CORE COURSES

*ST 101 CATECHISM I: BASIC CATHOLIC DOCTRINE (2 credits)
Formerly listed as ST 140-Catholic Belief Today
A study of the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic faith as outlined in the Creed and described in Part I of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).

*LT 101 CATECHISM II: CATHOLIC SACRAMENTAL & LITURGICAL THEOLOGY (2 credits) Formerly listed at LT 180-Liturgy of the Sacraments and ST 195-Theology of the Sacraments
A study of the theology of the seven sacraments as revealed by their origin, development and liturgical celebration as described in Part II of the CCC.

*MT 101 CATECHISM III: FOUNDATIONS OF CATHOLIC MORALITY (2 credits)
Formerly listed as MT 120-Foundations of Morality
A study of the foundational principles of moral theology and the fundamental moral teachings emphasizing that the way of Christ "leads to life," as described in Part III of the CCC.

**SP 101 CATECHISM IV: INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLIC PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY (2 credits)
This introduction to Catholic spirituality and the life of prayer as a personal relationship with the "living God" covers the nature and meaning of prayer, prayer in scripture and tradition, types of prayer, obstacles to prayer and the Our Father as the model prayer. Based on Part IV of the CCC.

***SS 101 INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SCRIPTURE (2 credits)
Formerly listed as SS 192-Understanding the Scriptures
A general survey of the Old and New Testament scriptures from a literary, historical and theological perspective, and an introduction to basic principles of Catholic scriptural interpretation.

* This course satisfies the requirements for the Paul VI Certificate of Religious Studies, Archdiocesan Religious Certification (Teacher/PSR Catechist) and the Paul VI Online Catechism Certificate.

** This course satisfies the requirements of the Paul VI Online Catechism Certificate.

*** This course satisfies the requirements of the Paul VI Certificate of Religious Studies and the Archdiocesan Religious Certification (Teacher/PSR Catechist).


CH=CHURCH HISTORY

CH 101 HISTORY OF THE CHURCH, The Beginning to 1274 (2 credits)
This course covers the time period from Christian origins on into the High Middle Ages, including the beginnings of church organization, early councils and the development of doctrine, and the founding and progress of monastic life. Basic time periods covered include early church, the beginning of the medieval church, and the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western churches.

CH 102 THE CHURCH IN THE MODERN WORLD (2 credits)
This survey of the past thousand years of Church history explores the facts, personalities and events concerning the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and the challenges of the modern world, such as revolution, communism, fascism, secularism and globalization. The myths, misunderstandings and misrepresentations surrounding this history will be critically assessed. Further sources such as books, journals, movies and websites will be included to aid further independent study of classroom teaching.

CH 103 THE HISTORY OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS: 1698 through the Present (2 credits)
This survey course on the history of the Archdiocese of St. Louis provides an opportunity to learn about the Archdiocese's development through her leaders. In addition, students will experience this history through at least one field trip with this course.

CH 104 HISTORY OF THE ARCHDIOCESE IN PERSON (2 credits)

CH 105 “THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY.” The Fathers Of Catholic Theology, Troublemakers, And Heretics In The Panorama Of Church History. (2 credits)
This course will study the great personalities who have shaped our Church, either in supporting its growth and development or by forcing it to express its truths in ever clearer fashion. Figures from almost all periods of Church History will be examined, with an emphasis on the early period, when so much of our doctrine unfolded in the face of the initial growth and development of the Church. The student will grow in appreciation of the many men and women who have shaped our theology and history.


LT=LITURGICAL THEOLOGY

LT 101 CATECHISM II: CATHOLIC SACRAMENTAL & LITURGICAL THEOLOGY (2 credits)
Formerly listed at LT 180-Liturgy of the Sacraments and ST 195-Theology of the Sacraments
A study of the theology of the seven sacraments as revealed by their origin, development and liturgical celebration as described in Part II of the CCC.

