Mrs. Esther Kana
St. Thomas More School
7th and 8th Grade Religion
“The whole fruit of their [Educational] endeavors should consist of God and a good conscience. Thus they will be inwardly calm and at peace.”
-St. Thomas More
Greetings and welcome to a new school year! New beginnings are always exciting. The first steps into a fresh academic year are an entry into promise and hope. We begin the school year in the midst of the part of the Liturgical year known as “Ordinary Time”. Green, the seasonal color, is a symbol of life and growth; it brings to mind our new life in Baptism, and the vibrant joys and graces that await us in this new school year.
My name is Esther Kana and I love teaching about our wonderful Catholic faith. The 7th & 8th grade religion program is designed to explore Christ’s entrance into the world. Students will be given the chance to examine some of the many elements of our Catholic faith through Scripture, Liturgies, Traditions, History, Morality, Ethics, and Doctrine.
New this year, 7th and 8th grade will be exploring the revolutionary teaching of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body. We will be answering questions concerning their bodies, thier sexuality, and their future. The program has been designed specifically as a catechetical program to fit perfectly into Catholic schools.
Seventh Grade Religion has a Christological focus. Students will study the person of Jesus Christ, his life, his teachings, and his relationship to us, both as truly God and truly Man. Special attention will be paid to the four Gospels, the Creed, and the Sacramental life of the Church.
Eighth Grade Religion takes up the story of the Church from the time of the Apostles and traces it through the Early Church Fathers, the formation of Christian Europe, and its development of the Middle Ages. Special attention will be paid to the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, formation of Doctrine, Christian morality, and the cultural, historical, and liturgical diversity of the Universal Church.
Eighth grade students will also undertake a moral study of the Holocaust and the life of St. John Paul II.
I look forward to a fantastic year full of growth in knowledge and holiness as we fall in love with our Catholic faith and its history.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. ~Proverb 22:6