The Essential Courses

Adult Faith Formation

This a short program that introduces the participant to the teachings of Christ for the purpose of knowing and following Jesus more deeply.  Taught by priests and lay people from around the Diocese, Essentials seeks to:

  • Facilitate conversion to Christ through the Church.
  • Impart the story of salvation history, developing the foundation for Biblical catechesis.
  • Provide an overview of the Church’s mission of evangelization and catechesis.
  • Help adults know the Deposit of Faith through a systematic and complete study of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.

8 courses consisting of 6 hours of instruction each. Tuesdays 9:15-11:00am from Sep through Apr.

The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults is required. It can be purchased on Amazon for $14. A Catholic Study Bible is highly recommended.

Course registration:
For Holy Cross Parishioners: $10 per course or $70 for all 8 courses
For non-parishioners: $15 per course or $100 for all 8 courses
This helps cover the cost of participant course materials.

Certificates of completion will be provided to those who complete all 8 Essential Courses.

The courses will be taught by Steve and Bridgette Cosentino, Kino Institute graduates.

Please contact Bridgette at 480-981-2021 or for more information.

Essentials of the Catholic Faith, Courses, Descriptions & Dates

ESS102 Foundations of Salvation History — Oct 8, 22, 29; Nov 5

This course will examine God’s response to the entrance of sin in the world and how He regathered His family through the institution of the covenants. Emphasis will be on God’s covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and David and how they prepared for the universal covenant with Christ.

ESS103 Life of Christ — Nov 12, 19, 26; Dec 3

This course will study the ministry of Christ in light of narrative of the Gospel of St. Matthew, described by Pope John Paul II as the Gospel of the Catechist. Emphasis will be on understanding the Gospels as a continuation and the culmination of God’s plan of salvation that began in the Old Testament. It will also give an overview of the history of the Church, from the Acts of the Apostles until the present day.  

ESS104 Christ and His Mission — Dec 10, 17; Jan 7, 14

This course will examine the Church’s teaching about the Person of Christ the Second Person of the Trinity. It will also look at how Jesus established the Church to continue His ministry on earth, and the role of His mother Mary as His model disciple. It will look at the resurrection of the dead and our eternal sharing in the divine life.  

ESS105 Celebration of the Christian Mystery — Jan 21, 28; Feb 4, 11

This course will look at the purpose of liturgy and sacraments in God’s plan of salvation and in the life of the Church today. It will also look at each of the seven Sacraments and how they make God’s grace present in the life of the recipient.  

ESS106 Foundation of the Life in Christ — Feb 18, 25; Mar 3, 17 

The course will examine the foundation of the Church’s teachings on morality as rooted in the uniqueness of each person as being created in God’s image and likeness. It will begin to look at the Ten Commandments, focusing on the commandments that orient our lives to the love of God.

ESS107 Love Your Neighbor — Mar 24, 31; Apr 7, 14

Continuing the discussion on the Ten Commandments, this course will discuss the social teachings of the Church, focusing on Commandments Four through Ten, the commandments that order social relationships.

ESS108 Prayer — Apr 21, 28

This course examines the nature of Prayer and Christian Spirituality as understood within the Catholic tradition. Participants will become familiar with Church teaching concerning the nature of prayer and in particular the Our Father as the model for all prayer.