Grade 6 Religion is a study of the Old Testament. Students read the words and stories of the Old Testament in an effort to deepen their own understanding of God’s love for His people. Students learn how God revealed himself to us through His creation and His relationships with people in the Bible. Students see how God’s people struggled with their faith and how God stayed with his people through their struggles, fulfilling his promises to them. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to make note of scripture passages that are particularly meaningful to them. They are encouraged to memorize their favorite passages as a form of prayer. Like all middle school students, 6th graders participate in Mass once a week as a class and offer their own personal intentions as we pray the weekly rosary together.
Grade 7 Religion has two components. First, the students are encouraged to become people of both word and sacrament as they complete the Liturgy and Worship unit. Students learn to identify and explain the meaning behind the many different parts of a liturgy. Students deepen their own understanding of the Church’s liturgy as a prayerful celebration, and use this understanding to become more active participants in the Mass.
The majority of the year is devoted to a study of the New Testament. Students learn to appreciate the New Testament as the announcement of the good news of our salvation in Jesus Christ. Students are challenged to become people of the word who find in Scripture the encouragement, challenge, and hope they need to bring the good news of Christ to the world. Seventh graders continue to keep a notebook of scripture passages that are particularly meaningful or interesting to them and are encouraged to add to the passages they collected in sixth grade. 7th graders participate in Mass once a week as a class and offer their own personal intentions as we pray the weekly rosary together.
Like Grade 7 Religion, Grade 8 students have two components to their Religion program. For the majority of the year, students study Church History. Eighth graders are introduced to the accomplishments of men and women of faith throughout the centuries. The successes and difficulties experienced by the Church, both within and without, are studied, always with a view that helps young Catholics face the challenges of their own time.
Toward the end of the year, students focus on a Morality course which teaches students to model their lives after Christ. Eighth graders examine the ways of Christ and are shown how his example can help them live a moral life. Students explore current moral issues and relate them to the Ten Commandments. The course gives students the tools they need to navigate through challenging times with a clear and positive moral attitude that is essential for Catholics in the new millennium. As is true of all middle school classes, 8th graders participate in Mass once a week as a class. They also offer their own personal intentions as we pray the rosary together once a week.