The CCO Faith Study Series has been designed in order to proclaim the Gospel, equip the faithful and commission them to become missionary disciples. These materials are used in a small group setting and allow for a relatable, and dynamic proclamation of the Catholic Faith. They are easy-to-lead and have proven effective in bringing about personal conversions.
Discovery is all about Jesus! Discovery is an effective tool to open people’s minds and hearts to understanding who he is, what he has done, and the invitation he offers for relationship.
Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation.
If you glance through the six lessons and their goals in the table of contents, you will notice that they present the “kerygma” (or the basic four-point Gospel message):
- God is love and created us for relationship with him.
- That relationship has been broken though sin.
- Jesus exclusively restores that relationship through his death and resurrection.
- We are all personally invited to accept this gift of salvation.
The reality today is that many Catholics need to be re-evangelized; to hear the Good News explained in a clear and simple way to which they can respond. Many do not understand why Jesus died on the cross, many more do not realize that Jesus as second Person of the Trinity is God.
Many participants first received the gift of salvation at their Baptism through the faith of their parents. They are invited to make that faith their own.
While we have received baptism in the church, the church gave it in the hope that at some point in our adult life we would confirm our “I believe” in a personal, free act of faith.
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household
Lesson 1 – God’s Love
God knows and love us personally.
Lesson 2 – Love’s Initiative
The Father takes the initiative to reconcile our relationship with him.
Lesson 3 – Jesus Christ — Our Lord
Jesus of Nazareth is truly God.
Lesson 4 – Jesus Christ — Our Saviour
Jesus saves us from our sins through his passion, death and resurrection.
Lesson 5 – The Universal Call — Personally Yours
We are invited to receive the gift of salvation and live a new relationship with God.
Lesson 6 – Going From Here
A relationship with God is not an achievement of perfection. It is rather the context in which we receive God’s help and mercy in our daily lives.
The objective of Source is to introduce participants to the Person of the Holy Spirit and to unpack how he enables us to follow God faithfully.
We cannot live the Christian life on our own! We constantly battle sin, temptation, concupiscence, the influence of the world, the enemy, and our desire to become holy through our own efforts. Our efforts are absolutely necessary, but they cannot bear spiritual fruit without the grace (help) of the Holy Spirit.
The “choose and ask” model is key to accomplishing the objectives of this study. We want Source participants to learn that the Holy Spirit is active and available to us moment-by-moment. We need to choose God, to reject wrong thoughts and actions, and to ask for the Holy Spirit’s help. He is faithful and he will direct us: he fills us with the power to choose the right thing to do. The Holy Spirit is in us — our companion and helper in faith. He helps us in both our ongoing conversion and faithfulness to a Christ-centred relationship.
We also hope that, through this study, participants will encounter the Holy Spirit — that he would enflame their hearts with God’s love, leading to a greater experience of his gifts and fruits and that they would become more docile to the Holy Spirit, submitting their wills to his prompting and leading.
Lesson 1 – The Holy Spirit The Person and roles of the Holy Spirit.
Lesson 2 – The Battle Within We can fight to overcome our human weaknesses with God’s help.
Lesson 3 – Living in the Spirit The Holy Spirit empowers and directs us to follow him daily.
Lesson 4 – Barriers to Living in the Spirit There are obstacles that prevent us from being receptive to the Holy Spirit’s influence – knowing them can help us deal with them.
Lesson 5 – Docility to the Holy Spirit Mary, our model of docility, entrusted her life completely to the Holy Spirit.
Lesson 6 – Gifts and Fruits The gifts and fruits of the Spirit are available to all believers as special helps and signs of the Holy Spirit’s activity in our lives.
Growth offers practical guidance on how to grow in holiness.
Like the Discovery and Source studies, Growth is rooted in the truth that God is at the centre of our lives. In Discovery, we opened ourselves up to receiving, more fully, the gift of salvation offered to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. We invited him to have his rightful place in our lives as our Lord and Saviour, our King and Redeemer. In Source, we learned about the Holy Spirit and how he is active in our lives moment-by-moment, directing and empowering us to follow Christ. Now it is time for Growth. In the context of an intimate relationship with God, there is much to learn about growing and living the Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit. The concepts presented in both Source and Growth are vital for those who are newly learning to live as Christians.
Source preceded Growth to help us understand the integral role of the Holy Spirit in our piety and practice of the Faith. Recognizing the importance of the Holy Spirit, we now look at the concrete actions that characterize a Christian life.
