The course Introduction to the Eucharist is designed to give the extraordinary minister formation and direction for distributing communion during masses and to be a guide to help him/her in taking communion to those who are unable to join the community in person. By the end of this course the student will:
- have a basic biblical and theological understanding of the teachings related to the Eucharist.
- know the language in which liturgical worship is explicit.
- learn most matters concerning the rite of Communion.
- learn to appreciate more the sacrament of Holy Communion.
- acquire a deeper knowledge of the role of the extraordinary minister.
- grasp the spiritual meaning that this role entails
- Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion who provide a service during church masses, in residential elderly homes or homebound sick persons.
- Those who wish to learn to appreciate more the sacrament of Holy Communion.
- Those who are starting their service as extraordinary ministers.
Please Note: Doing this course does not entitle the student to become an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Extraordinary ministers are chosen by the pastor of the parish/community.
Part 1: God With Us – Dogmatic Theology
- Christian theology on God’s revelation in the Eucharist.
- The communitarian dimension of the Eucharist.
- Eucharistic miracles around the world.
- Re-actualisation – understanding the past, present and future dimensions of the sacraments.
- Terminology for the Blessed Sacrament.
Part 2: The Biblical Foundations of the Eucharist
- The scriptural perspective of the Church’s teachings on the Eucharist.
- The foreshadowing of the Eucharist in the Old Testament.
- The Last Supper narratives.
- The testimony of St Paul on the Eucharist.
Part 3: The Eucharist in Daily Life
- The role of the extraordinary minister at mass and at home.
- The effects of the Eucharist on the community.
- Cultivating my relationship with God through the Eucharist.
- Way of life of the extraordinary minister.
- The spiritual dimension of the role of the Eucharistic minister – testimonials:
The course is delivered in short, recorded sessions which are each about 18 minutes long. The student will be provided with a username and a password so s/he can watch these sessions on his/her own device. The total number of minutes amounts to 5-6 hours including the assessment.
Usernames and passwords will be sent to students within a week of payment confirmation.
Assessment: Multiple choice test after each online session. The pass mark is 60%.
Certificate: Certificate of completion will be awarded to those who complete all the sessions and pass all the assessments.
An electronic certificate will be sent via email, within a week of successfully completing the course.
Awarding and Teaching Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute
Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.