Br. Matthew Scanlon, S.C.
Running outline for Brother Matt's freshman course, Catholicism - Periods 3, 4, 5
N.B. THE BEST WAY FOR PARENTS TO CONTACT BROTHER MATT IS THROUGH THE E-MAIL ADDRESS GIVEN HERE AT THIS ST. JOE'S SITE.
WELCOME, CLASS OF 2018! Ametur Cor Jesu!
"Catholicism" is a full year survey of the Catholic faith in her dogmas, apostolic service, sacraments, the Scriptures and life of prayer. No prior instruction in the Catholic faith is necessary for this course. We all begin this adventure together within the context of the St. Joseph High School community.
Thursday, August 28 - Very brief introduction to the course following the dictum of the patron of students and of Religious Studies, St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.-- "Grace builds on nature."
Tuesday, Sept. 2 - General introduction to the course...Filling out Religious Ed information cards.St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P...."Grace builds on nature."
Wed., Sept 3 - Assigned Reading
Thursday, Sept. 4 - Introductory notes on "Philosophy;" Course rationale taken from St. Augustine: "You have made us for Yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You." Hedonism, Nihilism, Communism and Christianity as philosophies.
Friday, Sept. 5 - Spirituality and Religion; The Communion of Saints: 1. We, the living, 2. The souls in purgatory and 3. Those in Heaven..
Monday, Sept. 8 - (The Nativity of Our Lady) Fleshing out of St. Augustine's quote about the theme of the "restless heart" or Springsteen's "hungry heart." St. Augustine's quote about our relationship with God: "You have made us for Yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You." ......Aquinas and grace building on nature....St. Anselm's definition of Theology: "Faith seeking understanding." The Cross of Jesus as a "recycled" symbol; Review for tomorrow's test on notes to date.
Tuesday, Sept. 9 - Test on introductory material. Text, "Introduction to Catholicism" is due EACH DAY HENCEFORTH! Spirituality and Religion;
Wednesday, Sept. 10 - (St. Nicholas of Tolentine, O.S.A.) Villanova University; Various popular philosophies: Hedonism, Nihilism, Christianity.
Thursday, Sept. 11 - Jesus' recycling of the cross as a symbol; Our lives patterned on the life of Jesus: Dying and Rising....Preparation for Sunday's Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; (College of Holy Cross)
Friday, Sept 12 (The Holy Name of Mary). - (The University of Notre Dame); Stages of faith development; Opening School Liturgy.
Monday, Sept. 15 - (Our Lady of Sorrows) Review of Introductory material for tomorrow's Intro Test 2.
Tuesday, Sept. 16 - Test on the course introductory material.
Wednesday, Sept. 17 - (St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J.) (St. Peter's University) Introduction of Chapter 1. Textbook ABSOLUTELY needed henceforth!
Thurs, Sept. 18 Faith development: The stages of : childhood faith; adolescent faith; adult faith and the levels on which faith develops: Mind; Heart; Soul; The call of St. Matthew, a role model for all of us.
Fri., Sept 19 - Review and Reflect questions at the end of Chapter 1.
Monday, Sept 22 - Presentation oo the reasons our faith seems to leave us when, perhaps, we need God the most: Human nature, Ourselves and God.
Tues., Sept 23 - Review for Chapter 1 Test.
Wed., Sept 24 - Chapter 1 Test
Thurs., Sept 25 - Intro to Chapter 2, Divine Revelation; Ways we come to know anything including God
Fri., Sept 26 - Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture;
N.B. The classes for Tues and Wed. needed to be interchanged because of the guest speaker's schedulr.
Wed., Oct. 1 - Guest speaker on "The Brothers of the Sacred Heart"
Tues., Sept 30 - (St. Therese of Lisieux, O.Carm, The Little Flower) The "Little Way" of St. Therese; Knowing God through: Reason, Experience and Believing another. The Roman Catholic approach (Sacred Tradition AND Sacred Scripture) and the Protestant approach (Sacred Scripture Alone);
Thurs., Oct. 2 - (The Guardian Angels)) The idea of doing good and disappearing akin to our guardian Angels; Test on Chapter 2 notes;
Fri., Oct. 3 - Freshman Cup; No Religion Class.
Mon., Oct. 6 - Completion of Review and Reflect exercises on Pages 28 and 29.
Tus., Oct. 7 - (Our Lady of the Rosary) - The Rosary; Review for tomorrow's Chapter 2 Test.
Wed., Oct. 8 - Chapter 2 Test.
