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3/22 HW Update: Our next homework assignment called "Mark's Gospel Assignment" in our files section is due in class next week on the day scheduled below.  The assignment should be typed or handwritten since it will be collected.

HW Due date: E Period: Tuesday, March 26

B and C Period: Wednesday, March 27

Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard Questions.  Read the Story in Matthew 20:1-16 then answer questions 1-8 below.

Story Questions

1) Make a list of the characters and write what each of them does that is significant in the story.

2) Do you agree with the early workers at the end of the story, that the owner being unfair, why or why not?

3) Write who you think each character symbolizes in the story

4) What do you think the message of the story is that Jesus is trying to teach?

5) What is an example of how a student might complain that he or she was being treated unfairly in school?

6) What makes it difficult to be truly happy for someone else, especially when they have accomplished something great?

7) The Catholic Church teaches that God loves all people equally, both good and bad, no matter what.  Do you think that God's love is fair, why or why not?

8) If you were to truly accept the Catholic Church's belief that, "God loves everyone equally and that no matter how good or bad we are, we can't do anything to change this," then what is the point of trying to be a good person?  Why even bother trying to live a good life?

3/15 HW Update: Our next essay called "Parable of the Lost Son Reflection Paper" in our files section will be due on Monday, March 25.  Use the notes for the Parable of the Lost Son to help you with this assignment.

3/13 Test Update: We will be having our next test on Thursday, March 21 on our next several parables, the season of Lent, the Synoptic Gospel Notes and our information from Matthew's Gospel and his stories.  Below is an outline of topics for the test:

- Know about the season of Lent - Background, main themes, Bible stories - Jesus' Baptism and Temptations in the Desert and Catholic practices during Lent.

- Synoptic Gospels, meaning of Bible and Gospel, the 4 Gospel writers names, Two Source Theory

- Parable of the Lost Son and Parable of the Sower and the Seeds.  Know the characters, symbolism and messages of the stories

- Matthew's Gospel information: Community of people he worked with (Jewish Christians in Israel)

- What was going on in Israel at the time of Matthew's Gospel: The failed Jewish rebellion against the Romans that caused the Jewish people to get angry with God and each other.

- Matthew's Gospel Themes: 1) Jesus is the New Moses - he comes to free us from sin and fulfilled the prophecies from the Old Testament; 2) Old Law vs New Law (Think of Letter of the Law vs Spirit of the Law) and the new laws Jesus gave to the people; 3) Jesus criticism of the Pharisees.

- Matthew's Gospel Assignment stories (see the file that we did for homework).  Here is a list of the stories Know the following stories from Matthew's Gospel that we read and covered: The Healing of a Centurion's Servant (Matthew 8:5-14), Picking Grain on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-8) and the Man with a Withered Hand (Matthew 12:9-14), The Tradition of the Elders (Matthew 15:1-20), The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat (Matthew 13:24-30), The Parable of the Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46) 

  - Fundamentalist vs Contextualist reading of the Bible.

3/8 HW Update: Our next assignment called "Matthew's Gospel Assignment" in our files section will be due in class on Tuesday, March 12.  The assignment must be written on paper or typed and will be collected.

3/6 Classwork Update: 

Matthew's Prophecies

In your notebook or on your iPad, look up the different passage in Matthew's Gospel and write down the prophecy that Jesus fulfills.

1) Matthew 1:18-22 (The Birth of Jesus)

2) Matthew 2:13-15 (The Flight to Egypt) 

3) Matthew 4:12-17 (Beginning of the Galilean Ministry)

4) Matthew 8:16-17 (Other Healings)

5) Matthew 13:34-35 (The Use of Parables)

6) Matthew 21:12-17 (Cleansing of the Temple) 

7) Matthew 21:42-43: (Parable of the Tenants)

Matthew's Gospel Passages

A) Read these passages in Matthew's Gospel, Matthew 5:3-12 and ?Matthew 22:34-40.

1) What are these "new rules" that Jesus gives to the people?  

2) Looking at Matthew's Gospel notes, what theme do these passages teach a message about? 

B) Read the Denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew ?23:1-36).  Make a list of 5 phrases Jesus uses to criticize the Scribes and Pharisees.  Then explain what Jesus means for each phrase.

