Baltimore Catechism No. 3

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Since its 1885 debut, the Catechism commissioned by the Third Council of Bishops in Baltimore has instructed generations of Catholic faithful. With an easy to read question and answer format, the Catechism combines solid Catholic doctrinal teaching with meaningful exposure to Scripture and practical application.

The revival of interest in the Baltimore Catechism reflects Catholics growing realization that a clear, concise presentation of the truths of the Faith is just what people young and old need to appreciate, practice and defend Church teaching. Catechists and parents will find this Catechism an invaluable teaching tool as they prepare children and catechumens to receive the Sacraments and lead authentic Catholic lives. Students will find this an uncomplicated and friendly guide to authentic Catholicism.

This is the original edition of the Baltimore Catechism, with updated typesetting, a fresh new cover, larger format, quality binding and the same trusted content.

The 37 lessons contained in Baltimore Catechism No. 3 are intended for students who have received their Confirmation and/or are high schoolers (grades 10-12). It includes additional questions, definitions, examples, and applications that build upon the content of the original Baltimore Catechism (No. 1 & 2). This edition begins with a section of classic Catholic prayers, including the Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, Act of Contrition, and more.

This book is numbered to correspond with the fourth volume which is the Explanation or Teacher's Guide: Baltimore Catechism No. 4.

See also:
Baltimore Catechism No. 1
Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Baltimore Catechism Complete Set

Contents Of Baltimore Catechism No. 3 include:

Contents Include:


The Lord's Prayer

The Angelical Salutation (Hail Mary)

The Apostles' Creed

The Confiteor

An Act of Faith

An Act of Hope

An Act of Love

An Act of Contrition

Grace After Meals

The Manner in which a Lay Person is to Baptize in Case of Necessity


  • Lesson First: On the End of Man
  • Lesson Second: On God and His Perfections
  • Lesson Third: On the Unity and Trinity of God
  • Lesson Fourth: On Creation
  • Lesson Fifth: On Our First Parents and the Fall
  • Lesson Sixth: On Sin and Its Kinds
  • Lesson Seventh: On the Incarnation and Redemption
  • Lesson Eighth: On Our Lord's Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension
  • Lesson Ninth: On the Holy Ghost and His Descent Upon the Apostles
  • Lesson Tenth: On the Effects of Redemption
  • Lesson Eleventh: On the Church
  • Lesson Twelfth: On the Attributes and Marks of the Church
  • Lesson Thirteenth: On the Sacraments in General
  • Lesson Fourteenth: On Baptism
  • Lesson Fifteenth: On Confirmation
  • Lesson Sixteenth: On the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Ghost
  • Lesson Seventeenth: On the Sacrament of Penance
  • Lesson Eighteenth: On Contrition
  • Lesson Nineteenth: On Confession
  • Lesson Twentieth: On the Manner of Making a Good Confession
  • Lesson Twenty-First: On Indulgences
  • Lesson Twenty-Second: On The Holy Eucharist
  • Lesson Twenty-Third: On the Ends For Which the Holy Eucharist was Instituted
  • Lesson Twenty-Fourth: On the Sacrifice of the Mass
  • Lesson Twenty-Fifth: On Extreme Unction and Holy Orders
  • Lesson Twenty-Sixth: On Matrimony
  • Lesson Twenty-Seventh: On the Sacramentals
  • Lesson Twenty-Eighth: On Prayer
  • Lesson Twenty-Ninth: On the Commandments of God
  • Lesson Thirtieth: On the First Commandment
  • Lesson Thirty-First: The First Commandment - On the Honor and Invocation of Saints
  • Lesson Thirty-Second: From the Second to the Fourth Commandment
  • Lesson Thirty-Third: From the Fourth to the Seventh Commandment
  • Lesson Thirty-Fourth: From the Seventh to the End of the Tenth Commandment
  • Lesson Thirty-Fifth: On the First and Second Commandments of the Church
  • Lesson Thirty-Sixth: On the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Commandments of the Church
  • Lesson Thirty-Seventh: On the Last Judgment and the Resurrection, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven


  • Author: Third Plenary Council of Baltimore
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 314

Baltimore Catechism No. 3