Grade 9: Old Testament Faith development and religious study in the first semester of the ninth grade year is designed to help the student appreciate the links between Judaism and Christianity. The stories of the Old Testament tell the faith story of the Jewish people and prepare the students to understand the cultural background of Jesus.
Grade 9-10: New Testament This course will focus on the message and meaning of Jesus Christ through the study of scriptures as the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles. It is designed to help students understand that in and through the church they encounter the Living Jesus Christ.
Grade 10: The Revelation of Jesus The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate revelation to us from God.
Grade 11: Theology of the Church This course is designed to provide an enduring understanding of the Church’s core doctrines as found in the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds. Students will also be provided with a working knowledge of the nature and structure of the Church and the Church’s teachings on the nature of human beings, sin/grace, and the reign of God/salvation.
Grade 11: The History of the Church This course focuses on the developments of the Catholic Church following Jesus’ appearance to the Apostles at Pentecost throughout history to present day. Topics such as the saints and other prominent Catholic characters, major historical Church documents, and impactful Church councils, will be identified, explored, and analyzed.
Grades 11-12: Theology of the Body This course is designed to guide students through the work of Pope John Paul II, commonly known as Theology of the Body. Students will explore and understand the philosophy of Aristotle as understood by St. Thomas Aquinas and used extensively by John Paul II. All of these concepts will be connected to contemporary issues in society.
Grade 12: Justice and Morality This course will provide students with an enduring understanding of the Catholic Christian faith with its implications for daily living, for decision making, and for relationships with family, friends, society, and God. The basic beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church are examined with an emphasis on Christian morality and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Grade 12: Faith and Vocations The first semester of senior year students will be exposed to reading material, participate in discussion and other activities to expand their understanding of Personal Faith and Vocation. This class is to encourage an in-depth consideration of the questions, “What kind of person am I becoming?” and “What kind of person do I want to become?” All activities will emphasize participation while allowing for subjective reflection.
Theology Elective Courses
NOTE: Elective courses do not take the place of or fulfill the graduation requirement for Theology.
Grades 10-12: Logic and Reason I This course is an introduction to logical theory and philosophical thought. It focuses on definitions, propositions, and general reasoning. Students will explore the methods used in ancient logical analysis and the ideas of Aristotle. This course will emphasize logical arguments as they would be presented in everyday language and will allow for analysis of philosophical reason.
Grades 10-12: Logic and Reason II (Prerequisites: Logic and Reason I) This course is a more in-depth study of logical theory and philosophical thought. Students will explore the methods used in ancient logical analysis and the ideas of Socrates. This course will emphasize logical arguments as they would be presented in everyday language and will allow for analysis of philosophical reason.
Grade 12: Faith, Science, and Reason Co-taught by a Theology instructor and a Science instructor, this course examines the relationship between faith and science. Following the Church’s tradition of emphasizing faith and reason, students will develop an appreciation of the connections between Church Teaching and Scientific discovery. Topics such as Evolution, The Big Bang Theory, The Galileo Controversy, creation, human dignity, and miracles will be discussed.