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Cohabitation

Life Night Outline

Goal of this Night

This night will emphasize the foundational nature of chastity to our vocation and provide the Church’s teaching on cohabitation. It will challenge the teens to find freedom in being obedient to that teaching, and stress the need to protect the Sacrament of Matrimony.

About this night

The night will begin with a game between a guy and a girl modeled after “Family Feud.” This fun and interactive game exposes teens to some humorous conceptions of marital relations between men and women, and misconceptions about cohabitation. The final round of questions is set-up to transition directly into the Proclaim. The Break splits teens into groups by gender and gives them an opportunity to openly discuss the Church’s teaching on cohabitation and chastity. During the Send, Core Members will pray over teens for strength to live out their calling to chastity as the foundation of their future vocation. This time of prayer is also coupled with a time of worship music; invite your music minister to participate in this Life Night at least two weeks prior to the night itself.

Parental Notice

This week’s Life Night addressed a topic that is not typically covered in a vocations semester but is becoming a growing issue – cohabitation, commonly referred to as “living together.” It describes the relationship of a man and woman who are sexually active and share a household, though they are not married. It is very important that we address this issue because it is having a dramatically negative impact on the Sacrament of Matrimony and the ability for couples to remain together after they have been married. Take time to discuss this topic with your son or daughter.

Use the following questions to begin a discussion with your teen:

  1. Why do you think cohabitation is a concern for the Church? Why is it important to follow the Church’s teaching on this topic?
  2. What do you think is the best way to prepare for your future vocation?

Environment

The room should be divided into a male and female section. This will be important for the opening game and the teaching. Split the room in half with a thick line. Run the line up the walls and on the ceiling if possible. Divide other objects in the room down the middle with black electrical tape. The idea being conveyed is that there is no unity in the room, even though it seems like there is. Label certain things in the room “His” and “Hers.”  Creatively find ways to get the point across that although the stuff is all in the same place, there is no “Ours.”

For the opening game set up a screen and projector to display the answers for the opening game. If you use a Mac, you can find a template for the “survey answers” for Keynote at: http://macintoshhowto.com/keynote/family-feud-in-keynote.html

Otherwise, you can have survey answers written on poster board that a Core Member will hold up as the correct answers are given.

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