CCS Course Descriptions

Upon successful completion of a course, a Certificate will be e-mailed to you from Newman Theological College. The Certificate provides proof of your participation and completion of the course.

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CCS-023  Acts of the Apostles, The (DDII, NE, SCR, NTI)

The course will consider the Book of the Acts of the Apostles and the Letters to the Hebrews, 1 and 2 Peter, James, and Jude.

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CCS-035  Baptism (DDIII, SP)

The course will reflect on baptism as a drawing into the life of the incarnate Word; explore the roots of baptism in the Bible and early Christian writers; and consider that baptism calls us into union within the Christian community.

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CCS-059  Biblical Roots of Christian Conduct (NE)

The Pontifical Biblical Commission has defended the authority and interpretation of the Holy Bible for over 100 years, convening to study, analyze, and discuss the interpretation of Scripture in the modern world, or to evaluate a potentially controversial interpretation or pronouncement on Scripture. This course will study Scripture’s moral norms, and how they are relevant for us today.

CCS-044  Bioethics (DDIV)

Bioethics is the study of the typically controversial ethical issues emerging from new situations and possibilities brought about by advances in biology and medicine. It is also moral discernment as it relates to medical policy and practice.

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CCS-042  Canon Law (DDIV)

Canon Law will study the system of laws and legal principles made and enforced by the hierarchical authorities of the Church to regulate its external organization and government, and to order and direct the activities of Catholics toward the mission of the Church.

CCS-043  Canon Law – Marriage (DDIV)

CCS-006  Catechesis (FFI, DDI)

The course will consider the ministry of catechesis within the context of the Church’s mission to evangelize.  The General Directory for Catechesis will be used to present the purpose, tasks, and content of catechesis, methodologies for various age groups, the influence of the baptismal catechumenate on the catechetical process, and the importance of the catechist’s vocation.

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CCS-032  Catechesis - Human Development & Growth (CATI, RE)

The course will introduce participants to the stage theories of human development and spiritual growth; consider the ministry of catechesis within the context of the Church’s mission to evangelize; and explore the vision and principles for developing a comprehensive framework for lifelong catechesis and faith formation.

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CCS-027  Catholic Education in the Mission of the Church (CST)

The Congregation for Catholic Education has clearly articulated the meaning and purpose of Catholic schools and the role schools play in the mission of the Church. Course material will focus on the Church documents and teachings on Catholic education.

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CCS-026  Catholic Philosophy (DDI)

The course will provide a general introduction to Catholic Philosophy.  Participants will consider the existence of God, the reason for evil, the basis of ethics and the principles of political life.

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CCS-028  Catholic School Governance and Issues in Catholic Education (CST)

How would a Catholic board govern and serve as a Catholic institution? What issues does a Catholic board encounter that would not be found in other districts? Issues could include the questions of shared facilities, gender issues, social justice issues, aboriginal education, and Catholic curriculum.

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CCS-067  Catholicism and International Development (ID)

This course takes the participant further into Catholic Social Analysis, and how this affects the Catholic approach to international development, what it means to have Solidarity as a governing principle, as well as the way in which the Church situates herself in the world. Participants will be introduced to the relevant encyclicals, Scripture, and analytical models like See, Judge, Act.

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CCS-001  Catholicism (FFI, CST, LIT, PC, SJ, YE)

Participants will come to appreciate the purpose of doctrine and the process of theology through which doctrines develop in the Roman Catholic Tradition; develop the skills to articulate personal beliefs, and explain the role and purpose of faith in theology.

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CCS-060  Celebrating Mercy (MER)

Celebrating Mercy is the guidebook for all diocesan and religious communities, parishes, and shrines. Celebrating Mercy is one of a series of eight books, the official catechetical resource for the Jubilee of Mercy created by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at the request of Pope Francis.

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CCS-011  Church History I (FFII, DDIV)

Church History I is one of two parts of a basic introduction to the History of the Church. Here the participants will study the period from Pentecost to the beginning of the Reformation.

