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Catholic Schools

Religious Education

    The code of canon law establishes that, first and foremost, a Catholic school is characterized by excellence (Canon 806). As indicated in the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, a 2012 publication from the Center for School Effectiveness at Loyola University Chicago in partnership with the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College, a Catholic school “has a clearly articulated rigorous curriculum aligned with relevant standards, 21st Century skills and Gospel values” (Standard 7). Students should be exposed to the great wealth of the Catholic intellectual tradition. The teachings of the Church are to be presented with the same rigor and academic expectations accorded to other subjects in the curriculum. While the religion course must be the central component of the curriculum of a Catholic school, equally important is the integration of Catholic teach­ings in all aspects of the curriculum. The content of a Catholic school is a “synthesis of culture and faith and a synthesis of faith and life” (Congregation for Catholic Education, 1977, #37) and all academic subjects can contribute to the development of a mature Christian (Congregation for Catholic Education, 1977, #40).

    Archbishop's 5th Grade Mass
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
    10:00 a.m.

    Invite your school Pastor to join us!5th Grade Mass Assignments - Yearly Schedule

    We have partnered with CATHOLIC CLIMATE COVENANT to help your school community learn how to better recognize God’s presence in all of creation on EARTH DAY 2017 (April 22.) Through scripture readings, meditations, songs, videos, prayers, and hands-on activities, the program will explore:
      * How we can appreciate God and God’s love for us through creation.
      * How we can celebrate God’s magnificent handiwork.
      * How human beings have hurt God’s creation by contributing to a warming climate.
      * How we can demonstrate our love for God by taking action to care and preserve the gift of Creation and our common home.
    Introducing Stewardship to ChildrenCatholic Climate Covenant will provide you with four unique program guides designed specifically for parish schools, Sunday Schools, High Schools, and adult religious education. The four program guides will accommodate:
      -Elementary school age (first through fifth grades)
      -Middle School (sixth through ninth grades)
      -High School/Adult
      The four program guides will include all the resources needed for a successful Earth Day celebration at your school. Join us as we learn more about our Creator through creation!


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    Theology of the Body for Teens: High School Edition is divided into 12 unique segments that reflect the pedagogical approach of Blessed John Paul II’s revolutionary teaching. The program gives teens the answers to their tough questions on God, Sex, and the meaning of life. It has been designed to fit perfectly into Catholic schools, youth ministry, CCD, and homeschooling settings. The Theology of the Body for Teens: High School Edition has been granted the Imprimatur.
    This program uses a great mix of stories, real-life examples, activities, prayers, and references to the culture that teens understand. The response from teens has been overwhelming as a new vision of life, love, and their unique call to greatness is articulated in never-before seen ways. A Middle School Edition is also available.

    To order, click here:  Theology of the Body