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 Respect Life Week 2017

Grades 10-12

For each day, resources include a four-page handout to be distributed in class to each student. This should serve as the primary resource for your lesson for that day. Imbedded in the handout are questions for discussion or assessment. We have provided you with numerous resources for each topic and leave it up to you to choose which are most appropriate for your class and which you prefer to emphasize. In many cases, there are additional resources that can be used throughout the year to supplement your regular curriculum.

  
Monday, October 16th
 
Theme:  God's Grace is Enough
Topic:  Forgiveness and Mercy
Discipline:  Whole School
 
Overview:  Discussion at all grade levels about the role of forgiveness in our lives, about past choices and consequences, and about the benefits of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 
 
Additional Student/Classroom Resources

Songs & Music Videos

“Your Grace is Enough” acoustic  Matt Maher  4.5 minutes.  Great for all ages.  Good for reflection time. 
"Your Grace is Enough" video with lyrics​ 4.25 minutes.  Good for sing-along or use at Mass.
“Changed”  Rascal Flatts music video, a song about forgiveness.  4.5 minutes. ​

Videos

     Stories
  • ​​Fr. John Nepil on his path to God.​​  He talks about the experience he had in high school and college to be the best and fill his college application with highlights—led to drinking, drugs, etc.  But, he found healing and forgiveness and ultimately became a priest.  3.5 minutes. 
     Other
  • ​"There is No Shame in Being Healed"​ Chastity Project's Crystalina Evert shares how even though  everyone carries wounds, there are no wounds that God cannot heal
  • "How to Make a Good Confession" Fr. Mike Schmitz gives tips on how to make a good confession. 7 minutes. 
  • "Praying in a State of Mortal Sin" Fr. Mike Schmitz explains that praying in a state of mortal sin is a sign of our response to God's mercy, and is more than encouraged.  9 minutes.
  • "Shame vs. Guilt" Fr. Mike Schmitz explains the difference between shame and guilt. 5.5 minutes.
  • "What You Should Know About Purgatory" Fr. Mike Schmitz clarifies the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory, and connects it to God's mercy.  7 minutes.   
  • "Signs of Forgiveness" Inspirational video about choosing to forgive because God forgave first.  2 minutes. 
  • “You’re Dead. Now What?”  ​​​Lighthearted video that discusses heaven, hell and purgatory.  Good discussion starter on mercy and forgiveness. 3.5 minutes.
  • "Ocean of Mercy"  Chris Stefanick talks about the mercy of God that is big enough to swallow any sin anyone might ever commit.  2.5 minutes.
  • Life is a Journey​ Matthew Kelly invites us to pause to consider how our journey is going and what we may need to change in order to get back on the right track.  Session 1 of the Decision Point Confirmation program. 8.5 minutes
Articles

"My Side of the Confessional" A priest's view of confession.  Dispels myths about priests and the Sacrament of Reconciliation that may be preventing young people from going to confession.  
"Why do Catholics Believe in Indulgences?" Clarifies Catholic teaching on Indulgences and explains its roots in God's mercy.  
"The Permanent Wounds of Mercy" Just because our wounds persist does not mean that God has not forgiven us. 
"Forgiveness is Waiting for You"​  8 tips for an awesome confession.  
"How to Slap Shame in the Face"​ "Guilt is feeling bad about what you've done.  Shame is feeling bad about who you are." Article helping those seeking forgiveness.  

Scripture and Church Teaching

Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter on Mercy Teaching on mercy and how to continue the spirit of the Year of Mercy even now that it has ended.  Long, but worthwhile.  Great resource for teachers as well. 
"Now is a time of mercy" Vatican Radio's summary of Pope Francis' Apostolic letter.  

Prayer Opportunities

"Restored" Story of forgiveness and introduction to the Divine Mercy devotion.  Article. 
"The Divine Mercy Message" Another explanation of Divine Mercy.
"How to Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy" USCCB instructions to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
"The Divine Mercy Devotion" Fr. Michael Gaitley explains the different aspects of Divine Mercy devotion. Video.  4 minutes.  
"Divine Mercy Chaplet Explained' Catholic speaker Ken Yasinski explains the story of St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Video.  3 minutes.  He also has a video explaining the "4 Promises"​ of the Chaplet. 4 minutes.  
Catholic Relief Services "Litany of Mercy"​ April 2017 monthly prayer handout.  

