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.

GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the power of sacramental words and symbols
  • Understand the meaning of grace and how sacraments confer grace
  • Explore a brief history of the sacraments
  • Gain an appreciation for the meaning of liturgy as an encounter with God and with the Church
  • Understand that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the ecclesial life
  • Examine the Sacraments of Initiation, the Sacraments of Healing and the Sacraments of Vocation

COURSE STRUCTURE AND HIGHLIGHTS:

Week 1: Liturgy: An Encounter With God and the Church

  • Understand that liturgy is the work of Christ and the Church.
  • Be able to explain the matter and form of the sacraments.

Week 2: A Brief History: Sacraments and Grace

  • Understand the meaning of grace.
  • Gain a basic comprehension of the complex history of the seven sacraments.

Week 3: Sacraments of Initiation

  • Understand the matter and form of the Sacrament of Initiation.
  • Understand the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
  • Identify the gifts of the Holy Spirit and their relationship to our ordinary lives.

Week 4: Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick

  • Understand why the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick are considered Sacraments of Healing.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the development of these sacraments through history.

Week 5: The Sacraments of Vocation

  • Understand the form and matter of the Sacraments of Vocation.
  • Understand the history of the Sacraments of Vocation.

TEXTBOOK:

Stasiak, Kurt. Sacramental Theology: Means of Grace, Ways of Life. Loyola Press, 2001.

ASSESSMENT:

Introduction to the Sacraments consists of ten lessons and ten assignments, with each assignment weighted at 10% (percent) of the total grade.

TECHNICAL SKILLS AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must have Internet access. A high speed connection, either ADSL or cable, is recommended.
  • You should know how to use a web browser to navigate the web to locate educational resources and download files.
  • You will need the files management skills necessary to create directories, to save files and to retrieve files.