Theology at Catholic High is a four year program. We follow the United States Bishops’ Curricular Framework. This consists of six core courses. One each semester for the 9th, 10th and 11th Grade years. For 12th Grade, we offer a two semester course of study or a one year Honors Course. Our Theology Program at Catholic High provides an excellent foundation In Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Our pastoral approach to sharing the truths of the Catholic Christian faith is enriched by Franciscan values and spirituality which are integrated into our Theology courses.

The Theology Courses cover the following content:

Grade 9 Theology: Scripture and Revelation
Grade 10 Theology: The Paschal Mystery of Jesus and the Mission of Christ and His Church
Grade 11 Theology: Sacraments and Morality
Grade 12 Theology: World Religions and Social Justice
Grade 12 Honors Theology: Apologetics

012 Theology:  Scripture and Revelation 

CP  | Grade 9 | Credit 1

In the first semester of grade 9, students explore the Bible, our Sacred Scripture. Students prayerfully reflect on the Word of God in the Old and New Testament. Students grow in their knowledge of the God of Salvation History: Father, Son, and Spirit.

In the second semester students consider the mystery of Jesus Christ as the ultimate revelation of the Holy Trinity. This reflection provides a context to articulate and answer their call to discipleship.

022 Theology: The Paschal Mystery of Jesus and the Mission of Christ and His Church

CP | Grade 10 | Credit 1

In the first semester of grade 10, students take an in-depth course on the Paschal Mystery of Christ: His Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. Students explore some of the great mysteries of life and the profound love that our God has for us.

023 Theology: The Paschal Mystery of Jesus and the Mission of Christ and His Church

CP | Grade 10 | Credit 1

In the second semester of grade 10, students examine the nature and mission of the Church founded by Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit. Students explore the mystery and history of the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.”

032 Theology: Sacraments and Morality

CP | Grade 11 | Credit 1

In the first semester, students closely examine the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. By prayerfully reflecting on the history and elements of each Sacrament, students have the opportunity for a deeper encounter with Jesus, our ultimate Sacrament.
In the second semester, the students are challenged to live out more completely the Gospel message. By exploring the moral laws, concepts, and precepts of the Catholic Christian faith, students have a greater understanding of God’s universal truth. This knowledge helps students as they attempt to more fully discern God’s plan for their lives.

041 Theology: Honors Apologetics

Honors | Grade 12 | Credit 1

Apologetics is the careful explanation and analysis of the philosophical implications and the doctrinal content of faith as expressed in the creeds, doctrines, and theological writings of the Christian Tradition. This course is a capstone experience that draws on the theology taught in the first three years. The graduating senior then finds it possible, in the words of St. Francis to “Preach the Gospel always, and use words if necessary.”

042 Theology: World Religions and Social Justice

CP | Grade 12 | Credit 1

In either first or second semester, students will explore the religions of the world to see the aspects of God’s truth exist in all religions. As we become more of a global community such a study can help promote understanding and unity amongst all of God’s children.

In either first or second semester, students will examine the foundations of Catholic social teaching. This course will focus on our basic human rights and responsibilities and the principles of social justice. How do we as disciples of Jesus Christ strive to bring about a more just world for all of God’s children?