Synopsis for The Diploma Course

‘Reaping the Harvest’

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PART 1 –  We Believe in God.
1: Natural Revelation
Divine Revelation
Genesis 1-3: Human Dignity.
2Fallen Man
Sin – Suffering – Grace.
3God Calls
Abraham. Faith Faith & Science
4: God Rescues.
Moses – Burning Bush; Passover; Praise; Tradition.
5: The Siniatic Covenant.
The Commandments. Worship; Christ’s New Covenant.
6: Covenant
King David – symbol of Christ the King; Hope; Temple-the building and dedication.

7: The Holy Spirit has spoken through the prophets.
The Prophets; Elijah; Wisdom Literature: Sirach. Anawim.

       Combined with Test Paper 8
8. Psalms, Exile, Immigration & Racism.
Teaching notes for 14-16 year olds;
range adaptable. Images of Gods Character.

PART 2  –  The New Testament.
9. How did the New Testament come into being

The role of John the Baptist. Teaching: The Family and notes on the catechist as a person.
10. ‘Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary’.
The role of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) in God’s plan of salvation.
The role of the Holy Spirit at the Annunciation.
Teaching notes: the Holy Family
11. The humanity of Christ.
Jewish organizations; Teaching: theme Holy Week, with a lesson on Palm Sunday, for children aged about 11-13 years

12. The Divinity of Christ.
Pre-existence, Incarnation, Jesus is called God, he does the deeds of God, the Resurrection and Ascension.
Teaching notes – Glory – a key word in the Bible and in our prayers
13. Papers 13a, 13b, 13c and 14 will each deal with one Gospel.
14. Acts of the Apostles.
–  up to and including the Council of Jerusalem. The Early Church, St Peter, The caring Church – Social Concern.

15. The Church is Missionary.
Acts of the Apostles continued: St Paul and his letters.
Education as part of the Church’s mission.
16. World Religions
Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhs & Buddhism.

17. World Religions.
Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhs, Buddhism.

18. The Church is One and it is Sacramental.
Baptism, Confirmation, RCIA.
19. The Mass.
A history of the Mass.
What the Mass is, changes made by Vatican II and why:
Suggestions for teaching the Mass to teenagers:
A Passover Meal, adapted for classroom use.
20: Marriage as seen in the Bible.
As seen in the Bible, Polygamy and Monogamy, Divorce,  The Sacrament of Marriage;  Family Life, Widowhood, The Single State; The Church’s rules concerning sexual behaviour.

21. Reconciliation: The Sacrament and its history. 
Sessions with parents; Lessons with children:
The Penitential Rite:
What happens when we fail to achieve reconciliation;
Crime and punishment, War and Peace.

22: The Priesthood: as seen in the Bible.
As seen in the Church, Deacons, Ecumenism, Tradition, The Magisterium & Papal Authority.

23: ‘We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.’
The Sacrament of the Sick:
Healing in a wider context;
Drugs & alcohol abuse.

24: The Four Last Things: The communion of Saints.

26:Catechesis: How the Jews taught religion; Jesus, the unique teacher.
The general position today and your work as a catechist.

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