9th Grade 2 semesters, 1 credit
Understanding Catholic Christianity. This course provides students with a survey of basic doctrine, community worship and moral teachings of the Catholic Church. It is designed to be the foundation course in Theology for the remainder of the student’s high school curriculum.
10th Grade 2 semesters, 1 credit
Fall Semester- Introduction to the Old Testament. Students will survey the history of the Jews from Creation, Abraham to Moses, the Kings, and the prophets, up to the coming of the Messiah. Students will become familiar with the books of the Old Testament and their authors/writing traditions. Students will read and analyze the writings of the Prophets in light of the Gospels.
Spring Semester- Students will study the New Testament from an historical perspective, studying the person of Christ with the goal of drawing into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him. Students will become familiar with the life of Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church as revealed in the Gospels, epistles, and the Acts of the Apostles,
and through reflection upon the writings of the prophets.
11th Grade 2 semesters, 1 credit
Ecclesiology is the study of the Church. The course is designed to give students a thorough and in-depth understanding of the foundation of the Catholic Church, its hierarchy, history, and mission. The students will see the Church as a mystery, as the people of God, a teacher, sacrament, servant, and communion of saints. Students will be lead to develop a firmer foundation upon which to base their lives as Catholic Christians.
Theology IV Fall Semester/Christian Leadership
Prerequisites: Theology III
12th Grade Fall semester, ½ credit
This course is designed to help students contemplate, understand on a deeper level, and take possession of their faith; that lively faith should lead to serving Jesus and His Church in Campus Ministry. This course is designed to help senior students prepare for a lifestyle and career that have love of God, family, and service to mankind as the cornerstones of their futures. Topics will include the Papacy, stages of faith development, Catholic family and religions of the world, apologetics, and morality. Members of the community and the area will be invited to share their life and faith with the class.
Theology IV Spring Semester/Philosophy
12th Grade Spring semester, ½ credit
This introductory course will encourage students to examine and deepen their fundamental beliefs as they relate to the major branches of philosophy; metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics, aesthetics, and political philosophy. Students will formulate and answer questions important to themselves as well as classical philosophical questions. They will read and analyze a wide variety of primary and secondary works of important philosophers, past and present. Each branch and philosopher will be evaluated in light of the doctrines of the Catholic Church. In the end, each student will be asked to formulate and defend her or his personal philosophy of life.
Prerequisites: Theology III
12th Grade 2 semesters, ½ to 1 credit
Students will participate in the Church’s mission to minister to others by providing the opportunity for students to serve as volunteers at local service agencies during scheduled class time twice a week during the semester.