ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, April 28, 2005 - The Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Rockville Centre is inviting mothers and their daughters between the ages of ten and twelve to explore the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for growing up and becoming a woman at a Mother-Daughter Tea at the St. Agnes Parish Center in Rockville Centre on Saturday, May 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Topics include God’s gift of human fertility, the menstrual cycle and its physical and emotional effects, the sacredness of human life, the virtue of chastity and the importance of the mother-daughter relationship. Presenters include a school nurse, the Sisters of Life and a representative from the Maurer Foundation for Breast Health and Education.
Mary Bossart, co-director of the diocesan Respect Life Office, said they decided to initiate this program because “children need to learn about growing up from their mothers and fathers, and the diocese wants to support parents in teaching their children to have a healthy respect for their bodies and the gift of life.”
The cost for the program is $10 per family and reservations are required. For more information contact the Respect Life Office at (516) 379-8292 extension 215 or email@example.com
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3 million). There are 134 parishes in 119 towns. Last year over 21,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 21,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,622 students in kindergarten, 26,738 in primary or elementary school, 11,979 in secondary school and 9,310 in higher institutions. There are 77 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and colleges/universities in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. These facilities served over 743,000 people last year. For more information visit www.drvc.org
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