Thurs., Oct. 9 - Chapter 3, The Old Testament; Literalists vs. Contextualists; The bible as a libray of books
Fri., Oct 10 - Creation and Decreation (Sin); the 3 criteria necessary for a sin to be mortal;
Tues., Oct 14 - (Liturgy Schedule) Original Sin; The results of the first sin on the world today;
Thurs. Oct. 16 - (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, VHM) - Test of Part 1, Chapter 3.: St. Margaret Mary's contribution to the understanding of the Sacred Heart of Jesus;
Fri., Oct. 17 - Review and Reflect questions at the end of Chapter 3
Mon., Oct. 27 - Test on the focus of each of the 4 evangelists and on the symbolic value of each of the 3 gifts brought by the Maji
Tues., Oct 28 - Intro to film, "The Mighty Macs"
Wed., Oct 29 - Film, "The Mighty Macs"
Thurs., Oct. 30 - Film, "The Mighty Macs"
Fri., Oct. 31 - All Hallows Eve; All Saints; All Souls
Mon., Nov. 3 - (Brother St. Martin de Porres, O.P.) - Beloved biracial saint of the Americas and one of the few canonized religious brothers; prep for liturgy
Tues., Nov. 4 - Review for Chapter 4 test.
Wed., Nov. 5 - Chapter 4 test.
Thurs., Nov. 6 - Intro to Chapter 5; Images of God both male and female; God as father
Fri., Nov. 7 - The Trinity; The "roles" of the 3 persons; The importance of forming
healthy images for God; God-talk
Mon., Nov. 10 - (Pope St. Leo the Great) - "Realize, O man, your sublime dignity. You ARE what God BECAME when the Word was made flesh!" -Pope St. Leo; healthy and unhealthy God-talk
Tues., Nov. 11 - Test on Part 1 of Chapter 5.
Wed., Nov. 12 - Review and Reflect questions at the end of Chapter 5.
Thurs., Nov. 13 - Discuss the Reflect questions in view of healthy God-talk.
Fri., Nov. 14 - Scripture Journal for Chapter 5.
Mon., Nov. 17 - Review for Chapter 5 Test
Tues., Nov. 18 - Chapter Test
Wed., Nov. 19 - Preparation for tomorrow's input from Guidance on suicide.
Thurs., Nov. 20 - Mr. Youpa from Guidance film and presentation on suicide.
Fri., Nov. 21 - (Presentation of Mary) - The Holy Family following the Jewish Law and customs of their time. Sunday's end of the Liturgical Year, the Feast of Christ the King.
Mon., Nov. 22 - Film on Monasticism as part of our observance of the Year of Consecrated Life.
Tues., Nov. 23 - Finish film on Monasticism and prepare for Sunday as the First Sunday of Advent.
Mon., Sept. 23 - Test on the stages of faith development and on the call of St. Matthew.
Tues., Sept 24 - Presentation on the reasons our faith seems to leave us at times: Human Nature; Ourselves and God.
Wed., Sept. 25 - Test on the levels of faith development and on the reasons for our faith not seeming to be there when we need it.
Thurs., Sept 26 -
Fri., Sept 27 - ( St. Vincent de Paul, C.M.) The history of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
Mon. Sept 30 - No Classes.
Tues. Oct. 1 - St. Francis and the rise of the Mendicant Orders: Franciscan, Dominican, Augustinian, Carmelite and Servite; Ways of knowing God; Scripture/Tradition.
Wed. Oct. 2 - Chapter Review and Reflect questions.
Thurs. Oct 3 - Test on Chapter 1
Fri. Oct 4 - Freshman Cup
Mon. Oct 7 - (Our Lady of the Rosary) - Intro to Chapter 2
Tues. Oct. 9 - Inerrancy; Scripture AND Tradition; Ways of learning about anything....about God.
Wed. Oct 10 - Test, Part 1 of Chapter 2
Thurs. Oct 11 - Father James
Fri. Oct 12 - Review and Reflect questions at the end of Chapter 2
Tues, Oct. 15 - (St. Teresa of Avila) - Contextualists vs. Fundamentalists; Two creations accounts; Finish Review and Reflect questions for Chapter 2
Wed. Oct 16 - (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, VHM) Standardized Testing Day, no class.
Thurs. Oct 17 -
Fri Oct 18 - Review for chapter 2 test to date on Tuesday next.
Mon. Oct 21 - No classes
Tues. Oct 22 - Test on Chapter 2.
