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Diocese of Rockville Centre

West Islip, NY - Catholics for Freedom of Religion will be holding a Rosary Rally for Religious Liberty & the Preservation of Catholic Healthcare on Saturday, October 5 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, in the front parking lot of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center located at 1000 Montauk Highway in West Islip.

The rally is designed to raise awareness about the mandate from Health and Human Services which calls for fines on Catholic hospitals, and other religious institutions, of $100 per day per employee, as of January1, 2014, if they do not comply with new mandates for health insurance coverage of products and services that directly violate Catholic teachings.

All are invited to join with fellow Catholics from many Long Island parishes in prayerful petition to the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. The rally will feature public prayer and witness for intercession and inspiration to preserve First Amendment freedom of religion and Catholic healthcare for Americans of all faiths.

Speakers will be on hand to give the latest news on the mandate. Limited seating will be available for the handicapped. For more information, call 631-896-8331.


Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The medical center, which has more than 3,775 employees and 900 physicians on staff, had nearly 28,000 patient admissions and nearly 100,000 emergency department visits in 2012. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at

The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.