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Exploring YOUCAT is a course based on the YOUCAT, the new Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, written in the language of our youth.  Fr. John Sims Baker of Vanderbilt, Fr. Tony Stephens of the Fathers of Mercy, and Fr. Jim Kelleher will all three guide you through the inner workings of the YOUCAT expanding upon and preaching upon some of the most important questions and topics posed.

REQUIRED:  YOUCAT BOOK

Course Instructor:

To propose Jesus Christ and to form His disciples at Vanderbilt
Fr. John Sims Baker
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God's Proposal to Man

God's Proposal To Man Part I

Fr. John Sims Baker of University Catholic in Vanderbilt takes you through the foreword by Pope Benedict XVI as well as the first few chapters of the YOUCAT discussing God's Proposal to Man.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 1-24

God's Proposal To Man Part II

Fr. John Sims Baker of University Catholic in Vanderbilt continues his Week 1 class by explaining Revelation and how God shows himself to us.  He also talks about Incarnation, the 12 Apostles and the parts of the Bible.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 1-24

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Man's Response to God

Man's Response to God Part I

Fr. John Sims Baker of Vanderbilt Catholic talks to us about how we respond to God's offer to us to enter into a relationship with him.  He teaches us about how statements of Faith can lead us to Believe and give Assurance to those beliefs.  This is how we believe.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 24-35

Mans Response to God Part II
Fr. John Sims Baker of Vanderbilt Catholic takes Part II to talk about God.  Why do we love God?  And how do we do that?  If God is love then God has loved for all of eternity.  What does that mean to us?  Why do we call God, Father?
Newman Challenge Points = 200

Creation

EYC Week 3 - Creation- Part I

In Part I of Week 3 Fr. Baker talks about Creationism and Evolution.  Discussing how science relates to our Creator, natural law and from there getting into Divine Providence.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 36-43

EYC Week 3 - Creation - Part II

In Part II Fr. Bakers continues his talk on Creation and our Creator.  He also expands even more in depth on Divine Providence and what role man can play in God's providence.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 36-43

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Fall of Man

EYC Week 4 - Fall of Man Part I

Fr. Baker looks at the first line of the creed, I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.  In this course we look specifically at God the Creator of Man.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 44-50

EYC Week 4 - Fall of Man Part II

Fr. Baker discusses the human soul, man and woman and how their traits compliment each other.  This also leads us into the Church's teachings on homosexuality and then into sin.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 44-50

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Church's Teachings on Jesus Christ

EYC Week 5 - Church's Teachings on Jesus Christ Part I

Fr. Tony Stephens takes us through the Church's teaching on Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 50-58

EYC Week 5 - Church's Teachings on Jesus Christ Part II

What does it mean to say that Jesus Christ is at the same time true God and true Man?  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 50-58

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Holy Spirit Part I

Week 7 The Holy Spirit Part I

What does it mean to say, I believe in the Holy Spirit?  Fr. Jim Kelleher of SOLT tries to help us understand the Holy Spirit.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 72-88

Week 7 The Holy Spirit Part II

In this video we learn about Mary the Mother of God through the power of the Holy Spirit.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 72-88

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Holy Spirit Part II

Week 8 - The Holy Spirit Part II

In this video Fr. Kelleher explains to us the role of the Holy Spirit in the Church.  How the Holy Spirit builds up the Church and impels her.  He also talks about the Holy Spirit in our lives.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 80-100

Week 8 - The Holy Spirit Part II of II

We continue in this video discussing the Holy Spirit and the role of the Holy Spirit in Mother Church.  Every day you are going to make a decision, am I going to live my life for God, or am I going to live my life for the world.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 80-100

Newman Challenge Points = 200

The Church

Week 9 - The Church

This week we learn about the Church as a whole.  The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  We learn about the pope, the bishops, the apostles and the structure within the Church including the role of laity.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 72-89

Week 9 - The Church Part II

This week we learn about the Church as a whole.  The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  We learn about the pope, the bishops, the apostles and the structure within the Church including the role of laity.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 72-89

Newman Challenge Points = 200

The Communion of Saints

Week 10 - The Communion of Saints Part I

In Part I we learn about how Mary the Mother of God has such a preeminent place in the communion of saints and how we pray with her to Jesus.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 90-100

Week 10 - The Communion of Saints Part II

In Part II we find out about heaven, hell and purgatory.  What is purgatory?  How do we get out of it?  How can we help others get out?  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 90-100

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Introduction to Liturgy

Week 11 - The Liturgy Part I

In this video Fr. Baker talks about how if we have a loving relationship with God we should want to go spend time with him in the liturgy.  REQUIRED READING:  YOUCAT PAGES 100-115

Week 11 - The Liturgy Part II

St. Benedict of Nursia states that "Nothing may have priority over the liturgy."  So today we look at and introduce you to the Liturgy - how we celebrate it, what happens during the liturgy and why it has to be a priority in our life.  Required Reading: Pages 100-115

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Introduction to the Sacraments

Introduction to the Sacraments Part I

This week Fr. Jim Kelleher gives us a brief introduction to the 7 Sacraments of the Catholic Church - Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.

