WHAT CHILDREN SHOULD UNDERSTAND ABOUT THEIR FAITH

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” The following guidelines were adapted from recommendations made by the Archdiocese of Dubuque’s Office of Catechetical Services. Use this Guide to determine what your child should generally understand about …

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The Process of Canonization

All Christians are called to be saints. Saints are persons in heaven (officially canonized or not), who lived heroically virtuous lives, offered their life for others, or were martyred for the faith, and who are worthy of imitation. In official Church procedures there are three steps to sainthood: a candidate becomes “Venerable,” then “Blessed” and …

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The Stigmata

Stigmata is a spontaneous manifestation of bloody wounds on a person’s hands, feet, forehead, and back – similar to the wounds of the crucified Jesus. Those who describe stigmata categorize these experiences as divine or mystical. History tells us that many ecstatic bear on hands, feet, side, or brow the marks of the Passion of …

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The Four Marks of the Catholic Church

The Four Marks of the True Church If we wish to locate the Church founded by Jesus, we need to locate the one that has the four chief marks that we proclaim in our Creed.   The Church must be: 1. One (Romans 12:5) 2. Holy (Ephesians 5:25-27) 3. Catholic (Matthew 28:19-20) 4. Apostolic (Ephesians …

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The Mass: A Sacramental Celebration

The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council stated “It is very much the wish of the church that all the faithful should be led to take that full, conscious, and active part in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy…” The principal celebrant of the Liturgy is Christ. The second …

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The Gifts of Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit gives us his seven-fold gifts of wisdom and understanding, right judgment and courage, knowledge and reverence for God and his ways, and holy fear in God’s presence (Isaiah 11) that we may live God’s way of life and serve in the power and strength of his enduring love and mercy. 1 Corinthians …

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The Seven Sacraments

The sacraments are the seven signs of Jesus that the Church dispenses and conveys the free gift of sanctifying grace to the recipient. Our sacraments make us Catholic. The sacraments and their biblical foundation are as follows: BaptismJesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot …

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Works of Mercy

The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy 1. To admonish the sinner: “… there will be more joy in Heaven at the repentance of one sinner than at ninety-nine of the righteous who had no need of repentance.” Lk. 15:7 2. To instruct the ignorant: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to …

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