Within the context of Catholic high schools, the program of studies in all of its aspects—content, the teaching process, and the total school environment—reflects the values of faith, hope, charity, forgiveness and justice as found in the gospels and the message of Jesus Christ as understood by the Catholic Church.
In Catholic high schools, there are many opportunities for integrating gospel values and nurturing the presence of God in our midst within the curriculum. Teachers will determine where religious values and church teaching can be integrated within each course.
Religious education is an essential and integral part of the life and culture of a Catholic school. Through it, students are invited to develop the knowledge, beliefs, skills, values and attitudes needed to build a relationship with God and community through the person of Jesus Christ. Religious education shares the same goals and objectives set forth for all good education; that is, the growth and development of the whole person in all his or her dimensions—physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual.
Religious education has four essential characteristics.
It is Trinitarian. It recognizes God as the creator of all things who gives us Jesus. It is Jesus who reveals God to us, and in turn reveals God’s Spirit, through whom we understand our faith.
It is based on Sacred Scripture through which we hear the mystery of God revealed, the call to be in relationship with God and each other, and we learn how to pray.
It is based on the life experience of the students through which they are invited to discern signs of God in their daily lives.
It is presented within the tradition of the Catholic faith community which, based on Church teachings, sacramental and liturgical life, provides students with experiences of faith, prayer, love and justice.
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As students complete this course on “Belonging” they will question and challenge those values that will eventually become convictions worth sharing with others. In their quest to find meaning in belonging, students will have constantly interacted between what the gospel teaches and human experience. A portion of the course will focus on the study of World Religions.
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This course on “Believing” addresses real life issues. What do I believe about myself, others, God? How am I to live my life? In the search to find answers to such questions, adolescents will discover beliefs that will greatly influence the choices they make. For the most part, their beliefs are not solidified. They still have many discoveries to make before they settle for life-long commitments. But for now, they search. A portion of the course will focus on the study of World Religions.
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Participants in the program are encouraged to explore the human search for meaning using the resources of personal inquiry and significant spiritual traditions. In order for the search to be truly meaningful, it must be connected to the individual’s personal inquiry. For adolescents, relationships are where they often seek and find meaning in their lives. Television, peers, music, etc. often shape their relationship to the world around them. From these and other sources, they build relationships that may be life denying, while at other times life saving. Regardless, they will continue to search for ways which will bring them into closer relationship with self, others and God. A portion of the course will focus on the study of World Religions.
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Opportunity exists to participate in an online version of Religious Studies 35. Because an online course requires independent study by the student, special permission is required. Students interested in this course need to complete the permission document prior to being registered in the class.