This past Saturday our Executive Director Gloria Schreiber met with Riverhead town officials, LCLI board members, staff, volunteers and supporters to officially “cut the ribbon” at our new office, located at 524 East Main St., Suite 200, Riverhead, NY. Fr. Peter from St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead blessed the office.
Since their opening in June, this new office location has served over 40 clients, providing pregnancy tests, counseling, community referrals and material aid. Two of those clients, who were facing unplanned pregnancy and were initially abortion minded, had a change of heart and chose to parent. Here are some pictures. More pictures to come…
Every year The Life Center of Long Island holds a luncheon for volunteers to thank them for their hard work and service to the community. There are over 100 volunteers at The Life Center of LI. To get involved, contact your local center: Hempstead 516-408-6300, Deer Park 631-243-0066, Massapequa 516-798-9100, Riverhead 631-591-9017.
A moving presentation by Dr. Elvira Parravicini on the Neonatal Comfort Care Program offered at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital was hosted by The Life Center of Long Island this past week at the Knights of Columbus #4428- Our Lady of the Rosary Council in Deer Park.
The Neonatal Comfort Care Program is offered to parents when there are no medical and surgical treatments available to help an infant born with a life-limiting condition or terminal illness. The program is designed to provide all of the care these babies need to have their basic needs satisfied during their short lives, in an environment that is compassionate, warm and loving. The program includes family/baby bonding, warmth, nutrition and hydration, as well as relief of any pain and discomfort.
Dr. Elvira Parravicini explains that the program is not meant to shorten or prolong a baby’s natural life, but rather to provide a comfortable and loving environment for an infant suffering from a life-limiting condition or terminal illness.
Program Coordinator Frances McCarthy, MS, RNC, said the goal of the program is to help families celebrate the lives of their children.
For more information about the Neonatal Comfort Care Program or to refer a patient, please contact Frances McCarthy, MS,RNC (Clinical Care Coordinator) at 212-342-3934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday Riverhead volunteer Ellen Beihl hosted a beautiful baby shower in memory of one of her children at The Secret Garden Tea Room in Port Jefferson, NY. Over 30 friends supported the cause by attending and donating a baby item for The Life Center of Long Island. It was such a wonderful event!
The Life Center of Long Island staff members attended a Day of Ongoing Formation for Pregnancy Center Directors and Staff at Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat Center in Stamford, Connecticut this past Saturday, April 16, 2016. The event was hosted by the Sisters of Life, who cooked breakfast and lunch for attendees and shared their beautiful building and grounds under the guidance of Sr. Lucy Marie, Respect Life Coordinator for the Archdiocese of New York.
Guest Speaker Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood Center Director who left that position to join the pro-life movement after watching an ultrasound-guided abortion, spoke about “Best Practices for a Successful Pregnancy Center.” Ms. Johnson now advocates for the unborn and helps abortion clinic workers flee the industry through her non-profit organization “And Then There Were None.” Find out more about Abby Johnson here.
Dr. Anne Nolte of The Gianna Center in Manhattan, NY also shared a presentation titled: “Quality Health Care for Women” in the afternoon. For more information about The Gianna Center click here.
Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei, of the Sisters of Life, finished off the day with her talk, “Holy Leisure! Restoring Ourselves.” Find out more about Women’s Retreats at Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat Center here.
A record-number of people, (approximately 410), attended the 18th Annual Pasta Dinner & Chinese Auction supporting The Life Center of Long Island’s four pregnancy care centers known as “AAA Pregnancy Options” this past Sunday, April 10, 2016. The event was hosted and organized by The Knights of Columbus Councils of the 8th New York District. It was held at Our Lady of Grace Church in West Babylon. The Life Center organized and assembled 59 donated chinese auction baskets, as well as a dozen grand prizes that included Mets and Yankees tickets and the latest in electronics. The event was supported by generous donations from local Suffolk County and Nassau County business owners. Guest speaker Al Barbarino spoke about the importance of pregnancy care centers in counteracting a “culture of death” that exists in our society. The knights cooked penne pasta with three choices of sauces for attendees who also enjoyed a side salad, drinks, coffee and dessert. Panera Bread donated bread to the meal. A wonderful time was had by all. For more information about The Life Center of Long Island click here.
Love one another as I have loved you.- (John 15:12)
The text Theology of the Body by Saint Pope John Paul II was “unlocked” and “simplified” by former Team Freedom (sexual integrity/abstinence) teacher Laura Gianuzzi- Domanico at a full-day training session hosted by The Life Center of Long Island at the Knights of Columbus Bishop McGann Council #564 in Bay Shore, NY on April 1st. Certified in Theology of the Body, Ms. Gianuzzi-Domanico is currently on staff at St. Anthony’s High School. A group of approximately 40 volunteers and staff members attended the training.