Elective Unit                                                                   (Min. No. 8)
1st semester Wednesday morning Crosslisted as DP9422Y

CONTENT
This unit examines the Catholic Church’s ritual care in sickness, dying and death. It explores the ensemble of rites in the ritual books Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum (1983) and the Order of Christian Funerals (1989). Attention will be given to the theological, liturgical and pastoral underpinnings of these rites, examining them as a ritual process through which the church is present in times of sickness, death and bereavement.

PREREQUISITES
One unit in Liturgy (DL1/8430) or Pastoral Studies, or equivalent

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a familiarity with the church’s rites for the sick, the dying and for those who have died
  2. explain how these rites embody an organic process of ecclesial pastoral care
  3. articulate the theology of sickness and death that underpins these rites
  4. identify the role of the community of faith in times of sickness, dying and death
  5. discuss the pastoral challenges these rites present and their appropriate adaptation to circumstances
  6. critically analyse some of the disputed questions in the current praxis of the rites.

 

ASSESSMENT
1000 word seminar presentation and paper on Pastoral care of the sick (20%); 1000 word article review on the Order of Christian Funerals(20%);4000 word essay (60%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY * = set texts recommended for purchase

Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum. Sydney: Dwyer, 1983.

Order of Christian Funerals. Sydney: Dwyer, 1989.

Gusmer, Charles. And You Visited Me: Sacramental Ministry to the Sick and the Dying. New York: Pueblo, 1984.

Kasza, John C. Understanding Sacramental Healing: Anointing and Viaticum. Chicago, IL: Hillenbrand Books, 2006.

Kelly, Ewan. Meaningful Funerals: Meeting the Theological and Pastoral Challenge in a Postmodern Era. London: Mowbray, 2008.

*Larson-Miller, Lisette. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Lex Orandi Series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005.

Long, Thomas. Accompany Them With Singing: The Christian Funeral. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

Morrill, Bruce. Divine Worship and Human Healing: Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.

Rutherford, Richard, and Tony Barr. The Death of a Christian: The Order of Christian Funerals. Rev. ed. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1990.

Sheppy, Paul. Death, Liturgy and Ritual: A Pastoral and Liturgical Theology. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2003.

*Smith, Margaret. Facing Death Together: Parish Funerals. Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training Publications, 1998.

Lecturer: MARGARET SMITH SGS