Online Study Groups

GS 24* Online Study Groups

FALL SESSION

Starting October 26, 2020!

**DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22nd or when groups are full!** Please email us through the “Contact us” page for possible availability if registration is closed and you’d still like to join.

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 and Summer Sessions (sold out) and we are looking forward to a lively, thought-provoking Fall Session! 


Fall Session Details:

8 weeks – October 26-December 14, 2020

  • Two dynamic tracks
  • Meetings will be held once a week online. You will be given several options (evenings M-F) to choose from when you register. Space is limited, so the earlier you register the better chance you have of getting your preference of night/time/track.
  • Please note: Both sessions are only available some of the time (not at all days/times), so please indicate ALL availability when you register so as to have the best chance of being assigned to your preferred track. If you have preferences for certain days/times you can indicate those in the notes.
  • Cost: $47 for 8 week session, plus CatholiCasts subscription ($9.97/month)

1) Called to Love: Living the Best Life Now (for those who are new to the GS 24 groups OR who missed the Spring Session)

  • Week 1 – Intro
  • Week 2 – Fr. Nathan Cromley – Fearless: Life Lived Wide Open
  • Week 3 – Fr. Thomas Loya – The Whys Behind the Whats of the Single Life
  • Week 4 – Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR – Living a Radical Life for Christ
  • Week 5 – Mary Beth Bonacci – The Theology of the Body and the Single Life
  • Week 6 – Sr. Miriam Heidland – The Victory of Authentic Love
  • Week 7 – Damon Owens – The Life Well-Lived: Embracing the Call to Spiritual Parenthood
  • Week 8 – Wrap-up 

2) John Paul II’s Approach to Love and Relationships (for those who want to dive deeper into the thought of St. John Paul II)

  • Week 1 – Intro
  • Week 2 – Dr. Edward Sri – Men, Women and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from “Love and Responsibility”
  • Week 3 – Anastasia Northrop – Love and Responsibility: Integrating the Fundamentals of Love
  • Week 4 – Fr. Thomas Loya – Modesty and Shame: A John Paul II Perspective
  • Week 5 – Mary Beth Bonacci – The Theology of the Body and the Single Life
  • Week 6 – Fr. Roger Landry – From Love and Responsibility to the Theology of the Body
  • Week 7 – Suzanne Baars – I Will Give Them a New Heart: The Primacy of Receiving in Responsible Love 
  • Week 8 – Wrap-up 


 Vision/Mission:

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.

Logistics:

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.”