LT 102 LITURGICAL LATIN BASICS
Topics: (1) how to pronounce and sing key elements of the Mass and other rites in ecclesiastical Latin; (2) why Latin matters in the Roman Rite; (3) the meaning and history of key Latin terms that appear in the liturgy. The course will make available a review of English grammar and an introduction to the basics of Latin grammar and skills for reading Latin liturgical texts.

LT 172 INTRODUCTION TO THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (2 credits)
For those who are new to the catechumenate, this course gives an overview of the process of Christian Initiation and the principles of the RCIA. This course is primarily intended for those who will serve in adult initiation ministries, but is also valuable for those preparing children of catechetical age for initiation. Topics include conversion, the lectionary and catechesis, team formation and celebration of the rites.

LT 176 LITURGICAL PRACTICUM (2 credits)
This course is for anyone who plans parish or school liturgies. The course is intended to serve as a practical guide to understanding the parts of the Mass, liturgical seasons and various rituals of the Church. The class focuses on pastoral options and direction for the individual or the liturgy committee. Emphasis is given to planning special parish liturgies. It is intended to help enhance the quality of celebrations and alleviate the stress which may come with planning.

LT 184 LITURGY AND LITURGY OF THE WORD FOR CHILDREN (2 credits)
This course covers various issues in the area of liturgy with children: the liturgical seasons, sacramental celebrations, Eucharist and worship, art and music, celebrating the saints of the liturgical year, planning prayer services and liturgies, and preparing children for liturgy. Also included: Sunday Liturgy of the Word for Children.

LT 185 LITURGIES WITH CHILDREN (2 credits)
For all who prepare children for liturgy and the liturgy for children, this course examines the questions, principles and methods that can make children's liturgy an integral part of parish and school life. Using the liturgy documents as the foundation, many practical helps with music, ritual, environment and ministries will be included.

LT 190 THE LITURGICAL YEAR (2 credits)
This course incorporates information once contained in LT 191: Sacraments, Feasts and Seasons
Students examine the Church's liturgical calendar, including its cycles, major feasts and development. The meaning of the liturgical year, which emanates and derives its growth from the passion, death and resurrection of Christ will be explored, as well as its application to parish, school and PSR settings.

LT 192 INTRODUCTION TO LITURGICAL THEOLOGY (2 credits)
The liturgy is the source and summit of Christian life, the glorification of God and the sanctification of humankind. This course provides a theological examination of the Church's many liturgies. Special attention is given to the Mass in light of the changes to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. In addition, all liturgies involving the sacrament are involved.

LT 198 GRIEF, ANOINTING AND CATHOLIC FUNERAL RITES (2 credits)
This course studies the Sacrament of the Sick, its history and ritual in the church. Resources are explored for how to celebrate this sacrament at Eucharist in a parish setting and also with an individual at home, nursing home or hospital. The Rite of Christian Burial is studied according to the rites of the Church. The course covers body burial, cremation and giving one's body to science. A visit to a mortuary is included to talk with a funeral director about his/her part in the burial process. Students will also visit a casket/urn room. The processions of Christian burial will be studied with the rituals: prayers for the visitation, closing of the "casket," Eucharist vs. Memorial Mass, and prayers at the cemetery. The grieving process for adults and children is also addressed. Music resources are explored on what is permissible in the Church.


MT=MORAL THEOLOGY

MT 101 CATECHISM III: FOUNDATIONS OF CATHOLIC MORALITY (2 credits)
Formerly listed as MT 120-Foundations of Morality
This study of the foundational principles of moral theology and the fundamental moral teachings emphasize the way of Christ "leads to life," as described in Part III of the CCC.

 MT/SP 106  FORMING CATHOLIC MINDS & HEARTS WITH THE POWER OF STORIES & IMAGINATION  (2 credits)  This course will explore ways to practice discernment with respect to children’s literature and popular culture.  The notion of discernment suggests a focus on understanding and evaluation the stories we encounter.  The goal of such understanding and evaluation is to facilitate the development of an authentically Catholic imagination and character.

