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I Believe in the Holy Spirit, I Believe in the Communion of Saints

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section Two
THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

Chapter Three
I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH

I Believe in the Communion of Saints

194. What is the meaning of the “communion of saints”?
946-953, 960

This expression indicates first of all the common sharing of all the members of the Church in holy things (sancta): the faith, the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, the charisms, and the other spiritual gifts. At the root of this communion is love which “does not seek its own interests” (1 Corinthians 13:5) but leads the faithful to “hold everything in common” (Acts 4:32), even to put one’s own material goods at the service of the most poor.

195. What else does “the communion of saints” mean?
954-959, 961-962

This expression also refers to the communion between holy persons (sancti); that is, between those who by grace are united to the dead and risen Christ. Some are pilgrims on the earth; others, having passed from this life, are undergoing purification and are helped also by our prayers. Others already enjoy the glory of God and intercede for us. All of these together form in Christ one family, the Church, to the praise and glory of the Trinity.

 

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COMPENDIUM, Catechism of the Catholic Church,
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

 

I Believe in the Holy Spirit, The Faithful: Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section Two
THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

Chapter Three
I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH

The Faithful: Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life

177. Who are the faithful?
871-872

The Christian faithful are those who, inasmuch as they have been incorporated in Christ through Baptism, have been constituted as the people of God; for this reason, since they have become sharers in Christ’s priestly, prophetic and royal office in their own manner, they are called to exercise the mission which God has entrusted to the Church. There exists a true equality among them in their dignity as children of God.

178. How are the people of God formed?
873, 934

Among the faithful by divine institution there exist sacred ministers who have received the sacrament of Holy Orders and who form the hierarchy of the Church. The other members of the Church are called the laity. In both the hierarchy and the laity there are certain of the faithful who are consecrated in a special manner to God by the profession of the evangelical counsels: chastity or celibacy, poverty, and obedience.

179. Why did Christ institute an ecclesiastical hierarchy?
874-876, 935

Christ instituted an ecclesiastical hierarchy with the mission of feeding the people of God in his name and for this purpose gave it authority. The hierarchy is formed of sacred ministers,; bishops, priests, and deacons. Thanks to the sacrament of Orders, bishops and priests act in the exercise of their ministry in the name and person of Christ the Head. Deacons minister to the people of God in thediakonia (service) of word, liturgy, and charity.

180. How is the collegial dimension of Church ministry carried out?
876-877

LaityWordleMorningPrayerAfter the example of the twelve Apostles who were chosen and sent out together by Christ, the unity of the Church’s hierarchy is at the service of the communion of all the faithful. Every bishop exercises his ministry as a member of the episcopal college in communion with the Pope and shares with him in the care of the universal Church. Priests exercise their ministry in the presbyterate of the local Church in communion with their own bishop and under his direction. Continue reading

I Choose to be Catholic

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I choose to be Catholic.

I can attend Mass seven days a week. Not just Sundays. Seven days a week, which means I can receive the Body and Blood of Christ on a daily basis. At Mass I am filled with so much joy it is some times difficult to contain it.

I can attend Mass at any Catholic church around the world and know almost exactly what to expect. The readings are universal. The prayers are universal. Our traditions are universal. The only thing different is the homily. In the past I have attended several other denomination church services, and in my experience I found them to be lacking. I enjoyed the music, but that’s about it.

I am grateful for the many prayers of my Faith. Litanies, Novenas and Acts, oh my! There have been times when I did not have the words to pray, and there will be more of those times. I love that there’s a prayer for everything. There’s a prayer for lost things. There’s a prayer for lost Catholics. There are prayers for ones enemies and humility.

I read the Bible. What? Catholics don’t read the Bible! Yes, we read the Bible. We even have Bible study groups. And we read from the Bible at every Mass. Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and the Gospel. I don’t carry my Bible with me to Mass because a Missal with the Bible readings is provided for me. But I can use my Bible if I like and many of us do.

I enjoy raising my child in the Church and being a Catechist. I love explaining our traditions. I love trying to explain transubstantiation. I love to hear their explanations of what it is to be Catholic. I love the looks on the students’ faces when they realize their first Reconciliation is coming soon. I love to hear them practice their prayers and songs. And I love seeing each one of them dressed in white to receive their first Holy Communion.

These are just a few things I love about being Catholic. The Catholic Church is my home. It’s my family. I choose to be Catholic.

Daily Mass Readings, August 12-17

Week of August 12-17.  Print and place this on the refrigerator or fold it in your bible for easy access to the daily Mass readings according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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August 12-17

Click here to download a printable PDF or here to open in Google Docs.

Daily Mass Readings, July 29-August 3

Week of July 28-August 3.  Print and place this on the refrigerator or fold it in your bible for easy access to the daily Mass readings according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Daily Mass Reading July 29-August 3

July 29-August 3

Click here to download a printable PDF or here to open in Google Docs.

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