Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic School - Dodge City, KS

Journal 11

"You cannot be half a saint. You must be a whole saint or no saint at all."- St. Therese of Lisieux

Study Guide Test 2

6th: Joshua, Arc of the Covenant, Judges, Samson and Delilah, Ruth, Gideon, Battle of Jericho, Saul, Samuel, David, Goliath, Bathsheba, Solomon, major and minor prophets, King Neb, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Jonah, Jeremiah, Queen Esther, Job, Psalms (author, number, and types), Proverbs, Song of Songs, King Cyrus, Elijah, Ezra, the 3 men in the fire, Tobit, Antiochus IV, Maccabees, the divided kingdom, exile, the last book of the OT, and prophecies about the Messiah. 

7th: Knowledge of all 7 sacraments, specifically: their effects, what does it mean for sacraments to be efficacious, for a priest to act in persona Christi, connections between Baptism and Confirmation, seal of Confession, viaticum, gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, Eucharist, Transubstantiation, Eucharistic miracles, the connections between Passover and the Last Supper, 4 criteria of marriage, the first teachers of the faith, domestic church, annulments, sacred chrism, laying on of hands. 

8th: Jewish beliefs and traditions (Mosaic Law, Passover, Shema), St. Stephen and fate of the apostles, Peter, Paul, 3 roles of bishop, collegiality, 4 marks of the Church, Nero, Diocletian, Constantine, the Edict of Milan, heresies (especially Arianism, Pelagianism, Nestorianism), Iconoclasm, Councils (Jerusalem, Rome, Nicea, Ephesus, Vatican II), St. Benedict and western monasticism, Desert Fathers, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, mendicant orders and their founders (Franciscans, Dominicans, Jesuits), priestly vows, Holy Roman Emperor, Crusades, Great Schism, Protestant Reformation (beliefs and effects), Dark Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Cristero War, infallibility, Immaculate Conception, Assumption, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Sancrosanctum concilium, Dei verbum, Gaudium et spes, the laity, universal call to holiness. 

Journal 10

"God doesn't ask us to be successful. He asks us to be faithful."- Mother Teresa

Confirmation Letter



City, State, Zip


Dear Fr. Wesley, 

1st paragraph: about yourself

2nd: what you have learned about Confirmation

3rd: how you will spread and defend the faith

4th: why you want to be Confirmed



Journal 9

"Act as if everything depended on you, trust as if everything depended on God."- St. Ignatius

Net Letter

Parents and Guardians,

On November 28th, we are blessed to have the annual NET retreat at the Cathedral. Students are to be dropped off by 8 o’clock, and will be let out at 3:30 pm. They can wear their uniforms, or a Catholic shirt and blue jeans. Please prepare a sack lunch because lunch will not be provided. We ask that you also send your students with a snack. 6th grade brings salty snacks, such as chips, popcorn, or pretzels. 7th grade brings sweet snacks, such as cookies, chocolate, or brownies. 8th grade brings healthier options, such as drinks, fruit, vegetables, and granola bars. 

Thank you for your help in making this retreat a success!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Padres y Guardianes,

El 28 de noviembre, estamos bendecidos de tener el retiro anual NET en la Catedral. Deben dejar a los estudiantes para las 8 en punto, y saldrán a las 3:30 pm. Pueden usar su uniforme, o una camiseta Catolica y pantalón de mezclilla. Por favor prepare una bolsa de almuerzo porque no se proveerá comida. También pedimos que mande a su hijo(a) con un bocadillo. A los estudiantes de 6to grado les toca traer bocadillos salados, como papas, palomitas, o pretzels. Los estudiantes de 7mo grado traerán bocadillos dulces, como galletas, chocolate, o panecillos. Y los estudiantes de 8vo grado traerán opciones más saludables, como bebidas, fruta, vegetales, o barras de granola.  

Gracias por su ayuda en hacer de este retiro un éxito! 

Si tiene cualquier pregunta, puede mandeme un correo electrónico a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Journal 8

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire." -St. Catherine of Siena

Journal 7

"There is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."- J.R.R. Tolkien

Project 2

All students are responsible for either a PowerPoint or poster in addition to presenting to the class on December 18. Remember that plagiarism is not allowed and will result in a zero plus three demerits. Students who choose to do the poster must not glue their summaries to their board. The purpose of the visual aid is to enhance your presentation.  

