Catholic Home Study Service...
sponsored by the Vincentian Community and the Missouri Knights of Columbus, offers free correspondence courses on the Catholic Faith....
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Catholic Home Study Service
||Catholic Home Study Service (CHSS), sponsored by the Vincentian community and
the Missouri Knights of Columbus, has been offering free courses on the Catholic Faith for more than seventy years. It is
based at Saint Mary's of the Barrens, in Perryville, Missouri. Father Michael Joyce, C.M., a member and priest of the Congregation of the Mission since 1974, will continue Father Luke’s work with Catholic Home Study as Interim Director.
Studying with CHSS
Catholic Home Study Service invites you to learn more about
our faith by studying at home. Nine free courses,
faithful to the teachings of the Church, are available. When
you request a course, you will receive a textbook and a workbook
with study questions. After reading a section of the book,
you can send your workbook answers to us either over the internet
or by postal mail. We will make whatever corrections are necessary
and answer any questions you want to ask. All who complete
the course receive a graduation certificate. There is no charge
for the course, and no one will call on you. You may take the
course alone or with friends or family members.
The Home Study Program Offers
the Following Courses:
||WE BELIEVE... A SURVEY OF
THE CATHOLIC FAITH -- Temporarily on backorder. You may still request the course!
An explanation of Catholic teaching, cross-referenced to the Catechism
of the Catholic Church and following the same structure as the Catechism:
Creed, worship, Christian life, and prayer. The course studies belief
in God, the Bible, the life and teaching of Jesus, the Church, Mary, the
saints, life after death, the Sacraments, moral living, and Catholic prayer. Foreword
by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia.
||WE WORSHIP: A GUIDE TO THE CATHOLIC MASS
This course tells why Jesus wants us to attend
Mass, gives the fascinating history of the Mass, explains
Mass ceremonies step by step, shows how to pray the
Mass, answers frequently asked questions, and describes
how to live the Mass after we leave to "love and serve
the Lord." Foreword by Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan,
Archbishop of New York. (Newly updated with the Roman Missal, Third Edition)
||WE LIVE: TO KNOW, LOVE, AND SERVE GOD
Written in an easy-to-read style, this book explains the purpose and meaning of life. Why are we here? So we can find truth in knowing God, happiness in loving Him, and real meaning in serving Him. We Live shows from everyday experience, common sense, and modern science the reasons to believe in God. It demonstrates how following Jesus will bring happiness here and forever. Foreword by Bishop James V. Johnston of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.
||WE PRAY: LIVING IN GOD'S PRESENCE
This is a "how-to-pray" book for everyone. It explains how God speaks to us and how we should reply. It gives Bible teachings about prayer, spotlighting the prayer of Jesus. It describes the ACTS of prayer (Adoration, Contrition, Thanks, Supplication), and ways of praying (meditation, vocal prayer, etc.). It addresses issues like prayer to the saints, examines difficulties in prayer, and shows how prayer joins us to God now and forever.
||THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS
Everybody wants to be happy, and God wants us to be happy. This course
explains the four levels of happiness (body, mind and will, heart, soul)
and uses Scripture, stories, and common-sense to help us achieve emotional
health, spiritual growth, and real happiness.
||A CATHOLIC GUIDE TO THE BIBLE
-- Temporarily on backorder. You may still request the course!
Explains Catholic principles of interpreting the Bible. Takes the student
through the Bible, offering pertinent information about the historical background,
author, and literary style of each book. Selects readable passages from
each book of the Bible so that the student can become familiar with the
whole Bible and understand it as the Word of God.
||THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING CATHOLIC
Explains the most distinctive beliefs of Catholics and points out how they
are based on the goodness of God's creation, our Redemption by Jesus, and
the love of the Holy Spirit. Shows what it means to be a Catholic, and why
we believe as we do, explaining the reasons for doctrines like the Real
Presence, confession, sacramentals, and devotion to the saints.
||THE CATECHISM HANDBOOK -- Temporarily on backorder. You may still request the course!
A summary and study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Condenses the
Catechism into a brief and readable format, and offers explanations of difficult
passages. A good way to become familiar with the whole Catechism in a short
||CHRIST'S MOTHER AND OURS
This course explains what the Bible says about Mary, what the Church teaches,
Mary's apparitions, how Mary relates to us in our daily lives, prayer and
liturgy relating to Mary, the meaning of the Rosary, Marian sacramentals,
and more. It will help you understand Catholic devotion to Mary and explain
it to others.
You may send your workbook answers to us over the internet or by
postal mail. Please specify your preference when you enroll.
Request a Course Today
You may enroll by postal mail or through this web page. ENROLL IN ONLY ONE COURSE. AFTER YOU COMPLETE THAT COURSE, YOU MAY ENROLL IN ANOTHER. Allow 3-6 weeks for delivery. There is no charge. No one will call on you.
1. Enroll through this
Enroll by Postal mail
Include your name, your mailing address, and the course you
want. Please specify whether you wish to send your workbook
answers to us over the internet or by postal mail. Mail
Catholic Home Study Service
PO Box 363
Perryville, MO 63775-0363 USA
We need donations to continue this program. Our expenses now exceed $275,000.00 per year, as we send about 10,000 free courses to people everywhere in the world. We are low on funding, and we need your help. All donations go directly to Catholic Home Study Service, and all donors are remembered daily in Father Michael Joyce's prayers and Masses. For information about donating to Catholic Home Study Service, please click here
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