Kindergartners learn a contemporary and realistic vision of Jesus Christ in the world today. They learn about ways that we express our faith and that faith leads us to good actions such as service to others. Students of different faith traditions are encouraged to share information about their celebrations and beliefs.

Course Content

  • God loves me- our talents, gifts and senses
  • I love God and others-respect for all people
  • Church Celebrations – holy days, the Christmas story, Easter
  • Care for others – being a part of service to others


  • Making cards for residents of a local nursing home
  • Participation in the school canned food drive

First Grade

The focus of religion in first grade is learning to love ourselves, our families and neighbors and all that god has created. Children of other faith traditions are encouraged to share information about their beliefs and celebrations.

Course Content

  • Scripture and Gospel stories for each week's liturgies
  • God loves us
  • God loves the Earth and the animals
  • Liturgical Calendar
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Prayers-Our Father, Hail Mary
  • Accepting all people


  • Service project with the primary grades
  • Breakfast in Bethlehem-acting out the Christmas story

Second Grade

As a Catholic school the religion program in second grade helps students to learn about God our Creator and Jesus, His Son, who calls us to love others. Students in second grade attend Mass or a prayer service once per week along with the students in third third and fourth grades. The are also included in whole school liturgies. Students of other faith traditions participate in all religion classes and activities and are always encouraged to share what their faith teaches.

Course Content

  • Liturgical Calendar
  • Season of Advent and the Jesse Tree
  • Season of Christmas and the Epiphany
  • Reconciliation and the sacrament of Penance
  • Lent-following Jesus and making good choices
  • Preparation for First Eucharist
  • May the month of Mary and praying the rosary


  • Halloween Carols at the nursing home
  • Christmas cards and Valentines for residents of a nursing home
  • First Eucharist banners
  • Upper Room Dinner – Seder Supper

Third Grade

Students read and discuss the Gospel and the readings for the liturgy each week. The focus of the curriculum is a celebration of what we believe as Catholics. Students of different faith traditions are encouraged to share their beliefs and traditions.

Course Content

  • Celebrating our faith
  • God our Father who is always with us
  • Jesus, His Son
  • The Good News
  • Following Jesus as the disciples did
  • Saints
  • Advent-a time of prayer and reflection
  • St. Paul’s work
  • Sacraments
  • The 10 Commandments
  • Lenten Season and stewardship
  • Mary and the rosary


  • The lives of the saints are discussed and acted out as each student picks a saint to represent at the Wax Museum of the Saints presented at the beginning of November.

Fourth Grade

Students learn about making good choices, forgiveness and treating others the way that Jesus would want us to treat others. Students of other faith traditions are encouraged to share the beliefs and traditions of their faith.

  • Discussion of the Ten Commandments
  • Making choices
  • Reconciliation the sacrament and preparation to receive the sacrament
  • The Mysteries of the Rosary
  • Liturgical Calendar
  • Season of Advent
  • The sacraments
  • The Works of Mercy
  • Season of Lent
  • The Stations of the Cross
  • Holy Week and Easter
  • The Beatitudes and the Apostles Creed
  • The story of Creation


  • Receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Drawing the Stations of the Cross for an outdoor posting

Fifth Grade

Students from all faiths are encouraged to share the beliefs and practices of their faith traditions during religion class. The sharing of information from other faith traditions enriches all students.

Course Content

  • Study of the saints
  • Discussion of the concepts of God as Creator and Father, Jesus the son of God
  • Season of Advent
  • Season of Christmas
  • Parts of the Mass
  • The sacraments
  • Living like Jesus
  • Moral decisions


  • Creation Booklets
  • Beatitudes Posters
  • Parts of the Mass Book
  • Sacrament Power Points

Sixth Grade

This class focuses on learning from the scriptures and the Old Testament and making choices that Jesus would want us to make. Students from other faith traditions are encouraged to share their beliefs and practices so that the similarities and differences may be recognized and celebrated.

Course Content

  • The Old Testament
  • The Eucharist
  • Passover
  • The Psalms
  • Marks of the Church
  • Mission of the Church
  • Liturgical Year-Season of Advent, Season of Christmas, Lenten Season, Easter Season
  • Sacraments
  • Prayers and practice of the Catholic faith
  • Comparative Religions -Islamic religion and Jewish religion
  • Theological virtues and Works of Mercy


  • Love in a Box- gifts for residents of a nursing home
  • Visit to the Cathedral and the Plum St. Temple

Seventh Grade

Seventh graders focus on understanding the Gospel and the teachings of the Catholic Church as they move through the year towards receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. Students of different faith traditions are encouraged to share their beliefs with the class.

Course Content

  • Liturgical Year
  • Jesus as Messiah, Jesus as Son of God
  • Prayer
  • Confirmation Preparation
  • Mary and the saints
  • Christian service
  • Gifts of the Spirit
  • Eucharistic Liturgy
  • Contrition and forgiveness
  • Peace and justice
  • Introduction to the Bible – Old Testament, New Testament, Readings
  • Study of the life of Christ
  • Sacraments


  • Meditation
  • Question Box
  • Project H.O.P.E- service to others

Eighth Grade

Understanding the Catholic church so that students learn to be an active, functioning member of the church is the focus of eighth grade religion classes. Students of different faith traditions are encouraged to share the beliefs and traditions of their faith.

  • Liturgical Year
  • Discussion of faith and discipleship
  • Mary and the saints
  • The life of Christ
  • The Church as the Body of Christ
  • Sacraments
  • Acts of the Apostles
  • Moral virtues
  • Ecumenism
  • Letters of the Apostles
  • Church history-Age of Persecution, Era of Constantine, Fall of the Roman Empire
  • The Reformation and the modern Church
  • Peace and Justice Issues
  • Prayer and scripture
  • Forgiveness, leadership and commitment


  • Meditation each week
  • Question box
  • Project H.O.P.E.-service to others

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