Example: "They lift up heavy burdens and lay them on people's ?shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them (4)."

Meaning: They constantly tell other people what to do and what their ?responsibilities are, but don't do anything to help them.

3/6 Reflection Paper update: Our next assignment called "Parable of the Lost Son Reflection Paper" in our files section will be due next week in class on Friday, March 15.  The assignment must be typed and should be printed out and handed in on the due date.

2/26 Parable Project update: Directions for our 3rd quarter project called "Parables Project" can be found in our files section.  The due date for the project will be announced will be on Monday, March 11.  Please have your paperwork printed out and ready to hand in on Monday as well as be ready with your group to do your presentation.

2/25 homework update: Please complete the Lent Assignment (Directions are below) and the Jesus Christ Source of Our Salvation iBook assignment which is to read pages 105-113 and answer the review questions 1-7 on page 113.

Read the stories The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17) and the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11) to answer questions 1-5

1) How does John the Baptist react when he sees that Jesus wants to be baptized by him?

2) Why do you think that Jesus decided to be baptized?

3) After his baptism Jesus goes into the desert.  Why do you think that he decided to go there and what does the desert symbolize?

4) What are the three temptations that Jesus is given by the devil?

5) What lesson can we learn about Jesus from these stories?

2/14 Important Message update for B and C Periods: Because Mr. Leone is not in school today, the Parables Test will be taken tomorrow, Friday, February 15 in class. For today's classes you are to work on the following assignments:

- In your Jesus Christ Source of Our Salvation iBook, read pages 105-113 and answer the review questions 1-7 on page 113.  This assignment will be checked tomorrow.

- You may start to work on our 3rd quarter reflection paper called "Parable of the Lost Son Reflection Paper," which can be found in our files section.  This assignment will due in class on Friday, March 1.

2/12 Update: Parable of the Lost Son/Prodigal Son questions.

Read the Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15: 11-32).  Then answer the questions

1) Make a character list that describes the three characters in the story (Step 1)

2) Do you agree with the way the father handled the situation with his sons, why or why not?

3) Do you think the younger son was being honest and genuine with his apology, why or why not?

4) Was it right for the older son to act the way he did at the end of the story, why or why not?

5) Explain the symbolism of the characters (Step 2)

6) What is the main message that Jesus is trying to teach (Step 3)?

2/8 Update: Parable Test 

The test will be taken on the following days: 

B Period: Wednesday, February 13 

C Period: Friday, February 15

E Period: Friday, February 15 

Make sure you know the following elements about the six parables we have covered for the test: 

- Contextualist vs Fundamentalist interpretations of the Bible Parables 

- Parables are symbolic stories told by Jesus in order to teach messages.   

- The stories are filled with symbolism.  

The characters and events represent people and events in real life. 2 Things that make a story a parable: 1) Symbolism 2) Messages - 

Know following stories that we have studied.  Make sure you know the context, characters, symbolism and main message of each story. 

Parable of the Great Feast (Luke 14:7-24) 

Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21-35) 

Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14)

 Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32) 

Parable of the Talents/3 Servants (Matthew 25:14-30) 

Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

- Use the file called Parable Notes to give you information on the Parables of the Great Feast, Good Samaritan and Unforgiving Servant.

2/1 Update: Parable of the Good Samaritan

Directions: Read the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), then answer the questions.

Questions 1-9

1) What groups of people in society are often seen as being ?inferior or unworthy?  How can people be disrespectful to these groups? 

2) What people would you find it difficult to help if you noticed that they were in trouble and really needed assistance? 

3) What is an example of a rule or law that you had to break in order to help someone out?  If you can't think of a personal example, think of how a personal in general could do this. 

4) Complete Step 1 by making a list of the characters in the story and giving descriptions of each one. 

5) Complete Step 2 by using your character list descriptions to explain the symbolism of each character. 

6) Complete Step 3 by explaining the message of the story that you think Jesus is trying to teach. 

7) Who is an example of someone that you originally thought poorly of or had a bad reputation that surprisingly ended up doing something good or helped you? 

8) What prevents you or hold you back from helping someone in need that you see is clearly struggling? 

