Religion

 Rooted in the Gospel and the tradition of our founders, Saint Jean Baptiste De La Salle and Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, the Religion Department invites students to experience God’s unconditional love and be disciples of Christ in the world.  We challenge students to make their faith living, conscious, and active.  Students will articulate the Catholic understanding of Scripture, Tradition, Liturgy, Sacraments, Prayer, Moral Decision-making, and Social Responsibility in a pluralistic society.  We strive to enrich the faith of students at their particular stage of development, complementing the role of the parish and family.

 

Students will…

Understand God’s unique love for them through the life and mission of Jesus

  • be nourished and sustained through prayer and the sacraments

  • articulate the Catholic understanding of Scripture and Tradition

  • be able to discuss matters of faith and religion in an authentic and respectful manner

  • grow in faith through the examples of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Lasallian Community

  • discern their spiritual gifts and how God calls them to live out these gifts in the world

 

Eight Semester Credits Required for Graduation:

Grade 9: Introduction to the Bible and Living in Jesus Christ

Grade 10: Church History and Sacraments: Experiencing the Paschal Mystery

Grade 11: Christian, Catholic, Charism and Morality

Grade 12: Christian Morality and One Senior Elective

 

Freshman Requirements

INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE

The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. Students will continue to learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section. Students will pay particular attention to the Gospels, where they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally. Freshman Requirement 1 semester - 1 credit

LIVING IN JESUS CHRIST

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, 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. 
Freshman Requirement
1 semester - 1 credit 


Sophomore Requirements

SACRAMENTS: EXPERIENCING THE PASCHAL MYSTERY

Through this course students will learn that they share in the redemptive life of Jesus Christ. Christ won this redemption through the Paschal Mystery: his life, suffering, death, resurrection, ascension, and glorification. Through the exploration of this central mystery and a deep examination of the sacraments, especially Eucharist, students will understand their invitation into the life of Christ.

Sophomore Requirement
1 semester - 1 credit

CHURCH HISTORY

This class is designed to be a survey of the history of the top moments and movements in our Church from the Apostolic age to the modern age.  Students will discover various models of church by examining key people and events.  Through the general knowledge of Church’s history students see how the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and sustained through the Holy Spirit.  Students will come to understand the Church is the living Body of Christ today and has both Divine and human elements. Students will understand their role as active members in the Body of Christ.

Sophomore requirement

1 semester - 1credit

 

Junior Requirements

CHRISTIAN, CATHOLIC, CHARISM

Through this course students will learn their particular place within the global Christian community. Exploring what it means to be Christian, Catholic, and in a community with two founding religious orders, students will come to a deeper understanding of the origins and mission of the Christian faith, the particular ways that the Catholic Church embodies that faith and mission, and the unique contribution of the religious orders that founded Totino-Grace. This course will include elements of church history, ecclesiology, and the study of discipleship. Important figures of the Lasallian community and School Sisters of Notre Dame will serve as examples of lives inspired by the mission of Christ.
Junior semester requirement
1 semester-1 credit

CHRISTIAN MORALITY

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that through Christ they can fully live out God’s plan for their lives. Students will learn the moral concepts and tenets that shape the lives of Christ’s disciples as individuals and as members of society. They will be introduced to the Christian moral tradition rooted in the example of Jesus, including: good and evil, virtue and vice, forgiveness and sin, freedom and responsibility guided by the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Junior/Senior requirement
1 semester-1 credit 

Senior Requirement

CHRISTIAN MORALITY

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that through Christ they can fully live out God’s plan for their lives. Students will learn the moral concepts and tenets that shape the lives of Christ’s disciples as individuals and as members of society. They will be introduced to the Christian moral tradition rooted in the example of Jesus, including: good and evil, virtue and vice, forgiveness and sin, freedom and responsibility guided by the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Junior/Senior requirement
1 semester-1 credit 

 

Senior Electives

SERVICE AND JUSTICE

Through this course students will deepen and broaden their understanding of the Church’s social teaching. Students will learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and vulnerable, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission. Learning about the cycles of poverty and injustice that keep people oppressed, students will discern their role in service to others. Using the model of service-learning each student must complete a minimum of 20 hours of service at one agency serving people who are disenfranchised or marginalized.  Students will reflect and apply their work to the Church’s social teaching. Students culminating class project will be to advocate for a specific justice issue.
Senior elective
1 Semester - 1 credit 

HONORS PHILOSOPHY OF GOD

This honors course is a survey of the history of western philosophy, particularly focused on the philosophical attempts to explain the origins and purpose of the universe and the philosophical “proofs” for the existence of God. The first quarter of the course will take a historical perspective through the reading of the novel Sophie’s World. The second quarter will examine God’s existence and two practical applications of faith in God, Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and Pope John Paul II’s Crossing the Threshold of Hope. The student taking this course will come away with a deeper knowledge and appreciation of philosophy and its importance for being able to better understand the basic principles of Catholic Christian theology.Note: This course is especially recommended for those planning to take Honors Introduction to Theology as Seniors.
Senior Elective
1 semester - 1 credit

CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY

One of the tasks of every Christian is to develop a life of prayer and meditation. To this end, this course will examine the spiritual lives of some of the great saints and mystics as well as contemporary spiritual practices. It seeks to provide a foundation in the Catholic tradition and give students some practical help in exploring their own spirituality. The course will include reading, writing, journaling, and meditation.
Senior Elective
1 semester - 1 credit

WORLD RELIGIONS

This course introduces the subject of religion through a comparative study of the primary forms of religious expression, such as sacred community, rites, symbols, and stories. These themes will be analyzed within the context of each of the major religious traditions of the world. This study will allow the students to compare a wide range of religious phenomena from many different religious traditions. It will also help the students appreciate the uniqueness of their own Christian/Catholic tradition as well as deepen their own commitment to the tradition.
Senior Elective
1 semester - 1 credit

ADVANCED SCRIPTURE

Building on scriptural lessons from previous courses, students will further investigate the principles for understanding and interpreting Scripture.  Through their studies, students will appreciate the purpose and religious significance of Scripture in the Jewish and Christian traditions and recognize the unity of the narrative throughout the Old and New Testaments. Students will immerse themselves in Sacred Scripture and make connections between their learning and their personal faith lives.
Senior Elective
1 semester - 1 credit

VOCATIONS

Through this course students will study the Christian life and the process of discerning their vocational call.  Students will learn how all vocations are similar and how they differ. The course will be structured around married life, single life, priestly life and consecrated life. Students will study the uniqueness of marriage, the changing roles of men and women, communication and conflict resolution, family planning and sexuality.
Senior Elective
1 semester - 1 credit

HONORS INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY

This honors course is for students with a heightened interest in religious topics. Students explore their knowledge of theology and read various theological books and materials to broaden their understandings of our Catholic-Christian tradition and what we believe. Because college credit may be earned through this course, students are expected to read and discuss at a college level as well as write a research paper on a topic chosen by the individual student. Note: Qualified students may take this course for college credit through St. Mary's University of Minnesota. Prerequisite: Student interest, self-motivation, and theological curiosity. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Senior Elective
1 semester - 1 credit

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