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Theology Program of Studies

Junior High Grade 7 & Grade 8:  Introduction to Catholicism

Shawe Junior High religious studies explore the basic tenets of the faith in a course titled Introduction to Catholicism.  The curriculum explains what it means to be Catholic.  The following topics are covered over two years:

• Church

• Prayer

• Holiness

• The Trinity

• The Blessed Virgin Mary

• Sacred Scripture / The Old and New Testaments

• The Ten Commandments – A study of each

• The Sacraments – A study of each

• The Rosary & Mysteries of the Rosary

• The Saints



Grade 9 - 1st Semester:  The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture

The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course they will learn about the Bible, authored by God, through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. If they have not been taught this earlier, they will learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section. The students will pay particular attention to the Gospels, where they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally..  The following topics are included in this course:


Grade 9 – 2nd Semester:  Who Is Jesus Christ?

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who he is, the students will also learn who he calls them to be.



Grade 10 – 1st Semester: The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery)

The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails.



Grade 10 - 2nd Semester: Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church

The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church.


Grade 11: 1st Semester: Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.


Grade 11: 2nd Semester: Life in Jesus Christ

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples.


Grade 12: Our Moral Life in Christ and Theology of the Body

The culmination of religious study at Shawe Memorial is divided into distinct semester courses.  The first semester of the senior year focuses on how God calls each student.  Topics range from the existence of God, reasons for unbelief, how we listen to God, the Mystery of the Trinity, Creation and Evolution, the Fall of Man, God’s governance and providence, and finally the ultimate goal of life.

The second semester is a study of Pope John Paul’s Theology of the Body.  The goal is to lead students to a discovery of God’s plan for love and marriage.   A practical application is also explored by using the text, Good News About Sex and Marriage by Peter West.

Prince of Peace Catholic Schools prepare students to lead meaningful lives by combining rigorous academics with opportunities for exploration and reflection.


Prince of Peace Catholic Schools are one of the area's leading Catholic Schools.

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221 West State Street

Madison, Indiana 47250


Shawe Memorial Jr./Sr. High School

201 West State Street

Madison, Indiana 47250


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