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Foundation Stones Course Academic Year 2021-22

Foundation Stones

Foundation Stones is a twelve hour introductory course to Catholicism, structured around the four main sections of the Catechism. Participants learn about the key Catholic beliefs and practices. It is simple and straightforward and is excellent CPD for non-Catholic teachers or those who are not confident teaching RE. The course is structured to allow participants to ask questions and discuss ideas so they can gain insights into the Catholic faith. This in turn aids the teaching of RE and understanding of the Catholic Life of each school.

Starting in September 2020, there will be a number of new courses starting online, led by different members of the Diocese of Westminster Education Service. The online structure enables schools across the Diocese to access the course and it means a group of teachers can take part without needing to leave school.

Course Cost

The cost of Foundation Stones is £200 per staff member or £300 per school for two or more staff members. There needs to be a minimum of 3 schools and 10 participants for each course to run.

Course Day and Timing

Mondays between 3.30 – 4.45pm

Course Dates

  • 20th September – Introduce participants to the Catholic Faith.
  • 27th September – Introduce participants to God’s Revelation and God the Father and Creator.
  • 4th October – Introduce participants to God the Son: Jesus Christ.
  • 11th October – Introduce participants to God the Holy Spirit, Mary and the Saints.
  • 18th October – Introduce participants to the Church and to the Liturgy, Liturgical Year and the Seven Sacraments.
  • 1st November – Introduce participants to the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.
  • 8th November – Introduce participants to the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
  • 15th November – Introduce participants to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.
  • 22nd November – Introduce participants to the Sacrament of Marriage and Ordination.
  • 29th November – Introduce participants to Living a Christian Life and Prayer.
FS Testimonials

Foundation Stones Course Content:

Session 1:
  • This course will introduce participants to the Catholic Faith.
  • It will explore what Catholics believe about the Fall and Original Sin.
  • It will explain the Biblical narrative of salvation through Jesus Christ.
  • It will consider what it means to be a Catholic today.
Session 2:
  • This course will introduce participants to God's Revelation and God the Father and Creator.
  • It will explore how God has revealed himself through Jesus, Scripture and Church Teaching.
  • It will explain the Magisterium.
  • It will develop an understanding of the Holy Trinity and God as Father and Creator.

Session 3:

  • This course will introduce participants to God the Son: Jesus Christ.
  • It will explain the Catholic belief in the Incarnation.
  • It will consider what the Gospels teach us about Jesus Christ.
  • It will explore the importance of Jesus' death and resurrection.

Session 4:

  • This course will introduce participants to God the Holy Spirit, Mary and the Saints.
  • It will consider who the Holy Spirit is and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
  • It will explore what makes someone a saint.
  • It will explain the Immaculate Conception and how Mary is a saint and the Mother of God.

Session 5:

  • This course will introduce participants to the Church.
  • It will explore the history of the early Church and Apostolic Succession.
  • It will consider the structure of the Catholic Church.
  • It will explain the mission of the Church today.

Session 6:

  • This course will introduce participants to the Liturgy, Liturgical Year and the Seven Sacraments.
  • It will explain the structure and purpose of the Liturgical Year.
  • It will explore what a Liturgy is.
  • It will explain what a Sacrament is and the importance of the Seven Sacraments.

Session 7:

  • This course will introduce participants to the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.
  • It will explain the importance and significance of Baptism.
  • It will explain the importance and significance of Confirmation.
  • It will explain why Baptism and Confirmation are two of the three Sacraments of Initiation.

Session 8:

  • This course will introduce participants to the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
  • It will consider the relationship between the Passover, Last Supper and the Eucharist.
  • It will explain transubstantiation.
  • It will explore the four parts of the Eucharist (Mass).
Session 9
  • This course will introduce participants to the Sacrament of Reconcilation and Anointing of the Sick.
  • It will explore the origin of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and what happens and why.
  • It will consider the origin of the Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick and what happens and why.

Session 10:

  • This course will introduce participants to the Sacrament of Marriage and Ordination.
  • It will explain the purpose of the Sacrament of Marriage.
  • It will explore what happens at the different Sacrament of Ordination and why.

Session 11:

  • This course will introduce participants to Living a Christian Life.
  • It will consider the Catholic obligations.
  • It will explore the Catholic belief in the sanctity of life.
  • It will explain how Catholics are guided to live their lives.

Session 12:

  • This course will introduce participants to Prayer.
  • It will explain the importance of prayer and the Our Father.
  • It will consider the public prayer of the Church.
  • It will explore different ways Catholics pray, including devotions and mediation.