Trent Horn of Catholic Answers is coming to the Bay Area!

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Co-sponsored by Creative Catholic Works and Sidewalk Advocates for Life, San Jose. All events are free and open to the public, including the workshop on October 3rd.

1. Friday, October 2 @ 5 pm – Why Pro-Life
University of San Francisco Students for Life
Cowell 106, Main Campus of USF

2. Friday, October 2 @ 9 pm – Made for Love: Understanding Sexual Ethics with the Goretti Group
Mass @ 6:30 pm, dinner/social & presentation
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 751 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

3. Saturday, October 3, 9:30 am- 11:30am – Persuasive Pro-Life Training Workshop
Learn proven techniques about how to engage in meaningful dialogue that leads another person to a conversion of heart and then practice those techniques in a practical workshop.
Sacred Heart Parish, 13716 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga 95070
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4. Saturday, October 3, @ 6pm – 9 pm – Refuting Relativism
A Youth Event co-sponsored by the Diocese of San Jose
St Maria Goretti Parish, 2980 Senter Rd., San Jose, 95111
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5. Sunday, October 4, @ 5 pm – 8 pm – Answering Atheism: Does God Exist? with LifeTeen
St Williams Parish, 611 El Monte Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022
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6. Monday, October 5, @ 5 pm – 6 pm – Persuasive Pro-Life Talk
Santa Clara University
Sobrato Residence Hall Room B/C, Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, 95053
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7. Monday, October 5, @ 7 pm – Refuting Relativism
Sponsored by the St Williams parish Adult Faith Formation group
St Williams Parish, 611 El Monte Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022

8. Tuesday, October 6, @ 7 pm  – Staying Catholic in College  
San Jose State Univ. Newman Center
300 S 10th Street, San Jose, CA 95112
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9. Wednesday, October 7, @ 7 pm – Charity with Clarity
Theology on Tap at Mexicali Restaurant
3149 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, 95054

– Past events –

St. John Paul II & the Meaning of Love – a Theology of the Body Course

Creative Catholic Works presents our educator, John Hamlon, in this awesome opportunity to delve more deeply into the thought of St. John Paul II – co-sponsored with Our Lady of Peace Gift Shop in Santa Clara, CA.

John Hamlon - Theology of the Body Course

What: Three-day (6 hours/day) course that highlights the essential points of John Paul II’s thought, particularly his theology/philosophy of marriage and family.
Course Materials:
1) Text—Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body (Pauline Books & Media, 2006);
2) Selected Readings, click here to print out (See also, Getting the most out of this course).

Who:  John S. Hamlon, MA, author & educator.  Click here for 8-minute preview video
— PDF flyer here

When: Three consecutive Saturdays—August 15, 22, 29—from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Room 1101, Family Learning Center, Our Lady of Peace Church & Shrine, 2800 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA

For Whom: All who want to renew and deepen their Christian faith, especially young adults (single, engaged, or married), mentors of engaged couples, and NFP instructors.

  • Please Note:  This class will be audio-recorded. Sign up for our news blog to receive information about the release of the recorded class on CDs. Directions for signing up are at the bottom of this page. Your information is confidential.
  • Donate: If you would like to help this recording get into the hands of those people who want and need to hear the Good News regarding human love, please donate here! All contributions are tax-deductible, and you will receive a tax-letter at the end of the year.
    $10 or $1,000 — 100% of the funds will be used to further our mission of offering educational opportunities and resources on gender-specific issues affecting women and men. If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to CCW and mail to PO Box 3294, Los Altos, CA 94024.

Foundation: John Paul II teaches that human dignity is paramount and that marriage takes center stage in the meaning and drama of human love. He calls us to grasp the wonder and value of ourselves as human persons, created in God’s image and redeemed by Christ. The more we see the “splendor of truth” through God’s eyes, the more we’re able to love as God loves.

Problem: While the Catholic Church sees marriage as a covenant of love between one man and one woman, the majority of U.S. Catholics do not share her vision. A recent Pew poll estimates that 57% of American Catholics (across all age groups) support “marriage” between same-sex persons. Among 18-29 year-old Catholics, that support jumps to 75%.

The move to redefine marriage is an acid that has eroded American Catholics’ understanding and acceptance of the Catholic vision of marriage. It has also corroded Christians’ confidence in the U.S. justice system.

Solution: John Paul II’s thought, especially his Theology of the Body (TOB), neutralizes all such acids. In his view, marriage is a primordial sacrament, since it was in the mind of God from the beginning. Further, marriage reflects the self-gifted, creative love within the Trinity, by design.

Q & A

  • Why study the TOB when it’s just a collection of John Paul II’s theological and philosophical reflections?
    Answer: Actually, the TOB is John Paul II’s major catechesis, so it’s an important part of our faith. We’re called to understand it; live it; teach it.
  • Can the Catholic in the pew understand John Paul II’s thought without an academic background or without buying expensive, secondary material?
    Answer: Yes—without question.
  • Is the TOB just for married and engaged couples?
    Answer: No, it’s for all young adults and adults who are serious about renewing and deepening their faith.
  • Is John Paul II’s thought applicable to parish life?
    Answer: Indeed it is, as we’ll see when we study John Paul II’s exhortation on the family, Familiaris Consortio.


Tota Pulchra CD

Christmas 2011/12 saw the production of a concert concert based on the Marian songs of our CD Tota Pulchra, which toured the three cathedrals of San Francisco Bay.

Tota Pulchra Concert Highlights from Creative Catholic Works on Vimeo.