The Frassati Catholic High School Religion Curriculum comes directly from the High School Religion Curriculum for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, which, in turn, is based on the curricular framework of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The two freshmen courses focus on Sacred Scripture and Christology. Sophomores continue their study of Christology and also study the role of the Church (Ecclesiology). Juniors concentrate on the Sacraments in the first course and then on Morality in the second. Seniors may choose from various electives. Through coursework, participation in the Liturgy, and a program of service, students are encouraged to learn and live the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Because the opportunity to grow in faith is integral to Frassati Catholic High School, the Religion Curriculum guides the entire school curriculum by helping students to see that faith is not hostile to reason. Rather, faith and reason together provide the surest path to truth, to Truth Himself—Jesus Christ. With this in mind, students are encouraged to shape the culture of the school and to transform society at large. In this way, they will be answering Pope Benedict XVI’s call to the New Evangelization, by which the Gospel is proclaimed in a way that modern culture can truly hear and receive. The Frassati Catholic High School Religion Curriculum is designed to equip students to answer this call with lives rooted in prayer, humility, and courage in the face of the Cross.
The mission of Frassati Catholic High School’s Religion Department is to give knowledge of Jesus Christ through the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church so that students can grow in friendship with Him; to provide opportunities to develop a rich prayer life, especially in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist; and to articulate the faith in truth and charity.
The Frassati Catholic High School Religion Department offers Pier Giorgio Frassati to students as an example of holiness and happiness. His “spontaneous and profound love for God, his total immersion in the Catholic faith, his unfailing dedication to prayer”
make him a fitting patron for the school community. The Frassati Catholic student who imitates this avid mountain climber sees life as a joy-filled climb to eternal life with God. Pope John Paul II called Pier Giorgio
Man of the Beatitudes
. Thus, the Beatitudes are the student’s compass and guide for the journey, encouraging an “untiring commitment to active Christian love”
through devotion to family, authentic friendships, and dedicated service to those in need.
Taken from the Preface of Bishop J. Peter Sartain, now Archbishop of Seattle, to
Pier Giorgio Frassati: Letters to His
Friends and Family.