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Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Mass Explained for Teenagers

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Dr. Robert Gotcher will be teaching a 6-week online class for high school students on the beauty of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is an awesome opportunity for Catholic students, whether they attend public school, private school or home school, to learn directly from a college theology professor who also has a deep love for the Church.

Course Description:
n order to participate fully in the Mass, we need to understand it better. The Bible provides many images and ideas that are the basis for the structure and prayers of the Mass. This course looks at these Biblical ideas and explains how they are realized and fulfilled in the celebration of the Mass. Some of the images include the Trinity; temple, priest and sacrifice; the Passover and the Exodus; and the bridegroom/bride. In this course we will look closely at the prayers and structure of the Mass in light of these images and ideas. This course will not require written assignments. It will involve reading from the Bible. High school.

Fee: $90

Go to Theology: The Mass Explained. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Register button and then follow the instructions. We take Visa and Master Card. If you prefer to pay by check, or have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Maureen Wittmann.

Course Materials Needed by Students:
A Catholic Bible and missal.

Dates and Time:
This is a six-week course. Classes will begin Wednesday, September 16, 2009 and meet every Wednesday through October 21, 2009. The time will begin 8:00 PM Eastern Time (7:00 Central) and last one hour.

Enrollment Period:
Enrollment is currently open and will close on September 15, 2009.

There is no graded homework for The Mass Explained.

Misc. Details:
Dr. Gotcher will be available via email in between classes to answer questions and take comments.

Recordings of the classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.

Equipment Requirements:
Students are required to have high-speed internet. A headset with microphone is required. You can find them reasonably price at Amazon. To check your connection with the online classes visit:

Professor's Biography:
Dr. Robert F. Gotcher most recently served as Associate Professor of Systematic Studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He and his wife, Kathy, are raising their seven children in Franklin, Wisconsin. Dr. Gotcher has been actively involved in the home schooling of his children, especially in the junior high and high school years. He has taught Latin, literature, physics, astronomy, and religion to homeschooled students. He has a special devotion to the classical trivium of grammar, logic and rhetoric, especially as they pertain to the written arts.

Dr. Gotcher graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 with a B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies. He received his M.A. in Theology of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in 1991 and his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 2002. In his adult life he has done everything from volunteering with the poor in Appalachia, to religious education and youth ministry, to desktop publishing and computer related responsibilities at a law firm. At the seminary he taught introduction to theology, the doctrine of God, one and three, theological anthropology (creation, sin, redemption, grace, four last things), life principles, and human sexuality and has given public presentations on Vatican II, the encyclicals of the pope, social justice, life issues, human sexuality and the theology of the body. His publications focus on family issues, lay spirituality and issues related to the Second Vatican Council. He is involved in the secular Franciscan order, home schooling, and pro-life activities in the Milwaukee area and nationally.

Other Courses Taught by Dr. Gotcher:
Literature: Tolkien & Fairy Stories
Theology: Catholic Spiritual Writers

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