Service Opportunities

     At School
  • ​The USCCB has pre-made images and suggested social media posts on their webpage.  Students can use these to raise awareness using the social media platforms they already have, or the images can be used for any creative awareness activity!​
​​     Outside

The Corporal Works of Mercy are charitable ways in which we can help our neighbors. One of the Corporal Works of Mercy is to visit the sick.  Participating in the Corporal Works of Mercy can be a way of sharing God's mercy with others.  

 
Tuesday, October 17th
 
Theme:  We Cannot Separate from God's Mercy
Topic:  Post-abortion healing
Discipline: Religion
 
Overview:  Students will learn about the grief and pain following an abortion.  They will confront personal testimonies to hear what prompted women to choose abortion and hear from women who regretted their decisions.  They will learn about the hope that comes from post abortion healing.
 

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

Videos 

     Stories 
  • "The Story of Jessica and Meghan" Heartwarming story of one college girl who helped a friend through pregnancy.  Students for Life of America.  6.5 minutes.  
  • "Abortion Survivor Meets Her Mother"  Woman who survived a saline abortion shares her own story of healing and how she eventually met her birth mother.  EWTN Pro-Life Weekly.  4.5 minutes. 
  • Former Abortion Leaders Share Their Stories Including Norma McCorvey, Dr. Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.), and Dr. Bernard Nathanson.  Virtue Media.  Five 1 minute or less videos.
  • Debby's Story of how God's forgiveness was waiting for her while she suffered guilt from her abortion, she just had to reach out and accept it.  3 minutes.  
  • Lovette's Story of having two abortions but eventually finding healing in God and her family.  4.5 minutes.  
  • My 21st Birthday Changed My Life Forever​ Raquel Kato’s positive story of how and why she chose life for her baby and what it has meant since.  One Billion Stories.  3 minutes. 
  • Abby Johnson's Story​ A former Planned Parenthood clinic director shares her story of her own abortion and the healing she has had since. 2.75 minutes.  
  • What "Choice" Actually Does​ Abby Johnson's story of the day she watched an abortion on the ultrasound and finally realized what was actually taking place.  Non-graphic but compelling testimony.​ 5.5 minutes.  
  • Imaging Life if I Had Chosen Abortion​ Darby's story of becoming a 16 year old mom who reflects on what life would be like now had she chosen abortion instead.  Positive and powerful. LifeNews. 3 minutes.
  • "Metamorphosis" This is a powerful video of a young woman who had an abortion in high school (her parents took her to the clinic), suffered from serious post abortion grief/depression, and has come full circle through healing, having a child, and becoming Catholic.  There are two seconds of images of blood and verbal description of the abortion. 30 minutes.  
     Short Films
  • "The Appointment- A Mother's Choice" Short film that highlights the reality of abortion in a creative way.  Live Action.  6.5 minutes.  
  • "All Things New" Short film about a woman who experiences the hope God offers after abortion.  Live Action 5.5 minutes. 
     Other
Articles

     Stories
  • "Father of Grace" One father's story of post-abortion healing and advice for others to heal. LifeTeen.
  • "Three Amazing Stories of Post-Abortion Healing" Brief article shares stories of post-abortion healing from attendees of the Church's post-abortion healing retreat program, Rachel's Vineyard.  National Catholic Register.  
  • "Pro-Life Leaders Who Used to be Pro-Abortion" Inspiring article shares how former pro-abortion advocates experienced conversion and are now passionate, effective pro-life leaders.  National Catholic Register.  
  • "From Planned Parenthood to Catholicism" A woman shares her experiences working at Planned Parenthood and how an introduction to the Catholic faith brought about her conversion.  National Catholic Register.    
  • "I Know Because I Had an Abortion"​ Star Tucker shares her story of keeping her abortion a secret and then finally experiencing healing.  Made in His Image Blog.
  • Jane Roe's Story Conversion story of Norma McCorvey, Roe in Roe v. Wade.  Crux.
  • "I'm that girl who chose life"  Article by Raquel Kato about choosing life and practical suggestions for ways people can help other women choose life and affirm their choice once they do.  Focus.  
  • NY Times Article-My Abortion--2013.pdfMy Abortion.pdf​  Downloadable article from New York Magazine offering the abortion stories of 26 women, in their own words.  Powerful resource for a mature group of students.  Does not reflect Catholic teaching on life issues, but can be an excellent basis for a debate or guided discussion.  
     Pastoral and Apologetic 

Websites

Abortion Changes You Website featuring testimonials written by women who have been through abortion. Personal accounts of their experiences.  
Know someone making a pregnancy decision​?  Connect with prolife pregnancy centers and clinics throughout Southern CA for free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and counseling.​

Resources for women and men hurting from a past abortion:

By Your Side LA​ Initiative of the LA Archdiocese to help post-abortive women.  
And Then There Were None Healing for former abortion industry workers.
Rachel's Vineyard Post-abortion healing retreats.

