Church & Vocation
Part 1: The Church
1.1 The beginnings of the Church
1.1.1 Understand the significance of Pentecost.
1.1.2 Recognize the contributions of the leaders of the early Church.
1.1.3 Understand the significance of Christianity’s break with the Jewish Law at the Council of Jerusalem.
1.2 Models of the Church
1.2.1 Explain why the Church is identified as: Servant, Herald, People of God, Body of Christ, Community of
Disciples, Institution, Sacrament.
1.2.2 Describe specific characteristics associated with each of the models of the Church.
1.3 People of the Church throughout history
1.3.1 Recognize the unique contributions made to the Church by: the martyrs, the monastics, the mystics, notable popes, artists, heretics and reformers, rulers, prominent theologians.
1.3.2 Identify some of the more significant figures in Church history with their particular period in time.
1.4 The historical development and influence of the Church in North America
1.4.1 Describe characteristics of the various missionary movements in North America (Spanish,
French and English).
1.4.2 Trace the development of the Catholic Church in the United States from the 18th century to the present.
Part 2: Our Life in the Church---Vocation
2.1 All are called to a life of holiness by virtue of our baptism
2.1.1 Recognize that through our vocation, God calls us to a distinctive state of life in the Church.
2.1.2 Comprehend the importance of personal development in discerning a vocation.
2.1.3 Identify the four different Catholic Christian vocations (single, ordained, religious, married).
2.2 The single life
2.2.1 Recognize that the single life is a vocation.
2.2.2 Identify the three manifestations of the single life (transitional, circumstantial, dedicated).
2.3 The priesthood and diaconate
2.3.1 Recognize the significant and unique role of the priest in the life of the Church.
2.3.2 Identify the three order rites of the sacrament of Holy Orders (bishop, priest, deacon).
2.3.3 Differentiate between diocesan priests and order priests.
2.3.4 Distinguish between transitional deacon and permanent deacon.
2.4 The religious life of sisters and brothers
2.4.1 Define the evangelical counsels (poverty, chastity, obedience).
2.4.2 Identify the various modes of religious life (cloisters, monasteries, contemplatives, secular institutes).
2.5 Marriage as a sacrament
2.5.1 Recognize the importance of Sacred Scripture and Church Tradition in understanding the true nature of
2.5.2 Understand the Catholic Church's teaching on marriage.
2.5.3 Recognize what the characteristics of sacramental marriage are (permanent commitment, loving fidelity,
openness to children).
2.5.4 Identify the civil and canonical requirements for marriage.
2.5.5 Distinguish between the two forms of the marriage ceremony (within a Nuptial Mass or outside a Nuptial
Mass, although a Nuptial Mass is always the most appropriate for two Catholics).
2.5.6 Recognize that the exchange of consent between the man and the woman who are
marrying is the most essential element of the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage.
2.6 Living the Sacrament of Marriage
2.6.1 Understand the meaning of conjugal love as expressed in the unitive and procreative aspects of marriage.
2.6.2 Understand the Church's teaching on responsible parenthood and Natural Family Planning.
2.6.3 Understand the Church's teaching concerning divorce and declaration of nullity (annulment).
2.7 The importance of the family
2.7.1 Recognize that children are a gift from God.
2.7.2 Recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children and are the first
heralds of the faith within the domestic Church.
2.7.3 Understand that the future of the world and of the Church passes through the