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Adult Studies of the Catechism: Unit 6 concluded on Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The programme of Adult Studies of the Catechism on Unit 6, which began on 15 September 2015, concluded on 1 December. Sessions are on Tuesdays from 7.30 - 9.15pm in the Upper Room (accessed from the Tower).

So far, the group have covered the following topics:

 Unit 1
 Faith & Revelation; The Creed: God the Father  Spring 2013 
 Unit 2  Creed: God the Son, God the Holy Spirit  Autumn 2013
 Unit 3  Liturgy and the Sacraments  Spring 2014
 Unit 4
 Introduction to Morality
 Autumn 2014
 Unit 5
 The Ten Commandments
 Spring 2015

 This Autumn, in 12 sessions, the group studied:
  • Unit 6: Prayer
  • Dates: 15 September - 1 December 2015
This 12-week module is based on the Maryvale Institute programme. It is designed to give the adult student a deeper understanding of the Faith, through a study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It requires a systematic reading at home which is then discussed in a group session. 

Course Materials

  • A Bible
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Course notes from Maryvale Institute, Birmingham (Notes prepared by the Maryvale Institute may be purchased through the Parish Office. Contact Gerry to register and order notes.)

The Catechism and the Faith
In order to arrive at a systematic knowledge of the content of the faith, all can find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church a precious and indispensable tool. It is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council. In the Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum, signed, not by accident, on the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Blessed John Paul II wrote: "this catechism will make a very important contribution to that work of renewing the whole life of the Church ... I declare it to be a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion and a sure norm for teaching the faith.”[21]

... [we] have to see a concerted effort to rediscover and study the fundamental content of the faith that receives its systematic and organic synthesis in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here, in fact, we see the wealth of teaching that the Church has received, safeguarded and proposed in her two thousand years of history. From Sacred Scripture to the Fathers of the Church, from theological masters to the saints across the centuries, the Catechism provides a permanent record of the many ways in which the Church has meditated on the faith and made progress in doctrine so as to offer certitude to believers in their lives of faith.

In its very structure, the Catechism of the Catholic Church follows the development of the faith right up to the great themes of daily life. On page after page, we find that what is presented here is no theory, but an encounter with a Person who lives within the Church. The profession of faith is followed by an account of sacramental life, in which Christ is present, operative and continues to build his Church. Without the liturgy and the sacraments, the profession of faith would lack efficacy, because it would lack the grace which supports Christian witness. By the same criterion, the teaching of the Catechism on the moral life acquires its full meaning if placed in relationship with faith, liturgy and prayer.

Benedict XVI, Porta Fidei, no. 11, 11 October 2011

The Gift of Faith
In God’s gift of faith, a supernatural infused virtue, we realize that a great love has been offered us, a good word has been spoken to us, and that when we welcome that word, Jesus Christ the Word made flesh, the Holy Spirit transforms us, lights up our way to the future and enables us joyfully to advance along that way on wings of hope.
Thus wonderfully interwoven, faith, hope and charity are the driving force of the Christian life as it advances towards full communion with God.
Pope Francis,
Encyclical Letter, Lumen Fidei, no. 7, 29 June 2013



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