Culture of Life

Rob Tessier and Kevin Bohli Interviewed Ahead of March for Life

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Rob Tessier, Director of Youth Ministry at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, VA, and Kevin Bohli, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Arlington, were interviewed by NBC Washington ahead of the March for Life. Watch their incredible witness to this great event, and how important it is to build a culture of life among our young people!

Youth Apostles Pro-life Poster Contest Biggest Ever, Winners Announced

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The winners in the 18th annual Youth Apostles Prolife Poster Contest have been selected! The theme was “Time to Respect Life.”

Thanks to all the participants, schools and youth ministries that took part.

There were 626 entries, the highest number of entries in any Youth Apostles Pro-life Poster Contest ever.

Participants came from the following schools: Paul VI High School, Bishop D.J. O’Connell High School, Angelus Academy, Holy Cross Academy, Holy Spirit School, Our Lady of Good Counsel School, St. Agnes School, St. Francis of Assisi School, St. James School, St. John Academy, St. Joseph School, and St. Theresa School. Members of Our Lady of Hope Youth Group participated, as well.

The entries evinced not only creativity and artistic talent, but also understanding and appreciation of prolife values.

The first place winning entries are attached so they can be printed and used during the March for Life.

The winners are as follows:

 

SENIOR DIVISION:

First Place: Margaret Mitchell, Paul VI High School

Second Place: Shuyler Workmaster, Bishop D.J. O’Connell High School

Third Place: Jennifer Marty, Paul VI High School

 

Honorable Mention:

Nicole Franchi, Paul VI High School

Katarina George’s, Paul VI High School

Emma Hitchcock, Paul VI High School

Eunah Lee, Paul VI High School

Christina Navarro, Paul VI High School

Victoria Rodriguez, Paul VI High School

Michelle Email, Paul VI High School

Gloria Whitfield, Paul VI High School

 

JUNIOR DIVISION:

First Place: Julia Kupczak, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Second Place: Jasmine Moalem, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Third Place: Darby Galbraith, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Honorable Mention:

Caroline Cristofaro, Our Lady of Hope Youth Group

Katie Evans, St. Joesph School

Cara Grimm, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Ella Kravitz, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Charlie Lamb, Holy Spirit School

Lynn Loftus, St. Agnes Catholic School

Nick Villazon, St. Francis of Assisi School

 

18th Annual Pro-life Poster Contest

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baby-feet-1527456_1280The Youth Apostles Institute is holding its 18th annual pro-life poster contest. The theme for the contest is “Time to Respect Life!”

Through the contest, we hope to provide a means by which young people may express their pro-life beliefs and the values they have been taught at school, in ministry and at home. We also hope to provide an activity that teachers may find to be a useful supplement or complement to classroom instruction, and to provide youth ministers with something that could complement their efforts and offer a means of expression and food for discussion.

There will be two divisions: Junior (grades 7 and 8) and Senior (grades 9-12). Prizes include first place ($100), second place ($75), third place ($50) and honorable mention certificates.

RULES:

  • Entries may be on 8.5″x11″ or larger size paper, or on posterboard.
  • Electronic entries also accepted!
  • Entries must address the topic and express a view supporting the sanctity of unborn human life
  • Entries must be a participant’s original work.

Entries must include:

  1. Name
  2. School or parish
  3. Grade level
  4. School address or home address

Entries must be mailed or delivered by Monday, November 14, 2016 to:

John Iekel
Youth Apostles Institute
1600 Carlin Lane
McLean, VA 22101

Entries sent via email go to jfiekel@gmail.com. If entries are to be delivered, call (703) 556-0914 to notify.

Entries become the property of the Youth Apostles Institute and will not be returned. Questions? Call (703) 556-0914.

First Place Essays from Pro-life Essay Contest

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JUNIOR DIVISION FIRST PLACE

John Vu

Holy Cross Academy Grade 7

He created the sun, the stars. He picked out the colors of the sunset, the reflection of the stars. The sky and its beauty is breathtaking; not even a picture can describe and show how wonderful the Earth was made. From the ocean tides to the white sands of the beaches we call vacations, all are a gift from God. All of these the truly amazing mother nature, was created by Him, the Father. God spent days creating the Earth, which we live on. Something mankind could never create; yet, He is creating YOU, your child.