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CCS-012  Church History II (FFII, DDIV)

(Prerequisite: CCS-011 Church History I)

Church History II navigates the participants from the Reformation through the Second Vatican Council into the 21st century. Here, the participants will explore the cultural, political, social and religious factors which influenced the Church’s journey, and learn how significant men and women emerged to support and challenge the Church’s understanding of herself and her relationship with the world.

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CCS-068  Church in the World I – An Evolving Role, The  (ID)

The global nature and reach of the Catholic Church gives it a unique position and influence. Vatican II Council Fathers took up the responsibility to address and respond to global issues through a lens of faith. This course will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the evolving teachings of the Church as they relate to global issues through an analysis of major Church documents, discussion and outcomes of various Episcopal Conferences, and historical mission work.

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CCS-069  Church in the World II – Agents of Change, The   (ID)

This course continues the study of the Church in the world through its work in international aid and development. Using case studies, this course will focus on the particular works of the Church in Latin America (education), Asia (women and development), Europe (migrants), the Middle East (conflict) and Africa (poverty and inequality). In this course, participants will be introduced to the wide variety of Catholic international aid and development organizations and their core assignment will be volunteering with any one of these organizations.

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CCS-065  Confession: The Sacrament of Mercy (MER)

In Confession: The Sacrament of Mercy, Catholics are reminded in a personal way of the beauty and power of reconciliation. Gospel passages bring forward the themes of mercy, forgiveness of sins, and conversion, which are at the heart of Jesus’ teaching. This scriptural study is coupled with a deeper reflection on the Catholic Tradition and pastoral ministry of the sacrament, and what it means to Christian disciples.

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CCS-038  Confirmation (DDIII, SP)

The course will deepen the participants’ appreciation for Confirmation within the unity of the sacraments of initiation; explore the action of the Holy Spirit in the Pentecost and New Testament narratives; and consider the meaning of the laying on of hands and of anointing.

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CCS-076  Development and Peace: The Canadian Church in Solidarity

This is a course specifically designed to look at the history, mission and work of Caritas Canada – Development and Peace. How does Development and Peace work through charity, justice and education? How does the work of this organization effectively take up the call to solidarity and the preferential option for the poor? Why is it most ethical to work in partnership? The course engages interactively with the organizations work around the world and students will be required to research the work of one of CCODP’s partner organizations around the world.


CCS-031  Echoes - Parish-Based Training for Handing on Faith (CATI)

The course will explore the links between catechesis and the liturgy; consider the plan and design of God for our good and for our salvation; see what implications good pedagogy has for how we can catechist or help; examine five types of skills which can help better implement learning sessions; and understand the centrality and aim of evangelization in all parish activities.

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CCS-037  Eucharist (DDIII, SP)

The course will deepen an appreciation of the Eucharist as a sharing in Christ’s life and a carrying out of the covenant between ourselves and God; explore the forgiveness that is present and experienced in the Eucharist; consider the two-fold remembering which is celebrated in the Eucharist: and deepen an appreciation that the Eucharist is a Presence but most of all it is a power for hope and resurrection.

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CCS-057  Evangelii Gaudium (NE)

Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) is a 2013 apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis on the church’s primary mission of evangelization in the modern world. It has been described as a “remarkable and radical document, one that ranges widely and challenges complacency at every level.

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CCS-055  Evangelii Nuntiandi (NE)

Evangelii Nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World) is an apostolic exhortation issued on December the 8th, 1975 by Pope Paul VI on the theme of Catholic evangelization. The exhortation affirms the role of every Christian - not only ordained ministers, priests, and deacons, or religious - in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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CCS-066  Faith and International Development (ID)

This course provides a broad overview of faith-based approaches to international aid and development, how a faith-based lens differs from a secular one. Participants will examine the motivations and theological elements that affect a faith-based model of international development, and the impact of different approaches on practical outcomes in global issues.

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CCS-025  Gospel and Epistles of John, The (DDII, SCR, SJ)

The course will consider the Canonical literature traditionally attributed to the Fourth Evangelist: the Gospel of John; 1, 2, and 3 John; and the Book of Revelation.  An introduction of the milieu from which the Johannine Community emanated, such as date, authorship, and provenance, will serve as a backdrop to a closer examination of the literature.

