Back to Syllabi

Sacraments & Apologetics Syllabus (65 Pages)...$25.00

We use Mass and the Sacraments and Catholic Apologetics by Fr. John Laux. These are both excellent texts, with good questions requiring careful analysis of the material by the student. Mass and the Sacraments provides a thorough and precise explanation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the sacraments, indulgences, and sacramentals. Catholic Apologetics guides the student through well reasoned answers to the classic objections against the faith. The text covers topics such as the existence of God, immortality of the soul, science and faith, reason and revelation, the divinity of Christ, the foundation of the Church and the infallibility of the pope. We also use Beginning Apologetics by Chacon and Burnham to study apologetics from a Biblical point of view. We also include essay and paper topics to give the student practice with writing in variety of styles. The Sacraments & Apologetics Syllabus has a day-by-day breakdown of this course along with paper topics, quizzes, answer keys to the quizzes, and a variety of teaching resources including Tenth Grade Subject Rubrics, Learning Objectives, and grading charts. This is a 1 year, 1 credit course.

Current Edition: © 2011.

Online versions of the MODG syllabi are provided to enrolled families free of charge. Paper copies of the syllabi are also available for purchase from the MODG office, with a 30% discount for enrolled families.

Book List

  • Essential 3
    • Beginning Apologetics 1
      Chacon & Burnham
      San Juan Catholic Seminar — 48 Pages
      ISBN: 1930084005
    • Catholic Apologetics
      Laux, Fr. John
      TAN Books — 165 Pages
      ISBN: 0895553945
    • Mass and the Sacraments
      Laux, Fr. John
      TAN Books — 210 Pages
      ISBN: 0895553929
  • Supplemental - Required 1
    • The Bible Made Me Do It (formerly From Baptist to Catholic Apologist )
      Staples, Tim
      St. Joseph (
  • Supplemental - Optional 1
  • Alternate text that can replace an essential or required supplemental text 1


Week 1

Day Assignment

Look over the textbook. Read the title page and note the copyright date. Remember that the doctrine of the Catholic Church is unchanging. Within the context of Church related texts this is fairly modern, though it was published 65 or so years ago. The first statements of the doctrine contained herein were made hundreds of years ago and are as valid today as they were then.

Who initially published this text? Who republished it? Look and the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. These tell us that there is nothing standing in the way of the true faith in this text and that Bishop Howard agrees that it can be printed for Catholics.

Read pp. v-vii. This is the overview of the text. Note that the author's remarks about the Baltimore Catechism have to do with the version of the Catechism that was unrevised. Further, it is well to keep in mind that the Catechism is well suited to earlier grades, where memorization and observation are at the heart of the curriculum. At this older level a more explanatory and discursive method is better suited to the abilities of the student.

Read the table of contents and note the division of the text. Read through the index and the back cover of the book. Now you are ready to begin to study the matter of the text. Every school book you use should be approached in this way. Never be in the position of being unable to answer the questions, "What is the name of your text? And who is the author?"

Read Chapter 1, pages 1-3 in Mass and the Sacraments. Write a paper using the outline given in #1 of Suggestions for Study and Review on pp. 8-9 (Nature of the Sacraments). Include a list of all the sources that you used in this paper. (This paper should be about 400 words long.)

2 Read Chapter 1, pages 3-6. Prepare questions 1, 4, and 7 in '2-3. Number and Division of the Sacraments' on page 9, for discussion; write out answers to questions 2, 3, 5, and 6.
3 Go over your paper with your teacher for content, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Re-write it if necessary. Discuss all the questions you prepared yesterday, both those that are written and those that are not.
4 Read Chapter I, pages 6-8. Prepare to discuss questions 2 and 10; write out answers to questions #1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 in '4-6. Efficacy, Administration and Reception of the Sacraments'.