Institute for Christian Formation

ICF Sessions

First Year

First Semester (Spring 2021)

Session 1. Introduction

Faith formation is life-long.  The Institute for Christian Formation program is intended to assist each person on his or her spiritual journey of faith with ongoing faith formation. Learn more

Session 2. The Human Person’s Capacity for God (Natural Theology) CCC 1-49

This session will consider how God has already placed within nature itself certain ways that we can come to know His existence and His concern for us.  Learn more

Session 3. Divine Revelation and its Transmission CCC 50-100

This session teaches that God has revealed Himself in a supernatural way and provided the gift of faith so that we might know Him personally and enter into a true relationship with Him. 

Session 4. Sacred Scripture: Two Testaments, One Book CCC 101-141

This session presents the Bible as divine inspiration and inerrancy. It is different from any other text in human history by virtue of its divine inspiration and inerrancy. Learn more

Session 5. What is Faith? CCC. 142-184

This session explores the notion of faith both as a free human act and as a divine gift.  Learn more

Session 6. “I Believe in God”: God’s Personal Reality CCC 185-231

This session considers the specific credal statements such as those in the Scriptures, at Nicea and Constantinople that have formed the faith of believers over centuries. Learn more

Session 7. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Almighty CCC 232-278

This session will trace the hidden riches of the words we say in prayer so often: “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Learn more

Session 8. Creator of Things Visible and Invisible CCC 279-354

This session will explore God’s creation of the universe out of nothing and His continual providence, guiding the universe to a destiny decreed in advance by Him, leading no doubt concerning His final victory over evil. Learn more

Session 9. The Human Person Created by God CCC 355-384

This session will consider the dignity of the human person in the image of God, and the unity of the human race, as well as the duality of male and female in God’s plan. Learn more

Session 10. The Fall of Angels and Humans CCC 385-421

This session examines the reality of sin, and the misuse of created freedom as the source of all evil in the universe, the primary focus of this lesson. Learn more

Session 11.  Who is Jesus of Nazareth? (Part One) CCC 422-483 

This session focuses on the Incarnation of the Son of God as the central event of human history, prepared for and foretold by the events and Prophets of the Old Testament. Learn more

Session 12.  Who is Jesus of Nazareth? (Part Two) CCC 484-570

This session considers the important role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of the Incarnation. Learn more

Session 13. Jesus the Messiah of Israel CCC 571-594

The past modules have unfolded the history leading up to the Incarnation and have culminated in the history of Jesus’ life on earth. Learn more

Session 14.  Jesus the Lamb of Sacrifice CCC 595-630

This session invites us to come to understand how the Incarnation was seen as the focal point of all human history and the fullness of God’s revelation to the human race, the highest point of this revelation is reached in His Paschal Mystery. Learn more

Session 15.  Descended into Hell, Risen from the Dead CCC 631-658

This session examines Christ’s “descent into hell” which will be considered as God’s eloquent expression of the extent to which He is willing to go to save sinners. Learn more

Session 16.  The Ascended Christ CCC 659-682

This session will present the Ascended Christ as our Judge on the last day, a Judge who has also made Himself our partner and friend along life’s journey.  Learn more

 

First Year - Second Semester (Fall 2021)

Session 17.  I Believe in the Holy Spirit CCC 683-747 

This session communicates to students the truth about the Holy Spirit and how God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts.  Our knowledge of faith is only possible in the Holy Spirit.  Learn more

Session 18   The Mystery of the Church   CCC 748-776

This session clarifies how the Catholic Church is the universal sacrament of salvation, the place of encounter between mankind and Jesus Christ. Learn more

Session 19   People of God, Body of Christ   CCC 781-810

This session offers an understanding of the Church as the Body of Christ and as the People of God.  We will examine the characteristics of the People of God and explore the deeper meaning of what it means to be priestly, prophetic and royal People of God.

Session 20  One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic   CCC 811-870

This session presents the profound mystery of the Church’s unity and that she is one because of her divine source in the Trinity of Persons. Learn more

Session 21   A Day with the Holy Spirit: Practical Advice

This session probes deeply the intense, personal relationship that the baptized Christian is invited to enjoy with the Holy Spirit in one’s daily life. Students will learn more about the sacred mystery of the third person of the Trinity.

