Honors Theology 10

Mass, Sacraments and Prayer & 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.

Course Description

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.

Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (OH) credit will have 4 papers per semester as chosen by their main instructor. Daily reading, minor weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams will also be assigned and graded by the instructor.

New for the 2016-17 School year, honors students will attend a live Honors Seminar that meets periodically throughout the year. Honors seminar will require projects and additional reading in the form of short stories, poems, essays, articles, and/or encyclicals with the purpose of going into more depth on the topics being studied in class. Students will be graded on active participation during live seminar. The type of participation required will vary but includes activities such as active discussion, collaborative group work, and presentations. The participation grade from honors seminar will be weighted 20% into the student’s overall grade for the honors course.

Course Texts
  • The Holy Bible, Catholic Edition
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • The Catholic Catechism
  • Mass and the Sacraments
  • Early Christian Writings
  • The History of the Church


Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number




Mr. Senz

Mr. Schultz

Grades (Typical)

9 - 12 (10th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.




Class Period



Regular Class Time

12:00-1:20 PM PT

3:00-4:20 PM ET

10:30 - 11:50 AM PT

1:30 - 2:50 PM ET

Honors Seminar Day

Lead Teacher: Mr. Senz

Seminar for Theology 10 meets on the following Mondays:
9/10, 10/1, 10/29, 11/26, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 4/29

Honors Seminar Time

10:30 - 11:50 AM PT

1:30 - 2:50 PM ET



Honors Fee


Credits (Type)

10 (Theology)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Honors Ancient Roman Literature

Honors Ancient Roman History

Advanced Composition with Vocabulary


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (OK) level.