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Respect Life Ministry News


Abortion Expansion in NYS

Abortion activists here in NY support legislation they call the “Reproductive Health Act” (S.2796) which would expand abortion in the third trimester of pregnancy, allow non-physicians to perform the procedure, and remove safeguards against unwanted abortions. Governor Andrew Cuomo supports amending the state constitution to include the right to abortion, which would elevate abortion to a fundamental right. See more on our “Current Legislative Challenges” page.


Assisted Suicide in New York

While there are a couple of proposals in the State Legislature dealing with assisted suicide, proponents of so called “death with dignity” (amazing how those opposing the Gospel of Life have to hide behind euphemisms) have been active with presentations, lobbying and letters to the media. The NYS Catholic Conference (www.nyscatholic.org) has information on a special resource page on their website and New Yorkers for Life (www.newyorkersforlife.org) has released a helpful two page flyer “Assisted Suicide: Unnecessary, Flawed and Dangerous”. For further information go to our “Current Legislative Challenges” page.


USCCB Respect Life Program Materials

The Respect Life Program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October (10/2/16). The program is highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events. New materials are produced each year to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the dignity of every human person, and therefore the gift of every person’s life.

Materials are developed for use in parishes, schools, and faith-based ministries, but are also suitable for individual use. While parishes, schools, groups and individuals are able to purchase pre-printed copies of the program’s materials directly from the USCCB, many of these items are also available as free downloads. View, download and/or order copies.


Now and at the Hour of Our Death – Catholic Guidance for End-of-Life Decision Making

Illness and aging, coupled with rapid advanced in medical technology, can lead to heightened anxiety when health care decisions need to be made. These end-of-life decisions, for ourselves and for loved ones, are among the most challenging we will ever face. Our Church offers comfort and practical guidance. Visit www.CatholicEndofLife.org for assistance in navigating the end-of-life challenge that you and your loved ones face. Learn about the key principles of Catholic teaching in this area, and how to apply them in the complex world of medical advance directives.


Events

Holy Hours for Life

Broadalbin – Every Tuesday evening from 7-8pm at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St. Joseph’s Rectory.
Schenectady – Every Second Tuesday from 7-8pm at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 210 Princetown Rd, Schenectady (sponsored by St. Madeleine Sophie Respect Life).

Retreats

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats are offered throughout the United States and internationally. They have been a source of reconciliation and healing for thousands of women and men who have suffered from the pain of an abortion. Information about local retreats sponsored by Rachel’s Vineyard of Albany.


General Intercessions

Respect Life Resources – Monthly General Intercessions & Bulletin Quotes (distributed via the diocese’s monthly emailing to parishes and available to parish staffs from the diocesan intranet)

April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016


Respect Life Ministry
Catholic Schools Office  |  Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
40 North Main Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
www.rcda.org/life  |  stephen.mawn@rcda.org   |  518-453-6666