Catechetical Institute – The Creed: The Faith Professed

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:

  1. The Creed
  2. The Liturgy and the Sacraments
  3. Life in Christ – The Ten Commandments
  4. Christian Prayer – The Lord’s Prayer

Reading: USCCA chapters 1, 2, 3, 4

Recordings: CI Creed 1 ACI 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 2ACI 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 3ACI 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 4ACI 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

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