Liturgical Ministry: To bring the students to a qualified celebration of the sacred mysteries and Christian rites, by combining sacramental principles and liturgical practice. To help them to perform a celebration not merely as prescribed ritual, but as an action that illuminates fundamental relationships among human persons and between them and God. Homiletics: To train the participants to write, personalize and deliver effective homilies.
Liturgical Ministry: Preparation and celebration of Sacraments and Sacramentals, with a particular focus on the role of the minister. Principles, practice and spirituality of liturgical ministers. Homiletics: Meaning and understanding of homily. Obstacles in preaching. Guidelines for preaching in different occasions. Review of the new Homiletic Directory 2014. Practicum and homily delivery. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: Celebrate Christ’s mysteries through the Sacraments and Sacramentals and minister to the faithful in a more practical, natural and effective manner; know, appreciate, preach and live out God’s Word; broadly, objectively, critically, precisely and clearly understand, personalize or articulate the Word of God from the various theological disciplines, with frameworks that consider the nature and context of the assembly; deepen one’s communication skills so as to offer a lively, effective and appropriate measure of the Word of God.
Smolarsky, Dennis. 1994. Sacred Mysteries: Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practice. New York: Paulist Press. Essential Required Documents: Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. 2014. Homiletic Directory. Vatican City: Vatican Publishing House; Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. 2011. General Instructions of the Roman Missal. For use with particular adaptations in the Dioceses of the United States of America. Washington: USCCB; Vatican Council II. 2014. The Basic Sixteen Documents: Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations: A Completely Revised Translation in Inclusive Language. Edited by Austin Flannery. Collegeville: Liturgical Press. Liturgical Ministry: Bouley, Allan. 1992. Catholic Rites Today. Collegeville: Liturgical Press; Curley, Terence. 2005. Planning the Catholic Funeral. Collegeville: Liturgical Press; Griffin, Eltin. 1998. The Funeral Book. Pastoral Commentaries, Creative Ideas and Funeral Homilies. Dublin: Columba. Martos, Joseph. 2009. The Sacraments. An interdisciplinary and Interactive Study. Collegeville: Liturgical Press. Homiletics: Bacik, James, and Kevin Anderson. 2006. A Light unto My Path. Crafting Effective Homilies. New York: Paulist Press; Edwards, Otis. 1990. Elements of Homiletic. A Method for Preparing to Preach. Collegeville-MN: Liturgical Press; Harris, Daniel. 2001. We Speak the Word of the Lord: A Practical Plan for More Effective Preaching. Chicago: Acta Publications; National Conference of Catholic Bishops. 1982. Fulfilled in Your Hearing: The Homily in the Sunday Assembly. Washington: USCCB; National Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2012. Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily. Washington: USCCB; Reid, Barbara, and Leslie Hoppe. 1998. Preaching from the Scriptures: New Directions for Preparing Preachers. Chicago: Catholic Theological Union; Wallace, James. 2002. Preaching to the Hungers of the Heart: The Homily on Feasts and within the Rites. Collegeville: Liturgical Press.