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Jesus and the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic (Student Text)
Framework Course IV
Trim size: 8.5 x 11 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: October 6, 2014
Available from These Digital Distributors
Students deepen their understanding of Jesus Christ, the fullness of God’s Revelation, as they encounter him in the living Body of Christ, the Catholic Church.
Jesus and the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic supports Course IV of the USCCB curriculum and is the first high school textbook released by Ave Maria Press in its new Encountering Jesus series. As they engage with the content of this text, students will recognize Christ present and active in their lives through the visible and vibrant mission of Church, defined by her four characteristics—one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.
While Jesus and the Church places the foundations of the Church in their historical and scriptural context, the textbook goes further by guiding students to recognize the sacred nature of the Church and engaging them to more actively participate in the living Body of Christ and serve as witnesses to the sacred Gospel in the world today.
Simply put, the goal of the book—as in the Encountering Jesus series as a whole—is to change the lives of students by making real-life connections between what they are learning about the Church and how they encounter Jesus in the contemporary world.
Developed in collaboration with experts in theology, catechesis, and pedagogy, Jesus and the Church includes a number of new features as part of an innovative design, including:
- Chapter Focus Questions: Each chapter’s main idea is posed as a question to the student to provide a broader context in which new ideas can be integrated and understood.
- Infographics: A wide variety of visual and interactive designs throughout the text help students understand theological concepts in ways they will remember.
- Currents Events: Each chapter opens with a story from the contemporary world that teens can relate to their own lives.
- Educational Photos: Images throughout the text have been carefully chosen not only to illustrate the chapter but for teachers and students to use as educational tools.
- Note-Taking Graphic Organizers: Designed to help students organize, summarize, and sequence the text, various types of organizers were customized for every section of the book.
- Section Assessments: Each section includes pedagogically designed assessment questions with labels that show how the questions serve a variety of different learning styles.
- Online Resources: As always, teachers can access a wide variety of online resources at the Ave Maria Press website, including videos, PowerPoints, handouts, crossword puzzles, reading guides, and tests.
Download the Jesus and the Church Scope and Sequence.
(© 2015) The Subcommittee on the Catechism, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has found that this catechetical high school text is in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and fulfills the requirements of Core Course IV of the Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age.
"Fresh and engaging."
“Jesus and the Church represents the standard of excellence that many have come to expect and appreciate from Ave Maria Press. Teachers will appreciate its theological consistency, while students will find the format fresh and engaging. Above all, the text is extremely relevant, bringing the message of Christ and His Church to the next generation of Catholic students.”
Tim Kettenring, D.Min.
Department Chair of Theology and Religion
Holy Cross School
New Orleans, Louisiana
"Engaging, insightful, and easy to follow."
“The new text is engaging, insightful, and easy to follow. The presentation appeals to all types of learners while seamlessly delivering the necessary information to the students. Ave Maria Press is constantly working to improve its text and stay at the forefront of Catholic high school publishing.”
Religion Department Chair
Archbishop Rummel High School
"The graphics are terrific!"
“I love the new text! You have preserved the high academic tone and faithful Catholic teachings that are the hallmark of Ave Maria Press while successfully incorporating modern state of the art pedagogy and technology. The graphics are terrific! The features are thought-provoking and inviting. I love the fact that the text challenges the students to “do the work.” The format encourages discussion—reminiscent of Jesus and his disciples in Scripture.”
Former Religion Department Chair
Classroom ResourcesSee All Resources
- Chapter 1 (Large)
- Chapter 1 (Medium)
- Chapter 1 (Small)
- Chapter 2 (Large)
- Chapter 2 (Medium)
- Chapter 2 (Small)
- Chapter 3 (Large)
- Chapter 3 (Medium)
- Chapter 3 (Small)
- Chapter 4 (Large)
- Chapter 4 (Medium)
- Chapter 4 (Small)
- Chapter 5 (Large)
- Chapter 5 (Medium)
- Chapter 5 (Small)
- Chapter 6 (Large)
- Chapter 6 (Medium)
- Chapter 6 (Small)
- Chapter 1: Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus
- Chapter 1: The Paschal Mystery: Christ’s Death and Resurrection (Symbolon)
- Chapter 1: Jesus Christ in the Eucharist—The Real Presence
- Chapter 1: Pentecost in 2 Minutes
- Chapter 2: This Is What Solidarity Looks Like (CRS)
- Chapter 2: What is the Holy Trinity?
- Chapter 2: Our Lady of Salvation Church Attack/Massacre
- Chapter 2: Purgatory—Why Would Anyone Go Through This?! (Catholicism Series)
- Chapter 2: The Truth About the Council of Nicaea
- Chapter 3: Thomas Merton from "Who Cares About The Saints?" (James Martin, S.J.)
- Chapter 3: The Ark of the Covenant
- Chapter 3: Sacraments 101
- Chapter 3: How Does the Catholic Church Declare Official Saints?
- Chapter 3: How did the Church Fathers explain the perpetual virginity of Mary?
- Chapter 4: The Beauty of the Catholic Church
- Chapter 4: What is Pantheism?
- Chapter 4: The Papal Pilgrimage
- Chapter 4: Jews and Catholics Relationship
- Chapter 4: The Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15)
- Chapter 5: Who is Jesus and what makes him unique? (Fr. Robert Barron)
- Chapter 5: Who wrote the Bible, God or humans?
- Chapter 5: What do Catholics mean by authority?
- Chapter 5: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Chapter 6: Father Damien of Molokai
- Chapter 6: God Has a Purpose For Us (Father Jonathan Morris)
- Chapter 6: The New Evangelization Trailer (Fr. Robert Barron)
- Chapter 6: 4 Marks (Music Video)
Other books in The Encountering Jesus Series:
The Jesus and the Church eTextbook is available for the iPad in the iBookstore.
The Jesus and the Church eTextbok is available on Vitalsource.
The Jesus and the Church eTextbook is available in the EdTech/ESCO Shelfit Bookstore.