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Sacraments in Catholic Life


Baptism font with stained glass reflecting in the water

featuring articles by Dr. Jennifer Bader and clips of feature films

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Introductory Week
Week 1:  Sacramentality, Baptism, and Confirmation
Week 2:  Eucharist
Week 3:  Healing: A Holistic, Christian Understanding  (Reconciliation and Sacrament of Anointing)
Week 4:  Vocation: Gift and Service  (Marriage and Holy Orders)

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Five articles by Dr. Jennifer Bader;
  • Streaming video of film clips, used each week to discuss key points;
  • Text transcripts of each featured video;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • A weekly introduction and study guide; and
  • A regularly updated Resources page to use for further study.

All STM Online: 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.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation on 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.

Additional Materials Needed:

Everything you need for this course is provided on the course web site.

Time Commitment: 

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Fee:  $50

Content Scholar:  Dr. Jennifer Bader, associate dean for academic affairs, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

I have enjoyed all of the classes that I have been able to take. I liked the reading materials, thought the film clips were a great addition, and found the discussion groups to be timely and thought provoking. I will miss it!

~ Mark S.,
Spring 2012


Overall, this has been a wonderful experience for me. The instructor, the support staff, and the community I was placed with were fantastic. Thank you for enriching my journey in faith formation through BC.

~ Sr. Liza,
Spring 2011