Respect Life Ministry
Respect Life Ministry

RESPECT LIFE MONTH - Diocesan Mass & Commissioning with Bishop Ed

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Please join Bishop Edward Scharfenberger for the diocesan Mass to celebrate Respect Life Month, the Month of the Rosary, and to Commission new Parish Respect Life Representatives!
The Catholic Church throughout the United States observes Respect Life Month in October, an annual tradition, to highlight the value and dignity of human life. This Mass provides Catholics across the diocese the opportunity to come together to witness to the inherent equality and transcendent value of every human being. During the Mass, we give thanks to God for the gift of human life, and pray for His guidance and blessings on our efforts to defend the most vulnerable members of the human family. This special Mass reminds us to follow Jesus’ Commandment of unselfish love, so that our lives can be richly fulfilling and marked by joy and peace. This Cathedral Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation. Please share the information with those who would be interested. Please find:

Please check out resources for Respect Life Month for parish, priest, educator, social media, press, youth ministry, and more, from the USCCB here, and check out the right hand tab on this RCDA Respect Life homepage, “Intercessions & Notices”.


Albany – Mater Christi Parish – Annual Battered-Women’s Collection of goods for the women and their young children. The campaign runs from Friday, November 4th – Sunday, November 12th. Bring any of the following to the gathering area of the church: New coloring books, boxes of 24 crayons, story books (up to age 10), individually wrapped tooth brushes, toothpaste, and huggable stuffed animals up to 12 inches; and for women: shower caps, deodorants, shampoos and crème rinses, individually wrapped tooth brushes, and small soap bars. Nothing else, please. The collected items are donated to the Christ Child Society. For questions, please call Nancy Stock at 518-453-3506.

Albany – Mater Christi Parish Respect Life Committee Activities – Parish Respect Life Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 PM in Room A of the Parish Center. The committee meets monthly and everyone interested in Respect Life activities is welcome to attend these monthly meetings.

Broadalbin - Holy Hour for Life - Every Tuesday from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St. Joseph’s Rectory.

Cairo - Gospel of Life Holy Hour - Every third Friday of each month after the 9:00 AM Mass. Location: St. Catherine of Siena Chapel. Benediction, pro-life prayers and Rosary. Call: (518) 622-3319.

Latham - “The Feminine Genius” presented by the Sisters of Life as part of a Women’s Breakfast on Saturday, November 11th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at St. Ambrose Church, Latham. All women and teens with their mothers are encouraged to attend! Please check out the flyer, Facebook Event, or event webpage for more information and to register.

Rotterdam - Holy Hour for Life - Every third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Location: St. Gabriel the Archangel Church. Sponsored by St. Madeleine Sophie Respect Life

Round Lake - Pro-Life Rosary and Devotions to end abortion - Every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Corpus Christi Church Daily Mass Chapel.

Schenectady - An Evening for Life - St. Paul the Apostle Church Respect Life Ministry will hold an informational evening on Tuesday, October 24 from 7 to 9 PM to discuss pending legislation that will impact both beginning and end of life issues. Guest speakers are Kathleen Gallagher, NYS Catholic Conference Director of Pro-Life Activities who will discuss the late term abortion expansion proposal and Dr. Matthew Lynch, Neurologist at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, who will discuss assisted suicide laws. The meeting will be held in the parish center at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2777 Albany St., Schenectady, NY, 12304.  A question and answer session will follow each speaker. To help plan, an RSVP is appreciated.  Please call Lavina at 518-229-4727 or email

Schenectady - Holy Hours & Eucharistic Prayer Service for Life - St. Madeleine Sophie Church Respect Life Ministry will hold the monthly Pro-Life Holy Hour on Tuesday, October 17th at 7 PM at St. Gabriel Church, 3040 Hamburg St., Schenectady, NY, 12303. Come worship our Eucharistic Lord in the Holy Sacrament and pray with us for the Culture of Life.

Scotia, The Glen Sanders Mansion - Schenectady County Right to Life Education Luncheon
Sunday, November 19th, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. For more information, please call SCRTL at 518-374-4588.

Troy - Patriotic Rosary for Respect Life & Religious Liberty - Every Thursday evening at 6:00 PM. Location: Rectory basement of Sacred Heart Church, Troy, NY.

Troy - Pray the Rosary at Planned Parenthood in Troy - Every Thursday, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, meet at Monument Square, Troy. Led by the Society of Our Lady of Guadalupe in association with St. Joseph’s Church, Troy.  For more information, please contact Peter Landauer at 518-320-6111.

Troy - Theology of the Body (TOB) - Every Thursday evening, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.  Location: Sacred Heart Church, 310 Spring Avenue, Troy, NY. TOB of Albany Facebook page: Theology on Tap - Albany  

Washington, D.C. - The March for Life with Bishop Ed as a Diocese - Please save the date to march as a Diocese with Bishop Ed at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, January 19, 2018! Details will be available in the future. For general information, please check out the March for Life website.

Diocese of Albany Courage
Courage of Albany monthly meetings - please contact: email:; phone: (518) 496-4771. Courage ( is the apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church that ministers to those with same-sex attraction. Confidentiality assured. Courage members strive toward five goals, including living chaste lives in accordance with the Catholic Church's teaching on sexuality. Confidentiality assured. Please share with those who would be interested.

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We look forward to serving you! Thank you very much!

Renée Morgiewicz  |  Coordinator of Parish Services & Respect Life Ministry
(518) 453-6609  |  Cell: (518) 390-3936