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CCS-054  Gospel According to Luke, The (NTI)

How bland would be our theological picture of Jesus without the colorful contributions of Luke’s Gospel such as the birth announcements of John and Jesus, the Christmas scene of swaddling clothes, manger, shepherds, and angels, Jesus’ beloved parables, his last words from the cross, and his resurrection appearance on the Emmaus road. Luke’s lovable Jesus is the epitome of compassion and gentleness. Michael Patella’s excellent exploration of this Gospel mines the motifs of diabolical force, the great reversal of rich and poor, the schism of those who reject Jesus’ teaching, and the essential Christian response of joy.

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CCS-052  Gospel According to Matthew, The (NTI)

The Gospel according to Matthew provides the translation of the text enhanced by the informative and perceptive commentary of Barbara E. Reid. This Gospel has long been the Church’s favourite faith portrait of Jesus. Piece by piece, Reid puts together the unforgettable picture of Jesus in all his Jewishness; the one who has come not to abolish but to fulfill the law and the prophets.

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CCS-053  Gospel According to Mark, The (NTI)

The absence of stories of Jesus’ birth and infancy, a minimum of Jesus’ parables and a resurrection scene without sight or sound of the risen Jesus have tempted readers to shortchange Mark’s Gospel. Thanks to the insightful analysis and inspiring reflections of Marie Noonan Sabin, anyone studying this premier Gospel with her guidance will recognize the genius of the original author. Sabin asserts that Mark’s Gospel is not an eyewitness account or a work of biography or history, Mark interprets Jesus in the light of the Hebrew Bible, showing Jesus to be not only a teacher of Wisdom but Wisdom itself.

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CCS-041  Holy Orders (DDIII)

Holy Orders will study the three orders: bishop, priest, and deacon, and how the church regards their ordination as a Sacrament.

CCS-050  Holy Sacramental Mysteries: An Introduction, The (EASI)

The Eastern Churches uses the terminology “The Holy Mysteries” to describe what the West calls the Sacraments.  The Mysteries are vehicles for the divine presence in the Church and hold the power to transform the world.  Participants will become more familiar with the Holy Mysteries, connecting them with the Great Mystery of Christ, the source of inner transformation.

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CCS-003  Jesus (FFI, CST, DDII, LIT, PC, SJ, YE)

Participants will have the opportunity to examine, from a variety of theological perspectives, what we know and believe about the central figure of the Christian faith – Jesus.

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CCS-030  L'essentiel de la foi catholique

Comment comprendre la foi catholique aujourd’hui? Comment vivre l’engagement de son baptême dans tous les aspects de son existence? Les chretiens et les chretiennes d’aujourd’Hui font face au défi suivant: intéger les enseignements du passé aux changements du monde contemporain. Le but premier de L’Essentiel de la Foi Catholique est de présenter les données de base du catholicisme et d’éclairer tous ceux et celles qui désirent vivre leur foi de manière significative et dynamique.

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CCS-058  Laudato Sí (NE)

Laudato Sí (Praise Be to You) is the second encyclical of Pope Francis that is also subtitled: On Care for Our Common Home. In it, the Pope critiques consumerism, and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action.”

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CCS-022  Liturgical Practices (CATII, DDIV, LIT)

The course will introduce participants to the practical elements of worship and life: Sunday and the Paschal Triduum, Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas, the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and the Environment and Music.

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CCS-021  Liturgy (CATII, DDIV, LIT, RE)

As central to the life of the Christian person, liturgy engages the heart, body and soul in praise, thanks and worship of God as Trinity. In the course, the participants will study the ritual and symbolic meaning of liturgy, its structural elements and its importance to Christian worship and life.

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CCS-039  Marriage (SP)

The course will present the historical, theological and scriptural understanding of marriage in the Catholic tradition as the roots of this sacrament are traced; and consider the sacrament of marriage as an intimate and life giving relationship between a couple established by God which reflects the love of Christ and His Church.

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CCS-064  Mercy in the Teachings of the Popes (MER)

St. John Paul II focused on mercy in his teaching – and he was not alone. For over a hundred years, the Church has been guided by popes who encouraged us to meditate on Christ, the center of mercy. Now in Mercy in the Teachings of the Popes we can treasure a collection of teachings of from the popes on subjects like the source of divine mercy; Mary, mother of mercy; mercy, the life of the Church, and much more.

