Speaking of Love
Breakout Session #1 1:00 – 1:45 pm
* - Asterisk denotes options offered in both sessions
Pornography/Internet Safety:* Studies show that 1 in 5 internet searches are for pornography. This multi-billion dollar business targets youth and research shows that as many as 85% of young men and 50% of young women view porn on a monthly basis. This talk will discuss ways to protect your children, marriage and family and how to find healing for those affected by porn use.
Talking to Teens about Femininity: * – What does it mean to be a woman? How can I properly explain the dignity of women and the complementarity of the sexes to the female students with whom I work? Through the lens of this dignity, we will discuss healthy self identity and ways to help students establish good friendships and relationships.
Talking to Teens about Masculinity:* What does it mean to be a man? How can I properly explain the dignity of men and the complementarity of the sexes to the male students with whom I work? Through the lens of this dignity we will discuss healthy self identity and ways to help students establish good friendships and relationships.
Teaching Media Literacy:* Studies show that the average person is exposed to over 30,000 subtle advertisements each day. What are the ways that these messages affect our thinking? How can we prevent media, music and TV from influencing how we see ourselves? The speaker will discuss how we can apply critical thinking skills in our own lives and teach them to the teens with whom we work.
Discussing Same Sex Attraction:* How do we effectively explain the Church’s teachings on homosexuality and pastorally care for those who experience same sex attraction? How has the sexual revolution (living together, sex before marriage, contraception) influenced the way that we view relationships? In this talk, we will discuss the role of chastity in promoting healthy relationships for all.
Discussing Chastity & Human Sexuality with Adults (Adult Faith Formation, RCIA, Marriage Prep and/or Young Adult Ministry): How do we discuss chastity with the adults and young adults in our communities who may have never received adequate teaching in the past? This presentation will equip you with ideas for re-proposing to an adult audience the notion of chastity as it is lived in each vocation and human sexuality as designed by God and open to life.
Cultural Aspects to Consider when Discussing Chastity (panel): This panel will identify the cultural differences that may arise when dealing with diverse populations. We will take a look at some of the cultural norms and practices that may present obstacles to effective communication and provide tips on how to propose chastity to teens and parents specific to their distinct culture.
Virtus Training/Chastity Education/SexEd: What’s the difference?: This talk will assist teachers, catechists and parents to identify the distinctions between “safe touch” programs, sex education and chastity education. Teachings on the dignity of the human person will be used to show the difference between these topics.
Breakout Session #2 2:00 – 2:45 pm
Pornography/Internet Safety* (See Above)
Talking to Teens about Femininity * (See Above)
Talking to Teens about Masculinity* (See Above)
Teaching Media Literacy- * (See above)
Discussing Same Sex Attraction * (See Above)
Men Supporting Men in Chaste Living: In this talk, directed toward those working in Adult Faith Formation, RCIA, Marriage Prep and Young Adult ministry we will discuss the importance of faithful male friendships and how men can call each other to holiness in living a chaste life and growing in faith. We will also discuss the practical tips for finding or creating men’s fellowship in your parish community.
Women Supporting Women in Chaste Living: In this talk, directed towards those working in Adult Faith Formation, RCIA, Marriage Prep and Young Adult ministry, we will discuss the importance of faithful female friendships and how women can call each other to holiness in living a chaste life and growing in faith. We will also discuss the practical aspects of finding or creating women’s fellowship in your parish community.