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Catechism

Catechism

Vision:

To introduce to our students the true Christian vision and way of life based on the Holy Gospel.

 

Mission:

The mission of the Christian Life Department is to develop true awareness of Christianity as well as a sincere and enhanced commitment to Christian values and rites, and all these targets can be reached by the following means:

  1. Celebrating periodic masses for the classes (monthly mass) throughout the academic year.
  2. Making rehearsals for song masses to enrich spiritual songs repertoire.
  3. Celebrating special masses: Beginning of the academic year mass, All Saints Day mass, Christmas mass, St. Maron’s mass, Easter mass, masses in Harissa by division, SHS feast mass, etc….
  4. Making Spiritual retreats for all classes as well as for the teachers (Spiritual retreat for Christmas and another for Easter as well).
  5. Making motivational movies and slideshows to be put on the school’s webpage.
  6. Preparing questions for the students during the time of Christmas and Lent season in order to enrich their knowledge and fix the information they acquired during Catechism lessons and explanations.
  7. Reading the Daily Gospel every morning to the students as well as a morning prayer and a spiritual song.

 

Course Description:

 

Preschool

Preschool Religion Curriculum Goal: The goal of the religion curriculum for the preschool child is to experience God’s love, reflect on this experience in the light of the Gospel and Catholic teaching, and acquire knowledge and skills to live an active Catholic life. Beliefs of our faith and spiritual objectives are integrated throughout all other areas of the curriculum.

Objectives:

  • Acknowledge God as our ever-present creator;
  • Develop an appreciation of self, family, friends and community;
  • Recognize and identify the rites, symbols and celebrations of the Catholic faith;
    • Including: Advent (calendar, wreath, practices), Christmas, Lent and Easter, each child’s unique birthday, St. Mary, St. Joseph, St. Valentine, Sign of the Cross, Baptism, encourage attendance at liturgy with family
  • Develop appreciation and respect for God’s world; Including: help and care for others, identify feelings, and conflict resolution;
    • How they love and serve others in the image of Jesus
  • Demonstrate a variety of forms of Christian prayer enriched by Scripture, liturgy, and Catholic prayer tradition. o Including: spontaneous prayer, formal prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.), thank you prayer, singing prayer, prayer as talking to God; and
  • Listen to, read, and share Scriptures.
    • Values that focus on friendship, family, obedience, good choices, control, feelings and recognition

 

Lower Elementary

In the Lower Elementary Catechism classes, we present the truths of Catholic faith found in Sacred Scripture and Tradition. We provide special seasonal chapters that help children to understand, celebrate, and learn the different seasons, feasts, and Saints of the Church. Throughout each session, children are encouraged to pray.

We do different activities, for example:

  • Preparing a Prayer book;
  • Acting some stories from the Bible (on Christmas and Easter);
  • Preparing a candle with olive branches for Palm Sunday;
  • Discovering the Bible book and its content.;
  • Learning Christian Hymns;
  • Watch short animated movies about readings from Advent and Lenten seasons;
  • Watching and praying the stations of the cross during the Lenten season; and
  • Movies from the web www.jesuswonder.com
  • YouTube page “My time with Jesus”, Way of the cross for kids, etc…
  • Praying a set of ten beads of the Rosary in front of the altar, decorate to honor Mary During the month of May.

 

The course description for each level.

-       Grade 1 students will learn what Jesus taught us about the Love God has for us, they will understand that Jesus taught us to show love for God, ourselves, and others; to forgive one another the way God forgives us. They will appreciate that they are followers of Jesus and they will celebrate their belonging to the Church.

 

-       Grade 2 students will learn how Jesus shares God’s life with us. Appreciate that Jesus gave us the Church and the sacraments. They will understand every sacrament, the Ten Commandments and the importance of listening to the Word of God as found in the Old Testament and the New testament.

 

-       Grade 3 students are prepared for the celebration of their First Holy Communion. They will study in details about the Sacraments, and learn about the origins, characteristics, and work of the Church. Recognize that each baptized person is a member of the Church, discover the leaders of the Church and how the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit to teach the truth. They will practice how to live the great commandment and understand that the Son of God became one of us and showed us how to live.

At the end of the year, the Grade 3 students will celebrate their first Mass at school with the presence of their parents and teachers.

