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. Fall 2017 Courses
    THEO 4053 Worship and Faith (3 hours)
    Fr. Frank Coady

    Course Description: The Church's Creeds evolved out of a doctrinal concern, but they were always more than doctrine; they were prayed by the Christian community. The way the Church prayed her faith, primarily in the Eucharistic gathering, even contributed to the formation of the New Testament.  For every generation, the principal gateway into the faith is the way it worships.  Thus worship must be regarded as one of the most vigorous and central elements of the Pastoral Ministry Formation curriculum. This course will consider the relationship between liturgical prayer and religious imagination, focusing particularly on the meaning liturgy can have for contemporary Catholics, as well as present day challenges.

    Class Times: Sept. 9, 16, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18

    Saturday mornings: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    Location: Interactive Television


    THEO 4881 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (1 hr.) 

    Fr. Robert Schremmer

    Course Description:  2017 is the 500th anniversary of "the" Reformation.  We often think "the" Reformation was a single, unified movement.  Actually there were many reformations.  This course will uncover multiple reformations before and after Luther and the Council of Trent, discovering not only religious movements, but also the political, social, economic, and cultural contexts of centuries that changed the world.

    Fr. Bob facilitates 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with DVD series created by Now You Know Media featuring Presenter Christopher M. Bellitto.

    Class Times: Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 8, 15

    Wednesday evenings: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Location: Interactive Television