No subject is quite as taboo as sex. For many it’s not only difficult to talk about, it’s not something to discuss at all.
St. Augustin’s Church has decided to change the conversation into a learning experience by offering a series of study sessions to the community.
Beginning on Sept. 19, church members and other interested individuals will meet in the St. Augustin School Library, located at 4320 Grand Ave., for an Introduction to the Theology of the Body, by Pope John Paul II.
“Primarily we are offering it because there are still many who are unaware of Blessed John Paul II’s beautiful teaching about God’s plan for human love and sexuality,” says Janis Falk, religious education coordinator in an email. “Secondly, we want parents to have more exposure to the teaching, since it is included in the curricula for upper grades at St. Augustin School and Dowling High School.”
The study series will be held at the church for eight consecutive Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m.
“(Class participants will gain) a deeper understanding of the value of the human person and our holiness, a better understanding of chastity and a longing to pursue God’s plan for our lives as individuals, as parents, spouses, lay ministers, clergy or whatever else we are called for,” Falk explains.
Participants will pay $13.50 for course materials used throughout the class. Refreshments will be provided at each course. The course goals listed in the church bulletin are: “Renewing marriages, awakening vocations, healing deep, personal wounds and setting people free to live the life of greatness.”
Friar Zach Kautzky will lead the workbook study session after each video is played every Thursday.
“Anyone is welcome. Singles or couples. Cost is only for the workbook, which a couple can share,” Falk says.
For more information, contact St. Augustin Church at 515-255-1175, email Janis Falk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the study website at www.theologyofthebody.org. The registration deadline is Sept. 6.
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