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Diocese of Rockville Centre


Information Health Care Insert to be Included in Parish Bulletins

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – November 5, 2009 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, and the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development is requesting Catholics to contact elected representatives about the current health care bill being discussed on Capitol Hill.

Bishop Murphy, as well as the Catholic bishops of the United States, strongly supports genuine health care reform that protects the life and dignity of all – from the moment of conception until natural death.

However, current bills are seriously deficient on the issue of abortion and conscience, and do not yet provide adequate access to health care for immigrants and the poor. For these reasons, the diocese is asking parishioners to contact their respective Representatives and Senators telling them to fix these bills with pro-life amendments.

In pews and bulletins, church-goers will find a special insert from the USCCB which explains why Catholics should tell Congress to remove abortion funding and mandates from needed health care reform.” The insert also includes a Web site address that allows one to send an e-mail message to Congress with a click of a button.

Catholics can find more information on the U.S. bishops’ advocacy for authentic Heath Care Reform, visit


About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

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