This course focuses on the adolescents’ experiences in developing their faith. They are taught to see how their own longings for personal happiness and fulfillment are part of the great longings of every human being for God. From that insight the course attempts to explore the beliefs and practices of Catholic Christianity presented in a way that shows the Catholic Church as their faith community. This course offers students the opportunity to know the Catholic heritage at the beginning of their high school career. Topics included are Identity and Development, God’s Revelation, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, the Church as Faith Community, Spirituality and Prayer, Church History, Liturgical Year, Human Vocation, Morality and Social Justice. This course begins the study of the Theology of the Body for Teens program.
The freshman religion course examines the origin, structure, and message of scripture with a focus on Christ as the source of all revelation. This course helps students to address questions about how the Bible came to be, how faith and reason compliment one another, how God inspired human authors, and how we come to meet Jesus through the Gospels. Students will also be given practical skills in order to read scripture as a guide to their personal growth in faith. The course also directly exams the person of Jesus Christ, as fully God and fully man. This course helps students to grow in mature understanding and relationship with the person of Jesus. This course also continues the study of the Theology of the Body for Teens program.
The sophomore religion course examines the cross and resurrection of Christ as the central mystery of our Faith. Students confront the paradox of Jesus’ cross and its place at the center of human history. This course also helps students come to a fuller understanding of the reality of the Church. This course examines the deep mystery of the church as Mother, Bride of Christ, People of God, Mystical Body of Christ, and other models of church. The course will also reference Theology of the Body as it becomes relevant to the subjects being studied.
The Christian Morality course offers to guide the moral life of the students in the direction of Catholic values and vision. Catholic Christian morality examines virtues, conscience, and sin from the standpoint of Scripture, the Commandments and Catholic Catechism, as well as poses a prime question throughout the course, "What kind of person do I want to become?” The course offers a Catholic Christian answer to the question, centering on Jesus as the model of full humanness and looking at the virtues of Jesus as they can be seen in the lives of people past and present and in the students’ lives. This course provides the basis for the process of moral decision making. It also instructs students on the history, development and significance of what Sacraments are and their importance to the Catholic Church. The course will also reference Theology of the Body as it becomes relevant to the subjects being studied.