CCS-010  Moral Theology (FFII, CATI, DDIII, RE)

The course will introduce participants to the moral principles and convictions that give meaning to our actions, as well as examine the role Scripture, the Church, and conscience play in shaping how we act and how our behaviour is a response to the human community.

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CCS-045  New Evangelization, The (DDIV)

The New Evangelization will study how each of us is called to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and to go forth to proclaim the Gospel.

CCS-008  New Testament, The (FFII, CATI, DDII, RE, SCR)

The course will explore the stories in and behind the writings of the New Testament; introducing the participants to the cultural context, composition, themes and pastoral applications of the New Testament accounts and at the same time, expanding their understanding of the Bible.

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CCS-019  Nicene Creed, The

The course will help participants reflect on their life experiences and discern God’s presence; link their insights with the Church’s tradition and teachings, and then proclaim and witness their faith in the particular life and vocation to which God has called them. The themes in the course will include God the Father, God the Son - Jesus Christ, God the Holy Spirit, the Church, the Primacy of Baptism, and From Here to Eternity.

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CCS-009  Old Testament, The (FFII, CATI, DDII, RE, SCR)

The course will help participants to understand better and appreciate the biblical context, structure, authoring, meaning, and historical impact of the Old Testament accounts.

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CCS-007  On Good Soil (FFII, CATII)

The Canadian Bishops’ publication On Good Soil: Pastoral Planning for Evangelization and Catechesis with Adults will provide participants with relevant reflection, constructive suggestions and sound orientations for effective, life-giving evangelizing and catechetical ministry with adults.

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CCS-062  Parables of Mercy, The (MER)

The Parables of Mercy provides us with an invitation to see them in a new way, recognizing ourselves in the stories. Through personal reflection we see that mercy is a powerful force that overcomes all, and fills our hearts with God’s unbridled pardon and fierce love for us.

CCS-017  Pastoral Care (DDIII, PC)

The course will introduce participants to the theology of sickness and suffering, communion rituals, prayer and the Word of God, practical advice on making pastoral visits, taking care of yourself while caring for others, and further information about illnesses affecting those you visit.

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CCS-024  Paul: Life and Letters (DDII, SCR)

The course will consider the literature of the New Testament attributed to the Apostle Paul. The participants will survey the Apostle’s life, including a close reading of the Pauline Letters.

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CCS-033  Practice of Catechesis, The (CATI)

The course will immerse participants in the Church’s teaching on initiation, develop deep enthusiasm for and understanding of this vision, and ground this understanding with practical tips for catechists to apply in parish life. This course will highlight how faith sharing and experiential learning are key components of catechesis and faith formation.

CCS-018  Practice of Pastoral Care, The (DDIII, PC)

The course will provide participants with the practical elements required to assist those that are sick and/or suffering from an illness.

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CCS-016  Practice of Social Justice, The (CATII, DDI, SJ)

The course will teach participants how to integrate the key themes of Social Justice into their everyday lives.

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CCS-014  Practice of Youth Ministry, The (YE)

The course will provide an introduction and understanding of the practical considerations when organizing a youth event, as well as exploring the methods and techniques for leading prayer and worship with young people.

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CCS-005  Prayer (FFI, DDI)

The course will survey prayer as essential to the lives of Christian people, as individuals, and within the community of faith. Participants will explore the qualities, forms and expressions of prayer.

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CCS-049  Praying with Icons (EASI)

This course will offer an introduction to icons, “a window on the divine” and an important element in the spiritual life of Eastern Christians.   More recently, there has been a marked increase in the popular and ecumenical appeal for icons and participants will be introduced to the practice of praying with icons.

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CCS-061  Psalms of Mercy, The (MER)

The Psalms have a strong attraction to believers and nonbelievers alike, because they reflect our deepest experiences as human beings. They are full of highs and lows of everyday life, the triumphs and losses, our strengths and weaknesses, the beautiful and the painful. The Psalms also point to our human search for a merciful and loving God. Praying with these ten Psalms of Mercy will help us come more deeply into God’s presence, and reveal God’s mercy and tenderness for each one of us.

