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High SCHOOL Curriculum

Theology Curriculum

Introduction to Sacred Scripture

Honors Designation Available

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Course Description: This course is designed to familiarize the student with the revealed word of God. It explains how we come to know Christ, the Word of God, better through both the Old and New Testaments. The course introduces the student to methods of reading and understanding God's Word and teaches the student the content and significance of the Old and New Testaments. The Bible History course offered in 7th & 8thGrade is a helpful pre-requisite to this course.

This course will enable the student to understand and embrace the Church's teaching on Divine Revelation, in both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition; understand the role of the Magisterium in preserving, defending, interpreting, and explaining the Word of God; become familiar with the Messianic prophecies and their fulfillment in Christ, and recognize the Church, in her four marks, prefigured in Israel; know how to read God's Word with understanding and to begin to read it prayerfully and profitably; understand the historical and eternal significance of the Incarnation, public ministry, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; trace the development of the Church from its founding by our Lord to the death of the last Apostle and the closing of public revelation, and to understand our Lord's provisions for the continuity of His Holy Church from then to now; and find and explain the New Testament passages that teach the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, as well as the passages referring to the other six sacraments.

Mass, the Sacraments and Prayer & Church History I

Honors Designation Available

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Course Description:

Grade Ten Theology is a two-part course. The first semester of the course covers Mass, the Sacraments and Prayer and the second semester >Church History I. The semesters may be taught in any order.

The first semester of the course will teach the student the origin of the seven Sacraments, the development in the Church's understanding of them, and their absolute necessity in the Christian life. The student will also be exposed to the Church's rich tradition of prayer. The second half of the course, Church History I, the student will learn the development of the Church from the close of the Apostolic age to the conversion of the Roman emperor Constantine: approximately 90 to 325 A.D.

This course will enable the student to understand in detail the nature of the Sacraments he is receiving, and be able to defend the Catholic understanding of each Sacrament against detractors; deepen the student's appreciation of the Mass and of the Sacraments, so as to make reception of the Sacraments more fruitful; gain exposure to the Church's treasury of prayers and spiritual practices, so as to develop an appreciation for the Church's tradition and a zealousness to serve God; study the Word of God as it moved from the Apostles through the Apostolic Fathers to the Fathers of the Church; become familiar with the early Fathers and their works, particularly as they contributed to the unfolding of Catholic Doctrine and Sacred Tradition; and apply Christian principles faithfully as a result of studying the examples and seeking the intercession of saints of the period.

Apologetics & Church History II

Honors Designation Available

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Course Description:

Grade Eleven Theology covers Church History from the Council of Nicea to the Counter Reformation, focusing on the development of doctrine. The Course is divided into four quarters with each focusing on a particular period and its doctrinal controversies and developments. The original writings of those engaged in these controversies and developments will be our guide.

The first quarter of the course focuses on the late patristic period from the First Council of Nicea in 325 to the Second Council of Nicea in 787. The second quarter of the course examines developments through the Carolingian Period to the beginning of the High Middle Ages. The third quarter of the course focuses on the high Middle Age with special emphasis on the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. The fourth quarter of the course will take us into the Catholic Counter Reformation.

Throughout the course, we will also be studying the contents of Catholic Apologetics by Fr. John Laux. The lessons in that text have been arranged to match up thematically with the other readings. Relevant sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church have been assigned as well.

This course aims to help the student to be able to "give a reason for the hope that is in you," by studying the scriptural and rational bases that support Catholic doctrine and practice; gain exposure to the writings of great saints and theologians who have had a significant impact on the development of Catholic thought; study the organic development of the Church's teaching; become familiar with the early Fathers and their works, particularly as they contributed to the unfolding of Catholic Doctrine and Sacred Tradition; and apply Christian principles faithfully as a result of studying and understanding the living tradition of the Church, and seeking the intercession of saints of the period.

Morality/Church History III

Honors Designation Available

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This aim of this course is to teach students how to pray, and inspire them to pursue virtue and sanctity, to trust in Divine Providence, and to make life choices based on sound moral principles. The course will explore in the Church teachings regarding prayer, Divine Providence, morality, vocations, marriage, the family, the Church and, in true Kolbian style, it will end with a study of Our Blessed Mother.

The course will introduce the student to a devout life in the modern world and the practice of mental prayer; give the student the tools to distinguish between forms of prayer that are compatible with Christianity and those that are not; explain why sanctity and perfection consist in doing "everything to conform to God's will" as St. Teresa of Avila says, and why that is the highest perfection possible; encourage boundless trust in God, His Divine Providence, His Love, and His Mercy; impart a firm understanding of Christian moral principals and the proper application of Christian moral principals in life situations; impart a greater understanding of the dignity of the human person, freewill and vocation; foster a deeper admiration of the particular callings within the Church; inspire each student to respond with greater zeal to the Universal Call to Holiness; reveal the beauty and sanctity of Matrimony in the Catholic Church and the benefits and responsibilities of family life; show forth the excellence of religious vocations, their benefits and responsibilities, as well as briefly define the various type of religious vocations in the Church; further the understanding of one's duties to God, Church, self, spouse, family, state, and society; and foster a profound appreciation and understanding of Our Lady, her role in salvation and in our lives.