St. Thomas More Catholic Community offered the Catechetical Institute course, “The Creed: The Faith Professed” between October and December 2012. Here are notes, handouts and recordings of that course. Since it is now some time ago, I will put all sessions into one article rather than six separate articles.
The basic text for the course is the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, supplemented by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and various Catholic Updates.
Session 1 – What is the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
A brief introduction to what a Catechism is, and a history of various catechisms, and how the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the US Catholic Catechism for Adults came about.
Then a brief look at the four-fold structure of the Catechism, based upon:
- The Creed
- The Liturgy and the Sacraments
- Life in Christ – The Ten Commandments
- Christian Prayer – The Lord’s Prayer
Reading: USCCA chapters 1, 2, 3, 4
Recordings: CI Creed 1 A, CI Creed 1B
Session 2 – The Trinity – God as a Communion of Persons
God as Creator; Revelation of God as Trinity; The Missions of the Trinity
Reading: USCCA chapters 5, 9
Recordings: CI Creed 2A, CI Creed 2B
Session 3 – Jesus Christ
Why did the Word become flesh? The Incarnation; The Redemption; The Death and Resurrection of Jesus
Reading: USCCA chapters 7, 8
The Incarnation: Why God Wanted to Become Human
Jesus Christ: Why the Word Became Flesh
Recordings: CI Creed 3A, CI Creed 3B
Session 4 – The Church
The Church in God’s plan; The Four Marks of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic; Who’s Who in the Church?
Reading: USCCA chapters 10, 11
Vocations: How is God Calling Me?
What Does it Mean to be Church?
Why Be Catholic?
Recordings: CI Creed 4A, CI Creed 4B
Session 5: Mary – Mother of God and Mother of the Church
Also: The Communion of Saints
Reading: USCCA chapter 12
Communion of Saints
In Search of the Real Mary
The Rosary of the Virgin Mary
Saints: Holy and Human
Recordings: CI Creed 5
Session 6: Our Eternal Destiny
The Meaning of Christian Death; The Last Judgement; Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, Final Resurrection
Reading: USCCA chapter 13
The ‘Last Things’: Death, Judgement, Heaven, Hell
The Resurrection: How Do We Know It’s True?
We Believe in the Resurrection
Recordings: CI Creed 6