There are some common threads woven throughout the Middle School Religion curriculum. Each class will take turns planning the whole-school, weekly Liturgies. They will actively participate with student readers, cantors, altar servers, gift bearers, etc. The students will be exposed to different types of prayer forms used by the Catholic Church. They will have daily classroom prayer time and will use a prayer journal. They will also explore Christian role-models by reading about the lives of the Saints. The students will use their gifts and talents to volunteer for Parish activities and to minister to those in need by performing service hours. These grades will also be involved in seasonal devotions and activities within the Church calendar.
In sixth grade we will focus on the books of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments. We will explore our call to holiness by studying the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, the Beatitudes, and the precepts of the Catholic Church.
In seventh grade we will study the New Testament especially each of the four Gospels and explore their unique literary styles. We will study the Catholic creeds and the Marks of the church. We will also study in depth, the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
In eighth grade we will study the major events and divisions in our church history. The students will practice moral decision making by using the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church. They will explore the impact these decisions have on self and others.
Teacher Bio: Rose Girard
I graduated from Villa Maria College with a BA degree in Elementary Education and have an Instructional II PA Certification. I have previously taught at St. Joseph School and Sacred Heart School with over 30 years experience in the Erie Diocese. I have volunteered in several parishes with the RCIA and CCD programs as well a Eucharistic Minister. I have also worked on the parish council and the Education Boards of various parishes. It brings me great pleasure to help our Middle School students make meaningful connections with everyday life and our Catholic Faith.