The greatest gift you could have ever been given is sitting in your womb waiting for you to see their precious smile, their first laugh, and their first steps. Do not be frightened, do not have your mind come across abortion.

Would you reject a gift your Father, your Lord, your God has given you? Would you simply throw it away just like that?

The universe was meant is for happiness. Your child will be the biggest and most tiresome job you will ever have in your life, but after watching your child grow will grant you the biggest and widest smile you will ever have. Your happy ever after is all right there; watching your child have their first day at school, their first academic award, their first prom, all the way up to the first day they leave the boundaries of your home for college. However, that won’t stop you from being their mother. Imagine the first day your baby, your child, will get baptized and become a member of the Church, the day they receive their first Communion, and finally their sacrament of Marriage.

Time sure does fly, but as long as God is with you time will last an eternity. The beauty of your child in the womb is remarkable. Although they aren’t visible in this Earth with us, their spirit is already here, and finally when your child is born all the time taken away from that nine months will be worth it. All the time you, as a new mother, put in for your little miracle will be present in front of you. Your child’s first tear, first smile, and first laugh will be the highlight of your day, and soon your child’s accomplishments will be the highlights of your life.

You will never, ever, stop thinking of your child as a child; they will always be your baby, your gift from God.

 

SENIOR DIVISION FIRST PLACE 

Lucy Schafer

Paul VI High School Grade 10 

Dear Expectant Mother,

I want you to do something for me.

Think of the happiest moments of your life. Now think of the next one. And the next one. And keep thinking of all the happiest moments of your life.

Next, I need you to think about all the people in your life that YOU have changed or whose lives you have affected in any way, for the better.

This person could be that starved homeless man you stopped in the street and gave a $5 bill to. This could be the self-conscious shy girl you told looked absolutely gorgeous at the senior prom. This could be the person you smiled at in the street today. This person could be your mother. You know why?

Because that homeless man — he had dinner today. The girl at the prom, she became a more confident person. That sulky looking man you smiled at today — he might just have been having the worst day in history, and that smile, YOUR smile, was all he needed. And your mother, the woman who gave you life, the incredibly strong and independent woman who stood up for you, who made you smile when the world was crashing in on you — that woman gave you life and asked for nothing in return because YOU were all she needed. Without that woman, you would not have had your happiest moments.

This is the value of life, the sharing of your happiest moments with your closest loved ones. Some people will never experience that true happiness.

Why? Abortion.

Let someone else experience moments like the ones that just popped into your mind. Let someone else experience life. Because life is so very great. Why deprive someone of their natural right to experience it? Let your child make the world a better place. Choose life, save a child.

Winners Selected in 22nd Youth Apostles Pro-life Essay Contest!

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First Place Senior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest

The winners have been selected in the 22nd annual Youth Apostles Institute Pro-life Essay Contest. The theme was “Message to an Expectant Mother.”

This essay contest generated the highest number of entries we have ever had for an essay contest! There were 473 entries.

Participants were to write a message to an expectant mother. Many messages were beautiful, touching, personal, heartfelt, passionate, and supportive. They evinced a clear appreciation for the value of unborn human life, but also the need for care and sensitivity to women in potentially difficult situations.

Senior Division participants came from Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School, Oakcrest, Paul VI High School, Seton School and The Heights. Junior Division participants came from Angelus Academy, Holy Cross Academy, Holy Family School, St. Bernadette School, St. Francis of Assisi School, St. Michael School and St. Timothy School.

Through the contest, we hope to provide a way for young people to express their pro-life beliefs and principles, as well as to provide teachers, youth ministers, and parents with an activity they can use as a complement to instruction and ministry.