Wed. Oct 23 - Bible Journal
Thurs. Oct 24 -
Fri. Oct 25 - Introductory material to Chapter 3
Mon. Oct 28 - Film, "The Mighty Macs"
Tues Oct. 29 - "The Mighty Macs" continues.
Wed. Oct. 30 - Finish "The Mighty Macs."
Thurs. Oct. 31
Fri. Nov 1 - All Saints Day Liturgy; All Saints/All Souls: The Communion of Saints; The 3 things necessary for a sin to be mortal; The 3 results of the first sin
Mon. Nov 4 - Review for tomorrow's test. Finish "The Mighty Macs"
Tues. Nov 5- Test on part 1 of Chapter 3
Wed. Nov. 6 - The communion of saints; Pope St. Leo the Great: "Caro cardo salutis." The importance of the body in salvation. "God-talk, images of God" Metaphors and similes for God in the Old and New Testaments.
Thurs. Nov 7 -
Fri. Nov 8 - Chapter 3 test
Mon., Nov 11 - Veterans Day, The main idea of each of the evangelists
Tues., Nov 12 - The gifts and the meaning of the 3 Kings...symbol of church moving beyond The Jews
Wed. Nov. 14 - Test on Chapter 4 to date.
Thurs. Nov 15 - Speaker from the Guidance Dept. in each class....full period.
Fri. Nov.l6 - Completion of Review and Reflect questions at the end of chapter 4
Mon. Nov. 18- Review for Chapter 4Test.
Nov. 19 - Chapter 4 Test.
Wed., Nov. 20 - The many forms of "thanksgiving"....the eucharist
Thurs. Nov 21 - The Trinity
Fri, Nov. 22 - Scripture Journal,
Mon., Nov. 25 - Notes on "God Talk"
- Images of God in the Old Testament.
- Jesus' proclamation of God as "Father."
- Jesus' miracles as proclaiming the Messiah and the kingdom of God.
- The tension between the "already" and the "not yet" in the realization of the kingdom of God.........THY KINGDOM COME!
Mon, Dec. 2 - God's presence in the world; God's relation to the world; The roles of each person in the Blessed Trinity.
Tues. Dec. 3 - Scripture Journal
Wed., Dec 4 - Test, part I of Chapter 5
Thurs., Dec. 5 - Review questions for Chapter 5
Fri., Dec. 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas; Consideration of the "Reflect" questions for Chapter 5.
Mon., Dec. 9 - "ICHTHYS" the four major "titles" of Jesus; The two natures, the hypostatic union.
Tues., Dec. 10 - Test on Chapter 5
Wed. Dec. 11 - "Son of God" as used in the Old and New Testaments; Logos Theology
Thurs.., Dec. 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Test on part I of Chapter 6
Fri., Dec. 13 - Feast of St. Lucy, a major Christmas pointer! Review Questions at the end of Chapter 6
Friday, Dec 14 - Chapter 6 Test
Monday, Dec. 16 - Presentation of Rumer Godden's "Black Narcissus"
Tuesday, Dec. 17 - "Black Narcissus" continued...postponed to Jan. 3
Wednesday, Dec. 18 - Finish "Black Narcissus" and review for test.
Thursday, Dec. 20 - Test on the film, "Black Narcissus"
Friday, Dec. 21 - Reflection on Pope St. Leo the Great's quote: "Remember, man, your sublime dignity. You ARE what God BECAME when the Word was made flesh." The wonder of the Incarnation.
Wed., Jan. 2 - Review for test on "Black Narcissus"
Thurs., Jan 3 - Test on "Black Narcissus"
Fri., Jan 4 - Intro to Chapter 7, The Holy Spirit
Mon., Jan. 7 - The Holy Spirit, Romans 8; The Sanctifier
Tues., Jan 8 - Intensive reading pages 92 - 98
Wed., Jan. 9 - Completion of Review and Reflect questions on pages 98 and 99.
Thurs, Jan. 10 .- Review for Midterm and for Chapter 7 test.
Fri., Jan. 11 - Midterm review.
Mon., Jan. 14 - Midterm Review
Tues., Jan. 22 - Review "The Holy Spirit."
Wed., Jan 23 - Snow Day
Thurs., - Father James on the Holy Spirit
Fri., Jan 24 - Review Questions
Mon., Jan. 27 - Test - Part 1, Chapter 7
Tues., Jan. 28 - St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P. - St Thomas, patron of students, teachers and theologians;
WedJan 29 - Review for Chapter Test
Thurs Jan 30 Chapter 7 Test...postponed to Wed., Feb 7
Fri Jan. 31 - The roots of the US parochial school system
Mon., Feb 3 Feast of St. Claudine Thevenet, R.J.M.