 

 

Upper Elementary

  • Learning to pray. Prayer for this age is talking to God as they talk to all other people they know. Should also be encouraged to participate in group prayer;
  • Learning creation and uniqueness of all things in creation;
  • Understanding love and God as the first and best lover;
  • Developing the child’s need to develop spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual and social needs to be recognized, valued, praised and accepted as a child of God as well as a unique individual with specific gifts and talents;
  • Encouraging a healthy self-concept by positive reinforcement including the fact that God made each person and loves each person; and
  • Focusing on Christian Faith: Word of God, Liturgy and Prayer, and Christian Morality.

 

The Catholic vision of education is rooted in its ‘Christian concept of life centered on Jesus Christ; he is the One who ennobles people, gives meaning to human life, and is the model which the Catholic school offers to its followers’.

 

 

 

Intermediate

Grade 7AP

Catechesis is the art of teaching the Faith in order to facilitate a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Transformed by the working of grace, “the Christian thus sets himself to follow Christ and learns more and more within the Church to think like Him, to judge like Him, to act in conformity with His commandments, and to hope as He invites us to”.

Grade 7 LP

بعدَ أن تَعرّفنا، في السنة الماضية إلى يَسوعَ المسيح ابن الله، الّذي تجسّد وعاشَ على أَرضِنا، يدعونا برنامج التعليم المسيحيّ للصفّ الأساسيّ السابع إلى اكتشاف مضمون رسالة مخلّصنا والتّعمّق فيها. فقد أعلن الربّ يسوع عن مجيء الملكوت وافتتحه من خلال تعاليمه، بالقول والعمل. وها هي الكنيسة اليوم، جسد المسيح، تتابع المسيرة عينها بأفعال قوّة، رحمة ومحبّة. وبما أنّنا أعضاء في هذه الجماعة، أي في هذا الجسد، فكلّ واحدٍ منّا مدعوّ إلى الاستسلام لعمل الروح القدس الساكن فينا والتماس نعمه الغزيرة فنرى بأعيُن الإيمان، يسوع المسيح الإله الحيّ في وسط كنيسته من أجل خلاص العالم. 

 

 

Grade 8 AP

This course will identify the purpose of liturgy and sacraments in God’s plan of salvation and in the life of the Church today.  It will examine Christ’s death and Resurrection as the source of all grace; the corporate nature of liturgy; the purpose of sacraments as the normal means of receiving God’s grace; the role of each sacrament in the life of the Christian.  It will look at Sacraments in light of Christ’s mission and God’s entire plan of salvation.

 

Grade 8 LP

إنّ المسيحيّ هو عضوٌ في الكنيسة الّتي هي جسد المسيح، والأسرار هي من أهمّ الوسائل الّتي أعطانا إيّاها الربّ كي نُنمّي ونُرسّخ علاقتنا به. وهذه الارتباط هو من أجل الإنسان الفرد ومن أجل الجماعة المؤمنة في آنٍ واحد. فإذا نمت فيَّ حياة المسيح، نمت الكنيسة، وإذا نمت الكنيسة نمت حياة الكنيسة فيَّ. ومن هذا المُنطلق، يدعونا برنامج التعليم المسيحيّ، في السنة الثامنة من التعليم الأساسيّ، إلى اكتشاف كيف أنّ الكنيسة تمنحنا الحياة بواسطة الأسرار فنُتابع عطاءنا بعلاماتٍ حسيّةٍ نلمُسُها ونلتقي بالله من خلالها، فنعيش باستمرارٍ معه وبحضوره.  

 

 

Course Description Grade 9 AP

This course will identify the purpose of liturgy and sacraments in God’s plan of salvation and in the life of the Church today.  It will examine Christ’s death and Resurrection as the source of all grace; the corporate nature of liturgy; the purpose of sacraments as the normal means of receiving God’s grace; the role of each sacrament in the life of the Christian.  It will look at Sacraments in light of Christ’s mission and God’s entire plan of salvation.

 

Grade 9 LP

الوصف:

تهدف مادة التعليم المسيحي للصف التاسع إلى تنشئة كل تلميذ على أهمية حضوره في المجتمع. فيكتسب هذا الأخير القيم المسيحية الأساسية التي تساعده على اكتشاف ذاته وعيش كلمة الله في حياته. يرتكز الشرح بشكلً أساسي على مشاركة التلاميذ لأفكارهم وهواجسهم انطلاقًا من النصوص أو الصور المعروضة أمامهم. فيطوّرون بالتالي مهاراتهم في الفهم والتحليل والنقد ما يجعلهم قادرين على عرض موضوعٍ كنسي بمفردهم. ويتناول منهج التعليم المسيحي لهذا العام مواضيع عدة أبرزها:

 

