Elementary Religious Education Program
Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ is our Elementary Religious Education program at St. Clair Catholic District School Board. We have now implemented the programs for Grades 1-6 and we eagerly await the publication of the Grade 7 and 8 programs over the next two years. Growing in Faith Growing in Christ is the result of collaboration and consultation among our Bishops and many Catholic educators. The program is intended to provide students in each grade with the foundational knowledge of the faith and classroom experiences that will help them grow in relationship with God.
The program builds strong links between the home, the school, and the parish community by inviting participation and providing opportunities for students to experience and celebrate the faith in each environment.
Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ is organized to follow the sequence of the liturgical year of the Catholic Church. It highlights the major celebrations of the Church that coincide with many family and cultural celebrations.
Each student has the ability to access the resources at home as well as at school. This gives you, our parents and caregivers, the opportunity to see first-hand what our students are learning and allows you to easily share in your child’s faith journey. You can access the content either by going to the Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ website or by installing a free app on your iPad to access the eText. Please see the back of this page for instructions on how to access both.
Secondary Religious Education Program
Guided by the 2016 Religious Education Policy Document , the Secondary Religious Education program builds on the learning in the grade 1-8 Religious Education and Family Life programs. Courses in grades 9 and 10 are open courses, including of all levels of learning. Grade 11 and 12 courses include specific levels - university preparation, college preparation and open level courses. Each secondary course reflects five themes: Profession of Faith, Sacred Scripture, Prayer, and Sacramental Life, Christian Moral Development, and Family Life. In addition, students are expected to build their Research and Inquiry skills by focusing on one area of the course content in greater detail. In grade 12 classes, students are required to complete 10 hours of volunteer service.
The programs available for use in our SCCDSB secondary schools are listed below along with the course description for each of the courses.
Grade 9: Discipleship and Culture
This course engages students in the examination of the Christian narrative as revealed in Sacred Scripture. Students are invited to a deeper understanding of both the joy and the demands of living out the call to discipleship as it is described in the Scriptures. Students explore discipleship as encountered in the Sacred Tradition of the Church (Sacraments, Liturgical Year and Church Teaching and Law), as part of their ongoing personal growth and faith understanding. Students explore Catholic rituals, teaching, practice, morals and values, and virtues to facilitate a healthy and covenantal relationship with self, God and with others. Using theological reflection, they are challenged to explore the connections and disconnections of ethical concepts (euthanasia, abortion, sexuality, etc.) between the Church and contemporary culture. The course focuses on encouraging students to know and love by following in the footsteps of Jesus. As they learn of his words and deeds, they discover the importance of prayerfully serving the community to bring about the Reign of God.
Grade 10: Christ and Culture
This course both invites and challenges the adolescent to personalize the Gospel values and social justice principles that guide Catholics in understanding their role in shaping culture as disciples of Jesus. Students will explore such foundational topics as: what it means to be human, created in God’s image, what is culture, Christ and culture, living together in solidarity, social justice, prayer and sacrament, friendship and intimacy. Connections between the living Church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible Christian adolescent in a secularized, pluralistic world.
Grade 11: World Religions
This course engages students in the examination of world religions, particularly Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Spiritualities and a locally appropriate religious tradition. This is a survey course that will help students understand the basic similarities and differences between the religious traditions so they can interact with others with acceptance and familiarity. We live in a multi-faith global community. With the knowledge of this course, students ought to be able to understand more clearly the world’s religious affairs.
Grade 12: Church and Culture
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of how the Church engages contemporary culture with faith and reason, in pursuit of love, justice, and the common good. Students will have opportunity to learn how living the Baptismal vocation to a virtuous life, filled with the joy of the Gospel and nurtured by the sacraments, can transform them and society from within, allowing God to reign in human hearts. Students will also refine research and inquiry skills.