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Religion: The purpose of the Religion Department at La Salle High School is to create a climate in the school in which each student can better recognize the presence of God in his life. The challenge of every religion teacher is to help the student find, understand and live the Gospel message of Jesus Christ in his life.

Courses

HP, CP1 Religion I (Year-long course)

Teachings of the Church -- (First Semester) The purpose of this course is to give the student a deeper understanding of what the Catholic Church teaches. This course covers topics ranging from the importance of the scriptures to the reasoning behind the moral stand of the Church. This course endeavors to provide answers to many contemporary questions.

Old Testament Survey -- This course introduces the roots of our Christian faith as they are found in the ancient Hebrew Scriptures. The Old Testament tells the story of Jesus' people and the religious traditions he loved and practiced. This course reminds the student our adventures with God are mirrored in the story of ancient Israel. This course presents the Hebrew Scriptures as inspired revelation and as a source for finding the presence of God. (Second Semester) One Credit

HP, CP1 Religion II (Year-long course)

New Testament Survey-- (First Semester) This course takes an in-depth look at how the books of the New Testament were written, for whom they were written, the message for the people of the time, and how the message is relevant to our lives today. Emphasis will be placed on the fact the New Testament is not a separate book from the Old Testament, but a compliment to and fulfillment of the Old Testament.

Sacraments -- This course emphasizes the most public and common activities of the Church, her worship life, and her signs of grace from God, the sacraments. Since the life of Jesus Christ is given to use as we join with Him in worship and as we participate in His divine life through the sacraments, the students will be challenged with a complete treatment of the theological and practical aspects of these most basic element of faith. The concept of "vocation" will be particularly stressed, not only as it applies directly to the Sacrament of Holy Orders, but also throughout the course as the basis for every believer's individual way of developing his life in Christ. The importance of the public prayer of the Church will be emphasized, as will individual prayer, all with the final objective of making the church's teachings real for the student and offering them as a way of life for his future. (Second Semester) One Credit

HP, CP1 Religion III: Church History and Morality (Year-long course)

Church History -- The first half of this course deals with the rise of the Catholic Christian Church from the time of the Pentecost event to the Renaissance. Great emphasis will be placed on the early and medieval Church. During these periods, many people and events influenced the rise and spread of the Church. How did the Church respond to the "signs of the time?" This part of the course will conclude with a detailed study of the Renaissance Church, the Reformation and the Council of Trent. The second half of the course will begin with the period of triumphalism following Trent, and trace the development of the modern Church through the French Revolution; the issues of the liberalism, materialism, socialism, and modernism; and Vatican Council I in the last century. It will then trace development of the issues, which led to Vatican II, and the contemporary Church. (First Semester)

Morality -- The purpose of the first half of this course is to treat the fundamentals of morality and personal moral topics and problems. Accordingly, this course presents the general principles which form the foundation necessary for intelligent moral decision-making as well as central concepts such as law, conscience, and the psychology of personal growth. The student is led to relate these principles and concepts to his own life especially in the areas of personal integrity, honesty, and sexuality. The purpose of the second part of this course is to increase the student's awareness of any sensitivity to the critical issues of peace and social justice. Topics covered include treatment of prisoners, cared of the aged, capital punishment, and bioethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia, population, drug abuse, genetic engineering, and behavior control. (Second Semester) One Credit

Seniors need to indicate their preference for one of the following pairs of ACP Religion IV courses

HP, CP1 Religion IV: World Religions/Catholic Social Teaching and Service Learning  (Year-long course)

World Religions -- The study of World Religions holds an important place within our religious education program.  The students taking this course will have the opportunity to examine the role of religion in the lives of people throughout the world as well as their own lives.  By focusing on other religious traditions, the course provides a fresh perspective on the students’ own religious tradition.  In this course we learn about the value of simplicity from Zen Buddhism, about constancy in prayer from Islam, and the importance of body in spiritual discipline from Hinduism.  In the thoughtful presentation of characteristic elements of the various religions can help the student learn from them. (First Semester)

Catholic Social Teaching and Service Learning  -- The senior level Catholic Social Teaching/Service Learning class is a culminating experience.  This course affords senior students the opportunity to study and live the challenging quality of Jesus Christ’s message to do good and avoid evil.  The perspective will be Christian, the context is based within Roman Catholic theology, and the approach will be threefold: experiential, academic and personally reflective.  As a result, students will be better equipped to examine their life experiences, study and discuss theological content, all while offering community service at a local social service agency.  And so, students will be expected to make connections between their life experiences, theological studies and community service work in hopes of understanding the interconnectedness of life and one’s rights and duties as the result of that interconnectivity.  (The Service Learning aspect of this course continues throughout the entire year while the focus of the classroom experience in the second semester will be Catholic Social Teaching)  One Credit

HP, CP1 Religion IV: Catholic Social Teaching/Service Learning (Year-long course)

The senior level Catholic Social Teaching/Service Learning class is a culminating experience.  This course affords senior students the opportunity to study and live the challenging quality of Jesus Christ’s message to do good and avoid evil.  The perspective will be Christian, the context is based within Roman Catholic theology, and the approach will be threefold: experiential, academic and personally reflective.  As a result, students will be better equipped to examine their life experiences, study and discuss theological content, all while offering community service at a local social service agency.  And so, students will be expected to make connections between their life experiences, theological studies and community service work in hopes of understanding the interconnectedness of life and one’s rights and duties as the result of that interconnectivity.  One Credit

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