9) If you were to update the Parable of the Good Samaritan and rewrite the story using characters and a setting that would better fit our understanding in 2019, what characters would you use in each role?  Why would you choose to use these characters in the story ?Make a list that explains why you would select your modern day character to replace the character in the story.

1/30 Update: Our next homework called "Parables Assignment" can be found in our files section.  The assignment must be hand written.  The assignment will be due on the following days:

B Period: Thursday, February 7

C Period: Wednesday, February 6

E Period: Wednesday, February 6

1/23 Update: Parable of the Great Feast Assignment.  

Click on the file called "Parable of the Great Feast Assignment," to complete the ten questions about our parable.

The assignment is due on the following day:

B and C Period: Monday, January 28

E Period: Wednesday, January 30

1/16 Homework Update: Our next homework assignment will be due on Tuesday, January 21.  There are two parts of the assignment that must be completed.

Part 1: In the iBook Jesus Christ Source of Our Salvation, read pages 89-102 and answer questions 1-19 on page 102.

Part 2: Complete the Bible Interpretation Assignment.  Here are the directions:

Bible Interpretation Assignment

Read the following passages in your Bible.  After you look them up do both of the following:

A) Read the passage as a fundamentalist and pick out one way that a person could misinterpret the passage if they read it word-for-word literally.

B) Read the passage correctly.  Write what the main message is that you think Jesus is trying to give in the passage.

1) Matthew 10:34-39: Jesus A Cause of Division and The Conditions of Discipleship

2) Matthew 18:6-9 Temptations to Sin

3) Mark 10:23-27 (In the section called the Rich Man)

4) Luke 21:5-6 The Destruction of the Temple Foretold

5) Matthew 21:18-22 The Cursing of the Fig Tree

6) Matthew 7:15-20 False Prophets

7) Matthew 6:25-34 Dependence on God

1/6 Update: Advent/Infancy Narratives Test

Our next test on Advent and the Infancy Narratives will be on the following days:

B Period: Friday, January 11

C Period: Thursday, January 10

E Period: Friday, January 11

Below is an outline of what you need to know for the test.  Also use the file called "Advent and Infancy Narrative Notes" in our files section to help study for the test.

Advent-Infancy Narrative Test Outline


- Know the definition of the word and background information about the season.

- Know the 4 themes of Advent

Infancy Narratives

- Historical Context: Understand the background information about the time and place Jesus was born in.   What was going on in Israel at the time of his birth?

- Understand why the Jewish people had such a tense relationship with the Romans.

- Know why the belief in the savior was such a big deal and how the Romans, upper class Jews and lower class Jews felt about it.

- Know the difference between Matthew's and Luke's versions of the Infancy Narratives

- The importance of the 3 Magi (wise men) and the shepherds visiting Jesus.

- Know the 3 gifts the magi (wise men) bring to Jesus and what each gift symbolizes.

- Refer to the 25 question assignment you completed for HW.  You will see many of these questions on the test.

Vulnerability - know what it means and what causes people to feel this way.

- How can vulnerability ultimately be a good thing?

12/11 HW Update: Reflection on Meaning and Suffering

Our next essay called "Reflection on Meaning and Suffering" can be found in our files section.  The essay should be typed and be printed out to be handed in on Wednesday, December 19.

12/11 Update: Vulnerability Questions

1) What does a person lose when they become vulnerable?  What gets taken away?

2) What are some things that cause a person to become vulnerable in

A) School   B) In your town or community   C) With friends/peers   D) As part of a Church or religion

3) As a response to A, B, C, and D in question 2, what are different ways that people try to avoid or cover up being vulnerable?

4) What are different ways that a person can be more ?comfortable with being vulnerable.

5) Although vulnerability is often is associated with weakness, it really doesn't mean being weak.  How can experiences of vulnerability make a person stronger?

6) How can experiences of vulnerability strengthen a person's faith?

12/5 Update: Our Quiz on the Harris and Kohlberg Systems will be on Monday, December 9.  Below is an outline of what you should know:

Harris 3 Psychological Persons:

- Helps people figure out what is acceptable and good behavior

- Parent State: Bossy, selfish behavior based on negative ideas we learn when we are young

- Child State: Inappropriate emotional behavior when we don't think before we act

- Adult State: Thoughtful responsible behavior.

