Level 10 - The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Instructor: Mr. Chris Creed (867-4905; cjc@motives.com)
Coordinator: Dr. Kevin Stevens, Ph.D. (272-7834; KSteven5@ix.netcom.com)

The purpose of this class is to gain a solid foundation in the Catechism of the Catholic Church in order to prepare you for the Sacrament of Confirmation. We will cover the major points of faith over the course of this year. The four main sections we will cover are: Part One, the Profession of Faith; Part Two, the Celebration of the Christian Mystery; Part Three, Life in Christ; and Part Four, Christian Prayer.

Texts
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (recommended, but not required)
The Fundamentals of the Faith (please bring your level 9 book to class)
Of Water and the Spirit (to be used in class only)
* - Additional Readings will be handed out in class.

"Optional Homework": I will periodically assign homework. For the time being, it is optional. That is to say if you do not have time to do the work you do not have to do it. This is contingent upon the class discussion being thoughtful and everyone participating.

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. I will take attendance at the beginning of each class and you are allowed no more than two (2) absences per year. Please keep in mind that in Level 10 we have lively and intelligent class discussions and if you miss you not only hurt your own education, but also that of your classmates.

Grades: There will not be any graded assignments in this class. Your candidacy for Confirmation rests 100% on your participation in class discussion, your knowledge of the material discussed, and your attendance and behavior in class. (NB you also must pass your prayer test).

Written Assignments: There will be occasional written assignments given out in this class. They are to be TYPED or NEATLY WRITTEN (so I can read them) and handed into me the following class. These will not be graded for content, however I will keep track of who did and did not participate.

Class Schedules

Part One, the Profession of Faith

Sept. 19th: Introduction and Class Orientation; Prayer Test; Getting to Know You

Oct. 3th: Who is God?; The Holy Trinity; Mary, the Mother of God

 

Part Two, the Celebration of the Christian Mystery

Oct. 24th: The Sacrament of Baptism; The Sacrament of the Eucharist

Nov. 14th: The Sacrament of Confirmation

Nov. 28th: The Sacrament of Penance; The Sacrament of Holy Orders; The Sacrament of Marriage; The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Dec. 12th: GUEST LECTURE (Vocations)

Dec. 25th: Merry Christmas!

Part Three, Life in Christ

Jan. 9rd: Sin (mortal versus venial)

Jan. 23th: Critical Life Issues (*)

Feb. 6st: Human Sexuality (*)

Feb. 20st: Social and Economic Justice

Mar. 19th: GUEST LECTURE ("What is Truth")

Part Four, Christian Prayer

Apr. 2th: What is Prayer

Apr. 9th: Conclusions

April 30th: Makeup Day (more info to come)

May 7nd: May Devotional, 9:30, Holy Rosary Church

May, 2000: Confirmation Mass with His Grace Bishop Mulvee or His Grace Bishop McMannus, Holy Rosary Catholic Church

If we are quick and get through some of the materials faster than the syllabus recommends then we will cover "Religions of the World, a Survey, which will be a very brief overview of all of the major Western and Eastern Religions.