Scripture and Church Teaching

"A Special Word to Women Who Have Had an Abortion" Beautiful article from the USCCB that demonstrates the healing power of the Catholic Church for women who have had abortions through the lens of Pope John Paul II's encyclical Evangelium Vitae.  

Prayer Opportunities 

"Intercessory Prayers: Post-Abortion Healing" Pre-written intercessory prayers from the USCCB for use at Mass.
Pray for Former and Current Abortion Workers Join the prayer chain or use pre-written prayers.
Spiritual Adoption Spiritually adopt a baby to pray for nine months.
Prayers from Project Rachel A variety of prayers, scripture references, and intercessions.  

Service Opportunities

     At School
​     Outside
  • Pregnancy Resource Centers: All Archdiocese, age requirement varies.
  • 40 Days for Life: All Archdiocese, all ages. 


 Wednesday, October 18th
 
Theme:  Slaves Among Us
Topic:  Human Trafficking
Discipline: Social Studies/History
 
Overview:  Students will learn about the growing problem of human trafficking, both domestic and international. They will learn what trafficking victims experience, how to recognize the victimization of a modern-day slave, and how to keep themselves safe from predators.
 
 
 Additional Student/Classroom Resources
 
Videos

     Stories
  • Emmy's Story Emmy is a human trafficking survivor who founded Lacey's Hope Project to spread awareness.  NBC. 1.5 minutes.  
  • "Rebecca Bender"​ shares her story of being trafficked in the US and what domestic trafficking looks like.  2.5 minutes.
  • Former human trafficking victim shares her story with CNN  3.5 minutes.  
  • Testimonies from victims of trafficking  7.5 minutes.  
  • California Against Slavery website has excellent, 2.5 minute videos from women who have survived trafficking and are now working on legislation to prosecute traffickers. Testimonies: StaceyCarissa​MinhAmyLeah​
  • Chosen​ movie trailer shares story of two young American women tricked into trafficking. Entire movie can be purchased for use in classroom. 2.5 minutes.  
  • "Nicole's Story" of being trafficked all over the US and working to attract other girls to the sex trade.  3 minutes.  "Maria's Story" shares the story of one woman forced into the sex trade in Greece, a major destination for trafficking victims. 3 minutes.  
     Informative
  • "Turn on the Light"  Inspirational video about making the truths of human trafficking known.  Catholic Relief Services.  1.5 minutes.  
  • "Hidden America" ABC's Diane Sawyer reports on the truth of sex trafficking in America. 12 minutes.
  • Rescue and Restore​, a project of the Department of Health and Human Services, outlines the problem of human trafficking, how to identify victims of trafficking, and what to do to seek help. 13 minutes.  
  • How Many Are Enough?  From a woman who helps rescue international victims of trafficking.  Powerful and motivational.  It is an excellent conversation starter on what the faith community can do to stop trafficking and help victims heal. 7 minutes.  
  • End It Movement's​ creative way to bring awareness to human trafficking at America's largest sporting events.  3 minute video.
         
Articles 

     Stories
     Informative
     St. Josephine Bakhita, Patroness of Human Trafficking Victims

Websites 

     Catholic
  • The Vatican has an anti- human trafficking website with resources.  
  • The USCCB has an anti-human trafficking website with resources.  
  • The Archdiocese offers flyers and resources students can share at their church or school about human trafficking
     Resources for survivors of trafficking 
     Awareness and Information
  • Unicef resources​ Info sheets and curriculums.  
  • ​Destiny Rescue Anti-human trafficking resources and information.  
  • A21 Campaign Website features ways to get involved, resources, and information.  
  • Slavery Footprint Take the Made in a Free World survey to find out how many slaves worldwide have been involved in the manufacture or processing of what you eat, wear, live in, and play with every day. Eye-opening website.​
  • Website instructing teens on internet safety.  Information presented through comics, blogs, and games. Created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  

Scripture and Church Teaching

Pope Benedict's Encyclical Letter on the Hope of Salvation See especially sections 3 and 4 for an explanation of the life of St. Josephine Bakhita in light of the hope of salvation. 

