8th Grade Religion

The Eighth Grade course is dedicated to the Church – Her nature, Her history, Her teachings, and Her place in this world and the next.

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The Diocese of Knoxville has adopted the Religion Curriculum from the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Sixth Grade standards can be found beginning on page 238 of the document:  click here.


Saint Joseph School has adopted the Faith and Life Series from Ignatius Press.  Click on the 8th Grade textbook below to view the publisher’s website:


Click below to view the class 8th Grade class syllabus.

8th Religion Syllabus.pdf
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Virtual Pilgrimage

Click below to go on virtual tours of some of the most important shrines of the Catholic Church – more to come!

Basilica Of Saint Peter

One of the four Major Basilicas, site of the tomb of Saint Peter, the first Pope.

Basilica Of Basilica John Lateran

One of the four Major Basilicas, this is the Pope’s Cathedral in Rome.

Basilica Of Saint Paul Outside-The-Walls

One of the four Major Basilicas, site of the tomb of Saint Paul the Apostle.

Basilica Of Saint Mary Major

One of the four Major Basilicas, the largest Church in Rome dedicated to Our Blessed Mother – it contains the relics of the Bethlehem manger and the remains of Saint Jerome.

Church Of The Holy Sepulchre

Originally built by the Emperor Constantine and his mother, Saint Helena, over the sites of Jesus’ Crucifixion, burial, and Resurrection.

The Sistine Chapel

Commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV and decorated with frescoes by Michelangelo – the location of the Papal Conclave.

Basilica Of The National Shrine Of The Immaculate Conception

This Washington, D.C. Church is the largest in the U.S., in North America, and one of the ten largest in the world.

Cologne Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Mary, this masterpiece of Gothic architecture houses the relics of the Magi and was the place of worship for the Holy Roman Emperor.

Cathedral Of Notre Dame De Paris

One of the first Gothic cathedrals, the Cathedral Church of Paris is famous for its flying buttresses, and for housing several relics of the Crucifixion, including the Crown of Thorns.

The Grotto Of Massabielle

Here the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette in 1858 in Lourdes, France. Numerous miracles are attested to the healing waters of a spring Our Lady asked Bernadette to uncover for the faithful. The magnificent Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is built above the site.

Basilica De Sacre-Coeur

This minor basilica, dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, showers mercy upon the most rebellious neighborhood in Paris, France – Montmartre.