Parish and Social Action

Course Level: Advanced

Course Summary

This is an ADVANCED level course and should not be attempted without sufficient grounding in the basics of the Catholic faith.

In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that "love for widows and orphans, prisoners, and the sick and needy of every kind, is as essential to [the Church] as the ministry of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel." Ensuring that our parishes reflect this three-part mission is the responsibility of all Catholics, particularly parish staff as well as catechetical and social ministry leaders. This course will explore the roots of the parish's social mission in Scripture and Catholic social teaching. Students will draw on a variety of resources to study key elements of, and learn strategies for, effective parish social action.

Successful completion of this course earns 2.5 CEU's.

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