Prayer Opportunities

Prayer card with St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of slaves and trafficking victims.
Catholic Relief Services Prayer to End Human Trafficking Brief prayer handout for victims of trafficking.
CRS Prayer to Set All Captives Free Brief prayer handout for victims of all types of slavery.  
CRS Prayer I Must Turn Back Prayer for solidarity with victims of slavery.  
CRS Solidarity Prayer Vigil for Those Who Experience Human Trafficking An outline for a prayer service for an end to human trafficking that also includes education and legislative advocacy.   
Stations of the Cross Detailed guidelines from the USCCB to organize a human-trafficking themed Stations of the Cross.  

Service Opportunities 

     At School
  • The S.O.A.P. Project helps trafficking victims by putting the number of a human trafficking hotline on the back of a bar of soap.  These bars of soap are then distributed to bathrooms in places where there are likely to be human trafficking victims, so that they have access to the hotline phone number.  You can organize a S.O.A.P. event at your school by contacting the organization.
  • Action Alert Send an action alert through Catholics Confront Global Poverty to members of Congress urging them to take action against human trafficking.  
  • Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade Resources and Service Opportunities​ Event ideas to support fair trade at your school.  
  • Movie Guide​ Guidelines from the USCCB on movies about human trafficking that can be watched for awareness and to start discussion.  Includes discussion questions.  
  • Shareables Compilation of inspirational anti-trafficking images from Destiny Rescue for use on social media or other awareness activities.  
     Outside

To directly assist with trafficking victims:
Serving the Homeless and Poor can be a great way to help prevent human trafficking, since these people are at risk to be trafficked.  Here are some ways to help our most vulnerable neighbors. 

For Parents and Teachers

FOR TEACHERS: Website with teaching materials for all grade levels on internet safety and keeping kids safe from traffickers.  Includes handouts, exercise suggestions and online resources.  From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  

FOR TEACHERS: The A21 campaign has developed a high school curriculum that can be useful for classes looking to take a deeper look at the issue of human trafficking.  

FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS:  Project iGuardian ​offers practical solutions for teens, parents, and educators for keeping kids safe from online sexual predators.  Online resources as well as information on booking school presentations and a local tipline.  Created by Department of Homeland Security.  

FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS:  Why I Stopped Watching Porn​ Ted Talk from international educator on the link between porn and human trafficking with eye-opening insights into the destructive effects of porn, particularly on youth.  Contains EXPLICIT language.  This video does NOT portray Catholic sexual teaching, but it is helpful information for parents and educators. ​

FOR PARENTS:  Covenant Eyes​ internet accountability and tracking software for purchase that can help keep kids safe from pornography online.​


 
Thursday, October 19th
 
Theme:  My Life is in Your Hands
Topic:  Depression/Addiction/Suicide
Discipline:  Science
 
Overview:  Students will learn about depression, addiction, and suicide as life issues, from the perspective of faith.  They will explore the understanding that God has a plan for each person, and that our responsibility is to respond with respect for ourselves.  These topics are sensitive and will be covered with clarity and compassion.
 

Additional Student/Classroom Resources
 
Videos 

     Stories 
  • "The Meaning of Suffering"​ Fr. Mike Schmitz shares the wisdom of the saints and martyrs in regards to suffering.  6 minutes.  
  • "Discovering Catholicism Saved me from a Lifestyle of Drugs in Brazil" Story of conversion.  4 minutes.
  • "Racing for Recovery" Todd Crandell shares his story of overcoming addiction by training for Ironman competitions.  4 minutes.  
  • "Fighting for a Father's Love" One girl shares her story of the wounds caused by her father's addiction.  5.5 minutes.  
  • Francesca's Story of Overcoming Suicide The love of Jesus and the power of the confessional overcomes the horrible reality of suicide. Hear Francesca share from Ireland her experience of planning, plotting, and eventually confessing her suicide at age 15.  6.5 minutes.  
  •  Kenn shares his story of abuse in early age to drugs and suicide attempt in college.  His search for happiness and meaning led him to a personal encounter with Jesus.  5 minutes.  ​
     Pastoral and Catechetical
  • From Catholic Answers: 
  • "Talking About Suicide"​ Fr. Mike Schmitz explains Church teaching on suicide and talks about hope being the best remedy for suicidal thoughts.  8.5 minutes.  
  • "Hope in the Face of Suicide"​ Fr. Mike Schmitz explains the Church's sanctity of life ethic and how important it is that we treat all life as sacred, even when people feel that life is not worth living.  7.5 minutes.  
  • "How to Quit Porn" Fr. Mike Schmitz discusses how to quit porn, and how porn use is often a sign of deeper need.  8.5 minutes.  
  • "Where Are You Going?"​  Chris Stefanick invites us to think about where we are going and where we will end up.  Great as the beginning of a discussion about why this life is not all there is.  3 minutes.
  • "Why Does God Let Us Suffer?"  This is the reason so many people lose faith and hope in God at their darkest moments.  Chris Stefanick shares insights that help put suffering into perspective of our faith and the example of Christ.  5 minutes.
  • "Faces of Meth" photos of people before and after addiction to meth.  Tough to look at, but good to know. 2 minutes.  
  • Fight the New Drug​ 3 minute video and website provides facts on the devastating effects of porn on individuals and society, resources for overcoming addiction, and ways to get involved to change culture.
  • Videos from former addicts on addiction from a wide variety of drugs.  Each video is approx. 8-9 minutes. Highlight prescription drug use and marijuana​.​​
  • "Addiction" Fr. Rob Galea discusses overcoming addiction from a Catholic perspective.  5.5 minutes. 
  • "Looking after Your Body" Fr. Rob Galea highlights the importance of taking care of our bodies, but also of maintaining perspective and making sure that we do not idolize doing so.  3 minutes.  