Tues.Feb 4 - Models of the Church...(POSTPONED)
Wed., Feb 5 - Models of the Church
Thurs., Feb 6 .-Review for Chapter 7 test (Postponed due to Frosh Registration)
Fri., Feb 7 - Review for Chapter 7 Test
Mon., Feb 10 - St. Scholastica, OSB and Benedictine Monasticism....Chapter 7 Test
Tues., Feb. 11 - (Our Lady of Lourdes/Day of Healing) - The 4 marks or distinguishing characteristics of the Catholic Church.
Wed., Feb. 12 - Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ and his "Models of the Church."
Thurs., Feb. 13 - Test on Part 1 of Chapter 8; The admixture of the human and the divine in the Catholic Church.
Fri., Feb. 14 - (St. Valentine's Day) - Scripture Journal
Mon. Feb 24 - Completion of Chapter 8 Review and Reflect questions at the end of the chapter.
Tues., Feb 25 - (Collection of hard copy Registration Forms!) - Review for Chapter 8 Test.
Wed., Feb 26 - Chapter 8 Test
Thurs. Feb 27 - Intro to Chapter 9, The Sacraments; Traditional definition of a sacrament in three parts.
Fri., Feb. 28 - The Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation
Mon., March 3 - Test on part 1 of Chapter 9.
Tues., March 4 - Part 1 of Chapter 9 test - Lent beginning with tomorrow's Ash Wednesday.
Wed., March 5 - Ash Wednesday - Review of Chapter 9 for tomorrow's test.
Thursday., March 6 -
Fri, March 7 - Chapter 9 Test
Mon., March 10 - Intro to film of Rumer Godden's "Black Narcissus" and beginning of the film
Tues., March 11 - "Black Narcissus" continued
Wed., March 12 - "Black Narcissus" continued
Thurs., March 13 - "Black Narcissus" concludes with review of plot and literary techniques. No test on "Black Narcissus"
Fri., March 14 - Chapter 10, Baptism.
Mon., March 17 - (St. Patrick) Chapter 10 concludes with chapter review questions and prep for tomorrow.s Chapter 10 Test; St. Patrick
Tues., March 18 - (St. Cyril of Jerusalem) Chapter 10 Test.
Wed., March 19 - (St. Joseph) - The role of St. Joseph in the history of salvation; St. Joseph as patron of the Universal Church; patron of a "good" death; patron of workers; patron of men.
Thurs., March 20 - Intro notes on Chapter 11, Confirmation.
Fri., March 21 - Intensive reading of Chapter 11; Confirmation as a rite of maturity in our religious responsibilities, graces of Confirmation.
Mon., March 24 - Chapter 11 continued; Review and Reflect questions at the end of the chapter.
Tues., March 25 - (The Annunciation) The role of Mary in salvation history; Mary's "Yes!"
Review for Chapter ll test.
Wed., March 26 - Chapter ll Test.
Thurs., March 27 - Intro to Chapter 12
Fri., March 28 - Intensive reading of Chapter 12.
Mon., March 31 - Notes on different liturgies...The Mass
Tues., April 1 - Liturgy of Word/Eucharist;
Wed., Apr. 2 - Test, Part 1 of Chapter 12
Thurs., Apr. 3 - Wrap up on the Eucharist; The Eucharist and forgiveness of sins; Prayer at Communion
Fri., Apr. 4 - Scripture Journal, Chapter 12
Mon., Apr. 7 - Chapter 12 Reflect questions.
Tues., Apr. 8 - Chapter 12 Scripture Journal continued.
Wed., Apr. 9 - Intro to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; Review of ingredients for the commission of a serious sin.
Thurs., Apr. 10 -
Fri., Apr. 11 - No classes
Mon., Apr. 14 - Review for Chapt 13 test, Part 1
Tues., Apr. 15 - Chapter Test, Part 1
Wed., Apr. 16 - (Spy Wednesday) - A human and theological look at Judas and Peter
Thurs., Apr 17 - Fr. Ron Rolheiser, O.M. I. film on the Resurrection.
Mon., Apr. 28 - Review Chapter 13 for tomorrow's chapter test.
Tues., Apr 29 - Chapter 13 Test
Wed., Apr. 30 - The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Thurs., May 1 - (St. Joseph the Worker) Who should be anointed? Responsibility for ill loved ones especially when hospitalized.
Fri., May 2 - Introduction to the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Mon., May - 5 - The Chapter 14 test is postponed to Tues., May 6.
