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Location & Contact Details

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Address:

West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Events Calendar

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Religion

Program Goal:  Each student will:

  • Have a deeper knowledge of the Catholic faith and its relevance throughout life
  • Develop a greater love of God, the dignity of all people and the value of all creation
  • Serve others in response to Christ’s call for justice and be a person of conscience motivated by the Holy Spirit

All students must earn ​4 credit hours in required Religion courses prior to graduation.  

Freshman Courses

Introduction to Scripture

Course Number:  R701
Open to grades: ​ 9
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible, they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course, they will learn about the Bible—authored by God through inspiration—and its value to people throughout the world. They will learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section. The students will pay particular attention to the Gospels, where they may go to know and love Jesus Christ more personally.

Christology

Course Number:  R702
Open to grades: ​ 9
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course, students will understand that Jesus Christ is the Ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who He is, the students will also learn who He calls them to be.

Introduction to Catholic Theology

Course Number:  R710
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  Through this introductory course for students unfamiliar with Christian or Catholic theology, the student will be provided with a wide-lens snapshot of many Catholic Christian teachings. Each unit presenting a Catholic Christian view will be widened in order to encompass a comparative look focusing on other world religions.

Sophomore Courses

The Paschal Mystery

Course Number:  R703
Open to grades: ​ 10
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with Him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails.

The Church

Course Number:  R704
Open to grades: ​ 10
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to help students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. The Body has both divine and human elements.

Introduction to Catholic Theology

Course Number:  R710
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  Through this introductory course for students unfamiliar with Christian or Catholic theology, the student will be provided with a wide-lens snapshot of many Catholic Christian teachings. Each unit presenting a Catholic Christian view will be widened in order to encompass a comparative look focusing on other world religions.

Junior Courses

Sacraments

Course Number:  R722
Open to grades: ​ 11
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way through the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.

Morality

Course Number:  R723
Open to grades: ​ 11
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plan for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples.

Introduction to Catholic Theology

Course Number:  R710
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  Through this introductory course for students unfamiliar with Christian or Catholic theology, the student will be provided with a wide-lens snapshot of many Catholic Christian teachings. Each unit presenting a Catholic Christian view will be widened in order to encompass a comparative look focusing on other world religions.

Senior Courses

Catholic Social Teaching

Course Number:  R724
Open to grades: ​ 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s social teaching. In this course, students learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission.

Church History

Course Number:  R718
Open to grades: ​ 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit (Required Course)
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to supply students with a general knowledge of the Church’s history from apostolic times to the present. Students will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him throughout history through the Holy Spirit. Students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today and, as such, has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn about the Church’s 2000 years of history and how the Church is led and governed by the successors of the Apostles.

Introduction to Catholic Theology

Course Number:  R710
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  Through this introductory course for students unfamiliar with Christian or Catholic theology, the student will be provided with a wide-lens snapshot of many Catholic Christian teachings. Each unit presenting a Catholic Christian view will be widened in order to encompass a comparative look focusing on other world religions.