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1. Who made you?
God Made me.
2. Who is God?
God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth and of all things.
3. Why did God make you?
God made me to show His goodness and to make me happy with Him in Heaven.
4. What must we do to gain the happiness of Heaven?
To gain the happiness of Heaven we must know, love, and serve God in this world.
5. Where is God?
God is everywhere.
6. Does God know all things?
Yes, God knows all things.
7. Is there only one God?
Yes, there is only one God.
8. How many Persons are there in God?
In God there are three Divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
9. What do we call the three Persons in one God?
We call the three Persons in one God the Blessed Trinity.
10. Who made the angels?
God made the angels.
11. What are angels?
Angels are created spirits, without bodies.
12. What did God do for Adam and Eve?
God gave Adam and Eve many gifts to make them very happy.
13. What did God tell Adam and Eve not to do?
God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit of a certain tree that grew in the Garden of Paradise. (They did it anyway.)
14. What is this sin called?
This sin is called Original Sin. What is Original Sin? Original Sin is the sin we inherit from our first parents, Adam and Eve.
15. Is Jesus Christ Both God and man?
Yes, Jesus Christ is both God and man.
16. Why did God the Son become man?
God the Son become man to satisfy for the sins of all men and to help everybody to gain Heaven.
17. How did Jesus satisfy for the sins of men?
Jesus satisfied for the sins of all men by His sufferings and death on the cross.
18. How does God help all men to gain Heaven?
God helps all men to gain Heaven through the Catholic Church.
19. Was anyone ever free from original sin?
The Blessed Virgin Mary was free from original sin.
20. Who is the Mother of Jesus?
The Mother of Jesus is the Blessed Virgin Mary.
21. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Which are the Ten Commandments of God?
The Ten Commandments of God are these ten:
1. I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
3. Remember thou keep holy the Lord‘s Day.
4. Honor thy father and thy mother.
5. Thou shalt not kill.
6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7. Thou shalt not steal.
8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.
22. What does the First Commandment tell me?
The First Commandment tells me to adore God and to pray to Him.
23. What does the First Commandment forbid me?
The First Commandment forbids me:
1. To miss my morning or night prayers for a long time through laziness or shame.
2. Purposely to think of other things while praying.
24. What does the Second Commandment tell me?
The Second Commandment tells me:
1. To honor the name of God.
2. To respect holy persons, holy places, and holy things.
25. What does the Second Commandment forbid me?
The Second Commandment forbids me:
1. To use the holy name of God carelessly or in anger.
2. To dishonor holy persons, holy places and holy things.
26. What does the Third Commandment tell me?
The Third Commandment tells me to assist at Holy Mass on Sundays and holy days.
27. What else should I do to keep Sunday holy?
I should say extra prayers, read something holy and do good works.
28. What does the Third Commandment forbid me?
The Third Commandment forbids me:
1. To miss Holy Mass on Sundays and holydays through my own fault.
2. To come late to Holy Mass on these days through my own fault.
3. To misbehave in Church.
4. To do servile work that is not necessary.
29. What does the Fourth Commandment tell me?
The Fourth Commandment tells me to love, honor and obey my parents and all those who take their place.
30. What does the Fourth Commandment forbid me?
The Fourth Commandment forbids me:
1. To disobey my parents and all those who take their place.
2. To talk back to my parents.
3. To be mean and to make fun of my parents or old people.
31. What does the Fifth Commandment tell me?
The Fifth Commandment tells me:
1. To be kind to everyone.
2. To help others to do what is right.
3. To take proper care of my health.
32. What does the Fifth Commandment forbid me?
The Fifth Commandment forbids me:
1. To be angry or stubborn.
2. To fight or quarrel.
3. To keep mean thoughts about others in my mind.
4. To lead others to do wrong.
33. What do the Sixth and Ninth Commandments tell me?
The Sixth and the Ninth Commandment tell me to be pure and modest in all I think, do or say.
