Catechism Course for Adults

Our Adult Catechism Course is a Spiritual Journey for Converts, Reverts, Introverts, Extroverts, and Others, presented in conjunction with the Pastor’s Forum on Monday Evenings, and serving as our local parish version of RCIA as well.  All are welcome to attend this course, even as a review of their Faith.

Introduction to the Course

  • Here are our invitations for embarking on these four spiritual journeys:
    • Converts: people who wish to become Catholic Christians, whether they are baptized or not
    • Reverts: Catholics who want to return to the Catholic Church or complete their sacraments
    • Introverts: Catholics who want to grow more deeply in appreciating their Catholic Christian Faith
    • Extroverts: Catholics who want to learn how to share their Faith more confidently with others
    • Even if you do not fit into any of these categories, you are most welcome to attend anyway!
  • Classes meet on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel (enter by door #1).
    • Each class lasts about ninety minutes, starting and concluding with prayer.
      • This course begins after Labor Day, and concludes well before Memorial Day
    • Missed sessions need to be made up privately in order to benefit from the course
      • Additional resources will also be made available during each class session
    • Regular attendance at Sunday Mass is also an expectation for attending this course
      • This course is not just about religious information, but about spiritual formation

  • The textbook is the My Catholic Life series, which is available both online and in book form.
    • My Catholic Faith: understanding and embracing our religious beliefs
      • 8 lessons are studied over the course of the fall months
    • My Catholic Worship: experiencing and participating in our way of praying
      • 8-11 lessons are studied over the course of the winter months
    • My Catholic Morals: committing ourselves to a holy way living our faith
      • 8 lessons are studied over the course of the spring months

  • The Class Schedule is flexible but predictable throughout the course of the school year.
    • We meet each week to discuss the next lesson in the three-book series listed above
      • Each participant should read the assigned chapter in preparation for the class
    • At the completion of the course, those who need sacraments will be able to receive them
      • We recommend the ChristLife course before or after this Adult Catechism course
    • Our parish also offers other opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth and development:
      • Pastor’s Forum on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel
      • Religious Education Parent Meetings on Tuesday evenings as scheduled
      • ChristLife Course on Wednesday evenings in the Upper Room as scheduled
      • Prayer Groups for small groups at various times and places as scheduled
      • Diocesan adult formation programs as publicized in the parish bulletin

On the following pages, the complete Adult Catechism course is summarized.  For more information, please go to the following website, www.MyCatholic.Life, or send an email to either Catechism@StDaniel.org or RCIA@StDaniel.org

My Catholic Faith – Fall Sessions

  

  1. Coming to Faith:  I Believe… / The Desire for Happiness / Fulfilling that Desire / Coming to Know God / Revelation / God Reveals Himself / God Keeps Speaking / Magisterium / Sacred Scripture / Obedience of Faith
  1. God and His Creation:  One God / God’s Name / Father / Almighty / Maker of Heaven and Earth / Creation of Man in the Imago Dei – (Image of God) / The Unity of Body and Soul / Male and Female  / Original Paradise / The Fall of Man / Of All Things Visible and Invisible
  1. The God-Man and His Mother:  Professing Faith in a Person / Jesus, Christ, Son & Lord / Through Him All Things Were Made (John 1:3) / God Becomes Man – Why He Did It / God Becomes Man – What He Did / 100/100 – Fully God and Fully Human / God’s Perfect Plan / Mary’s Immaculate Conception / Mother of God / The Virgin Mother / The Final Outcome
  1. God Suffers Death:  Jesus Makes Some Enemies / Who is Responsible for His Crucifixion? / The Havoc Caused by Disobedience / Free and Perfect Obedience Untangles Disobedience / A More Philosophical Explanation / The New and Perfect Sacrifice / Jesus is Buried / He Descended into Where?
  1. Death Has No Victory!  A Real Historical Event / Resurrection or Brought Back to Life? / A Work of the Trinity / The Veil is Lifted – The Ascension / At the Father’s Right Hand / His Return in Glory…and Grace / A Time of Judgment / Will Cremated Bodies Also Rise?
  1. The Holy Spirit:  What is the Holy Spirit? / Where Do We Meet the Holy Spirit?  /  Images of the Holy Spirit / The Holy Spirit’s Activity in Salvation History
  1. The Church:  Some Initial Distinctions / Symbols of the Church / A Bit of Historical Perspective / The Mystery of the Church / Marks of the Church / The Hierarchy and the Pope / The Threefold Office to Preach, Sanctify and Shepherd / The Laity / Consecrated Life
  1. The Glorious and Final Things!  Communion of Saints: Earth, Heaven and Purgatory / A Sad Note about Hell / The Final Age to Come / Our Blessed Mother: The Queen of All Saints! / Saint Louis de Montfort on Our Blessed Mother

