See LIFE 2021

See Life 2021
 Focus on the Family 
   
 Please join the Focus on the Family and pro-life heroes from across the country this summer for the SeeLife 2021 Experience.
The journey begins this Friday at 9 p.m. ET with the first of six, short digital conversations. Episode 1 is called “The Truth About Life” and premieres on FacebookInstagramYouTube, and at FocusOnTheFamily.com/SeeLife
Please invite your friends and extended family members to be a part of this UPLIFTING dialogue.
And now, I have an exciting announcement! Mark Saturday, August 28 on your calendar for the SeeLife 2021: DALLAS, TX live event at the American Airlines Center. This family-friendly experience will be an inspiring evening of worship, and amazing pro-life stories. Together, let’s celebrate life and thank God for what He continues to do in hearts and lives across our country.
See Life 2021: DALLAS, TX will also feature a free concert by five-time Grammy Award nominee Matthew West, plus special guest speakers Nick Vujicic (Life Without Limbs), Amy Ford (Embrace Grace), and more everyday life heroes.
You can watch the simulcast on any of Focus on the Family’s social media platforms. Get ready for a night of encouragement and inspiration!
May God strengthen your family,
Jim Daly
President
Focus on the Family
 
 Helping Families Thrive

Camp Esther 2021

CAMP ESTHER 2021
New York State Right to Life
“… for who knows whether you have come to the kingdom
for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
It’s been a long, hard year … but Camp Esther is back with a weekend
full of intensive pro-life training, major fun, and the building of life-long
friendships to help sharpen you for the battle to turn hearts and minds back
to LIFE!

Presentations by experts on abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, stem
cell research and more will give you the knowledge you need to speak
TRUTH to those around you as you do your part to build a culture of LIFE.
Camp Esther has been a training ground for students from across New
York State, other states, and even from different parts of the world. Join
the bold and loving pro-life revolution!
If you are 14 years old or older, join us August 13-15 in Central New York for a weekend
that will prepare you to defend life to anyone at any time!
Cost to you is only $150 and includes tuition, supplies, room, meals,
snacks, and a Camp Esther 2021 t-shirt. Full and partial scholarships are
available while they last.

Space is very limited, so call right now: 518-434-1293

News From Albany …

Dancing for Joy at His Love
A reflection written by a Sisters of Life
It was time for prayer, and kneeling in eager anticipation in the front pew was 7 year-old Jayla. Her mother was busy meeting with one of our Sisters and this little one had just been informed that Jesus lived with us in our chapel in the “gold box”.  She asked us, “Do you ever take Him out??” 
“Actually, yes we do,” and we were just about to begin our Holy Hour. So the Sisters asked Jayla, “We are going to take Jesus out of the gold box – do you want to come see Him?” 
She eagerly begged her mom, “Can we go see God?! Can we go see God?!” 
 Read the rest of the story here…

DutchessNY4Life Jericho March
Wednesday, July 7th7PM
Beginning at 17 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie
On the seventh day of the seventh month at the seventh hour of the afternoon in obedience to the Lord’s instruction to Joshua to win the battle of Jericho, we will prayerfully march around Planned Parenthood seven timespraying for the walls of the abortion industry to come tumbling down.
Extend an invitation to your pastor, church groups, family and friendsto join the Lord’s army for this peaceful, prayerful, and powerful event!!For more info, email DutchessNY4Life@gmail.com or call Maureen at 845-853-6529
Goretti NY Feast Day Event
Friday, July 9th 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Most Holy Redeemer Church 173 E. 3rd Street, Manhattan
Join us for 7 PM Mass with Bishop Peter J. Byrne followed by food & fellowship in the courtyard and an 8 PM talk by Christopher Brennan, JD who will be speaking about what we can do about divorce and how we can help preserve marriages. 
Email ny@thegorettigroup.org for more information

Love & Responsibility NYC
Every Tuesday until August 31st!
Next: Tuesday, June, 29th
Dr. Greg Bottaro & Marisel Rodriguez
414 East 14th St.
Love and Responsibility in NYC returns in-person with renowned speakers and musicians! This year Love & Responsibility is extended! Summer Tuesdays, from June 22 – August 31, hear from speakers on relationships and other topics relevant to men and women everywhere…. all under the stars in a gorgeous outdoor garden in the East Village at 414 East 14th St, just steps from the L train on 14th and 1st.
Bring a friend, meet new friends, and learn how to build authentic, loving relationships with Love and Responsibility in NYC! 
Click here to reserve a spot! 
Care & Prepare

