Respect Life Youth Nights
Topic: Poverty | Goal: True Empathy for the Poor
Teens will explore poverty. They will look at both extreme poverty and practical poverty. Like Mother Teresa, we are called to serve the poor by looking people in the eyes, respecting their dignity, and engaging in works of mercy.
Topic: Abortion | Goal: Understanding a Pregnant Woman in Crisis
Today, with ultrasound and high definition images of unborn babies, it is hard to understand how people can still make the choice for abortion. Teens will reflect on both sides of the issue and learn what is involved in the decision.
Topic: Death Penalty | Goal: Learning True Mercy
Teens will explore the concepts of mercy and justice. They will learn what the Church teaches about the death penalty and why. This youth night touches upon core concepts of the dignity of the human person.
Topic: Special Needs | Goal: Recognizing Goodness in Others
Teens will learn the importance of reverencing and loving those with special needs. They will explore the beauty of God’s creation in every human person, regardless of ability, and His unique plan for each of His children.
Topic: Assisted Suicide | Goal: Learning Life-Affirming Options for End of Life Care
The international movement to legalize assisted suicide teaches that some lives are worth living while others have no value. Students will learn about interdependence and what life-affirming options are available for people at the end of life that are in keeping with human dignity.
Topic: Marriage | Goal: How to Have a Successful Marriage
Marriage numbers are decreasing around the world. And, there is much confusion about the nature of marriage and why people even ought to get married. Students will explore the benefits of marriage for individuals and society and learn how to have a successful marriage.
Topic: Immigration | Goal: Building a Christian Community
Students will learn that humans are meant for community, which means loving other people and treating them with respect both in theory and in reality. What does this look like in our culture? We explore the topic of immigration through the lens of building a Christian community.
Topic: The Environment | Goal: Connecting the Environment and Reverence for Life
Pope Francis issued the encyclical Laudato si, the first written specifically on the environment. Students will receive an overview of main points of Laudato si and understand the connection between honoring the dignity of each person, serving the poor and vulnerable, and protecting our environment.