Newman Theological College
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.

CCS 001 Catholicism CCS 023 Acts and New Testament Writings
CCS 002 Scripture CCS 024 Pauline Literature
CCS 003 Jesus Christ CCS 025 Johannine Literature
CCS 004 The Sacraments CCS 026 Catholic Philosophy
CCS 005 Prayer CCS 027 Catholic Education in the Mission of the Church
CCS 006 Catechesis CCS 028 Catholic School Governance and Issues in Catholic Education
CCS 007 Introduction to “On Good Soil” CCS 029 The Acts of the Apostles - Hybrid Course
CCS 008 The New Testament CCS 030 L'Essential de la foi Catholique
CCS 009 The Old Testament CCS 031 Echoes - Parish-Based Training for Handing on Faith
CCS 010 Moral Theology CCS 032 Catechesis - Human Development & Growth
CCS 011 Church History I CCS 033 The Practice of Catechesis
CCS 012 Church History II CCS 034 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
CCS 013 Youth Ministry – Human Development & Growth CCS 035 Baptism
CCS 014 The Practice Of Youth Ministry CCS 036 Reconciliation
CCS 015 Social Justice CCS 037 Eucharist
CCS 016 The Practice of Social Justice CCS 038 Confirmation
CCS 017 Pastoral Care CCS 039 Marriage
CCS 018 The Practice of Pastoral Care CCS 040 Theology of God
CCS 019 Nicene Creed CCS 041 Holy Orders
CCS 020 Vatican II CCS 042 Introduction to Canon Law
CCS 021 Liturgy CCS 043 Canon Law - Marriage
CCS 022 Liturgical Practices CCS 044 Bioethics
CCS-045 The New Evangelization

 


CCS 001 Catholicism

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. (FFI, CST, LIT, PC, SJ, YE)
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CCS 002 Scripture

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. (FFI, CST, LIT, PC, SCR, SJ, YE)
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CCS 003 Jesus Christ

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

The course will present an overview of the theology of the sacraments: the public and the liturgical prayer of the Church, as well as a discussion of each of the sacraments within the context of its role in the lives of the faithful. (FFI, CST, LIT, PC, SJ, SP, YE)
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CCS 005 Prayer

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. (FFI)
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CCS 006 Catechesis

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. (FFI)
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CCS 007 Introduction to “On Good Soil”

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. (FFII, CATII)
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CCS 008 The New Testament

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

The course will help participants to understand better and appreciate the biblical context, structure, authoring, meaning, and historical impact of the Old Testament accounts. (FFII, CATI, RE, SCR)
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CCS 010 Moral Theology

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. (FFII, CATI, RE)
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CCS 011 Church History I

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. (FFII)
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CCS 012 Church History II

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. (FFII)
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CCS 013 Youth Ministry – Human Development and Growth

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. (YE)
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CCS 014 The Practice of Youth Ministry

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. (YE)
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CCS 015 Social Justice

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. (SJ, CATII, RE)
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CCS 016 The Practice of Social Justice

The course will teach participants how to integrate the key themes of Social Justice into their everyday lives. (SJ, CATII)
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CCS 017 Pastoral Care

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. (PC)
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CCS 018 The Practice of Pastoral Care

The course will provide participants with the practical elements required to assist those that are sick and/or suffering from an illness. (PC)
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CCS 019 Nicene Creed

The course will help you reflect on your life experiences and discern God’s presence; link your insights with the Church’s tradition and teachings, and then proclaim and witness your faith in the particular life and vocation to which God has called you. 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 020 Vatican II

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 you 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 021 Liturgy

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 this course, the participants will study the ritual and symbolic meaning of liturgy, its structural elements and its importance to Christian worship and life. (LIT, CATII, RE)
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CCS 022 Liturgical Practices

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. (LIT, CATII)
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CCS 023 Acts and New Testament Writings

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.(SCR)
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CCS 024 Pauline Literature

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. (SCR)


CCS 025 Johannine Literature

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. (SCR)


CCS 026 Catholic Philosophy

A general introduction to Catholic Philosophy. Topics include: the existence of God, the reason for evil, the basis of ethics and the principles of political life.
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CCS-027 Catholic Education in the Mission of the Church

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. (CST)


CCS-028 Catholic School Governance and Issues in Catholic Education

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, Catholic curriculum, etc. (CST)


CCS-029H The Acts of the Apostles Hybrid Course

The Certificate in Catholic Studies and the Treasures of our Faith unite to offer its participants a unique learning experience: individual online learning sessions as well as small group in-person discussions.
These one hour class discussions over the 13 week period will be supplemented with individual online learning, provided through our Certificate in Catholic Studies Program.
Enjoy the opportunity to dialogue with others about Sacred Scripture while also earning ONE course credit towards a Certificate in Catholic Studies.
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CCS-030 L'Essential de la foi Catholique (Dix Semaines)

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-031 Echoes - Parish-Based Training for Handing on Faith

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. (CATI)


CCS-032 Catechesis - Human Development & Growth

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. (CATI, RE)


CCS-033 The Practice of Catechesis

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. (CATI)


CCS-034 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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. (CATII)


CCS-035 Baptism

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. (SP)


CCS-036 Reconciliation

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. (SP)


CCS-037 Eucharist

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. (SP)


CCS-038 Confirmation

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. (SP)


CCS-039 Marriage

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. (SP)


CCS-040 Theology of God

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.


CCS-041 Holy Orders

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CCS-042 Introduction to Canon Law

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CCS-043 Canon Law - Marriage

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CCS-044 Bioethics

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CCS-045 The New Evangelization

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