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Class 8: Catholic Prayer and Devotions

Posted by Grey Pilgrim on 10th February 2008

This final class in the series explores Catholic prayer life and devotions.

Questions:

  1. What are the 4 purposes of prayer?
  2. What is Mental Prayer?
  3. What is Vocal Prayer?
  4. What is the difference between Communal and Private Prayer?
  5. What is the Liturgy of the Hours?
  6. What is the Communion of Saints?
  7. List the different Catholic devotions that were covered in this class.
  8. Briefly explain each part of the Lord's Prayer.
  9. What is a Sacramental?
  10. What is one encouraged to do after this course to continue learning the Catholic Faith?

Catechism link to Christian Prayer

Catechism link to Christian Prayer

Catechism link to Christian Prayer

Catechism link to the Lord's Prayer

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Class 7: Life in Christ

Posted by Grey Pilgrim on 10th February 2008

This class explores Grace and the Commandments.

Questions:

  1. What is Sanctifying Grace?
  2. What are the Theological Virtues?
  3. What is Sin?
  4. What is Mortal Sin; and what are the three conditions that must be met for sin to be mortal?
  5. What is Venial Sin?
  6. List the 7 Capital or Deadly Sins.
  7. What are the sins that "cry to heaven"?
  8. What is the "Sin against the Holy Spirit"?
  9. What are the two Great Commandments?
  10. List the 10 Commandments in proper order.
  11. What are the Precepts of the Church?
  12. List the six Holy Days of Obligation and there dates in the United States.

Catechism Link to the Virtues

Catechism Link to Sin

Catechism Link to Grace and Justification

Catechism Link to the 10 Commandments

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Class 6A: The Sacraments of Community

Posted by Grey Pilgrim on 10th February 2008

This class explores the Sacraments of Community: Matrimony and Holy Orders.

Questions:

  1. Why are Matrimony and Holy Orders referred to as "Sacraments of Community"?
  2. When did Christ institute the Sacrament of Matrimony?
  3. What does it mean that the Sacrament of Matrimony is permanent, faithful, and open to new human life?
  4. Who can receive this sacrament?
  5. What is the difference between civil divorce and annulment?
  6. Explain the conditions in which a baptized non-Catholic can marry a baptized Catholic.
  7. What is Natural Family Planning? What is the Catholic Church's teaching regarding contraception?
  8. When did Christ institute the Sacrament of Holy Orders?
  9. What are the three "degrees" of the Sacrament of Holy Orders?
  10. Why is the Sacrament only validly received by men?
  11. Can deacons be married? Explain.
  12. Who has the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders?
  13. Explain the role of the Bishop.
  14. Explain the role of the Priest.
  15. Explain the role of the Deacon.
  16. In what sense do all the baptized share in the priesthood of Christ?

Catechism Links to Sacraments of Community

Catechism Links to Sacrament of Holy Orders

Catechism Links to Sacrament of Matrimony

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Class Six: The Sacraments of Healing

Posted by Grey Pilgrim on 9th January 2008

Show Notes: This podcast deals with the two Sacraments of Healing: Confession (or Penance) and Anointing of the Sick.

The following are links to information discussed in the podcast:

Catechism introduction to Sacraments of Healing

The Sacrament of Confession

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Link to book referenced Catholicism for Dummies

Gospel of John Chapter 20

The Letter of James Chapter 5

Wikipedia article on the Sacrament of Penance

Wikipedia article on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Questions on pp. 123-132:

  1. Compare the Sacrament of Penance to medicine.
  2. How has Penance developed over the centuries?
  3. What sins are we bound to confess to the priest?
  4. What is perfect act of contrition?
  5. What is the "Seal of Confession"?
  6. Describe the three ways Penance or Confession may take place.
  7. What is Perfect and Imperfect Contrition?
  8. What do we mean by "doing penance"?
  9. What is absolution? Who can give absolution?
  10. What is Anointing of the Sick also referred to as?
  11. What is the Biblical basis of this sacrament?
  12. What graces are conferred in the Anointing of the Sick?
  13. What happens in the rite of Anointing of the Sick?
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Class Five: the Sacraments of Initiation

Posted by Grey Pilgrim on 9th January 2008

In this class, we explore the meaning of Sacrament and the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, the Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation.

Catechism links:

Baptism

Confirmation

Holy Eucharist

Questions:

  1. Compare the 7 Sacraments to stages of human development in nature.
  2. What are the Sacraments of Initiation? Why are they called this?
  3. What constitutes a valid Baptism in a non-Catholic church?
  4. How is Baptism like natural birth?
  5. What are the effects of Baptism?
  6. What are the three ways water can be used in Baptism? Which are the most common?
  7. Is it possible to be saved without Baptism?
  8. What is the meaning of the word Eucharist?
  9. Why is the Eucharist called Communion?
  10. What are the essential and necessary elements for celebrating the Eucharist?
  11. Why can only Catholics who are in union with the Church receive the Eucharist?
  12. What is transubstantiation?
  13. How would you answer a person who claims: "The Eucharist is a symbol of Jesus."?
  14. Why do we refer to the Eucharist as a sacrifice and a meal?
  15. Why should one be reverent when in the presence of the Eucharist?
  16. Compare Confirmation to human life.
  17. What occurs when a person is Confirmed?
  18. Who is the ordinary minister of Confirmation?
  19. List the 12 Fruits and the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  20. What are the requirements of the sponsor for Confirmation?
  21. What is the person to be Confirmed encouraged to do regarding a name?
  22. What takes place during the rite of Confirmation?
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RCIA Class 4: The Lord Jesus Christ

Posted by Grey Pilgrim on 27th December 2007

In this class, we explore the Person of Jesus Christ and His two natures: God and Man.

Questions:

  1. What is the "Good News"?
  2. What is the meaning of the name "Jesus"?
  3. Why is Jesus called "Christ"?
  4. What is the meaning of the title "Lord"?
  5. What does the word "Incarnation" mean?
  6. What do we mean when we say Jesus is true God and true man?
  7. Did Jesus have a soul with human knowledge?
  8. Explain the teaching of the two wills of Christ.
  9. Did Christ have a true human body?
  10. What do we mean when we say Jesus was "conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit"?
  11. Why can we truly call Mary the Mother of God?
  12. What is meant by the virginal conception of Jesus?
  13. Briefly explain the 5 Christological heresies that were discussed and the true Catholic response to them.

Catechism of the Catholic Church references:

The Lord Jesus Christ

Conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and became Man

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RCIA Class Three: Faith and Revelation

Posted by Grey Pilgrim on 27th November 2007

This class discusses Natural and Supernatural Revelation. We explore Aquinas' proofs of God's existence; and Divine Revelation through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.

Catechism references:

THE TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION

SACRED SCRIPTURE

FAITH

THE CREEDS

Questions:

  1. What is faith?
  2. What are revealed truths?
  3. What is the difference between natural and supernatural revelation?
  4. What does the Word of God mean to a Catholic?
  5. What are the similarities between Protestant and Catholic beliefs concerning the Bible? What are some key differences?
  6. What advantage would a Catholic have in interpreting the Bible?
  7. What is Sacred Tradition?
  8. What is a Creed?
  9. What are 2 famous creeds in the Catholic Church?
  10. Briefly explain St. Thomas Aquinas' proofs of God's existence.
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