My Catholic Worship – Winter Sessions

  

  1. The Greatest Act on Earth:  The Great Mysterium Fidei / Liturgy 101 / Is the Liturgy Boring? / Who Celebrates the Liturgy? / How the Liturgy is Celebrated / When Do We Celebrate? / Where Do We Celebrate? / Diversity vs. Unity
  1. Sacraments: A Personal Encounter:  Getting Personal! / An Overview / Three to Get In: Sacraments of Initiation / Two to Heal: Sacraments of Healing / Two for the Mission: Sacraments of Vocation
  1. The Sacrament of Baptism:  Effects of Baptism / Old Testament Prefigurations / Giving Us This Sacrament / Who Baptizes Whom? / The Celebration of Baptism
  1. The Sacrament of Confirmation:  What Scripture Reveals / Effects of Confirmation / The Gifts of the Holy Spirit / Receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation / Signs and Symbols / The Bottom Line is the Upper Limit
  1. The Most Holy Eucharist:  Essence Challenges our Five Senses / The One Eternal Sacrifice / The Divine Sacrament Made Present / Transforming Communion / The Mass Explained
  1. The Sacrament of Penance:  How I Prepare / Understanding this Glorious Gift / From Interior Repentance to the Grace of the Sacrament / Individual Examination of Conscience – 7 Deadly Sins / Individual Examination of Conscience – 10 Commandments / How to Go to Confession / Forgiveness is Not Enough…The Grace of Indulgences
  1. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick:  The Suffering of Illness / Who Can Be Anointed By Whom? / Effects of the Sacrament / How and When it is Offered
  1. The Sacrament of Holy Orders:  The Mission of Christ / Entrusting the Mission / The Degrees of Ordination / Fulfilling Christ’s Mission through Ordination / Some Practical Considerations
  1. The Sacrament of Matrimony:  God’s Design and Intention for Marriage / The Effect of the Fall / God’s Answer / Christian Marriage in the New Covenant / Matrimonial Consent / A Sacrament or Not / The Domestic Church
  1. An Introduction to Prayer:  Humility as the Foundation of Prayer / Prayer in the Old Testament / Prayer in the New Testament / Basic Forms of Prayer / The Holy Spirit Teaches Us to Pray / Three Forms of Prayer / Struggles with Prayer
  1. The Lord’s Prayer:  A Summary of the Whole Gospel / The Foundation of Prayer / The Seven Petitions

My Catholic Morals – Spring Sessions

  

  1. Who Am I?  I Am an Imago Dei / The Beatitudes / The Effects of Freedom / Making Moral Choices / Good vs. good / Passions, Feelings and Emotions / Conscience / Erroneous Conscience: Am I Guilty? / Growth in Virtue and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit / Three Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope, Love / Sin: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly / Gravity of Sin
  1. The Law, Society, Grace and Salvation:  The Moral Law / Who are We? Human Society / The Trinity as the Basis of Society / Common Good / Justification / Grace / Merit / Holiness / From the Speculative to the Practical
  1. Loving God:  The First Commandment: / Our High Calling of Love / The Bottom Line of This Commandment / Graven Images / The Upper Upper Limit! / Practical Applications / The Second Commandment: / The Bottom Line: No Swearing Allowed / The Upper Limit: God’s Name is Holy…and so is yours! / Practical Applications / The Third Commandment: / The Sabbath Day after the First Creation / Worship in the New Covenant: The Eighth Day of Creation / Rest in the New Covenant: The Eighth Day of Creation / Duties of Society Practical Considerations
  1. Loving Your Family:  The Fourth Commandment: / God’s Plan for Parents / Being a Holy Child / Family Life / The Fourth Commandment and Society / The Role of Civil Authorities / A Summary of the Bottom Line and Upper Limit of the Fourth Commandment / Practical Considerations
  1. Murder, Anger, and Human Dignity:  The Fifth Commandment / Bottom Line: Do Not Murder / Human Dignity Must Be Respected / When Killing is not Murder / Other “Medical Ethics” Considerations / Other “End of Life” Decisions / The Upper Limit / Practical Considerations
  1. Chastity, Purity, Affection and Marital Love:  The Sixth Commandment / We are Sexual Beings / The Upper Limit: God’s Plan for Sexuality / The Bottom Line: Abuses of Sexual Love / Practical Considerations / The Ninth Commandment: / Purity / Other Considerations / The Bottom Line and the Upper Limit
  1. Stealing and Coveting:  The Seventh Commandment / Is It Mine or Is It Yours? / The Bottom Line / The Dignity of the Human Person and the Economy / Reaching Out to the Poor / International Considerations / The Tenth Commandment / The Root of the Problem: He Who Has Money Never Has Money Enough / Getting in Order!
  1. The Truth Will Set You Free!  The Eighth Commandment / The Bottom Line: Offenses Against the Truth / Do I Have A Right to Know? / The Upper Limit: Art, Beauty and the Pursuit of Truth / Practical Considerations / Conclusion

