- General Information
Welcome to Religious Studies 6! I hope you are as excited as I am to be a member of this online community. In this course we'll be exploring what it means to be Catholic and a member of the Catholic community - something that can be as small as the people in this course to a community that is world wide.
This isn't a read, remember, then regurgitate course. Much of what we'll be doing in the course involves you as the learner exploring the topics, developing your own understanding of them, then sharing what you've learned with us through the discussion forum. In the forum you'll be encouraged to view and respond to the work of others in a respectful way.
Although this is an online course, it is difficult to practice (or understand) what it is to be a Christian in an online environment. At the core of the Christian faith are relationships and community. These can be experienced through the Church and through fellowship with other people. During this course you are encouraged to attend church regularly and become involved with service in your local community.
This course is asynchronous, meaning you can work in any order you like within your own timeframe. Please notice that light green coloured font throughout the course is a hyperlink. Make sure you click on it for more information. There are, however, required elements of the course.
- Discussion Forums - This will be the centre of our community. It's the place that you will get to know and learn from each other.
- Journal - The journal feature is where you will be asked to respond to certain assignments in writing or through creative means. Also, you will be required to write six reflections throughout the course based on the Three Minute Retreats from Loyolapress. There is another link under Sacraments and Prayer 6.2.
- Service Hours- As Christians we are called to serve. In order to complete this course, you must volunteer for 10 hours total.
- Quizes - These help to ensure that you haven't skimmed over the content and missed some information.
- Assignments - This is your main opportunity to showcase your learning to me and share your valuable contributions with others taking this course.
And now, we begin...
- Scripture 6.1, 6.2, 6.3
6.1 Student identifies the presence of the Holy Spirit in the gospel.
6.2 Student recognizes and discusses justice and stewardship in old and new testament passages.
6.3 Student identifies parables and beatitudes as a foundational guide for life.
- Prayer and Sacraments 6.1, 6.2
6.1 Student identifies symbols of the Sacraments of Initiation.
6.2 Student demonstrates reflective prayer verbally and in writing.
(Approximately 7 weeks)
- Faith Development 6.1, 6.2, 6.3
6.1 Student identifies the meaning of stewardship and social justice. (covered in the Scripture section)
6.2 Student understands the importance of covenant and the Covenant we have with God.
6.3 Student demonstrates an understanding of the five liturgical seasons.
(Approximately 9 weeks)
- Christian Identity 6.1, 6.26.1 Student understands and explores what it means to serve others. (Service Hours assignment and reflection)
6.2 Student understands that we are called to be witnesses of God's love and justice in the world and that we are able to do this through the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Approximately 4 weeks)
- Service Hours
As Christians we are called to serve one another, humbly and unselfishly. Some biblical examples of service are when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples (John 13:4-17), when we are called to share our gifts to serve others (1 Peter 4:10), and when we are called to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, to visit the sick or imprisoned (Matthew 25:35-45).
Think of your gifts that God has given you. Are you an artist? A musician? Athletic? Strong?
What ways can you serve your community? What can you give back?
If you are struggling to articulate your gifts, talk with one of your parents or teachers and ask them what gifts they see in you.
You can complete your 10 hours of service in one location or in a variety of locations. You must log your service hours and have a supervisor sign off on your hours. Once your 10 hours are complete, email a photo of your log or the service hours log document.
Some ideas for service:
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen, food bank, school, or church.
- Be a junior coach with a sports team of young children.
- Use your artistic talents to entertain at a senior's centre or to partake in music ministry in your church.
- Help out at children's liturgy in your church.
- Be a Snow Angel and shovel the walks of your neighbours for free (have a parent confirm your hours).
- Mow the lawns of your neighbours for free (have a parent confirm your hours).
You are welcome to complete your service hours anywhere and in any way that is serving others.
**Before you start your service hours make sure to look at the Christian Identity Outcomes Journal. In that journal you are required to write entries before, during and after your service hours are complete.**
(Approximately 4 weeks ongoing throughout the year)
- Teacher Resources
In this section you will find a number of online resources that are useful in delivering Religion 6.
- Exit Survey
Please follow the link below and let us know what you think.
A huge thanks goes out to all the teachers who have contributed lessons and ideas to this course. In alphabetical order, they are:
Joe Hitchings, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Sandra Richter, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools