The Sacraments and Catholic Life [2018 Spring]

Ended May 14, 2018

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Full course description

5-Week Course


Starting with an exploration of the concept of ‘sacramentality’, or the evidence of God’s presence in the world, this course will investigate how the seven individual sacraments reflect the life of God among us.

Everything you need for this course is provided on the course web site.


  • Introductory Week
  • Week 1: Sacramentality, Baptism, and Confirmation
  • Week 2: Eucharist
  • Week 3: Healing: A Holistic, Christian Understanding (Reconciliation and Sacrament of Anointing)
  • Week 4: Vocation: Gift and Service (Marriage and Holy Orders)

Special Features

  • Five articles by Dr. Jennifer Bader;
  • Streaming video of film clips, used each week to discuss key points;
  • Text transcripts of each featured video;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • A weekly introduction and study guide; and
  • A regularly updated Resources page to use for further study.

All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site.
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed

Everything you need for this course is provided on the course web site.

Time Commitment

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Content Scholars

  • Dr. Jennifer Bader, associate dean for academic affairs, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.