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Coordinator's Corner

 SAVE THE DATE: Respect Life In-Service will be Saturday, September 9, 2017 starting with 9:00 am Mass at St. Louis Church. Let us know if you are able to attend (716) 847-2205

 Dear Respect Life Coordinator's,
 It's that time of the year again that I need your attention, I am updating our record and it is very important that you let us know if you are still active in your parish as  the Respect Life Coordinator/s.    Please complete the information by Friday, August 25, 2017.   Please click on link to fill out form

https://www.cognitoforms.com/ProLifeOfficeDioceseOfBuffalo1/RespectLifeCoordinatorsAreYouStillActive.  

 A letter will be mailed next week to the pastors asking them to provide the office with this information.

 If I do not hear from you by the deadline I will be assuming that you are not active in your parish as the Respect Life Coordinator or maybe your email is no longer active or you  might have a new email.

Thank you!

 


 Intercessions and Bulletin Briefs 2017

Take a look and read about some of the things we've been up to in the Office of Pro-Life Activities.

Praying for Life: July 2017 
                                                

Intercession

Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Life, may the tragic promotion & practice of assisted suicide be stopped. 

 

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Mary's, Glory Be

 

Reflection

Serious illness is one of life's most difficult challenges, and in such trials, we want to support and provide compassionate care for each other. Some have proposed assisted suicide as a way to do this. 

However, far from fostering compassion or choice, assisted suicide fosters discrimination by creating two classes of people: those whose suicides we work hard to prevent and those whose suicides we assist. We don't discourage suicide by assisting suicide.  What's more, assisted suicide is bad medicine, a prescription for abuse.

Our God-given worth and dignity can't be diminished by illness, dependence on others, or any other circumstance. Every person's life is worth living. 

 

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

    • Pray the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Life for those contemplating, advocating for, or supporting assisted suicide.  
    • Visit someone who is lonely, homebound, or ill. (If you don't know of such a person, ask your pastor, or go with friends to visit a hospital or nursing home.) Sharing life and living in community gives much-needed support and friendship to those who are suffering.  
    • Spend some time informing and equipping yourself to help stop the further legalization of assisted suicide. "Going to Battle Against Assisted Suicide" gives a quick explanation of the landscape and tips for how you can help stop it.

 

One Step Further

Read "Every Suicide is Tragic" to learn more about the dangers of legalizing assisted suicide.

Bulletin Insert: English / Spanish
Order: English / Spanish

 

Did You Know?

 

Equip yourself with fact sheets, videos, and other resources available at www.usccb.org/toliveeachday, www.patientsrightscouncil.org, and www.patientsrightsaction.org.

Visit the Patients Rights Action Fund's YouTube account for many short videos of people sharing their own powerful stories of why they oppose assisted suicide. 

 

 

Maggie was diagnosed with brain cancer and strongly opposed assisted suicide until her peaceful passing in September 2015. Watch her powerful story of hope and courage. View video https://youtu.be/XJwWKDGBS5o 

 
 

Acts of Reparation: 

    • Pray for the protection of religious freedom in our country and around the world. (Prayer card available to order.) 
    • Readthis short flyer on Saints Thomas More and John Fisher. How do their witnesses apply to our lives today? 
    • Reflect upon what Pope Francis has said regarding religious freedom and "polite persecution."

    One Step Further 

    Photo Gallery

    We travel throughout the diocese to promote the cause of pro-life. Come see where we've been.