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Religious Studies

All Religious Studies courses conform to the “Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age.”

Religious Studies I - The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture (7120)
This full-year course gives students a general knowledge and appreciation of Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible, they come to encounter the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God. Students learn that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who Jesus is, students also learn who He calls them to be, the meaning of discipleship, and the call to imitate Him in their lives.

Religious Studies II
Pascal Mystery (7215)
In this course, students explore the saving actions of the Lord. They study, in depth, the meaning of God’s sacred and mysterious plan from creation, through to the consequences and the promises of a Savior in the Old Testament, while ultimately focusing on the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

Church (7225)
The purpose of this course is to guide students to an understanding of the interrelationship among the various components of the Catholic Church. While acknowledging the importance of the historical perspective, this course emphasizes the living Church as One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. The course is constructed around those themes that represent Church practice and belief such as the Church as the People of God, the Church as servant, and the Church as sacrament. Each theme has a historical component and provides insight as to how the Church has come to its contemporary expression. 

Religious Studies III
Morality - Life in Jesus Christ (7315)
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 learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples.

Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ (7325)
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, especially the Eucharist. Students examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.  

Religious Studies IV - Senior Options

For the 2021-22 academic year, we are changing the format for senior Religious Studies courses. Rising seniors are permitted to choose two semester courses of their own interest, to take as their Religious Studies requirement. The courses, listed below, come from the USCCB framework for High School Religion. Remember, rising seniors MUST choose two. Rising seniors should please rank them in order of preference, 1-3, and we will do our best to give you your first and second choices. As always, this will depend on the student’s schedule, availability, and the sheet being turned in on time. The courses available are as follows:

Praying with Scripture
This course invites students to take a “walk through the scriptures” by praying with them. Students examine what the Bible has to say, not in the narrative sense, but as an opportunity to pray with what God may be saying to you through this text written thousands of years ago. The course introduces students to the practice of prayer known as “lectio divina,” where students meditate on the Lord our God and immerse themselves in the mysteries of Christ through passages from Scripture. For each part of the scriptures, students ask themselves, “What words or phrases stand out to the reader? What strikes the heart? They ask the Holy Spirit to speak to them through that passage, and then they will analyze how to act based on what the passage has said.

Lifestyles is the Religious Studies course designed and focused on the young woman who is ready to reflect on all she has learned as she prepares to take ownership of her life and her faith. This course helps students bring together both personal and faith experiences and asks, “What are you going to do with everything that you have learned?” As students reflect on their own stories, they will also develop a vision of the vocation God has planned for them. Students consider how adults look at topics like love, friendship, communication, sexuality, and faith. Students examine different lifestyles adults can choose to live a life of loving yourself, others, and God.

Pivotal Players - Church History
If you love history, this is the course for you! The Pivotal Players course walks through the history of the Catholic Church from the time of the Apostles and the Early Church, breaking bread and holding Mass in their homes, to the era of Pope Francis and the New Evangelization we are living in today. However, students won’t just walk through history in the traditional sense, rather, they will look at each time period through the lives of major saints who led the Church during each period. There is a heavy focus on the impact of female saints and doctors of the Church and the way women contributed to the growth of our Church over its history and continue to do so today.

Social Justice
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s social teaching. In this class, students learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission. We learn about our Catholic responsibility for advocating justice and implanting change in the world as part of our baptismal call. The course has a heavy focus on the seven themes of Catholic social teaching and contemporary issues like the dignity of the person, the right to life, immigration, systematic injustice, racism, and the rights of workers.

Apologetics - Defending the Faith
Have you ever wondered why the Catholic Church teaches what it does? This course might be for you. In Apologetics, students examine what the Church actually teaches, and the logic behind it. Students are given the opportunity to compare those doctrines to the teachings of other major world religions such as Judaism, Islam, and other forms of Christianity, and explore similarities and differences. Students will leave this course with a solid ability to explain Church teaching and make a persuasive argument for it. Elective option - you’d take this in addition to two of the courses mentioned above.

Death and Resurrection
The theme of the Death and Resurrection course is to live life fully alive. A truly human life will have its share of disappointments, setbacks, and loss. We already know how to appreciate the good experiences of life; this course helps students deal with the disappointments too. There is nothing morbid or depressing about the course. If you like history, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and Christianity, this is the course for you. God is always there to support us during life’s challenges. Once we are confident that God is not the source of suffering in life, we can learn to rely on God when times are tough. The ways adults can better manage the disappointments and setbacks of life with the help of God and faith is the basis of the course.