November 2021
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Dear Friends for Life,


Know that in our Office we are grateful for all God’s gifts, especially those of Life, our Catholic Faith and our beloved families, but also for the opportunity to walk with you as we promote and defend the sanctity of all human life. In the example of the early settlers, might we begin this Thanksgiving Day and every day in the Eucharist (at Mass or in a spiritual Communion), fill the day with joyful gratitude and praise for His gracious gifts and mercy, and continue to toil, arduous as it may be sometimes, giving Him glory in the lives we lead—for Life is sacred and precious, and meant for Eternity in Heaven. Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you and your families!

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we should consider that the very first Thanksgiving, was not a harvest festival of the Pilgrims of Plymouth but a feast of thanksgiving by the Spanish colonists for a safe arrival in the New World. On September 8, 1565 (the Blessed Virgin’s nativity), the first act of these Catholic settlers was the celebration of Mass, the Eucharist (“to give thanks”)! Following Mass, they, too, shared a communal meal with the natives in gratitude to God for their many blessings, but it did not become a regular event.

This year, we mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim’s famous Thanksgiving harvest festival in 1621 which followed an arduous first year in the new land. As Puritans, this event would not have been festive in giving honor to God for the bounty they enjoyed were it not for the Native American, Squanto. He had been abducted into slavery as a youth, freed by Spanish friars, and eventually was baptized into the Catholic faith. He later returned to his native land where, having cross-cultural and language skills, he acted as an intermediary to the settlers, teaching them how to survive. But, in friendship, he also influenced their first Thanksgiving with a Catholic spirituality of giving thanks with joy. These Thanksgiving festivals had more staying power, but still they were celebrated intermittently and on days that varied regionally.

It was during the Civil War, on October 3, 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation was intended to bring some degree of unity to a nation deeply divided, with all regions of the country recognizing “the gracious gifts” of a merciful God on the same day. Seven years later, it was declared a national holiday which we will celebrate this week as a nation perhaps not much less divided, but before an immutable God infinitely munificent and merciful.

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“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Th. 5:17 
During the month of November, we celebrate the beauty of adoption. Adoption has a critical role in saving lives, creating families, and offering hope to women and parents across the globe. Birth mothers, adoptive parents, and all adopted or waiting-to-be-adopted children are in our prayers in a special way this month. 

At the recent 2022 March for Life Theme Debut, a good friend of the March for Life, Ryan Bomberger, reminded us of the depth of sacrificial love inherent in adoption. As one of 10 adopted children in a family of 15, Ryan and the Bomberger family truly embody the spirit of adoption as the loving embrace of life in spite of hardship. 

Watch the clip below to hear Ryan’s incredibly touching story.  
Participate in National Adoption Awareness Month by sharing pro-adoption resources and by learning about common myths encouraging mothers to abort their children instead of choosing adoption. 
Check out these great adoption resources: 

This month and every month, we want to share a word of encouragement to all adoptive parents, birth mothers, and adoptees that play a pivotal role in creating a culture of life in our nation. You help bring about a world where the dignity of every human life is valued and protected. 
By Deacon Marty McIndoe
In his final audience last year (which was a very difficult year due to COVID) Pope Francis said: “Above all, let us not forget to thank: if we are bearers of gratitude, the world itself will become better, even if only a little bit, but that is enough to transmit a bit of hope.” He continued, “The world needs hope. And with gratitude, with this habit of saying thank you, we transmit a bit of hope. Everything is united and everything is connected, and everyone needs to do his or her part wherever we are.”

We as Christians are called to be a people of gratitude. This isn't always easy but Saint Paul, in his first letter to the Thessalonians (5:18) says, “Give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” This month we celebrate Thanksgiving Day where we all stop what we are doing and get together with families and friends and say Thank You to God for all that He has given us. It is a very special holiday. We as Catholics actually do this every time we gather together for the Eucharist. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word for thanksgiving. We gather as a family to thank God for the gift of His Son who feeds us the Bread of Life. Truly we give thanks to God for the food for our journey leading us into eternal life.  Read more
We invite you to pray and fast for the upcoming Supreme Court case Dobbs v Jackson on the 22nd of each month for the next nine months as part of a nationwide prayer campaign! 
In 2018 Mississippi passed a law protecting unborn children after 15 weeks of gestation. The law was challenged and the case, known as Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is being heard by the Supreme Court. This is truly a landmark case that could potentially overturn the decision of Roe v Wade. The possibility for future laws protecting the unborn hangs in the balance. The oral arguments will be heard on Dec 1, 2021 but the decision is expected in June 2022.

For the past 49 years, the infamous date of January 22 has been one of solemn prayer and remembrance for the tragedy of legalized abortion in this country.

