The Church: Foundations and Mission

Student Book 

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By Carrie J. Schroeder

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The Church: Foundations and Mission is the fourth semester course (second semester in year 2) in the new high school series Live Jesus in Our Hearts. This series takes a fresh approach to the Framework outline, bringing in new themes such as in-depth use of scripture, extensive online resources, and an invitational, evangelizing approach.

Product Details

Publisher: Saint Mary's Press

Copyright: Jan. 10, 2020

Item number: 1168

ISBN: 978-1-64121-027-0

ISBN-10: 1-64121-027-3

Special Feature

The Church: Foundations and Mission continues the series commitment to combine the Framework content points with Scripture reading and exegesis. The course studies the Church’s mission by exploring its foundations, images, and structure. At the same time, the course takes a deep dive into the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of the Church. The words and actions of Jesus in Matthew help lead to a deeper understanding of what it really means to be “church.” To help flesh this out, every unit also has one or more articles that explore Pope Francis’ writings on what it means to be the Church in today’s world.

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By Joshua Powers, Oradell, NJ

l cannot say enough about depth and content of the Live Jesus in Our Hearts Series. These are the best High School texts available on the market. The content is engaging and challenging for students which is great at the High School level. As a Religion Educator in my 24th year of teaching my journey has and continues to be with Saint Mary's Press as the go to for our curriculum



By Brittany, Arizona

It is AMAZING! The student texts are easy to read, relatable, and reaches students where they are at. The vocabulary terms are clearly defined and the main concepts from each unit are in line with the Bishop's objectives. The teacher's manual is OUTSTANDING. Being able to download and manipulate the presentations, quizzes, tests, and worksheets saves teachers an immense amount of time and the activities are fun, academic, and promote faith growth. SMP will always be my number one choice for high school texts. Thank you for allowing me to teach minds and touch young hearts through your materials!


By Roger, MN

I find it a great foundation on which to build a theology course. The textbook is attractive and readable, while remaining faithful to the Church and providing a solid theology to students. The use of Scripture connects students to the Christian tradition that is both rich and life-giving.


By Marie, DE

We are currently using “Revelation & the OT” for the first time this year. We are thrilled with how approachable it is by such a wide range of levels. It is such a refreshing text. The perspectives offered give students an opportunity engage theologically deep topics in a developmentally appropriate way. Thank you!


By Gail, AZ

So happy with these texts: My students are engaged, apply the reading to their life, and are able to comprehend the Catholic Faith more easily with the glossary, PowerPoints, Quizlets, and reading questions that follow each chapter. KUDOS!
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