Cell 91 Projects
The goal of Cell 91 is to reach as many students as possible with the message of chastity. Below is a list of projects that can be launched, but each club is welcome to invent their own initiatives.
(The focus of the projects must always conform to Church teaching on human sexuality. However, if you attend a state university, not everything you do has to specifically promote Catholicism. Since many of the students to whom you’ll be ministering are non-Catholic, Chastity Project has created secular versions of Pure Love, Pure Womanhood, Pure Manhood, and Love or Lust?)
Work with the leaders of local youth groups, middle schools, or your high school in order for members of your club to present the message of chastity to them. It is especially effective when college students speak in high schools classes or retreats. Speakers may wish to practice their talks in front of the club. The advisor may be able to assist you in obtaining permission from the teachers or youth ministers to speak to their teens. Click here for tips of giving a chastity talk, and here for tips on becoming a chastity speaker. If your club is able, you could assign 3-4 members to each parish or school to visit once a month to stay in contact with the teens.
Pass out information on the pill and breast cancer during Breast Cancer awareness events or during October, (breast cancer awareness month). If you connect the message of chastity with issues everyone agrees on (i.e. breast cancer, sex trafficking, etc…), they’ll be more receptive.
Bless the Girls:
The men in the club should raise money to buy a few hundred white roses for women on campus. The men then write “You’re worth waiting for” or another affirming message on a ribbon tied to the rose, with a link to chastityproject.com or to your club’s own website. In order to get these roses to the young women, you may be able to put them in mailboxes, on dorm room doors, or pass them out in a common area, etc.
What a Girl Wants:
The women in the club should draft a letter “From your future wife,” and pass it out to the men on campus, with a link to chastityproject.com or to your club’s own website. The letter should encourage the young men to grow in virtue, character, and purity. You may be able to put them in mailboxes, on dorm room doors, or pass them out in a common area, etc.
Safe Sex is a Myth:
Use some of your funds to promote awareness of the STD problem, the side effects of birth control, and the shortsightedness of the outdated “safe” sex message. Place flyers in halls, bulletin boards, bathrooms, classrooms, etc. Have your advisor approve the materials before posting them anywhere. The goal in this is not merely to denigrate the safe-sex message, but to lead individuals to the truth of chastity.
Although your club focuses on spreading the message of chastity to your local community, you also have the opportunity to support international missionaries. If your group wishes to sponsor a foreign mission in need of chastity resources, click here.
Promote purity on posters around campus. Write creative slogans that promote chastity without being judgmental. For example,
- “I’m not playing hard to get . . . I am hard to get.”
- “I’m worth waiting for.”
- “Marry me first.”
- Dress . . . $250, Hair and nails . . . $90, Limo… 150$. Saving yourself for marriage . . . priceless. There are some things money can’t buy.”
Invite the media if you are doing a significant project, because local television news stations and newspapers are eager for new stories to cover. This will serve to raise local awareness of the trend towards abstinence. Like any other project, ones that may attract media attention for the school should first receive approval from your school administration. Also, write letters, articles, or editorials to the local and school newspaper to raise public awareness of STDs, abstinence, or any other suitable topic. Or, produce your own newsletter or newspaper to challenge the sexual ethic on campus. If anyone in the club has experience designing a web site, you can launch one and advertise it. Have members contribute content to the site. Provide links to good chastity websites. Instead of blaming the media for corrupting the youth, use the media to spread the chastity message.
On Valentine’s Day, set up a table on campus with heart-shaped candy taped to envelopes. The envelopes are free for anyone who wants them. Inside the envelopes, include a letter to my future spouse, or any similar material that promotes purity. Make it so people don’t realize what they are grabbing. You can take the creative route by putting up a sign that says, “For that special someone”, “Valentine’s Day: Be safe,” “Don’t wait to love her/him,” etc.
Bring in a speaker to deliver a chastity-related lecture on campus. It goes without saying that you’ll need to creatively market the presentation in order to generate interest. Here are some tips on how to do this.
The three objectives of Cell 91 are: apostolic work, formation, and support. All of these are achieved at once if you can work with a priest to establish or promote Eucharistic Adoration on your campus. Here’s why:
1. Missionary work: Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is not only the source of all grace we need to be pure, he is the destination to which all of our missionary work is directed. That’s why Pope John Paul II said that we should “consider the Eucharist as the heart and soul of the missionary activity.” By making adoration available to your campus (or by promoting it if you are already blessed to have it), you are doing the greatest missionary work on earth. In fact, your apostolic work will succeed to the extent that you make your club intensely Eucharistic. Christ is the vine and you are the branches. Without him, you can do nothing. Therefore, spending time before the Blessed Sacrament in reparation for all our sins and in intercession for your campus is more important than anything else.
2. Formation: By spending time in silence before the Blessed Sacrament, you are allowing Christ to form you. He must increase and we must decrease (John 3:30). In the words of Pope John Paul II, “We must understand that in order ‘to do,’ we must first learn ‘to be,’ that is to say, in the sweet company of Jesus in adoration.”
3. Support: Especially in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, you have the support of all of heaven, including the angels and saints. Any revolution for chastity in the world will only come through a revolution of Eucharistic devotion, especially among the youth. So, the more we can center all of our ministries around the Blessed Sacrament, the more they will flourish. Where else could we lead people to sustain their purity?
Consider what daily adoration did for Mother Teresa’s work:
“It was not until 1973, when we began our daily Holy Hour that our community started to grow and blossom… In our congregation, we used to have adoration once a week for one hour, and then in 1973, we decided to have adoration one hour every day. We have much work to do. Our homes for the sick and dying destitute are full everywhere. And from the time we started having adoration every day, our love for Jesus became more intimate, our love for each other more understanding, our love for the poor more compassionate, and we have double the number of vocations. God has blessed us with many wonderful vocations. The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day.”
In order to set up adoration for your campus, speak with a priest or deacon.