|7th & 8th Grade
Teachers: Chad Arkenberg & Ted Staller
Years Educational Focus: The seventh & eighth grade will study the history of the Church – its founding by Christ, its
birth and life in the Holy Spirit, the marks of the one true Church, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the saints,and the
role of religious communities in Church history. Also covered is the structure and hierarchy of the Church, the Magisterium,
clergy, religious, and laity. Students come to know and love the Church as Christ’s Body, to better understand the nature of
their life in the Church, and to respond to the teaching of the Magisterium as the sure voice of Jesus, strengthening their lives
in the Church and leading them to discern their specific vocations and to live lives of Christian holiness in the world today.
Creed/Scripture: Students develop an understanding of the mystery of Christ through age appropriate teachings on Church
doctrine and scriptural references.
Sacraments: All of the sacraments are presented in the eighth grade level.
Christian Life: Students will develop their understanding of the dignity of the human person. Students learn to live out
their faith and respond to what they learn by forming a moral conscience and by living out their call to justice and service by
imitating the life of Jesus, particularly through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Prayer: Students develop a prayer life that includes participation in traditional Catholic prayers, the Mass as the greatest
prayer, and spontaneous prayer.
|Weekly Classroom Topics and Summary - Click on Date
|August 22nd: All classes kicked off the PSR school year by attending Holy Mass.
August 29th: Chapter 1: Christ's abiding presence / Class Rules / Parent Handout
September 5th: Chapters 2 & 3: The Birth and Nature of the Church
September 12th: Chapters 4: The Teaching Church
September 19th: Chapters 5: Authority in the Church
September 25th: Chapters 6: The Visible Hierarchical Church
October 3rd: Chapter 7: The Church Sanctifying
October 10th: Chapter 8: The Church Sanctifying - Worship
October 17th: Chapter 9: Mary - Mother of Church
October 24th: All Saints Day/Halloween Lesson
October 31st: No Class
November 14th: Chapter 11 - Saints: The first 1000 Years
November 25th: Chapter 12 - The Last 1000 Years
December 5th: Chapter 13 - Separated Brethren
December 12th: Walk through and discussion of the Church with Father Flach.
December 19th: Review of the Holy Days & Christmas Party/Game (Catholic Pictionary).
December 26th : Class Cancelled.
January 2nd, 2019: Class Cancelled - Rescheduled for May 15th, 2019.
January 9th, 2019: Chapter 14 - Universal Call to Holiness & Precepts of the Catholic Church
January 16th, 2019: Chapter 15 - The Life of Virtue
January 23rd, 2019: Chapter 16 - The Works of Mercy
January 30th, 2019: No class due to cold weather.
February 6th, 2019: Chapters 17 - Vocations & Chapter 18 - The Lay Apostolate
February 13th, 2019: 1: Lent and Confession Review 2: Review of the Holy Mass
February 20th, 2019: Chapter 19 - Marriage and the Family
February 27th, 2019: Chapter 20 - Christians in the World
March 6th, 2019: Ash Wednesday Mass
March 12, 2019: Class Confessions
March 19th, 2019: Chapter 21 - Law and Conscience & Review of the Catechism
March 26th, 2019: Saint Faustina and Divine Mercy/Shroud of Turin
April 3rd, 2019: Multi-media Presentation on the Divine Mercy Message
April 9th, 2019: Class Review to date.
April 16th, 2019: Stations of the Cross.
April 24th, 2019: The Church and the Society Order
May 1st, 2019: Prayer
May 8th, 2019: Chapter 24 - The Sacramental Life
May 15th, 2019: Chapter 25 - Death and Judgment / Open Letter to the 8th Graders
May 22nd, 2019: Last Class - Mass & PSR Party