Religious Education at St. Michael

Religious Education

​​Mrs. T. Warren Vrbanac - Department Head
​Mr. A. Damen
Mrs. S Dunn Van Bakel
Mr. N. Mateus-Ruiz
Mr. T. O'Connor

​​​Welcome to the Religion department...

We are committed to providing your child with not only excellence in academics, but a holistic approach to learning. We believe that students must begin with their roots in order to grow their wings, and in this endeavor, we understand that every child is created in the image and likeness of God. As Psalm 139:14 explains, “[you] are fearfully and wonderfully made;”. 

Our curriculum, developed by the Ontario Bishops, focuses on different aspects of our Catholic faith as a source for contributing in the future to our Canadian society by sharing and living our Gospel values. 

Our grade 9 program is offered at the open pathway and focuses on the origin and structure of the Bible, our covenantal relationship with God, and the teachings of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. 

Our grade 10 program is offered at the open pathway and focuses on the Gospels as a source for the historical Jesus, then highlights the values of our Catholic faith as a critique of contemporary societal values that are not life-giving. 

Our grade 11 program is offered at both the university/college and open pathway to teach students the teachings, writing, and traditions of other faith traditions. This program highlights our Canadian religious pluralism as a defining feature of contemporary society, but also our respect for our neighbours as we live as disciples of Christ. 

Our grade 12 program is offered at both the open and university/college pathway to teach students the clear identification of Catholic moral principles and the concrete application of these principles in the lives of students. Special attention is given to the interaction between church and culture. 

Thank you for choosing St. Michael to educate your child, and they will learn to, ‘act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 ​

​​Christian Service

​​Students are required to complete 10 hours of service in the semester that they take religion (there are a few exceptions, but please see the teacher should you have any questions) which they can then apply toward their requirements for graduation.

If a student completes 40 hours in one year, they have certainly met the ministry requirements, but they are still expected to complete 10 hours each time that they take religion, because they will need to complete a Reflection paper worth 5% of their grade.

Students and parents/guardians should be aware that Christian Service and/or community service cannot be completed during any time that a student is scheduled to be in class.  

You can download a copy of the Christian Service Form here​.​

Courses in Religious​ Education

​Students take a course in religious education in each grade.  The grade 11 course is a World Religion course.  An option course in Peace and Confli​ct is offered in Grade 12, in addition to the required course.  To learn more about the courses offered, check out our course calendar​.

Religious Studies Curriculum​​

​​Religious Education, as an evolving discipline, enables young people to discover the truth,
nurture the attitudes and develop the skills necessary to grow as young Catholics in these
changing times. 

For these reasons, Religious Education is designed to promote a Catholic identity​ that will assist them in the task of becoming life-long learners in relation to their faith within a multi-religious and sometimes anti-religious society. It is also designed to assist in the process of ethical and moral formation within a culture that all too often fails to recognize the call of God upon men and women, the fundamental dignity of the human person and the existence of absolute ethical norms.

In Catholic secondary schools, Religious Education functions as the academic component
within the nexus of activities that seek to evangelize and catechize students. As such, it
plays an integral role in the learning experiences of students and complements the various
faith-related activities (e.g., chaplaincy services, community outreach, peer ministry) that
take place within the instructional setting of these schools.