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A Catholic View of Today's Families


Families with their joys, challenges, pressures, and pains, found themselves at the center of pastoral attention during the Extraordinary Synod of 2014.  This issue of C21 Resources provides a focus on the pastoral challenges and opportunities in the changing realities of post-modern families and family life in the U.S.  In this course we hear family stories voiced by persons who experience them, enter into the ongoing dialogue about pastoral needs and possible responses, and gain some perspective on what has already transpired in the extraordinary synod and what might develop in the 2015 synod.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.


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 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.
  • Site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • 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 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both preparation and interaction online.

Fee: $25

Content Scholar:  Dr. Stephen J. Pope, professor of theology at the Boston College Theology Department, is guest editor for this issue.