Verbum Domini Biblical & Catechetical Institute:Sacraments Basic Certificate 2017

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Sacraments Basic Certificate 2017

Module Descriptions
The Hobart modules will be presented in the Murphy Room at the Catholic Diocesan Centre, 35 Tower Road, Hobart. Split over two week-nights, students should plan to attend both sessions of each module.
The Launceston modules will be presented in the Pastoral Centre, 44 Margaret St, Launceston. These modules will not be split, but offered on Saturdays. Bring your own lunch.
Morning tea provided.

Baptism & Confirmation
Baptism is the foundation of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through baptism we are freed from sin and made children of God. This module introduces students to the biblical anticipations of Christian baptism, the significance for us of Christ’s baptism, the role of faith in baptism, and the gifts associated with Christian baptism. Confirmation, one of the three sacraments of initiation, bestows upon the recipient the gift of the Holy Spirit and the power to profess faith in Christ publicly. Students will learn about the need for an adequate preparation to receive these sacraments, and how we can become better Christian disciples through them.

The most holy Eucharist contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ Himself. This module introduces the student to the rich scriptural and catechetical tradition of the Church on the mystery of the most holy Eucharist, the sacrament which completes Christian initiation. Students will learn about the Old Testament prefigurements of the Eucharist, Christ’s institution of the new covenant in His Blood, and the sacrificial and communal dimensions of the Eucharistic celebration. In the course of the module, students will explore the various ways to transmit our rich faith in the Eucharist to children and adults who are preparing to receive their first Holy Communion.

Penance & Anointing of the Sick
Through these sacraments of healing, Christ the great physician of our souls and bodies continues his work of healing and salvation. In baptism we receive new life in Christ, but this life can be weakened or even lost by sin. The Sacrament of Penance restores the life of grace to our souls. Through the anointing of the sick, those who suffer bodily and spiritually are strengthened and conformed to the suffering Christ. Students will discover the biblical roots for these sacraments.

Orders & Matrimony
The sacraments of Orders (bishops, priests, deacons) and Matrimony are expressions of God’s loving care for his people. Through the special consecration of Orders, a man is configured to the person to Christ the Priest and/or Servant, while the sacrament of matrimony is a reflection of Christ’s nuptial relationship with the Church. In this module the student will explore the different gifts associated with Orders and Matrimony and why they are considered sacraments at the service of communion. Students will also become familiar with the Scriptural basis for each of these sacraments.

Verbum Domini Biblical and Catechetical Institute

Semester Module number

Module Topic

Hobart Dates
(evenings 6.30-9 pm)
Launceston Dates
(evenings 9am-2.30pm
with 30 min lunch break)*



1 Baptism & Confirmation 1 and 8 August 29 July
2 Eucharist 5 and 12 September 9 September
3 Penance & Anointing of the Sick 10 and 17 October 7 October
4 Orders & Matrimony 14 and 21 November 11 November

14 and 21 November

Bring a Bible and notebook

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