The Right START (Students Tackling Abortion Realities Today) program is based on a respect life curriculum presenting fetal development, abortion, chastity, the sanctity of each life created by God and culminate with a closing prayer service.

Right START Registration


Online registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open.

You will need to log in with your user name and password or create a new account.

The Respect Life Apostolate welcomes you to the Right START program!  We are excited to again offer this life-saving and life-affirming program to your students.  The information you provide in this registration process will help us better serve you and your students.  We sincerely appreciate the time you are taking to read the directions below and follow the registration process.

Right START classRight START can be presented either as:

  • 1 Day format (5 hours of class time, not including breaks for lunch and recess; for PSR classes, at least 2 hours of class time)
  • 2 Day format (2.5 hours of class time per day - may be in the morning or afternoon)
  • 3 Day format (1.5 hours of class time per day - this must be a consecutive 1.5 hours and cannot be broken up by recess/lunch)

You may reset your password if you have forgotten it by going to the log in page and clicking "Request New Password".

We look forward to working with your students and parents!!

If you have any questions or for more information, contat Terry at 314.792.7560 or terrytrafton@archstl.com.


Right START Parents


An important aspect of Right START is engaging the parents of the eight graders.  As their child’s first teachers, parents have an important role in sharing the crucial message of life and love.Parent Child  Sharing information with  parents is vital since they are the primary source of education for their children on the important issues covered in Right START.  We encourage parents particularly to speak to their students after the Right START class so that parents can answer any remaining questions students may have and to reinforce the materials presented in class.  Our Educators are here to support the parents of these students and are happy to provide materials to continue the conversation between parents and students after the Right START class.  Click here for a fun quiz for parents.

Parent meetingThe Right START program includes a Parent Meeting for 8th grade parents held prior to the student program.  During these meetings, parents learn the materials, including videos, which will be presented to their students.  As the parent meetings are lead by Right START teachers, parents also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the curriculum.  Parent meetings are offered in various locations around the diocese with at least one meeting in each Region. Click here to find which Region your child's school belongs.

A summary of the Right START program is available by clicking here.

2014 Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship

By Hector Rivera - Christ Light of the Nations School, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish

Saint John Vianney wrote one of my favorite quotes which helps me understand the virtue of chastity and it says, “A pure soul is like a fine pearl. As long as it is hidden in the shell at the bottom of the sea, no one thinks of admiring it. But if you bring it into the sunshine, this pearl will shine and attract all eyes. Thus the pure soul, which is hidden from the eyes of the world, will one day shine before the angels in the sunshine of eternity.”

God has given every single one of us a treasure. The treasure is our pure soul. Along with this treasure, he has given us the virtue of chastity. He has also gifted us with free will. Most people think that chastity robs us of free will, but it only protects us from harm and sadness. Through chastity we train ourselves to love everyone in a way which is appropriate. By living out the virtue of chastity we are training ourselves to respect our lives as well as those that we are in relationship with. By practicing chastity, we are learning to respect our life and the lives of others so that when a new life comes along we know to respect the value of it. By living a chaste life we find the true meaning of love, and we learn to respect the dignity of life. Chastity has taught me to love others for who they really are and not for what they can give me.

Chastity brings us closer to God and to understand that we should not misuse our gifts, such as the gift of sex. Oftentimes the misuse of sex drives people to choose abortion. It is sad to hear that people think that a child is the worst thing that could ever happen to them. A child is one of the best gifts that God gives. Misusing the gift of sex not only causes unexpected pregnancies, but also heartbreaks and sexually transmitted diseases. We must treasure God’s gifts.

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2014 Mr. and Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarship

By Keith Beckmann - St. Cletus


Chastity is a gift from God,

Some people may think that is odd.

Because chastity they might not understand

Is to respect one another’s body as He commands.

I want my body to be respected,

And also not to be affected

By the diseases and STDs

That could eventually destroy me.

I want to have children one day,

But having them now would not be okay.

The only way to make that not happen for sure

Is to not have sex until I’m married and still pure.

Some may think why bother to wait,

When they’re having fun on their date.

This will make them happy they believe,

Until they realize a child is conceived.

This decision to not be chaste,

May lead to making bad decisions in haste.

Too many think abortion will fix it all

Without realizing the baby won’t ever get to crawl.

They don’t think of this child as alive,

That this child deserves a chance to survive.

What if their mother chose not to have them?

I bet they never consider that in their selfish whim.

What they don’t realize and often miss,

Abortion doesn’t fix any of this.

More problems this will create.

That statement is not even a debate.

Abortion should not be an option,

You could still have a child and put them up for adoption.

Abortion is not the way to go,

Many are looking to adopt high and low.

This year on the Pro-Life trip,

I saw how easily some people can flip.

They realized abortion should not be a right,

And joined the march for the Pro-Life fight.

But just think, no decisions would have to be made,

If we are chaste and respect each other as God’s plan has been laid.

Being chaste can make me healthy, happy, and holy, I know,

No diseases, no abortions, just closeness to God to whom I will go. 


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2014 Mr. and Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarship

By Larissa O’Shea - St. Monica

I Will Love You Always

Dear Future Spouse,

I sit here wondering what you look like, what your voice sounds like, where you go to school, and what your interests are. I know you are out there wondering the same things about me. I also wonder what chastity means to you. To me, chastity is a wonderful gift given to us by God. God gave us chastity to use as a way to respect ourselves and others in our everyday lives. God’s gift of chastity protects you and me from many things, including abortion. By being unchaste, women are more likely to become pregnant and to make the decision to abort their child. Staying chaste will protect us from hurt, sadness, and the pain of losing a child.

Just as chastity protects both of us from abortion, chastity also blesses us with true holiness, health and happiness. Many people think that the gift of chastity is God telling us no to all the things that we desire and hope for in the future. Instead God is saying yes to living our lives in a holy way that will benefit us throughout our lives. Chastity brings us not only closer to each other, but closer to God. As a result of being closer to God through chastity, we realize that God loves us more than anyone and is present in our love for each other. As our love for each other grows, we will be thankful that we saved ourselves for each other until marriage. We will not have to worry about diseases that could impact our health and our children’s health forever.

Chastity is like a special present, neatly wrapped and waiting under the tree to be opened Christmas morning. The special present of chastity is something to be cherished. By “opening or peeking” early, we may feel disappointed, sad, and scared. If we “save” our chastity for each other, we will be truly happy. I will continue to save myself for you. I will love you always.


With Love,


Your Future Wife


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