The Knights of Columbus is holding its annual prayer rally in Albany today. Hundreds of people are praying and asking lawmakers to support them in opposing same-sex marriage and the Reproductive Health Act, which would update New York’s abortion laws in the event of action on the federal level that limits or restricts abortion. The Knights of Columbus are also praying for the state to reimburse Catholic schools for 100 percent of the costs they incur in complying with state mandates, as required by a 37-year-old state law.
(LifeNet Note: EWTN will be filming the event, so join us for this powerful witness for life!)
A MORNING OF PRAYERFUL REMEMBRANCE AND INTERCESSION:
Saturday, January 15, 2011: 9 a.m.-12 Noon, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Our Lady’s Chapel), 460 Madison Avenue (at 5th Avenue), New York City.
The hidden wounds of abortion affect each of us. Whether it be one’s neighbor, co-worker, friend, relative, maybe oneself…as a community we have all been touched. Join us as we anticipate the observance of the 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. We will gather to pray and intercede on behalf of our entire nation, seeking forgiveness and healing in God’s merciful love.
The day will include personal testimonies from those who have been affected by abortion, intercessory prayer, Eucharistic adoration & rosary, opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – Fr. Mariusz Koch, CFR main celebrant.
Sponsored by the Family Life/Respect Life Office (Sisters of Life) – Archdiocese of NY and Lumina Hope and Healing after Abortion. For further info call Lumina 1-877-586-4621, or email email@example.com
Sr. Lucy Marie
Respect Life Coordinator
Archdiocese of New York
1011 First Ave., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10022
"Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope."
Organized for the Knights of Columbus Westchester-Putnam Conference, the Mass was held on Saturday morning, June 26, at Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton-on-Hudson. Approximately half the attendees were members of the parish, and half were K of C members and their families and other volunteers "in the field" for various life issues. K of C Council 4730 of Holy Name of Mary, Knights Richard Fuerst and Jim Moore were local organizers.
There was a Knights honor guard and Fr. Michael Keane, pastor of Holy Name, was the celebrant.
Coffee and refreshments were served after the Mass.
Kudos to Holy Name of Mary Council 4730 for organizing and hosting this Eucharistic celebration of life!
Arrangements being made by Holy Name of Mary K of C Council 4730
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., June 26, 2010
at Holy Name of Mary Church 110 Grand Street • Croton-on Hudson, NY 10520 HNM pastor, Rev. Michael Keane will be the celebrant All (knights, parishioners, friends from parishes within and outside the Westchester Putnam Conference) are invited to come and celebrate this Mass and to pray for an end to abortions Light refreshments follow after Mass
On Monday, May 17, an evening of public prayer, song and celebration of the dignity of life and the witness of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla was held at the Church of St. Catherine of Siena on 68th Street in New York City.
At 6:30 p.m., the Archdiocesan Respect Life Office and the Sisters of Life, the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York, the Gianna Healthcare Center in midtown Manhattan (established under the patronage of St. Gianna), and St. Catherine of Sienna Church sponsored "Praying with Saint Gianna". The beautifully sung Votive Mass was offered for the intentions of those struggling with infertility and pregnancy-related difficulties, with the highlight of a special blessing with the relics of St. Gianna, the last saint canonized by Pope John Paul II before his death.
After the Mass, St. Gianna's son, Pierluigi Molla, spoke with great simplicity and love about his mother, remarking on the saintly qualities that were prevalent throughout her life, as well as under the tragic circumstances of her death. While pregnant with her fourth child, Gianna was diagnosed with a uterine tumor and doctors suggested an abortion for treatment purposes. Gianna, a physician herself, refused to abort and gave birth to a healthy daughter, only to die herself one week later at 39 years of age in 1962. Mr. Molla (above) stayed late into the evening to talk with the congregation and sign holy cards and booklets about his mother's life provided by Thomas McKenna, President of the St. Gianna Physician's Guild www.stgiannaphysicains.org/, who also spoke that evening.
Dr. Anne Mielnik (above) inspired all with her and Dr. Kyle Beiter's mission at the Gianna Center www.giannahealth.org, established to provide a broad range of health services to women and especially infertile couples. "The Gianna Center is the only women's healthcare center in New York City that is explicitly committed to following the teachings of the Catholic Church in all of its services." The Center is located at 15 East 40th Street in Manhattan. Call for information at 212-481-1219.
The Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York at Saint Catherine of Siena Priory serves with great dedication the patients, families and staff at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Rockefeller University Hospital. Their mission is "to promote the dignity of the human person and the healing ministry of Jesus Christ among parishioners, health care professionals, patients, and their families through pastoral care, education, research, and ethics consultations."
The Archdiocesan Respect Life Office and the Sisters of Life gave their presence, prayers and support to this spiritual outreach to women and infertile couples as part of their mission, too. The Sisters of Life Order was established by New York's late John Cardinal O'Connor as an Order dedicated to the needs of pregnant women, and in support of all dignity of life issues from conception through natural death.
The magnificent choir and soloists under the direction of Choirmaster Rev. Jordan J. Kelly, O.P. and Organist Thomas McGinnis, gave the evening a traditional musical environment that was spiritual and elegant and enjoyed by the large congregation that filled the Church to capacity.
God Bless Saint Gianna, her son and her family, and all the dedicated men and women who were part of this exceptional event! Support their works with your prayers and your donations and spread the good news and devotion to Saint Gianna!