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.
The Leading Faith Studies video series (below) is for leaders—both new and veteran—who are looking to hone their intentional accompaniment of their participants. Join Michael and Holly as they guide you through each lesson and direct you to the most critical content within each lesson. Please note that these videos are intended to be a supplement to the Leaders Guide—they build on that material and assume a familiarity with that leader content.
DISCOVERY invites participants to encounter Christ through a simple but challenging look at the Gospel message.
Catholic Christian Outreach™ (CCO™) is a university student movement dedicated to evangelization. We challenge young adults to live in the fullness of the Catholic faith with a strong emphasis on becoming leaders in the renewal of the world.
Commission expresses more than thirty years of experience in outreach and leadership formation on Canadian university campuses, domestic and international missions, and in parishes around the world. In our evangelization efforts, we strive to identify with people, and to celebrate the beauty and goodness in each individual. We also look for appropriate opportunities to introduce these people to Jesus in a non-judgmental, relevant, clear and simple way.
The three pillars of CCO are to proclaim, equip and commission. We believe that a clear and simple proclamation of the Good News of Jesus is urgently needed in the world, even among Catholics. This is the mandate of the New Evangelization, which is focused on the evangelization of baptized Catholics who do not have a relationship with Jesus. Once we’ve proclaimed the Gospel and people have experienced conversion, we seek to equip them with the necessary skills to evangelize others. We hope that through Commission you will act on the great task Jesus gave his disciples, “to go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18).
Recognizing that evangelization is our deepest identity.
Holiness and Mission Holiness and mission are interdependent.
The Kerygma Comprehending the necessity of clearly and simply proclaiming the kerygma.
Testimony Recognizing how we have experienced God’s saving action in our own lives.
Intentional Accompaniment Accompanying people with a purpose and a plan on their journeys of faith.
Intentional Accompaniment: Understanding the Lost Intentionally accompanying those who have not yet experienced a conversion to Jesus.
Intentional Accompaniment: Holiness and Mission Intentionally accompanying disciples of Jesus as they progress in holiness and mission.
Seeing and Seizing Opportunities Identifying people and situations in our spheres of influence that could be transformed through a clear proclamation of Jesus.
Next Generation Mindset Understanding a ministry of spiritual multiplication.
Commissioned Recognizing, with great expectations, the work of the Holy Spirit both in the evangelizer and in the one being evangelized.
Struggling to trust God is a universal experience as a result of Original Sin. Many people are slowed in their spiritual growth—or even turn away from God completely—because they feel they can’t trust God. Trust seeks to inspire participants to relate to God as a good Father who is eminently trustworthy. It invites them to personally entrust their whole lives to God’s providential care. The faith study addresses the following topics:
God’s nature and our relationship with him as his adopted children.
The relationship between trust, freedom and obedience.
Understanding how God’s providence moves us towards our ultimate perfection.
The call to childlike abandonment.
Trusting God’s provision in life’s major challenges and daily struggles.
Two particular topics that often cause struggle: human sexuality and vocation.
Trust, Identity and Freedom
Our trust in God is established upon God’s goodness and our identity.
Trust, Freedom and Obedience Greater trust leads to freedom and obedience.
Trusting God with Life’s Major Challenges We can trust God with life’s biggest questions.
Trusting God with Daily Challenges God’s providence extends to our daily lives.
Entrustment A personal invitation to trust God.
Trusting God’s Plan for Human Sexuality Trusting God’s plan for love, marriage and sex.
Trusting God’s Plan for My Vocation Trusting God’s plan for my future. Note: This lesson is mandatory for CCO Campus groups, optional but recommended for other contexts.
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.
An overview of why and how we are called to grow in our relationship with God.
Prayer Growing in our confidence in prayer and our intimacy with God through prayer.
Scripture Recognizing that Scripture is living and active, and should be so in our daily lives.
Sacramental Life Recognizing that the grace we receive in the sacraments helps us to grow in faith.
Fellowship Paul, Barnabas and Timothy are models of the relationships we have within the body of Christ.
Service and Witness Recognizing our call to serve others and share the love of God with them in word and deed.
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.
The Holy Spirit
The Person and roles of the Holy Spirit.
The Battle Within We can fight to overcome our human weaknesses with God’s help.
Living in the Spirit The Holy Spirit empowers and directs us to follow him daily.
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.
Docility to the Holy Spirit Mary, our model of docility, entrusted her life completely to the Holy Spirit.
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.
If you glance through the six lessons of Discovery 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 through 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 of our 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.
“Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation.”
God knows and loves us personally.
Love’s Initiative The Father takes the initiative to reconcile our relationship with him.
Jesus Christ — Our Lord Jesus of Nazareth is truly God.
Jesus Christ — Our Saviour Jesus saves us from our sins through his passion, death and resurrection.
Love is Offered We are invited to receive the gift of salvation and live a new relationship with God.
A New Life We live our personal relationship with God both individually and communally.