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A Catholic View of Today's Families [2020 Spring] is a Course

A Catholic View of Today's Families [2020 Spring]

Ended Mar 31, 2020

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Full course description

3-Week Course


Families with their joys, challenges, pressures, and pains, are at the center of attention in the Church today.  Families face new challenges and opportunities in the rapidly changing world of the 21st Century.   In this course, we share in the stories and experiences of a range of families, each with unique abilities and needs.  We also discuss how church communities can strengthen and support families as they grow and pass on the faith.  This course is supported by the Spring 2015 issue of C21 Resources "Catholic Families: Carrying Faith Forward."

Everything you need for this course is provided on the course web site.


  • Introductory Week
  • Week 1: Some Realities of 21st Century Families
  • Week 2: Family Stories

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Weekly introductions to each new topic;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and
  • A page of further resources about topics discussed in this course.

All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site.
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed

Everything you need for this course is provided on the course site. View this issue of C21 Resources "Catholic Families: Carrying Faith Forward." Contact, The Church in the 21st Century Center, if you prefer a hard copy of this issue.

Time Commitment

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Content Scholars

  • Dr. Stephen J. Pope, professor of theology at the Boston College Theology Department

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