The Religious Studies Department at Sacred Heart High School fosters the holistic formation of the students and school community.  Academic classes immerse students in the study of faith, the Church, Sacred Scripture, inter-religious dialogue, and Catholic Social Teaching.  Opportunities for spiritual growth and charitable service are integrated into coursework, encouraging students to reflect upon and live their faith in service to society.  

Curriculum

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  • Discipleship (111)

    Grade 7

    This course engages students in a thorough examination of the Jesus of History and Christ of Faith presented in the Gospels, and the impact of the Risen Jesus in the on-ongoing life of the Church especially as present and active through the Sacraments.
  • The Catholic Church (121)

    Grade 8

    This course draws the students to believe more deeply in Jesus and to commit themselves to Him through a study of His Church and His teachings. The course explores the origins, mission, and expansion of the Church from its birth in the Spirit at Pentecost, though Church history, and into its present and future challenges in trying to bring about the Reign of God. In the context of the Commandments, students delve into areas of Christian moral formation and are introduced to the Church’s teachings on justice and peace.
  • Christian Belief (131)

    Grade 9

    The course provides students with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the basic elements of the Catholic religion. The course encourages and enables students to enter more fully into the life of the Church. Through instruction, discussion, and research, the course heightens awareness in the students of the sacred mysteries of the Catholic faith; develops in them a richer understanding of the sacraments including their historical and pastoral development; and explains the position of the Church in the modern world. Since students entering the ninth grade come with a wide range in religious education experiences and in some cases, little formal training, this survey course in Catholic theology and moral formation seeks to establish a baseline set of understandings upon which to build in subsequent years. (1 credit)
  • Introduction to the Bible (142)

    Grade 10

    The course provides students with an introduction to both Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and Christian Scriptures (New Testament). Students learn how the Bible developed, the history of the peoples who wrote the Bible and about whom it was written, some of the themes and the various types of literature contained in the Bible, as well as the nature of the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible as the Word of God. Through extensive, guided readings, the students learn how to read and interpret the Bible for themselves and begin to discover how the Bible's messages are applicable to their lives. (1 credit)
  • World Religions & Morality (153)

    Grade 11

    Exploring the variety of answers to the profound questions of existence: Where did we come from? What gives meaning to our lives? Is there a life beyond our present physical existence? The answers to these questions are examined through several dimensions of religion: the experiential, doctrinal, mythical, ritualistic and ethical. From there we journey to Middle Eastern religions, Judaism and Islam, and then across the globe to the Hinduism and Buddhism of the Far East. Through our study of the world’s major religions students will be able to discover the many truths that are held in common among the world’s religions, while, at the same time, identifying the many differences that still divide humanity. A successful student’s participation in his or her own religious background will be enriched by the spiritual treasures discovered in the great religions of the world.

    The second half of the year focuses on building a sound moral conscience formed by the principles of the Catholic Church. This course will center on developing sound moral judgments that are based on a personal and communal relationship with Jesus Christ. Guided by the Church’s teachings students will investigate moral principles and values, freedom and responsibility, sin and grace, and conscience formation. Case studies that probe personal and social morality will be examined throughout the course. The basic goal of the course is to examine how our moral life is a lived response to our relationship with Jesus Christ. (1 credit)
  • Peer Ministry (152)

    Peer Ministry is a half credit Religion elective designed to prepare participants for leadership through service after the pattern of Jesus.

    The course examines how Jesus sought out and uplifted those who were troubled and in need of “Good News.” Theologically the course contains elements of Christology, incarnational spirituality and a pastoral theology of ministry aimed at grounding our works of service. Among the many leadership training modules that are part of the training are skill clusters in active listening and basic counseling techniques, group facilitation, conflict resolution, crisis intervention, assertiveness training, public speaking, project coordination and evaluation, and prayer service preparation and leadership. The course equips students to function effectively as peer mentors for the underclassmen and to serve as a cadre of motivated leaders within the school community during their junior and senior years. (1/2 credit)
  • Catholic Social Teaching (162)

    Grade 12

    Students review the biblical foundations of justice as well as the Church’s growth in understanding and faithfulness to living out God’s call to justice throughout its history and in the present day. Students will learn and apply the seven principles of Catholic Teaching: 1) The Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person, 2) The Call to Family, Community and Participation, 3) The Balance of Rights and Responsibilities, 4) The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, 5) The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers, 6) Solidarity and the Common Good, and 7) Stewardship or Care of God’s Creation. Students will become knowledgeable of the body of Catholic Social Teaching embodied in the papal encyclicals and pastoral statements of the US and world bishops. Critical social analysis of contemporary justice questions using these biblical teachings and CST principles as tools will form the disciplined methodology of this course in adult faith formation. (1 Credit)
  • Philosophy (372)

    Philosophy is usually translated as “love of wisdom” and emphasizes the attempt by man to live authentically, in accordance with what is real. This course will introduce a broad spectrum of philosophical problems and perspectives with an emphasis on the systematic questioning of basic assumptions about meaning, knowledge, reality, and values with a focus on the application of philosophy to daily life.  
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