Mary Healy returns to St. John Catholic Church in Darien to explore what it means to be a man and a woman in God's plan on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 6, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Blanchard Hall.

Each year, the church has a "Day of Renewal" for parishioners involved in the parish ministries, at which speakers are invited to present informative talks.

Healy is the author of "Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II's Theology of the Body" and co-editor of three books on biblical interpretation. Healy also will discuss what the theology of the body reveals about our identity as men and women and the challenges of relating to one another. Her presentation will pose the questions, "Why did God create us male and female; why are the body and sex so important in his plan; what is true love and how can we find it?"

This year, St. John's has planned a special session for parents of junior and senior high school students where youth directors and religious education directors are invited to attend the session with parents.

"Among the greatest legacies left to the church by Pope John Paul II are his profoundly original reflections on the meaning of human love in the divine plan, known as the theology of the body," said Msgr. Frank McGrath, church pastor. "The theology of the body is a liberating vision of the human person, sexuality, love and marriage, rooted in the biblical account of creation."

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Healy is co-editing the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, a new series of commentaries that interpret Scripture from the heart of the church, and is author of its first volume, "The Gospel of Mark." Healy teaches Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to the theology of the body, Scripture, and the spiritual life.

St. John, 1986 Boston Post Road, can be reached at 203-655-1145.