The winners are as follows:

SENIOR DIVISION

First Place: Lucy Schafer, Grade 10, Paul VI High School

Second Place: Chris Schoen, Grade 10, Paul VI High School

Third Place: Caroline Ortiz, Grade 11, Oakcrest School

Honorable Mention

Thomas Dannenfelser, Grade 9, Bishop D.J. O’Connell High School

Kate Forrest, Grade 11, Paul VI High School

Erika Ishisuka, Grace 10, Paul VI High School

Peter Montwill, Grade 11, Paul VI High School

Rita Rogers, Grade 9, Seton School

Kelly Shepperson, Bishop D.J. O’Connell High School

Collette Waldron, Grade 9, Seton School

Grace Westphall, Grade 10, Paul VI High School

 

JUNIOR DIVISION

First Place: John Vu, Grade 7, Holy Cross Academy

Second Place: Rachel Startzel, Grade 7, Holy Cross Academy

Third Place: Angelie Nguyen, Grade 7, Holy Cross Academy

Amber Redden, Grade 7, Angelus Academy

Honorable Mention

Alvio Barbaretta, Grade 8, St. Timothy School

Thomas Boak, Grade 7, Angelus Academy

Jacob Hurley, Grace 8, Angelus Academy

Andres Penafiel, Grade 8, St. Michael School

Youth Apostles 22nd Annual Pro-life Essay Contest

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First Place Senior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest

Youth Apostles is holding its 22nd annual pro-life essay contest! The theme is “Message to an Expectant Mother.”

Through the contest, we hope to provide a means by which young people may express their pro-life beliefs and the values they have been taught. We also hope to provide an activity that may find to be a useful supplement or complement to classroom instruction, ministry, and home instruction.

There will be two divisions: Junior (grades 7 and 8) and Senior (grades 9-12). Prizes include first place ($100), second place ($75), and third place ($50). Honorable mention certificates also will be awarded.

Entries must address the topic and express a pro-life view embracing respect for unborn human life.

Entries may be on paper or in electronic form and are to be up to 400 words long. They must include:

  • name
  • grade level
  • school OR youth group/youth community OR parish if home schooled
  •  school address OR parish address OR home address if home schooled

Entries must be mailed, delivered, or sent by e-mail by Monday, April 25, 2016 to:

John Iekel

Youth Apostles Institute

1600 Carlin Lane

McLean, Virginia 22101

E-mail address: jfiekel@gmail.com

If entries are to be delivered, please call (703) 556-0914 to notify. All entries become the property of the Youth Apostles Institute and will not be returned.

If you have any questions, please leave a message at (703) 556-0914.

ProLife Prayers

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First Place Senior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest

A few years ago we had young people write prayers to promote prolife themes. For those of you who were able to attend the March, continue to pray using these prayers below. For those who were not able to attend, this is a great way to join by spiritually marching.

  1. Dear Mary, please give all young mothers the strength you had to accept Jesus into your life. Let all young mothers learn from your experience and show them that life is always worth the challenge.
  2. Dear Joseph, please give all young fathers the strength you had to stand by Mary when others would not. Please show them that a new life is always a blessing and that though the road may be tough, God will guide you through it and the rewards will be everlasting.
  3. Merciful Lord, through the example of your Son, Jesus Christ, may our hearts be set on fire so that through the gifts of the Holy Spirit we may protect those unborn who are vulnerable and cannot shelter themselves. Through your mercy, please enlighten those who have wandered away from your truth and bring them back as did the Shepherd of the lost sheep.

Winners Named in 17th Annual Youth Apostles Prolife Poster Contest

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First Place Junior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest

First Place Junior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest By Nicholas Villazon, St. Francis of Assisi School

First Place Senior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest

First Place Senior Division YA Prolife Poster Contest By Rachel Burkhardt, Paul VI High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners in the 17th annual Youth Apostles Prolife Poster Contest have been selected! The theme was “Precious in God’s Eyes.”

There were 386 entries. Participants came from the following schools: Paul VI High School, Oakcrest School, Angelus Academy, Holy Spirit School, Sacred Heart Academy, St. Agnes School, St. Francis School, St. James School, St. Michael’s School and St. Timothy School.

The entries evinced not only creativity and artistic talent, but also understanding and appreciation of prolife values.

The first place winners are included so they are available for printing and use during the March for Life.