End-of-Life Education
Free Video! Available now! 
Peace at the end of life begins today. Equip yourself with the tools and knowledge you need to face difficult decisions with confidence. Care & Prepare is a 30-minute educational video with essential information on Church teaching, practical guidance in navigating medical decisions, and advice on legal preparation for the end of life.
Learn… -Which legal documents to have and which to avoid-How to weigh the benefits and burdens of a treatment-What the Church teaches about pain medication, medically-assisted nutrition and more
Click here to watch the video! 
Click here to watch the 15-minute Q&A!
2021 Legislative Session Concludes in Albany
Thank you for taking action for life! The New York State Legislative Session ended on June 10th with some important victories for life. We are grateful for your prayers and advocacy! 
PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE: In an important pro-life victory, advocates for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide failed to get a vote on the bill in any committee in either house of the legislature. The Conference, and our allies in the NY Alliance Against Assisted Suicide, were successful in highlighting the many dangerous consequences of such a policy.
STEALTH EUTHANASIA: The Assembly Health Committee advanced a very dangerous euthanasia bill that would allow proxy decision-makers to deny ordinary food and water to patients. The bill was amended under the radar to allow for the denial not only of tube feeding, but oral feeding as well, even if the patient never requested it. Thankfully, the bill advanced no further.
PRO-LIFE PREGNANCY CENTERS: Legislation to require a biased “study” of pro-life pregnancy centers intended to intimidate and silence them advanced to the Assembly floor but did not receive any floor votes. The NYSCC alert on this issue generated more than 12,000 messages of opposition to legislators.
Click here for a summary of the 2021 session from the New York State Catholic Conference.Stop Taxpayer-Funded Abortion
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected an opportunity to vote on the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (H.R.18) by a vote of 209 to 218. H.R.18 would apply the Hyde Amendment government-wide and permanently prohibit taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage.
It is critically important for Catholics to send a strong message and urge Congress not to impose taxpayer-funded abortion. 
Take Action1.
1. Sign the petition at NoTaxpayerAbortion.com
2. Share on these educational resources on social media
3. Watch the USCCB webinar below.
Equality Act – Call Your Senators!
The Equality Act could be brought to the Senate floor at any time. Contact your Senators and urge them to oppose this harmful legislation.
Here’s how:
Step 1: Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell the operator the state you are from and the operator will connect you to one of your senator’s offices.
Step 2: Use the talking points below to urge your senator to oppose the Equality Act.
Sample script: “Hello, my name is ______and I live in ___________.  I urge you to oppose the Equality Act for the following reasons (use any or all of the talking points): The Equality Act would likely force taxpayers to fund elective abortions because of the way it redefines “sex” discrimination;It would likely force doctors and hospitals to perform abortions even if it’s against their conscience or beliefs;It would likely require all employers with more than 14 employees – even religious organizations – to cover abortions in their health insurance plans;It would force vulnerable girls and women in shelters or social service programs to share sleeping space, showers, and other spaces with men;Women’s prisons could be open to men who self-identify as women;It would shut down Catholic foster care and adoption agencies which have helped children in need for over a century without discrimination, just for protecting the children’s right to be in a home with a married mother and father.Click here for more information.

Prayer at Planned ParenthoodYonkers
Saturday, June 26th
Every Saturday at Noon 20 South Broadway, Yonkers
Witness for Life: Staten Island
Saturday, June 26th10:30AM-11:30AM SIUH North 
Optional 9AM Mass at St. Christopher
with a gathering in the Community Center following Mass. 
Prayer at Planned Parenthood New Rochelle
Thursday, July 1st Every Thursday, 8:30AM-Noon 
Note *New Location*:150 Lockwood Avenue
(Standing on the grass behind the back door of Planned Parenthood on Van Guilder Ave.)
Witness for Life: Manhattan Saturday, July 3rd8AM-10:30AMOld St. Patrick’s, Manhattan
Witness for Life: Brooklyn Saturday, July 10th8AM-10:30AMSt. Paul’s Church, Brooklyn
Witness for Life: Bronx Saturday, July 17th8AM-10:30AMSt. Anselm’s Church, Bronx
Witness for Life with Corazon Puro Saturday, July 17th8AM-10AMOld St. Patrick’s, Manhattan

Life Chain – Port Chester


Sunday, July 18th 2:00pm-3:30pm
Kohl’s Shopping Plaza 431 Boston Post Rd, Port Chester, NY

Cenacles of Life
The Cenacles of Life are prayer groups that pray two rosaries together each week and fast for an end to abortion and a restoration of a culture of life. Is God calling you to begin a Cenacle of Life group at your parish? 
Learn more about starting a Cenacle of Life at your parish! 

