Our religious education program strives to develop a strong faith foundation in each child and to invite the student into the life and mission of the Church, which is the mission of Jesus Christ. Our hope is that each child, with God’s grace and through the action of the Holy Spirit, comes to an understanding of his/her faith and is able to articulate it in daily living.
Anticipating the students’ reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in their parishes in Grade 7 or Grade 8, the Religion curriculum in Grade 6 includes the study of this Sacrament of Initiation. Service and prayer experiences in Grade 7 and Grade 8 further develop the call of the Confirmed to live as witnesses to Christ.
The Christ Our Life program, published by Loyola Press, is used in Grades 5 through 8. The following topics are explored at each grade level:
Grade 5 - The sacraments, especially the Eucharist, the center of Christian life.
Grade 6 - The study of God’s saving love as it is revealed in Sacred Scripture, particularly the Old Testament. Students increase their knowledge of salvation history so that they may respond to God with ever-deepening love and gratitude. Sixth grade students also prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in their parish in 7th or 8th grade, using the Loyola Press Confirmed in the Spirit text.
Grade 7 - The study the New Testament, and of God’s saving love as it is revealed through his Son, Jesus.
Grade 8 - The study of God’s faithful love as it is revealed in the Church founded by Jesus Christ. Students in Grade 8 also study the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
At each grade level, the following are developed throughout the academic year:
• The seasons of the Liturgical Year, the importance of Sunday, the celebration of feasts and saints’ days, especially Mary, the Mother of God.
• Prayer: purpose and kinds of prayer.
• Social justice: principles of Catholic Social Teaching.