School of Christian Formation … Online

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

School of Christian Formation Online Courses

Course Description, Requirements, Ordering, and Online Access

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Introduction to the Bible

Old and New Testament

Christology

Ecclesiology

History of the Church

Liturgy and Sacraments

Vatican II

Morality

Catholic Social Doctrine

Spirituality

Pastoral Ministry

An Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

For Venice Participants Only

Introduction to the Bible: Old and New Testament — $30

Diocese of Palm Beach Participants: This is a combined course. Online students in the Diocese of Palm Beach will receive credit for both the SCF Old Testament Introduction and New Testament Introduction courses. This does not count as credit for the Introduction to the Bible course offered in the classroom side of the SCF.

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

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Scripture: Nourished by the Word 

Margaret Nutting Ralph, Ph.D.

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Christology — $30

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

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Christology: True God, True Man

Matthias Neuman, O.S.B., S.T.D.

Loyola Press

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Who Is Jesus?

By Leonard Foley, O.F.M.

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The Four Faces of Jesus

By Virginia Smith

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Ecclesiology — $30

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 students:

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Ecclesiology: The Church as Communion and Mission

Morris Pelzel, Ph.D.

Loyola Press

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History of the Church — $30

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 students:

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Church History: Faith Handed On

Kevin L. Hughes, Ph.D.

Loyola Press

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Liturgy and Sacraments — $30

Diocese of Palm Beach Participants: This is a combined course. Online students in the Diocese of Palm Beach will receive credit for two courses: Liturgy and Sacraments. In all other dioceses this is considered a single course.

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 students:

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Sacramental Theology

Means of Grace, Ways of Life

Kurt Stasiak, O.S.B.

Loyola Press

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An Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) — $10

Diocese of Venice Participants ONLY!

An Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Based on "The RCIA: The Art of Making New Catholics" by Sandra DeGidio

Used with permission of the publisher.

Hours for completion: Approximately 1.5 - 2

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This course sets the stage and provides an essential foundation for Course 3. The General Directory for Catechesis (GDC), which is the topic of the next course, sees the adult baptismal catechumenate -- the process by which the Church brings new believers into its communal life -- as the inspiration and model for all catechesis -- all passing on of the faith. However, if the Church's efforts for catechesis are to be modeled on the adult baptismal catechumenate, all Catechists need at least a foundational understanding of the RCIA process.

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This course will help you understand the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and set the stage for your study of the GDC. It also provides a historical perspective by outlining the initiation practices of the early Church, so you understand that the RCIA is part of our rich Catholic tradition, not necessarily something new.

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