Here’s what the middle school religion classes are doing this week –
8th graders are still studying the meaning of “the four marks of the Church” (The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic). This week’s emphasis is “The Church is Holy because her founder is Jesus and her guide is the Holy Spirit, and because the Sacraments and truths are Holy.” We will spend some time discussing the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit that are received at Confirmation, and also how the Church is both Divine (because God is in it) and human (because it is made up of people). The Church itself is holy, even her people we are not!
7th graders continue their study of the lives of the Apostles. By the end of the week, students should be able to tell you the difference between an Apostle and a Disciple, which one of the Apostles did NOT die as a martyr, and a few other interesting details about the Apostles themselves.
6th graders continue their journey through the Old Testament. Their religion binders are divided into sections of Old Testament History, so that class notes are divided into historical periods. This week students will wrap up their study of Joseph with a review on Monday and a quiz on Tuesday; then they will begin the next period, “Slavery in Egypt.” The next few chapters will cover Moses’ calling (the burning bush), the Ten Plagues, and the Exodus story.