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Religious Studies

  • Religious Studies I Grade 9 / 1.0 credit
  • Religious Studies II - Grade 10 / 1.0 credit
  • Religious Studies III - Grade 11 / 1.0 credit
  • Religious Studies IV - Grade 12 / 1.0 credit

Religious Studies I

Course I: The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture

Students will study scripture, will apply Scripture to their lives, providing tools to interpret and understand the Bible, the inspired Word of God. Students will explore origins, genres, and relationship of the Old and New Testaments leading to an in-depth study of the Gospels and a closer relationship with Christ and the Church. The course includes, scripture, primary sources, saints’ profiles, morality features, activities, and prayers designed to engage students both academically and formatively.

Course II: Who is Jesus Christ?

Students encounter the context to articulate and answer their call to discipleship. Students will study the mystery of Jesus Christ and His life as the ultimate revelation of the Holy Trinity. Through their work with scripture, doctrinal presentations, profiles of saints, Catholic spiritual practices, and personal faith assessments, students will reflect on their call and response to discipleship.

Religious Studies II

Course III – The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery)

An in-depth study of the life of Christ and His paschal mystery. Students will work with scripture, the Catechism of the Church, and words of saints and popes. Students will explore the mystery that life comes from death, and redemption from suffering. Core concepts covered in earlier courses will be reinforced through personal prayer, worship, and Christian Spirituality. Students will continue the study of how the Paschal Mystery is the source of our Church’s liturgy and also learn to apply it to the development of Christian virtues and moral decision making.

Course IV – Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church

Students will examine the nature and mission of the Church founded by Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit. Students will study images of the Church, documents of Church Councils, Scriptural foundation for Church teachings and geographical study of the spread of the Church. Students also will consider their own vocation and how God calls them to be a living witness of their faith.

Religious Studies III

Course V: Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.

Course VI: Life in Jesus Christ
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ's disciples.

Religious Studies IV

The first semester addresses the topic of Catholicism in an apologetic format. The class addresses the questions of the existence of God and continues to develop the place of the Incarnation in history, mystery, and majesty. That is, it studies Christ’s presence in the world historically and the role of the Church in living out the presence of Christ in the world today. The second semester emphasizes the practical application of the faith through a study of social justice issues and vocational planning.

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