October 2021
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Highlights of this newsletter:
  • Pray for Dobbs
  • The Image of God, Respect Life Month, and Beyond
  • Upcoming Activities
  • The Lord’s Prayer
Dear Friends for Life,

As Respect Life Month draws to a close, there are many reminders that respecting life is not a day or month-long event but rather a pursuit for every day of the year. There are both painful reminders (such as the House passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act ) and optimistic ones (for example, the Texas and Mississippi laws that place limits on abortions ) that tell us we must persevere: despite challenges, there is progress being made in building a culture of life—even in a hardened society.


Beginning in December, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  At the heart of the challenge is Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act which bans abortions after fifteen weeks.  For all the claims that this law is extreme, consider that across Europe almost all countries restrict abortion after fifteen weeks—and the majority of these after twelve weeks.  By the end of the first trimester (twelve weeks), a fetus measures about four inches and is fully developed with all of its organs formed. We can see then that the Mississippi law is not extreme at all. In fact, for all those innocent human lives still at risk, it is not enough!

The implications of this case to Roe v. Wade (and for further legal protections of the unborn) could be very significant. And so, we must pray! Over the next nine months, there is a national prayer event, “Pray for Dobbs” in which we encourage your participation at both the individual and parish levels. On the 22nd of each month from October to June, all people of faith across the United States are invited to join in prayer and fasting for a just outcome to this case which would protect millions of children and their mothers from the grave harms of abortion.  For God all things are possible! (Mt 19:26)


“God created man in His image. In the image of God He created him. Male and female He created them. Then God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’” (Gen 1:27-28)

It is most fitting that we celebrate the feast of Pope St. John Paul II during Respect Life month. His preaching on human life, marriage, and the family was prolific throughout his pontificate, but probably most notable in his Wednesday audiences (from 1979 to 1984) compiled in The Theology of the Body: Human Love in the Divine Plan as well as his masterful encyclical, Evangelium Vitae.

There is one particular concept that Pope St. John Paul II developed more fully in his Theology of the Body catechesis and which is critical to a deeper understanding of the inviolable dignity of the human person: imago Dei or the image of God. Man is composed of a body and soul. In our solitude, we bear likeness to God mostly in the soul: we are rational beings with free will, destined for eternal life.  And in this alone, we have immeasurable value and dignity. Read more
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Th. 5:17 
Message from Archbishop Naumann, USCCB, Pro Life Secretariat
A Prayer to St. Joseph, Defender of Life
Dearest St. Joseph,
at the word of an angel, 
you lovingly took Mary into your home.
As God’s humble servant, you guided
the Holy Family on the road to Bethlehem,

welcomed Jesus as your own son
in the shelter of a manger,
and fled far from your homeland
for the safety of both Mother and Child.

We praise God that as their faithful protector,
you never hesitated to sacrifice
for those entrusted to you.
May your example inspire us also
to welcome, cherish, and safeguard
God’s most precious gift of life.
Help us to faithfully commit ourselves 
to the service and defense of human life 
—especially where it is 
vulnerable or threatened.
Obtain for us the grace
to do the will of God in all things.

Copyright © 2021, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.
The Value of Human Life
By Fr Joe Davanzo, Pastor Our Lady of Grace
Each year the Church celebrates October as Respect Life Month and the 1st Sunday of October as Respect Life Sunday. The Church calls on Catholics to cherish, defend and protect life from its beginning to its end and at every point in between. This truth should be obvious, but our world’s Culture of Death cleverly deceives and convinces people, especially the young, that human lives, particularly preborn babies, are not important and can be destroyed. I came across a video from the PragerU organization showing young people, millennials, in Los Angeles being asked to sign a petition to protect eagle eggs from destruction (something that is already illegal under federal law).

The reactions were all positive from “of course don’t kill eagles” to “I hope you save the eagles.” Then when asked to sign a 2nd petition to “stop the killing of humans too, like babies,” at first, they respond “oh my God” and “I hate the killing of babies.” But once they realize this refers to abortion, they immediately changed saying “Wait, no...I’m pro-abortion” and “Oh no, I disagree.” When asked, “Why do you support not killing unborn eagles, but support killing unborn children?” One person didn’t dispute that abortion kills children, but she said, “a human should probably have more rights than an eagle.” Another said, “Babies are gross. You’re not a woman. You have no idea what it does to your body.” Another adds, “Maybe I would want a baby, not more than 1 [because with climate change] we’re all gonna die soon.”  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
Decisions of Consequence

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  
Join our 2021 Fall Campaign of Prayer and Fasting!
Your prayers can save lives and change hearts. 40 Days for Life is a life-saving prayer campaign that will take place throughout our Diocese across Long Island starting on September 22 and concluding October 31. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful initiative consisting of 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and educational outreach with the goal of protecting mothers and their children from abortion. More than 18,000 unborn children have been saved from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns. To learn more about the 40 Days for Life campaign, in your area visit: www.40daysforlife.com.  Sign up for hours for each campaign.
Hempstead: Thomas Upshur (PBFL) (516) 410-5983; Hempstead40DaysforLife@aol.com; 40daysforlife.com/Hempstead

