Our Catholic Faith: Living what we believe: This course offers a general overview of the Catholic faith as outlined by the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Because students enter Catholic high school with diverse catechetical instruction and formation experiences, a primary objective of this course is to get students up to speed early in their high school careers. Students are challenged to accept Jesus, commit themselves to him through the Church, and to live lives of loving service.
Jesus Christ: God’s Revelation to the World: This course introduces the story of salvation as it unfolds in both the Old Testament and New Testament. The text provides a thorough plan for reading and studying the Bible and gives students a general knowledge and appreciation of Sacred Scripture through which they encounter Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ: His Mission and Ministry: This course’s objectives include sharing what Christ reveals about God, uncovering the mystery of the Incarnation, learning about Jesus’ Miracles and how he called and challenged his disciples to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth and exploring how growing in discipleship with Jesus helps students live a better life.
Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments: Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments helps students recognize the living presence of God's Incarnate Son in the Seven Sacraments, especially in the Eucharist. Organized around three dimensions of the sacraments -- Understanding, Celebrating, and Grace -- the course unpacks the origins, rites, and effects of the Seven Sacraments.
This Is Our Church: A Study of Catholicism Within this Course, the historical context of the Christian message is delivered. While the focus of the course is historical, the method is both historical and ecclesiological. The text begins with the definition of Church, situating its meaning into three ecclesiological realities that Church is made up of: 1) Catholics who come together at the liturgy; (2) the local parish community, a fellowship of believers in Christ, and (3) the universal community of believers throughout the world.
Your Life in Christ: Foundations of Catholic Morality This portion of the course presents a comprehensive survey of Catholic morality that involves the quest to be responsible, both as individuals and communities.
Exploring the Religions of Our World This course allows students to build on their understanding and experience of the Catholic Christian faith by studying different religious traditions. The text begins with a study of Judeo-Christian history, practice, and tradition before expanding to the study of other less familiar religions including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shintoism. The text moves on to uncover a variety of religious traditions that sprang from America’s Protestant roots including Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, and the Church of Christ.
Each chapter begins with an introduction and connects each religion to a contemporary person, practice, or teaching. A brief history follows, including information on the founder and other major figures in each respective religion. Other sections include those on scripture or major writings, beliefs and practices, and sacred places and sacred times. Each chapter ends with a Catholic apologetic focus and includes a look at ecumenical or interreligious dialogue between the Catholic Church and each religion. Similarities and distinctions in doctrines, traditions, and practices are also explored.
Creating a Christian Lifestyle: Senior year is a pivotal moment in the life of teens, a time when young men and women are shaping their goals and hopes for the future and seeking spiritual guidance. Creating a Christian Lifestyle, a comprehensive one-semester course, addresses significant issues teens will face as they choose among the many life paths they may travel--single or married life, religious life, or ordained ministry. The text examines themes common to all those paths: identity and autonomy, love, communication, sexuality, friendship, creativity and learning, work, money and possessions, and suffering and healing. Students will understand and have methods of coping with the opportunities, challenges, and development tasks facing them in young adulthood. They will have a clearer understanding of four lifestyle paths-single life, married life, religious life and ordained ministry. Each student at ICHS will consider the development tasks of young adulthood and the four lifestyle paths, as well as examine lifestyle issues and choices the Gospel and Christian tradition.