Recorded Webinar

Using Sophia SketchPad to Teach about Marriage

How to explain the sanctity of marriage and sensitively address issues of divorce and homosexuality

What You'll Get with this Webinar

  • 45-Minute Session
  • Explore teaching strategies with a master teacher
  • Classroom-ready lesson plans
  • Instant, easy access — no expiration!
  • Receive a professional development certificate

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Webinar Overview

In this 45-minute recorded webinar, Catholic school teachers and parish catechists will learn about the nature of marrige and how to transform the Sophia SketchPad video on marriage into a remarkable learning experience in your religion class. You will delve into questions such as:

  • Why is Christian marriage a Sacrament?
  • How should you present Church teaching on divorce, especially if you have students whose parents are divorced? 
  • What are some sensitive ways to address the issues of gay marriage and same-sex attraction?
  • How can tough questions from the most skeptical students be handled with grace?

You will also receive:

SketchPad Video Viewing Guide: Perfect for Catholic schools, parishes, and homeschooling parents, this guide includes pre-viewing activities, post-viewing discussion questions, and a fill-in-the-blank activity.

Video Script: Allows your visual learners to read along and/or refer back to the script while completing the viewer's guide.

Background Reading: Short essay on Marriage to increase background knowledge of this Sacrament.

Three-Day Lesson Plan on Marriage: Explore how the love between spouses mirrors the divine love of the Blessed Trinity. Includes readings, warm-ups, activities, assessments, and a complete answer key. The lesson also includes an introduction and application of Theology of the Body and the Theological Virtues.

Recorded Webinar: Join master teacher Jose Gonzaelz to learn simple but effective teaching techniques for explaining and engage your students with the Sacrament of Marriage.

Certificate of Completion: You may request your professional development certificate by visiting this link.

Your Presenters


Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers after more than 10 years as a high school teacher at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to teaching, he has also worked as a youth minister and a coordinator of Totus Tuus in the Archdiocese of Denver. Jose is also an experienced speaker and presenter whose experiences include youth and Confirmation gatherings, RCIA classes, and adult faith formation. Jose has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have two daughters and a son.