Foundation Stones is a 12 hour introductory course to Catholicism. Participants learn about the key Catholic beliefs and practices and the course is structured to allow participants to ask questions and discuss ideas so they can gain insights into the Catholic faith. This in turn aids the teaching of RE and understanding of the Catholic Life of each school. It is excellent CPD for non-Catholic teachers or those who are not confident teaching RE. The online structure of this course enables schools across the Diocese to access the course and it means a group of teachers can take part without needing to leave school.
The cost of Foundation Stones is £200 per staff member or £300 per school for two or more staff members. There needs to be a minimum of 3 schools and 10 participants for each course to run. Each school will be responsible for purchasing participants the course text book. The title of the text book is Catholic Foundation Stones: Exploring the Basics of the Faith by John Wilson and Andrew Allman.
Course Day and Timing
- 20th September – Introduce participants to the Catholic Faith.
- 27th September – Introduce participants to God’s Revelation and God the Father and Creator.
- 4th October – Introduce participants to God the Son: Jesus Christ.
- 11th October – Introduce participants to God the Holy Spirit, Mary and the Saints.
- 18th October – Introduce participants to the Church and to the Liturgy, Liturgical Year and the Seven Sacraments.
- 1st November – Introduce participants to the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.
- 8th November – Introduce participants to the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
- 15th November – Introduce participants to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.
- 22nd November – Introduce participants to the Sacrament of Marriage and Ordination.
- 29th November – Introduce participants to Living a Christian Life and Prayer.
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