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ACADEMICS: Religion

The following is the Religion Department curriculum offered at Saint Bonaventure High School. This curriculum includes all Los Angeles Archdiocese and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops requirements and reflects the declarations of Vatican II, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994) and the ecumenical developments of theology in the modern church.

Grade 9:  Scripture (One semester)

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. They will learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section. The students will pay particular attention to the Gospels, where they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally.

Grade 9:  Christology (One semester)

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.

Grade 10: Spiritual Life (One semester)

The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails.

Grade 10:  Ecclesiology (One semester)

The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements. In this course students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church, as they will learn about the sacred nature of the Church and the definition of Church as the "People of God."

Grade 11: Morality and Social Justice (1 semester)

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God's plans for their lives.  Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ's disciples.  This course also introduces students to the Church's social teaching, learning how Christ's concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church's social teaching and mission.

Grade 11: Sacramental Theology (1 semester)

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist.  Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.

Grade 12:  Vocations (One semester)

The purpose of this course is to help students to understand the vocations of life: how Christ calls us to live. In this course, students should learn how all vocations are similar and how they differ. The course should be structured around married life, single life, priestly life, and consecrated life. Students should learn what it means to live life for the benefit of others and the value in considering a vocation in service to the Christian community.

Grade 12: World Religions (One semester)

The purpose of this course is to help the students understand the manner in which the Catholic Church relates to non-Catholic Christians as well as to other religions of the world. Building on the foundational truth that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church and entrusted to her the fullness of God's Revelation, the course is intended to help students to recognize the ways in which important spiritual truths can also be found in non-Catholic Christian churches and ecclesial communities as well as in non-Christian religions. It is also intended to help them to recognize the ways in which other systems of belief and practice differ from the Catholic faith.