Session 22   Listening to the Holy Spirit: Lectio Divina

This session offers students the opportunity to learn the practice of Lectio Divina, one of the Church’s traditional ways of praying with Sacred Scripture. Learn more

Session 23 Roles and Ministries in the Church   CCC 871-936

This session explores the hierarchical structure of the Church and how the Spirit’s gifts have been distributed among the baptized, giving rise to the Church’s various ministries and charisms. Learn more

Session 24   Mary and the Communion of Saints   CCC 946-975

This session invites students to be enriched by understanding the Church’s teachings on the Blessed Virgin Mary, her role in the life of the Church and in the lives of believers. Learn more

Session 25   The Church and the Forgiveness of Sins   CCC 976-987                                                                                                                                                                                                         

This session will articulate the truth of the Apostles' Creed, “I believe in the forgiveness of sins" and then learn how Jesus tied forgiveness of sins to faith and Baptism. Learn more

Session 26   I believe in the Resurrection of the Body   CCC 988-1019S

This session will emphasize the importance of belief in the resurrection of the dead which is an essential fact of the Christian faith from its beginning. Learn more

Session 27   The Four Last Things   CCC 1020-1065

This session will examine the Four Last Things of the Christian faith: death, judgment, Heaven, and hell as part of the Catholic faith. Learn more

Session 28   The Sacraments: Foretaste of Heaven   CCC 1066-1109

This session deeply probes how the Sacraments, and in particular, the Sacred Liturgy, are a participation in the life of Heaven. Learn more

Session 29   Meeting Christ in the Sacraments   CCC 1113-1209

This session invites students to learn how each Sacrament brings us into a deeply personal encounter with Jesus Christ and were instituted by Him for this purpose. Learn more

Session 30   Baptism: The Gateway of Heavenly Life   CCC 1210-1277

This session provides the truth and importance of Baptism as the basis of Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door to access other Sacraments. Learn more

Session 31    The Sacrament of Confirmation   CCC 1285-1321

This session studies Confirmation as one of the Sacraments of Initiation and essential for completion of Baptismal grace. Learn more

Session 32   Volunteer Opportunities for Christian Service

This session will explore the intention of Christian service and the expectation of Christians serving others. Learn more

 

Second Year

First Semester (Spring 2022)

Session 33   In-Class Assessment and Feedback
This session will provide an opportunity for us to take stock of the progress made so far through the Catechism to consolidate and deepen our appreciation of the material and to raise questions on points that remain as yet unclear.

Session 34   How to Participate in Holy Mass (Chapel)

This session will delve more deeply into a reality that is all-important--our participation in the Mass. Learn more

Session 35    The Holy Eucharist: Source and Summit (Part I)   CCC 1322-1381

This session will consider the Sacrament of the Eucharist as the source and summit of the Church’s life of worship.  Learn more

Session 36   The Holy Eucharist (Part II)  CCC 1382-1419

This session focuses on the distinctive principles of the Holy Eucharist as a Sacred Banquet in which the faithful receive the Lord’s true Body and Blood and are transformed by it, being made one in the Body of Christ, and receiving the promise of eternal glory.

Session 37   The Sacrament of Reconciliation CCC 1420-1498

This session will probe the immense gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, its various elements and its effects, assisting us to participate in it more consciously, willingly and fruitfully.

Session 38 The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick    CCC 1499-1532

This session unfolds the Church’s teaching on the Anointing of the Sick by which the Lord’s own healing ministry endures in His Church for the sake of bodily and spiritual healing, enabling the suffering and the dying to be joined more closely to the passion of Our Lord, Jesus.

Session 39 The Gift of Holy Orders    CCC 1536-1600

This session focuses on the Sacrament by which the ministry of the Apostles is passed down from age to age by the laying on of hands in the different degrees of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops.

Session 40   Matrimony and the Domestic Church    CCC 1601-1666

This session reflects on the great Sacrament by which Christian spouses are called to make present in their lives and show forth to the world the love of Christ for his Bride, the Church, in a bond that is everlasting, faithful, and fruitful; establishing in their homes a “Domestic Church.”

Session 41 Sacramentals and Popular Devotions   CCC 1667-1690

This session presents important elements of the Church’s worship beyond the seven Sacraments, encompassing devotions of the Christian people and accompanying this devotion by means of official prayers in key moments such as blessings, processions, exorcisms, and funerals.

Session 42   Celebration of Marian Devotion and Praying the Rosary

This session will entail a common experience of veneration and devotion of the Blessed Virgin Mary while reciting the words of the Church’s most cherished prayers, including those by which the Archangel Gabriel greeted Mary at the moment of the Incarnation.

Session 43   Introduction to Life in Christ   CCC 1691-1748

The session embarks upon a new dimension of catechesis considering the Christian faith not merely as a set of beliefs to be held but as a “Way” to be lived out in our actions as the true key to human happiness.

