Created by Rev. Joseph Weiss, S.J., a Theology Professor at Notre Dame, this course introduces participants to the Catholic understanding of the created world as sacramental. In so doing, it studies how Jesus Christ is the primordial sacrament of God, how the Church is the basic sacrament of Christ and how in the seven sacraments, as essential manifestations and realizations of its shared life in Christ, the Church fulfills its own divine destiny and that of all creation. At the end of this course participants will be able to:
- Describe the biblical, historical, and theological developments of the sacraments;
- Discuss the ritual structure and theology of the sacraments as in the Catechism of the Catholic Church;
- Describe how participation in the sacramental life of the Church can inform and even transform the manner in which Christians engage in the world around them.
*Note: Participants in this course must have their own copy of Joseph Martos' Doors to the Sacred (Liguori, Missouri: Triumph Books, 2001).
- Foundations of Sacramental Theology.
- The Sacraments of Christian Initiation.
- The Sacrament of the Eucharist.
- The Sacraments of Healing.
- The Sacraments at the Service of Communion.
- Created by Notre Dame Theology Professor.
- Six weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 20-30 students in each course.
- Primary readings from required text, additional readings provided online.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration of topic, internet links provided for these readings.
- Weekly written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Weekly facilitator moderated chat sessions with students in course.
- Facilitated by STEP staff.
- Participants in this course must have their own copy of Joseph Martos' Doors to the Sacred (Liguori, Missouri: Triumph Books, 2001). Earlier editions of this text are acceptable.
- Weekly reading of assigned texts.
- Participation in class discussion using discussion area (minimum 2 comments, questions or responses weekly.)
- Weekly written assignment (150-200 words.)
- Weekly chat session with other students in course (3 required throughout course.)
- Completion of short objective quizzes.
- Course evaluation.
4 to 6 hours a week (time varies from student to student depending on your learning style and schedule.
A Certificate of Completion awarding 35 Contact Hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.