Educational Programs

A Respect Life Education Program is available that discusses the varied aspects of the Catholic Church’ “Seamless Garment” notion of Respect Life.

Topics covered include:

  • Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide
  • Death Penalty
  • Infanticide
  • Care for the Sick & Dying
  • Stem Cell Research/Cloning
  • The Legal, Medical, Religious & Emotional Aspects of Abortion (Click here to read a paper on this topic)

The program is suitable for Grade 8 and above, and alternate programs have been given to younger students, suitable to their age, guided by USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) Respect Life Curriculum Guidelines. The base program takes about 1.5 hours.

The base program was developed by answering the questions of about 2000 teens in Grades 8-10 (typical of Confirmation-age students), over several years. The program has been used so far for 8th, 9th & 10th grade students, including parents and various adult organizations, in groups of 5-300. Reference material is made available.

Optional additional presenters can include young adults (20’s & 30’s) that give witness, Teens for Life representatives, pro-life witness by women who have had an abortion, witness by people who are offspring of rape, witness by women who were raped and kept their babies, and others, depending on what emphasis is desired by the sponsoring organization.

An example of an alternate form of the program is to have all prospective attendees (e.g., class, organization) be invited to ask any questions they want, anonymously if they choose, and submit their questions about 1-2 months before the program is actually presented. The base presentation is adjusted around those questions, and a specific Q & A session follows to read and address their specific questions.

To request this program, please contact the Parish Office at (603) 424-3456. We will set up an introductory discussion to cover the prospective audience, location, desired objectives, any special circumstances or high-interest topics, and any questions you may have about the program. Samples of the reference material can be made available. Dates will be selected, questions can then be solicited from the prospective audience (if that is the selected optional approach), collected and provided to the program coordinator, to prepare the specific program. No graphic pictures or videos are used, unless specifically requested.