Eighth Grade Religion
Instructor: Betsy Gottschalk
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Family Life, Benziger
Christian Morality and Church History, St. Mary's Press
Catechism of the Catholic Church
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Our focus is discipleship. During this school year we will look at discipleship via our faith, the history of the Catholic Church, the liturgical season, as well as prayer life through personal prayer, group prayer, retreats, art, and liturgies at Mass and prayer services.

We will also look at the choices that we make in the context of our Christianity, our relationships, and our responsibilities to each other and to the world.


Service Learning and Service Hours

Matthew 25:31-46
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”

The eighth grade class service projects develop from these words of Jesus. As a class, we will decide which of the corporal works will be our focus for this year for we are not merely hearers of the Word but doers of the Word. In addition, we

  • help to prepare the church for weekend worship after the 10:30 Mass on Fridays,
  • and help the school and parish whenever we are called

As a school, the commitment to our sister school in Cambodia is a large part of our whole-school service learning. Some of the ways that we are both serving and learning about Cambodia, and our sister school there in particular, are:

  • Communicating with the middle school students at Bellingham Community School #253 in Phnom Dek
  • Learning about the ethnic groups, history, culture, government, and economy of Cambodia

Service Hours

Nine personal service hours are to be completed in addition to the class service project hours.

Service must be unpaid. A list of service activities, the hours accrued, and supervisors’ signatures must be turned in to the teacher the last week of the semester.

Class Meetings

Class meetings will take place during religion class time.


Assignments, tests, behavior, active participation in Mass, and preparation will be averaged for your grade.

Extra Credit

Any extra credit must be turned in two weeks before the end of the semester. Extra credit will only be accepted if all other assignments are completed and turned in.