820 Theology II

2 semesters, 1 credit

Required for sophomores

Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church (First Semester) helps students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ.  They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit.  The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today.  This Body has both divine and human elements.  Students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church.

Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ (Second Semester) helps students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist.  Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.

Skills (1st Semester)

By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Explain how Jesus established His one Church to continue His presence and His work in the world.
  2. Describe the activity of the Holy Spirit in the history of the Church and in the world today.
  3. Explain the beginning of the Church at Pentecost and the role of the Apostles in the early Church.
  4. Identify various images of the Church rooted in Scripture and Tradition.
  5. Explain the meaning and implications of the four marks of the Church.
  6. Identify means of unity in the Church in its teaching, sanctifying, and governing offices.
  7. Define the Magisterium of the Church in its teaching, sanctifying, and governing offices.
  8. Explain the foundation for the church’s teaching that it is essential to belong to the Church as the ordinary means of salvation.
  9. Explain how Church teaching applies to the formation of their personal identity, prayer life, and call to discipleship.

Skills (2nd Semester)

By the completion of this course, students will be able to...

  1. Recognize Jesus as the living sacrament of God, and the Church as the universal sacrament of Jesus.
  2. Understand the foundation for the Church’s teaching of the presence of Jesus Christ in the sacraments and the pre-eminence of the Eucharist.
  3. Describe the effects and implications of the sacraments of initiation, healing, and service.
  4. Articulate the requirements for receiving the various sacraments, and how to live the sacraments in prayer and action.
  5. Access and apply Church teaching.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of Church teaching.
  7. Utilize iPad technology in daily classroom activities and course management.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. What Catholics mean when talking about Church 
  2. The origin of the Church 
  3. The Church as a mystery and sacrament
  4. The Marks of the Church  
  5. Our call to discipleship  
  6. Sacraments  
  7. Essential elements in our personal and communal worship  


This course last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Theology Department.