sun was indeed shining on Sunday, June 1 as more than 140 supporters gathered for our
first annual “Garden of Life” brunch on the grounds of Mount Loretto. In his
keynote address, Deacon Jim Stahlnecker, who has served as a key figure in the
pro-life movement on Staten Island, gave an overview of the efforts made over
the last forty years to cultivate a true respect for life in our community.
Despite the hostile environment in our city to infants in the womb, the Deacon
spoke optimistically about our ability to sustain a family-friendly culture on
our Island where children can develop their talents.
play a vital role both in the development of the person and in the flourishing
of a society. As Saint John Paul II reminds us: The family has central importance in reference to the person. It is in
this cradle of life and love that people are born and grow; when a child is
conceived, society receives the gift of a new person who is called from the
innermost depths of self to communion with others and to the giving of self to
Cross Road began in 1987, we have had the privilege to work in such a vibrant
community along with other life-affirming organizations and families in
providing assistance to expectant mothers and new families in need so that
their infants will receive the love and support that will allow them to grow
into responsible adults. The fruit of this effort was very much in evidence
last month as we celebrated our graduation ceremony for the mothers in our “Earn-While-You-Learn”
parenting program. (See below) This is the program maintained through your monthly
donations to our Help Our Parents Excel (HOPE) campaign.
awarded sixty-three certificates to the mothers for completing their pre-natal
or parenting classes. The mothers were indeed motivated to attend these classes
in order to earn Mommy Money to obtain needed baby items. While this incentive
system encourages them to participate in the program, the warm reception they
receive from the staff and volunteers reminds them that their children are
important to all of us in the community.
thank you for your continued support of this program. I assure you that we will
redouble our own efforts to reach out to single mothers and young couples: encouraging
them to respect the sanctity of human life and to recognize the advantages of a
stable family environment for the development of their children.