1. Does B/CS RealLife have an age limit?
Strictly speaking, B/CS RealLife does not have an age limit. However, some of our events will require that attendees be over 21. Also, as our name indicates, our subject matter is designed to appeal to a more mature audience, focusing on young professionals and graduate-aged students, so younger attendees may find other groups at St. Mary’s to be a better fit for their particular needs.
2. Is B/CS RealLife for men or women only?
No. Unlike other groups, B/CS RealLife is a co-ed organization.
3. Is B/CS RealLife a singles group?
No. One of B/CS RealLife’s core purposes is to build friendships among B/CS-area Catholic young adults. This certainly does not preclude dating, but encouraging dating amongst our members is not part of our core mission, and our members include both single and married people.
4. What is B/CS RealLife’s target audience?
B/CS RealLife is designed to target Catholic graduate students and young professionals in the Bryan & College Station area. Because we are all at different places in our spiritual lives, B/CS RealLife tries to accommodate Catholics in a wide range of their faith walk, whether they have been strong life-long Catholics, recent converts, or those who are struggling with their faith. We actively try to build a non-judgmental, open, and encouraging environment at our functions.
5. Do I have to be Catholic to be a member of B/CS RealLife?
You do not have to be Catholic to be a member of B/CS RealLife, but fullest participation in all of our events necessitates being Catholic and being in good standing with the Church (e.g, some events will involve attending Mass and the subsequent receiving of the Eucharist). While we freely welcome anyone to attend our meetings, B/CS RealLife is designed to serve Catholic young adults, and our talks and devotionals, in specific, have a Catholic-centric focus.
6. When does B/CS RealLife have its meetings?
We have "Theology on Tap" and Mass and dinner usually once a month. There is no set schedule, so please check our calendar to find out when upcoming events are scheduled.
7. Where does B/CS RealLife meet?
B/CS RealLife is centered out of St. Mary Catholic Center in College Station. Some of our meetings take place at St. Mary’s, but many of our events are held off-site in various establishments around town. Please refer to our weekly email updates for specifics on location, including maps, room numbers, and other pertinent information. Registration for these e-mail updates are provided on this web site.
8. What do I do to “join” B/CS RealLife?
Very little is required to join B/CS RealLife – just register your e-mail address here, and we will add it to our mailing list. You should start receiving our group e-mails informing you of upcoming events. We will not share your e-mail address with any other group, and we will not use your e-mail address for purposes other than information regarding B/CS RealLife-related events.
9. Once I join B/CS RealLife, do I have to attend all the meetings?
No. In general, our meetings are all self-contained. As such, you can come and go to meetings as your needs and schedule dictate. We would recommend that you try to attend different meeting types so that you can experience a broader range of Catholic life. At times during the year, we may have some events that build on previous events (e.g., two-part talk stretched over two nights). If that is the case, we will inform our members in advance.
10. Do I have to pay dues or am I agreeing to some other financial or general commitment once I join B/CS RealLife?
No. While B/CS RealLife officers have a commitment to the group, no members are required to make any financial or time commitment to the group. Some events will require out-of-pocket expenses (e.g., social function may involve dinner which isn’t paid for by B/CS RealLife). When any event requires out-of-pocket expenses, we will inform everyone in advance via our group e-mail updates.
11. Do I have to RSVP or give prior notice if I’ll be attending an event?
No! Feel free to come to any event and bring along any friends or family who might be interested!