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Course Offerings and Descriptions
A Mosaic of Catholic Morality: If there could be one word that describes the basis and foundation of Catholic Moral Teaching, it would be love. In dealing with questions, decisions, and possible confusion when confronted with choices of right and wrong, issues of good and evil, and matters of justice and integrity, this course will explore the moral teachings and traditions that are founded in love through the person and model of Jesus Christ as noted in the pages of Scripture, Church teachings, and in the witness of the disciple.
Teaching/Learning Skills to Hand on the Faith: This course will enable the catechist to understand her/his role in the catechetical process. In addition, the catechist will explore teaching/learning skills that are age appropriate for handing on the faith to disciples of various age groups
The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life: Each session of this four week course will examine certain aspects of the Eucharist as the source and summit of the Christian life. Through these weekly sessions, along with their own experience, reflection and online discussions of the Eucharist, participants will acquire the basic spiritual confidence and faith awareness, affording them the ability to successfully catechize its meaning and purpose in any aspect of catechetical instruction.
The Catechist: A Faithful Disciple: The participant will understand the nature of the gift of faith and that the Christian faith is lived out in discipleship to Jesus Christ. The participant will understand discipleship can be embraced in many ways. One of the key ways is through the ministry of catechesis which the Church calls primary. The participant will recognize that apart from the Baptismal call, the catechist receives a call to a vocation within the Church to teach and witness to the Gospel and to discover the responsibilities and joys of the response.
The Disciple with Special Needs: Designed for the catechist who ministers to children with learning differences, this course will help the catechist to understand the basic concepts of developmental and learning disabilities. In addition, Inclusion Techniques that meet the physical, spiritual, social and academic needs of children with developmental and learning disabilities, in catechetical programs will be applied.
Exploring the Way to Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue: This course will describe the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue. Ecumenism concerns relations with other Christian churches, while interreligious, also called interfaith dialogue, pertains to dialogue with faiths outside of Christianity. The course will include an overview of the major denominations within the Christian church along with an introduction to world religions and interreligious/interfaith dialogue. In addition, the course explores the ecumenical movement as a means to overcome divisions and shed light on the God-given unity of the Church through dialogue, advocacy, and action for the common good.