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Welcome to this course on Part I of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Profession of Faith.

COURSE OVERVIEW

​In this course we will review the fundamentals of the faith we profess at Mass each week in the Creed. The principal text is Part I of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 26-1065 (or the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 1-217). Links to online copies of the text are below.

The course begins on Wednesday 28 July 2021.

Time: Wednesday 7.30-8.15pm (followed by optional Q&A/discussion until 8.30pm).

SESSIONS

Session 1: The Existence of God
Session 2: Revelation
Session 3: Supernatural Faith
Session 4: God’s Nature and Action
Session 5: The Most Holy Trinity
Session 6: Creation
Session 7: Elevation to the Supernatural Order and Original Sin
Session 8: Jesus Christ, True God and True Man
Session 9: The Incarnation
Session 10: Passion and Death on the Cross
Session 11: Resurrection, Ascension and Second Coming
Session 12: I Believe in the Holy Spirit. I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church.
Session 13: I Believe in the Communion of Saints & Forgiveness of Sins
Session 14: History of the Church
Session 15: The Church and the State
Session 16: I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting

 

 

COURSE MATERIALS

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 26-1065. VIEW

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 1-215. VIEW

Summaries of Catholic Teaching (ebook: brief summaries of the teaching of the Catholic Church on key points of faith and morals, prepared by professors at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.) VIEW

SESSION 1: THE EXISTENCE OF GOD (28 July 2021)

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 26-49.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 1-5.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching  VIEW

Twenty Arguments for God’s Existence, Peter Kreeft  VIEW

Slides VIEW

RECORDING OF THE CLASS | VIEW

SESSION 2: REVELATION (4 August 2021)

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 51-133.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 6-24.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching VIEW

Slides 1 VIEW

Slides 2 VIEW

RECORDING OF THE CLASS | VIEW

SESSION 3: SUPERNATURAL FAITH (11 August 2021)

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 142-197.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 25-32.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching  VIEW

St Josemaria Escriva, Homily “Living By Faith,” in  Friends of God. VIEW

Pope Francis, ‘Dialogue Between Faith, Reason and Science’, in Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World, 24 November 2013, nn. 242-243. VIEW

Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, Fides et Ratio, on the Relationship Between Faith and Reason, 14 September 1998.   VIEW

Slides  VIEW

SESSION 4: GOD'S NATURE AND ACTION (18 August 2021)

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 199-231, 268-274.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 36-43, 50.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching VIEW

Commentary on Exodus 3:13-15, The Navarre Bible: Pentateuch, (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003), pp. 258-259.  VIEW

Why pray if we can’t change God’s mind? VIEW

Slides  VIEW

SESSION 5: THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (25 August 2021)

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 232-267.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 44-49.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching  VIEW

Slides VIEW

 

SESSION 6: CREATION (1 September 2021)

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church , nn. 279-374.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 51-72.

St. Josemaria, Homily “Passionately Loving the World”, in Conversations with Msgr. Escrivá de Balaguer , 113-123. VIEW

Summaries of Catholic Teaching VIEW

Slides  VIEW

 

SESSION 7: ELEVATION TO THE SUPERNATURAL ORDER & ORIGINAL SIN

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 374-421.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 72-78.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching VIEW

Slides  VIEW

 

SESSION 8: JESUS CHRIST: TRUE GOD AND TRUE MAN

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 422-483.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 79-93.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching VIEW

Slides 1 VIEW

Slides 2  VIEW

 

SESSION 9: THE INCARNATION

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 484-570, 720-726, 963-975.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 94-111, 141-142, 196-199.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching  VIEW

Slides

 

SESSION 10: JESUS CHRIST'S PASSION AND DEATH ON THE CROSS

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 599-618.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 112-124.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching  VIEW

St Josemaría, “Christ’s Death is the Christian’s Life,” in Christ is Passing By , 95-101.  VIEW

Slides

 

SESSION 11: JESUS CHRIST'S RESURRECTION, ASCENSION AND SECOND COMING

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 638-679; 1038-1041.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 126-135, 214-215.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching  VIEW

St. Josemaria, “The Ascension of our Lord,” in Christ Is Passing By, 117-126.  VIEW

Slides

 

SESSION 12: I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 683, 688, 731-741.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 136-146.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching  VIEW

St Josemaria, “The Great Unknown”, in Christ Is Passing By, 127-138.  VIEW

St Josemaria, “Loyalty to the Church”, in In Love with the Church.  VIEW

Slides

 

SESSION 13: I BELIEVE IN THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS AND THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 946-959; 976-987.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 177-201.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching  VIEW

Slides

SESSION 14: HISTORY OF THE CHURCH

Readings

Summaries of Catholic Teaching  VIEW

Slides

SESSION 15: CHURCH AND STATE

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 2104-2109; 2244-2246, 2419-2425.

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, nn. 49-55, 60-71, 189-191, 238-243, 377-427.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching  VIEW

Saint Josemaria, “Passionately Loving the World,” in Conversations with Msgr. Escrivá de Balaguer , 113-123.  VIEW

Slides

 

SESSION 16: I BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY AND LIFE EVERLASTING

Readings

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 988-1050.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 202-216.

Summaries of Catholic Teaching  VIEW

St Josemaria, “The Christian’s Hope,” Friends of God, nn. 205-221.  VIEW  |  Audio

Slides