Listen to top-notch speakers and build community and friendships while discussing topics such as masculinity and femininity, friendship, love and responsibility, building healthy relationships, and more!
We had a wonderful turnout for our Spring Session (sold out) and we are looking forward to a dynamic and fun Summer Session!
Summer Session – How to Build Better Relationships:
– Fr. Thomas Loya – Overcoming Obstacles to Successful Relationships
– Danielle Bean – He Said, She Said: Communication Between the Sexes
– Dr. Edward Sri – Men, Women and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from Love and Responsibility
– Dr. Kerry Cronin – A Conversation on Dating and Marriage
– Dr. John van Epp – Learning to Follow Your Heart without Losing your Mind
– Mary Beth Bonacci – Dating in a Digital Age
We plan to run groups Monday through Friday evenings. The start times range from 5:30pm-8pm CENTRAL TIME, so when you register you will be prompted to choose your three top options.
Registration fee is $39 for the 8 weeks. Please note you’ll need to sign up for CatholiCasts as well ($9.97/a month). Last day to register is Monday, June 8th, or when the groups are filled, whichever comes first.
The purpose of the GS24 groups is to provide throughout the year the formation and fellowship found at the annual conference/retreats. These groups are meant to be a venue where people can discuss meaningful topics and build a strong community with like-minded single Catholics.
1) Meetings take place (online, using Zoom) once a week for 8 weeks.
2) Before each meeting, the members will listen to an assigned presentation from CatholiCasts. (Please note that the CatholiCasts subscription fee of $9.97/month is not included in the GS 24 registration cost.)
3) During the weekly meeting (75-90 minutes), there will be 15-20 minutes of social time and the rest of the time will be used to discuss the assigned material. (Questions will be provided ahead of time to group leaders and participants to help guide the discussion.)
The inspiration – and who they’re for:
Our inspiration for the name of these groups (GS 24) is based on the document Gaudium et Spes (The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World). The latter part of GS 24:3 (“[M]an, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself”) was quoted constantly by St. John Paul II in his own works, and is a key theme in his Theology of the Body. (Bishop Wojtlya was a significant contributor to Gaudium et Spes during the Council.) We chose this name not only because the content of GS 24 fits with the mission of the conference and the small groups, but because the work of St. John Paul II has been foundational to the conference since the beginning – in particular the call to make a gift of self, regardless of one’s current state in life.
Small groups are an excellent way to grow in knowledge and faith and to be encouraged by others making the same journey. We envision that the groups will act as an extension of and/or an introduction to the conference and other events. Whether you join a group after an NCSC weekend and want to stay connected with the friends you have made, OR you are completely new and have never been to an NCSC, but would like an opportunity to meet new people and build Catholic friendships, these online groups are for you.
Who we are:
The groups are not affiliated with any particular diocese or parish, but we are faithful to the magisterium of the Church and are hosted by volunteers and supporters of the National Conference for Single Catholics.
*Gaudium et Spes 24
“God, Who has fatherly concern for everyone, has willed that all men should constitute one family and treat one another in a spirit of brotherhood. For having been created in the image of God, Who “from one man has created the whole human race and made them live all over the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26), all men are called to one and the same goal, namely God Himself.
For this reason, love for God and neighbor is the first and greatest commandment. Sacred Scripture, however, teaches us that the love of God cannot be separated from love of neighbor: “If there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself…. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the Law” (Rom. 13:9-10; cf. 1 John 4:20). To men growing daily more dependent on one another, and to a world becoming more unified every day, this truth proves to be of paramount importance.
Indeed, the Lord Jesus, when He prayed to the Father, “that all may be one. . . as we are one” (John 17:21-22) opened up vistas closed to human reason, for He implied a certain likeness between the union of the divine Persons, and the unity of God’s sons in truth and charity. This likeness reveals that man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself.”