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January 11, 2023

As we prepare for the Respect Life second collection, scheduled for the weekend of January 21 and 22, we look at the organizations who have promoted the sanctity of life using funds collected during that collection awarded as Respect Life Grants.

In 2022 collections totaled $53,554.

In May, the grant board met to discuss the suggested grant amounts for Bishop Terry R. LaValley’s consideration. The committee members are Father Martin Cline, Stephen Tartaglia, Angelo and Suzanne Pietropaoli and John and Colleen Miner. Bishop LaValley awarded the grants in June.

Fourteen grants were awarded in 2022.

Five Gabriel Projects – Potsdam, Brasher Falls, Massena, Plattsburgh and Ogdensburg – received grants.

Other direct service ministries who received grants were Plattsburgh Pregnancy Center (six-months rent), Plattsburgh Birthright and Watertown Walking with Moms in Need (outreach services), Malone Catholic Charities (Childbirth/Parenting program).

Education efforts receiving grants included Lewis County Right to Life (pro-life summer fair booth), Liferight of Watertown (tv ads, oratorical contest, newsletter), Life of Truth Radio (Human Sexuality & Life Issues series, Loving Authentically seminar) and Natural Family Planning (Awareness week materials).

Thanks to all those who work to promote the sanctity of human life.

Please continue to pray for all those faced with an unplanned pregnancy, suffering after the loss of their child and those struggling to care for the elderly, sick or dying. Please also pray for guidance for those who make the laws that protect the vulnerable.


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