Tues., May 6 - Chapter Test
Wed., May 7 - Finish Sacrament of Matrimony; Introduce Sacrament of Holy Orders
Thurs., May 8 - Sacrament of Holy Orders; The Evangelical Counsels - Religious Life; Religious Orders/Congregations
Friday, May 9 - Test on Chapter 16
Monday, May 12 - Review and Reflect questions at end of Chapter 16.
Tuesday, May 13 - End-of-year project on the Corporal Works of Mercy explained
Wed., May 14 - Freshmen Spirituality Day
Thurs.., May 15 - The 3 kinds of Prayer; Prayer as relating to God; Prayer of Examen
Mon, May 19 - Meditation, Contemplation and Shared Prayer
Tues., May 20 - Test on Chapter 17
Wed., May 21 - Oprah Winfrey segment on the rise of the Dominican Sisters of Nashville with discussion
Thurs., May 22 - Open forum on priesthood and religious life.
Tues., May 27 - (St. Augustine of Canterbury) The film, "Trappist" to help understand the nature of "call" to religious life and the many, many possibilities therein; Final Project is due tomorrow!
Wed., May 28 - Intro and screening of Maxwell Anderson's "The Bad Seed"
Ascension Thursday - "The Bad Seed" continues.
Fri., May 29 - Conclusion and discussion of "The Bad Seed"
Mon., June 2 - Concluding discussion on "Catholicism"
Tues., June 3 - The benefits and concerns of summertime, the virtue of Prudence revisited.
Wed., June 4 - Wrap up; The spiritual opportunities of summertime; Prudence!
Wed, Feb. 12 - The sacraments of healing and of service
Thurs., Feb 13 - Chapter Test
Fri., - Feb. 14 St. Valentine.....Necessity of symbols to express love..
Mon., Feb. 25 - Intro to Chapter 11, Confirmation
Tues., Feb. 26 - Material and effects of the sacrament
Wed. Feb 27 - Test on Chapter 11 to date.
Thurs. Feb. 28 - Completion of Review and Reflect questions at end of Chapter 11 as preparation for tomorrow's Chapter 11 test.
Fri., March 1 - Chapter Test
Mon., March 4 - Introduction to Chapter 12, The Eucharist
Tues., March 5 - The sacrament of sacraments; frequent communion; the 2 parts of the Mass.
Wed., March 6 - Review and Reflect questons at the end of Chapter 12 (p. 161)
Thurs., March 7 - Chapter 12 Test
Fri., March 8 - Rev. Robert Baron's film "Catholicism, part 1 (Discussion on Mass took precedence.)
Mon., March 11 - Intro to film series, "Catholicsm."
Tues., March 12 - Thurs., March 14 - Presentation and notes on segments of Baron's "Catholicism.
Fri., March 15 - Test is cancelled due to time taken by discussion/preparation of the election of His Holiness Pope Francis, S.J.
Mon., March 18 - Intro to film, "The Mighty Macs" and begin the screening.
Tues., March 19 - Feast of St. Joseph - St. Joseph; continue screening "The Mighty Macs"
Wed., March 20 - Presentation on Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, O.C.D. in preparation for the presentation by the Holocaust Survivor at school assembly.
Thurs., March 21 - Discussion on Holocaust; Finish "The Mighty Macs"
Friday - March 22 - Wrap up on "The Mighty Macs" and the virtues exemplified by the coach, players and the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Monday - April 8 - (The Annunciation) Introduction of Chapter on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Forgiveness as part of healthy living; forgiveness as a divine imperative
Tuesday - Apr 9 - St. Augustine as a model of conversion; Jesus forgiving sinners; Jesus and the self-righteous; Conscience and the virtue of Prudence
Wed - Apr 10 - Sin, mortal and venial; The criteria for a sin to be considered serious or mortal
Thurs - Apr 11 - (St. Stanislaus, Martyr) - Test on Chapter 13 to date.
Fri - Apr 12 - Examination of Conscience; Contrition; Confession; Satisfaction (Making Amends); The Prodigal Son/The Forgiving Parent
Mon. - Apr. 15 - Review for tomorrow's Chapter 13 test.
Tues. - Apr. 16 - Chapter 13 test
Wed. - Apr 17 - Life situations calling for the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
Thurs. Apr. 18 - The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick as another family responsibility for the family of an infirm person;
Fri., Apr 19 - Test on the first half of Chapter 14; My own experiences of having received the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Mon., Apr. 22 - Review and Reflect questions at the end of Chapter 14 in preparation for tomorrow's Chapter test.
