Religion I

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 1

Old Testament Survey – This course introduces the student to the roots of our Christian faith as they are found in the Hebrew Scriptures. The Old Testament tells the story of Jesus Christ’s 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 Hebrew Scriptures as inspired revelation and as a source for finding the presence of God.

New Testament Survey - 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 the fulfillment of the Old Testament.

Religion II

Grade Level: 10

Credit: 1

Church History – This course takes an in-depth look at the rise of the Catholic Christian Church from the time of Pentecost to its role in the modern world. Great emphasis is placed upon the origin of the Church in Jerusalem, the spread of the Church throughout the Middle East and the Spread of the Church to Rome and the World beyond. This course will included a detailed study of the rise of the Church in the Roman Empire, the role of the Church during the Dark Ages, its struggles with the Great Schism, the Protestant Reformation and the resulting Counter Reformation. The second half of the course will focus on the role of the Church in the modern age, thoughtfully exploring the issues of liberalism, materialism, socialism, secular humanism, Vatican I and the issues leading to Vatican II and the contemporary Church.

Morality – The purpose of this course is to address and explore the fundamentals of morality and personal moral topics and problems. This course presents the general principles forming the foundation necessary for intelligent moral decision making as well as central concepts such as laws, conscience and 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 and to increase the student’s awareness to the critical issues of peace and social justice.

Religion III

Grade Level: 11

Credit: 1

World Religions – The study of World Religions holds an important place within our religious education program. The students 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 student’s own religious tradition. The students will learn about the value of simplicity from Zen Buddhism, the constancy of prayer in 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.

Vocations – A vocation is an occupation or station in life to which a person is specially drawn or called for which she/he is suited, trained, or qualified. The term applies to the common call of all persons, from God to holiness and salvation. The purpose of this course is to explore particular states of life, each called a vocation, the Sacrament of Marriage and the practical aspects of being married, which includes what it means to be called to be a loving spouse and parent will be examined. The priesthood, the religious life and the single life are also presented as Christian vocations to be studied and seriously considered. Guest speakers are used, as are outside resources, for supplementary information.

Religion IV

Grade Level: 12

Credit: 1

(Catholic Social Teaching and Service Learning)

The senior level Catholic Social Justice/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 content 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 the theological content, all while offering community service at a local social service agency. Students will be expected to make connections between their life experiences, theological studies and community service work in hopes of understanding the interconnectedness of all the children of God.