Category Archives: Catechism / Catechesis

Is First Communion a Tradition or a Conviction Among Latinos?

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Parents shop for their boys fine attire and the perfect dress for girls – sometimes so fancy that it looks like an early wedding ceremony! There is nothing wrong with that unless we lose sight of the real meaning and think that it is all about la fiestecita. So, there is a question: is First Communion just a tradition, or a religious conviction? Continue reading


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113 Inspiring Scriptural Meditations on Christian Discipleship

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A friend of mine, Michael, teaches Faith Formation at my parish. He recently sent me this list of Bible verses for the topic of Christian discipleship that he developed for his students. I asked for permission to share it with our friends and fans at The Catholic Company as a meditation for Lent. I hope you are able to get a lot out of it! Continue reading


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Catholic College Kids Evangelize with Parody of Hit Song

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This video is too great not to share – enjoy Well-Z and K-Money as they catechize with their “I’m so Catholic” parody of the hit song “I’m so Fancy” by Iggy Azalea.

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After Pentecost: Catechesis on the Holy Spirit

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The Blessed Trinity—the Triune God—is the greatest mystery of the Christian faith and the end for which we were created. While in this life we should prepare our hearts for heaven by catechizing ourselves as best we can about each Person of the Blessed Trinity and the role they play in our sanctification and salvation. Here are a few great resources from the saints, our teachers and forbears, to meditate on the Person of the Holy Spirit during this octave of Pentecost. Continue reading


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Understanding the 7 Sacraments: The Big Picture

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Do you know what a sacrament is? Do you know how many there are? Can you name them? Do you know what they do? These are important questions that every Catholic should be able to answer. If it’s a bit fuzzy or confusing, here is a short primer that will help lay out the big picture of our relationship to the sacraments and what they do for us. Continue reading


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Top 5 RCIA Gifts: What Every New Catholic Should Have

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Easter is coming soon, and as you know one of the things that makes this feast day so special is all the catechumens and candidates who’ve gone through the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) will be received … Continue reading


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New Years Resolutions for the Year of Faith

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In October of 2012 the Holy Father initiated a special papal Year of Faith that runs through the end of November 2013. The vision of this move, in the words of the Holy Father, “We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope.” By announcing the Year of Faith, the Pope is trying to combat the spiritual plagues of our time that he has repeatedly warned against, secularism, poor catechesis, and religious indifference, by encouraging Catholics to learn and live their faith in public. Continue reading


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Advent Traditions: The Jesse Tree Kit

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An excellent Christian educational resource to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season with your children is the Jesse Tree tradition. A Jesse Tree recreates the genealogy of Jesus as presented in the Catholic Bible beginning with the first of Jesus’ … Continue reading


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What Do Catholics Really Believe About Purgatory?

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Being as we are steadily approaching All Soul’s Day, I thought it might be appropriate to write a blog on purgatory. Purgatory might be one of the most misunderstood beliefs held by some Christians. Continue reading


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The Year of Faith: Making the Most of It

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We are all probably intimately aware that the Christian Faith is in decline in the Western world. The Faith that once strongly under-girded our politics, our science, and our morality is now becoming a thing of the past. Faith separated from politics has an ugly past of intolerant secularism that eventually leads to totalitarianism. We can already presently see how Faith separated from morality results in human desire replacing the natural law. Faith separated from science has an ugly future of human eugenics.

With this disturbing picture, we can now understand why the Holy Father designated an entire year devoted to increasing our faith. The Apostolic letter which announced the Year of Faith is Porta Fidei meaning “Door of Faith”. Continue reading


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