Theology

Four years are required for graduation. Transfer students are exempt from taking a Theology class the years they were not at JSerra. Additionally, all transfer students will be placed in regular Theology courses upon their arrival to JSerra. Should they wish to petition into an honors course they must receive approval from the department chair.

Theology I - Foundations - Grade 9

Year - 10 Credits

Prerequisites – Students will be placed into Theology 1 Foundations if they have not had prior Catholic instruction.

Semester I
The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture

This course will 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. This course provides a basis and understanding essential to further theological studies. Showing how Scripture is the inspired Word of God and how natural revelation and reason complement Divine Revelation, this course will explore what Catholics believe about God, why they believe it and why such belief is reasonable.

Semester II
Who Is Jesus Christ?

This course will 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. This course will explore the mystery of the Blessed Trinity – one God in three Persons – as revealed in Scripture and Tradition. It presents details about the Person of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of Revelation, the role of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life, and how we can know the Father through the Son.

Theology I - Grade 9

Year - 10 Credits

Prerequisite: Placement will be based on department placement exam.

Semester I
The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture

This course will provide students with a solid knowledge and understanding of the Sacred Scriptures as they encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. The class requires critical thinking, good listening skills and application of high order thinking skills, as well as, strong reading and writing skills.

Semester II
Who Is Jesus Christ?

This course will introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. The student will be challenged to do extensive writing requiring application of high order thinking skills.

Theology II - Grade 10

Year - 10 Credits

Semester I
The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery)

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. This course will examine God’s plan of redemption, explaining the need for redemption after the Fall of Adam and Eve, showing the various ways God promised redemption throughout the Scriptures, and finally looking at the redeeming act of Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection as the realization of those promises.

Semester II
Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church

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. This course presents the Church – one, holy, catholic and apostolic – as the continuation of Christ’s Redemption. Examining the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ, it studies the foundation of the Church, her mission, and her attributes. It examines the communion of saints and the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Theology II Honors - Grade 10

Year - 10 Credits

Prerequisite: A grade of A or better in both semesters of Theology I or an A- or better in both semesters of Theology I Foundations. All students must receive teacher approval.

Semester I
The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery)

Through this academically challenging course the student will study the concept of eternity and will see that God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him. This course will provide the students with the opportunity to do substantial writing and requires high analytical and communication skills.

Semester II
Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church

The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. Through this academically challenging course 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 course will provide the students with the opportunity to do substantial research and writing.

Theology III - Grade 11

Year - 10 Credits

Semester I
Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ

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. This course examines the Seven Sacraments as signs and instruments entrusted to the Church by which God conveys his grace to the faithful. It explores each sacrament in its place in the economy of salvation, exploring its origin, celebration, and benefits. It also contains a chapter on the liturgy and sacramentals.

Semester II
Life in Jesus Christ

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 focuses on the intellectual and moral development necessary to living a life joined to Christ. It provides students with the formation necessary, with God’s grace, to imitate Christ in their lives, make correct moral decisions, and spread the Kingdom of God on earth. It presents moral theology as a subject not only to be studied but, essentially, to be lived.

Theology III Honors - Grade 11

Year - 10 Credits

Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in both semesters of their previous honors theology course or an A in both semesters of their previous regular theology course. All students must receive teacher approval.

Semester I
Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ

Demanding great critical thinking skills as well as a high level of reading comprehension this course will take an in-depth look at each of the seven sacraments/This course will provide the students with the opportunity to understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist It explores each sacrament in its place in the economy of salvation, exploring its origin, celebration, and benefits. It also contains a chapter on the liturgy and sacramentals. This course presents the student with the opportunity to do substantial writing and collaboration.

Semester II
Life in Jesus Christ

Utilizing many outside resources as well as the textbook, 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 focuses on the intellectual and moral development necessary to living a life joined to Christ. The student will be challenged with concepts and material which require higher thinking skills, reading, and verbal and written communication.

Theology IV - Grade 12

Semester - 5 Credits

Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ
The purpose of this course is to help students discern the vocations of life: how Christ calls us to live. In this course, students learn the purpose and call of our human sexuality using the teachings of Blessed John Paul II and Scriptural exegesis. The course is 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.

Theology IV Honors - Grade 12

Semester - 5 Credits

Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in both semesters of their previous honors theology course or an A in both semesters of their previous theology course. All students must receive teacher approval.

Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ
This course will examine many original Church documents and events to help students understand the vocations of life: how Christ calls us to live. In this course, students learn the purpose and call of our human sexuality using the teachings of Blessed John Paul II and Scriptural exegesis. The students will be expected to apply this knowledge and to critically analyze our modern culture. The course is 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. The students will be challenged with concepts and material which require higher thinking skills, reading, and verbal and written communication.

Introduction to Catholic Principles - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Year - 10 Credits

Prerequisite: International students needing introduction to the concept of God.

This course is designed for the international student who is not familiar with the concept of God in general and of Catholic Christianity in particular. Through the use of different media, storytelling, discussions and reading the student will gain knowledge of basic Christian principles. They will be introduced to the mystery of the Trinity, Salvation History, and how the work of Jesus continues through the Holy Spirit in the Church today.

Theology Electives - Grade 12

Since Theology IV is only a semester long each student may choose one elective to fulfill the 4 year requirement of theology classes for graduation.

History of the Catholic Church Honors - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: A’s in both semesters of previous theology course or B’s or better in both semesters of previous honors’ theology course.
Church History is a semester course which looks at the history and structures of the Catholic Church as it studies the life of the saints. Beginning with Christ’s institution of the Church and the appointment of the Apostles, the course rapidly moves through the different eras of the Church until the present day. Using this timeline as a guide, each of the key councils of the Church is studied, focusing on the teachings and dogmas of the Church as they emerged and were declared. Saints from each of the eras are studied. Along with this, the course will look at numerous styles and devotions of prayer that have developed over time.

Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ - 5 Credits
(Social Justice)
This course is a one semester Theology IV elective. The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they were born into a community in which they should participate. The students will be made aware of the Church’s teachings on most of the major sociopolitical issues of our time through the study of the Church’s encyclicals, emphasis on global solidarity, the option for the poor, and the dignity of the human person. This class will provide a framework for the students to begin to come to terms with and form opinions about the major sociopolitical issues of our time, as well as a solid foundation with which they will be able to make educated judgments about future issues.

Comparative Religion - 5 Credits
(UC Approved)

The purpose of this course is to compare and contrast the teachings of major world religions and to give students the ability to reason through their own answers to such questions. Using basic components of critical thinking, such as Aristotle’s philosophy of rhetoric, students will debate and discuss the spiritual truths of Catholic teachings and how they compare with other faiths. Using a detailed analysis of natural law, questions such as right and wrong, objective truth, morality, rival concepts of God, virtue, and human nature will be explored in the context of the major views/religions of today, including: Judaism, Islam, the Orthodox Church, Protestant denominations, Hinduism, Buddhism, cults, witchcraft, and atheism. The class will be focused mainly on discussions, debates, and presentations.   An express goal of the course is to assist students in understanding the different faiths of the world as well as developing a respect for their beliefs and traditions.

JSerra Catholic High School

26351 Junipero Serra Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949.493.9307 | Fax: 949.493.9308
Email: info@jserra.org

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