Tues., Apr. 23 - Chapter 14 Test.
Wed. - Apr. 24 - The Sacrament of Matrimony
Thurs. - Apr. 25 - The "Cana Movement" The 4 preparatory steps prior to marriage; The 4 stages of the average marriage;
Fri., - Apr 26 - Test on the 4 steps and the 4 stages from Thursday.
Mon. - Apr -29 S.Catherine of Siena, O.P. and her ministry at Avignon; Missionary to the Papacy
Tues. - Pope St. Pius V, O.P. - Holy Orders; Celibacy; The diocesan and religious priesthood; The Ordinary and his diocese; Diocese of Metuchen
Wed. - May 1 - St. Joseph the Worker; The evangelical counsels; The brother of the Sacred Heart
Thurs., May 2 - Intensive reading of text pages 206 to 210; Review questions on pages 210 and 211.
Fri., - May 3 - Chapter 16 test.
Mon - May 6 - Chapter 17, Prayer; Prayer like human communication; Jesus at prayer
Tues - May 7 - Prayer like riding a bike.....practice makes perfect; 4 reasons for prayer;
2 attitudes to bring to prayer.
Wed - May 8 - Chapter Review and Reflect questions in prep for tomorrow's chapter test.
Thurs - Ascension Thursday - Chapter 17 test.
See HOMEWORK section for explanation of FINAL PROJECT due on 5/30. That FINAL EXAM project may be handed in any time prior to May 30.
Mon. Nov. 26 - Intro, "America's Heart and Soul" - Film
Tues. Nov 27- (St. Cecilia) - Continue "America's Heart and Soul."
Wed. Nov 28 Image of God the Son; Titles of Jesus
Thurs. Nov 29 " Jesus tells us what it means to be God and also what it means to be fully human; YAHWEH
Fri., Nov. 30 Test on first half of Chapter 5.
Thurs Dec. 1 - Chapter Review and Reflect questions
Fri Dec 2 - Chapter 6 Test.
Mon. Dec. 5 - Introduction to Chapter 7, The Holy Spirit; Confirmation; The Holy Spirit as a source of power for daily living and also for extraordinary times.
Tues. Dec 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas - From St. Nicholas to Santa Claus; The gifts of the Holy Spirit; The apostles' exodus from fear through the power of the Holy Spirit
Wed. Dec. 7 - Chapter Review and Reflect questions
Thurs Dec 8 - The Immaculate Conception; Pentecost as the birthday of the church;
Friday Dec 9 - Scripture Journal
Monday, Dec. 12 (Our Lady of Guadalupe) - Our Lady's preferential option for the poor; The Church as the sacrament of the encounter with God
Tuesday, Dec. 13 (St. Lucy) - The Review and Reflect questions at the end of Chapter 5.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 - Avery Cardinal Dulles,SJ and the "Marks of the Church"
Thursday, Dec. 15 - Father James
Mon., Jan 6 - (Traditional Feast of the Three Kings)
Tues., Jan 7., - Chapter 6 Review and Reflect questions
Wed. Jan 8., - Review for Chapter 6 Test
Thurs., Jan 9. - Chapter 6 Test
Fri., Jan. 10 - Review for Midterm.
Mon., Jan 13 - Midterm Review
Mon., Jan. 16 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday, Jan 17 through Friday, Jan. 20 is Midterm Exam week.
Monday, Jan. 23 - Film of Maxwell Anderson"s "The Bad Seed"
Tuesday, Jan 24 - Finish "The Bad Seed."
Wed., Jan 25 - Introduction to Chapter 9, Liturgy.
Thurs., Jan 26 - Definition of a sacrament and presentation on the 7 Sacraments.
Friday, Test on the introduction to Chapter 9.
Mon., Jan. 30 - Review and Reflect questions on text pp 124 an 125
Tues. Jan 31 - Different kinds of liturgies; The Divine Office; Reasons for prayer
Wed. Feb. 1 - Review for chapter test.
Thurs., Feb 2 - Chapter Test
Fri. - (St. Claudine Thevenet, R.J.M.) - The spirituality of Andre Coindre and of the founder of our sister congregation, St. Claudine Thevenet, R.J.M. Liturgy
Mon., Feb. 6 - Registration materials for next year's classes will be distributed; Notes to be given on the sacrament of Baptism.
Tues., Feb. 7 - Test on notes on Baptism.
