Religion

The mission of Religious Education Department is to assist the student in learning and understanding about his or her faith life and how to live out and grow in that faith life.  This is conjunction with the Central Catholic High School mission of seeking to form Christian character so that the student will think and act like Christ.

Four credits in religion are required. Additional courses that delve into the morality and philosophy of mankind may be completed as electives.

Instructors

Courses

THE MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST

The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with Him which is accomplished through the Redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this Redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails.

SACRAMENTS

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the Sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the Sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.

SACRED SCRIPTURE

The purpose of this course is to give an overview of Sacred Scripture with an introduction to the basic principles for understanding and interpreting the Bible. This course will offer comments about Scriptures’ purpose and religious significance. This course will show a sense of the unity of the narrative of the divine plan of salvation, the presence of God’s action in this record of His Revelation and His desire to share His merciful love with us. The New American Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church will provide various explanations of Scripture with the intention of integrating catechesis and scripture.

REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST IN SCRIPTURE

The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through the study of the Bible, they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course, the students will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. This will include learning how to read the Bible. The students will pay particular attention to the Gospels where they may grow to know and love Jesus more personally.

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Mystery of Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, and the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course, students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate revelation to us from God. In learning about who He is, the students will also learn who He calls them to be.

JESUS CHRIST'S MISSION CONTINUES - THE CHURCH

The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the Living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by Him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both Divine and human elements. In the course, students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church.

RESPONDING TO THE CALL OF JESUS

The purpose of this course is to help students to understand the vocations of life: how Christ calls us to live. In this course students should learn how all vocations are similar and how they differ. The course is structured around married life, single life, priestly life, and consecrated life. Students should learn what it means to live life for the benefit of others and the value in considering a vocation in service to the Christian Community

LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plan for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples.

PHILOSOPHY

This course is a basic introduction to philosophy. Topics include: pre-Socratic thought, Socrates and Plato, existentialism, and classical logic. Much of the class time is devoted to the thematic discussion of good and evil.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s Social Teaching. In this course students are to learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission. This course relies heavily on selected encyclicals and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

ADDICTION IN AMERICA

The average American has 3 to 5 addictions. Some are more destructive than others. This course covers both the addiction and recovery. Some people are more prone to addiction than others. What options are available to those who are not addicted, but have a friend or relative who is addicted? Recovery programs such as AA’s 12 step program are based on the recognition of a High Power or a Being whom we commonly call ‘God’.