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THEO 3B: SACRAMENTS
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is about the seven sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ and entrusted to the Church. The discussion of each sacrament is in accordance with the Church’s deposit of faith. It covers only the official sacraments in the context of the Catholic Church of the Latin or Roman Rite. This is specifically designed for college-level students. It is important that the students must have some basic catechetical knowledge before studying this particular subject. The discussion of the sacraments follows the schema laid out in the definitive edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. At the end of the semester, the students are expected to have a solid understanding of the fundamental elements of the seven sacraments and, at the same time, have an acute awareness of their applications in real life. II. TOPIC OUTLINE A. General introduction B. Sacraments of Christian Initiation i. Baptism ii. Confirmation iii. Holy Eucharist C. Sacraments of Healing i. Penance and Reconciliation ii. Anointing of the Sick D. Sacraments at the Service of Communion i. Holy Orders ii. Matrimony II. SCHEDULE OF CLASSES/ACTIVITIES: A. 1st Week i. Areas for evaluation ii. Course requirements iii. Class organization iv. Lecture 1: General Introduction on the Sacraments v. Homework 1: Read articles and scripture passages on Baptism; prepare for a debate next week on the question “Is Baptism necessary for Salvation?” B. 2nd Week i. Class Debate #1: Topic – “Is Baptism necessary for Salvation?” ii. Lecture 2: Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism iii. Homework 2: Read and reflect John 3:1-5; submit a reflection paper (1st). C. 3rd Week i. Conclusion of Lecture 2 ii. Lecture 3: Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Confirmation
iii. Homework 3: Make a research on the different parts of the Holy Mass and prepare for an informal reporting (1st) next week. 4th Week i. Group Interaction on the Parts of the Eucharistic Celebration ii. Lecture 4: Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Eucharist 5th Week i. Movie #1 ii. Homework 4: Make a reaction paper (1st) on the Movie; submit next week. 6th Week i. PRELIM EXAM 7th Week i. Lecture 5: Sacraments of Healing • General Introduction • Sacraments of Healing: Penance and Reconciliation ii. Homework 5: Prepare for a 2nd debate (see 8th Week). 8th Week i. Class Debate #2: “Knowing that we continue to commit the same sins over and over again, do we still need to go to confession?” ii. Conclusion of Lecture 5 iii. Homework 6: Write a reflection paper (2nd) regarding your personal stories of committing personal sins and of being forgiven. 9th Week i. Lecture 6: Sacraments of Healing: Anointing of the Sick ii. Conclusion of the Sacraments of Healing iii. Homework 7: Group interview (see instruction below) • Interview a seminarian or a deacon • Ask about his important biographical information and vocation story • Ask him the question “Why did you decide to enter the seminary?” • Prepare for an informal reporting (2nd) about the interview experience and some important details about the seminarian/deacon; part of the report is submitting a group picture together with the seminarian or deacon . th 10 Week i. Lecture 7: Sacraments at the service of communion • General Introduction • Group Reporting (informal) ii. Vocation Talk by a Salesian seminarian, followed by class interaction, Q & A th 11 Week i. Lecture 8: Sacraments at the service of communion: Holy Orders ii. Homework 8: Write down your personal stories of love, rejection, courtship and commitment. Include your reflections, realizations, and resolutions (3rd) ii
L. 12th Week i. Group Interaction (regarding the homework) and processing. ii. Lecture 9: General review regarding the Church’s views on Love, Sexuality, Courtship and Commitment; Love as the foundation of Marriage M. 13th Week i. Conclusion of Lecture 10 ii. Lecture 10: Sacraments at the service of communion: Matrimony N. 14th Week i. Movie #2 ii. Movie analysis and discussion O. 15th Week: FINAL EXAM (See below for more details. Part I = written form; Part II = video synthesis) III. AREAS FOR EVALUATION: Attendance, Class Participation 20% Homeworks 30% Prelim Exam (Written) 20% Final Exam (Video synthesis - 60%, Written exam - 40%) 30% Total 100% IV. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: i. Homeworks • Four (4) paper works: - Reflection papers (3) - Reaction paper on the 1st movie - Note: The official paper size to be used is short bond paper, 8.5” x 11”. Unless indicated otherwise, all paper works must be computerized with at least an inch (1”) of margin on all sides of the paper, and must have a font size of twelve (12), with either of the following Font styles: Times New Roman, Footlight MT Light, Book Antigua, Calibri, Cambria, Bell, Calisto MT, Century, Arial • Two (2) Informal Reports ii. Class Debates (2) • The class will be divided equally into 2 groups • It must be participated by each member of the group • Each member will receive the same score within that same group • This will be included in the Class Participation iii. Final Exam • 60% = Video Synthesis = individual project(see below) • 40% = Written type, which will be held on the final meeting Individual project 1. Each student will make a summary and synthesis of the seven sacraments, taking into account the fundamental elements of each sacrament. This will be in a form of a video presentation and must be uploaded in the internet. iii
2. The student’s name must be included in the introductory credits, or at the beginning of the video. 3. The student uses his/her creativity in creating an video using picture montage, original video clips or picture slides, using original or downloaded pictures. It must have a suitable background music. 4. Duration: 20 mins. maximum; 6 mins minimum. 5. Email your video link to the email address of the instructor. Scheme of submission of the individual project: 1. 1st two weeks of March : 60 + 10 points 2. 3rd Week of March : 60 pts only 3. Last Week of March : deduction of 10 pts per day 4. April and beyond : projects will no longer be accepted V. BIBLIOGRAPHY The Jerusalem Bible The New American Bible Catechism of the Catholic Church. Definitive ed. Manila: Word and Life Publications, 1994. Code of Canon Law. English trans. Pasay City: Paulines Publishing House, 2001. Marriage Rite for the Philippines. Catholic Trade School, 1973 The Rites of the Catholic Church as Revised by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Study Edition. New York: Pueblo Publishing Co., 1983. Bouley, ed. Catholic Rites Today: Abridged Texts for Students. Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1992. Cabonce, Rodolfo Page, ed. Si Kristo Kinabuhi: Mga Katin-awan sa Katesismo. Flannery, Austin, general ed. Vatican Council II. New Revised Edition. Vol. 1, The Concillar and Post Concillar Documents. New York: Costello Publishing Company, 1975. Flannery, Austin, gen. ed. Vatican Council II: More Post Conciliar Documents. Vol. 2. Pasay City: Paulines Publishing House, 1982. iv
Furnish, Victor. The Moral Teaching of Paul. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1979. Glazier, Michael and Monika K. Hellwig, eds. The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia. Bangalore: Claretian Publications, 1997. Guzie, Tad. The Book of Sacramental Basics. New York: Paulist Press, 1981. Haring, Bernard. A Sacramental Spirituality. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1963. Heenan, John. Confession. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1937. Horst, Rudolf. The Making of a Christian. 1988. Joncas, J.M. Les benedictions dans le Rituel de Marriage de 1991 Latourelle, René, and Rino Fisichella, eds. Dictionary of Fundamental Theology. English-language edition. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1994. Mackin, Theodore. What is marriage? New York: Paulist Press, 1982. Macquarrie, John. A Guide to the Sacraments. New York: The Continuum Publishing Company, 1998. Martos, Joseph. The Sacraments: Seven Stories of Growth. Missuori: Liguori Publications, 1989. Martos, Joseph. Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church. Revised and updated ed. Missuori: Liguori/Triumph, 2001. McCauley, George. Sacraments for Secular Man. New Jersey: Dimension Books, 1999. Payawal, Cecilia. Handouts on Sacramental Theology. 2009 Pope John Paul II. Splendor Veritatis. August 6, 1993. Pope John Paul II. Reconciliatio et Penitentia. December 1984. Searle, Mark and Kenneth W. Stevenson. Documents of the Marriage Liturgy. Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1992. Simons, Thomas G. Blessings: A reappraisal of their nature, purpose and celebration. California: Resource Publications Inc., 1981 Tejon, Guillermo. Church and Sacraments in the Life of a Christian. Manila: Life Today Publications, 2006.
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