Undergraduate | CUR-EDC484 | 2024
Teaching About Sacraments in Catholic Schools
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Explore statements of belief, known as ‘creeds’, that form Catholic faith. Consider how these contribute to the meaning of human life, and how they are portrayed through ritual, symbol and storytelling. Learn how this lives out in church and school.
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Teaching About Sacraments in Catholic Schools
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- describe the signs, symbols and rituals of key sacred liturgies within the Catholic tradition and their scriptural and historical origins
- explain key terms: ‘grace’, ‘immanence’, ‘liturgy’, ‘mystery’, ‘ritual’, ‘sacramentality’, ‘sacrament’, ‘salvation’, ‘transcendence’ and ‘transubstantiation’
- plan a visual presentation explaining the application and significance of one of these Sacraments: Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation to the Christian life
- reflect critically on the personal and professional readiness of staff to be supportive of or teach sacraments and liturgies in Catholic schools
- Seven Sacraments: Sign, symbol, ritual and scripture story
- Sacraments of Initiation; Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist
- Sacraments of Healing: Penance & Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick
- Sacraments of Service: Holy Orders, Marriage
- Celebration of liturgies in Catholic schools
- The role of the Catholic school in parish-based sacramental preparation programs
- Church as a sacramental sign and instrument
This subject was previously known as Creed and Sacraments in Catholic Studies.
This subject explores the signs, symbols and rituals of key sacred liturgies within the Catholic tradition and their scriptural and historical origins. Participants are to understand the significance of the sacraments and liturgies to Christian life, especially the celebration of the Mass and how this is applied through the Perth Archdiocesan Religious Education Units of Work to the life experience of students within Catholic school settings. The subject provides opportunities for participants to reflect critically on the personal and professional readiness of staff to be supportive of or teach sacraments and liturgies in Catholic schools.
This subject is offered for students considering teaching in Catholic schools in WA. The subject meets the accreditation requirements of the Catholic Education WA [CEWA]. In particular, this subject is one of three ‘Catholic education’ subjects offered at undergraduate level through Curtin University that meets the tertiary-study component for ‘Accreditation to Teach’ and ‘Accreditation to Teach Religious Education’ in Catholic schools in WA. The delivery of the subjects is by staff of The Catholic Institute of Western Australia, a recognised tertiary and educational body established by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Western Australia. Students studying or looking for employment in Catholic Schools outside of WA should check with their local Catholic Education Office to see if the subject fulfils the requirements for their Accreditation. Other students, however, have also found this a worthwhile and interesting subject, either for their own personal interest/development or as a basis for helping gain employment in other Christian/faith-based schools in WA.
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- Learning Journal Reflection (50%)
- Teaching plan for a Sacramental Religious Education unit of work (50%)
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