The Catholic Church invites many of her members to exercise a leadership role in the celebration of the Liturgy and Sacraments: priests, permanent deacons, school/hospital/prison chaplains, pastoral workers, youth leaders and lay funeral ministers. This unit prepares and equips the student with the understanding, skills and pastoral care necessary for leadership in the preparation and celebration of both sacraments and sacramentals. The focus will be on baptism preparation, pastoral care of the sick and dying, celebration of funerals, penitential services, Liturgy of the Word with or without communion, blessings and prayers for schools, hospitals, youth groups and prisons. Each celebration will be explored under the following areas: the meaning of each of the elements, the structure of the sacrament or sacramental, the necessary skills for appropriate pastoral care. The emphasis is on the acquisition of practical skills for ministry in a supervised context.

Unit Code: CT3104C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a critical and comprehensive understanding of the role and function of leaders in a liturgical celebration.


Critically explain the theological and scriptural foundations of liturgical ministries.


Articulate a comprehensive understanding of the roles of the sacraments and sacramentals in Catholic Liturgy


Demonstrate a critical analysis of the structure and constitutive elements of the various liturgical celebrations and prayer services.


Demonstrate the ability to produce and implement a liturgical program of formation in a parish and/or in a Diocese.


Relate in a systematic and critical manner the theological and pastoral understandings of material studied in the Unit to the wider disciplines of Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology.


Option A: An andragogical constructive weekly framework using discussion, readings, research and practical classroom demonstrations.
Option B: An andragogical constructive intensive mode framework (36 hours) using discussion, readings, research and practical classroom demonstrations.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper (1,500 words)

0 30.0

Essay (3,500 words)

0 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-15 13:58:11 +1000