Certificate Courses

Spring 2014

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*Courses designated with as asterisk (*) may be videoconferenced to Auburn, Apalachin,  Hornell or Watkins Glen

*C10 Introduction to Theology
When humanity begins to reflect on the meaning of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, it begins to engage itself in the task of theology. This course presents a brief overview of the basic components of theology. We will review method, revelation, use of scripture, and the role theology plays in the Church today. This course is required for those in the Catechetical, Youth and Pastoral Ministry Certificate Programs.
Instructor: Ella Johnson
Wednesdays, March 5, 19, April 2, and 23 from 1:30-4:00 PM
This course can be videoconferenced

*E10 Orientation to Ministry
Ministry is the public activity of a baptized follower of Jesus on behalf of a specific Christian community to witness, serve and realize the Kingdom. This course will explore the origins and development of Christian ministry as it impacts the Church today. This course is designed for those who have no formal theological training and is required for everyone enrolled in the Certificate Program.
Instructor: Barbara Swiecki
Fridays January 31, February 7,14, and 21 from 10:00AM -12:30PM
This course can be video-conferenced

*E26 Visitation and Pastoral Care
Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). One of the hallmarks of our life of faith is the way we care for the least in our society. This course analyzes the theology of Pastoral Care as well as provides the basic skills needed to extend this care to members of our faith communities who are shut-ins either at home or in institutions. It is open to anyone who longs to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills as pastoral minister. This course is required for those seeking a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry
Instructor: Roslyn Karaban
Mondays, March 10, 17, 24, and 31from 6:00-8:30 PM
This course can be videoconferenced

E27 Preaching – Beyond the Basics
This course is designed for the ordained and lay authorized ecclesial ministers to reflect on the preaching ministry. Having prepared homily after homily, all preachers look for opportunities to become more effective in this important ministry. Through practice and group discussion we will reflect together on those skills that can help improve our preaching. Special attention will be given to the funeral and marriage homilies, as well as preaching special occasions.
Facilitator: George Heyman
Mondays, February 3, 24, March 10, and 24 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

E43 Principles of Youth Ministry I
This course develops the basic principles that underlie a comprehensive Parish Youth Ministry program in today’s Church. Through class interaction and participation we will explore the dynamics of adolescent faith development and appropriate youth programming. This course is required for all those seeking a certificate as Parish Youth Minister.
Instructor: Anne Gallagher
Friday, March 21 from 6:00 -9:00 PM and Saturday, March 22 from 9:00-3:00 PM

E80 Parish HR Management and Benefit Administration (newly combined course)
Human Resource Management is a vital component of today’s contemporary parish. This course focuses on developing human resource skills needed for employers who are also stewards of the Catholic tradition. We will look at parish and diocesan policies for HR management as well as employment law, salary, conflict management, and strategies for effective communication. We also are including Benefit Administration – deeper understanding of the benefit offerings to employees of the Diocese of Rochester. This course combines what were formerly separate courses, E-82 and E-81 and is required for all Financial Directors and Business Managers.
Instructors: India Barton, HR Generalist and Michelle Galetta, HR Coordinator
Wednesdays, (following Financial Operations) April 9, 16, 23, 30 (no May date) from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.
The fee, for this course only, is $50.

E87 Comprehensive Financial Operations (formerly Operations I, II and II)
This is a course for those seeking a Certificate as Parish Business Manager. This course familiarizes the student with the standardized financial practices used throughout the Diocese of Rochester, with an emphasis on the parish accounting practices, IRS regulations, and Diocesan reporting requirements.
Instructor: Fioravante Martusciello
Wednesdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
The fee, for this course only, is $150.

F1 Theological Reflection
This course is designed for those certificate candidates who anticipate completion of their course of studies and graduation in May. It brings methods of assessment, social analysis, and theological reflection to bear on the very real and specific problems that are experienced by those engaged in ministry today. Developed as a capstone exercise, this course focuses and refines the many and varied skills that a student has acquired through specific course work in the Certificate Program.
Instructor: Sr. Nancy Hawkins, IHM
Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Time for lunch will be provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch or plan to visit a nearby restaurant).  


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