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     The Religious Education program at Assumption College exists to foster in students not only an understanding of the connection between faith and life, but a commitment to establishing, nourishing and strengthening that connection. Religious Education enables young people to nurture the attitudes and develop the skills necessary to grow as young people of faith in these challenging times.

HRE1O Religious Education “Be With Me”, Grade 9, Open

This course uses the beatitudes as a framework to examine the attitudes and actions that characterize the Christian life. Students will derive knowledge and skills from a study of scripture, profession of faith, Christian moral development, prayer, sacramental life, and family life. Students are encouraged to grow in Gospel values while actively engaging in a variety of challenging educational activities.

HRE2O Christ and Culture, Grade 10, Open

This course examines the relationship between the person and message of Christ and the dominant attitudes of contemporary culture. Central to this course is the sacramental nature of Jesus and through His incarnation, the sacramentally of the Catholic Church, persons and all of creation. Beginning with students’ own life experiences, seen in light of the Gospel narratives, students acquire a deeper and more systematic knowledge of Christ, His message, and His Church. Connections between the Church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible adolescent developing as a member of a Catholic, Christian community while living within the context of a secular society. In the family life education strand, students explore a variety of topics related to the themes of personhood, interpersonal relationships, and sexuality. Students have the opportunity to experience fi rsthand the call and response to Christian Community Service. Prerequisite: NONE.

HRF3O World Religions and Beliefs Traditions in Daily Life, Grade 11, Open

This course enables students to study world religions and belief traditions in local, Canadian, and global contexts. Students will explore aspects of the human quest for meaning and will examine world religions and belief traditions as exemplifi ed in various sacred teachings and principles, rites, and passages. They will also study the interaction throughout history between society and various belief traditions, and will have opportunities to develop research and inquiry skills related to the study of world religions and belief traditions. Prerequisite: NONE​

HRT3M World Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues, and Challenges, Grade 11, College/ University

This course provides students with opportunities to explore various world religions and belief traditions. Students will develop knowledge of the terms and concepts relevant to this area of study, will examine the ways in which religions and belief traditions meet various human needs, and will learn about the relationship between belief and action. They will examine sacred writings and teachings, consider how concepts of time and place infl uence different religions and belief traditions, and develop research and inquiry skills related to the study of human expressions of belief. Prerequisite: NONE.

HRE4O Church and Culture, Grade 12, Open

The course assists students in their development of the skills and knowledge necessary to live lives of full maturity. Within the Catholic faith tradition it is believed that this growth towards human maturity is best served when students are able to defi ne themselves authentically in relation to their God, to other people and to their world. In the family life education strand, students explore a variety of topics related to the themes of personhood, interpersonal relationships, and sexuality. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the prophetic tradition in scripture, become familiar with the social teachings of the Catholic Church, explore contemporary notions of spirituality and prayer, and recognize the importance, power and potential of the human person in relation to morality and personal choices concerning future life paths. The course enables students to explore the moral principles of the Church and how these principles relate to them as individuals, and to contemporary culture as a whole. Students explore the role played by the Christian scriptures, prayer, ritual, and the sacraments as they discern and live out their Christian vocation in their lives. This course also introduces students to skills used in researching and investigating contemporary moral issues and the guiding principles and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Prerequisite: NONE.

HRE4M1 Church and Culture Grade 12, University/College Preparation

This course is directed toward the clear identification of Catholic moral principles and the concrete application of these principals in the lives of students. The course proceeds from foundational beliefs rooted in Sacred Scripture concerning justice and peace to an exploration of the principles that shape Christian life. In the family life education strand, students explore a variety of topics related to the themes of personhood, interpersonal relationships, and sexuality. Special attention is given to the interaction between the Church and culture. The modern world is characterized by a multiplicity of values, philosophies, and ideologies. In a democratic, pluralistic society, these concepts may creatively reinforce one another or they may compete with and contradict one another. The Christian moral life is a call to follow Jesus Christ, to believe in the redemptive love of God for humankind and to proclaim and incarnate the reign of God as inaugurated by Jesus Christ. This course is intended to prepare the senior student for this lifelong task. Prerequisite: NONE