Full course description
Catechist Formation: Celebration of the Christian Mystery
This course will unpack the Second Pillar of the Catechism of the Catholic Church through a presentation of the following modules: Sacraments of Initiation, Sacraments of Healing, Sacraments of Service, and The Mass. How do Catholics celebrate the faith they profess in the Creed in the Seven Sacraments? This course will draw you into the “wonderful exchange” of the Church’s worship of God and God’s sanctification of the Church found everywhere in the Seven Sacraments.
Dr. Michael McCallion, Rev. William Cunningham Chair of Catholic Social Analysis
Dr. Matthew Gerlach, Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry, Associate Professor of Theology
Rev. Charles Fox, Assistant Professor of Theology, Director of Graduate Seminarians, Director of Liturgy
Michael King, Part-time Faculty, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Module Activities: Videos, Quizzes, and Reflection Exercises
This course consists of four different modules that must be completed in sequential order. In each module, participants are required to view all lecture videos and complete the quiz before being able to proceed on to the next module. Additionally, each video is accompanied by a reflection prompt. Participants seeking catechist certification are required to respond to these prompts and review their reflections with their local facilitator. Students are encouraged to keep a journal of their reflections as they progress throughout the course. A compilation of course reflection questions can be found/downloaded in the introductory module. Upon successful completion of all required activities, participants will be issued a course certificate of completion (partial-requirement for Catechist Certification) and will be ready to progress to the next course in the program.
Schedule of Topics
This course covers the second pillar of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Celebration of the Christian Mystery and consists of an introductory module (resources and orientation to learning tools) and four modules covering content from foundational areas of Catholic theology. These modules are designed to be self-paced and may be completed in 1-2 hours each.
· Introduction Module
· Module 1 - Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)
· Module 2 - Sacraments of Healing (Confession and Anointing of the Sick)
· Module 3 - Sacraments of Service (Holy Orders and Matrimony)
· Module 4 - The Mass
No required textbooks for this course. Presenters will be referring to numbered paragraphs in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (abbreviated “CCC”) found in the second part: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery. This part is found in paragraphs 1066-1690 of the CCC (CCC 1066-1690).
Please consult the resources list for each module for additional references and citations.
Contacts / Support
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