Ms. Diehm

Welcome to Middle School Religion!

Curriculum and Goals

Middle school religion curriculum follows the standards set by the Archdiocese of Portland. Sixth grade takes an in-depth look at the Old Testament, beginning in Genesis and studying all books and genres throughout the Old Testament scriptures. Seventh grade continues with the Gospels and into the New Testament, through Acts of the Apostles and Paul the Apostle, and through to Revelation. Seventh grade also participates in the Altartion Program by Ascension Press, delving into the richness of the Catholic Mass and the Sacraments. Eighth grade studies Church History, beginning with a review of Acts of the Apostles, and continues through to modern day, weaving in Social Justice. Students look into the lives of many of the saints (including Francis of Assisi, Joan of Arc, Damien of Molokai, John Paul II, and Mother Teresa). 8th graders also participate in an active, hands-on 10 hour personal service project to the marginalized in our community, culminating in a Capstone Project prior to graduation. Religion classes use hand-on, experiential learning as well as textbook curriculum, and also include journaling, reflection, small group discussion, and retreat participation. 


Our religion curriculum serves as a vehicle for catechesis, faith formation, and the formation of personal faith connections. Students live out our SLE’s through through active service, prayer, journaling, retreats, and weekly participation in school mass, as well as the sacrament of confession multiple times throughout the year.


Students use Google Classroom, as well as online resources including Several programs including Altaration by Ascension Press and Decision Point by Dynamic Catholic are used in the classroom. 

Current Families

Eighth grade students complete a service learning project as a requirement for graduation. 

Sixth and Seventh grade students participate yearly in a retreat together. Eighth grade participates in one or two class retreats throughout the year, currently with NET Ministries. Seventh and Eighth grade classes each put together a moving rendition of Stations of the Cross during Lent.