Junior High Religion

Junior High Religion at St. Patrick's

Mr. Andrew Ament

Curriculum Highlights:

Student learning is centered around six main elements: knowledge of the faith; liturgy and sacraments; morality; prayer; living as members of the Church; and evangelization and apostolic life.

Students will focus their studies on God’s Covenant and will trace it through each book of the Bible.

  • Explain the formation of the Covenant
  • Identify some of the primary characters in the history of the Covenant as related in the Bible
  • Analyze the relationship between God and His people throughout the Bible
  • Compare and contrast the old and the new Covenant
  • Assess their own relationship to the Covenant

Students will focus their studies on the person of Jesus Christ.

  • Identify who the person of Jesus is in both a historical and personal context.
  • Recognize the responsibility to form one’s conscience in relationship with Christ and His teachings through the Church.
  • Develop their awareness of making responsible choices in one’s personal life according to the mind of Christ.
  • Discuss as moral and vocation models both the saints and contemporary Christians whose lives are exemplary.
  • Examine how Christ calls them to full participation in the sacramental life of the Church
  • Sacramental preparation
  • Students will focus their studies on the Church and the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  • Express the nature and mission of the Church as being divinely ordained.
  • Analyze what discipleship is and how to live it out in the Church today.
  • Explain moral decision making and discuss how divine law assists in making correct decisions
  • Review the history of the Church and evaluate how well the Church carried out her mission throughout the centuries.
  • Grow in an understanding of and prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Expectations of Excellence


Students will strive to:

  • Come to class prepared and ready to learn
  • Engage actively in what is taking place in the classroom
  • Participate in class discussions, prayer, and activities.
  • Challenge to apply all that is learned in class to their own lives as a way to foster their understanding of the meaning of discipleship.
  • Take what they have learned out of the classroom and put it to practice not only at home, in school, in their parish but also in their surrounding community.
  • Deepen their spiritual lives through daily prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, praying the rosary as well as by practicing Lectio Divina.