It is important to root this study in the real help and action of the Holy Spirit. Without him, this study could be interpreted as a list of activities we must accomplish in order to earn God’s favour. The things we do to grow in the Christian life (prayer, Scripture, sacraments, fellowship, witness and service) should flow from our relationship with God and our desire to know, love and serve him.
Lesson 1 – Growth Essentials
An overview of why and how we are called to grow in our relationship with God.
Lesson 2 – Prayer Growing in our confidence in prayer and our intimacy with God through prayer.
Lesson 3 – Scripture Scripture is living and active, and should be so in our daily lives.
Lesson 4 – Sacramental Life The graces we receive in the sacraments help us to grow in faith.
Lesson 5 – Fellowship Paul, Barnabas and Timothy are models of the relationships we have within the body of Christ.
Lesson 6 – Service and Witness We are called to serve others and share the love of God with them in word and deed.
Obedience looks at how we can concretely trust God and give him permission in specific areas of our lives.
Each lesson invites us to greater abandonment and docility to God’s will for our lives. Participants are invited to experience the freedom of following and trusting God’s plan for their lives.
Obedience is challenging and practical. Each lesson reveals new areas of behaviour, beliefs or attitudes to surrender to God. These areas include fears, speech habits, obedience to Church teachings, vocational discernment and chastity. As challenging as this sounds, many participants say Obedience is one of their favourite studies.
Lesson 1 – Obedience
Obedience is important to God and a blessing for us.
Lesson 2 – Obedience and the Fear of What Others Might Think
The Holy Spirit empowers us with courage when we are afraid of others’ opinions of our obedience to God.
Lesson 3 – Obedience and the Fear of Difficult Circumstances
We can follow God, even in the midst of difficulties, because he is trustworthy.
Lesson 4 – Obedience and Speech
The way we speak affects our relationship with God and others.
Lesson 5 – Obedience and Chastity
God calls us to purity of mind and body, especially in today’s society.
Lesson 6 – Obedience and the Church
Peter and his successors lead and safeguard the Church in order to provide us a sure compass in faith and morals.
Lesson 7 – Obedience and Vocation
Priesthood, religious life, marriage and single life each offer unique paths to growth in holiness and mission.
Lesson 8 – Obedience and the Mission
We are urgently called to participate in the Church’s mission of evangelization.
Commission is about forming missionary disciples.
Commission expresses more than twenty-five years of outreach and leadership formation on Canadian campuses. In our evangelization efforts, we strive to identify with people, and to celebrate the beauty and good in each individual. We also look for appropriate opportunities to introduce these people to Jesus in a non-judgmental, relevant, clear and simple way.
Our goal is not just to share the message of Jesus, but to spread his mission. This mission is to form apostles — believers who, through the empowerment and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, send others to proclaim the message. This multiplication strategy comes from scriptural models which the study expounds.
Goals for participants:
- To be convinced of the centrality of evangelization to the life and identity of both the Church and us, as members of the Church.
- To have a heart of compassion and concern for those who have not yet encountered God’s love and mercy.
- To gain understanding as to why some people are far away from God and the Church: and how to best relate to them.
- To restore evangelization as a desired, uniting purpose of all Church activity.
- To identify opportunities for evangelization in ministries, parishes, and with their friends and acquaintances.
- To multiply their efforts by learning to entrust the message (of salvation) and mission (of multiplication) to other faithful people.
- To encounter the Holy Spirit and understand his primacy in the work of evangelization.
Lesson 1 – The Premise
Recognizing that evangelization is our deepest identity.
Lesson 2 – Holiness and Mission
Holiness and mission are interdependent.
Lesson 3 – The Message
Comprehending the necessity of clearly and simply proclaiming the kerygma.
Lesson 4 – The Message and You
Recognizing how we have experienced God’s saving action in our own lives.
Lesson 5 – Heart for the Lost
Uniting with God’s heart of compassion and concern for those who are far from him.
Lesson 6 – Understanding “Timothy”
Taking into consideration the perspective and experience of those we want to evangelize.
Lesson 7 – See Opportunities
Identifying people and situations in my sphere of influence that could be transformed through the clear proclamation of Jesus.
Lesson 8 – Next Generation Mindset
Understanding a ministry of spiritual multiplication.
Lesson 9 – Struggles and Doubts Examining common areas of discouragement for missionaries.
Lesson 10 – Commissioned
Recognizing, with great expectations, the work of the Holy Spirit both in the evangelizer and the one being evangelized.