-      النضج الروحي والإنساني

-      لماذا أنا موجود؟ وما هو هدف حياتي؟

-      الله محبة

-      الوقت والخدمة

-      أسير الذات

-      الحب يعلّمني

 

-      أنا إنسانٌ جديد

-      الفرح

-      الحق يحرّرني

-      سرّ الزواج المقدّس

-      مريم العذراء والرسل

 

 

 

 

Secondary LP

 

 

Secondary 1

الوصف:

يشكّل الكتاب المقدّس المحور الأساس لتنشئة التلميذ تنشئةً روحية وفكرية. فيكتسب هذا الأخير المهارات اللازمة لتصفح الكتاب المقدّس وتحليل مضمونه. فتتاح أمام كل تلميذٍ فرصةَ قراءةِ نصٍ من الكتاب المقدس وإبداء الرأي فيه بغية مناقشته بشكلٍ جماعي. ومن أبرز المواضيع التي يتناولها المنهج لهذا العام:

 

العهد القديم

العهد الجديد

-      سفر التكوين

-      شخص يسوع المسيح

-      سفر الخروج

-      الإنجيل: بشرى سارة

-      سفر تثنية الاشتراع

-      مريم العذراء والرسل

-      سفر راعوث

-      الله محبّة

-      النّبي صموئيل

 

-      سِفْرُ أَيّوبَ

 

-      سِفْرُ المَزاميرِ

 

-      سِفْرُ الأَمْثالِ

 

 

 

 

Secondary 2:

الوصف:

يتمحور التعليم المسيحي لهذه السنة حول الفكر الكنسي ومدى ارتباطه بحياة الإنسان. ويقدّم هذا النهج نموذجًا فكريًا تحليليًا يهدف إلى اكتساب مهارة التمييز ومساعدة التلميذ في اتخاذ القرار الصائب. يعتمد أسلوب التعليم على عرض المواضيع ومناقشتها بغية ربطها بحياة كل تلميذ وخبرته في الحياة. أمّا المواضيع الأساسية التي سيتم تناولها فهي على الشكل التالي:

 

-      أعمى أريحا: سبيل لاكتشاف الله والسير معه

-      الثالوث الأقدس

-      المحبة والتسامح وخدمة الآخرين

-      مواهب الروح القدس

-      التحرر من الأحكام المسبقة

 

-      لمَ الحياة؟

-      السعادة والعطاء

-      أعداء الحياة والعدالة

-      أنا الطريق والحق والحياة

-      الحَمْلُ والإجهاض

-      مريم العذراء والرسل

 

 

 

Secondary 3 LP

The course will examine the foundation of the Church’s teachings on morality as rooted in the uniqueness of each person as being created in God’s image and likeness.  It will look at the Church’s teaching on morality as our life in Christ, a life ordered to Beatitude, virtue and holiness.  It will discuss the importance of conscience, the nature of sin, the demands of Commandments in the life of the Christian, and the principles of social morality as summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  It will discuss the person and society, participation in the social life, social justice, and social relationships, with an emphasis on the role of the family as the foundational cell of all society and social living.

 

 

Secondary AP

 

Course Description Grade 10 AP

In this course, the Old Testament is studied from a covenantal and narrative understanding in the light of Church teaching on the nature of the Sacred Scriptures. It will examine God’s response to the entrance of sin in the world.  Emphasis will be on the study of the Pentateuch, and God’s covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses, the study of the history of the people of Israel from the time of Joshua through the Kings and exile, with highlights from the Prophets, Psalms and Wisdom literature.

Course Description Grade 11 AP

The course will examine the foundation of the Church’s teachings on morality as rooted in the uniqueness of each person as being created in God’s image and likeness.  It will look at the Church’s teaching on morality as our life in Christ, a life ordered to Beatitude, virtue and holiness.  It will discuss the importance of conscience, the nature of sin, the demands of Commandments in the life of the Christian, and the principles of social morality as summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  It will discuss the person and society, participation in the social life, social justice, and social relationships, with an emphasis on the role of the family as the foundational cell of all society and social living.

 

Course Description Grade 12 AP

The course will examine the foundation of the Church’s teachings on morality as rooted in the uniqueness of each person as being created in God’s image and likeness.  It will look at the Church’s teaching on morality as our life in Christ, a life ordered to Beatitude, virtue and holiness.  It will discuss the importance of conscience, the nature of sin, the demands of Commandments in the life of the Christian, and the principles of social morality as summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  It will discuss the person and society, participation in the social life, social justice, and social relationships, with an emphasis on the role of the family as the foundational cell of all society and social living.