Foundation Course Synopsis

Part 1


Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church – 14 units

  1. I believe in God
  2. I believe in Jesus Christ
  3. I believe in the Holy Spirit
  4. The Holy Trinity
  5. Prayer*
  6. The Holy Catholic Church
  7. Sacraments of the Church
  8. The Eucharist
  9. The Sacrament of Confirmation
  10. Sacrament of Reconciliation & Anointing of the Sick
  11. Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders
  12. The Church: Leadership & Precepts
  13. Our Father: The Lords Prayer
  14. Mary, Mother of God

Part 2

The word of God in Scripture and the Liturgy

Part 2(a)The Old Testament - 12 units

  1. Word of God: Scripture. Psalms: preliminary.
  2. Word of God in Liturgy: Scripture
  3. Liturgy of the Word: Easter and Christmas. Canticles
  4. Patriarchs: Covenant
  5. Moses; Exodus; Passover/Paschal Vigil. Sinai
  6. Religion of the Israelites: pre-Sacramental signs; Feasts; Sacrifice; Ark
  7. Kingdom, David, Solomon, Temple. Presence of God with his people. Penitential Psalms.
  8. Divided Kingdom. Prophecy 1: Elijah, Amos, Hosea and the important aspects of religious insight that developed from their inspired speech/activity/personalities
  9. Prophecy 2: Southern Kingdom. First Isaiah. Josiah’s reform. Jeremiah. Exile. Servant Songs of Isaiah 2 in Liturgy of Passion Sunday and Good Friday
  10. Prophecy 3: Ezekiel. Insights from Exile related to Psalms and Feasts
  11. Wisdom (include Universalism): Song of Songs (Bridal Concept:)
    Daniel (Son of Man) Messianic prophecies, including Isaiah.
    Advent/Christmas Liturgy of Word. Christ related Psalms
  12. Creation Genesis Proverbs. Fall set beside Annunciation. Noah. Water. Last Prophet John the Baptist. Developing understanding of Spirit e.g., in Creation

Part 2(b)The New Testament - 12 units

  1. Preaching the word. Kerygma. Pentecost. Acts. Formation of Gospel Narratives. Epistles.
  2. Synoptic Gospels. John the Baptist. Baptism of the Lord. Temptation
  3. Kingdom inaugurated. Miracles. Call of the disciples
  4. Gospel of St John: Cana; Temple; Nicodemus; The Samaritan Woman
  5. Sermon on the Mount. Prayer. the Father. Daily Prayer of the Church.*
  6. Opposition. Preaching and signs. Feeding of the 5,000
  7. Parables
  8. Challenges to attitudes in Palestine. ‘Who do men say that I am?’ Passion Predictions
    Suffering and cost of discipleship. Transfiguration
  9. Gospel of John: Jesus in Jerusalem; He replaces religion of the Old Law
    Gospel of Mark: Events prior to the Passion. Eschatological Discourse
  10. Prologue to the Passion: a) Lazarus and Bethany. b) Last Supper. The Passion
    Narrative in Mark’s Gospel
  11. Post-resurrection understanding of the crucifixion as found especially in the writings of Sts Paul and John. Easter: Resurrection, Exaltation, Ascension.
  12. Christ the King. Title Christology in the New Testament. The Good Shepherd.
    The Book of Revelation.
    Includes material for Prayer and Meditation

Part 3

Life in Christ - 12 units

Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Veritatis Splendor

  1. ‘What good deed must I do?’
  2. God the source of goodness
  3. Law and Freedom
  4. Natural Law and Conscience
  5. Practical Conscience
  6. The Ten Commandments
  7. ‘What do I still lack?’
  8. Responding to Grace
  9. Rejection of Grace
  10. Lo, I am with you always
  11. Responsibility
  12. ‘Follow Me’...‘if you wish to be perfect...’

Part 4

Sowing the Seed - 12 units

Based on the General Directory for Catechesis

  1. Part A: Introduction
    Part B: About Being Catholic
    Listen! What is it that God is saying?
  2. Part A: (Part 1, Chp1)
    Part B: How does it work in your parish?
    God’s revelation and mandate to teach others
  3. Part A: (Part 1, Chp 2)
    Part B: Baptism
    Church and Systematic Catechesis
  4. Part A: (Part 1, Chp 3)
    Part B: Initiation
    Catechetical Process
  5. Part A: (Part 2 Chp I)
    Part B: Presenting Scripture
    Christ the centre of the Gospel Message
  6. Part A: (Part 2, Chp 2)
    Part B: Prayer and How to Pray
    The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  7. Part A: (Part 3, Ch. I)
    Part B: The Holy Spirit and Confirmation
    Divine Teaching
  8. Part A: (Part 3, Chp 2)
    Part B: Approach to Planning
  9. Part A: (Part 4, Chp 1-2)
    Part B. Plan Session
    Catechesis for all the baptised
  10. Part A: (Part 4 Chp 3-4)
    Part B. Planning a celebration
    Devotions and the Mass
  11. Part A: (Part 5, Chp 1)
    Part B: Christian Life in the Diocese
    Diocese and Holy Orders
  12. (Part 5 Chp 2-4)
    Part B: Analysis
    Part A: Catechetical Formation

In your studies for this part of the course, you will need access to the Catechism and other resources on the Vatican website. Although you can buy related books, the necessary resources are freely availabe from the links below.

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