- For Liturgical Ministry: To enhance the quality of the liturgical celebrations that has God as a point of departure and arrival. To bring students to a qualified celebration of the sacred mysteries and Christian rites. To help them commemorate, re-enact and re-live the liturgical-sacramental celebrations not merely as prescribed rituals, but as actions that illuminate fundamental relationships with God, with themselves, and with others. - For Homiletics: To train the students to reflect, write, personalize, live as they deliver effective homilies. To practice how to deliver different types of homilies, bearing in mind the various contexts in which the homilist and the assembly are situated.
- Liturgical ministry: Preparation and celebration of Sacraments and Sacramentals, with a particular focus on the Praenotanda, notable aspects of the rites, and the role of the minister; principles, practice and spirituality of liturgical ministers. - Homiletics: Meaning and understanding of homily; biblical foundations of the Church’s ministry of liturgical preaching; the one ordained to preach; interpreting the Scriptures and preparing the homily; homilies on ordinary days, solemnities and saints’ days; review of the new Homiletic Directory 2014; practicum with preparations, construction, delivery and evaluation of homilies.
Textbooks: Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. General Instruction of the Roman Missal. English translation of the Third Typical Edition. Washington: USCCB, 2010 (the GIRM can be digitally consulted); Elliott, Peter. Ceremonies Explained for Servers according to the Roman Rite. A Manual for Altar Servers, Acolytes, Sacristans and Masters of Ceremonies. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2019. Bibliography: -For Liturgical Ministry: Bouley, Allan. Catholic Rites Today. Abridged Texts for Students. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1992; Chupungco, Anscar. Handbook for Liturgical Studies. Vol. 3: The Eucharist. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1999; Chupungco, Anscar. Handbook for Liturgical Studies. Vol. 4: Sacraments and Sacramentals. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000; Curley, Terence. Planning the Catholic Funeral. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2005; Elliot, Peter. Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite. The Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. A Manual for Clergy and All Involved in Liturgical Ministries. 2nd Edition. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005; Martos, Joseph. The Sacraments. An interdisciplinary and Interactive Study. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2009; Smolarsky, Dennis. Sacred Mysteries: Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practice. New York: Paulist Press, 1995. -For Homiletics: Bacik, James, and Kevin Anderson. A Light unto My Path. Crafting Effective Homilies. New York: Paulist Press, 2006; Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Homiletic Directory. Vatican City: LEV, 2014; Edwards Jr., Otis Carl. Elements of Homiletic. A Method for Preparing to Preach. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1990; Griffin, Eltin, ed. The Funeral Book. Pastoral Commentaries, Creative Ideas and Funeral Homilies. Dublin: Columba, 1998; Harris, Daniel. We Speak the Word of the Lord: A Practical Plan for More Effective Preaching. Chicago: Acta Publications, 2001; National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Fulfilled in Your Hearing: The Homily in the Sunday Assembly. Washington: NCCB, 1982; Reid, Barbara, and Leslie Hoppe. Preaching from the Scriptures: New Directions for Preparing Preachers. Chicago: Catholic Theological Union, 1998; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily. Washington: USCCB, 2012; Wallace, James. Preaching to the Hungers of the Heart: The Homily on Feasts and within the Rites. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2002; Waznak, Robert. An Introduction to the Homily. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1998.
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: Celebrate Christ’s mysteries through Liturgy; know, appreciate, preach and live out God’s Word with the aid of a biblical worldview and a faith-lived interpretive Christian community experience; broadly, objectively, critically, precisely and clearly understand, personalize or articulate the Word of God from the various theological disciplines; deepen communication skills (through listening, speaking, writing, media, and other means) so as to offer a lively, effective and appropriate measure of the Word of God to the people.