Religion

All students are required to take eight semesters of Religion towards graduation.  If a religion course is failed, the course requirement may be fulfilled by attending a summer course taught by one of the instructors in the Religion Department if it is available.  Or the student may repeat the entire course during the following school year, thereby being enrolled in two religion courses concurrently.


Religion 9 – Introduction to Cathedral, Holy Cross, and Catholicism – Semester 1 (Academic)

C309CF                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

None

Course Description:

Semester 1 is part 1 of 2:

INTRODUCTION TO OUR COMMUNITY OF FAITH – The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Cathedral High School by exploring her rich history and traditions. It also covers the history of the Congregation of Holy Cross and how Holy Cross is interwoven into Cathedral’s history. Lastly, the course offers an introduction to the Catholic faith.


Religion 9 – The Divine and Supernatural World – Semester 2 (Academic)

C309CS                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

None

Course Description:

Semester 2 is part 2 of:

THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST IN SCRIPTURE – This  course introduces the Bible as divinely inspired. By studying the Sacred Scriptures, the students will learn to identify evidence of divine inspiration unveiled by connections between the Old and New Testaments. The course emphasizes how Jesus Christ is prefigured in and fulfills the prophecies of the Old Testament. Students are challenged to know the Mystery of Jesus Christ who is the full and final Revelation of God. They are encouraged to initiate or continue growing their personal relationship with Him.


Religion 10 – Salvation Through Jesus Christ – Semester 1 (Academic)

C310CF                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Theology 9

Course Description:

Semester 1 is part 1 of 2:

THE MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST (PASCHAL MYSTERY) –  This course helps students understand all that God has done for us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ. Students learn that they are redeemed by Jesus through His Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension.


 Religion 10 – Morality – Semester 2 (Academic)

C310CS                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Theology 9

Course Description:

Semester 2 is part 2 of:

LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST – Students are introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Through study of the precepts and moral concepts found in both the Old and New Testament and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, students explore how God is calling them to live out His good and loving plan for their lives.


Catholic Social Teaching – Semester 1 (Academic)

C321AF/S                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Theology 9 and 10

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the Church’s social teaching.  In this course, we will encounter how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission.

During this course, students will discuss social justice issues and concerns facing our world today.  There will be specific emphasis placed on the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching as identified by the U.S. Bishops: life and dignity of the human person; call to family, community and participation; responsibilities and rights; preferential option for the poor; dignity of work and rights of workers; solidarity; and care for God’s creation.


Spiritual Warfare –   (Academic)

C322AF/S                        1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors and seniors. 

Course Description:

This course will examine the spiritual life as manifested in the battle between angels and demons, the lives of the saints, our own daily journey of striving for holiness, and how God equips us in this life. Students will gain a better understanding of how to listen to and follow God’s loving will in their everyday lives through study of Scripture, the Catechism, lives of the saints, and various spiritual traditions of the Church. 


Faith in Films (Academic)

C323AF/S                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors and seniors. 

Course Description:

Through the medium of film in the 20th and 21st centuries, this course will investigate the mysteries of Christian anthropology, the proper religious understanding of faith, the Paschal Mystery in everyday life, and the spiritual life. In conjunction with movies, students will also examine Church documents and articles pertaining to faith in modern life. This course is only offered during the summer and counts as one semester of senior religion.


Holy Cross Servant Leadership (Academic)

C324AF/S                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors and seniors.

Course Description:

Students will discuss and practice leadership within the context of Holy Cross. Students will learn about different leadership styles and theories. The goal of this course is to prepare students to be better leaders. Students will learn leadership is service oriented.


World Religions (Academic)

C325AF/S                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors and seniors. 

Course Description:

This course engages students in an overview of the religions around the world, including, but not limited to, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, Judaism, and Islam . Through an exploration of religious beliefs, students will be able to understand the basic similarities and differences of religious traditions and their relationship with Catholic Christianity. By strengthening the students’ own faith and developing more awareness for the cultural and historical worldviews, students will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.


Religion and Politics (Academic)

C328AF/S                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors and seniors. 

Course Description:

This course will look at current political issues and explore how religious beliefs impact how we vote and who and what we support. It includes an exploration of the intellectual tools Catholics and others can utilize as they analyze candidates and make difficult decisions. We will examine contentious church-state issues here in America, as well as the various relationships between religion and government abroad.


Science and Religion (Academic)

C327AF/S                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors and seniors. 

Course Description:

Beginning with foundational concepts and the real distinction between scientific and theological ways of knowing the universe, the course treats the historical background to the false “conflict” between science and religion, the relationship between the biblical creation accounts and modern cosmology and between Sacred Tradition/Church history and modern science (including the Galileo Affair), culminating with a closer look at the Catholic doctrine of creation in the light of modern scientific discoveries.


Wellspring of Worship: Exploring the Liturgy (Academic)

C326AF/S                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors and seniors. 

Course Description:

Students will survey the biblical and traditional development of the Mass in addition to a sampling of the other rites within the Catholic Church. This class will also involve a service component in which students will learn the various liturgical ministries both within and outside of the context of the Mass. Students will be able to understand the Mass as primarily being an act of Evangelization, a the “source and summit” of the Christian life.


Peer Counseling (College Prep)

C314CS                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to juniors only by selection.

Course Description:

The Peer Mentor Program flows from the Gospel message “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) Mentors are trained with interpersonal communication skills, listening skills, social skills and the ability to lead small groups. Established in 1986, the Peer Mentor Program is designed to enhance the connectedness between the freshman student and the Cathedral community as a whole. Interested juniors are invited to participate in the application and interview process.


Peer Counseling (College Prep)

C314CF                          1 Semester                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:

Open to seniors only by selection.

Course Description:

The Peer Mentor Program flows from the Gospel message “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) Mentors are trained with interpersonal communication skills, listening skills, social skills and the ability to lead small groups. Established in 1986, the Peer Mentor Program is designed to enhance the connectedness between the freshman student and the Cathedral community as a whole. Interested juniors are invited to participate in the application and interview process.