I just got an e-mail from Jacque Cicchella, who is the moderator for the Geauga Catholic Teens for Life in northeastern Ohio. Jacque ordered a copy of our Pro-Life Curriculum for the club earlier this year, and I was eager to know what the club had been up to this summer. Here’s what she wrote:
Geauga Catholic Teens for Life is AMAZING! I can’t begin to tell you what an incredible blessing these teens are in my life, our parish and the prolife movement. We have 25 teens in our group with 8-9 “regulars”. We meet weekly, we have officers and we’re very official. We meet for two hours each week and our meetings include a Gospel reflection, a spiritual warfare lesson a prayer activity (Rosary for Life, Stations for Life, etc.) and then a life topic lesson (A big thank you for providing the life curriculum!). I am amazed each week as the Gospel reading, the spiritual warfare lesson and then the life lesson are all intertwined with a common message. This part is totally unplanned. It’s all the Holy Spirit!
We’ve been very busy this past summer. First of all, some of us meet on First Saturdays, joining with Knights of Columbus, HELP (which is our adult prolife group), and other prolifers from the area to fulfill First Saturday devotions at a local Abbey. Afterwards, we gather to pray outside one of our area abortuaries. Our officers and one of our members attended the Pro Life Youth Congress Leadership Conference. They had a chance to get to know other PLYC officers and members from across Ohio to enhance their knowledge of life issues and to plan for the upcoming school year. GCTFL volunteered at the Race for Life in Akron, Ohio, acting as human traffic cones to direct the race participants. We’ve also traveled to neighboring PLYC events through out NE Ohio to support our fellow PLYC chapters. GCTFL and HELP also participated in a day of remembrance at the Servants of Mary Shrine to honor the babies that have gone to Heaven early as a result of abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth or illness. It was a very moving experience. Upcoming events include: We’ve just spruced up our white crosses in preparation for our annual White Cross Project. White crosses will be on display outside our church the week of 8/29 through Labor Day. The crosses will then head out to three other local churches. We’re also gearing up for the Fall 40 Days for Life campaign (September), Life Chain (October) and a Baby Bottle Drive to collect change for area pregnancy centers (October). We’re also looking forward to the holiday season when we hope to spend some time on “end of life” issues, spending time at area nursing homes with our elderly brothers and sisters in Christ.
Great job, GCTFL! Keep up the good work!
- You can find out more about the Pro-Life Youth Congress here