A Message from our Education Officer.
Schools, education and the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative.
As we’re coming to the end of term I thought it would be a good time to do a round up of what is going on in terms of schools and pro-life activity. Hopefully most of you will have heard of me. I’m Elain Gallacher and I work in the office, supporting school pro-life groups with any resources, talks or general information they need.
Since I started in this role over a year ago, I have been trying to put together some resources for schools to use, that make it as easy as possible to run a pro-life group. We all know the pressures on teachers in terms of time and energy so last year I worked out a P.E.A.C.E. plan (Prayer, Education, Action, Commitment, Evangelisation) for pro-life groups to use as a guide for what to do over an eight week term covering topics such as fathers and abortion, the development of the unborn child, the effects of abortion on women and many more ideas. There is a resources list giving ideas for groups to use during the term including a list of quotes, activities and useful websites. Also available are two booklets that schools and prayer groups would find useful. A booklet of liturgical materials for assemblies or individual prayer meetings and a rosary booklet with a pro-life emphasis are available on request.
In March I organized a “Share the Care” day here at the Initiative to coincide with the 10th anniversary of its launch. We had a great response from lots of primary and secondary schools who came to hear of what was available for them in running pro-life events in their schools, and what other schools had achieved. It was also a day for meeting each other and finding out that there are lots of schools who feel strong enough to stand up for the unborn child. For me it was fantastic to see so many pupils and teachers respond to the invite and meet faces that I’d been in touch with over the months.
In March I also gave birth to my fourth child, Cathal, who now comes with me into the centre two days a week, and has the Sisters as his godmothers!
As well as offering resources and support, we also welcome pupils to come and visit the centre for retreat days, or simply to gain an insight into how the Initiative works. We offer a structured day with talks, tours of the building and practical projects if desired.
What your school can do to help
The other important anniversary that occured this year was the 40th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act on the 27th of October. We invited schools and other groups to mark this important day in any way they chose. In conjunction with this I piut together a leaflet for the Gift Pack Project and the Giving Card Appeal, which suggests ways to fundraise for and donate to the Initiative at Christmas, as well as giving the opportunity to send a “gift for Life” card to family and friends.
I end this term enthused by the number of schools who have rasied money and collected toiletries as well as promoting the pro-life agenda in their schools and visited us at the Initiative for retreat days and educational days.
Many thanks to you for all your hard work!
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