For Liturgical Ministry: This first part of the entire course aims at bringing the students to a qualified celebration of the sacred mysteries and Christian rites, by combining sacramental principles and liturgical practice. In view of their future pastoral work as Church leaders and spiritual educators, this course wishes to help them to perform a celebration not merely as prescribed rituals, but as actions that illuminate fundamental relationships among human persons and between them and God. The general concern is then to enhance the quality of the liturgical celebrations. For Homiletics: With the objective of training the participants to write, personalize and deliver effective homilies, this second part of the course, besides some theoretical inputs, basically focuses on practicum, bearing in mind the various contexts in which the homily is delivered.
Learning Outcomes: After completion of this entire course, the student will be able 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 with the aid of a biblical worldview, 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: biblical, historical, liturgical, anthropological, pastoral and cultural, with details and frameworks that consider the nature and context of the assembly. - Deepen one’s 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 flock entrusted to him as a shepherd, as well as engaging the Church with the world.
Essential Required Documents for Liturgical Ministry: CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENTS, Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (Vatican City, LEV 2001); CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENTS, Redemptionis Sacramentum: Instruction on Certain Matters To Be Observed or To Be Avoided Regarding the Most Holy Eucharist (Vatican City 2004); UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, General Instructions of the Roman Missal (Washington, USCCB 2011). Textbook for Homiletics: UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, Fulfilled in Your Hearing: The Homily in the Sunday; Assembly (Washington, USCCB 1982) (to be distributed by the professor in PDF) Bibliography for Liturgical Ministry: BOULEY A., Catholic Rites Today (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 1992); CURLEY T.P., Planning the Catholic Funeral (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 2005); GRIFFIN E., The Funeral Book. Pastoral Commentaries, Creative Ideas and Funeral Homilies (Dublin, Columba Press 1998); MARTOS J., The Sacraments. An interdisciplinary and Interactive Study (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 2009); SMOLARSKY D.C., Sacred Mysteries: Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practice (New York Paulist Press, 1994). Bibliography for Homiletics: BACIK J.J.-ANDERSON K., A Light Unto My Path: Crafting Effective Homilies (New York, Paulist 2006); HARRIS D., We Speak the Word of the Lord: A Practical Plan for More Effective Preaching (Eugene, Wipf & Stock Publishers 2012); O'GRADY J.F., Preaching the Gospel of John (New York, Paulist 2009); SLOYAN G.S., Preaching from the Lectionary: An Exegetical Commentary (Minneapolis, Fortress 2004); UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily (Washington, USCCB 2012); WALLACE J.A., Preaching to the Hungers of the Heart: The Homily on Feasts and within the Rites (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 2002); WAZNAK R.P., An Introduction to the Homily (Collegeville, Liturgical Press 1998).