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Respecting the sacredness of Life

The month of October each year is designated by the U.S. Conference of Bishops as Respect Life Month and the first Sunday of October as Respect Life Sunday. But the task that we have as Catholics to respect life is a year round effort and the bishops call us to the daily work of building a culture of life.

Posted on September 15, 2019


As followers of Jesus we are call to hold sacred the gift of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. Our efforts on behalf of the unborn, the elderly, the dying, the imprisoned and the poor must always respect the dignity of human life.  The Theme of the 2019-2020 Respect Life Program is “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life.”  On Respect Life Sunday, October 6th, at 11:15 a.m. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will be the Principal Celebrant and Homilist  at a Respect Life Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester, NY.

The past years we have promoted Respect Life activities that have taken place in Tompkins and Cortland counties and we will continue to do so.  Recently though Cayuga County has begun a Respect Life ministry.  Below is information about this organization, Cayuga County Loves Life, and events that they will be holding as well as events coming up in Tompkins and Cortland counties.  I encourage you all to keep abreast on the issues that threaten the sanctity of life, to participate in ways to promote life issues and to pray for the protection of all life from the cradle to the grave.  October is the month of the Rosary as well as Respect Life Month I encourage you to pray the Rosary each day that all human life may be respected and protected. God’s blessing and peace, Father Bill


Cayuga County Loves Life is an organization formed for the purpose of defending the right to life.  Their Mission Statement is below.


“Cayuga County Loves Life” defends life from conception until natural death, by:

Inspiring, uniting and encouraging our community to understand and support “Life Issues,” especially abortion and euthanasia.

Providing local activists with the educational tools and motivation needed to advance the pro-life movement, always doing this with the goal of teaching people to value and love one another.

Mobilizing advocates to spread the pro-life message throughout our communities.   

Cayuga County Loves Life is planning a pro-life march on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 1 PM.  The event will begin with a rally at Veterans Memorial Park located at 172 Genesee Street.  This will follow with a march to City Hall located at 24 South Street.  At City Hall there will be a program of well- known pro-life speakers. These speakers include Bryan Kemper, Pastoral Associate for Priests for Life and Founder and President of Stand True Ministries, a Christ-centered pro-life group determined to awaken the youth of this country and share the message of life.  Be the voice for the voiceless! Connect with us on Facebook @CayugaCountyLovesLife!

Thursday, Sept 19th, 6PM-730PM   Jim Havens, VP of Mission & Communications for The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network and Host of "Love Will End Abortion" Radio program, Author, Husband and Father, will share his insights and experiences in pro-life ministry; "Love Will End Abortion: Practical Steps to Make a Real Impact in Your Community."    This evening is sponsored by: Ithaca-40 Days For Life, Ithaca Council Knights of Columbus, and Immaculate Conception Church Respect Life Ministry.  Join us for an evening of meaningful discussion. All are welcome! Parish Hall, Immaculate Conception Church, 113 N. Geneva St., Ithaca.

40 Days For Life begins Wednesday, Sept 25th!  Have you been thinking of ways to make a difference and help mothers choose life for their unborn child? Join others from churches throughout our region during 40 Days of peaceful prayer, fasting and vigil watch across the street from Planned Parenthood on W. Seneca St. Ithaca.  Visit to select your weekly prayer time. Come! Be a sign of hope. For More information contact Mary Anne Tissot 315-246-7479 or Carolann 607-351-6668

Respect Life Sunday-Oct. 6-National Life Chain!  Since 1987, Life Chains have taken place in hundreds of cities throughout the USA peacefully, silently praying for an end to abortion. Join the Life Chain in Cortland from 2-3pm at the intersection of Groton Ave and Main St.  For More info contact Carolann 607-351-6668.  Bring the whole family! Rain or shine!


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