Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Specific Areas in Liturgy (Homiletics and Confession)

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION The first part of the study-unit consists of a comprehensive course in preaching which deals with essential and creative elements in the development of sermons. Attention is given to all aspects of preparation and composition of each part of the message. Development of resources and sermon analysis is also to be considered.

The second part intends to prepare students for the ministry of confession by familiarising them with the different situations they can expect to meet and helping them acquire the attitudes and skills needed for this ministry.

Study-unit Aims:

To enable students to acquire the theoretical and practical skills in the areas of preaching and hearing confessions that they will need in their priestly ministry.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) demonstrate an understanding of the liturgical and pastoral contexts of preaching and confession;
b) understand better the dynamics of putting their theoretical knowledge of moral theology into practice during the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) demonstrate the ability to examine biblical texts appropriately for preaching;
b) outline and evaluate the different approaches to reaching;
c) evaluate preaching from and content;
d) know how to deal with different age groups they will meet in confession;
e) deal more confidently with the most common situations they will come across in the ministry of confession

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Wallace, James A., Preaching in the Sunday Assembly. A Pastoral Commentary on Fulfilled in Your Hearing: Commentary and Text, Collegeville: Liturgical Press. 2010
Rueter, Alvin C., Making Good Preaching Better: A Step-by-Step Guide to Scripture-Based, People-Centred Preaching. Collegeville: Liturgical Press. 1997
Edwards, O.C., Elements of Homiletic: A Method for Preparing to Preach. Collegeville: Liturgical Press. 1990
Untener, Ken. Preaching Better: Practical Suggestions for Homilists. New York: Paulist Press, 1999
McBride, Alfred. How to Make Homilies Better, Briefer and Bolder: Tips from a Master Homilist. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, Inc: 2007
Diocese of Malta. Policy Responding to Child Sexual Abuse in the Church, Malta 1999
Gula, Richard, Ethics in Pastoral Ministry. New York: Paulist Press 1996
Gula, Richard. To Walk together again, the Sacrament of Reconciliation. New York:Paulist Press 1989
Haring, Bernard. Shalom, Peace: the Sacrament of Reconciliation. New York: Paulist 1969
Haring, Bernard. The Sacrament of Reconciliation. Slough 1980
Pontifical Council for the Laity. Vademecum for Confessors Concerning Some Aspects of the Morality of Conjugal Life. Vatican City 1997

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practicum

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 50%
Oral Examination Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Emmanuel Agius
Jesmond Manicaro
Kevin Schembri

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