Smithtown: Paul Rorke (631) 514-5104; 40dflsmithtown@gmail.com

West Islip: Paul Arena (516) 848-1562; paul.arena29@yahoo.com

Patchogue: Bob Williams (631)-615-1735; WaverlyAvenueRespectLife@gmail.com
Saturday, September 18th at 9:00am 
Holy Mass St Ladislaus, RCC
18 Richardson Pl
Hempstead, NY 11550

Fr. Liam McDonald, Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, CFR,  Fr. Mariusz Gorazd
Rosary Procession to Vigil Location to follow

Planned Parenthood
Public right-of-way outside
540 Fulton Ave Hempstead, NY 11550
Sunday, September 19th at 5:00pm 
Holy Mass St Patrick’s, RCC
280 East Main St
Smithtown, NY 11787

Celebrant: Msgr Walden
Planned Parenthood
Public right-of-way outside
70 Maple Ave, Smithtown NY 11787

West Islip:

No Official Kick Off

Planned Parenthood Public right-of-way outside 180 Sunrise Hwy West Islip, NY
Patchogue: NEW SITE

Saturday September. 18th 8AM
Holy Mass Chapel at Our Lady of Mount Carmel
495 No. Ocean Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772

Procession at 9AM from Home Depot Parking Lot,
10 Gateway Blvd to Vigil Location
Planned Parenthood 450 Waverly Avenue, Patchogue
Monday thru Saturday 8AM-7PM
On Thursday, September 30th, Monsignor Ellsworth Walden, Pastor of St. Patrick R.C. Church in Smithtown, shared a reflection about his 40 Days for Life prayer vigil time. We present his beautiful letter below.
The Joy of Motherhood
Yesterday I was with two women in front of Planned Parenthood. One was a mother of three children, the other a mother of two. We walked up and down the sidewalk praying the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. As I reflected on the mysteries we were praying, I was struck by the irony. The Annunciation of Jesus brought great hope and joy, while the women who go to Planned Parenthood with their pregnancy are given the false hope that aborting their child will bring hope and peace.

Recently someone told me the account of a Sister of Life who went into a restaurant with her family. The waitress asked her about her habit and what the Sisters of Life do. The Sister gladly shared the joy of her ministry in helping pregnant women and those who have had abortions. As they were leaving the waitress pointed to her heart and asked, “Does the pain ever go away?” Obviously, she’d had an abortion and was suffering in regret for what she did. Read more
Local Witness 40 Days for Life, Patchogue
Such a wonderful 40 Days for Life witness at the new site in Patchogue. God is good! Take a listen to a special couple sharing their love for their son!
Special Needs = Special Blessings take a listen!
GOD is Pro Life

Thank you and God bless Bob and Diane Williams for your faithfulness to God and the unborn and their families! Life is Sacred!
See all the beautiful witness stories that have been happening on the East End!

Stand for Life
On Respect Life Sunday, October 3, St Aidan's Respect Life group attended the Stand Up For Life rally on Rte 110 in Huntington. The rally was held in thousands of locations throughout the country to bring about the end of abortion. This year's rally was held in conjunction with the Long Island Coalition for Life. God was blessing us as the sun shined brightly on the hundreds of people that lined Rte 110 with a majority of passing cars cheering us on. Clearly the tide is turning against the abortion industry as science and human rights come in to play.

The Respect Life Group seeks through prayer, legislative action and activities the end of abortion. It is important now more than ever that we ensure the protection of the voiceless and all human life from the womb until natural death.
"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
The Gianna Center is named after St. Gianna Molla, patron saint of mothers, physicians and unborn children. In October, Respect Life Month, we especially pray for the intercession of St. Gianna for all of our patients who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant.
The Gianna Center Babylon location has the special honor to have on display one of St. Gianna Molla's sweaters that was gifted to us by her daughter Gianna Emmanuela Molla.
St. Gianna, pray for us!
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Project Rachel Hope After Abortion
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…
Please Contact Us For Information About The Next Day Of Prayer And Healing!
Project Rachel confidential phoneline:  1-516-766-2538 (se habla espanol)
Toll Free number: 1-888-456-HOPE
En Español:  Esperanzaposaborto.org
If you need help please call our help line and someone will be happy to give some counsel over the phone to calm any fears or anxieties.
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Lisa A. Honkanen, M.D. – Director
lhonkanen@drvc.org, 516-678-5800 Ext. 381
Donna Crean – Assistant Director/Project Rachel Coordinator
dcrean@drvc.org, 516 678 5800 Ext. 626

Jamey Hutchinson BSN CFCP CFCE Educational Liaison to
Gianna Center for Women's Health & Fertility
50 North Park Ave. Rockville Ctr., NY 11570
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