Exploring Jesus and the Gospel Message

In St. Mary and Sons of Zebedee’s middle school program, your child will continue to learn from the Sophia Institute, Spirit of Truth Curriculum. In seventh and eighth grade, students will on continue their journey through the Catholic Faith. Spirit of Truth is designed to help students internalize the Faith and apply it to their own lives, providing ample opportunity for them to reflect on how everything they are learning applies to their own lived experience.

2021-22 Middle School Religious Education Classes

We will return to in-person classes for the upcoming year. Additionally, we also plan to offer youth nights for teens to gather in community. These events may include: a bible study, a spiritual retreat, a liturgical year or feast day celebration, a service activity, a rosary night, adoration, a speaker, etc. More details for the 2021-22 religious education year are coming soon!

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Topics Taught by Grade Level

Grade 7

  • Learn about Jesus and the Gospel message through unifying themes in Scripture and an in-depth examination of the four Gospels.
  • Experience personal growth while learning about the origin, dignity, and destiny of the human person.
  • Discuss each of the Seven Sacraments.
  • Explore the elements, qualities, and challenges of prayer, ways of praying, and how to use Mary and the saints as models of prayer.

Grade 8

  • This year includes five units for middle school students to build on their understanding of different topics.
  • Discover personal growth through our vocation to love and our responsibilities to God and each other.
  • Explore morality with conscience formation through prayer and God’s gift of an objective moral standard.
  • Learn about the Citizen and Government, including the natural rights of all persons and the purpose of government.
  • Understand God’s Plan for Marriage and the Family through topics such as our identity as male and female, the purposes and abuses of sexuality, and resisting temptation in order to avoid sin and grow in virtue.

Class Schedule

More information and details for the 2022-23 religious education year are forthcoming!

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Sign Up for Class Today!

To sign up, please fill out the appropriate registration form below. NEW this year, if your child is receiving a sacrament, you will need to also register them on the sacrament form (grade 2 and 11 only). For questions and more information, please contact Lesa Staehler, DRE.