Treasured Prayers of our Catholic Faith
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and always will be world without end. Amen
Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. They 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. Lead us no into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen
Hail Mary full of grace 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
Blessing Before Meals
Bless us O Lord, and these our gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ, our Lord, Amen
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his 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 into hell, on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; From there he will come 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 life everlasting. Amen
Act of Contrition
Oh my God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong, and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with the help of your Son and the Holy Spirit to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy.
Core Beliefs of Our Catholic Faith
The Ten Commandments
- I am the Lord your God. You should have no other gods before me.
- Do not take the Lord thy god’s name in vain.
- Remember to keep Holy the Sabbath.
- Honor your mother and father.
- Thou shall not kill
- Thou shall not commit adultery.
- Thou shall not steal.
- Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- Thou shall not covet thy neighbors wife.
- Thou shall not covet thy neighbors goods.
The Seven Sacraments
Sacraments of Initiation
Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation
Sacraments of Healing
Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
Sacraments of Service
Holy Orders and Matrimony
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.
- Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall seek God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
- Blessed are those who suffer persecution for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Corporal Works of Mercy
- To feed the hungry
- To give drink to the thirsty
- To clothe the naked
- To visit the imprisoned
- To shelter the homeless
- To care for the sick
- To bury the dead
Spiritual Works of Mercy
- To teach the ignorant
- To correct the sinner
- To counsel the doubtful
- To comfort the sorrowful
- To bear wrongs patiently
- To forgive all injuries
- To pray for the living and the dead.
The Laws of the Church
- To assist at (attend) Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of obligation
- To fast and abstain on the days appointed
- To confess our sins at least once a year
- To receive Eucharist during the Easter time
- To contribute to the support of the church
- To observe the laws of the church concerning marriage
- To contribute to the missionary efforts of the church
(helps you direct your life towards God)
- Faith – to trust God completely
- Hope – to trust God will give you all you need
- Love (Charity) – to love God & love others for the love of God
(helps you to act the right way)
- Prudence – decide what is best & act accordingly
- Justice – respect the rights of others
- Fortitude – courage to do what is right
- Temperance – control your desire for pleasure
Revelation of our Catholic Faith
The bible is a record of God’s love for people and of Jesus’ work among the people. It is a holy book because God inspired people to write it. It is not a factual historically correct book. The bible has two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Old Testament
This part is made up of forty-six books. It was written over a period of 900 years. The Israelites wrote these books before Jesus was born. It tells how God introduced his plan of salvation for all humans, how
He revealed Himself to humankind and about His relationship with his chosen people. The forty-six books are divided into four groups. They are: The Law These books tell about the beginning of the world and the early history of the Israelites. The Historical Books deal with the kings and kingdoms of the Israelites. They show their struggle to survive and how God spoke to His people. The Wisdom Books are a collection of wise sayings, songs of praise called psalms, and poems. The Prophetic Books tell about the prophets and their messages. Prophets were people called by God to fight injustice, to encourage the people, and remind them to obey God’s law.
The New Testament
This part is made up of twenty-seven books. The earlier followers of Jesus wrote these books after His death and resurrection. This portion is about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and about the beginning of the Church. The twenty-seven books are divided into four groups. They are: The Gospels. These four books tell about the life and teachings of Jesus. The writers were: Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John. They showed the importance of the life and ministry of Jesus. The Acts of the Apostles. This book tells about the members of the early Church and about the Apostles spreading the good news of Jesus after His death. The Letters to the Church. These were letters written by the Apostles explaining the Christian way of life and offered suggestions for solving problems among the people. The Book of Revelation. This is the last book of the bible. It tells about the troubles of the early church and about the hope of life forever with God.
The celebration of the Mass is a focal point of our faith. We come together as a community to offer the perfect sacrifice to God. Our participation in the mass is as vital as the priests. Below is the general outline of the mass.
- Introductory rites: Entrance song, Greeting, Penitential Rite, Gloria, Opening Prayer
- Liturgy of the Word (We hear & respond to the Word of God.)
- First reading, Responsorial Psalm, Second Reading, Alleluia or Gospel Acclamation, Gospel, Homily, Profession of Faith (Creed), General Intercessions (Prayers of the Faithful)
- Liturgy of the Eucharist (We offer Jesus to the Father)
- Preparation and offering of gifts, Prayer over the gifts, Eucharistic Prayer (Our gifts of bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ.), Memorial Acclamation, Lord’s Prayer, Sign of Peace, Breaking of the Bread, Reception of Communion, Prayer after Communion
- Concluding Rites: Blessing, Dismissal
Take your responsibility in the church seriously. The Catholic Church is able to function in today’s society because its members care and are willing to give their time and energy for the church. Some day you will be the adults. It will be up to you to make sure the church continues. It’s not always easy to give your time and talents to the church, and it’s not always convenient. But…without people willing to help that extra little bit where would the church be? You do have the talents and the ability to help out. The Catholic Church depends on YOU.