Augustine Institute has created a new, free resource for individuals and parishes! Eternal Rest: The Art of Dying Well offers a four part video series available on the website eternalrest.org. Also available on the website are posts and short videos addressing issues such as grief, palliative care, catholic funerals and more. Share with your communities and family!
Category Archives: Educational Resources
Building a Culture of Life in a Post-Roe World
Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has issued a moving statement on Building a Culture of Life in a Post-Roe World. Read the statement here!
New York State Bishops Statement on Abortion available in English and Spanish
The New York State Bishops Statement, Toward a Pro-Life Future in the Empire State, is available in English and Spanish. For additional information, please visit the New York State Catholic Conference: https://www.nyscatholic.org/
New York State Bishops Release Major New Statement on Abortion
The Catholic Bishops of New York State have released a major new statement on abortion as they anticipate the looming Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, and “the gathering societal unrest over the issue of abortion.” (The full statement is available HERE)
In the statement titled, “Toward a Pro-Life Future in the Empire State,” the Bishops acknowledge that, regardless of what the Court decides in Dobbs, “abortion in New York would continue unfettered.” They say that Catholics must respond “in charity and with sensitivity, but with clarity” to those for whom the prospect of an overturning of Roe v. Wade has led to “fear and anxiety,” and in particular to women facing sometimes overwhelming challenges of unplanned pregnancies.
The Bishops address head-on the false notion that the Church is more concerned with the baby in the womb than with the mother and child once he or she is born, and announce a renewed pastoral effort, challenging every Catholic entity in the state to join them:
“As far back as the 1980s, the late John Cardinal O’Connor, a giant of the pro-life movement, made a pledge that we reaffirm today: Any woman – regardless of age, religious belief or affiliation, marital status or immigration status – who is pregnant and in need, can come to the Catholic Church and we will give you the services and supports you need to carry your baby to term, regardless of your ability to pay. Furthermore, we will not abandon you and your baby after delivery, but, rather, we will see to it that you have the resources that you and your child both need and deserve. No one will be turned away from life-affirming care. If you have had an abortion that you regret, whether recently or in the distant past, please come to us as well, so that we may offer you services to help you to heal.
“We ask every Catholic parish, every Catholic Charities program, every Catholic health facility, every Catholic school, every Catholic college and university, and every religious community in our state to proactively engage with us in this pastoral effort.”
To that end, the Bishops have launched a new pregnancy resources page, Help for Moms, at www.nyscatholic.org/helpformoms, where women can find services available to them. The page will be continually updated with new resources.
Finally, the Bishops call on elected officials to work toward a New York that is more supportive of women in crisis pregnancies, and to gear public policies away from continually seeking to increase abortions and toward helping those “who might well make a different choice, if only they were aware of and had other options.” The Bishops then present a list of 12 aspirational statements of what such a New York might look like. Over the coming days, the New York State Catholic Conference’s social media platforms will highlight each of the aspirational statements, with the hashtags #WeEnvision and #HelpForMoms.
“Let us work toward making New York a state where even if abortion is not illegal, it will one day be unthinkable.,” the Bishops conclude.
The statement is signed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, and Bishops Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany, Robert J. Brennan of Brooklyn, Michael W. Fisher of Buffalo, Terry R. LaValley of Ogdensburg, Salvatore R. Matano of Rochester, John O. Barres of Rockville Centre, and Douglas J. Lucia of Syracuse, on behalf of all of the state’s bishops, including auxiliary and emeritus bishops.
The Sisters of Life and the McGrath Institute for Church Life teamed up with CampCampo Films to create an original 12-part video series based on the work of the Sisters serving women who are pregnant. Journey with the Sisters of Life as they explain what it means to walk with a woman who is pregnant and vulnerable. Learn what it means to deeply listen to and understand the heart of another, how to rejoice in the beauty of the individual person, and what it means to truly accompany someone into God’s life and freedom.
The watch to series click here: https://intolifeseries.com/
USCCB Chemical Abortion Fact Sheets
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is eliminating some of the safety requirements for chemical abortion under its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). The USCCB has created fact sheets providing background information on chemical abortion, safety protocols to protect the mother, and why the abortion lobby opposes the REMS and encourages in-home, mail-order abortion. Click here for more information: https://www.usccb.org/chemical-abortion-fact-sheets
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Additional Pray for Dobbs Resources
For additional resources about the Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health Organization, including audio of the oral arguments to the Supreme Court, please visit https://www.prayfordobbs.com/resources
October 14th Pray for Dobbs Information Webinar
USCCB Webinar: Court case that could overturn Roe
Abortion takes the lives of over 600,000 babies per year in the United States. The upcoming Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is our greatest opportunity in a generation to change that.
Join with Christians across the country – Catholic and Protestant – uniting in prayer and fasting for a just decision in the Dobbs case.
At this webinar, you will hear from legal experts and national faith leaders like the the USCCB pro-life committee's chair, Archbishop Naumann, on:
• Why Dobbs is important – from both a legal and faith perspective;
• Why Christians across the country are uniting in prayer and fasting; and
• How you can get involved and get others involved.
All registrants will receive the recording and periodic updates on the initiative. (You can unsubscribe at any time.)
NYS Catholic Conference 2021 End of Session Round Up
NYS Catholic Conference 2021 End of Session Round Up
The New York Sate Catholic Conference and the Office of Life Issues thanks you for your support of the NYS Catholic Action Network. The 2021 Legislative Session in Albany has adjourned, although lawmakers may return at some point this summer if agreement is reached on certain legislation.
Follow the attached link for updates on legislation of Interest.