Certificate Courses

 Fall 2015

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Foundation Level Courses

A 10 Introduction to Scripture
This course is designed to acquaint the beginning student with the variety of methods used to interpret the Scriptures within the wider Church community today.  We will examine how the Church has understood the Bible throughout history.  We will also examine the question of literal and fundamental interpretations of Scripture, as well as the concepts of inerrancy and divine inspiration. Through an analysis of select passages we will look at the methods used by the Church to develop its theological and pastoral understanding of today’s world.
Instructor: Marianne Antczak
Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 1:30 - 4:00 pm
This course can be videoconferenced to all three sites.


C 10 Introduction to Theology
When humanity begins to reflect on the meaning of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, it begins to engage itself in the task of theology.  This course presents a brief overview of the basic components of theology.  We will review method, revelation, use of scripture, and the role theology plays in the Church today. This course is required for those in the Catechetical, Youth and Pastoral Ministry Certificate Programs.
Instructor: Ella Johnson
Thursdays, August 27, September 3 & September 10 from 1:00 - 4:15 pm
This course can be videoconferenced to all three sites.


C 14 Introduction to Catholic Morality
Come and join us at St. Bernard’s during the month of October for Introduction to Catholic Moral Theology. Topics covered will be virtue and happiness, natural law, the metaphysical grounds of moral obligation, grace and the moral law, conscience, the role of the Magisterium in the formation of conscience. Specific topics and practical applications will be touched upon such as just war theory and conjugal chastity. This course is open to inquisitive parishioners as well as those becoming certified as Faith Formation Coordinators.

Instructor: The Reverend David Tedesche
Mondays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm
This course can be videoconferenced to all three sites.



E 10 Orientation to Ministry - Course Cancelled
Ministry is the public activity of a baptized follower of Jesus on behalf of a specific Christian community to witness, serve and realize the Kingdom.  This course will explore the origins and development of Christian ministry as it impacts the Church today.  This course is designed for those who have no formal theological training and is required for everyone enrolled in the Certificate Program.
Instructor: Barbara Swiecki
Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 3:00 - 5:30 pm
This course can be videoconferenced to all three sites.

Skill Level Courses


C 13 Theological Anthropology
Within a facilitated discussion, we will explore from a Christian perspective the mystery of human existence and the divine-human relationship. We will examine the topics of imago dei, gender and sexuality, mind and body, free will, grace, and sin; and discuss contemporary pastoral applications and concerns.
Instructor: Belinda Brasley
Tuesdays, September 1, 15, 29 & October 6 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm
The first three sessions of this course can be videoconferenced to all three sites, but all students must attend the last session in Rochester.


C 25 Foundation in Catholic Bioethics for Diocesan Personnel
Those in parish ministry - staff and volunteers alike - are frequently approached to provide counsel when parishioners are making decisions on life and death issues.  What is Church teaching on when life begins, and end-of-life decision-making? What does science teach us about these issues? This practical five-session course provides participants with an overview of basic Catholic Bioethical teachings, emphasizing those concerned with beginning-of life, marriage and family planning, and end-of-life issues. Instructor lectures are enhanced with presentations from physicians, scientists, and clergy.  The Fall 2015 session is tailored towards meeting the needs of Pastors, Deacons, Pastoral Administrators & Associates, Stephen Ministers, Youth Ministers, Marriage Preparation teams, and others who may be called upon to engage on these sensitive and important issues.
Instructors: Jean Baric Parker and Jann Armantrout
Tuesdays, September 29, October 13 & 27, November 10 & 17 from 1:30 – 4:00 pm
This course can be videoconferenced to Auburn and Apalachin (Watkins Glen unavailable).


E 87 Comprehensive Financial Operation (formerly Operations I, II and II)
This is a course for those seeking a Certificate as Parish Business Manager. This course familiarizes the student with the standardized financial practices used throughout the Diocese of Rochester, with an emphasis on parish planning, accounting practices, IRS regulations, and Diocesan reporting requirements.
Instructors: Tríona Bonenfant & Tom Kubus
Wednesdays, October 7, 14, & 21 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

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