Theology I: Introduction to Scripture & Jesus Christ
99.00907 | 9th grade | full year | 1 credit
The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible, they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course, they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. If they have not been taught this earlier, they will learn how to read the Bible, and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section. The students will pay particular attention to the Gospels, where they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally. During the second semester, students are introduced to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course, students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who he is, the students will also learn who he calls them to be.
Theology II: The Mission of Jesus Christ & the Church
99.01007 | 10th grade | full year | 1 credit
The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ, and what life as a disciple entails. During the second semester, students learn that in and through the Church, they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has divine and human elements. In this course, students learn about the sacred nature of the Church.
Theology III : Sacraments & Morality
99.01107 | 11th grade | full year | 1 credit
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. During the second semester, students learn that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students learn about the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples, and how to apply these principles of moral decision to various unique situations.
Theology IV : Catholic Social Teachings & Ecumenical/Interreligious Issues
99.01207 | 12th grade | full year | 1 credit
Semester 1 will introduce students to the Church’s social teaching. In this course, students are to learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission. Semester 2 will help students understand the manner in which the Catholic Church relates to non-Catholic Christians, as well as to other religions of the world. Building on the foundational truth that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church and entrusted to her the fullness of God’s Revelation, the course is intended to help students to recognize the ways in which important spiritual truths can also be found in non-Catholic Christian churches and ecclesial communities, as well as in non-Christian religions. It is also intended to help them to recognize the ways in which other systems of belief and practice differ from the Catholic faith.