RELIGION



CATHOLICISM I
Grade 9
One-half Credit/Semester Course

The first semester freshman year draws students from a variety of public and private schools, formal and informal religious education settings. The course will examine the call to holiness, review the dogmas contained in the Creed, and review the kinds of prayer, the Church and the Precepts of the Church, the Blessed Virgin Mary, revelation, and the two testaments.

CATHOLICISM II
Grade 9
One-half Credit/Semester Course

Building on the concepts of Catholicism I, the students will review Sacraments and Liturgy of the Church, the moral virtues, the practice of chastity, and the Ten Commandments. Again, living the Christian life will be made applicable to the Catholic adolescent. Serving others in the spirit of the Church’s mission will be further studied as it applies to serving others in the school, the Church, and the wider community.

SACRED SCRIPTURE I
Grade 10
One-half Credit/Semester Course

Students will study the Catholic approach to reading and interpreting Sacred Scripture. During this course, students will move through the first ten of the twelve Biblical Time Periods with a target of finishing the semester as events in world history and Salvation History align for the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Students will be introduced to covenants, typology and how the Old Testament points to fulfillment in the New Testament.

SACRED SCRIPTURE II
Grade 10
One-Half Credit/Semester Course

Picking up from Sacred Scripture I, the student will move through the last two Biblical Time Periods with emphasis on the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant in Jesus Christ, his life, message, the Paschal Mystery, the witness of the apostles, the establishment of the Church, and the development of the Early Church. Students will conclude that the Old Testament is fulfilled in the New Testament.

CHURCH HISTORY
Grade 11
One-half Credit/Semester Course

Beginning with a brief review of the development of the Early Church, this course will survey key points in the history of the Church to the present. It will offer students the opportunity to better understand the historic perspectives of the salvation that God continually offers to mankind after the Redemption. Examination of these events will be more through God’s eyes than through man’s eyes, seeing the Church as divinely instituted, even though the Church was founded and develops as the Bride of Christ in the context of human history. Included will be a study of the lives of many saints as they exemplified the mission of the Church given by Jesus Christ

MORALITY
Grades 11
One-half Credit/Semester Course

This course focuses on Christian Morality and deals with the principles which form the basis for a mature Christian response to God and others. The course examines how we learn to make moral decisions, the proper formation of the Christian conscience, and how the Christian concretely acts upon these principles when faced with current moral dilemmas. The position of the Roman Catholic Church on each of these issues will be studied as well as how the Church’s position may differ from other present day moral systems.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE
Grade 12
One-half Credit/Semester Course

The course will provide the opportunity to study the mission of all baptized to live justice and peace. Attention will be given to the themes of Catholic social justice as outlined by the USCCB: the life and dignity of the human person; the call to family, community and participation; rights and responsibilities; the option for the poor and vulnerable; the dignity of work and the rights of workers; solidarity; and, care for God’s creation.

LIVING THE FAITH
Grade 12
One-half Credit/Semester Course

The course is an in-depth examination of the Catholic life lived in accordance with the call to holiness and graces each of us receives at Baptism. The call will be examined as it is lived out in a particular vocational state and particular mission to serve in the Church and in the world. Included will be how Catholic Christians are to approach life, love, family, work, money, charity, the Church, the community, and leisure time as modeled on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.