Certificate Courses

 Spring 2015




A 10 Introduction to Scripture – Online Course
This course is designed to acquaint the beginning student with the variety of methods used to interpret the Scriptures within the wider Church community today.  We will examine how the Church has understood the Bible throughout history.  We will also examine the question of literal and fundamental interpretations of Scripture, as well as the concepts of inerrancy and divine inspiration. Through an analysis of select passages we will look at the methods used by the Church to develop its theological and pastoral understanding of today’s world.
Instructor: Reverend George Heyman
Course opens Monday, February 9th at noon and ends Friday March 20th
Computer and High Speed Internet Access are required. Additional online guidelines are available upon request.

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
Friday, April 17, from  8:30AM - 5:30PM

C17 Church and Sacraments
This course focuses on the nature of the Church and the theology of sacramental life that flows from Jesus' command to "Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 28:19).  Through readings, discussion, lectures and reflection on participants' own ecclesial settings, the course provides a context for examining issues affecting the life of the local and universal church.
Instructor: Mary Ann Obark
Saturdays, March 7, 14 and 28 from 9:00AM - 12:00PM

E 10 Orientation To Minstry
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
Thursdays February 26, March 5, 12 and 19 from 3:00 – 5:30 PM
This course can be video-conferenced to Apalachin, Auburn, Hornell, or Watkins Glen

E80 Parish HR Management and Benefit Administration
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 Benefi Administration - deeper understanding of the benefit offerings to employees of the Dioces of Rochester.  This course is required for all Financial Directors and Business Managers
Instructors: India Barton and Michelle Galetta
Wednesday, May 20 from 9:00AM - 3:00PM
The fee, for this course only, is $50

E 87 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: Tom Kubus
Wednesdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29 from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
The fee, for this course only, is $200.
This course can be videoconferenced on April 15 and 22, ONLY

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Skill-Level Modules
Register through Department of Evangelization and Catechesis
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Location: St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, 120 French Rd., Rochester 14618

9:00AM - 11:30AM Administrative Policies and Procedures (required)
This module covers topics such as record keeping, volunteer/catechist formation policies, textbook selection, models of catechesis, etc.
Presenter: Jonathan Schott

12:30PM - 3:00PM Understanding the Structure of the Church (required)
This module will present the structure of the Church from the local to the universal level, and how each relates to the other.  Included in this presentation is a discussion on the authoritative weight of various levels of church documents. Videoconferencing available to Auburn and Watkins Glen
Presenter: Fr. David Tedesche

3:00PM - 5:30PM The New Evangelization (elective)
This module covers some of the skills and strategies necessary for anyone and everyone to be an effective agent of evangelization.  Parish evangelization teams can also benefit from this presentation.
Presenter: Mary Dundas