Religious Instruction

The Theology Department of Aquinas High through informational and formational experience strives to teach the message of Jesus and His Church by nurturing the faith of our students and promoting a ministry of service based on charity and justice. Our Religion curriculum begins with the foundation of faith, centering on Scripture, Catholic Tradition, history, and the basic Catholic devotions. It includes Christian morality and vocational discernment as applied to the important personal and social issues of our time.

OLD TESTAMENT     1/2 Credit     Grade 9     Required
This course will introduce the students to the Word of God through reading and study of the Old Testament. Students will better understand the stories, literary style, cultural context, historical setting and theological meaning of the Old Testament. Through active explorations, students develop an understanding of our faith tradition.

NEW TESTAMENT     1/2 Credit     Grade 9     Required
This course is a survey of the New Testament. Students will become familiar with the content, structure and message of the New Testament. The style and themes of the four evangelists will be reviewed, the message of St. Paul will be studied through his epistles and the story of the apostles found in the "Acts of the Apostles" will be examined. This course provides an opportunity to read New Testament Scriptures and gain a better understanding of the Catholic Church and her founder, Jesus Christ.

CHURCH HISTORY     1/2 Credit     Grade 10     Required
This course helps students to understand and appreciate Catholic heritage. It examines the developments, people and events that have shaped the Church. Students will gain an appreciation of the continuing work of the Holy Spirit through the Church.

SACRAMENTS     1/2 Credit     Grade 10     Required
This course will consider the sacramental life of the Church as a means by which Catholic Christians seek their ultimate goal, union with God. The course begins with a general consideration of the sacraments as signs given by Christ to impart grace. Each sacrament will be discussed, focusing on its history, its symbols and rituals, and the realities of human life it sanctifies.

CHRISTIAN MORALITY     1/2 Credit     Grade 11     Required
This course invites students to learn about, reflect on and positively embrace a life rooted in authentic Gospel virtues. Focusing on Scripture and primary Church documents, the students are introduced to basic principles of Catholic morality and moral decision-making, which are then applied to contemporary moral issues.

THEOLOGY OF JUSTICE AND PEACE     1/2 Credit     Grade 11     Required
Throughout its history, the Catholic Church has attempted to transform the world, "to live Jesus' message." This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore topics in social justice as they occur within society. Using Scripture and the documents of the Roman Catholic Church, students will discuss the Christian response to such issues.

CHRISTIAN VOCATIONS     1/2 Credit     Grade 12     Required
Through marriage, priesthood, consecrated life and the single life, one can respond to God's call to service and community. This course explores the various vocations and discusses how one might respond to the command of Jesus to love all people.

CATHOLICISM REVISITED     1/2 Credit     Grade 12     Required
An adult Catholic needs a solid foundation in order to live through the challenges of today and tomorrow with faith, hope and love. This course studies our beliefs as Catholics and how we apply these beliefs to our daily life's decisions.

CHRISTIAN VOCATIONS HONORS     1/2 Credit     Grade 12     Elective
Prerequisites: Grade of "AB" or higher in Junior Religion & approval of present Religion Teacher
This course will involve the basic outline of the regular Christian Vocations course with a greater level of informed classroom discussion, additional readings and writing assignments.

ROAD TO HOLINESS HONORS     1/2 Credit     Grade 12     Elective
Prerequisites: Grade of "AB" or higher in Junior Religion & approval of present Religion Teacher
The call to holiness is one of the most compelling teachings handed down to us from the Second Vatican Council. This course will explore the essence of sanctity, how it is attained and provides students sufficient direction to enable a successful journey towards eternal life in Heaven with God.

CATHOLICISM     1/2 Credit     Elective
This course will include an in depth study of our Catholic faith, its doctrines, history and practices. A discussion of important saints will also be part of this course.