Priory Post 65 – Understanding Catholicism

Posted: 24th August 2015

Understanding Catholicism

A once a week six-week course, Lent Term 2015


‘Understanding Catholicism’ is a course which will take place once a week over six weeks at the Benedictine Study and Arts Centre during the Lent Term 2015.


The course has been developed for parents, whether Catholic or not, of children and teachers at Catholic schools and for anyone else wanting to know what Catholicism is all about.  It takes place in an informal environment over a six week period and is designed to help parents understand what children are experiencing in Catholic school life and increase parents’ ability to support them with their religious homework.

I do hope you will be interested in participating in what is an extremely useful and informative course.


The course will take place on Mondays from 7.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. from 19th January until 23rd February 2015 (not on 16th February).  The sessions are repeated on Saturdays from 11.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. from 24th January until 7th March 2015 (not on 21st February).


(Week Six will only be held on Saturday 7th March and will start at 9.00am).


Course outline:

Week One:         19th and 24th January

Introduction to the Catholic Church: Religions pre-Jesus; The life of Jesus.  The History of the Catholic Church.


Week Two:         26th and 31st January

The Foundations of Faith: What Catholics believe and why.


Week Three:      2nd and 7th February

The Liturgy (Mass): Rituals and Symbols of Catholicism; Holy days.  Catholicism: A way of life; The Bible; The Missal; Prayers; The Rosary; Benediction; Saints.


Week Four:        9th and 14th February

Seven Sacraments: (1) Baptism; (2) Reconciliation; (3) The Mass & First Holy Communion; (4) Confirmation.


Week Five:         23rd and 28th February

Seven Sacraments: (5) Marriage; (6) Holy Orders; (7) Anointing the sick; Women in the Catholic Church: Mary, the Mother of Jesus; Nuns & Sisters; Feminism.


Week Six:            Saturday 7th March only, starting at 9.00 a.m.

The Roles of Priests, Monks, Brothers and Deacons – Religious orders and why the need for celibacy. The differences and similarities with other Christian denominations. Evolving Catholicism in the 21st century and beyond. The Catholic Church’s teachings on: Marriage; Divorce; Contraception; Abortion; Gay Marriages; Euthanasia.


Fee: Voluntary recommended donation – £5 per week


Contact us by email:

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by post: 74, Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD
by telephone: +44 (0) 20 8862 2156
by fax: +44 (0) 20 8862 2133



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