Wed., Feb. 8 - The matter and form of the sacrament; Baptism of desire and Baptism of blood; Baptizing in emergency (a Lay Person acting as minister)
Thurs., Feb. 9 - Review for Chapter test and completion of Review and Reflect exercises at the end of Chapter 10.
Fri., Feb. 10 - (St. Scholastica, O.S.B.) - Chapter 10 test.
Mon., Feb. 13 - Intro to Confirmation
Tues., Feb. 14 - The importance of symbols in Confirmation and the other sacraments,-Valentine's Day as a day steeped in symbols.
Wed., Feb. 15 - Reflect and Review questions at the end of Chapter 11
Thurs., Feb. 16 - Chapter 11 Test
Fri., Feb 17 - Ash Wednesday and the liturgical season of Lent
Mon., Feb. 27 - (Collection of Registration forms for next year's classes) Introduction to Chapter 12, the Eucharist; The sacrament of sacraments; The two major parts of the Mass
Tues., Feb 28 - Intensive reading, text pages 156 -161; Review of the new translation for Mass.
Wed., Feb 29 - Review and Reflect questions at the end of Chapter 12.
Thurs., March 1 - Chapter 12 Test
Mon., March 5 - Begin the Sacrament of Penance; The reality of sin; Sin: mortal and venial
Tues., March 6 - Luke 15, The Prodigal Son as a parallel to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Wed., March 7 - Review and Reflect questions at the end of Chapter 13.
Thurs., March 8 - The 3 criteria necesaary for a sin to be "mortal." Examination of conscience prior to Confession and as a daily exercise.
Fri., March 9 - Perfect and Imperfect contrition; Satisfaction for sin; Firm purpose of amending one's life; Review for Monday's Chapter 13 test.
Mon., March 12 - Chapter 13 Test.
Tues., March 13 - Introduction to the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. St. Joseph, patron of a "good" death.
Wed., March 14 - Who should be anointed? Effects of the Sacrament of Anointing; Viaticum.
Thurs., March 15 - Special class for all freshmen from our Guidance Dept.
Fri., March 16 - Test on Part l of Anointing of the Sick.
Tues., March 20 - Intro to film of the play, "The Trip to Bountiful" by Horton Foote.
Wed., March 21 - Scriture Search
Thurs., March 22 - Film, "The Trip to Bountiful"
Fri., March 23 - Film "The Trip to Bountiful"
Mon., March 26 - End of film and wrap up discussion of Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful."
Tues., March 27 - Introduction to Holy Orders and Religious Life.
Wed., March 28 - Role of Bishops, Priests and Deacons; The evangelical counsels: Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.
Thurs., March 29 - Test on Holy Orders and Religious Life.
Fri., March 30 - No classes
Mon, April 2 - Review and Reflect questions at the end of Chapter 15.
Tues., April 3 - Chapter 16 and the Easter Triduum
Wed., April 4 - "Spy Wednesday" Liturgy
Mon., April 16 - In class reading of Chapter 16
Tues., April 17 - Ecclesiastical geography and canonical diocesan departments
Wed., April 18 - Review questions at end of Chapter 16 and prep for Chapter test.
Thurs., April 19 - Chapter 16 Test
Fri., April 20 - Intro to Chapter 17, different sytles (choices) of prayer
Mon., April 23 - Meditation and Contemplation; Adoration, Contrition Thanksgiving and Supplication as motives for prayer.
Tues., Apr 24 - Test on Prayer
Wed., Apr 25 - Into to Catholic morality; Responsibility to God, self and to others.
Thurs., Apr 26 - Screening of "The Mighty Macs"
Fri., Apr 27 - Screening of "The Mighty Macs"
Mon., Apr. 30 - Catholic Morality, the culture of life.
Tues., May 1 - Review and Reflect questions on pages 236 and 237. (Br. Matt at Diocesan Respect Life Mass and luncheon)
Wed., May 2 - The stages of moral development and review for chapter test.
Thurs., May 3 - Chapter 18 test.
Fri., May 4 - The 10 Commandments: 1-3 dealing with our relationship with God and 4-10 dealing with our relationships with others. Commandments 1 - 3.
Mon., May 7 - The idols of today: sex, power, money, unhealthy friendships/relationships; Superstition and spiritism.
Tues., May 8 - Sunday observance; Setting life priorities; Scandal; Review for test
Wed., May 9 - Test on Chapter 19 to-date.
Mon., May 14 - Intro to the fifth, sixth and seventh commandments. Abortion; Euthanasia and Capital Punishment.
