Religion

Understanding Catholic Christianity
Required for all Freshman

This course will give students an understanding of the Catholic faith, with a common vocabulary and unified vision of the whole of the Catholic heritage.  Students will be enabled to explore and appreciate the meaning of Catholic faith at a personal and emotional level.

The Bible: The Living Word of God
Required for all Sophomores; Semester One

The eight units of The Bible: The Living Word of God lead the students toward a deeper understanding of the Bible and the history of our salvation presented within it. The students learn to navigate the Bible and use basic exegetical skills. They examine the relationship among Revelation, Inspiration, and vocation. They learn why salvation history is necessary. They then come to know the people of salvation history: the early leaders of Israel, the judges and kings, and the prophets. They come to understand that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of salvation history and the Israelites’ covenant relationship with God. They learn about the early Christian Church with a focus on Saint Paul and other key figures of the time.

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Morality
Required for all Sophomores; Semester Two

This course intends to present morality in light of our Christian tradition and at the same time to affirm in maturing adolescents their need to search toward and to test their personal commitment to a Christian faith demanding love and hope.  It is a course concerned with the art of Christian living.

You: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body
Required for all Juniors; Semester One

Theology of the Body was initially presented as 129 homilies by St John Paul II and it is his "integrated vision of the human person". He believed that the human body - in making visible what is invisible - is capable of helping us answer fundamental questions about our lives:

 ·  Is there a real purpose to life and if so, what is it?

·  What does it mean that we were created in the image of God?

·  Why were we created male and female? Does it really matter if we are one sex or another?

·  What does the marital union of a man and woman say to us about God and his plan for our lives?

·  What is the purpose of the married and celibate vocations?

·  What exactly is "Love"?

·  Is it truly possible to be pure of heart?

Church History
Required for all Juniors; Semester Two

The focus of this course is a review of Catholic theology through a study of Church history, doctrine, authority, and infallibility.  It brings together a religious tradition as old as Jesus and the apostles with the world today. Students explore the rich history of the Catholic church to understand better its mission today.  Within their own personal experiences of faith, they discover God’s Spirit at work throughout the ages.  Two projects are part of this course.  The first gives the students an opportunity to physically explore the art and architecture of a church building, to sketch what has impressed them and write why.  The second project consists of a group experience of preparing and delivering a homily, based on the scriptures in areas that would be of interest to young people today.  

Relationships
Required for all Seniors; Semester One

This course is designed to aid students in healthy and unhealthy aspects of the relationship with oneself and with others.  They will come to understand methods of coping with opportunities and challenges they will meet along the way. Dating, gender issues, communication, intimacy, and marriage are discussed in the light of our relationship with God and according to the teachings of the Catholic Church A clearer understanding of four lifestyle paths, single life, married life, religious life, and ordained ministry and the issues involved in these lifestyles will be presented.  Students participate in a debate style conversation with their classmates on the topics listed above.

Faith in the Media
Required for all Seniors; Semester Two

The focus of this course is to educate both Christian and non-Christian students on how to connect the world of the media with their religious education, tradition, and heritage.  Through the use of films, television, radio, advertisements, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet, students will explore how they can live their religious values today. Contemporary issues facing society today will be explored in light of Catholic social teaching on various social justice issues.