6th Grade: Research your favorite Bible story and provide a brief summary. Be sure to address who the main characters are, what they did, and where it happened. You must go into detail and talk about why you chose this story, what you have learned from the story, and why this story matters. 


Summary of Bible story: /25

What you learned from the story: /20

Why this story matters: /15

Bible Verse: /5

Presentation skills: /10

Total: /75

Visual Aid (PowerPoint or Poster): 

Illustrates the Bible story: /10

Bible Verse: /5

Visually appealing (doesn’t look rushed): /5

Originality/Creativity: /5

Total: /25

7th Grade: Research the saint that you want to choose to be your patron saint at Confirmation. Provide a brief summary of their life, being sure to note their birth date, canonization date, where they did their ministry, and anything special that they did, such as giving their life up for others, or having miracles attributed to their intercession. Additionally, provide any interesting facts about that saint and what they are the patron saint of, such as finding lost objects. Lastly, discuss why you chose this saint and how you want to follow their example. 


Summary of saint: /25

Interesting facts/patron saint: /10

Why you chose this saint: /25

How do you want to follow their example? :/5

Presentation skills: /10 

Total: /75

Visual Aid (PowerPoint or Poster): 

Pictures of the saint and main points: /15

Visually appealing (doesn’t look rushed): /5

Originality/Creativity: /5

Total: /25

8th Grade: Research one of the major world religions and summarize their essential beliefs, their rites and rituals, ideas of the after life, any holy texts, their founder, the year they came about, and any interesting facts about that religion. Compare and contrast the religion with Catholicism. Lastly discuss why you choose to be Catholic and if this has deepened your faith or made you see things differently.  


Summary of religion: /25

Compare and contrast with Catholicism: /25

Why be Catholic discussion: /15

Presentation skills: /10

Total: /75

Visual Aid (PowerPoint or Poster): 

Pictures of the religion and main points: /15

Visually appealing (doesn’t look rushed): /5

Originality/Creativity: /5

Total: /25

Extra Credit Oppportunity

Discuss what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. You can talk about the things you are doing well in your relationship with God, as well as ways in which you can improve. This must be turned in by Friday. 

Rubric for Movie Project


6th Grade:

Brief summary: /10

Connections to the faith: /35

How it applies to your life: /15

Use of Scripture: /5

Grammar: /10

Total: /75


7th Grade:

Brief summary: /10

Discussion of how the character displays the savior archetype: /25

Compare/contrast with Jesus: /10

How it applies to your life: /15

Use of Scripture/Catechism: /5

Grammar: /10

Total: /75


8th Grade:

Brief summary: /10 

Identify and explain the theme: /15

Compare/contrast the theme to Christian doctrine: /20

How it applies to your life: /15

Use of Scripture/Catechism: /5

Grammar: /10

Total: /75

This is due by October 16th, no exceptions! Please note that points will be taken off if the paper is not long enough and if students do not follow MLA format.  



Brief summary: /10

Discuss all of the main points from the paper (the things listed above): /20

How it applies to your life: /10

Presentation skills: /10

Total: /50


Visual Aid (PowerPoint or Poster): 

Includes main points (the things listed above): /10

Includes Bible verse (and Catechism reference for 7th and 8th grade): /5

Visually appealing (doesn’t look rushed): /5

Originality/Creativity: /5

Total: /25

Journal 6

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - J.K. Rowling

Study Guide Test 1

Study Guide for Test 1, taking place October 11

Questions may be multiple choice, True or False, short answer, matching, and small essays. 

All students must know: Divine Revelation, Trinity, Kerygma, salvation history, Tradition, our ultimate goal in life, sin, the Kingdom of God, being made in the Image of God, the three roles we share with Christ through our Baptism, and vocation 

6th Grade: Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Joseph, Moses, parts of the Bible, number of books in the Bible, patriarchs, covenants

7th Grade: Jesus’ humanity and divinity, sacraments, the Church visible and invisible, the Magisterium, infallibility, 4 marks of the Church

8th Grade: Catholic Social Teaching, virtues, vices, 7 deadly sins, Beatitudes, works of mercy, purpose of law, conscience, consequentialism, ends and means, Just War Theory, Theology of the Body

Journal 5

"Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words." -St. Francis of Assisi 

Journal 4

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love" -Mother Teresa

Journal 3

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." -J.K. Rowling

Movie Guidelines

Student are to watch and analyze a movie of their choice. Movies do not have to be explicitly religious and students are to think outside of the box. Movies must not be rated R and I must approve the film before students begin. 