MT 133 CATHOLIC SEXUAL MORALITY (2 credits)
An overview of Catholic teaching on human sexuality.

MT 135 SOCIAL TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH (2 credits)
This course is an investigation in the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church as articulated in the Social Encyclicals. It will cover the following themes: God's plan of love for humanity, the Church's mission with regard to social doctrine, rights of persons, principles found in Church's social doctrine, the family's role in society, the value and dignity of human work, economic life and concerns, the political dynamic, the international community, stewardship of the environment, promotion of peace, social doctrine and ecclesial action, and the building of a civilization of love.


PT=PASTORAL THEOLOGY

PT 193 INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION OF CANON LAW TO PASTORAL ISSUES (2 credits)
This course treats the nature of Canon Law and how it is interpreted and employed in the life of the Church. The central focus of the course will concern practical pastoral challenges regarding the sacraments of Baptism and Marriage.


RE=RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

RE 134 DYNAMIC AND EFFECTIVE CATECHESIS
: Catechetical Methods (2 credits)
If you took a great course in theology and wondered, "But how do I teach this to my students?," this methods course will help you! This course presents an effective catechetical method to help you present our Catholic faith clearly, dynamically and personally. The course includes demonstration of illustrated lesson plans which can be immediately applied by participants, as well the complementary elements of catechesis: prayer, music, arts/crafts, discussion, etc.

RE 149 CELEBRATING SAINTS IN THE CLASSROOM (1 credit)
The values and truths the saints proclaimed are still relevant and very much needed in our society today. Come meet the heroes of Christianity, our heavenly friends and models, and learn how to make them "come alive" in your classroom through a wide variety of hands-on creative activities and prayer experiences.

RE 150 PRAYING WITH CHILDREN (2 credits)
What is prayer? What does praying look like? How does praying feel? In the class, we focus on praying with children, using rituals, life experience, stories, scripture, theology, etc. Come for your own enrichment as catechists and as persons of prayer.

RE 160 TEACHING RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (2 credits)
As the number of special needs students increases, methods and behavioral models for effective education become more critical. It is extremely important that teachers in the parish school and PSR settings first understand the physical, medical and educational components of the diagnoses most often encountered in the classroom. Once educators gain a better understanding of learning disabilities and ADD, they are better equipped to effectively incorporate methods of teaching that help the child and reduce teacher frustration. This class explores the needs of students with learning disabilities, with special attention given to ADD/ADHD.

RE 170 CREATIVITY IN CATECHESIS (2 credits)
Formerly listed as RE 170-Introduction to Catechetics
This course open students to new and creative ideas for teaching catechetics at all grade levels (primary to junior high). A comprehensive course for new and experienced catechists, it offers practical skills and activities from traditional and contemporary sources to make this course a spiritually renewing experience.

RE 174 TEACHING RELIGION TO CHILDREN (2 credits)
This class is a practical hands-on experience for teachers of religion in either the Catholic school or the Parish School of Religion. Using Jesus as a model teacher, we explore various techniques to engage the learner.

RE 176 ADOLESCENT CATECHESIS (2 credits)
For the catechist of junior high and high school age youth, this course explores the adolescent experience, factors in their spiritual growth, effective methods and the role of the adult catechist with youth.

RE 178 ADMINISTRATION OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS (2 credits)
This course introduces new and potential Coordinators of Religious Education (CRE) and Directors of Religious Education (DRE) to the many components of administering a religious education program: curriculum development, teacher recruitment and formation, communication skills, resources, etc.

RE 181 METHODOLOGIES FOR ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (2 credits)
This examination of methods and models for adult religious education is rooted in adult learning styles as well as faith and personality development theories. Special emphasis is given to parish-level program planning.

RE 184 TEACHING RELIGION TO JUNIOR HIGH (2 credits)
This hands-on course presents a variety of instructional techniques for use in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade classrooms. Come to a deeper understanding of young adolescents as learners, ourselves as teachers and religious education as a process.

