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Theology at Catholic High is directed toward developing a mature faith within our students. The curriculum in theology is designed to educate a student about the four branches of theology: scripture, ethics, history and systematics. Each year is structured in a way that provides not only a sound knowledge of that discipline, but also offers a spring-board for the following year of coursework. Catholic doctrine is emphasized in its theological basis in Holy Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Franciscan values and spirituality are integrated into the coursework for each year.
The theology classes cover the following content:
- Grade 9: Theology Scripture
- Grade 10: Theology: The Mission of Christ
- Grade 11: Theology: The History of the Church
- Grade 12: Theology: Systematics & Apologetics
012 CP, 013 Theo Scripture and Revelation
CP | Grade 9 | Credit 1
In the first semester of grade 9, students explore the Bible, our Sacred Scripture. Students prayerfully reflect on the Word of God in the Old and New Testament. Students grow in their knowledge of the God of Salvation History: Father, Son, and Spirit.
In the second semester students consider the mystery of Jesus Christ as the ultimate revelation of the Holy Trinity. This reflection provides a context to articulate and answer their call to discipleship.
022, 023 Theo the Paschal Mystery of Christ
CP | Grade 10 | Credit 1
In the first semester of grade 10, students take an in-depth course on the Paschal Mystery of Christ: His Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. Students explore some of the great mysteries of life and the profound love that our God has for us.
In the second semester, students examine the nature and mission of the Church founded by Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit. Students explore the mystery and history of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.”
032 Sacraments and Morality
CP | Grade 11 | Credit 1
In the first semester, students closely examine the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. By prayerfully reflecting on the history and elements of each Sacrament, students have the opportunity for a deeper encounter with Jesus, our ultimate Sacrament.
In the second semester, the students are challenged to live out more completely the Gospel message. By exploring the moral laws, concepts, and precepts of the Catholic Christian faith, students have a greater understanding of God’s universal truth. This knowledge helps students as they attempt to more fully discern God’s plan for their lives.
042 Theo Apologetics
CP | Grade 12 | Credit 1
Apologetics is the careful explanation and analysis of the philosophical implications and the doctrinal content of faith as expressed in the creeds, doctrines, and theological writings of the Christian Tradition. This course is a capstone experience that draws on the theology taught in the first three years. The graduating senior then finds it possible, in the words of St. Francis to “Preach the Gospel always, and use words if necessary.”