Each student must successfully complete a credit in Religious Studies each year the student attends Helias.
Religion Department Outcomes
The Religion Department focuses instruction so that students will:
· Grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ so that they may come to know him and live according to the truth he has given to us.
· Appreciate that the Church is the living Body of Christ today and that, in and through the Church, they encounter Jesus Christ.
· Be aware of the many forms of prayer as a means of growing in a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
· Be aware of how they can encounter Christ in a full and real way through the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.
· Read, interpret and apply Scripture to life.
· Use Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to defend and explain the teachings of the Catholic Church
· Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of the Apostolic Tradition of the Catholic Church throughout history.
· Understand and value the moral teachings of the Catholic Church that direct them in living their lives in Christ.
· Explain how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present in the Catholic Church’s social teaching and mission.
· Integrate the call of service, especially the preferential option for the poor, into their daily lives as an expression of closeness to Christ and neighbor.
· Explore vocational callings and consider the value of considering a vocation in service to the Christian community.
1000 Introduction to the Scriptures (1st 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 this 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 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.
1001 Who is Jesus Christ? (2nd 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.
1004 The Paschal Mystery (1st 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.
1010 The Church (2nd 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 but about the sacred nature of the Church.
1002 Sacraments (1st 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 details so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.
1005 Morality (2nd 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 plan for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples.
Senior Religion (Electives – 1 semester each)
1006 Scripture (1 semester)
The purpose of this course is to give an overview of Sacred Scripture with an introduction to the basic principles for understanding and interpreting the Bible. Because of the extent of the scriptural material, this outline will not try to cover the vast content but rather comments about Scripture’s purpose and religious significance. Given the limits of a semester of study, it will not be possible to introduce all the books of the Bible here. But every effort is made to project a sense of the unity of the narrative for the divine plan of salvation, the presence of God’s action in this record of his Revelation, and his desire to share his merciful love with us.
1003 Church History (1 semester)
This course can supplement what students learned in Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church. This course will supplement and expand what students learned in the sophomore course 1010, The Church. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him throughout history through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today, and as such, has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn about the church’s 2000 years of history and about how the church is led and governed by the successors of the Apostles.
1008 Catholic Social Teaching/Service (1 semester)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s social teaching. In this course, students are to learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission. They will also serve as volunteers in school-approved agencies as a part of this course.
1011 Ecumenism (1 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.