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Mass, Sacraments, Prayer, Church History I


Course Description

This course is a perfect addition to home school courses or public school. Modeled upon Kolbe Academy's outstanding curriculum, this high school theology course familiarizes 9th and 10th grade students with the origin of the seven Sacraments, the development in the Church’s understanding of them, and their absolute necessity in the Christian life.  The student will also be exposed to the Church’s rich tradition of prayer.  In the second half of the course, Church History I, the student will learn the development of the Church from the close of the Apostolic age to the conversion of the Roman emperor Constantine: approximately 90 to 325 A.D.


Course Objectives

This course will enable the student to:

  • Understand in detail the nature of the Sacraments he is receiving & be able to defend the Catholic understanding of each Sacrament against detractors

  • Deepen the student’s appreciation of the Mass & of the Sacraments, so as to make reception of the Sacraments more fruitful

  • Gain exposure to the Church’s treasury of prayers & spiritual practices, so as to develop an appreciation for the Church’s tradition & a zealousness to serve God

  • Study the Word of God as it moved from the Apostles through the Apostolic Fathers to the Fathers of the Church

  • Become familiar with the early Fathers & their works, particularly as they contributed to the unfolding of Catholic Doctrine & Sacred Tradition

  • Apply Christian principles faithfully as a result of studying the examples & seeking the intercession of saints of the period

Course Texts

  • The Holy Bible. Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition. Ignatius Press

  • Catechism of the Catholic Church. Liberia Editrice Vaticana and United States Catholic Conference, Second Edition. 

  • Mass and the Sacraments by Fr. John Laux. Tan Books 

  • The Catholic Catechism by Fr. John Hardon, S.J. Doubleday. 

  • Early Christian Writings: The Aposotic Fathers

  • The History of the Church


Course Levels

  • Standard 

  • Honors: In addition to the standard requirements, students taking this course at the Honors level will be assigned additional reading assignments from Church documents and will be expected to write longer weekly essays. 


Course Instructor

Mrs. Juliana Lerner

Course Format

This class will be offered in an online format in addition to the day school classes offered at St. John Bosco High School's campus. Bi-weekly live classes with the instructor will assist students as they work through the material. Students should plan to work on the reading, written, and online assignments four days a week. Assignments will be submitted via Jupiter grades and/or emailed to the instructor. Typing skills are needed

Course Schedule: Academic Year 2020-2021

Begin reading assignments: Tuesday, September 8

First live class with instructor: TBD

Live class schedule: TBD

      Cost: $200 per student per semester (September-January; February-May)

                = $400 for the full year (Price subject to change until registration)

Contact the school for more information and to register your student. 

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