In Catholic high schools, there are many opportunities for integrating gospel values and nurturing the presence of God in our midst within the curriculum. Teachers will determine where religious values and church teaching can be integrated within each course. Religious education is an essential and integral part of the life and culture of a Catholic school.
Through it, students are invited to develop the knowledge, beliefs, skills, values and attitudes needed to build a relationship with God and community through the person of Jesus Christ. Religious education shares the same goals and objectives set forth for all good education; that is, the growth and development of the whole person in all his or her dimensions—physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual.
Religious education has four essential characteristics:
- It is Trinitarian. It recognizes God as the creator of all things who gives us Jesus. It is Jesus who reveals God to us, and in turn reveals God’s Spirit, through whom we understand our faith.
- It is based on Sacred Scripture through which we hear the mystery of God revealed, the call to be in relationship with God and each other, and we learn how to pray.
- It is based on the life experience of the students through which they are invited to discern signs of God in their daily lives.
- It is presented within the tradition of the Catholic faith community which, based on Church teachings, sacramental and liturgical life, provides students with experiences of faith, prayer, love and justice.
Students must be registered in and receive 3 credits in Religion for each year at Monsignor McCoy High School. Successful completion of all Religion Courses is required in order to participate in graduation ceremonies.
Religious Studies 15 (Grade 10)
The overall aim of the program is to assist young persons with the help of the gospels, to participate as Catholics in the shaping of our culture.
This course focuses on three key elements:
- The human being – the student – who enters into a discussion with Christ about Canadian Culture.
- Culture and the things that shape Culture in Canada.
- The person of Christ as he is present and active among us today in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Religious Studies 25 (Grade 11)
The course examines the positive attributes and limitations of both “reason” and “faith”, the distinction between science and religion, arguments for and against the existence of God and the dynamics of faith in God. We examine how God revealed himself to the Hebrew people (Old Testament) in the bible and will study the structure, content and kind of literature found in the bible. We then explore in the New Testament, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, along with his teachings, parables and miracles and their meaning for Christians of today.
Religious Studies 35 (Grade 12)
The aim of the course is to assist young men and women to understand themselves as moral persons living the way of Christ through an examination of ethical theories, the revelation of sacred Scripture, and the experience and teaching of the Catholic Church. Part A develops the philosophical and scriptural foundations for the study of ethics and morality. Part B applies these principles to the study of moral life today.