Articles

     Stories
  • Yaritza Rodriguez story.pdfYaritza and Marcos Flores story.pdfMarcos share stories of growing up in LA and getting involved with drugs.  Their lives were changed when they met Prevencion y Rescate who brought them to retreats and introduced them to the healing mercy of God.
     Pastoral
Websites 

The Porn Effect​ Excellent website features information and resources for overcoming pornography.
The Victory App LifeTeen-created app to help win the fight with pornography.  Features prayer requests, calendar tracker, daily check-in, journal, and is password protected.  Victory book of daily inspiration can be purchased in-app for $1.99.  
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ offers a hotline and online guidance for anyone suffering from depression or having thoughts of suicide. 

Scripture and Church Teaching

Scripture Story of Overcoming Suicide from the book of Tobit.  

Prayer Opportunities


Service Opportunities

     At School
  • The USCCB publishes brochures to raise awareness for respect life issues.  These can be downloaded and distributed to students for their own use or to help them raise awareness amongst their community, family, and friends.  
  • ​The USCCB has pre-made images and suggested social media posts on their webpage.  Students can use these to raise awareness using the social media platforms they already have, or the images can be used for any creative awareness activity!
For Parents and Teachers

​FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS:  Helpguide.org information on Teen Depression and Suicide.  Good resource for parents and educators to understand symptoms and warning signs and know how to help.  

FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS: "Ministering to People Who Suffer"​ Interview with Catholic psychologist Dr. Greg Bottaro.  Discusses how to appropriately distinguish the need for professional or spiritual help, how to integrate the two, and meet a person's needs.  Very insightful.  

FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS: "The Heartbreaking Rise of Suicide Among Young People" Helpful information on reasons for increases in suicide.  

13 Reasons ​Why 

This spring, many students may have watched 13 Reasons Why on Netflix which brings up many topics including suicide, substance abuse, sexual assault, bullying, and others.  Unfortunately the show portrays suicide as the fault of suicide survivors, while in reality the vast majority of suicides are committed by people with mental illness.  The show does rightly point out that we all have a role to play in preventing suicide, however it is important that those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts receive the proper help that they need.  Here are some resources to help students who have already watched the show or who may be interested in doing so discuss its content from an educated and Catholic perspective. 

 
Friday, October 20th
 
Theme:  The Power of Home
Topic:  Adoption and Foster care
Discipline:  English
 
Overview:  Students will learn about the number of infants and children available for adoption or in the foster care system.  They will explore adoption as a loving option for unexpected pregnancies. Activities and personal testimonies will reinforce the need of each person to have stability, love, and family.  They will be presented with practical opportunities to help kids find homes and/or mentors.
 