34. What do the Seventh and Tenth Commandments tell me?
The Seventh and Tenth Commandments tell me:
1. To respect the property of others.
2. To be content with what is our own.
35. What do the Seventh and Tenth Commandments forbid me?
The Seventh and Tenth Commandments forbid me:
1. To steal and cheat.
2. To keep anything that is not mine.
3. To break other people’s things on purpose.
4. To keep things that were borrowed or found.
36. What does the Eighth Commandment tell me?
The Eighth Commandment tells me:
1. To tell the truth at all times.
2. To think and speak kindly of others.
37. What does the Eighth Commandment forbid me?
The Eighth Commandment forbids me:
1. To tell lies.
2. To think and say mean things about others.
3. To tell lies about others.
4. To keep unkind thoughts about others in my mind.
38. How does the Catholic Church help us to gain Heaven?
The Catholic Church helps us to gain Heaven especially through the sacraments.
39. What is a sacrament?
A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Jesus Christ to give grace.
40. How many sacraments are there?
There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.
41. What is Baptism?
Baptism is the sacrament which cleanses us from Original Sin, makes us Christians, children of God, and heirs of Heaven.
42. Why do I receive the sacrament of Baptism first?
I receive the sacrament of Baptism first because Baptism takes away original sin and makes me a child of God.
43. Who baptizes us?
The priest baptizes us.
44. What is sin?
Sin is disobedience to God’s laws.
45. What is actual sin?
Actual sin is any sin we ourselves commit.
46. How many kinds of actual sin are there?
There are two kinds of actual sin: mortal sin and venial sin.
47. What is mortal sin?
Mortal sin is a deadly sin.
48. What does mortal sin do to us?
Mortal sin makes us enemies of God and robs our souls of His Grace.
What happens to those who die in mortal sin?
Those who die in mortal sin are punished forever in the fires of Hell.
49. When is a sin mortal?
A sin is mortal when:
1. The sin is big.
2. I know it is something big before I do it.
3. I want to do it.
50. What is a venial sin?
A venial sin is a lesser sin.
51. When is a sin venial?
A sin is venial when:
1. The sin is small.
2. When the sin is big but you think it is small.
3. The sin is big but you really do not want to do it.
52. What is the sacrament of Penance?
Penance is the sacrament by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven.
53. What is confession?
Confession is the telling my sins to a priest to have them forgiven.
54. What must I do to receive the sacrament of Penance worthily?
To receive the sacrament of Penance worthily I must:
1. Examine my conscience.
2. Be sorry for my sins.
3. Make up my mind not to sin again.
4. Confess my sins to the priest.
5. Be willing to do the penance the priest gives me.
55. How do you make your confession?
I make my confession in this way:
1. I go into the confessional and kneel.
2. I make the Sign of the Cross and say: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It is four weeks since my last confession and these are my sins.”
3. I confess my sins and say at the end: “For these and all the sins of my past life I am truly sorry.”
4. I listen to what the priest tells me.
5. I say the act of contrition loud enough for the priest to hear me.
56. What should you do after leaving the confessional?
After leaving the confessional I should say the penance the priest gives me and thank God for forgiving my sins. (Practice saying “for for”, then “for forgiving”.)
57. What is the Holy Eucharist?
The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
58. When did Jesus Christ institute the Holy Eucharist?
Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the night before He died.
59. Did Our Lord give the Apostles and priests the power to change bread and wine into His Body and Blood?
Yes, Our Lord gave the Apostles and all the priests of the Catholic Church the power to change bread and wine into His Body and Blood.
60. What is the Mass?
The Mass is the offering to God the Father of Our Lord’s Body and Blood.
61. Is the Mass the same as the Last Supper?
The Mass is the same as the Last Supper because the priest changes bread and wine into Our Lord’s Body and Blood when he says, “This is My Body; This is My Blood.”
62. Why do we offer the Holy Mass?
We offer the Holy Mass:
1. To adore God.
2. To thank God.
3. To ask God for what we need.
4. To tell God we are sorry for all our sins.
(These are the same four purposes of all prayer, ACTS: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.)
63. Must we be present for the whole Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation?
Yes, we must be present for the whole Mass on Sundays and holydays of obligation. We commit a mortal sin if through our own fault we are not present for the three principal parts of the Mass.
64. What are the three principal parts of the Mass?
The three principal parts of the Mass are:
1. The Offertory.
2. The Consecration.
3. The Communion.
(The Consecration is the most important part of the Mass. This is when the Host becomes Jesus.)
65. What is Holy Communion?
Holy Communion is the receiving of Our Lord’s Body and Blood.
