The Sacraments and Discipleship

Exploring the Mystery of Divine Love

What You'll Get with this Course

  • Six 45-minute videos
  • Team-taught by college professor and master teacher
  • Get classroom-ready teacher’s guide
  • Watch at your own pace — no meeting times!
  • Receive professional development certificate
  • Only $149 $49!

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  No special downloads required

Course Overview

If you are a Catholic school teacher or parish catechist looking to deepen your understanding of the sacraments so you can more effectively engage young people, then look no further than this six-part course on the seven sacraments. Dr. Michel Therrien takes you on an engaging journey through each of the Sacraments as he unpacks how they provide us with the grace and strength to live a moral and virtuous life.

Each of the six 30-minute sessions with Dr. Therrien is followed by a short presentation by Master Teacher Jose Gonzalez who uses his decade of classroom experience to bring immediate, practical suggestions for applying your new knowledge in the classroom.

The Seven SacramentsYou will also receive an electronic copy of The Seven Sacraments Teacher's Guide, which features 10 lesson plans that enable you to go beyond the limitations of current textbooks by offering a more comprehensive and in-depth approach to engaging students with the sacraments.

Each self-contained lesson is teacher-written, classroom-tested, and scholar-reviewed, and includes background readings, student homework, classroom activities, games, role plays, and more. Lessons are available for both elementary and high school classrooms.


How much does it cost?

Only $49.99 for you or for your entire department when you watch it together on retreat or formation days.

For a live component, invite one of our master teachers to join you and your teachers via Skype for $250. For more details, please contact Glenna Walsh at 800-888-9344.


Why is it worth it?

  • Designed by Catholic educators, each course is easy-to-use with no required downloads or special apps needed.
  • Each Catholic teacher and parish catechist will receive a certification of completion which can go towards continuing education credits. 
  • For only $49.99 you can enrich and inspire your team of Catholic educators through deepening their understanding of the Faith while at the same time equipping them with the tools to effectively impart that knowledge to their students.
  • Teacher-written and classroom-tested, the course includes a full-color teacher's guide with 10 lessons that enable you to grab and keep your students' attention.

By completing this course, you and your teachers will learn:

  • How Jesus establishes a personal relationship with each of us through the sacraments of the Church
  • How to live a sacramental life and a life of prayer
  • Why Christ entrusted Scripture and the sacraments to the Catholic Church for our salvation
  • How regular reception of the sacraments is essential to becoming what God created us to be — holy
  • How baptism incorporates us into the Church and makes us sharers in the priesthood of Christ
  • Why the sacraments are effective whether we feel it or not
  • Effective ways to prepare for proper reception of the sacraments
  • The connection between the Sacraments and Christian discipleship
  • Innovative ways to reach students and engage them with the mystery of the Sacraments
  • And so much more that helps young people better understand and engage with each of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church

Course Curriculum

Encountering God's Love in the Sacraments

The Sacraments of Initiation

The Eucharist

The Sacraments of Healing

Holy Matrimony

Holy Orders

Your Instructors


Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry.  Jose has led over 250 of our workshops in over 45 dioceses, and contributes regularly to our teacher's guides and digital instructional resources. He has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children.


Michel Therrien is President and CEO of the Preambula Group, a lay apostolate serving the work of the New Evangelization in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He served as the President of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as well as the Director of Evangelization. Prior to this, he served as a professor moral theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Prior to that, he taught for seven years at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, also serving as Academic Dean from 2008-2012. His prior work experience includes teaching high school religion, serving as a DRE, a youth minister, and RCIA leader for various parishes. He has also led adult faith formation in various parishes since 2003. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, and a Doctorate in Fundamental Moral Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are your courses for?

Sophia On Demand courses are designed by and for Catholic K-12 educators.

How do I watch the videos?

The videos are available to watch on the course page once you have purchased the course. Click the triangular play button to start the player.

Can I watch the videos from my smartphone or tablet?

Yes! Once you purchase the videos you can log in on your mobile device and watch the videos on the course page. Touch the triangular play button to start the player.

Do I have to watch them all at once?

No! Feel free to view the videos at your own pace. You can stop and restart anytime, rewind and watch parts again, and have total flexibility as to when and how you watch.

Do I have to watch independently or with my whole faculty?

Either! The courses can be viewed by the whole staff if displayed a projector or smartboard, or independently by individual faculty members.

How do I find my course videos again if I log out, or close out of the site?

Log back into your account by clicking Log in on the top right of any page. Then click on Dashboard. From there, click on Courses and you will find all the courses you have purchased.

Will my access to the videos ever end?

No, your access to the videos will never expire.

Do I need an Internet connection to watch the videos?

Yes, you will need to be connected to the Internet to watch them.

How do I get my professional development certificate?

When you have finished the course, please visit this page to request your certificate. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery.

Can you guarantee my diocese will accept the certificate for professional development credit?

Although we have never had a diocese reject our certificates, we cannot specifically guarantee that every diocese will accept our courses to satisfy their requirements. Please check with the administrator in your diocese if you have any concerns about credit.

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