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Why Do We Need the Church (1 CEU) THEO-N042

Enjoy a three week online seminar with Instructor, Steven R. Hemler, president of the Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America (CAINA) and author of The Reality of God: The Layman's Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator.

Seminar Description:

Many people today consider themselves to be “spiritual” but not “religious.” Surveys show that over half of American adults do not regularly attend church and only 20% of Catholics born after 1970 attend Mass. Surprisingly, about two-thirds of those who do not attend church believe that God exists and consider themselves to be Christian, yet they see little value in attending Mass. This likely includes some of your own family and friends. Therefore, the need to equip Catholics to credibly, convincingly, and compellingly explain and share why we need the Church, the sacraments, and the Mass has never been greater.

This apologetics seminar will help us respond to this alarming and growing trend by exploring key reasons why active involvement in the life of the Church, especially the Mass, is Christ’s will for his followers. All Catholics will appreciate this unique seminar as an opportunity to strengthen their faith and learn valuable information for sharing with family and friends who do not attend Mass.

This seminar is the fourth of six seminars in the new Certificate in Apologetics offered by Catholic Distance University. All these seminars will help attendees better perform the Spiritual Works of Mercy to “counsel the doubtful” and “instruct the uninformed.”

Seminar Topics:

Week One: Why does the Church still matter today?

Week Two: Why are the sacraments important?

Week Three: Why go to Mass?