INTRODUCTION to SCRIPTURECourse #822 Level: 2 Credit: 1Required of: Freshmen
This course will examine major themes and personalities of the Bible. It will investigate how these themes might be integrated into the everyday lives of the students. The course will incorporate a study of God's revelation in the Christian Scriptures and focus on the person of Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith.
CHRISTIAN MORALITY/SACRAMENTSCourse #831 Level: 2 Credit: 1Required of: Sophomores
This course will present the foundation, principles and practice of Christian Morality. Emphasis will be placed on making responsible, moral decisions. The course will examine the Church teachings on major moral social issues confronting people today, especially people living in the United States.
CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHINGCourse #845 Level: 2 Credit: 1Required of: Juniors
In this course, students will explore the social teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to the principles of human dignity, respect for life, personal rights and responsibilities, and stewardship. Students will also study the roots of Christianity so as to appreciate the historical perspective of the Catholic Church and how it relates to the modern world.
PEER MINISTRYCourse #853 Level: 2 Credit: 1Open to: SeniorsPrerequisite: Students must have applied and been accepted to register for this course
The Peer Ministry course is designed to help students develop and enhance their understanding of ministry in and for the school community, the Church and the outside community. Students will be asked to assist in school liturgies, retreats and service related projects which are integral to the communal life of Holy Cross High School. In class, studies will examine what it means to be a minister of God and will examine the lives of specific saints who were called to minister God's message.
WORLD RELIGIONS/LIVES OF THE SAINTSCourse #865 Level: 2 Credit: 1Open to: Seniors
With the Christian tradition as a foundation, this course is designed to encourage students to become better acquainted with the basic dimensions of the world’s major religions. Through the study of the traditions of scriptures, prayer, worship, symbols, and leaders of note, students gain an appreciation for the people who practice various religions. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to discuss the phenomenon of religion itself.
DEVELOPMENT OF FAITH THROUGH THE ARTS/LIVES OF THE SAINTSCourse #866 Level: 2 Credit: 1Open to: Seniors
This course will trace the development of major religious themes such as, development of faith, personal spiritual exploration, and tracing the expression of faith in different cultures. This will be done by exploring different art forms. These forms include: film, music, poetry, drama, public speeches, visual arts and the performing arts.
SACRAMENTS/CATHOLIC ETHICSCourse #868 Level: 2 Credit: 1Open to: Seniors
This course will be divided into two semesters. During the first semester, students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to better understand how they may encounter Christ. During the second semester, students will study the Church's teachings on many of the current social challenges they will encounter in today's world, with special emphasis on business and bio-ethics.