Introduction to the Sacraments Part II

This week Fr. Jim Kelleher gives us a brief introduction to the 7 Sacraments of the Catholic Church - Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Sacraments of Initiation

Sacraments of Initiation Part I

In this lesson Fr. Tony Stephens talks to us in depth about the Sacraments of Initiation, specifically Baptism and Confirmation.  Why do we get Baptized?  Why do we get confirmed?  What does that mean?  Required Reading:  Pages 116-122

Sacraments of Initiation Part II

In this lesson Fr. Tony Stephens talks to us in depth about the Sacraments of Initiation, specifically Baptism and Confirmation.  Why do we get Baptized?  Why do we get confirmed?  What does that mean?  Required Reading:  Pages 116-122

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist

This week Fr. Jim Kelleher talks to us about the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.  Jesus gives himself to us as we give ourselves to Jesus.  Required Reading:  Pages 123-132

The Holy Eucharist Part II

This week we learn about the Holy Eucharist, Jesus body and blood.  Fr Kelleher discusses with us the importance of the Eucharist and the Mass, expalning the significance of each part of the Mass.  Required Reading:  Pages 123-132

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Sacraments of Healing

The Sacraments of Healing Part I

This week we talk about the Sacraments of Healing - Confession and Annointing of the Sick.  Fr. Tony Stephens discusses what they mean and how they are administered and received properly.  Required Reading: Pages 132-143

The Sacraments of Healing Part II

This week we talk about the Sacraments of Healing - Confession and Annointing of the Sick.  Fr. Tony Stephens discusses what they mean and how they are administered and received properly.  Required Reading: Pages 132-143

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Holy Orders

Lesson 16 - Holy Orders Part I

In this video you will learn about the Sacrament of Holy Orders, what it is, what it means and who can receive it.  Required Reading: Pages 143-148

Lesson 16 - Holy Orders Part II

In this video you will learn about who can be a priest, why do priests live a celibate life, and what is the universal priesthood.  Required Reading: Pages 143-148

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Marriage

Marriage Part I

In this video we learn about the Sacrament of Marriage and how marriage is an image of God's unconditional love for us.  Required Reading: Pages 148-155

Marriage Part II

As Fr. John Sims Baker continues his discussion on marriage he talks more in depth about the need of coming to the Church for marriage. Required Reading: Pages 148-155

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Dignity of the Human Person

Dignity of the Human Person Part I
In this Lesson we learn about inviolable dignity, the dignity of the human person.
Dignity of the Human Person Part II

In Part II we learn about the virtues and human conscience.  Required Reading: Pages 160-179

Newman Challenge Points = 200

First, Second, Third Commandment

First, Second and Third Commandment

Fr. Jim Kelleher takes us through the first three commandments, applying them to our lives and why they are important.  Required Reading:  Pages 192-202

First, Second and Third Commandment Part II

Fr. Kelleher continues his discussion of the first three commandments with this video focusing mainly on the third commandment - Keep Holy the Sabbath.  Required Reading:  Pages 192-202

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Fourth and Fifth Commandment

Commandments 4 and 5

This week we continue our discussion on the 10 commandments.  Fr. Tony Stephens in this lesson will talk to us about the fourth and fifth commandment.  Required Reading:  Pages 202-218

Commandments 4 and 5 Part II

Fr Tony Stephens continues his talk on the fourth and fifth commandment.  Discussing family life and abortion leading into the fifth commandment, thou shal not kill.  Required Reading:  Pages 202-218

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Sixth and Ninth Commandments

Commandments 6 and 9

What is love?  Why is the Church against premarital sex?  What is the Church's view on homosexuality?  Required Reading:  Pages 218-232, 250-252

Commandments 6 and 9 Part II

What does it mean to be pure of heart?  What is adultery and is divorce the appropriate response?  Required Reading:  Pages 218-232, 250-252

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Commandment

Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Commandment

Fr. Tony Stephens talks to us about personal property, social teachings, politics, democracy and the free society.  What does it mean to be pure of heart?  What is adultery and is divorce the appropriate response?  Required Reading:  Pages 232-250, 254-255

Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Commandment Part II

Fr Tony continues his talk on the commandments discussing what bear false witness means and why we should not speak or act against the truth.  Required Reading:  Pages 232-250, 254-255

Newman Challenge Points = 200

How to Pray

How to Pray Part I

What is prayer?  What prompts a person to pray?    Required Reading:  Pages 256-272

How to Pray Part II

Fr. Jim Kelleher continues his talk on prayer, talking about the power of the rosary and prayer to Mary in particular.   Required Reading:  Pages 256-272

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Ways to Pray

Ways to Pray Part I

Fr. Tony Stephens talks to us in this lesson about the many different ways to pray and why they are important to us in our lives and feelings.  We must enter into a conversation with God.  Required Reading:  Pages 274-280

Ways to Pray Part II

Fr Tony continues his talk on ways to pray, who we pray to and why its important in our lives. Required Reading:  Pages 274-280

Newman Challenge Points = 200

Our Father

Our Father Part I

Fr. Baker concludes the EYC Series with a video about the Our Father.   Required Reading:  Pages 280-287

Our Father Part II

Fr. John Sims Baker continues his talk on the Our Father and provides the final salute to the EYC Series.  We hope everyone enjoyed the content as much as we enjoyed providing it. If you liked the series, please consider a donation to Newman Connection to ensure programming like this in the future.  Required Reading:  Pages 280-287

Newman Challenge Points = 200