The Saint Ignatius Theology Department is teaching a new course this year. The Sacraments course, which used to be a quarter-long elective class, is now a semester-long class that all juniors will take. The course is the result of a curriculum created by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops. It asks theology departments in Catholic high schools across the country to teach a specific list of courses.
Ignatius students should already know the seven sacraments: Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. Sacraments are signs of grace, were given to us by Christ, and are meant to help us spiritually. They enable Catholics to be models of Christ for the world.
The new course is being taught by Mr. Baron, Mr. Brennan, and Mr. Corrigan. Mr. Brennan says the course is important to learning about the faith because, “The Sacraments are what identify Catholics as Catholics.” “I like the idea that every student will have a better understanding of the sacraments after taking this class,” Mr. Brennan said.