The Theology Department is a central and integral part of St. Francis High School. We believe that people encounter God in their everyday activities; it is our goal as religious educators to promote the awareness of God’s presence and encourage the interaction of God’s grace and our free response. The Theology Department prepares the students to go forth as living examples of service, community building and faith. There is an ecumenical spirit in our Catholic school which serves those of different Christian denominations, Orthodox traditions, and the Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, and Islamic faiths.
The eight semesters of theology:
• Present the core beliefs and practices of Roman Catholicism.
• Foster an appreciation of: Prayer and Worship; Ethical behavior; Christian Service; Reverence for the mystery of life; Respect for people and religions.
Introduction to Scripture invites students into friendship with God through the revelation expressed in the Old and New Testaments. Students explore the nature and development of these writings and come to understand the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith. The course provides tools of interpretation and methods of discerning inspiration, progressing through an appreciation of symbolism and the vitality of the “word”. Students have an opportunity to study the evolution from oral traditions to the early written scriptures in the early church community.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1. Part reflection, part Christology Jesus Christ Revealed explores the history, culture, deeds, and words of the Lamb of God as well as the faith traditions of first-century Christians. Students are prompted to explore their own life of faith in light of the Gospel Message.
This course will focus on many elements of our Catholic faith that assist in understanding what it means to be a disciple of Christ today. Beginning with the foundation of the inherent goodness of humankind and of all God’s creation, the reality of sin and suffering will be explored. In addition, Jesus’s unique identity as revealed in His mission, death, and resurrection will shed light on the path of salvation for those who seek to follow Christ. Mary’s role in God’s call to holiness will be explored in addition to the role of the Saints. Throughout, the understanding of the call to discipleship will be linked to the vital role that prayer plays in developing and nurturing a relationship with God.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Scripture, Jesus Through the Ages
The Church guides students in exploring and understanding the Catholic Church, as well as its origin, structure, and mission. Additionally, the course addresses the roles of the hierarchy, those in religious life, and the laity in supporting the mission of the Church. Attention is also paid to the global presence of the Church as a light to all people. This one-semester course couples with Discipleship to encompass the SF sophomore year Theology curriculum.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Scripture, Jesus Through the Ages
Interfaith Dialogue seeks to help students understand the manner in which the Catholic Church relates to non-Catholic Christians as well as other world religions. Building on the foundational truth that Jesus Christ established the Church and entrusted to her the fullness of God’s revelation, this curriculum explores critical spiritual truths in non-Catholic Christian churches and ecclesial communities as well as in non-Christian religions. This one-semester course couples with Sacraments to encompass the SF junior-year Theology curriculum. UC A-G approved – g College-Preparatory Elective. NCAA approved.
Sacraments explores ways in which our community fully encounters Christ through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students examine each of the sacraments in detail. This one-semester course couples with Interfaith Dialogue to encompass the SF junior year Theology curriculum.
The Ethics course provides a foundation in Roman Catholic moral theology and moral decision-making. During the first quarter of the semester, students study values: Jesus’ concept of love; The Sermon on the Mount; Sin; Law and Conscience. The second quarter is devoted to the study and discussion of moral issues, including drug and alcohol use, non-marital sex, euthanasia, homosexuality, capital punishment and abortion.
“No one lives alone. No one sins alone. No one is saved alone,” wrote Pope Benedict XVI, whose words resonate with today’s world, particularly because the prevalence of social media allows us to better see how our lives are interwoven with those around us. This course on Social Justice builds on those connections by helping young people find their place in the community of the faithful as they advocate for charity and justice in the world. Organized around the seven principles of Catholic social teaching, this course helps students gain a greater understanding of the roots of social teaching in the Church, its context in the Bible and Catechism and real-life examples of charity and justice in action. The seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching will be explored through prayer, reflection, research and advocacy.
The Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching are as follows:
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