Refer to the notes especially the chart for more information about the states

Kohlberg Stages of Development

- Stage 1: Obedience and Punishment - People make choices to avoid getting in trouble

- Stage 2: Individualism - People make decisions according to what is best for them, there is no concern for others

- Stage 3: Interpersonal (Reputation) - People make choices to gain the approval of others

- Stage 4: Law and Order Stage - People make choices to uphold the rules or laws or to set a good example for others

- Stage 5: Universal Rights (Virtues) - People make choices for the right or best reason to uphold a virtue or do what is best for everyone affected by the choice.

11/29 Update: Kohlberg Worksheet homework.

To complete our next HW assignment use the file called "Kohlberg Stages Worksheet."  For each of the five stories you should write out how a person would respond according to each stage.  In total you should 25 total answers, 5 stories and 5 stages for each.  The assignment is due on the following day.

B Period - Wednesday, December 5

C Period - Monday, December 3

E Period - Friday, November 30

11/16 Update: Outline for Beatitudes-Commandments Quiz

- Letter of the Law and Spirit of the Law

- 10 Commandments - know the true meaning of each

  - #'s 1-3 about loving God, 3's 4-10 about loving neighbor

- Beatitudes - Understand what each one means and examples

- Comparing and Contrasting the different styles of rules with Commandments and Beatitudes.

    - Jesus' New Commandment/Law of Love

    - STOP Sign Method

11/8 Update: Beatitudes-Commandments Assignment

A) Using the section on the 10 Commandments from pages 326-333, give a summary of what each of the 10 commandments is about (Writing the Spirit of the Law).  Example: For the 5th Commandment, (You shall not kill) don't just say you shouldn't kill anyone.  (10 Answers)

B) 1: Using the section on the Beatitudes from 335-336 give a summary that explains the meaning of each of the eight Beatitudes.

2) Then give an example of how a person can live out each Beatitude.  (16 Answers)

The assignment will be due in class on Tuesday, November 13.

11/6 Update: Our next assignment called "Priority List Assignment" is due on the following days TO BE COLLECTED in class.  You can either type or hand write the assignment.

E Period: Thursday, November 8th.

B and C Periods: Friday, November 9th. 

10/31 Morality Test: Our next test on morality will be next week on the following days

B Period and E Period - Tuesday, November 6

C Period - Wednesday, November 7

Below is an outline of the topics you should study for the test:

Morality Test Topics

- Faith: Know the definition and how it affects a person's decisions

- Morality: What it is and isn't about

         - Decisions that do and don't relate to morality

         - Immoral vs Moral decisions

- Conscience: Know the definition and the factors that affect a person's conscience.

- Sin: Understanding what it is about.

         - Different Kinds of Sin: Venial, Serious, Mortal

         - Identifying kinds of sin in situations.

         - Definition of Original sin

- Values, virtues, vices

         - Definitions and examples of the 7 main virtues.

         - Definitions and examples of the 7 main vices.

- Forgiveness and Reconciliation

    - Know the 4 Steps of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and background info from the notes

    - Understand how John Paul II showed forgiveness from the article we read

10/24 Update: Morality Reflection Paper

Our first reflection paper called "Morality Reflection Paper" in our files section will be due next week in class on Wednesday, October 31.  The assignment must be typed and handed in on the due date.  Go to the "Morality Reflection Paper" in the files section to see the directions.

10/24 Update: Forgiveness Story Homework: 

For this assignment go to our Links section and click on the link called "John Paul II's Story of Forgiveness" to help you answer the 8 questions below:

1) Do you think that it is always right to forgive people or are there certain situations where it's morally acceptable not to forgive?

2) What makes it difficult for you personally to forgive someone else?  Think of someone you really don't like.  Why do you stay angry at this person?

3) What is an experience you had where a lack of forgiveness caused harm to your relationship or even led to its end?

4) Do you believe that God is forgiving and merciful?  What about the world makes it difficult to accept this idea of a forgiving God?

5) What are the benefits (advantages) of being forgiving?

6) What groups of people did Pope John Paul II ask for forgiveness for?  What was he apologizing for?

