This course provides the student with an in-depth study of the Hebrew Scriptures and an introduction to the Christian Scriptures.
Concepts to be covered include: Explanation of terms: Word of God, Revelation, Salvation History, and Covenant. Additional topics include: An overview of the structure of the Bible and its literary forms, a look at the correlation between Biblical covenant and God’s call to all humanity to covenant relationships, a development of a reverence for Sacred Scripture as the Word of God, as well as the life of St. John Baptist De La Salle.
OBJECTIVE: To appreciate the meaning of the Sacraments, prayer, worship and faith throughout the history of the Catholic Faith.
ACTIVITIES: Delve into the nature of the Sacraments, explore the meaning and role of liturgy and Para liturgies in celebrating the Sacraments, participate or observe several Eucharistic liturgies and communal ceremonies of Reconciliation, discuss the role of Sacraments, prayer and worship in our own spiritual life and how they compare with other religions, and define faith and evaluate its effect on individuals.
OBJECTIVE: To understand the Christian vision of morality, with Jesus as our model.
ACTIVITIES: Understand the steps in the decision-making process, acquire a foundation from which to reach decisions on contemporary moral issues and confront them in the light of Christian values, explore possible influences on decision-making, such as: survival, need, group affiliation, peer pressure, law and conscience, develop positive attitudes about oneself, life, other persons, and things that stem from the Christian interpretation of life, and study of current events as related to morality.
OBJECTIVE: To provide an analysis of the social teachings of the Catholic Church as they pertain to many contemporary issues of social justice.
ACTIVITIES: Participate in student-led seminar discussions; discuss current events and issues in social justice; examine several teaching documents and letters issued by the Catholic Church, especially the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; explore the meaning of the 7 Themes of Catholic social teaching.