Foundations of the Catholic Faith and Morality
Freshmen come to RBC from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and varying degrees of religious education. Foundations of Catholic Faith and Morality provides all students with the vocabulary and basic knowledge they will need to succeed in their religious studies, but more importantly, to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ. Our second semester is dedicated to guiding our students to put into practice the morals they have learned from family and faith.
This course is designed to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of Sacred Scripture. Students will be guided in the study of God's authorship through Divine Inspiration and Revelation. They will discover God's great desire for connection with humanity through covenantal relationships leading to the ultimate covenant in Jesus Christ, sealed with His Body and Blood. Our hope is that through this study students will develop a greater understanding of and deepening of their personal relationship with Jesus and His Body, the Church.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s Social teaching, a central and essential element of our Catholic faith. In this course, students will learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and vulnerable, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission. These teaching invite one to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ in society.
Philosophy is the love of wisdom. This course will be an overview of Philosophical thought examined thematically and historically. The course will address questions such as: What does it mean to have a valid argument? What can we know? What is real? Why do good deeds in life? This course will also include the connection between faith and reason and a synopsis of the views of significant philosophical positions throughout history.
Christian Living: A Study of Vocation Grade 12, One semester
Through an examination of the self, as well as a study of vocations to the single, married, religious life and priesthood, students will be introduced to the life choices of the adult Christians. The course content also emphasizes the study of the sacraments as it correlates to those choices.
This course offers a comparative study of world religions including Judaism, Islam, and other religions and philosophies practiced in Eastern cultures, as well as non-Catholic Christian traditions. It will examine their histories and theologies, by comparing and contrasting their differences and similarities with the Roman Catholic Faith.
Honors Gospel Mission in the 21st Century Grade 12, one semester Course #0248
This honors course explores Jesus’ charge to the Apostles and disciples to carry the Good News to all nations and his promise to be with them and us for all ages (Mt. 28: 18-20). This course will study the spread of the Good News in the first century by examining the Acts of the Apostles through Revelation, using biblical exegesis and reflection. It will further explore the implications of the Gospel Message as a guide for the Christian journey in today’s world.
Honors Globalization and Justice
Grade 12, one semester
This college level course aspires to equip our young Christian men and women to fully participate in the social structure of our modern world in a way that seeks to create justice for all. Karl Barth, one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century, said that Christians should approach the world with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. In addition to the textbook, students in this course will also use the Bible and the newspaper to deepen their understanding of the interconnectedness of globalization, poverty, health care, human rights, education and politics, viewed through the lens of Church teaching.