RE 187 A SPIRITUALITY OF TEACHING (2 credits)
The class presents a Scriptural and traditional foundation for spirituality designed to inspire and help educators, parents and ministers. It emphasizes readings from St. John Baptist De La Salle, the patron of teachers, as well as modern writings that identify qualities to maximize openness to God in the educational setting. It also looks at teacher potential for personal integration and spiritual transformation.

RE 198 THEOLOGY OF MEDIA (2 credits)
The images of September 11 are forever ingrained in our minds as Americans. On that day and for several days after, many were glued to television sets and the radio. The images and sounds affected us forever. This class explores how images and sounds of the media can be a powerful tool for transformation. As Christians and ministers, we too can use this powerful tool to transform people's lives. This course critically studies the various forms of media (television, films/videos, and the electronic media) and even dare to use them in our ministries to affect and bolster people's faith. This class meets for two "face-to-face" sessions with the remainder of the sessions conducted online.


SP=SPIRITUALITY

SP 101 CATECHISM IV: INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLIC PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY (2 credits)
This introduction to Catholic spirituality and the life of prayer as a personal relationship with the "living God" covers the nature and meaning of prayer, prayer in scripture and tradition, types of prayer, obstacles to prayer and the Our Father as the model prayer. Based on Part IV of the CCC.

SP/ST 103 SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA (2 credits)
St. Catherine of Siena, together with St. Theresa of Avila, was the first woman to be declared Doctor of the Church. Described by John Paul II as a person “of complete dimensions,” St. Catherine left behind a body of teachings which are fascinating and relevant to the spiritual growth of every Christian.

SP 104 CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY: PRAYING THE DIVINE OFFICE (2 credits)
Having been grounded in the basics of doctrine and morals through studying the four pillars of the Catholic faith, students are prepared to explore the depths of Catholic spirituality through immersion into the Christian tradition of prayer, particularly the prayer of the Divine Office. This course imparts practical, experiential and theological knowledge of how to consecrate the hours of the day to the praise of God with "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs" (Eph 5:19; Col 3:16). The goal is for each student to ever more deeply "put on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom 3:14) or "have the mind of Christ" (1 Cor 2:16), by affording all an opportunity to develop habits of spirituality based upon the prayer book of the Church.

SP 105  DEVOTIONS AND BLESSINGS (2 credits)
Participants in this course will study the theology and practice of sacramentals, blessings, and devotions, from biblical times to present.  Special attention will be given to indulgences, Eucharistic devotions to the saints, and the link between devotional life and participation in the sacraments.  Finally, the course will offer suggestions for reinvigorating Catholic family life through a renewal of blessings and devotions within the home. 

MT/SP 106 FORMING CATHOLIC MINDS & HEARTS WITH THE POWER OF STORIES & IMAGINATION  (2 credits)  This course will explore ways to practice discernment with respect to children’s literature and popular culture.  The notion of discernment suggests a focus on understanding and evaluation the stories we encounter.  The goal of such understanding and evaluation is to facilitate the development of an authentically Catholic imagination and character.

SP 107  THE BIBLE AND PRAYER ( 1 credit)
This is a one hour credit course.  It is a practicum on Divine Reading (Lectio Divina).   We will explore Divine Reading and its four aspects; reading, meditating, praying, and contemplating.  Furthermore, we will reflect and investigate the four senses (meanings) of Scripture.  We will correlate these two dimensions of our faith.  We will use Lectio to pray the Psalms and the Gospels.  Concerning the Gospels, we spotlight the parables of Jesus.

SP 108 SPIRITUAL FORMATION: BEATITUDES AND EUCHARIST
A reflective examination of the New Law of the Beatitudes, the lived expression of our persistent, dynamic remaining in the Eucharist, as constitutive of the Church, imperative of the Christian. 

 SP 114 DISCERNING GOD’S WILL  (2 credits)
An in-depth examination of the Rules for Discernment of St. Ignatius of Loyola, with a special emphasis on their application for discerning God’s will in our everyday lives.

