School Notes

Date posted:   Sep 25, 2019

The Liturgy Committee

Gospel procession

Fee: $50
Five Weeks (This course has been updated and expanded!)

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.

Prepare for effective liturgy planning in your faith community.  Focused on the basics of Catholic liturgy, this course examines how the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy provides the vision for the liturgical life of the church. Topics include the importance of ritual and symbol, liturgical ministry, the importance of proper liturgical space, and the way in which music and popular devotion enhance and expand the experience of meaningful worship.

This course has a required text:  James A. Mongelluzzo, Understanding the Liturgy: A Guide to How Catholics Worship. Twenty-Third Publications, 2018.


Introductory Week
Week 1: The Principles of Catholic Liturgy
Week 2: The Four Parts of the Mass
Week 3: Liturgical Ministry, Time, and Space
Week 4: Music and Devotions

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Weekly videos;
  • Text transcripts of each featured video;
  • Weekly introductions to each new topic;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and
  • A regularly updated Resources page for further study about topics discussed in this course.

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 in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.

Additional Materials Needed

James A. Mongelluzzo, Understanding the Liturgy: A Guide to How Catholics Worship. Twenty-Third Publications, 2018.

Time Commitment

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

Content Scholars:

Rev. Msgr. James A. Mongelluzzo, S.T.D. is a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, and serves on the faculty at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary.

Jacqueline Regan serves as Associate Dean of Students Affairs and Career Services, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.