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Religious Studies

The goal of the Religious Studies Department is to foster the spiritual growth of our students by helping them  understand their relationship with God and their fellow human beings in light of the Scriptures and the teachings of the Catholic Church.   Mindful of the importance of our students' relationship with God, we encourage them to respond to God’s call to promote justice and peace and to integrate their religious values into their daily lives.

Enriched by the diverse religious backgrounds of our students, our school community creates an environment in which personal faith is accepted, nurtured, and shared. 

Christian Service Requirement

The philosophy of La Reina High School states that the school provides an atmosphere in which each student "may discover, develop and share the unique gifts God has given her."  As a complement to the instruction of the religion classes the Religious Studies Department requires a designated number of Christian service hours from each student as a means of implementing the school's philosophy.  This service is to be completed in the larger community, giving the student an opportunity to share her gifts beyond the school. This is a yearly requirement. The minimum number of hours is as follows: Grades 7 and 8  - 5 hours each; Grades 9-12, 20 hours each.  Through this service, the student also develops leadership skills which "foster goodness and justice in society."  Specific information about meeting this requirement is given by the Christian Service Coordinator through the religion teachers.  The Christian Service requirement MUST be met in order for a senior student to receive her LRHS diploma.

Religion 7

The design of this course is to provide the students with knowledge of the fundamental teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Church. The study of the life and teachings of Jesus helps the students grow in faith as well as understand what living as a Catholic Christian means.

Religion 8

The students learn about the Church as a faith community and about prayer as a way of deepening one’s relationship with God. During the second semester, the students learn what it means to live morally by studying the commandments, the beatitudes, and the works of mercy in everyday life.

Religion 9

The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. They learn about the Bible and its value to people throughout the world. The second semester introduces students to the mystery of Jesus Christ as revealed through the Gospels. In learning about Jesus, the student also learns who Jesus is calling her to be.

Religion 10

First Semester

The Promised One: Servant and Savior (The Paschal Mystery): In this course students will understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. For all eternity God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. The students will learn how they share in this redemption through Jesus Christ and the meaning of being a disciple of Christ.

 

 

Second Semester 

The Body of Christ, the Church: In this course students will grow in their understanding of the mystery of the Church. They will come to appreciate that they encounter Jesus in the Church as the Head of the Church and the Body of Christ. They will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church as about the meaning of being the living Body of Christ and the sacred mystery of the Church.

Religion 11

First Semester

Sacraments: 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. Students examine each of the sacraments in details so as to learn how they personally may encounter Christ throughout life.

 

 

Second Semester 

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. Stu- dents learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s followers.

Religion 12

The course of study for senior religion is aimed at solidifying the Catholic morals and spiritual life of the young La Reina woman as well as providing an opportunity to learn about the beliefs and practices of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The academic year begins with a study of responding to the call of Jesus through vocation, the single life, married life, and religious life as a priest or consecrated religious. Students then review the Church’s teaching on a number of contemporary social and ethical issues as they prepare for graduation and for taking their places in today’s society. Completing the senior academic year is an overview of the four major non-Christian religions. While examining each religion through the lens of the Catholic Church teachings, the girls become familiar with the religious beliefs and practices of the four major non-Christian religions of the world.

Faculty

Sr. Rebekah Kennedy
Department Chairperson
Religion 11 

Mrs. Anita Green
Religion 12 
 Mrs. Mary Medlin
Religion 8 
 Miss. Sonya Mercado
Religion 11 
 Mrs. Karen Moore
Religion 9 
Mrs. Sue Reyes
Religion 10 
Mrs. Allison Sain
Religion 7 

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