Pastoral Ministry Formation

  1. Pastoral Ministry Formation

    "Where ever you find excellence, you find continuous learning. They go hand in hand. Wherever you find that continuous learning is missing, you find mediocrity." Matthew Kelly

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    Pastoral Ministry Formation

    Provides grounding in scripture and theology for the laity as they become increasingly responsible for the life and ministry of the Church. Pastoral Ministry Formation equips participants to fulfill the roles to which they are called by their baptism and for which their gifts and the needs of the times challenge them.


    Tri Focus
    Core Courses
    Worship and Faith Fall 2017
    Introduction to the Old Testament  Spring 2018 
    Theology and Methods of Ministry  Fall 2018 
    Introduction to New Testament  Spring 2019 
    Christian Morality and Social Issues  Fall 2019 
    Christology Spring 2020 
    Sacramental Theology  Fall 2020 
    Theology of the Church  Spring 2021 
    In addition to the core courses, six electives are needed.
  2. Formation for Liturgical Ministry Certification

    Formation in Liturgy welcomes all involved in liturgical ministry: Lectors, Ministers of Holy Communion, Ushers, Greeters, Sacristans, Music Ministers, Priests, Deacons, Liturgy Commission Members, Catholic School Teachers, RCIA teams, Art & Environment Committees, Members of the Assembly.

    An actor rehearsing his or her part in a play might ask the director: "What's my motivation here?" The script may call for the actor to say certain words, to perform a particular action, or to relate to another character in a specific way. But to properly play her or his part, the actor must know what is motivating the character he or she is playing.

    The same is true for those who exercise liturgical ministry. Just as an actor needs more than a script and stage directions to bring the role to life, so, too, do liturgical ministers.

    Those serving the liturgy of the Church need to have an understanding of the liturgy, an appreciation of particular ministries and their relationship to other ministries, and a willingness to give of their time and talent for the glory of God and for the sake of the assembly.

    Liturgical ministers need to have an understanding of and an appreciation for the proper motivation of the liturgy and the various liturgical ministries. Without this understanding and appreciation, liturgical ministers may simply go through the motions like actors who do not appreciate or understand the roles they are playing.

    Anyone who seeks to know more about the Mass or Liturgy is invited to this class. One may take it for credit or personal enrichment. To obtain the Diocesan Certification in Liturgical Ministry one needs to complete the two core courses and three electives for credit. A paper or project mutually decided upon by the student and the coordinating instructor is also required.

    Formation for Liturgical Ministry is part of the Pastoral Ministry Formation Program.

    Formation for Liturgical Ministry Schedule

    Fall 2016 - THEO 3053 Sacrament Theology (3) core

    Spring 2017 THEO 4881 Music and Liturgy (1) elective

    Fall 2017 THEO 4053 Worship and Faith (3) core

    Spring 2018 THEO 4881 Institute "Get Equipped" (1) elective

    Fall 2018 THEO 4881 Art and Environment (1) elective

    Spring 2019 THEO 4881 Celebrating the Rites of the Catechumenate (1) elective

    Click here for Formation for Liturgical Ministry booklet.

    To Register for Pastoral Ministry Formation courses click here!

  3. Spring 2018 Course

    THEO 4881 Get Equipped (1 hour)

    Presenters: Fr. Frank Coady, Dolores Martinez, Fr. Robert Schremmer

    Course Description: Get Equipped supports the spirtual life and the practical ministry of those who serve during Eucharistic Liturgy.  Focusing on hospitality, proclamation, prayer and mission, it is for greeters, lectors, ministers of holy communion, music ministers, all who gather for Eucharist.  

    This course is one of the elective courses needed to obtain the Diocesan Certification in Liturgical Ministry.

    Class Dates: Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 (Begins with Registration Friday 4:00 p.m. ends Saturday 1:30 p.m.

    Location: Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend KS

    Cost: $57.00 room and meals, $22.00 commuter

    Additional $50.00 for 1 hr. college credit - contact Coleen at or 620-227-1538

    Personal enrichment fee is included with your payment to Heartland Center for Spirituality 

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