6th grade is to choose a movie that gets you thinking about God or your faith. Possibilities can include Disney, superheroes, sports movies, the options are limitless!

7th grade is to discuss a character that portrays a savior archetype, meaning they sacrificed themselves for the good of their people. In Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf gave his life to save those of his friends. After, compare and contrast this with Jesus. Lastly, does this character inspire you or change the way you look at the world?

8th grade is to examine the primary theme or message of the movie. This can include examining a character's worldview or ethics. Additionally, compare and contrast the theme with Christian doctrine. This would be a good place to utilize Scripture and the Catechism to support your claims. Lastly, how does this affect the way you live and treat other people? Using Scrooge as an example, the film makes one think about how we do not always realize what other people are going through and how our actions can affect them, for better or for worse. It also calls for us to examine the way in which we live and calls for us to value what matters most in life, the things that money cannot buy. 

Students have the option of working by themselves, or in pairs. Either way, all students are to write at least one full page that is double spaced, uses Times New Roman font, and text is size 12. Additionally, a visual aid to accompany one’s presentation is needed. This can be a poster board or PowerPoint. If students choose to have a partner, one person cannot do all of the talking. 

It is essential that all students use Scripture in their paper. 7th and 8th graders are to also use the Catechism. 

All papers are due by October 16, and presentations will begin then as well. Please note: because this project is given so far in advance, no late work shall be accepted. 

The paper is worth 75 points, the presentation is worth 50 points, and the visual aid is worth 25 points, making this total project worth 150 points! 

Journal 2

"The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness." — Pope Benedict XVI

Journal Requirements

Every Thursday, I will assign a quote that students will reflect upon for the week. These are due by Wednesday night and can be shared to my school email address. Each day late will result in a 10% deduction, so please turn in your work on time! You are to have at least half a page reflection on what you think the quote means, as well as its application to your life. 

Please remember to include your name, class period, and the date, as well as write the quote at the top of the page. These reflections will follow MLA format, so please use Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced. Proper spelling and grammar are essential! 

The title of the document should be Journal 1. 

Here is an example of the format that I am looking for:

Mary Flores


24 August 2017

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tzu 

In addition to explaining what you think this quote means, you can talk about your journey of faith thus far, as well as where you think that journey will take you in the future.  


Dear Students and Parents,

I am excited for the wonderful things that this school year has in store for each of us! I strive for each student to not only be successful in this course, but to grow in their love for Christ and His Church, and to become His disciples. I cannot do this alone, for I need your help to talk about the faith as a family and to strive to live it out. 

Each class will allow students to talk about how they see God at work in their lives, as well as ask any questions about their homework or the faith in general. They will also be giving small presentations of about five minutes on a saint and devotion or prayer later in the year. 

My homework is a bit different than what students may be used to. In addition to the academic work provided, please make every effort to attend Mass weekly, read the Bible, and pray daily. Please do your best to ensure that all homework is turned in on time. Failure to do so can result in a loss of 10% each day. That being said, please do not worry, for I will remind students about this policy and will reach out if late work becomes a habit. While there will be some reading and journal entries over the weekend, as well as a lot of time and effort to get the following projects completed, I know that students have a life outside of school, and I will do my best to respect that. 

Each quarter, students will have a test as well as a project and presentation. More information will be given about these in the future, and include analyzing a film, a group project, board game, and research paper. Please note: because these dates are given well in advance, no late work for these projects will be accepted. 

Quarter tests are tentatively scheduled for the following dates: October 11, December 14, February 22, and May 3. 

Projects are tentatively scheduled for the following dates: October 16 and 18, December 18 and 20, February 26 and 28, and May 7 and 9. 

I adhere to the school’s grading scale. Proper spelling and grammar is essential in this course. Cell phones are not allowed in class, and students are to treat me and each other with the love of Christ. Plagiarism and cheating will result in an automatic zero.  

I heartily recommend that all students and their families download and use the free app Laudate. It allows students to examine the daily Bible readings, as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and so much more!  

I encourage students to take responsibility, so please, if you are ever struggling or have any questions or concerns, let me know! You are more than welcome to stop in before school starts, and can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you and God Bless!