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Searchlight Virtual School Courses

Basic and Intermediate Catechist Certification  •  Foundation Certificate and Level 1 for Teachers

"Getting Up To Today"

 

"Getting Up To Today" is a foundational reflection and study of the Catholic Faith through the wisdom and vision of the Second Vatican Council. It provides the essential building blocks for further study and ongoing faith formation.  (You must be officially enrolled in the Searchlight Virtual School to receive credit toward certification. If you haven't enrolled, please go to the Enrollment Process page.) For Advanced Catechist Certification, go to the School of Christian Formation Online Division.

 

Basic Catechist Certification (Foundation Certificate for Teachers)

Complete the following courses: Approximately 10 - 13 hours

 

•  Foundational Principles and Practices for Catechists

•  Foundations Course 1: Getting to Know Vatican II

•  Foundations Course 2: An Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

•  Foundations Course 3: Catechesis - Passing on the Faith: An Overview of the General Directory for Catechesis

 

Intermediate Catechist Certification (Level 1 Certificate for Teachers)

Complete the following courses: Approximately 20 - 23 hours

 

• Foundations Course 4: Building A Culture of Life - The Church's Social Teachings

• Foundations Course 5: Living Vatican II Today

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Basic Catechist Certification  -OR-  Foundation Certificate for Catholic School Teachers

Catechist/Content/Learner Dimension Hours for Diocese of Orlando

Click on each course title for a description of the course content and online access to the course tutorial(s).

Foundational Principles

and Practices for

Catechists

Foundations Course 1:

Getting to Know Vatican II

The Basic Principles

Foundations Course 2:

An Introduction to the

Rite of Christian Initiation

of Adults

Foundations Course 3:

Catechesis: Passing on the

Faith - An Overview of

the General Directory

for Catechesis

Foundational Principles and Practices for Catechists

Based on "When You Are a Catechist" by Judith Dunlap

Used with permission of the publisher.

Hours for completion: Approximately 4 - 5

 

In When You Are a Catechist, veteran catechist Judith Dunlap offers those who teach children, teens, and adults much inspirational and practical help about the call to serve, the gift of faith, the gift of prayer and ritual, the gift of community, and the gift of self.

 

She helps these "sowers" to unwrap each of these gifts and discover new ways to share them in their ministry. Each topic includes quotations from Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the General Directory for Catechesis.

 

This course will help you identify and carry out the six fundamental tasks of catechesis as outlined in the National Directory for Catechesis and understand how these six catechetical tasks are interdependent and develop together.

 

Judith Dunlap has more than 25 years' experience in religious education and family-based catechesis. She is a catechetical consultant for St. Anthony Messenger Press, author of Practical Catechesis: Visions and Tasks for Catechetical Leaders and co-author of the God is Calling series (St. Anthony Messenger Press).

This course consists of four lessons and an (optional) Spiritual Gifts Inventory. Click the links to access the lessons and/or the inventory.

 

Introduction and Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Spiritual Gifts Inventory

 

Other Downloadable Files

Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Spiritual Gifts Inventory Grid

Spiritual Gifts: My Profile

Foundations Course 1: Getting to Know Vatican II -- The Basic Principles

Based on: "Vatican II Reform: The Basic Principles" by Cardinal Avery Dulles

Copyright 2008, CHURCH magazine. Published by the National Pastoral Life Center,

18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012.

Hours for completion: Approximately 3 - 4

This two part course explains that the Second Vatican Council remains the fundamental event in the life of the contemporary Church and why it is the constant reference point for pastoral action. First it will provide the historical background of the Council and then familiarize you with ten basic principles of reform:

•  Aggironamento (Updating)

•  The Reformability of the Church

•  Renewed Attention to the Word of God

•  Collegiality

•  Religious Freedom

•  The Active Role of the Laity

•  Regional and Local Variety

•  Ecumenism

•  Dialogue With Other Religions

•  The Social Mission of the Church

Used with permission. Subscription for CHURCH Magazine: $39 per year.

Web: www.nplc.org

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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.

 

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.

 

 

Used with permission of the publisher.

 

Foundations Course 2: An Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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

Hours for completion: Approximately 1.5 - 2

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Foundations Course 3: Catechesis -- Passing on the Faith

An Overview of the General Directory for Catechesis

Based on the Catholic Update "New Guide to Teaching the Faith"

by Daniel S. Mulhall and Maureen Shaughnessy, S.C.

Hours for completion: Approximately 1.5 - 2

 

 

There is a resource for teachers of the faith that affects everyone in the Church. Published in 1997 by the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, it provides the catechetical vision set forth by the Church. The General Directory for Catechesis, already nicknamed the "GDC," shapes the way we pass on the faith in the new millennium.

 

This course will help you understand what faith-sharing is about and how, as a baptized member of the Body of Christ (the Church), you are called to tell others about Jesus.

 

As you will learn, catechesis (passing on the faith) is not just the work of a select few. The parish forms a living faith in its members through proclamation, teaching, worship, service, and community: through every dimension of human experience.

 

The quality of community life affects how well people "catch the faith." By your participation and growth, you share in the Church's mission of evangelization -- of bringing the Gospel message of Jesus to a needy world.

 

Used with permission of the publisher.

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Intermediate Catechist Certification  •  Level 1 Certificate for Catholic School Teachers

Learner/Content Dimension Hours for the Diocese of Orlando

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Foundations Course 4: Building a Culture of Life

The Church's Social Teachings

Foundations Course 5: Living Vatican II Today

Foundations Course 4: Building a Culture of Life - The Church's Social Teachings

Theological Advisor: Fr. John D'Mello, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Hours for completion: Approximately 6 - 8

This course is designed to provide the foundational principles of social justice. It will help you understand why the Church's social teachings are one of its richest treasures, but also cause you to wonder why these teachings are not better known to American Catholics.

 

It will explain that “to work for social justice is embedded in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, who came ‘to bring good tidings to the poor / ... liberty to captives / and recovery of sight to the blind’” (NDC #42-C).

Topics Covered:

•  Building Your Social Justice Vocabulary

•  The Popes of Social Justice

•  The Social Encyclicals

•  Social Justice - More than Private Charity!

•  The Biblical Foundations of Social Justice

•  Evangelizing For Justice: Based on the Vatican II Document Gaudium et spes, The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World

Access this course online.

Foundations Course 5: Living Vatican II Today

Based on "Vatican 2 Today" -- A Catholic Update Series

Hours for completion: Approximately 12- 15

The Second Vatican Council brought about a new understanding of discipleship and what it means to imitate Jesus. The Council Fathers called all of us to be disciples in the modern world by being servants to humanity, seeking union with Christ, showing concern for the poor, struggling to build peace, and believing in God's love.

 

This course will help you understand the Church’s mission of proclaiming the Gospel, of welcoming those who seek to know the Lord, of inviting men, women, and children to conversion and discipleship, of celebrating the sacraments, and of motivating the faithful for apostolic witness in the world. It will provide a living vision of faith inspired and founded on the teachings of Vatican II and carried out in a way that “fosters a common language of the faith so that it may be proclaimed, celebrated, lived, and prayed in words familiar to all the faithful” (NDC #25-I).

 

In this 12 lesson course you will look at the principal documents of the Council with the goal of discerning our progress as Catholics. The Council documents provided a road map for our future; this course will explore our progress along that route.

In lieu of the online tutorials, you have the option of obtaining the text from which these lessons are drawn. The content is the same.

Vatican II Today

Calling Catholics to Holiness and Service

Edited by Judy Ball and Joan McKamey

St. Anthony Messenger Press

Purchase Text Online

for $10.88 from

Amazon.com

 

 

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