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People’s Catholic Seminary – Course 401-Sacraments

People’s Catholic Seminary will begin a new on-line course the week of November 7. This course aligns with Unit 4 in the ARCWP Ordination Units and is free to ARCWP candidates and their program companions.
Registration closes November 1.
Many blessings,
Bridget Mary and Mary Theresa

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401: Sacraments
Facilitators:
Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP
Dr. Mary Theresa Streck, ARCWP
The course opens the week of November 7, 2016 and concludes the week of December 19, 2016.
Cost: $200 (financial aid available)
Register now at peoplescatholicseminary@gmail.com

Course Overview

Course participants will engage in dynamic conversations about sacraments for the 21st century through on-line blog postings.
The primary text for the course is “Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual” by Joseph Martos. Other supplemental material for the course will be posted in the interactive blog. Class discussions will focus on the material presented in Joseph Martos’ book.

According to Martos, Catholic sacramental doctrine has lost much of its credibility. Baptized people leave the church, adolescents stop attending shortly after they are confirmed, supposedly indissoluble marriages regularly dissolve, few go to confession, and many do not believe in transubstantiation.

Drawing upon his decades-long study of the sacraments, Martos reveals how teachings that seemed rooted in the scriptures and Catholic life have become unmoored from the contexts in which they arose, and why seemingly eternal truths are actually historically relative.

After carefully constructing Catholic teaching from the church’s own documents, he deconstructs it by demonstrating how biblical passages were misconstrued by patristic authors and how patristic writings were misunderstood by medieval scholastics. The long process of misinterpretation culminated in the dogmatic pronouncements of the Council of Trent, which continues to dominate Catholic thinking about the church’s religious ceremonies. If the sacraments are released from their dogmatic baggage, Martos believes that the spiritual realities they symbolize can be celebrated in any human culture without being tied to their traditional rites.

Upper Room Blesses Mary Theresa on 3rd Anniversary of Ordination

The Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community of the NYS Capital Region celebrated Mary Theresa Streck’s third anniversary of ordination as a Roman Catholic Woman Priest.

Kathleen Ryan, ARCWP, led the Upper Room Community in the following blessing for Mary Theresa at the beginning of liturgy:


Let us take time now to bless this wise woman.

Mary Theresa, we call you to the center of this circle to honor you for the gifts you have given this community and in celebration of your anniversary of ordination. Come forth, good and faithful wise woman!
The gifts you have given so freely to our community have flourished and born fruit. We now anoint you with oil, symbolizing you are a wise woman.

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I ask the Community to join me in blessing Mary Theresa today. Please come forward and bless her as we pray together:
Divine Creator of the Universe, She Who Is and Will Always Be, we ask you to bless Mary Theresa today and every day.
May you have strength, courage and wisdom for the journey ahead.
May you be blessed with good health.

May your heart be filled with compassion in the work of justice.

May you be filled with hope, laughter and love.

May you know the comfort of community, good friends and family.
May the peace of divine wisdom live always in your heart and your home.

May you always bear witness to the love of divine wisdom in this world.
May Holy Wisdom bless you and keep you.

May She make her face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

May She lift up her countenance upon you and give you peace!
This is our prayer and a blessing upon you Mary Theresa,

Wise and faith-filled woman.
And as community we say, amen!

Let it be so!