Session 44   Moral Decisions, Feelings and Conscience   CCC 1749-1802

This session probes the main aspects of moral decision making, the object and end of human action, as well as the nature and role of conscience.

Session 45   Virtues and the Christian Life   CCC 1803-1845

This session moves beyond the notion of individual moral decisions to the establishment of stable habits of upright thinking and living know as virtues.  It will also consider the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.

Session 46   Sin and Preparation for Confession    CCC 1846-1876

This session will aim to deepen our understanding of the notion of sin, including the distinction between mortal and venial sin.  More positively, it will point toward the use of such knowledge in preparing for a good and fruitful Confession.

Session 47   The Person in Community    CCC 1878-1948

This session will reflect upon the fundamentally social nature of the human person, the importance of life in community, the role of authority, and the concepts of the common good and social justice.

Session 48   The Laws Written in Scripture and In Creation    CCC 1949-1986

This session will consider the moral law, encompassing both the Natural Law and of the Divine Law revealed in Sacred Scripture.

* End of Fall Semester (2021) Assignment - Reflection Paper Assigned and Due Next Semester (Spring 2022)

 

Second Year

Second Semester (Fall 2022)

Session 49    Grace, Justification, and Merit   CCC 1987-2029
This session considers the action of God’s grace to cleanse us from sin and make us righteous through faith.  It will study the concepts of divine grace and the merits and holiness of God’s holy ones.

Session 50    The Church as Moral Teacher and Guide   CCC 2030-2051

This session focuses on the role of the Church as our God-given teacher in the moral life and as the guarantor of the moral doctrine passed down to us from the Apostles.

Session 51   The Ten Commandments / No Other Gods   CCC 2052-2141

This session introduces the Ten Commandments and focuses particularly on the one that stands as the foundation of the others: namely, our obligation to worship God alone without serving other “gods.”

Session 52   God’s Holy Name / Sanctification of Time   CCC 2142-2195

This session studies the Second and Third Commandments which prescribe reverence for God’s name and the faithful observation of the Sabbath Day.

Session 53   Our Duty to Family and to Lawful Authority   CCC 2196-2257

This session considers our natural obligation to honor our parents and all lawful authority in the political community as well as the Church.

Session 54   The Catholic in Public Life   CCC 2401-2463

This session reflects on an important dimension of the universal call to holiness, namely the responsibility of every Christian to work for the transformation of the world, its institutions, and structures in the light of the Gospel and of right reason.

Session 55   Respect for Life   CCC 2258-2330

This session centers on the Fifth Commandment which calls us to respect and defend human life in all its forms and to promote the true dignity of human persons. Learn more

Session 56   Natural Family Planning    CCC 2331-2379

This session will provide an introduction, in both theoretical and practical terms, to methods of family planning that are respectful of Church teaching and harmonious with the moral law.

Session 57   Natural Family Planning   CCC 2331-2379

This session will continue the important subject matter of the previous session and further develop the notion of chastity, especially within married life.

Session 58    Respect for the Property of Others    CCC 2401-2463

This session will consider the obligation of respect for the goods of others as an essential dimension of social justice as enshrined in the Seventh Commandment

Session 59    Bearing Witness to the Truth   CCC 2464-2513

This session will examine the Eighth Commandment against false witness, encompassing also its positive dimension as the obligation to bear witness to the truth.

Session 60    May Our Every Thought Belong to Christ   CCC 2514-2557

This session will explore those unique Commandments that apply not only to our external actions but to our interior thoughts and decisions, enjoining upon us chastity of thought, chastity of heart, and control of our desires.

Session 61   The Gift of Prayer   CCC 2558-2622

This session considers the reality of prayer not merely as a human action but as a gift of God taught to us in the Holy Scriptures, enlivened by God’s Spirit within us and enabling us to converse with Him as a friend.

Session 62   The Foundations of Christian Prayer    CCC 2623-2696

This session reviews the different types of prayer -- petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise -- and delves into the principle sources that inform our prayer: The Word of God, the Liturgy of the Church, and the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Session 63   The Life of Prayer   CCC 2697-2758

This session examines some practical aspects of prayer, its various forms -- vocal, meditative, and contemplative -- while addressing the common challenges and difficulties encountered such as doubts, distractions, and dryness, thus encouraging perseverance and confidence in one’s life of prayer.

Session 64  The Lord’s Prayer   CCC 2759-2865

This session is devoted to the study of The Lord’s Prayer as the model for all prayer, containing in its words and phrases the totality of the convictions and concerns that we bring to any prayer while approaching God as Father, by virtue of our sonship in Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. CCC