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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CCS-029H The Acts of the Apostles Hybrid Course
The Certificate in Catholic Studies and the Treasures of our Faith unite this January to offer its participants a unique learning experience: individual online learning sessions as well as small group in-person discussions.
Beginning Monday, January the 5th, 2015 to March the 30th, participants will gather at Holy Family Parish in St. Albert every Monday night at EITHER 6:00 - 6:50 P.M. OR 7:00 - 7:50 P.M. to learn about the Acts of the Apostles.
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.