66. What must you do to receive Holy Communion?
To receive Holy Communion I must:
1. Have my soul free from mortal sin.
2. Not eat or drink anything for one hour before Holy Communion, but water may be taken any time before Holy Communion.
67. What should you do before Holy Communion?
Before Holy Communion I should:
1. Think of Jesus.
2. Say the prayers I have learned.
3. Ask Jesus to come to me.
68. What should you do after Holy Communion?
After Holy Communion I should:
1. Thank Jesus for coming to me.
2. Tell Him how much I love Him.
3. Ask Him to help me.
4. Pray for others.
69. The Hail Mary (Angelic Salutation)
Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst 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.
The Sign of the Cross
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
70. The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy 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; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
71. The Glory Be
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
72. The Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because I have offended Thee, my God Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.
73. Prayer Before Confession
Come, Holy Ghost,
Enlighten my mind,
Strengthen my will,
That I may know my sins,
Be truly sorry for them,
And humbly confess them. Amen.
74. The Apostle’s Creed
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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
75. Ten Commandments Song
First, I must honor God.
Second, honor His Name.
Third, honor His day, keep holy, this will be my aim.
Fourth, I must be obedient.
Fifth, be kind and true.
Sixth, be pure in all I say and see and hear and do.
Seventh, I must be honest.
Eighth, be truthful in all things I say.
Ninth, be pure in mind and heart
In all I think and desire each day.
Tenth, I must be satisfied, not be jealous come what may.
These are God’s Ten Commandments, these I must obey.
76. Angel of God Prayer
Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
To whom God’s love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side,
To light, to guard, to rule and guide.
From stain of sin, oh keep me free,
And at my death my helper be,
Together in eternity we’ll praise
The Blessed Trinity.
77. Before Holy Communion Prayers
1. Mary my Mother, help me to prepare my soul for the coming of Jesus.
2. Jesus, I believe that thou art truly present in the Host, and very soon, Thou shalt be truly present in my heart.
3. I am sorry for all my sins because I love thee and have saddened Thee. I will try not to sin again.
4. I love thee, Jesus; I love Thee with all my heart! I love Thee above all things, and I would like to love Thee more!
5. Come, my Jesus, come to me! My heart is longing for Thee!
6. Mary, my Mother, welcome Jesus into my heart!
78. After Holy Communion Prayers
1. Thank you, Jesus, for coming to me! I believe that Thou art truly present within me now. I bow down before Thee and I adore Thee.
2. I love Thee, Jesus, with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind. I will try to love Thee always more and more!
3. Jesus, Thou hast given all of Thyself to me. I will give all of myself to Thee. I give Thee my body, my soul, my every thought, word, and deed; and every beat of my heart!
4. Bless me, dear Jesus. Grant me the grace never to commit a mortal sin, and also to grow in love and virtue. Help me to die in Thy love so as to join Thee in Heaven.
5. Bless the Pope, all the Bishops, Priests and Seminarians, Brothers and Sisters; and for all of those dear to me, my parents, my brothers and sisters, my friends, my teachers, and all those who have asked me to pray for them… Grant them all the graces they need to grow in love of Thee and to reach Heaven.
6. Mary, my Mother, pray to Jesus for me.
7. Jesus, grant to the souls in Purgatory eternal rest. Amen.
8. Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus and my Mother, keep Jesus in me and me for Jesus. I consecrate myself to thee on this beautiful day of my First Communion. Help me to receive Jesus often and to love Him more and more each day. Amen.
79. The Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons; Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy Divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.
80. The Act of Hope
O my God, relying on Thine infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
81. The Act of Charity
O my God, I love Thee above all things with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
82. Name the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.
The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are:
1. The Annunciation.
2. The Visitation.
3. The Birth of Jesus.
4. The Presentation.
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple.
83. Name the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary are:
1. The Agony in the Garden.
2. The Scourging at the Pillar.
3. The Crowning with Thorns.
4. The Carrying of the Cross.
5. The Crucifixion.
84. Name the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.
The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary are:
1. The Resurrection.
2. The Ascension.
3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost.
4. The Assumption.
5. The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
85. Anima Christi (Soul of Christ)
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me.
And bid me to come to Thee.
That with Thy Saints I may praise Thee
Forever and ever. Amen.
86. Prayer Before a Crucifix
Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, with a true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment whilst with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five wounds, having before my eyes the words which long ago David the prophet put on Thy lips concerning Thee: They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones. Amen.
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