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

Videos 

     Adoption Stories 
  • Adoption Stories from the World Meeting of Families Two families share how adoption has not only helped their family grow, but also has made them more compassionate and loving people.  Catholic News Service.  2 minutes.  
  • "A Birthmother Story: Grace" A birthmother shares her moving story of choosing adoption for her baby.  Adoption is chosen because birthmothers​ love their children more, not less.  4 minutes.  
  • "Foster and Adoptive Parents Share Their Stories" Foster and adoptive parents share how their children have changed their lives.  Catholic Charities.  5.5 minutes.  
  • Gianna Jensen's Story Pro-life activist Gianna Jensen shares her adoption story. 3 minutes. 
  • "Adoption Montage" From Students for Life of America, a birthmother, adoptive mother, and adoptee all share their stories.  10 minutes.  
  • "8 Adoption Stories" Heartwarming collection of stories showing the power of adoption.  ABC.  13 minutes.   
  • "I'm Adopted" Lisa shares the story of her adoption and of eventually talking to both of her birthparents.  Students for Life of America.  5 minutes.  
  • "Unwanted" Story of Ryan Bomberger, adopted after his birth mother was raped but chose life.  Positive message of overcoming a bad situation and the power of adoption.  1.5 minutes.
  • "Jessica's Story"​ of being a birthmom and placing her child for adoption with a loving home.  Jessica is an important part of her daughter Macy's life and her new adoptive family. 6 minutes.  
  • iChoose Adoption stories of birthmoms who chose to place their children for adoption.  Miranda's story, 1 minute.  Cristen​'s story, 1 minute.  Angela​'s story, 6 minutes.
  • College student Callie Mitchell​'s story of placing her son Leo in an open adoption.  NBC Rock Center story.  7.5 minutes.​
  • Adoptive parents meet their baby for the first time​ The results are astounding.  8 minutes.
  • "A Husband Lost, a Daughter Found" New York Times article with 2 minute video about one woman's experience when her adult daughter finds her at 17 after being adopted at birth.  Positive depiction of the choice to adopt and good reunion story.
     Foster Youth Stories
  • Foster Youth Share their Stories of Loss, Trust, and Hope​ Former foster teens tell their stories of the challenges and benefits to their foster care experiences.  Powerful to learn how so many kids live.  17 minutes.
  • Alliance for Children's Rights​ shares what they do each day to help foster youth in Los Angeles.  A bit of a commercial for their organization, the video sheds light on the problems facing foster youth and what can be done to help.  7 minutes.
     Apologetics
  • "Children in Foster Care" Students for Life of America offer information on discussing adoption and foster care from a pro-life perspective.  Apologetic in nature.  7 minutes.

Articles

     Stories
  • Washington Times story​ of a priest who turned to Facebook to help find adoptive parents for an unborn child given a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.  With one day to make the decision, close to 1,000 families respond that they will adopt the baby.  Beautiful story!
  • Catholic Couple Adopts Triplets Heartwarming story. 
  • Adopting Teens Liz shares her story of adopting Ashley, one of many teens who often age out of the foster care system before being adopted.  
  • Stories from Catholic Charities A birthmother and adoptive parents' stories from the diocese of Arlington.  
  • "Adoption is Biblical" Mary Ann shares her story of adoption and how adoption is Biblical, especially because we are adopted children of God.  from Priests for Life.  
     Pastoral

Websites

Adopted and Loved  Website with resources and information for birth moms and people wishing to adopt.​
These Kids Are Waiting for Adoption photo list of some of the children in foster care in LA, awaiting adoption.​​
Brave Love - gorgeous website highlighting the stories of brave love shown by birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees
Post-Secondary Support System Website connecting students aged-out of the foster care system to programs that will help support their college education.  
National Council for Adoption​ Resources and information for all types of adoption and different people involved.  

Scripture and Church Teaching

Exodus 2:1-10 The adoption of Moses by Pharaoh's daughter.  

Prayer Opportunities 

"Adoption Novena"​ This PDF from the USCCB has different prayers for all of the people involved in adoption. Each prayer features scripture, silent reflection, a prayer, and a petition to St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ.  It is formatted to be a novena, but can also be use on a one-time basis.    
"Intercessory Prayers: Adoption" Pre-written intercessory prayers from the USCCB for use at Mass in English and Spanish.  

Service Opportunities

     At School
  • The USCCB publishes brochures to raise awareness for respect life issues.  These can be downloaded and distributed to students for their own use or to help them raise awareness amongst their community, family, and friends.  
  • Students for Life of America provide downloadable flyers that can be used to raise awareness for adoption or advertise an event.  
  • The USCCB has pre-made images and suggested social media posts on their webpage.  Students can use these to raise awareness using the social media platforms they already have, or the images can be used for any creative awareness activity!
​​​​​​​​​     Outside

Helping children with disabilities or children who are poor or homeless will help students recognize that all children deserve a stable and loving home.  Note that these activities do not involve working with adoption or the foster care system directly, but are meant to help students understand the power of and need for adoption by coming to understand the rights of children and what the love of a family and friends can accomplish.    
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