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Sacraments in Catholic Life


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

Explore the sacramental life of the Church with this overview of sacramentality and the seven sacraments.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.


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