Goal of this Edge Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to teach the youth that human life is sacred at all stages and to help them understand the Church’s moral stance on the major life issues. The night will concentrate on God as Giver of Life and our role in overcoming the culture of death.
Edge Night at a Glance
This Edge Night is all about life issues and helping the youth understand the dignity and sanctity of human life. Our Church teaches us that life is a gift given by God. From the moment of conception to natural death, all life is sacred and should be protected. As Catholics, we are called to see life as precious and to speak up for the most vulnerable in our society. This Edge Night will cover several important topics and give the youth an understanding of why the Catholic Church rejects any attack on human life: abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, and the deathpenalty.
The session uses Christmas as a theme to help the youth relate to the joy of life and to convey the truth of God as giver of life. After creating a collage showing life in small groups, the topic is further introduced in the unwrapping of gifts containing symbols of the various major life issues. The Proclaim begins with a video clip from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, which will point to the joy of human life and its God-given nature. After the talk, there will be small group discussions reflecting on the topic, during which each group will pray the “Prayer for Life” together. When the youth gather back for the Send, they will reflect on the Annunciation and Mary’s life, which will lead into a prayer asking for her intercession.