8-708 Middle School Theology

Deacon Gunderson

Middle School Theology Room 708

“When we receive Holy Communion, we experience something extraordinary – a joy, a fragrance, a well being that thrills the whole body and causes it to exalt.”

– St. John Vianney






Summer 2018

Evangelization: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

Universal: The treasure of Families
That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

Mass Journals are checked every Monday. To read more, please check out Mass Journal under the “Class Information & Resources” tab.

To watch videos about Matthew Kelly and the Mass Journal please follow the links below:

The Mass- Matthew Kelly, Pillar 3  (Part 1) and (Part 2)



6th Grade Prayers 2017-18

Please click on the link above for the 6th grade handout on the prayers all of the students will be memorizing this trimester.



Have a blessed summer!


Deacon Gunderson

” This generation will end abortion with love”

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Middle School

708-6th Grade Prayers 2016

Middle School Assignments, Grades, and Other Important Information-  Please check Educate (Cornerstone) for assignments and grades. Teachers will enter assignments and indicate in Cornerstone if your student has a missing assignment by Saturday morning of every week. Assignment grades will be entered within two weeks of the assignment due date.


General Classroom Rules:  Be punctual. Be prepared. Be polite and positive. Follow all instructions, procedures, and requests.  Respect each other and the classroom environment..


6th grade: Journey through the Old Testament

7th grade: Sacraments and Life of Jesus Christ

8th grade: Church Teaching and History

Smith, Mary J, Richard M. Hogan, and John M. LeVoir. Image of God Series. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1991. Print.

 Preparation for Class:  Students are required to bring a pencil, Religion notebook, and completed homework/assignments to class each day. Students must have their mass journal every day.

Grade Categories:  Classwork /Homework,  Projects,  Mass Journals,  Assessment Tests,  Participation

 Homework Expectations:  Students will receive homework rarely with the expectation they are prepared for in class work on a daily basis. Be prepared to take notes during class as well as weekly mass journal entries. For every trimester, one larger project will be assigned. There may need to be outside class time that needs to be spent on this project.

Late Work:  Although students must submit homework assignments on time in order to receive the full value possible, late assignments will be accepted at lower grade levels. If homework is late, students will docked by a letter grade per day. The lowest grade will be 50%. *Rules will be adjusted for students with a learning disability.

Missed Work: 

  1. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the homework assignments, notes & any other pertinent information that is missed during an absence. Class website can help with this process or asking the teacher before or after class upon return.
  2. Missed work due to an absence: Students have additional time (up to 3 days) to complete make-up assignments for full credit. After 3 days, the assignments will be marked late and credit will be reduced.
  3. Mass Journal: If mass journal is not completed by the start of class on Monday, students are required to come during Monday Lunch/Study Hall to complete their missing journal entry.

Parent Teacher Relationships:   Teacher will contact parents/guardians to share class news, news concerning their student’s educational growth, or to discuss behaviors or work habits that might cause the student difficulty in class.  Parents are encouraged to communicate with teacher via e-mail.  Parents should use available resources to stay informed about student progress: Cornerstone parent portal, teacher email, classroom webpage.

http://www.dynamiccatholic.com/free-resources/the-mass-journal/   Each student is expected to keep a Mass Journal with brief written reflections.  The Mass Journal is checked on Monday each week.  For background information on the practice of journaling please click on the link “dynamic catholic”. This will take you to Matthew Kelly’s website and  his experience with keeping a Mass Journal.


 Helpful web sites:

Apostleship of Prayer, daily and monthly prayer reflections.


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://usccb.org/ online bible =  http://usccb.org/bible/books-of-the-bible/index.cfm online Catechism of the Catholic Church = http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/epub/index.cfm

Room 708 St Thomas Aquinas egunderson@epiphanymn.org


  1. Eric Gunderson : July 2, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Have a blessed summer vacation, see you in September!

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