SP/ST 184 THE SPIRITUALITY OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (2 credits)
This online course fulfills the spiritual requirement for deacons seeking preaching facilities.
The current international scene demonstrates the need for serious self-examination, and the ideals of St. Francis provide the means to that end through a stimulating contrast. Not content with a superficial depiction of a saint disfigured by contemporary writers for revisionist purposes, this course seeks to arrive at an appreciation of the authentic Francis. Course materials use only his own writings and the earliest biographies, i.e., "those words composed" by the people with whom he lived or who were in a position to speak with his intimate friends and companions, "so that we may discern," cherish and live his genuine faith convictions.


SS=SACRED SCRIPTURE

SS 101 INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SCRIPTURE (2 credits)
Formerly listed as SS 192-Understanding the Scriptures
This general survey of the Old and New Testament scriptures adopts a literary, historical and theological perspective, and provides an introduction to basic principles of Catholic scriptural interpretation.

SS 127 DEUTEROCANONICAL BOOKS OF THE OT (2 credits)

SS 170 OLD TESTAMENT THEMES (2 credits)
This course focuses on the thematic unity of the major portions of Old Testament literature, with close reading of selected biblical passages.

SS 174 THE PSALMS AS PRAYER (2 credits)
The course focuses on the Psalter specifically as the prayer book of the Church. Students will explore four topics. (1) The use of the Psalms by New Testament authors, who clearly see Christ as the fulfillment of the prophecies uttered in the Psalter, and continue to pray with it. (2) How to read and pray the Psalms as Christians. (3\\) Spiritual studies and exercises on how to join oneself with the psalmist in the longing for and love of God. (4) The historical-critical study of the psalms, including their genre and historical context.

SS/ST 179 HOLY SPIRIT, CHURCH, ETERNAL LIFE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT (2 credits)
Course can serve for either Sacred Scripture or Systematic Theology.
This in-depth study of the revealed data of the New Testament provides the basis for subsequent formulations of the Church regarding the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology), the Body of Christ, the Church (Ecclesiology), the resurrection of the body and hope of glory, as participation in divine life (Eschatology).

SS/ST 181 NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTOLOGY (2 credits)
This course can serve for either Sacred Scripture or Systematic Theology.
This course presents a theological synthesis of the N.T. data forming the foundation for subsequent formulations of the Church concerning Christology as expressed in the Profession of Faith. Specifically, the three sections draw from the scriptural affirmations regarding the Son as 1) "Mediator of Creation," 2) "Savior," and 3) "Judge."

SS 183 ST. JOHN'S GOSPEL (2 credits)
The Gospel of John is a rich, complex and beautiful work of literary art. The goal of the course is to assist a reader/listener in approaching the text, both as the inspired Word of God and a source of spiritual enrichment and delight as literature. By examining the actual text, a reader can easily discern the craftsmanship of the author which can "open" both familiar and previously obscure passages to new and experienced readers.

SS 185 LUKE/ACTS (2 credits)
This class provides a study of the main themes of St. Luke's Gospel and the account of the early Church as found in the Acts of the Apostles.

SS 186 SYNOPTIC GOSPELS (2 credits)
This study of the first three Gospels stresses the theology, especially the Christology, of the early Church.

SS 190 THE BOOK OF REVELATION (2 credits)
This course first treats Apocalyptic Literature, particularly its unique characteristics, themes and interpretation. This foundation is then applied to a study of the Book of Revelation to highlight the book's predominant message of hope to the believers of the first century and of our time.

SS 191 THE CATHOLIC EPISTLES: James, I Peter, Jude, II Peter (2 credits)
This course studies these letters to interpret them within their historical and literary contexts and discern their key concepts, themes and messages both for the Church of today and for own personal formation as committed Christians.


