Online Adult Confirmation Preparation (ACP)

Approved by the Office of Catechetical Leadership, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Formation • Anthony C. Marchica, Director

Online Adult Confirmation Preparation (ACP) Courses

Course Description, Requirements, and Online Access

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Introduction to the Bible

Old and New Testament

Christology

Ecclesiology

History of the Church

Liturgy and Sacraments

Morality

Course Description: This provides a brief description of the course and the course objectives.

Course Requirements: Each course requires the completion of one or more online tutorials. The links to the online tutorials are provided to the right of the course description and requirements.

Online Tutorial(s): The term "online tutorial" refers to the course content that is accessible via the web.  When you click a link to an online tutorial, the page containing that tutorial will open in a separate browser window. Therefore, to close the tutorial, simply close that browser window.  

Program PDF: The program PDF contains all of the worksheets for the online tutorials required for the six courses. All answers and reflections are to be entered into the appropriate text fields of this electronic PDF. When all of the worksheets have been completed, the PDF should be re-submitted to the Searchlight Virtual School for review.  

Documentation: Once successful completion of all requirements has been established, documentation is sent by the Searchlight Virtual School to the diocesan center. You will also receive a copy of this documentation. Your certificate of completion will be sent to you at your home address. You can then submit this certificate of completion to your parish pastor as documentation that you have completed the online requirements.

Introduction to the Bible: Old and New Testament 

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce learners to the Bible and help them understand, love, and live by Scripture. It will help them understand:

  • The meaning of inspiration, historical development, and literary criticism
  • The primary themes and basic concepts in Scripture, including covenant, kingdom, creation, salvation, and conversion
  • The scriptural foundations for Catholic moral teaching, conscience formation, and decision-making
  • The use of Scripture in theological reflection
  • God's revelation in Creation, the person of Jesus, and lived experience
  • Jesus' life, mission, death, and Resurrection

Course Requirements: Complete the four online tutorials and submit the completed corresponding course materials to the Searchlight Virtual School.

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Christology

Course Description: This course is designed to help participants develop the skills required to proclaim Christ in today's world. It will:

  • Bring individuals to a clear knowledge of Jesus Christ as true God and true man
  • Clarify the Church's teachings about the nature and life of Jesus Christ
  • Help bring individuals into a personal relationship with the living Christ
  • Help seekers understand why Jesus is the example and guide for their lives
  • Help seekers worship the living God through Christ and in the Spirit

Course Requirements: Complete the two online tutorials and submit the completed corresponding course materials to the Searchlight Virtual School.

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Online Tutorial Links

Who Is Jesus?

By Leonard Foley, O.F.M.

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The Four Faces of Jesus

By Virginia Smith

Ecclesiology

Course Description: This course presents a theological study of the Church with a particular focus on the Church as "communion" and "mission." It follows the vision of the Second Vatican Council in explaining the nature and identity of the Church. It will help participants:

  • Understand what it means to build the Kingdom of God
  • Understand the Church's evangelizing activity in the world: to transform human society in the light of the Gospel
  • See that being one, holy, catholic, and apostolic is both what the Church is, as well as what the Church is called to become
  • Understand the role of Mary in the life of the Church

Course Requirements: Complete the two online tutorials and submit the completed corresponding course materials to the Searchlight Virtual School.

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History of the Church

Course Description: The history of the Church is the story of faith handed on, of how fallible human people have struggled to live out the Gospel in the very concrete circumstances of their lives for two thousand years. This course will help participants:

  • Understand that the entire Church is responsible for the conservation and transmission of the Gospel message
  • Examine ten of the most important events in the life and history of the Church
  • Understand why some knowledge of the depths and riches of the past help nourish the ministry of the Church today

Course Requirements: Complete the two online tutorials and submit the completed corresponding course materials to the Searchlight Virtual School.

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Liturgy and Sacraments

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the history, theology, and pastoral practice of the Church's liturgy and her sacraments.  It will help participants:

  • Realize how the liturgy is understood as the work of the Church and the work of God
  • Examine the sacraments as visible signs
  • Understand how and why the sacraments confer the gift of grace
  • Clarify the meaning of "the institution of the sacraments by Christ"
  • Examine a brief history of the early development of each of the seven sacraments
  • Grasp the importance of Baptism as the sacramental action of the Church that makes us Christian and Catholic
  • Examine the theological and pastoral implications of the Church's sacramental life 

Course Requirements: Complete the two online tutorials and submit the completed corresponding course materials to the Searchlight Virtual School.

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Morality

Course Description: This course emphasizes that the Christian moral life begins with the experience that we are loved by God in an unimaginable, unfathomable way and that living faithfully is our attempt to respond to the gift of that love. This course will help participants:

  • Understand the meaning of Christian morality
  • Explain why morally good choices lead to true human fulfillment
  • Examine and explain what the true human goods are and why they lead to human fulfillment in this life and in the next
  • Clarify what is meant by "loving others"
  • Realize and embrace the Christian's moral responsibility to take an active role in the work of establishing the reign of God

Course Requirements: Complete the two online tutorials and submit the completed corresponding course materials to the Searchlight Virtual School.

Online Tutorial Links

Discerning the Voice of the Good Shepherd

Part 1: Principles of Morality - Toward True Human Fulfillment

Part 2: Modes of Responsibility and Modes of Christian Response

By Michelle Willis 

(Based on: The Way of the Lord Jesus Volume 1- Christian Moral Principles by Germain Grisez)

The Ten Commandments: Sounds of Love From Sinai

By Alfred McBride, O.Praem.

Who Will Be Saved? What Catholics Believe About Salvation

By Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M.

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