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Theology Department

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


Introduction to the Community of Faith, The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture, and Who Is Jesus Christ? (Academic)
C309CF/C309CS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
Semesters 1 & 2 – I. Introduction to the Community of Faith II. The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture III. Who Is Jesus Christ? I. The purpose of this part of the coursework is to introduce each student to the Cathedral Family. The students will explore Cathedral’s core values and traditions of the Congregation of Holy Cross. They will also learn about the history and spirituality of the Congregation of Holy Cross as it relates to the Cathedral community. The curriculum helps to assure that our Catholic identity and Holy Cross tradition will permeate every aspect of the school climate and program. II. The purpose of this part of the coursework 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. Students will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. If they have not been taught this earlier, 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. III. The purpose of this part of the coursework is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. 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.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery) and Life in Jesus Christ (Academic)
C310CF/C310CS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Theology 9

Course Description:
Semester 3 – The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery) The purpose of this course is to help students understand all 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. Semester 4 – 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.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church and Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ (Academic)
C311CF/C311CS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Theology 9 and 10

Course Description:
Semester 5 – 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. Semester 6 – 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.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society and Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues (Academic)
C312CF/C312CS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Theology 9, 10 and 11

Course Description:
Semester 7 - Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society. 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. Semester 8 - Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues 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.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Peer Mentoring (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 seniors are invited to participate in the application and interview process.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Theory of Knowledge I (IB)
C317IS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
2nd Sem. (Jr. Year) Theory of Knowledge I 1st Sem. (Sr. Year) Theory of Knowledge II

Course Description:
Students enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme take Theory of Knowledge (TOK) in lieu of the regular Theology curriculum for two semesters, 2nd semester Junior year and 1st semester Senior year. This course does not replace Theology for Non-IB diploma candidates but it may be taken as an elective. Theory of Knowledge is an epistemology course, and as such, it is an introduction to the future study of philosophy in college. Through the use of perception, reason, emotion and language, how do we humans use the sciences, the various mathematical disciplines, the arts, the study of history, etc., to answer the question: “How do we know what we know; and how do we know that we know it; and how do we use this knowledge to enter into the great human discussion of the BIG questions regarding the meaning of it ALL?” The aim of this course, its curriculum, and content is to develop the IB learner profile traits and encourage students to be communicators, knowledgeable, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, and reflective.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Theory of Knowledge II (IB)
C317IF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
2nd Sem. (Jr. Year) Theory of Knowledge I 1st Sem. (Sr. Year) Theory of Knowledge II

Course Description:
Students enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme take Theory of Knowledge (TOK) in lieu of the regular Theology curriculum for two semesters, 2nd semester Junior year and 1st semester Senior year. This course does not replace Theology for Non-IB diploma candidates but it may be taken as an elective. Theory of Knowledge is an epistemology course, and as such, it is an introduction to the future study of philosophy in college. Through the use of perception, reason, emotion and language, how do we humans use the sciences, the various mathematical disciplines, the arts, the study of history, etc., to answer the question: “How do we know what we know; and how do we know that we know it; and how do we use this knowledge to enter into the great human discussion of the BIG questions regarding the meaning of it ALL?” The aim of this course, its curriculum, and content is to develop the IB learner profile traits and encourage students to be communicators, knowledgeable, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, and reflective.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

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