The Sacred Heart theology department’s purpose is to form holistic Christian thinkers and evangelical leaders. We engage the students in specific Catholic studies including Sacred Scripture, Theology, prayer, and Church History. Students are assessed for academic rigor within the Catholic tradition. Various teaching strategies are employed including traditional assessment methods, group projects, and class discussions.
Sacred Heart is open to students of all faiths, with an average of about 14% of students coming from other, non-Catholic, faith traditions. While we teach the Catholic tradition — all are welcome at Sacred Heart School! Our ultimate goal is to focus on creating an opportunity for students to become closer to Christ!
Theology – Grade 7
Catholic Christianity is not just a set of beliefs, but a lifestyle dedication to a life following Christ. This course will explore how God has been revealed to humanity and how this revelation shows Christians how to live their life. To live this life, God gives humanity grace, which are especially seen in the sacraments.
Our Life in Our Church - Grade 8
Catholic Christianity is not only about the Christian’s relationship with God, but also about the relationship that Christian has with all the faithful who make up the Church. This course will explore what the Church is theologically and the role that the Church has in the life of a Christian. Particular attention will be given to how the Church existed throughout history and the call that each follower of Christ has to grow in holiness through his or her vocation.
Theology of the Body for Teens – Grade 8 (one semester)
This course will give a fundamental view of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (the study of God, revealed through the body), a series of Wednesday papal audiences. We will explore who you are in God’s image, what your purpose is in body and soul, and learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. The semester will conclude by spending time discovering the various Vocations you may be called to, such as Marriage, Religious Vocation, Priesthood, or Single Life.
Faith and Revelation - Grade 9 (one semester)
Students will learn how God reveals Himself to mankind through Sacred Scripture. The class will begin by examining how God reveals Himself through natural revelation and then we will move into the two modes of Divine Revelation in Sacred Scripture. In addition, students will learn the congruent story of the Bible and how it can be seen as one story in which the New Testament is foreshadowed by the Old Testament, and the Old Testament is revealed by the New Testament.
The Blessed Trinity – Grade 9 (one semester)
Students will receive an introduction to the science of Theology (the study of God). The Course will introduce the student to theological knowledge needed to gain a solid foundation when speaking and writing theological reflections. The course will hone in on the reasons for and benefits of the Christian understanding of one God being 3 individual persons. Not only will the student gain factual information on the subject but their faith life will be improved by the subjects presented in the course.
Theology of the Body - Grade 10 (one semester)
This course will be a study of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (the study of God, revealed through the body), a series of Wednesday Papal Audiences from the early years of his pontificate. TOB provides the lenses necessary to see and more fully understand the Church’s teaching on sexual morality, the mystical experience of the Eucharist, and how both play a significant role in your own life.
The Mystery of Redemption - Grade 10 (one semester)
Aim towards understanding of and participation in Christ’s Love as mercy (for Love’s sake). We will attempt to understand the nature of redemption by exploring man’s original fall and our inheritance, the foreshadowing of our redemption in the Old Testament, and the fulfillment of the promise of salvation in the life and death of Christ. Redemption, though, is not simply a subject to be studied but an expressly present reality right now. This class is ultimately a call to a true, experiential knowledge of God’s love and forgiveness. Inasmuch as God is alive and his promise of redemption is real is the measure to which this class is a living subject and active call to true joy, peace, and Love! This is for your happiness.
Ecclesiology – Grade 11 (one semester)
This course is designed 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. While particular events in the life of the Church may be referenced, primary attention will be given to the sacred nature of the Church and the theology of the Church (ecclesiology).
Sacramental Theology – Grade 11 (one semester)
In this Course, students will be exposed to Sacramental Theology, which is the study of Sacraments answering what they are, how they fit into the life of the Church, and what they do for those who enter into them. This course is intended to be an introductory course, which gives a broad survey of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. Students will acquire a useful knowledge of the Sacraments which will equip them to enter the mysteries of the Church in fuller way with the gain of this knowledge.
Morality - Grade 12 (one semester)
In this course, students will learn the basic elements of Catholic morality with a goal of exploring how moral living leads one closer to Christ. The class content will be split into two major sections: the general principles of the science of morality and an in-depth analysis of the Ten Commandments. This course aims, above all, to help the student come into an understanding of the moral code written on their heart which allows them to live freely and joyfully in the love of God. This class seeks to rationally understand the nature of our moral responsibilities, but even more so, it seeks to encourage the student to make a conscious decision to respond to their moral calling. This is a living subject, in the here and now, and cannot exist in a vacuum of academia. We learn morality to live morality, and we live morally because it allows us to enter into the good things of this life. This course is about your happiness!
Church History – Grade 12 (one semester)
The ecclesiology course (11th grade, semester 1) presented a catechesis of the Church and the Body of Christ in history: its nature and meaning, images, marks, life and ministry, guide to moral life, and the role of prayer. This course supplements that catechesis on the Church with the purpose of this course to supply the students with a general knowledge of the Church’s history from apostolic times to the present. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him throughout history through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today and, as such, has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn about the Church’s 2,000 years of history and about how the Church is led and governed by the successors of the Apostles. Particular attention will be given to the development of doctrine, practices, and discipline as well as the relationship between the Church and the world in which it lives.
Christian Service Learning
This course will explore the Catholic Christian foundations of service as found both in Scripture and in the Tradition of the Church. In addition to learning about service, students will serve the community. Special attention will be given the Catholic Social Teaching, especially as it has developed over the last two centuries.