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A Sacramental People


Based on the Spring 2012 issue of C21 Resources edited by Fr. John Baldovin, S.J., this course provides an opportunity to reflect on and discuss a sacramental view of life. The sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, and Marriage are the focus.  This C21 Resources installment is a companion to previous issues that have addressed Eucharist, Holy Orders, and lay ecclesial ministry. 

NOTE: For a complete overview of Catholic sacramental life, we recommend you also consider eventually enrolling in three other C21 Resources courses: The Eucharist: At the Heart of Catholic Life, Grace and Commitment: Religious and Ordained, and Grace and Commitment: The Laity.  We also offer a four week course, Sacraments in Catholic Life.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.

Special Features:

  • All reading materials available online;
  • A study aide that guides participants through the course material;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and
  • Resources for further study.

All Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • Site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Week 1:  A Sacramental View of Life, Baptism, Confirmation, and Marriage
Week 2:  Penance, Anointing of the Sick, and Christian Funerals

Additional Materials Needed
No additional materials needed.  You can read or print the pdf format of of C21 ResourcesClick here to access the issue.  A hard copy may be available by contacting  

Time Commitment
A participant can expect to spend an average of 4-5 hours each week.  This commitment includes both preparation and interaction online.

Fee: $25

Content Scholars:
  Various authors were selected by the editor, Fr. John Baldovin, S.J., professor of historical and liturgical theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.