The Foundation Course Synopsis

PART ONE – DOCTRINE
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
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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

PARTS 2a & 2b
THE WORD OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE AND LITURGY 
12 + 12 units.

a) OLD TESTAMENT

  • 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.

b) NEW TESTAMENT

  • 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 THREE – 
LIFE IN CHRIST
 CCC & VERITATIS SPLENDOR  12 units

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 FOUR – SOWING THE SEED
GENERAL DIRECTORY FOR CATECHESIS  12 units

UNIT ONE
Part A: Introduction
Part B:  About Being Catholic – Listen! What is it that God is saying?

UNIT TWO
Part A: (Part 1, Chp1)
Part B:  How does it work in your parish?
God’s revelation and mandate to teach others

UNIT THREE
Part A: (Part 1, Chp 2)
Part B: Baptism
Church and Systematic Catechesis

UNIT FOUR
Part A: (Part 1, Chp 3)
Part B:  Initiation
Catechetical Process

UNIT FIVE
Part A: (Part 2 Chp I)
Part B: Presenting Scripture
Christ the centre of the Gospel Message

UNIT SIX
Part A: (Part 2, Chp 2)
Part B: Prayer and How to Pray
The Catechism of the Catholic Church

UNIT SEVEN
Part A:  (Part 3, Ch. I)
Part B: The Holy Spirit and Confirmation
Divine Teaching

UNIT EIGHT
Part A: (Part 3, Chp 2)
Part B: Approach to Planning
Resources

UNIT NINE
Part A: (Part 4, Chp 1-2)
Part B. Plan Session
Catechesis for all the baptised.

UNIT TEN
Part A: (Part 4 Chp 3-4)
Part B.  Planning a celebration
Devotions and the Mass

UNIT ELEVEN
Part A: (Part 5, Chp 1)
Part B: Christian Life in the Diocese
Diocese and Holy Orders

UNIT TWELVE
(Part 5 Chp 2-4)
Part B: Analysis
Part A: Catechetical Formation

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