 In these next crucial 9 months
October 2021 until June 2022
 let us make the
22nd of each month
a special day of prayer and fasting for the Dobbs case
in the hopes that on its 50th anniversary (Jan 22, 2023)
Roe v Wade will have been finally overturned!
Prayer for the Supreme Court: 
Holy Trinity, Source of Life and Truth, we entrust our nation to You. We ask for mercy for the decades of legalized abortion that has been permitted in our land. We ask that the sacredness of every human life would be protected and upheld both in law and in culture. In a special way we commend to you the Justices of the Supreme Court. Please grant them clarity, wisdom, and courage to judge according to truth and right reason. Overthrow, at last, by Your power, the scourge of abortion in our land and usher in a new era of protection for the unborn. By the power of Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection, may Your perfect justice be established on earth.
“Holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.” Tit. 1:9
A Bit of Bioethics
Given the imminent threat of HHS to reverse religious liberty and conscience protections in the field of healthcare, we are re-printing this Making Sense of Bioethics column from the archives.
Federal Mandates and
the Crushing of Religious Freedom

FAQ on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Exemptions
Take action on legislative issues through the No Taxpayer Abortion Website

Take action on public policy matters in New York State through the New York State Catholic Conference's Catholic Action Network (CAN) .
See below for a list of current issues for you to learn more and to take action.
Take action on legislative issues through the The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)
“All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Col. 3:17  
Our 2021 Fall Campaign of Prayer and Fasting!
Message From The Hempstead Campaign:
 All Glory and Honor to God! We had an amazing Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign. Overall, the 40 Days for Life Campaign resulted in one baby save (that we know of) and 16 other women referred to the nearby Pregnancy Center for counseling, pregnancy tests and baby items.

On Saturday October 30th , approximately Forty prayer warriors attended the 40 Days for Life closing Rosary/Divine Mercy service (led by Father Liam) in front of the Hempstead Planned Parenthood. It was a powerful and grace filled experience.
Sidewalk Counselors spoke to a man and woman who were exiting the driveway of Planned Parenthood. She had taken the abortion pill. The man was upset and willingly excepted information regarding reversing the effects of the abortion pill. Pray that he was able to convince his girlfriend to carry their baby.
  Please continue to pray in front of the Hempstead Planned Parenthood. Your presence is a powerful pro-life witness to the community, Planned Parenthood employees and the abortion minded mothers entering Planned Parenthood. You’re also giving dignity to the unborn babies being aborted, showing someone cared.

Prayer: Lord, we are people of hope. Grant us perseverance and victory in the battle for life.

See you for the Spring campaign!
God Bless you, The Pro Bikers for Life.
Patchogue Campaign
What a Morning, on October 30th. Starting with a Mass and thought provoking sermon at our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel con-celebrated by Fr. Henry Reid and Fr. Robert Kline.

Followed by a Breakfast with Grace said by our two Spiritual Advisors Pastor Greg Wilk and Father Robert Kline. We pledged Allegiance to our Flag 🇺🇲 led by Marine Corp Veteran Tom Barry.

"Witness of Distinction" Awards were presented to those Witnesses listed below for their many years service for Pro-Life at Waverly Avenue: Bob Metz, Barbara Renner, Jean Delaney,   Pastor Greg Wilk

"Service Awards" were presented to Our Vigil Coordinators: Maria Hansen, Rosario Morocho, Tom Barry, Donna Crean who tirelessly witnessed, spoke at Churches and guided, motivated and instructed Witnesses on the street. We are indebted to you for your unselfish service and sacrifice.

Informative and passionate Speech Presentations were given by Pastor Greg, Father Kline and Donna Crean from the Diocesan Office of Human Life, Family and Bioethics. 

Recognition also goes to our "Breakfast Committee" Diane Williams, Maria Hansen, Dennis Berry and Tom Barry, and all who shopped, prepared and set up /cleaned up for all to enjoy. 

To Barbara Renner who manned our "Welcome Table" and for all who donated including our 100 Club Donation members, St Jude and St Lawrence Knights of Columbus Councils, an anonymous donor and Diane French. 

Pastor Henry who welcomed us to the Beautiful Chapel at Our Lady of Mount Carmel for our opening/closing Mass and use of the Parish Center. 

Last and certainly "most important" the 50 Witnesses who came and supported us by their presence at Mass, Breakfast or the Jericho Walk. 

By our Prayers , LOVE and Witness for Pregnant Mothers in Crisis, those who suffer from Post Abortion Syndrome and the Unborn we are "Chosen" by the Advocate, the Holy Spirit to serve our Lord in a very special way.

Bob Williams
Campaign Leader 
Smithtown Campaign
The closing witness and prayers were held on October 29th. Smithtown had a very successful campaign with a tremendous amount of support from St Patrick’s, Smithtown and Msgr Walden, Pastor of St Patrick’s. Thanks be to God for all the lives that were touched by the grace of God during this fall campaign. God bless all who came out to pray, witness and sacrifice. 
"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' Mt 25:40
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Do you know someone who is suffering after an abortion experience?

Project Rachel is a ministry about finding hope and healing after abortion.

It’s normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness.

You are not alone…
Christ’s Light in My Soul
To Donna and the Team Members of Raquel's Vineyard:

I am immensely grateful for the great gift you have given me by allowing me to experience this wonderful spiritual retreat (El Viñedo De Raquel, Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat).

I have been able to heal completely through the 3 incredible days I spent there. I have no words to express fully what I lived/experienced during those days.
Here I had the possibility to vent and let go of my grief, and pain, and to let go of many tears of regret that were choking me for so long, to relieve and surrender this tiresome burden I carried, this guilt, for many years even though I had experienced many other retreats. Listening to others also helped me, it moved me to see how others also battled against giant enemies of the soul such as the lack of being able to forgive themselves.

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