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 beings 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, personalise and deliver effective homilies, this second part of the course, besides some theoretical lecturers, will basically focus on PRACTICUM bearing in mind the various contexts in which the homily is delivered.
For Liturgical Ministry: Preparation and celebration of sacraments and sacramentals, with a particular focus on the role of the Minister, especially in the context of Baptism, Eucharist, Marriage, Funeral Rites, Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration and Blessings; Principles, Practice and Spirituality of Liturgical Ministers: Lay, Ministries, Orders especially the Diaconate Order. For Homiletics: Meaning and Understanding of Homily; Obstacles in Preaching; Guidelines for preaching during Tragedy; Homilies on Ordinary days, Solemnities and Saints’ Days; Review of the new Homiletic Directory 2014; PRACTICUM and Homily delivery. Learning Outcomes: After completion of this entire course, the student will be able to: • Celebrate Christ’s Mysteries through the Sacraments 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 faithful interpretive community, and a disciplined Christian life; • Broadly, objectively, critically, precisely and clearly understand or articulate knowledge from the various theological disciplines: biblical, historical, liturgical, anthropological, sociological, pastoral and cultural, with details and frameworks that consider the nature and context of the assembly; • Deepen his 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.
Smolarsky, Dennis C. Sacred Mysteries: Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practice. New York: Paulist Press, 1994. (for Liturgical Ministry). National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Preaching the Mystery of faith, the Sunday Homily. Washington, D.C.: USCCB, 2012. (for Homiletics). General Instructions of the Roman Missal. London: England and Wales, 2011. Bibliography: For Liturgical Ministry: Bouley, Allan. Catholic Rites Today. Collegeville, MI: Liturgical Press, 1992. Curley, Terence P. Planning the Catholic Funeral. Collegeville, MI: Liturgical Press, 2005. Griffin, Eltin. Edited by.The Funeral Book. Pastoral Commentaries, Creative Ideas and Funeral Homilies. Dublin: Columba, 1998. Martos, Joseph. The Sacraments. An interdisciplinary and Interactive Study. Collegeville, MI: Liturgical Press, 2009. For Homiletics: Bacik, James J. and Anderson, Kevin E. A Light Unto My Path. Crafting Effective Homilies. New York: Paulist Press, 2006. Edwards, Otis Carl Jr. Elements of Homiletic. A Method for Preparing to Preach. Collegeville-MN: Liturgical Press, 1990. 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, D.C.: USCCB, 1982. Reid, Barbara E. and Leslie J. Hoppe. Preaching from the Scriptures: New Directions for Preparing Preachers. Chicago: Catholic Theological Union, 1998. Wallace, James A. Preaching to the Hungers of the Heart: The Homily on Feasts and within the Rites. Collegeville-MN: Liturgical Press, 2002. Some Important Texts From The Magisterium: Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC), nos. 24, 35, 52. Dei Verbum (DV), no. 21 (Importance of Holy Scripture for the Church). no. 24 (Liturgical homily’s foremost place in the ministry of the Word). Paul VI. Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, Presbyterorum Ordinis (PO), December 7, (1965), no. 4 (Priests as ministers of God’s Word). Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship. General Introduction to the Lectionary. (Second Edition) January 21, (1981), nos. 24, 25, 26, 27. General Instructions of the Roman Missal. (GIRM), (2010), nos. 29, 65, 66.