The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ leads the students toward a deeper understanding of the liturgy and the Sacraments, instituted by Christ and given to us through the Church. The course first explores foundational concepts integral to an understanding of liturgy and of the Sacraments: an expanded definition of liturgy, the liturgical year, and what we do when we celebrate liturgy. The Sacraments are first introduced through an exploration of symbols and rituals, followed by a presentation of the Sacraments as signs and encounters with Christ in our lives.
The Sacraments are then considered in their appropriate groupings. Throughout the course, the importance of the Sacraments as graced encounters with the Risen Christ, and a strengthening of our relationship with him, is emphasized. This closer relationship, in turn, sends us out to share the love of Christ with others, especially those who are in need. The second half of the course leads the students toward a deeper understanding of God’s Law revealed to us through reason and Revelation. The course explores how Christ’s life and teaching is the fulfillment of the Old Law summarized in the Ten Commandments.
The content of the course is informed by the moral law in the Old Testament, by Christ’s moral teaching in the Gospels, and by the moral teaching of the Church as it applies to what God has revealed to our contemporary moral questions. The New Law of Christ calls us to go beyond keeping moral minimums and to love God, neighbor and self with all our being. We can only do this empowered by God’s grace. In the end, Christian morality is about responding to God’s love by living in full communion with God and others.
Please note: Students will construct a thirty hour Community Service project to aid them in their instruction regarding Catholic Social Teaching and Christian Morality. MATERIALS NEEDED 1. Digital textbooks: The Sacraments (Semester 1) and Christian Morality (Semester 2) 2. Pens/pencils/highlighters 3. One-subject notebook and folder 4. IBM Thinkpad Laptop 5. Thumb drive 6. Package of 3×5 index cards EVALUATION/GRADING OF STUDENT WORK A. Classroom Participation 1. Students are expected to participate constructively in classroom activities and class discussions.
2. Students are expected to be prepared for class each day, with required books, assignments, and necessary materials for instruction. 3. Students will be subjectively evaluated according to their overall contribution to the learning environment, which includes attitude, behavior, courtesy, respect, work habits, and apparent effort. B. Homework Assignments 1. Students will be responsible for keeping up with the assigned reading in the texts and with additional handouts. 2. Students will answer selected questions from chapter reviews in the textbook. C. Quizzes, Tests, and Exams 1.
Students will be given quizzes that demonstrate comprehension of course material. 2. Students will be given objective tests on a regular basis. Tests will require that students retain, interpret, and apply the ideas and information taught in each unit. GRADING Please refer to the “Academic Policies” section of the Bergen Catholic High School Handbook for Students and Parents 2013-2014 for an overview of the school’s academic assessment policies. In this course, the midterm and final grades will be based on points earned according to the following weights: In Class Participation/Preparation25%
Quizzes/Tests25% Homework25% Classwork15% Projects10% Cheating: A student found cheating on a quiz/test will receive a detention. Any student found cheating on an examination will receive a 0 and will probably fail the course. Cheating, copying (sharing), plagiarizing violate the rules of this class and this school. Any form of dishonesty will be dealt with harshly. CLASS POLICIES All are expected to make a positive contribution to the learning environment of the class through respectful and caring interaction consistent with Bergen Catholic’s Mission Statement.
The following specific policies are a partial list of factors that contribute to creating such a learning environment. 1. Please treat others with respect. Each individual is entitled to be protected from verbal, written, and physical violations of their self respect. Something that may not sound offensive to you, may hurt or offend someone else. 2. Please do not engage in private comments or conversations during class. 3. Please be in your seat with your classroom materials, ready to go, by the time the bell rings. Please wait for the teacher (not the bell) to dismiss class.
If you arrive during, or at the completion of daily prayer, consider yourself late, and expect a detention. 4. All assignments are due when I collect them. Normally, late homework will not be accepted except in the case of absences. You are responsible for any work assigned in your absence and must submit this work on the day of your return. If your assignments are not on turnitin. com when I check, it will be considered late. 5. Late work: You are responsible for all assigned work. Most work will be submitted through turnitin. com. A late folder will be provided. 10 points will be taken off the grade for every day the assignment is late.
Once the late folder closes, you will receive a 0 and will lose the opportunity to hand in your work. 6. Homework will be posted on Edline weekly. Please check your assignments regularly. 7. Show all guidance passes, early dismissal notes, etc. to Ms. Merrick upon entering the classroom. It is your responsibility to leave the class without causing a distraction. 8. Please exercise some stewardship over the resources and facilities at Bergen Catholic by keeping the classroom neat and tidy. . EDLINE Grades will be posted over the weekend and may be checked by Sunday evening. You will be notified when this is not possible.
LAPTOP POLICY It is your responsibility to come to class with a fully charged laptop. If your laptop needs to be serviced, please turn it in to the appropriate person in a timely manner and obtain a “loaner”. Follow all other policies in regards to your laptop as detailed in the school laptop policy handbook. Back up your work!!! All webcams are to be turned OFF unless you are instructed to do otherwise by Ms. Merrick. Any student with a laptop found to have a webcam in use will be given a detention. EXTRA HELP I will be available for extra help every day after school in Room 15.