This week, I will begin opening a program of four courses that lead students through every question of the Compendium of the Catholic Church. This program will be absolutely free for all students of all ages and, knowing the current challenges many Catholics are facing, will hopefully become a helpful source for Catholic parents, priests, religious and parishes.
- Catholic Catechism I – The Profession of Faith (1-217)
- Catholic Catechism II – The Celebration of the Christian Mystery (218-356)
- Catholic Catechism III – Life in Christ (357-533)
- Catholic Catechism IV – Christian Prayer (534-598)
This program is not intended to be a stand-alone faith formation program, but to provide a system of objective study and examination for students that can provide a core of study and assessment for all such programs. I believe this will be excellent for students preparing for Confirmation, after they’ve received First Communion. Nevertheless, all students are welcome to make use of the course, adults included.
We are adding nothing to the content of the Compendium, simply organizing its content into weekly lessons and providing challenging online examinations to develop and test student mastery. Parents, pastors and religious education directors can use this course to provide students with always-accessible online lessons, assessments and records (and some fun as well) to provide stability and order to any faith formation program.
I am putting the text of the questions and answers of the Compendium in the lessons as a matter of convenience for students, but I am also placing links to the Compendium for easy access. If there is ever any problem with copyright issues, I will simply remove the text and leave the links. This will, however, have no effect on the course, the primary benefit of which is found in the challenging examinations that help students master the content of the Compendium.
God willing, I will be able to publish one lesson and examination every Sunday, allowing students to get started this week and move through the self-paced course over the course of several years. Each course consists of 34-35 lessons, so it can easily be adapted to any school or faith formation calendar. The course should be accessible starting Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.
If you have any questions, please comment below or contact me on the Support Forum for the course.
William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy
P.S. If you are interested in a “traditional” program of Catechesis, please consider our Baltimore Catechism courses.