Your Child Will Learn about Religion...

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In nurturing the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity, St. Paul’s School, in full cooperation with the parish religious education program, utilizes the “Image of God Catechetical Series” for Preschool and Kindergarten and the “Faith and Life Catechetical Series” for 1st through 8th grades.

These dynamic curricula, rich in the truths of the Faith as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, come from Ignatius Press and are both approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and aligned with the Diocese of Boise’s religious education guidelines. 

Overall, in the years of Pre-3/4 through 8th grade religious education, students will gain a basic foundation of faith and love of Jesus Christ, learn to respond to God’s call in prayer, mercy, and justice, and will be set on the path to become disciples of Christ.

Religious education at St. Paul’s moves beyond the textbook, teaching students through the use of sacred art, regular daily prayer (beginning of day, midday, and end of day), instruction in the life of the saints, school-wide retreats, weekly Mass, Rosary club, opportunities to perform Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, which equip our young people to tackle and overcome contemporary challenges.

In preschool and kindergarten, students 3, 4, and 5 years of age learn who they are in relation to God and creation.  Their dignity of being a child made in the image and likeness of God is stressed while children learn basic bible stories which illustrate the basics of the Catholic Faith.

In first through third grades, your student will build on the foundation of lessons learned in early childhood, students in the first through third grades come to know our Father in heaven, His Son, Jesus, and what life with Jesus looks like, giving special emphasis on God’s love and mercy.  Children in the second grade prepare for their first sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

In the fourth grade, students delve deeper into the story of Salvation History and continue learning about how Jesus is “concealed” in the Old Testament and “revealed” in the New Testament.

In the fifth grade, children come to understand their faith on a more profound level through study of what Catholics believe. The Creed is the framework for this study.

In the sixth grade, the middle school years bring on a maturity in faith where students learn specifically what it means to follow Jesus with their lives through a study of Christian morality, the Beatitudes, and the Holy Mass.

In the seventh grade, students continue their education in Salvation History which was introduced in the fifth grade and take a deeper look at the seven sacraments as channels of God’s grace in their lives.

In the eighth grade, in their last year at St. Paul’s, students engage in the study of what is “church” and what is the “Church,” including Her rich history. They are further invited to follow the call to holiness through examinations of virtue, works of mercy, vocations, and social justice.

For more information on religion textbooks used at St. Paul’s, please check out the following Ignatius Press websites:

“Faith and Life” Catechetical Series:  https://www.ignatius.com/promotions/faithandlife/

“Image of God” Catechetical Series:  https://www.ignatius.com/promotions/imageofgod/

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