Religion

Teacher Grades 6 and 8:  Mrs. Susan Trieste
Contact Information:  susan.trieste@bdms.org

Teacher Grade 7:  Mrs. Karen Crisci
Contact Information:  karen.crisci@bdms.org

The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade religion program follows the guidelines set by the Archdiocese of New York which include: the revelation of God in the Old Testament and the New Testament, Jesus and the Gospel message, sacraments, human sexuality, church history, morality, prayer, and personal growth (human person and the human community).

The students also review Catholic prayers and traditions throughout the Church seasons and work on developing an appreciation for liturgy and the Eucharist through various activities, such as planning liturgies and participating in Mass and Benediction. The sacrament of Reconciliation is also offered at various times throughout the school year. Sixth and seventh grade will go on a full-day retreat at the Cappuchin Youth Ministry Center in Garrison in the new year. Eighth grade also goes on retreat, and this will meets the requirement for those seeking Confirmation.

All grades go on retreat during the school year at the Cappuchin Youth and Family Ministry center in Garrison, NY.  The retreats are scheduled for December 7, 2017 (8th grade), March 22, 2018 (7th grade), and April 10, 2018 (6th grade). Information and permission slips will be sent home two weeks before each retreat.

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be given the Archdiocesan religion exam in each grade in June. This will count as their final exam.

Confirmation for eighth grade will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  A letter will be coming home in September regarding other requirements for Confirmation.

Textbooks
God Calls a People, from the Christ Our Life series, Loyola Press (6th Grade)
Christ our Life, from the Christ Our Life series, Loyola Press (7th Grade)
The Church Then and Now, from the Christ Our Life series, Loyola Press (8th Grade) as well as, on occasion Confirmed in the Spirit from Loyola Press
Good News Bible, Catholic edition (all grades)

Fall
All the grades will be working on saint projects in honor of All Saints Day. They will be learning about the meaning of the holy day as well as about various saints related to their curriculum.  During advent, the middle school students prepare for the celebration on the birth of Christ through several liturgical celebrations and activities.

Spring
The three middle school religion classes plan several events for Lent and Easter. The eighth grade will sponsor our annual Soup and Bread Supper on March 8, 2017. The seventh graders participate by setting up the tables, bread and dinnerware. Then, the eighth graders serve the soup and offer a short prayer service and witness talks. The money raised is donated to the St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen here in Newburgh. The seventh grade will present the Living Stations of the Cross close to Holy Week.

Textbook
Christ our Life

Textbook Website
www.christourlife.org