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"On the Eucharist in its Relationship to the Church
Encyclical Letter of Pope John Paul II

Course Description:

Enter more fully into the mystery of the Eucharist and deepen your intimacy with Christ. Enrich your celebration of the Mass.

In this course, you will study:
• developing a closer personal relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist
• the Eucharist as the "source and summit of the Christian life"
• what Catholics believe and what we do not believe about the Eucharist
• why only Catholic priests can consecrate the elements of communion
• the role of the whole community in holy communion

You will be assigned a different portion of the Church document, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, to read each week. Below is a list of options for obtaining this material:

  • On this website
  • Download the Windows Word document file (warning! this is a 32-page print-out). HOW TO DOWNLOAD IT: Place your mouse pointer over its link and right-click your mouse to open the Windows dialog box, then choose "Save target as..." and save it in your "My Documents" folder (or wherever you want to keep it).
  • Preferred Method (much easier to use!)
    You can buy it at your local Catholic book store or order it online from The Catholic Company (we provide this link as a courtesy to you, not as an endorsement of this company).

Instructor: Terry Modica
Terry is the author of the daily Good News Reflections and has been teaching parish seminars on the Catholic Catechism and Church documents since 1994.

Terry converted to Catholicism in 1977, drawn by the Eucharist. At that time, she began to study official Church teachings in order to understand and dig deep into her new faith. Always involved in her parishes, she gained a reputation for inspirational teaching and spiritual leadership in Adult Religious Education, prayer groups, Parish Council, and as diocesan staff writer. She was certified by the Diocese of Trenton, NJ, in Pastoral Administration and is a certified graduate of the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida. ( more )

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You have a month to complete the course before your password expires. If you need more time, you may request an extension.

At the end of the course, if you have posted your homework assignments, you may request an emailed certificate that acknowledges successful completion of the course. This is useful for those who need continuing education for their work as catechists or in other ministries.

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