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July 4, 2018

Thanks to the generosity of North Country parishioners, 21 grants will be awarded from the Respect Life Second Collection.

On June 18, Bishop Terry R. LaValley approved the grant amounts as suggested by the grant committee. The committee members are Father Patrick Ratigan, Stephen Tartaglia, Angelo and Suzanne Pietropaoli and John and Colleen Miner.

This year’s collection total was $74,142, an increase from last year’s collection ($68,267). Those receiving grants include:  Gabriel Project crisis pregnancy apostolates in Gouverneur, Potsdam, Brasher Falls, Massena, Plattsburgh, Ogdensburg and Canton; four pilgrimages to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., including two youth buses, one campus ministry bus and one family bus; the Malone Catholic Charities Teen Pregnancy Counseling Program; Plattsburgh Pregnancy Center; Liferight of Watertown; Birthright; pro-life booths at the fairs in Lewis County, Champlain Valley and St. Lawrence County; Lake Placid’s Light of Truth Catholic Radio; Natural Family Planning Office for NFP Awareness Week materials; and the USCCB Respect Life Month pastor packets.

A highlight of the grant process is reading the reports from Gabriel Projects. Crisis pregnancy outreach is an important ministry that is supported by the collection. Not all Gabriel Projects ask for assistance, but those who do complete a yearly report. The reports indicate a steady increase in the number of mothers seeking assistance. In 2017 St. Patrick’s in Brasher Falls helped 90 moms, Our Lady of Victory in Plattsburgh helped 116 moms, Massena helped 128 moms and the newest Gabriel Project, completing their first year, Our Lady’s Parishes in Ogdensburg helped 12 mothers.

Thank you to all who donate to the collection and to all who work every day to build a Culture of Life in our diocese and in our world. Many are blessed by your generosity. For more information on the grant process, please visit the Respect Life website: www.rcdony.org/pro-life.

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