This course provides an understanding of the nature and purpose of the homily as a necessary source of nourishment for the parish community. The sources and varying structures of homilies from across the history of the Roman Rite (euchology, Scripture, and tradition) are explored with particular emphasis on their hermeneutical interdependence. The skills required for effective proclamation of the Catholic Tradition within the context of the liturgy will also be examined through a study of classic homilies from various ages. This course will also focus on the preparation and delivery of the homily. Special emphasis will be placed on effectively delivering the homily in the parish context. This will include the actual delivery of homilies prepared for designated Sundays, weekdays, weddings, funerals, and circumstances involving youth. Limited to students in Third and Fourth Theology anticipating ordination to the Roman Catholic diaconate or priesthood in the coming year. Prerequisite: PS 504 or equivalent.