Religious Studies

Department of Religious Education

Academic Requirement

Our students enjoy a challenging, thought provoking curriculum aligned with the suggested curriculum of the United States Catholic Bishops Council and the Archdiocese of New York. The Religion classroom is enlivened with discussion, use of technology, formalized lecture and an understanding of the faith to advance the development of a well informed spiritual person. In addition to the regular course of study, students at Moore Catholic have the opportunity to sign up for St. John’s University credited theology courses. Many students participate in the Teaching Catholic Methods program which trains Moore Students to become certified religion teachers for their local parish CCD programs.

All Religion classes consist of two courses:


Semester I : The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture

“The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world.” USCCB Frameworks

Semester II: Who is Jesus

“The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who he is, the students will also learn who he calls them to be.” USCCB Frameworks


Semester I: The Paschal Mystery

“The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with Him. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ.”

Semester II: Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church

Students are introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by Him through the Holy Spirit. In this course, students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church.


Semester I: Sacraments

“This course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the Sacraments.” USCCB Frameworks

Semester II: Catholic Morality

“The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s social teaching. In the course, students are to learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission.” USCCB Frameworks


Semester I: Social Justice

Students examine the Church’s rich body of social justice teachings through the study of papal encyclicals, and other Church documents.

Semester II: Catholic Essentials

Students are provided a basic review of Catholic beliefs, traditions and basic theology. This is a broad encompassing overview of the faith as they move on to adulthood.

Optional Courses:

Teaching Catholic Methods 1 – Juniors

Teaching Catholic Methods 2 – Seniors

College credited Theology St. John’s University – Seniors