SacramentsCourse Level: Basic

Successful completion of this course earns 2.5 CEU's. Click here for more information about CEU's.

General Course Objectives

  • Gain a basic grasp of a brief history of the sacraments
  • Be able to explain how Baptism is the door to life in the Spirit
  • Understand that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the ecclesial life
  • Understand Confirmation as the completion of baptism
  • Be able to explain the Sacraments of Initiation, the Sacraments of Healing and the Sacraments at the service of Communion

Course Materials

  • Required Book: Peter Vaghi The Sacraments We Celebrate: A Catholic Guide to the Seven Mysteries of Faith Ave Maria Press (March 1, 2010) ISBN: 159471231X; ISBN-13: 978-1594712319; ASIN: B01MYUC0LS
  • Required Book: National Directory for Catechesis USCCB Publishing, 2005 ISBN: 1574554433; ISBN-13: 978-1574554434; ASIN: B00I12XBXC

Course Structure and Highlights

  • Week 1: The Relationship of Sacraments and Liturgy
    • Understand that the liturgy is the work of the Christ and the work of the Church
    • Gain a basic comprehension of the complex history of the seven sacraments
    • Understand that the sacraments are more than "holy moments" of our lives
    • Understand the meaning of Christ as the "first sacrament"
    • Understand that liturgy accomplishes "the work of our redemption" (SC, #2)
  • Week 2: Baptism and Confirmation
    • Understand the sacraments of initiation and what they do for us
    • Understand that baptism is the doorway to the other sacraments
    • Explore the history of confirmation as it relates to baptism
    • Be able to explain the religious and ecclesial (personal and communal) effects of Baptism
    • Understand that Confirmation is the completion of baptismal grace
  • Week 3: Eucharist
    • Explore the ancient traditions that are part of the history of the Eucharist
    • The two major parts of the Mass and the actions within
    • Understand that the Sacrament of Eucharist completes Christian initiation
    • Be able to explain why the Eucharist is considered "source and summit of Christian Life
  • Week 4: Sacraments of Healing
    • Understand why the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) and Anointing of the Sick are considered Sacraments of Healing
    • Gain a basic understanding of the development of these sacraments through history
    • Understand the four elements that support a fruitful celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance)
    • Be able to explain the meaning of "viaticum"
    • Understand how the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick fits into the larger ministry to the sick that the Church encourages
  • Week 5: Sacraments at the service of Communion: Marriage and Holy Orders
    • Gain a basic grasp of the history of the Sacraments at the service of communion
    • Be able to explain the sacramental dimension of marriage (Matrimony)
    • Understand that marriage (Matrimony) is seen more as a covenant than as a contract
    • Come to an appreciation of marriage (Matrimony) as a true vocation in the Church community
    • Understand some of the recent changes regarding the Sacrament of Holy Orders