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Honors Theology 10 – Beta

Mass, the Sacraments & Prayer and Church History I

Grade Ten Theology is a two-part course. The first semester of the course covers Mass, the Sacraments and Prayer and the second semester covers Church History I. The semesters may be taught in any order. The first semester of the course will teach the student the origin of the seven Sacraments, the development in the Church’s understanding of them, and their absolute necessity in the Christian life. The student will also be exposed to the Church’s rich tradition of prayer. The second half of the course, Church History I, the student will learn the development of the Church from the close of the Apostolic age to the conversion of the Roman emperor Constantine: approximately 90 to 325 A.D.

This course will enable the student to understand in detail the nature of the Sacraments he is receiving, and be able to defend the Catholic understanding of each Sacrament against detractors; deepen the student’s appreciation of the Mass and of the Sacraments, so as to make reception of the Sacraments more fruitful; gain exposure to the Church’s treasury of prayers and spiritual practices, so as to develop an appreciation for the Church’s tradition and a zealousness to serve God; study the Word of God as it moved from the Apostles through the Apostolic Fathers to the Fathers of the Church; become familiar with the early Fathers and their works, particularly as they contributed to the unfolding of Catholic Doctrine and Sacred Tradition; and apply Christian principles faithfully as a result of studying the examples and seeking the intercession of saints of the period.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (H) credit will have eight papers, a mid-term, and final exam each semester.  Additionally, core students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and some grades are established by the parent.  To receive honors credit with Kolbe Academy, students must submit a number of designated assignments to Kolbe Academy for grading, usually exams and select papers.  The parent- and Kolbe-established grades are averaged to produce the final grade for the honors course. Alternatively, a student may enroll in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive additional grading assistance by a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents may still submit grades for the student to be averaged in with the required Kolbe-graded honors assignments, or they may use the teacher-graded materials only to receive credit.

  • The Holy Biblestandard version (hard-bound and soft-bound available)
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church, Liberia Editrice Vaticana & U.S. Catholic Conference
  • Mass and the Sacraments, Fr. John Laux, M.A. 
  • Early Christian Writings, The Apostolic Fathers. Trans. Maxwell Stamford 
  • The History of the Church, Eusebius, Trans. G.A. Williamson 

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Optional physical copies available for purchase for the following under the Theology 10 “Optional Material” section in the Kolbe Bookstore (digital copies are provided with the self-paced course):

  • Mass and the Sacraments,Study Guide, (2 book set), Kolbe Academy
  • Early Christian Writings, Study Guide, (2 book set), Kolbe Academy
  • The History of the Church, Study Guide, (2 book set), Kolbe Academy

Note that this is the digital version of the homeschool course plan, which is found in the course’s associated Parent Group.  This course plan is built into the Schoology course for the student. 


Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (10th)


Mr. Buyarski



Honors Fee


Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

 10 (Theology)

Transcript Designation


Self-Paced Companion Courses

Ancient Roman Literature
Ancient Roman History

Online Companion Courses

Ancient Roman Literature
Ancient Roman History
Advanced Composition with Vocabulary


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (K) level.