer know of the Church’s message that forgiveness and healing are available to every repentant heart. Sadly, even the people in our parishes may be unaware of the Church’s pastoral response to those suffering from a past abortion.

A homily is one of the most effective ways to reach those suffering after an abortion. This may seem surprising, as many homilists may share a concern that mentioning such a painful topic may only intensify the pain and cause more self-reproach for those involved with a past abortion. These women and men are in our pews, and time and again, we hear that they have been yearning for a compassionate message of mercy that would give them the confidence to seek reconciliation and healing. Lent, the Easter Season, and Divine Mercy Sunday provide ample opportunities for such messages of hope.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, recently wrote to bishops to encourage their priests to take advantage of these preaching opportunities to ensure that their parishes are, as Pope Francis says, “islands of mercy in a sea of indifference.”  In case you are asked to assist in this effort, attached are two of the resources that were shared with the bishops:

The bishops were also informed that their diocesan Project Rachel Ministry staff should already have a copy of the “Project Rachel Ministry Resource Manual for Priests and Project Rachel Leaders,” and that you would be great resources in supporting the priests on the local level. As you know, the resource manual and many other ministry development resources are available on the Project Rachel Ministry Directors’ Only web site. For access or if you have forgotten your password, please e-mail Anna Rose Riccard at ariccard@usccb.org.

We pray that our priests will respond with great compassion in their proclamation of God’s unfathomable mercy.

God bless you!

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.




  • 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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To live in a manner worthy of our human dignity, and to spend our final days on this earth in peace and comfort, surrounded by loved ones—that is the hope of each of us. In particular, Christian hope sees these final days as a time to prepare for our eternal destiny. – To Live Each Day with Dignity: U.S. Bishops’ Policy Statement on Assisted Suicide


Today, however, many people fear the dying process. They are afraid of being kept alive past life’s natural limits by burdensome medical technology. They fear experiencing intolerable pain and suffering, losing control over bodily functions, or lingering with severe dementia. They worry about being abandoned or becoming a burden on others.

Our society can be judged by how we respond to these fears. A caring community devotes more attention, not less, to members facing the most vulnerable times in their lives. When people are tempted to see their own lives as diminished in value or meaning, they most need the love and assistance of others to assure them of their inherent worth.

The healing art of medicine is an important part of this assistance. Even when a cure is not possible, medicine plays a critical role in providing “palliative care”—alleviating pain and other symptoms and meeting basic needs. Such care should combine medical skill with attention to the emotional as well as spiritual needs of those facing the end of life. Continue reading “To Live Each Day with Dignity: U.S. Bishops’ Policy Statement on Assisted Suicide”

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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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La historia de Cecilia (Cecilia’s Story):

Observen ahora cómo Cecilia Sone, una enfermera profesional y voz confiable de nuestra comunidad, comparte cómo cuidar a seres queridos que se enfrentan al final de la vida.

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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.

Sadly, New York State is the Abortion Capital of our nation, with a rate of 29.6 abortions for every 1,000 women of reproductive age. That’s more than twice the national average.

New York legalized abortion in 1970, three years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe vs. Wade. Abortion is legal here for any reason up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and any time after that if the mother’s life is at risk. So even if Roe were to be overruled, the vast majority of abortions in our state would continue to be legal and available.

The Governor and the Democratic leadership in the New York State Legislature want to go even further, and make abortion less safe and more expansive than it is now. They’ve promised to enact the so-called “Reproductive Health Act” early in 2019. This bill would:

  • Allow non-doctors to perform abortions.
  • Allow abortions for any reason in the third trimester of pregnancy right up to a mother’s due date.
  • Remove all criminal penalties for abortion, even if it was contrary to the mother’s choice, such as the intentional targeting of an unborn child in an act of violence.
  • Remove our state’s protections for infants accidentally born alive in the course of an abortion.

This extremism goes far beyond Roe vs. Wade!

Take Action Now

Pro-life New Yorkers need to stand up in unison and make their voices heard on behalf of women and their unborn children. Tell your state lawmakers that enough is enough.

Here’s a simple way to do this. Go to the New York State Catholic Conference website at www.nyscatholic.org.

Click on “Stop Abortion Expansion.” Enter your home address information, then select “Send Message.” Your message will automatically be sent to your State Senator, State Assembly Representative and the Governor. Please do it as soon as you can. It is so important to register our strong protest at this time.

For more information view or download Bulletin Flyer 2019 The Abortion Expansion Act  PDF / Word

Visit the Take Action Page to view action alerts on current issues and links to the Catholic Action Network and Human Life Action Network.

[Religious] freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it. – Pope Francis

We are called to follow Christ as missionary disciples by serving others and living our faith in all that we do. Let us take a few moments each day from June 22 – June 29 to pray, reflect, and take action on religious liberty, both here in this country and abroad.


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


Christ the King, parish-focused materials to make the connection between the Solemnity of Christ the King and our efforts to promote religious liberty.

Volunteers needed for  Respect Life Ministry, click here for list of Deaneries and Parishes  that need volunteers.

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