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SOC 205: Life, Love, and the Gift of Marriage and Family

SOC 205: Life, Love, and the Gift of Marriage and Family


Wednesday, November 13

5:30-10 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake

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Class Description

This one-night class will give a brief outline of the Catholic Church’s most important documents about marriage and the family, including Pope St. Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae (“On Human Life”) and Pope St. John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio (“The Christian Family in the Modern World”), Theology of the Body, and Love and Responsibility.

This class will put into understandable and practical form the deep mysteries that both of these Holy Fathers offered to all of us as a plan of how to live our Catholic faith in today’s culture on a day-by-day basis. The instructor will integrate the core teachings of these writings into examples from our current culture that will show us how to live in a positive, involved way within our world, and will offer many opportunities to discuss why the culture is often confused about what human persons need for a life of joy, lifelong commitment, and suffering that comes from living with one another day-to-day in faith.

LANE classes are incredibly interesting and truly help to open up my faith in many ways.
— A LANE Student

Session Schedule:

  • 5:30 p.m. – Gather for a light meal

  • 6 p.m. – Class begins with a history of the world and the Church from the beginning of the twentieth century through Vatican II and its societal impact in the U.S., combined with the political, racial, and drug developments that began to take shape, ending in the document Humanae Vitae 

  • 6:30 p.m. – Outline of the document, with essential elements presented

  • 7 p.m. – Movement into the time of Pope St. John Paul II, his relationship to WWII, and his commitment to expand the teaching of Pope St. Paul VI into Theology of the Body

  • 7:15 p.m. – Introduction of two vital documents: Familiaris Consortio and Theology of the Body

  • 8:15 p.m. – Break

  • 8:30-10 p.m. – Brief discussion of Love and Responsibility, its plan for how to build a relationship over a lifetime, and cultural questions and suggestions

There will be discussion and chances for questions throughout each section as much as time permits. This presentation should evolve into a study of these documents over a longer period of time.

LANE’s excellent instructors open the material to you at a higher level.
— A LANE Student

Instructor: Sr. Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, MA, LPC

Sr. Colleen is a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist and the Director of the Franciscan Life Process Center, which has campuses in both Lowell and Grand Rapids, MI. She has served as an educator and counselor over the past forty-eight years.

Catechist Certification Credits

0.75 CEU or 4.5 DFH in Professional Theology

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