The winners are as follows:

SENIOR DIVISION: 

First Place: Rachel Burkhardt, Paul VI High School

Second Place: Eliana Uriana, Paul VI High School

Third Place: Chris Susco, Paul VI High School

Honorable Mention:

Katie Hogge, Paul VI High School

Natalie McCarthy, Paul VI High School

Lisa Nguyen, Paul VI High School

Isabella Whitfield, Paul VI High School

 

 

JUNIOR DIVISION:

First Place: Nicholas Villazon, St. Francis of Assisi School

Second Place: Mai Anh Nguyen, St. Michaels’ School

Third Place: Katherine Pham, St. Michaels’ School

Honorable Mention: 

Athena Aruizu, Holy Spirit School

Hannah Goff, St. Agnes School

Abigail Parker, Holy Spirit School

Katie Payne, Sacred Heart Academy

Youth Apostles 17th Annual Pro-Life Poster Contest

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Last year's winner in the Senior Division.

Last year’s winner in the Senior Division.

Youth Apostles is holding its 17th annual pro-life poster contest. The theme for the contest is “Precious in God’s Eyes.”

Through the contest, we hope to provide a means by which young people may express their pro-life beliefs and the values they have been taught at school, in ministry and at home. We also hope to provide an activity that teachers may find to be a useful supplement or complement to classroom instruction.

There will be two divisions: Junior (grades 7 and 8) and Senior (grades 9-12). Prizes include first place ($100), second place ($75), third place ($50) and honorable mention certificates.

RULES:

* Entries may be on 8.5″x11″ or larger size paper, or on posterboard.

* Electronic entries also accepted!

* Entries must address the topic and express a view supporting the sanctity of unborn human life

* Entries must be a participant’s original work.

* Entries must include:

      1) name

      2) school or parish

      3) grade level

      4) school address or home address

Entries must be mailed or delivered by Monday, November 16, 2015 to:

John Iekel

Youth Apostles Institute

1600 Carlin Lane McLean, VA 22101

Entries sent via email go to jfiekel@gmail.com. If entries are to be delivered, call (703) 556-0914 to notify. Entries become the property of the Youth Apostles Institute and will not be returned. Questions? Call (703) 556-0914.

Youth Apostles Pro-life Essay Contest Winners Named!

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Youth Apostles Pro-life Poster winner this past winter.

Youth Apostles Pro-life Poster winner this past winter.

The winners have been selected in the 21st annual Youth Apostles Institute Pro-life Essay Contest. The theme was “Be Pro-life Because…”

There were 253 entries; they came from 10 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Arlington as well as Regina Angelorum Academy Academy in Ardmore,

Through the contest, we hope to provide a way for young people to express their pro-life beliefs and principles, as well as to provide teachers, youth ministers, and parents with an activity they can use as a complement to instruction and ministry.

The winners are as follows:

SENIOR DIVISION

First Place: Maria Burgess, Grade 11, Paul VI High School

Second Place: Frank Lucchetti, Grade 9, Bishop D.J. O’Connell High School

Third Place: Brook Stanley, Grade 11, Paul VI High School

Honorable Mention

David Anand, Grade 11, Paul VI High School

Mary Camarca, Grade 11, Seton School

Molly Cox, Grace 10, Paul VI High School

Kat Peete, Grade 11, Paul VI High School

Joseph Rogowski, Grade 11, Paul VI High School

Katherine Zain, Grade 9, Bishop D.J. O’Connell High School

JUNIOR DIVISION

First Place: Daniella Negrete, Grade 8, St. Francis of Assisi School

Second Place: Lauren Dietrich, Grade 8, St. Timothy School

Third Place: Madeline Ryan, Grade 8, St. Ann School

Honorable Mention

Kate Gonzales, Grade 7, Holy Family School

Jack Harter, Grade 7, Holy Cross Academy

Jordyn Hurley, Grace 8, Angelus Academy

Nicholas Hurley, Grade 7, Angelus Academy

Chloe Martin, Grade 8, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

Michael McCarthy, Grade 7, Regina Angelorum Academy

Abby Snarzk, Grade 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel School

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