Mercy High School

Theology

International Students:

Introduction to Christianity2-Semester Course

This course is designed for international students in their first year. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basics of Christianity and to help integrate them into the Catholic school setting. By the end of the course students will be able to explain the origins of the Christian religion through Old and New Testament study, understand the basic beliefs of the Catholic Church, understand the purpose of the Sacraments, and understand the purpose of Christian prayer and worship.

 


Freshman Level - Theology 9:

The Bible 

This course is the foundation of a Mercy High theological study and introduces the Sacred Scriptures and to the unfolding of salvation history, with a particular focus on Jesus Christ as the fulfilment of salvation history. Students will learn about the role of the Scriptures in their life as individuals and also in the life of the Church.

 

Jesus Christ 

Students will encounter Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, leading them to a deeper understanding of God’s revelation and plan for the world. This course focuses on the Trinity, the Incarnation, Jesus, salvation, and discipleship.

 


Sophomore Level - Theology 10:

The Paschal Mystery 

The purpose of this course is to lead students toward a deeper understanding of our need for redemption and Christ’s work of redemption. The course explores how through his suffering, death, Resurrection, and Ascension, Jesus made our redemption possible. The course also explores how we experience the Paschal Mystery in an on-going way in our lives and in the Church’s liturgy.

 

The Church 

This course leads students toward a deeper understanding of the Church a means to encountering the living Jesus. Students will explore the origin, the human and divine elements, and the on-going mission of the Church, as a continuing of Christ’s mission. They will also be invited to reflect on their own role in the Church and in Christ’s mission.

 


Junior/Senior Level - Theology 11/12:

The four Theology 11/12 courses are offered over period of four semesters (two alternating year to year).

Catholic Social Teaching 

The purpose of this course is to lead students toward a deeper understanding of the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching. We will examine the foundations of Catholic social teaching in Scripture and Tradition and see how this teaching has grown over the last century as the Church has responded to rapid and far-reaching changes in society. The course will explore issues like protecting human life, poverty and hunger, war and peace-making, economic justice, and environmental justice.

World Religions 

This course is an introductory survey of various major religious traditions around the world, including Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Islam. Students will learn the value of knowing about other traditions, make comparisons to the Christian tradition, and see how religion is relevant and influential in cultures around the world, including our own

Sacraments  

This course seeks to help students learn about and appreciate the Seven Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, so they can more fully participate in them. Students will explore the Sacraments’ history, scriptural foundation, and current practice.

Christian Morality 

This course addresses how a relationship with Christ and the Church can lead to choices that are in line with God’s plan and desires for our lives. Students will learn how to make good moral decisions, what Christian discipleship means, and how the Church strengthens our discipleship.


Senior Electives:

Mercy Charism2-Semester Course

Through storytelling, spirituality, and projects, this course will uncover the riches of the charism of the Sisters of Mercy, founded by Catherine McAuley. Students will learn the history and stories behind McCauley and the Sisters, learn methods of prayer and the charisms of other religious orders, understand the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, reflect on the Church’s Year of Mercy celebration, and discover their own charism through their personal stories. This course requires 10 hours of service in a Corporal Work of Mercy (in addition to required MHS Christian service).

 

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