Baltimore Catechism For Children

The Baltimore Catechism for children is very helpful for learning the basic Catholic beliefs.

The Baltimore Catechism is known as the main catechism for children, especially for those who speak English because it has easy to memorize questions and answers.

The key to helping your children learn the answers and prayers is to give them time to practice.

  1. Ask the question.
  2. Model the answer.
  3. Ask the children to repeat the answer.
  4. Three times.

If you do this twice a day, your children will have a much easier time remembering for Sister's class. 

How does we make learning the Baltimore Catechism easier?

  • Use our audio downloads like a tutor. Once you show them how, children can navigate to the assigned questions.
  • Use our catechism copybooks for writing practice. Be ready for the quizzes.
  • Use our ebooklets to keep the questions and answers by the couch, in the van, in desks and book bags.

If you're homeschooling, you will love all this extra help.


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1. Children's Baltimore Catechism No. 1 & 2

A word on the Baltimore Catechism.

The No. 1 is a subset of the No. 2 so, if you already have the No. 2, you don't need to buy the No. 1 as the numbers to the questions are the same.

The No. 1 is for First Communion preparation.

The No. 2 has the questions and answers for third to eighth grade and Confirmation.

The CCD series that Our Lady of Victory sells, Living My Religion,  and the series that Neumann Press/cum Tan Books sells, Our Holy Faith, have better First Communion questions and answers, especially in My Jesus Comes, Book 2 of the Our Holy Faith series.

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2. St. Anne's Helper Baltimore Catechism For Children

Saint Anne's Helper First Communion Catechism and Confirmation Catechism also teach the Catholic prayers and Ten Commandments.

We used the singular confession questions and answers and added what happens to those who die in mortal sin as added to the 1950s catechisms.

Both of our Saint Anne's Helper catechisms are available as

Of the several Confraternity for Christian Doctrine versions of the Baltimore Catechism that I have used, the Living My Religion series and the Our Holy Faith series have the best First Communion questions and answers.

These are the books we use in our Saint Anne's Helper digital downloads.

We also have many Catholic coloring pages that can go with any Catholic catechism book and helps you celebrate the different saints and holy days.

3. First Communion Catechism Copybook

Order our First Communion Copybook.

"Momma. What can I do?"

"Run go get your Catechism Copybook!"

These Catechism copybooks will help your youngest children so that they would have spelling and penmanship practice.

They're great for filler or busywork to keep your children busy with real school work while your older children are working. 

It is easy to print our Baltimore Catechism for children.

You can use the handwriting practice sheets as penmanship practice sheets, memory aids, and busywork. They have two files:

  • Manuscript writing.
  • Cursive writing.

Our older children have asked if they can use the copybooks, too, they like them so well.

This was a magic moment because they actually "wanted" to learn to write beautifully. When they want to  write beautifully they can write beautifully! 

Being able to continue writing, even though he could not read well, kept one of our sons "write" ready for the moment when reading "clicked".

He he soon moved up to near grade level because we had kept up his explicit instruction in phonics and writing by using dictation.

This extra copy work exercise had given him something "easy" to do, so he felt a sense of accomplishment and kept on working.

Catholic Homeschool Catechism

It is hard to find Catholic handwriting practice in copybooks and workbooks unless you go to the Catholic homeschool curriculum providers.

More and more these have complete programs for penmanship practice that will edify your children in the Faith. Our printable worksheets are an awesome addition for cursive writing practice.

Printable First Communion Baltimore Catechism

See and download free copybook samples!

The Saint Anne's Helper First Communion Catechism Copybook is a printable Baltimore Catechism for children that is ready whenever you need it.

It will be there for several children in the same catechism class, or for successive children as your family grows.

Both the Audio Catechism and the Catechism Copybook include the question about what happens to those who die in mortal sin. This was a 1950s addition to this level.

See all our First Communion downloads on our order page.

4. Confirmation Catechism Copybook

Order Confirmation Catechism Copybook!

The Confirmation Catechism Copybook has the same features, meaning that it is a Baltimore Catechism for children that is reproducible whenever you need it for all of your students or children through the years.

Anyway you choose, you now have good Catholic copybooks that use the Baltimore Catechism. They can also be printed as individual penmanship practice sheets.

How many times have you treasured a particular verse, or wished your student could review his assignment again?

Or perhaps there are too many erasures and Grandma is coming soon? Now you can simply print off another sheet for more practice or better effect.

See all our Confirmation downloads here.


First Communion Preparation
Baltimore Catechism No. 1 For Children And Adults

You may want to have each of these Baltimore Catechism No. 1 Communion audio, ebooklet, and worksheets for kids (and adults). Same text throughout. 

5. Points to Know in the New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism

5.A. Many Lovely Catechism Pictures For Children

First comes the good news.

The New Saint Joseph First Communion booklet is a sweet book with many lovely pictures and ideas. Several of the answers are better than in other versions:

  1. It is good that the NSJFC has the singular Confession answers (as does My Jesus Comes of the Our Holy Faith series).
  2. It tells what happens to those who die in mortal sin.

If you use this booklet, have your children memorize these two answers well, as the answers will be true through life and your children may not study them again. 

5.B. Slippery Catechism Answers

Many schools and homeschool companies use the New Saint Joseph First Communion CCD booklet (NSJ), yet you will find that there are better questions and answers to memorize for First Communion in other Baltimore versions.

Someday I hope to take pictures inside of the several old reprints of the NSJFC that I own and add them here. You can see the increasingly removed items from the altar throughout the end of the book. [Done! See them in a three part article here.]

  • The picture on page 48 of an early version has a huge and beautiful picture of the tabernacle, candles, and Crucifix that is successively whited-out through the years. This made me sad when I first saw it.
  • Beware pages 33 and 49 as the text can infer that Jesus did not rise by His own omnipotent power as per the Catechism of the Council of Trent. This is a pivotal point of our Faith.
  • So many times the trouble in a catechism is in the fluff, the pictures and stories; and it's usually at the 2/3 to 3/4 mark. This is true with the NSJFC and continues through the higher levels. The NSJ No. 1 & 2 both expand the same Resurrection difficulty and add it to the Ascension. 
  • Also, the NSJ versions do not use the Douay-Rheims Bible to quote the Bible. After I saw these issues, I put the NSJ away.

Update: You can see the NSJ catechism changes here.

Even the earliest Baltimore Catechism has difficulties:

  • Plural Confession answers; 
  • Indefinite article in the definition of some of the sacraments (a not the);
  • The purpose of matrimony/marriage as it can be understood to contradict the 1917 Code of Canon Law.  It's a good point to ask a good priest.

Anyway. Now you know. 

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Deharbe's Catechism

If you are not required to use the Baltimore, check out DeHarbe's Catechism here. The Small is for Communion preparation and the Large for the rest of us. No white-out necessary. :-)

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