At Holy Redeemer we endeavor be disciples for Christ. Recognizing that at the foundation of this faith, is a relationship with Jesus Christ, students develop the knowledge, beliefs, values and skills needed to build this relationship. Each teacher and student continues their faith journey together, as they learn the meaning of being an apostle of Christ. It is our hope to enable our staff and students to continually deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, and to bring clarity to the relationship between faith and the culture surrounding us, endeavouring to be gospel witnesses to the world.
Beyond the classroom our school makes every effort make Christ known in various opportunities such as Liturgical Celebrations and Masses, Grad Mass, and so much more. For information on how our school connects with our faith, click here.
Our Religion program follows the curriculum “Growing in Faith; Growing in Christ", and is as follows:
Grade 7: Believe in Me
Students begin to look at themselves and see how they are apart of God’s plan. Who am I? What is my purpose? Where do I belong? They are invited to go deeper in their faith journey so as to understand better why they have been created.
Grade 8: Stand by Me
With the foundation of self understanding, students begin to explore the virtues and values entrusted to the Catholic faith by the Holy Spirit during this year. They are challenged to “love their neighbour”, as Christ loved His Church. Students often find ways to give back to the community by visiting the elderly, or helping with our Lunch program.
Grade 9: Be With Me
The grade 9 program ends with an invitation for our students to make a more concrete decision as disciples of Christ. Here we discover the gift of the Beatitudes and how they can be lived out in our lives. Students will create projects that will focused on generosity and kindness.
Religion 15: Christ and Culture
The principal aim of Christ and Culture is to assist students, with the help of the Gospel, to participate as Christians in the shaping of our culture. The program explores major cultural issues from a Christological perspective. Beginning with their own life experiences, students acquire a deeper and more systematic knowledge of themselves, Christ’s message, and the Church. Connections between the Church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible adolescent developing as a member of a Catholic, Christian community while living within the context of a broader culture. (3 Credits)
Religion 25: Jesus Christ, God’s Gift of Salvation
Jesus Christ: God’s Gift of Salvation invites students to deepen their relationship with Jesus through a study of Scripture. Students will explore the Jewish historical, religious, and cultural world into which the Messiah was born and the Old Testament covenant fulfilled. Using the Gospels as primary sources, the course explores Jesus' birth, early life, and ministry; his preaching of the Kingdom of God; his special teachings, particularly the parables; and his miracles. It then focuses on the scriptural accounts of his death and Resurrection, and the Ascension, and their central significance for the church's understanding of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. (3 Credits)
Religion 35: In Search of the Good
In Search of the Good challenges students to understand themselves as moral persons called to discipleship by living the way of Christ. Through an examination of ethical theories, the revelation of Sacred Scripture, and the lived experience and teaching of the Catholic Church, the course invites students to mature as active participants in their faith. At the heart of catechesis is the human search for happiness as the completion of the superabundant love of God. Students also are privileged to enjoy a Grad Retreat during this year. (3 Credits)