All middle school students are required to complete a certain number of community service hours. These can be done at home, at school after hours, at sports games, and in the community.
All the hours must be done on a volunteer basis. These hours help the students learn and understand Catholic Social Teaching while helping our students develop social skills and learn the importance of responsibility and service to others.
In this course, students will unlock the mystery of the Ten Commandments and will come to understand what lies beneath the surface of God’s laws. They will study different saints, the natural law, and the fundamental human right to life; learning that life is precious from conception to death. Finally, they will study the different parts of the Holy Mass, Catholicism’s most intimate form of prayer, and learn that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic Faith.
This course focuses on God’s revelation of himself and his plan of salvation for all mankind. The students learn how salvation history starts in the Old Testament with the prophets, and is finalized with the founding of the Church by Jesus Christ in the New Testament. They will study the virtues and the seven Sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. They will learn about sin and God’s abundant flow of mercy as well as a Theology of the Body inspired from the writings of St. John Paul the Great.
In their final year, the students will gain an understanding of the structure and foundation of the Church, the authority of the Pope, and learn how to defend their faith. They will learn about Mary, the Communion of saints, and the dif erence between Catholicism and other forms of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. They will discover the universal call to holiness with an emphasis on the importance of discovering one’s individual vocation to either the priesthood, religious life, or marriage. Around Easter, the students put on a Passion Play.