7) Based on the story of John Paul II, do you agree with the Pope's decision to forgive the man who shot him and try to get him a shorter prison sentence, why or why not?

8) What is the example that John Paul II was trying to set for fellow Christians

10/19 Update: Follow along with the notes and questions for Virtues and Vices with the file called Virtues-Vices Notes.  Here are the questions that go along with the lesson.


1) What are some examples of different virtues and vices?

2) How can you tell if a person has a certain virtue or vice? Example: How can you tell the difference between someone telling a lie and someone being a liar, or someone doing something kind and someone being a kind person?

3) What are two positive values that our society encourages?  Where do you see these values being emphasized?

4) What are two negative values that our society encourages?  Where do you see these values being emphasized? 

10/15 Update: Our next assignment called "Identifying Sin Worksheet" will be due in class next week on Monday, October 22.  Group part: Your group needs to have your response to the story you are assigned written out to be handed in that day.  Make sure to use the factors for identifying sin to help you.

Individual part: Each person needs to have responses to all of the other stories.  Each response should be at least a sentence long.

10/12 Update: 

Sin Examples

1)After school, Scott works at a grocery store as a cashier.  One day while helping a customer, he notices a homeless man who frequently hangs out around the store.  Scott has talked with the man before and knows that the man is a veteran and has a disability so that he is unable to work.  The man is very friendly but has no family or friends around to help him.  As the man approaches the checkout counter Scott sees the man sneaking a few simple food items under his jacket.  The store policy is very strict against shop lifting or allowing customers to get away with anything, but Scott knows that the man is greatly in need so he lets him take the items without saying anything.  Is Scott committing a sin in the story?

2) On a Saturday, Martin makes plans to go out with his friends and  hears about a party that’s going on at another friend’s house.  Before he goes out, his parents tell him that they don’t want him ?going to that party because they are uncomfortable with Martin ?being in an environment where there will be underage drinking, so Martin decides to do something else with his friends instead.  Once Martin meets his friends, they all really want to go to the ?party and ask him to come with them.  Martin knows that his?parents are going to ask him about what he did when he gets home later.  Martin decides to go to the party anyway and not ?tell his parents about it since he thinks they won't ever find out.  During the party one of his friends gets really sick from drinking too much.  Someone calls the police and his friend is taken to the hospital.  Martin decides to run away before the police get there.  Is Martin committing a sin, and if so, what kind of sin?

10/9 Update: Our next HW assignment called "Characters We Know worksheet" in our files section will be due on the following day in class on Friday, October 12.

9/26 Update: Our next HW assignment will be due next week on Tuesday, October 2.  In your "Jesus Christ Source of Our Salvation" iBook read pages 48-60 (You can skip pages 51 and 55).  First answer the questions on page 57.  Then answer questions 1-10 on page 61.  These questions DO NOT need to be answered in complete sentences.  Make sure to COMPLETE BOTH SETS OF QUESTIONS. 

9/20 Update: We will be having a quiz next week on Thursday, September 27.  Below is an outline for the quiz.

 Religion Quiz 1 Outline

Catholicism and Christianity

- Difference between the two

- 3 main or core beliefs of Catholics


- 3 main parts of religion


- 3 aspects of faith

Judgment of Nations Story

- Know what happens in the story

- The main messages the story teaches

Understanding God and who he is

- The Church's main ways to describe who God really is


- Different kinds of prayer

- Examples of good and not so good things to pray for

- How God responds to prayer


- What are sacraments

- The difference between Sacraments (capital S) and sacraments (lowercase s)

Human Dignity

- Church teaching on why we have dignity

- Rights that come from Human Dignity

- Why Human Dignity is difficult to live out

Creation Story Assignment

- What messages it teaches about human dignity

- Main messages of the stories

9/18 Update: Our next homework assignment called "Human Dignity Assignment" is due on Monday, September 24.  You can find the assignment in the files section on the class page.

9/11 Update:  Our first HW assignment called "HW Introductory Assignment" is due on Monday, September 17.  You can find the assignment in the files section on the class page.

Welcome to Religion 10 with Mr. Leone!  Please click on the link for "Course Requirements" to find out more information about this class.