The goals of the Theology Department are to provide students with a greater understanding of the Catholic faith as well as to develop more fully their own spirituality and personal relationship with God.
Students develop ethical principles and moral values needed to be compassionate, caring members of society. Service to others and respect for the dignity of all people is woven throughout this curriculum. In addition to accumulating knowledge of the Catholic faith, students realize that their faith is reflected in the way they live their lives.
The students at Mercy CTE truly live out the charism of Catherine McAuley by their involvement in works of service. All students are required to complete at least 10 hours of community service over the course of the school year. Many of our students give more than the required hours.
The students study four years of theology and earn four credits:
- Grade 9: Scripture Course: Old Testament This course centers on a study of the Bible as the sacred writings of salvation history. Students trace the development of God’s relationship with humanity and the human response to this unconditional love. Freshmen year focuses on the texts from the Old Testament. Students study scripture stories to gain an understanding of God’s work in the world and what it means to be people of faith. Students are encouraged to see and understand the ways God continues to work in our world and their daily lives. The year ends with an introduction to the New Testament.
- Grade 10: Scripture Course: New Testament/Christology This course helps students understand all that God has done for humanity through his Son, Jesus Christ. God has planned, from all eternity, for human beings to share everlasting happiness with him. This is accomplished only through redemption in Christ. Students inquire about the meaning of being a disciple of Christ.
- Grade 11: Morality and Social Justice This course seeks to provide the student with an introduction to the fundamental principles of Catholic Moral and Social Justice teachings and the applications of those teachings to contemporary moral issues. This course focuses on developing decision making skills, keeping in line with Christian values and Catholic teaching. Christ is seen as the model for our own behavioral and moral development. Through Catholic Social Teaching, students are encouraged to treat all people with compassion, mercy, and dignity. Students also seek to recognize the many ways Christ is revealed in their daily lives.
- Grade 12: World Religions and Vocations In the first semester of this course, students will gain the basic knowledge of the world's major religions. With this knowledge, students will be able to engage, dialogue, and collaborate with people of different faith traditions. The second semester focuses on the topic of “Vocation”. While discovering and/or recognizing the unique gifts God has given each of them, students will discern how they can use these gifts to meet the needs of the Church and of the world. This topic is broken into three vocational choices: the single life, married life, and the consecrated religious life. Special emphasis is given to Catholic teachings on relationships, sacredness of human sexuality, genuine love, and the sacrament of marriage.
Supplementary to the Theology curriculum, opportunities are given to students to participate in activities coordinated by our School Minister.