Tuesday, May 15 - Stealing in all its forms; Cheating; Theft of services; Embezzlement
Wed., May 16 - Freshman Spirituality Day
Thurs., May 17 - (Ascension Thursday) Review and Reflect questions at end of Chapter 20 as a review for tomorrow's chapter test.
Fri., May 18 - Chapter 20 test.
Wed., May 23 - Discussion on Our Lady and the Saints using Chapter 23 as a springboard.
Thurs., May 24 - Last test on Chapter 23 and preparation for the feast of Pentecost.
Tues., May 29 - Part I, Review for Final Exam.
Wed., May 30 - Part II, Review for Final Exam
Thurs., May 31 - (Feast of the Visitation) Part III, Review for Final Exam
Fri., June 1 - Final lecture on Catholicism and on the use of summertime!
Wednesday, March 23 - Guest Speaker from our Guidance Dept.
Thursday, March 24 - Guest Speaker from our Guidance Dept.
Friday, March 25 - Feast of the Annunciation - Intro to Chapter 13
Tuesday, March 29 - Reconciliation as a human and Christian imperative; The sacrament; Examination of Conscience
Wed., March 30 - Venial and Mortal Sin; Criteria for a sin to be "mortal;" Mortal Sin as a lifestyle
Thurs., March 31 - Test on the first part of Chapter 13
Fri,. April 1 - Luke 15, "The Prodigal Son;" Review and Reflect questions at the end of the chapter.
Monday, April 4 - Review for Chapter 13 Test
Tuesday, April 5 - Chapter 13 Test
Wednesday, April 6 - Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Thursday, April 7 - Holy Orders: Religious and Secular Priests; Bishop as Ordinary and as Auxiliary; Role of Cardinal
Friday, April 8 - Test on Anointing of the Sick and on Holy Orders to date
Monday, April 11 - Holy Orders: Religious and Secular Priests; Bishop as Ordinary; Bishop as Auxiliary; Role of Cardinals under the age of 80
Tuesday, April 12 - The Magisterium; The Papacy; Infallibility;
Wednesday, April 13 - Review and Reflect questions at end of Chapter 15 as Review for tomorrow's Chapter test.
Thursday, April 14 - Chapter 16 Test
Monday, April 18 - Introduction to Chapter 17, Prayer; Prayer as articulation of our relationship with God, self and neighbor; Read pages 216 - 219
Tuesday, April 19 - Jesus as the paradigm for our prayer life; kinds of prayer; reasons for prayer; Text pages 219 - 222
Wednesday, April 20 - (Spy Wednesday) The role of Judas in the Passion; The Sacred Triduum; Easter
Monday, May 2 - Meditation, Conversing with God, Contemplation; Required virtues for prayer: Humility and Perseverance
Tuesday, May 3 - Prayer as: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving and Supplication (ACTS); Review of Chapter 17
Wednesday, May 4 - Chapter 17 Test
Thursday, May 5 - Stages of moral development: Deuteronomy 30:19 as foundational for a Catholic's stance towards always choosing LIFE,- Blessed Pope John Paul II and the Culture of Life vs. the Culture of Death.
Friday, May 6 - Test on the Culture of Life (Moved to Monday)
Monday, May 9 - Test on the Culture of Life/Morality
Tuesday, May 10 - The 10 Commandments; Obligations (Response) towards God; Obligations towards neighbor
Wednesday, May 11 - The first 3 Commandments
Thursday, May 12 - Review questions at end of Chapter 19 as preparation for tomorrow's chapter test.
Friday, May 13 - Discussion of "Reflect" questions at the end of Chapter 19 and review for Monday's chapter test.
Monday, May 16 - Chapter 19 Test
Tuesday, May 17 - 4th Commandment; Respecting parental and civil authority; 5th Commandment; Capital Punishment; Euthanasia; Drugs including Alcohol;
Wednesday, May 18 - Freshman Spirituality Day
Thursday, May 19 - 6th and 9th Commandments; 7th and 10th Commandments;
Review for test
Friday, May 20 - Chapter 22 Test
Monday, May 23 - Intro material for Chapter 23
Tuesday, May 24 - Scripture Journal (Br. Matt at Jury Duty)
Wednesday, May 25 - The Last Things: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory
Thursday, May 26 - Quiz on the Last Things
Tuesday, May 31 - (Feast of the Visitation) - Review for Final Exam
Wednesday, June 1 - Review for Final Exam and the Spirituality of the Sacred Heart
Thursday, June 2 - Ascension Thursday Mass and Review for Final Exam
Friday, June 3 - Review for Final Exam and Summertime Exhortations
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