Religion

Religion

At St. Rita School for the Deaf, the Religion Department teaches a diverse student population that encompasses many faith experiences. The Religion Department teaches and promotes the gospel, the good news of faith, doctrine, service and prayer.
 
The Religious Education Curriculum of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the core for the themes used for classes. In addition, St. Rita School for the Deaf includes the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each of the below listed pillars or goals, contain specific objectives for each grade level.
 
These pillars, or major program goals, are:
 
1. The profession of Faith
2. The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
3. Life in Christ (Christian Morality)
4. Christian Prayer
The instructional methods used are:
 
1. Human Experience
(Faith through Experience/Experiential Learning)
2. Message or Doctrine
3. Discovery
4. Response
Human experience applied to faith allows students to explore their own experiences and how their daily lives can be connected to the message of the gospel, the Catholic doctrine and lead to prayer.
 
Each religion lesson is studied from the perspectives of faith and the faith experience in everyday life. Discussion of students’ experiences allows the student to explore, question, reflect and apply their knowledge from the faith based instruction to their daily experiences and their lives.
 
The Message of Doctrine is taught via various modalities: scripture study, storytelling, drama, presentations and role playing. All of the various modalities are produced in sign language and thus, Deaf Culture and the faith experience of Deaf people are incorporated into the various modalities.
Discovery involves ‘finding’ the message, discerning the message, and how the message can be applicable to their lives and a support to change in their lives. Discovery leads students to explore their beliefs, question, reflect, and use ‘discovery’ as one avenue that leads to change. Creative writing, journaling, art, and life experiences are used within this ‘discovery’ method.
 
Response to the message allows the students the avenue to express how the students feel about faith, the good news, prayer, etc. and how each is related to their lives. Response to the message takes many forms: Mass, prayer services, service projects, arts, crafts, signing and sign language; all ‘roads’ that assist in teaching faith and prayer that lead to each student’s spiritual growth and religious experience.
 
    
Third and fourth graders are working on the Bible verse Luke 2:17 
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