A one-semester course, worth five high school credits.  A brief but complete study of traditional Catholic morality with Catholic Morality: Sin, Virtue, Conscience, Duties to God, Neighbor, Etc. by Fr. John Laux. Covers every basic aspect--the purpose of life, free will, the Natural Law, positive divine law, human positive laws, elements of a moral act, virtues, Christian perfections, Evangelical Counsels, nature of sin, kinds of sin, duties toward God, ourselves, our neighbor, the family, state, Church, etc.  This study is paired with St. Francis De Sales's Introduction to the Devout Life, a classic spiritual guide for living an authentic Christian life.


Basic information about the books and materials for this course follows; see your Academic Packet or STAA Study Guide for full ordering details and commentary about each resource.

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Semester 2: European Studies IIA Study Guide

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, . Softcover coil-bound workbook.
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  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Student study guides and course plans for the second semester of the European Studies, A Track cycle. Designed to work in conjunction with STAA advisor support, our live classes, or the "Independent Study with Online Support" option, the STAA Study Guides include weekly reading plans, assignment directions, reflection topics, and gradebooks for the semester and help prepare students for the weekly, graded online quizzes. This guide includes multiple subjects. To further personalize your student's plan, single-subject study guides are available at

Catholic Morality: Sin, Virtue, Conscience, Duties to God, Neighbor, Etc.

  • Author: Fr. John Laux, MA
  • Publisher/Copyright: TAN Books and Publishers, 1994. Print.
  • ISBN: 0895553937        
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164 pages, 2 units; 7 chapters, broken into small sections; Suggestions for Study and review follow each section.

Introduction to the Devout Life

  • Author: St. Francis De Sales
  • Publisher/Copyright: Vintage, 2002. Print.
  • ISBN: 0375725628        
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288 pages

The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition

  • Publisher/Copyright: Ignatius Press, 2006. Print.
  • ISBN: 0898708338        978-0898708332
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While we use this edition of the Bible, any Catholic version in hardcover or paperback will suffice.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • Author: U.S. Catholic Church
  • Publisher/Copyright: USCCB Publishing, 2000. Print.
  • ISBN: 0385479670        978-0385479677
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846 pages. Any edition from any publisher will do. It is standard practice to reference the Catechism as "CCC" in print. The STAA course plans follow this practice.

STAA Student Zone

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  • ISBN: n/a        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone
There are online resources such as weekly reading quizzes, special downloads, advisor support through the Q & A forum, occasional slide shows or videos, and more for this course. To activate your student's online access, 1) submit the Course Registration form after your annual planning appointment, 2) register for the live class, or 3) register for the "Independent Study with Online Support Option." After completing one of the registration options, students (and teaching-parents) may use their usernames and passwords to sign into the member site. The STAA Student Zone is available each school year from August 1 to July 15.


Imitation of Christ, The

  • Author: Thomas a Kempis
  • Publisher/Copyright: Dover Publications, 2003. Print.
  • ISBN: 0486431851        
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160 pages


Spring Live Class: Moral Apologetics

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Small-group, advisor-led live online class for students in Grades 10 through 12 that meets every other academic week of the second semester. Advisor grading of assignments is also available for students registered for this live class.


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