God bless you,
Respect Life Office
Sr. Virginia Joy, SV, Director
sr.virginia.joy@archny.org
646.689.2613

Sr. Charity, SV, Assistant
sr.charity@archny.org
646.476.0931

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Project Rachel

Founder of Project Rachel describes friend’s pain after abortion

NRL News

By Sarah Terzo

Vicki Thorne, the founder of Project Rachel, describes what made her aware of post-abortion trauma:

Almost 40 years ago I first encountered the wounds that abortion leaves on the souls of women.

A friend of mine had placed her first baby for adoption. My friend later endured sexual abuse by a family member, which led to her second pregnancy. Her mother arranged for a safe but illegal abortion. Little did her mother know that she had bought her daughter a one-way ticket to hell.

Later in life, she struggled with suicide attempts, an abusive marriage, chemical dependency, and became abusive to her other children.

She always said, “I can live with the adoption. I can’t live with the abortion.”

My search for answers to her pain led me to obtain a degree in psychology to become certified as a prenatal loss facilitator and a grief counselor and to obtain certification in trauma counseling and spiritual direction.

My friend’s pain was a life-changing event for me, which eventually led me in 1984 to develop Project Rachel, the post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church.…

Project Rachel is a network of caregivers, including priests, mental health professionals, and others, who provide one-on-one care to those struggling after having an abortion.

In Yvonne Florczak–Seeman, A Time to Speak: A Healing Journal for Post-Abortive Women (Clarendon Hills, Illinois: Love from above, Inc., 2015) viii.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission. Sarah Terzo is offering a short, free pro-life eBook that exposes the pro-choice movement. Click here to get it.

First ever Men’s March in Washington, DC

Approximately 300 American men walked in the Capital to “call for the end of the government sanctioned daily mass murder of abortion” last weekend. LifeSiteNews was on site, interviewing many of the participants.

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ALERT: Oppose abortion funding in COVID relief bill – Contact your Senators today!

The relief bill which just passed the House contains funding for abortion, both inside and outside the United States, and even sets up a $50 million slush fund for Planned Parenthood!

This is outrageous!

We must now ACT QUICKLY to contact our U.S. Senators and tell them to remove any abortion funding from the new relief bill.

Please click on the link and use one simple contact form that LifeSite is making available here, on the Voter Voice platform.

With one click, your message is sent directly to your representative(s), without having to look up any of their contact details.

When you click on the link, you will see the form on the right-hand side of the page.
CONTACT YOUR U.S. SENATORS
Americans do not want our politicians to use COVID relief as an excuse to fund abortion.*

And, it is both unconscionable and devious to use the genuine suffering of COVID victims to further the agenda of abortion promoters in the House.

Please CONTACT your U.S. Senators by clicking on the link. Lives hang in the balance.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Schittl and the whole Team at LifeSite

PS – CLICK HERE to tell your U.S. Senators not to fund abortion with the new COVID relief bill. Thank you!

“8 Lies About Abortion”

I’m sure you have noticed in the news or on social media that we’re living in some troubling times. Truth is sometimes hard to find in all the noise from the culture around us. Now more than ever we need to be empowered with the truth to save precious lives and stand strong in the pro-life movement.

We have all heard that legalized abortion is “healthcare” or a “woman’s right to choose” or even “safe” in all levels of society. These are just a few of the many lies our society perpetuates about abortion that mislead, destroy lives and damage families.

The road to a culture that truly protects women and values preborn life starts with exposing the lies and embracing the truth. That’s why we have produced an 8-part video series called “8 Lies About Abortion” that offers critical information to women and men who have been impacted by decades of misinformation. Experts including Dr. Alveda King, Abby Johnson, Candice Owens, and Lila Rose will expose the lies, reveal the truth, and, if abortion is part of your story, offer hope for healing.

Are you equipped to combat these lies with the truth? Are you ready to lead your family when bigger voices surround you at every turn? Sign up today to receive your FREE series, discussion questions and additional resources to help you dig deeper.

You can start right now by clicking here and receive your series.

May God bless you as you take a stand for life,