Certificate Courses

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

 

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A 10 INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPTURE – Online Course

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: Reverend George Heyman, Ph.D.
Course opens Monday, September 25th at noon and ends Friday, November 3rd. Computer and High Speed Internet Access are required.

 

C 14 INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLIC MORALITY

Come and join us at St. Bernard’s during the months of September and October for an Introduction to Catholic Moral Theology. Topics covered will be the relationship between faith in Christ and moral teaching, the content and status of the natural law, the nature of moral decision-making, and the role of the Magisterium in the formation of conscience. The following specific topics and practical applications will be touched upon: threats to human life, just war theory, sexual identity and conjugal chastity. This course is open to interested parishioners as well as those becoming certified as Faith Formation Coordinators.

 

Instructor: Matthew Kuhner, Ph.D.
Wednesdays September 20, 27, October 4, and 11 from 10:00—12:30
Video Conferencing is available at Auburn, Elmira & Apalachin.

 

C17 THE SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION (formerly Church and Sacraments)

This course focuses on the theology and practice of sacramental life that flows from Jesus’ command to “Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt.28:19). Through reading, discussion, lectures and on participant’s own ecclesial settings, the course provides a context for examining the sacraments of initiation, Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation and the issues affecting the life and practice of contemporary Catholics in the United States today.

 

Instructor: Fr. Peter Mottola, S.T.L
Wednesdays September 20, 27, October 4, and 11 from 1:30—4:00 PM
Video Conferencing is available at Auburn, Elmira & Apalachin.

 

E 87 COMPREHENSIVE FINANCIAL OPERATIONS (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 the parish accounting practices, IRS regulations, and Diocesan reporting requirements.

 

Instructor: Tom Kubus
Tuesday Oct 17th, Wednesday Oct 25th, and Thursday Nov 2nd from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
The fee, for this course only, is $200.
This course will be held at Rogers Hall on the campus of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Painted Post, NY.

 

E-80 PARISH HR MANAGEMENT AND BENEFIT ADMINISTRATION

Human Resource Management is a vital component of today’s contemporary parish. This course focuses on developing human resource skills needed for employers who are also stewards of the Catholic tradition. We will look at parish and diocesan policies for HR management as well as employment law, salary, conflict management, and strategies for effective communication. We also are including Benefit Administration – deeper understanding of the benefit offerings to employees of the Diocese of Rochester. This course combines what were formerly separate courses, E-82 and E-81 and is required for all Financial Directors and Business Managers.

 

Instructors: Tammy Sylvester and Human Resources Staff
Wednesday, November 8th from 9:30 AM -3:30 PM. The fee for this course only, is $50.
This course will be held at Rogers Hall on the campus of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Painted Post, NY.

 

COMPETENCIES OF THE CATECHETICAL LEADER

"The single most critical factor in an effective parish catechetical program is the leadership of a professionally trained parish catechetical leader." (National Directory for Catechesis, #54, B5). This skills course will discuss the characteristics of a successful, competent, and qualified catechetical minister and will help those working in catechetical ministries to evaluate and develop their catechetical work.

 

Instructor: Jodi Schott
Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
The fee, for this course only, is $25.

 

THE PASTORAL CARE OF PERSONS WITH SAME SEX ATTRACTION

“It can be clearly seen that the phenomenon of homosexuality, complex as it is, and with its many consequences for society and ecclesial life, is a proper focus for the Church's pastoral care.” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, #2). This elective skills course will address how catechetical ministers can better understand the needs and challenges faced by men and women who experience same-sex attraction.

 

Instructor: Guest Lecturer
Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 12:15-2:45 p.m.
The fee, for this course only, is $25.

 

INTRODUCTION TO CATECHETICAL MINISTRY

“Catechesis aims to bring about in the believer an ever more mature faith in Jesus Christ, a deeper knowledge and love of his person and message, and a firm commitment to follow him” (National Directory for Catechesis, #19, A). This skills course will present an introduction to the ministry of catechesis by offering an overview of catechesis and its role within evangelization and ecclesial life. It will also address the specific joys and demands experienced by the catechetical minister in a parish setting.

 

Instructor: Jodi Miller
Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 3:00-5:30 p.m.
The fee, for this course only, is $25.