The Creed – The Faith Professed
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
The Four Marks of the Church
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Church is One
The Church is Holy
The Church is Catholic
The Church is Apostolic
The Sacraments – The Faith Celebrated
The Seven Sacraments are
Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation (Penance), Anointing of the Sick,
Matrimony, Holy Orders
Holy Days of Obligation
in the United States
- The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God: January 1: We honor Mary, Mother of God
- Ascension: Fortieth day after Easter: Jesus ascended into heaven
- Assumption: August 15: Mary was taken into heaven, body and soul
- All Saint’s Day: November 1: We honor all the saints in heaven
- Immaculate Conception: December 8: Mary was free from sin from the first moment of her life.
- Christmas: December 25: We celebrate the birth of Jesus
Days of Fasting
Ash Wednesday & Good Friday
Days of Abstinence
(for all those over the age 14)
Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays in Lent.
The Commandments – The Faith Lived
The Theological Virtues
Faith, Hope, Charity
The Cardinal Virtues
Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord
Fruits of the Holy Spirit
charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness,
faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity
The Corporal Works of Mercy
Feed the Hungry
The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Give drink to the thirsty
Shelter the homeless
Visit the sick
Visit the imprisoned
Bury the dead
Give alms to the poor.
Counsel the Doubtful
Instruct the ignorant
Admonish the Sinner
Comfort the Sorrowful
Forgive all Injuries
Bear wrongs patiently
Pray for the living and the dead
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The Seven Capital Sins
Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land.
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Pride, Avarice, Envy, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth
The Two Greatest Commandments
The two great commandments that contain the whole law of God are:
First, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength;
Second, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
"And one of them, a doctor of the Law, putting him to the test, asked him, "Master, which is the great commandment in the Law?" Jesus said to him, "'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.' This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the secon is like it, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself'" On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."
The Ten Commandments
Precepts of the Church
- I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember to keep holy the LORD's day.
- Honor your father and mother.
- You shall not kill.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
(Duties of a Catholic Christian)
- To keep holy the day of the Lord’s resurrection (Sunday). To worship God by participating in Mass on every Sunday and holy day of obligation. To avoid those activities (like needless work) that would hinder worship, joy, relaxation.
- To lead a sacramental life. To receive Holy Communion frequently and the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly.
- To study Catholic teachings in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, to be confirmed, and then to continue to study and advance the cause of Christ.
- To observe the marriage laws of the Church. To give religious training, by word and example, to one’s children. To use parish schools and catechetical programs.
- To strengthen and support the Church – one’s own parish community and parish priests, the worldwide Church, and the pope.
- To do penance, including abstaining from meat and fasting from food on the days appointed.
The Our Father – The Faith Prayed
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
The Hail Mary
hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Glory Be
the Lord is with thee;
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father,
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.
Act of Contrition
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created,
and You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, Who instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant in that same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishments. But mist of all because they offend you, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend mu life. Amen.
The Mysteries of the Rosary
The Five Joyful Mysteries
(to be said on Mondays & Saturdays)
The Five Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- The Birth of Our Lord
- The Presentation
- The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple
(to be said on Tuesdays & Fridays)
The Five Glorious Mysteries
- The Agony in the Garden
- The Scourging at the Pillar
- The Crowning with Thorns
- The Carrying of the Cross
- The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord
(to be said on Sundays & Wednesdays)
The Five Luminous Mysteries
- The Resurrection
- The Ascension
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit
- The Assumption
- The Crowning of Mary
(to be said on Thursdays)
- The Baptism in the Jordan
- The Wedding at Cana
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom
- The Transfiguration
- The Institution of the Eucharist
The Way of the Cross
The Divine Praises
- Jesus is condemned to death
- Jesus receives the cross
- The first fall
- Jesus meets His Mother
- Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
- Veronica wipes Jesus' face with her veil
- The second fall
- Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
- The third fall
- Jesus is stripped of His garments
- Jesus is nailed to the cross
- Jesus dies on the cross
- Jesus' body removed from the cross
- Jesus is laid in the tomb
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph , her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.