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High School Lesson Program

Catholic High School is proud to offer a superior catechism program for those in high school or equivalent levels of achievement.

The High School Program follows the program designed by the USCCB in 2008 called "Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age." The outline for this program was developed by the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). is one of the first programs to create a high school program modeled after the USCCB's framework.

Grade 9

Semester 1: The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture

The purpose of this course 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. In the course they 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.

Semester 2: Who Is Jesus Christ?

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course 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.

Grade 10

Semester 1: The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery)

The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that 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 2: 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.

Grade 11

Semester 1: Seize the Hope

The first semester of this 11th grade curriculum includes lessons on Biblical history up to the Transfiguration. The focus is on strengthening the students' understanding of our faith foundations so they are prepared to take up their roles as Knights and Ladies in the Kingdom of God. Each lesson is written to address modern moral issues, shedding light on the issues of gender differences, the secret to happiness, and the Church's role in the world. The last chapter in this series addresses specifically "How do we act as Knights and Ladies today?"

These lessons include the richness of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Catechism, as well as Scripture and references to literature. The activities presented are engaging and the prayers will lead students' into the wealth of resources we have available as Catholics to support our souls, during times of social and emotional turbulence.

Semester 2: Go Forth to Love and Serve

Our 11th grade curriculum will prepare each young person to be a light for the world which is increasingly shrouded in the darkness of moral decay. These lessons follow the great mysteries of faith, from the creation of the world to the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven; yet these truths are reviewed in order to consider their importance for everyday life in a secular, diverse world. Moral issues are considered including gender differences, the sins of same sex marriage, abortion, contraception and sexual activity outside of marriage. The emphasis of these lessons is on countering the relativist philosophy which says there is no objective truth, only personal opinion. As Catholics we know that truth can be known and the Mystical Body of Christ is where we learn and receive strength. Activities in these lessons are designed to help students reflect, come together with other young people, pray and Go Forth.

Grade 12

Semester 1: The Journey of a Lifetime

While other young people are planning careers that will rake in the big bucks, we who are Catholic, are called to a different path. We are called to speak the truth, even when the world loves lies. We are called to follow Christ, even when the world will mock us for it. In these lessons, we look at the things which sustain us and give us joy on the journey. When we know our faith in a deep way, our backpacks are filled and we are ready. This will be a journey like no other! Jesus leads the way. Mary shines a light. Angels and saints crowd around us. Are you ready?

In these lessons for the first semester, we will go more deeply into why we should love being Catholic. We will look at how to defend truth in the face of heresies. And we will focus on discerning the path ahead. While "career planning" may be about ego and money, "discernment" is about the fulfillment that comes when we follow God's plan for us!

Semester 2: The Journey Continues

In this semester we conclude our studies by focusing on Sacramentals, discernment, the Doctrine of the Social Kingship of our Lord, and other pertinent topics.

We will look at the reassuring and stable structure of our Church, as well as the Church's teachings on how we should relate to secular society. These 12th grade lessons will ground students in the truth of Sacred Tradition and the richness of our faith so that they will be ready to be SALT, preserving & proclaiming these treasures, and LIGHT by showing the way Home for all our neighbors — in order to build the Kingdom of God.