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CCS-036  Reconciliation (DDIII, SP)

The course will consider three elements of reconciliation: conversion, confession and celebration; elements where we find God’s unconditional forgiveness, and where we in turn are called to forgive others.

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CCS-034  Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - RCIA (CATII)

The course will introduce participants to the celebrations of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, and all the Rites belonging to the catechumenate. Participants will explore the steps marking the catechumenate as well as the four continuous periods of inquiry and growth: precatechumenate, catechumenate, purification and enlightenment, and mystagogy.

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CCS-004  Sacraments, The (FFI, CST, LIT, PC, SJ, SP, YE)

The course will present an overview of the theology of the sacraments: the public and the liturgical prayer of the Church, as well as discuss of each of the sacraments within the context of its role in the lives of the faithful.

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CCS-063  Saints in Mercy, The (MER)

The Saints in Mercy is an expression of how the 27 saints, blessed, venerables, and other holy people in this book witnesses to the faith not only through works of mercy but by living within God’s mercy. Through their stories we begin to see how, through perseverance and humility, their ordinary lives became extraordinary portraits of holiness because they allowed God’s mercy to penetrate and overflow.

CCS-002  Scripture (FFI, CST, DDI, EASI, LIT, PC, SCR, SJ, YE)

With the introduction of a few basic theories, the course will assist the participants in navigating through the world of the Scriptures and consider the Bible’s history, its development, the cultural factors which influenced the events around the writing of the Old and New Testaments, and the influence of the Church documents on the Bible today.

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CCS-015  Social Justice (CATII, DDI, RE, SJ)

The course will introduce participants to the theory and practice of Social Justice through the study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the seven key themes of Catholic Social Teaching as outlined by the Bishops: the life and dignity of the person; the call to family, community, and participation; rights and responsibilities; option for the poor and vulnerable; the dignity of work and the rights of workers; solidarity; and care for God’s creation.

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CCS-046  Theology of Eastern Christianity Part I, The (EASI)

In the Theology of Eastern Christianity Parts I and II, the participants will come to appreciate the theology of the Eastern Christianity and its effect on the whole of life. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of Eastern Theology is the emphasis on the transcendence or the mystery of God.  In this course, participants will be introduced to the themes of God as Mystery, Creator and Trinity.

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CCS-047  Theology of Eastern Christianity Part II, The (EASI)

In the Theology of Eastern Christianity Part II, the participants will come to appreciate the theology of the Eastern Christianity in terms of the life and death of Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The theme of prayer in the Eastern Tradition will also be introduced.

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CCS-040  Theology of God (DDII)

The course will introduce participants to aspects of the problem of God in the modern era. Topics will include the Trinity in the history of Israel, the Trinity and the Christ event, and the Trinity and the early Church Councils.

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CCS-051  Understanding Sacred Scripture – The Catholic Approach (NTI)

This course will examine the ways in which Catholics approach the study and understanding of Sacred Scripture.

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CCS-020  Vatican II (DDI)

Fifty years after it started, the faithful still debate what the changes wrought by the Council mean for the Church today. The course will provide participants with the perspective of people who have lived the unfolding of Vatican II, as well as the opportunity to closely examine six of the Vatican II documents.

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CCS-056  Verbum Domini (NE)

Verbum Domini (The Word of the Lord) is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation issued by Pope Benedict XVI which deals with how the Catholic Church should approach the Bible.


CCS-048  Worship and Spirituality of Eastern Catholic Churches (EASI)

Since Vatican II, the Church has encouraged its members to the earnest and fruitful collaboration of Eastern and Western Catholic Churches.  This course will help participants to answer their questions related to the origins of the Eastern Catholic Churches and provide an introduction to their rich liturgical life.


CCS-013  Youth Ministry - Human Development & Growth (YE)

The course will introduce participants to the stage theories of human development and spiritual growth; consider the ministry of catechesis within the context of the Church’s mission to evangelize; and explore the vision and principles for developing a comprehensive framework for youth ministry.

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