For more information, please go to the following website, www.MyCatholic.Lifeor send an email to either Catechism@StDaniel.org or RCIA@StDaniel.org.  To read the three textbooks online, please go to MyCatholic.Life/the-my-catholic-life-series/.  Please go to MyCatholic.Life/small-group-study/ to find the study questions.  Welcome to MyCatholic.Life!  Welcome to Saint Daniel Church!

2021-2022 Catechism Course Schedule at Saint Daniel Church
Pastor’s Forum: most Monday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel

 

Welcome!  If you are interested in taking this course in order to become a Catholic, or to complete your sacraments as a Catholic, please contact the pastor for complete information about attending this course.  The Catechism Course is also available as a review of the Catholic Faith for all parishioners and friends.  As part of our regular Pastor’s Forum series, this course is also recommended for those who would like to start their own parish group of Prayer Partners.

Part 1: What Difference Does Christ Make in How I Understand What Life is All About?

The Old Testament: September 13-20, October 4  (Not on September 27)
1. Revelation and the Existence of God (The Purpose and Meaning of Life)
2. Creation and the Fall (What Went Wrong with Humanity and Why We Need God)
3. The Old Testament Scriptures (God Reveals His Plan for our Salvation)

The New Testament: October 11-18-25, November 1
1. The Coming of Christ (God Fulfills His Plan of Salvation for the World)
2. The Holy Spirit (God’s Plan Continues to Unfold in our Spiritual Lives)
3. The New Testament Scriptures (Apostolic Teaching Guides Us Still)
4. The Final Frontier of Eternity (The Fulfillment of this Life in the Next)

The Catholic Church: November 8-15-29, December 6 (Not on November 22)
1. The Church Community (Christ Founded a New Community of Faith)
2. Tradition and History (Scripture, Tradition, and Magisterium together)
3. The Church in Heaven (Awaiting the Resurrection at the End of Time)
4. Organizational Notes (Practical Information about Parish Membership)

Catechumenate: usually celebrated during Christmastime

Part 2: What Difference Does Christ Make in How I Live Out my Daily Life?

The Moral Life: January 10-17-24, February 7-14
1. Following Christ (The Moral Life for a Full Life)
2. God and the Family (Commandments 1-4)
3. Persons and Things (Commandments 5-8)
4. A Change of Heart (Commandments 9-10 and the Virtues)
5. Being a Catholic Christian (Precepts of the Church)

The Spiritual Life: February 21-28, March 7-14-21
1. Sacramental Prayer (Liturgy, Meditation, Contemplation)
2. Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism and Confirmation)
3. Sacrament of the Eucharist (The Source and Summit of Prayer)
4. Sacraments of Healing (Penance and Anointing the Sick)
5. Sacraments of Community (Matrimony and Ordination)

Christian Initiation: usually celebrated during Eastertime

Additional Dates will be added for cancelled sessions, for special topics of interest, and for ongoing prayer and fellowship as part of our parish Prayer Partners.  Generally, the Pastor’s Forum is held on most Mondays from after Labor Day until the Monday before Memorial Day, except for certain holidays and holydays.  Please check the parish calendar and the parish bulletin, or send an email to Pastor@StDaniel.org.