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Roe v. Wade Anniversary 2017

  • January 22 Liturgical Observance: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

    The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children":

    "In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion."

    The USCCB’s Liturgical Calendar indicates that white or violet vestments are to be used for mass (although green may be used for other liturgies). Mass texts are given as Heb 9:15, 24-28/Mk 3:22-30 (317) or, for the Day of Prayer, any readings from the Lectionary for Mass Supplement, the Mass “For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life,” nos. 947A-947E, or the Lectionary for Mass (vol. IV), or the Mass “For Peace and Justice,” nos. 887-891.

    As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or giving alms. Another way to take part is through participating in special events to observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. If your parish or school will be having any pro-life events connected with this anniversary, please let Steve Mawn know at the Catholic School Office ( or 518-453-6602).


  • January 27 March for Life

    With the presidential inauguration this year, the annual March for Life has been postponed from January 22 to Friday, January 27, 2017. While the Diocese of Albany does not arrange for transportation (busses) to and from the March for Life, several parishes and other groups and organizations do charter busses for the trip to our Nation’s Capital. If your institution or group is sponsoring such a trip we would appreciate it if you could let Steve Mawn know in the Catholic School Office (see contact information in the immediately preceding paragraph) so that we can post the relevant information here.

    At this time we have information on two different busses that may be able to accommodate those interested in heading down to the March::


The busses will leave Christ the King in Westmere around 11:30pm on Thursday, January 26 and will stop to pick up passengers at Catskill on the way down the Thruway. The cost is $55 for the round trip (but there is the possibility for some discounted/donated seats). Contact Barbara at 518-456-3998 for information and to reserve your seat.

LEATHERSTOCKING VICARIATE AREA (Otsego, Delaware & Schoharie Counties)
The bus will leave Oneonta at 11:30am on Thursday, January 26 and will stop in Stamford at 12 noon, Hamden around 12:30pm and Walton around 1pm and will return late during the evening of Friday, January 27. Participants will need a pillow and a sleeping bag (and a foam mattress is also a good idea). The bus ticket will cost $70. To reserve a seat contact Cathie Weredyk at 607-652-7170 x 102; for more information contact Paui Wenner at 607-652-4055.

  • January 27 Youth Rally & Mass for Life in Washington DC

    Each year the Archdiocese of Washington holds its Youth Rally and Mass for Life in conjunction with the March for Life. Due to its popularity, demand for tickets for the rally far exceeds the capacity of its venues. In order to distribute tickets in a fair and equitable manner the Archdiocese only accepts requests from individual dioceses based on the expressed needs of their parishes, schools and groups. The diocese, in turn, submit its ticket request in early October and a month later knows how many tickets it will be receiving for January’s Youth Rally.

    Thus the Albany Diocese’s ticket request was submitted in early October and we have received all of the tickets we requested. Since we usually see some groups that requested tickets drop out or need less tickets than they asked for, if your group did not request tickets and would like to be added to our waiting list please contact for more information. This offer is only available to parishes, schools, families and groups within the 14 counties of the Albany Diocese. Groups that had requested tickets in October will be receiving further instructions and the necessary paperwork around December 15.

    Any parish, school or group from the Albany Diocese that would like tickets for the youth rally will need to return the Ticket Request Form to Steve Mawn no later than Tuesday, September 27. Request the form and details from him at


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 ( has information on a special resource page on their website and New Yorkers for Life ( has released a helpful two page flyer “Assisted Suicide: Unnecessary, Flawed and Dangerous”.  

In late November Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called for increased efforts to fight against assisted suicide, saying it must be "opposed with renewed vigor." Click here to read his statement.


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 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.


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).


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)

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

Respect Life Ministry
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