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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 9 - Scripture

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 

Christian Morality: Students will examine what is means to live a Christian moral life in today’s world. Students will receive a deeper understanding of Catholic Social Teaching principles and their relevance to moral decision making as well as an understanding of the application of the Ten Commandments in current society.

Religion 12

First Semester

World Religions: This course provides the students the opportunity to learn about the beliefs and practices of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. While examining each religion through the lens of the Catholic Church teachings, the students become familiar with the religious beliefs and practices of the four major non-Christian religions of the world.

Second Semester 

Christian Lifestyles: This course is designed to aid students in facing the challenges of young adulthood so that they can shape a future that is hopeful, healthy and full. By revisiting many of the topics covered in previous years, this final semester of religious studies is aimed at solidifying the Catholic morals and spiritual life of the young La Reina woman.

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