ST=SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

ST 101 CATECHISM I: BASIC CATHOLIC DOCTRINE (2 credits)
Formerly listed as ST 140-Catholic Belief Today
A study of the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic faith as outlined in the Creed and described in Part I of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (CCC)

ST 104 THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (2 credits)
This course contemplates the dignity of the human person created in the image of God. It examines concepts pivotal to the understanding of the person such as the intellect and will, the passions and love, freedom, immortality of the soul, nature and grace. In explaining these concepts, the course will rely heavily on the work of St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope John Paul II.

ST 111 THE DOCUMENTS OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL (2 credits)
What did the council really teach? This course focuses on the sixteen documents of the Second Vatican Council and what they mean for Catholics and the world today.

ST 114 GOOD ANGELS, BAD ANGELS (2 credits)
Angels have become a popular topic in the media. But do you know what the Church really teaches about angels? In “Good Angels, Bad Angels” students will study the following topics: (1) the role of angels in salvation history-especially in the Bible; (2) the nature of angels; (3) devotions to angels; (4) Satan and the fallen angels; (5) the truth about exorcism and possession.

ST 121 SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY: WHERE FAITH AND SCIENCE MEET (2 credits)

ST 129 CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS

ST 130 JESUS THE SAVIOR (2 credits)
A systematic reflection on faith in Jesus Christ, this course examines the gospel portraits, extra-canonical writings, conciliar decrees, and the live tradition of the Church in search of the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith.

ST 131 MARY AND THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST  (2 credits)
An exploration of the titles of Mary in light of the Revelation of Jesus, illustrating the claim of the Catechism of the Catholic Church that “What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn its faith in Christ.” (#487)

ST 132 MARY, WOMAN OF FAITH (2 credits)
This course examines the scriptural, historical and devotional background of Mary's place in the Church. Special attention is paid both to the early Church context as well as the place afforded Mary in the Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church from Vatican II.

ST 133 FEMININE GENIUS (2 credits)
Pope John Paul II used the term Feminine Genius to describe the unique gifts of women. This course will involve a careful study of both Sacred Scripture and the Apostolic letter of John Paul II, "On the Dignity and Vocation of Women."

ST 136 GOD: FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT (2 credits)
This brief examination of the mystery of the Triune God in the life of the Church uses the Bible, the Catechism, the liturgy, official teaching and theological reflection as resources.

ST/LT 137 HOLY MASS AND THE EUCHARIST (2 credits) Explores the development of the Mass and its history. This course offers the opportunity to build on what was learned in Catholic Sacramental and Liturgical Theology LT 101.

ST 155 CATHOLIC ECUMENISM AND INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE (2 credits)
The course offers a theological perspective on the way the Roman Catholic Church relates to other Christian communities and to other world religions. Based on the documents of Vatican II, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other Church documents, the course considers the nature, goals, and methods of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, the relationship between dialogue and proclamation, and the Catholic response to religious pluralism. The course also covers areas of commonality and difference between Catholicism and other Christian communities and other religions.

ST 179 HOLY SPIRIT, CHURCH, ETERNAL LIFE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT (2 credits)
This course can also serve for Sacred Scripture. See SS/ST 179 above.

ST 181 NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTOLOGY (2 credits)
This course can also serve for Sacred Scripture. See SS/ST 181 above.

SP/ST 184 THE SPIRITUALITY OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (2 credits)
This online course fulfills the spiritual requirement for deacons seeking preaching facilities.
The current international scene demonstrates the need for serious self-examination, and the ideals of St. Francis provide the means to that end through a stimulating contrast. Not content with a superficial depiction of a saint disfigured by contemporary writers for revisionist purposes, this course seeks to arrive at an appreciation of the authentic Francis. Course materials use only his own writings and the earliest biographies, i.e., "those words composed" by the people with whom he lived or who were in a position to speak with his intimate friends and companions, "so that we may discern," cherish and live his genuine faith convictions.

ST 188 THEOLOGY OF THE CHURCH (2 credits)
A close study of Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, produced by Vatican II. Themes include the mystery of the Church, the hierarchical structure of the Church, the apostolate of the laity, the universal call to holiness, religious life and the eschatological nature of the Church.