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Cycle 3 (4/19-5/9)

  • Basic Catechist Formation for PSR Catechists- Understanding the significance of catechesis for both nurturing an encounter with Jesus Christ within those we catechize and appreciating one’s sense of vocation as a catechist. It includes looking at the 6 tasks of catechesis, methodologies/techniques for teaching the faith, and classroom management.

    • Instructor- TBD

    • Date/Time- TBD

    • Site- TBD

  • Praying with Students for PSR Catechists - What is prayer?  What does praying look like?  How does praying feel?   In the class we will focus on praying with children, using rituals, life experience, stories, scripture, theology, etc.   Come for your own enrichment as catechists and as persons of prayer.

    • Sr. Cathy Doherty

    • Our Lady of Guadalupe

    • April 20, 27, May 4 from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Cycle 4 (5/24-6/27) 

  • Scripture- The Introduction to Scripture course cannot cover everything one needs to know for navigating into the world of the scriptures but one is given a few basic concepts to begin the journey. This course will focus how the Bible came about, what were some of the cultural factors which influenced the events around the writing of the Old and New Testaments, and what Church documents today tell us about the Bible. You are about to begin an interesting journey.

    • Dr. James McCullough

    • Date/Time- TBD

    • Site- TBD

  • Intro to Catechesis CR- This course will present the ministry of catechesis. It will consider catechesis from the perspective of evangelization and how baptismal catechumenate is an inspiration for catechesis. The course will focus more on the process and methods for catechesis than the content. Thus the course will also look at who is to be catechized, appropriate methods, lesson planning, creative catechesis and the importance and vocation of the catechist.

    • Barb Yoffie

    • June 8-11, June 15-18 from 10:00-1:00 on the 8th and 18th  and 10:00-12:30 on the other 6 days

    • St. Clement of Rome

  • Intro to Liturgy CR- 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, participants will study the ritual and symbolic meaning of liturgy, its structural elements and its importance to Christian worship and life.

    • Sr. Cathy Doherty

    • June 11, 12, 15, 16, 17 from 9:00am - 1:00 pm

    • Our Lady of Guadalupe

Cycle 5 (7/12- 8/15)

  • Sacraments CR- This course is an introductory overview of the theology of the sacraments, the public, liturgical prayer of the Church. The Church is never so much the Church as when it is gathered together for liturgy. Jesus Himself is Sacrament, the visible sign of the invisible God. Eucharist is THE sacrament for it contains all that we are, all that the Church is, and all that Jesus says of God. Each of the sacraments will be discussed within the context of its role in the lives of the faithful: initiation into God's life, healing and reconciliation, and service to God's community.

    • Instructor- TBD

    • Date/Time- TBD

    • Site- TBD

Cycle 6 (8/30-10/3)

  • Survey of Catholic Doctrine CR- This course will look at some of the major doctrines of the Catholic Church. Participants will come to a better understanding of the Trinity, original sin, church, salvation history, and the communion of saints. Participants will be asked to identify the meaning of magisterium, ecumenism, eschatology, and other Catholic terms.

    • Instructor- TBD

    • Date/ Time- TBD

    • Site- TBD