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